30 Day Music Meme - Day 22

Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:33 pm
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22 - a song that moves you forward
  The Thermals – Pillar of Salt
  I don't know what "a song that moves you forward" is, but I love this track and it doesn't matter where I am, I cannot sit still when I listen to it.

これで以上です。

What Am I Reading Wednesday - June 21

Jun. 21st, 2017 09:25 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

The Windfall – Diksa Basu
I very much enjoyed this book. It resembles Austen in its gentle parodying of social mores and its characters' concern for status and material wealth, but also Shakespeare in the way the characters' desires and motivations are at cross-purposes to one another, with everyone misunderstanding everyone else's intentions, often to amusing consequences. In the end, Basu opted to keep things realistic, so there's no neat resolution to the novel's many plotlines, such as one would find at the end of an actual Shakespearean comedy. (And I'm not sure such a conclusion would have served the book better.) This one is fun and definitely deserving of a read.


What I Am Currently Reading

Buddhist Economics – Clair Brown
I'm supposed to have this finished for a book club on Saturday, and I just cracked it open. Heh-heh.

A Curious Mind – Brian Grazer & Charles Fishman
Brian Glazer has produced tons of well-known movies, although I had no idea who he was before I started reading this book. Basically, the guy seeks out talented and interesting people to have short conversations with, which he credits with sparking many of the ideas for his films. It's an interesting concept, and Glazer's narrative is largely free of ego, but it does suffer somewhat for his attempt to redefine everything (courage, civility, grit, you name it) as curiousity.

Tarot 101 – Kim Huggens
There's plenty of “look at the card and let your intuition tell you what it means” wishy-washiness here, but Huggens' grouping of the Major Arcana by archetype versus numerical order is refreshing. I'll be interested to see how she handles the Minors.

The Souls of China – Ian Johnson
Still truckin'.

The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom – John Pomfret
Still truckin'.

Deathless – Catheryne Valente
I lost steam on this one during part 3, but happily it picked up in the final chapter and now we are back in business. I've said this every week, but Valente's language is beautiful and sounds exactly like a fairy tale should. This week's chapters in particular have contained some gorgeously stark imagery.


What I'm Reading Next

The Essex Serpent, and I am very excited about it.


これで以上です。

30 Day Music Meme - Day 21

Jun. 21st, 2017 05:11 pm
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THIS IS THE ENTRY I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR.

21 - a favourite song with a person's name in the title
  The Pillows – Kim Deal
  The best song ever written, ever. After nearly two decades it still makes me incandescently happy whenever I listen to it.

これで以上です。

30 Day Music Meme - Day 20

Jun. 20th, 2017 05:35 pm
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20 - a song that has many meanings for you
  Fever Ray – Seven
  Rather than saying this song has many meanings, I would say there's no possible way to convey this song's meaning aside from through this song itself.

これで以上です。
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Canon: Final Fantasy IX
Pairing: Amarant Coral/Freya Crescent
Canon Level: Teammates

I have capital-o Opinions on Freya and the canonical end to her character arc. Suffice it to say that I do not agree with it, and that my preference for Freya with Amarant shares a common cause with my dislike of her with Fratley but isn't the reason for my dislike by itself. But Freya and Amarant were built up by the game! Sparks practically flew the first time they met, and they had that nice scene outside the auction house where Amarant opened up to Freya, and then they worked together to defeat the Fire Shrine. They had an understanding between them, warrior-to-warrior. Amarant respected Freya, probably liked her company and cared for her well-being. Freya got Amarant, something not many other people did, because I think she saw something of herself in him. I really, truly believe they would have been great together.

Suggested reading:
If I Win by [archiveofourown.org profile] runicmagitek
Alone by [fanfiction.net profile] Andrivette
Parlor Tricks by [archiveofourown.org profile] Wallwalker
Rebuild by Anonymous

Ex Scientia, Felicitas

Jun. 20th, 2017 05:58 pm
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Using Poem Line for Title as a prompt again, I got Calmest coldness was the error which has crept into our life, from Sarah Williams' The Old Astronomer.

I would not have called myself cold, but one of the things I've noticed since saying "Sayonara, sucker" to my ex is that I've rediscovered my joie de vivre. Life is fun, and happiness is nice. I no longer embrace the misery.

Work is nice. The best feeling ever is when one's been taught to do something new and then one is asked to do it independently without any great fanfare. Trust is the emotion I most like receiving.

Hugos reading has stalled. Oops.
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Canon: Final Fantasy VII
Pairing: Zack Fair/Cloud Strife
Canon Level: Friends

Somewhere about halfway through Final Fantasy VII, I was so thoroughly confused by what in the world was going on with the plot that I decided to go read fic in the hopes of clearing things up. (It certainly wouldn't have been able to make my confusion any worse.) And promptly fell down the Cloud/Zack hole but good. I like Zack's friendliness and general happy-go-lucky attitude, but it's his complete devotion to the people he cares about that really gets to me--and Cloud is definitely one of those people. I feel like it's only natural that Cloud would be drawn Zack's bright spirit. And the thing that makes them work for me is that Cloud has just as much devotion as Zack, only it's a little harder to see at first. I feel like Zack was able to see a smidgen of that (one of the few who did see Cloud's true strengths), was intrigued, and determined that he had to get to know Cloud.

Suggested reading:
Too Good To Be True by [archiveofourown.org profile] Miko
Revisit by [archiveofourown.org profile] Cephy
I Promise by [livejournal.com profile] puella_nerdii
It Rains Ashes On Golgotha by [archiveofourown.org profile] Harmony
In Your Hands by [archiveofourown.org profile] sister_coyote

30 Day Music Meme - Days 19

Jun. 19th, 2017 08:13 pm
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19 - a song that makes you think about life
  Talking Heads - Heaven
  This song is a finger pointing at the moon.

これで以上です。

30 Day Music Meme - Days 18

Jun. 18th, 2017 08:32 pm
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18 - a song from the year you were born
  Lucky Pierre – Into My Arms
  This man is the most talented singer/songwriter there is. It's a crime that so few people know him.

これで以上です。

30 Day Music Meme - Day 17

Jun. 17th, 2017 09:35 pm
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Am just back from day two of Awesome Con, which has absolutely lived up to its name. More on this tomorrow. In the meantime, have a song.

17 - a song that you would sing as a duet on karaoke
  Roxette – Dangerous
  I've done The Look but for some reason the Japanese karaoke boxes never had this one, even though they should have.

これで以上です。
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Canon: Naruto
Pairing: Akimichi Chouji/Nara Shikamaru/Yamanaka Ino
Canon Level: Friends/Teammates

Aw yeah, Ino-Shika-Chou trio. I have said before why I like Chouji and Shikamaru, but for all that I adore them, I have to admit that they're not exactly a pairing with a lot of energy or grand passion. Ino would bring that in spades. I think she's fiercely protective of her teammates, albeit not in the most obvious ways, and of the three of them, she's the one who'd kick their butts and refuse to let them feel sorry for themselves. She'll force them to experience life rather than sit on the sidelines watching it. I do feel like Ino has a bit more energy than either Chouji or Shikamaru would be able to handle on their own, but with the three of them I think they'd be a good balance.

Suggested reading:
Their Bed by [archiveofourown.org profile] greenkangaroo
Lessons On an Incomplete Relationship by [livejournal.com profile] suzukiblu
Shikamaru Oneshots by [fanfiction.net profile] ScribRaven
Just Because by [livejournal.com profile] des_butterfly
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Canon: Night at the Museum
Pairing: Jedediah/Octavius
Canon Level: Enemies to Friends

They are two tiny people in a world of giants who have been enemies in the past but are now friends. It's practically a grand romance already. Okay, not really, but enemies to friends to lovers does have a long tradition, and I think they'd enjoy turning their us vs. each other rivalry into an us vs. everybody else thing as they explore the museum together and make a place for themselves in the wider, larger world of the museum.

Suggested reading:
A Classical Education by [archiveofourown.org profile] mtgat
Playing Nice by [archiveofourown.org profile] doorrepairgirl
Malak by [archiveofourown.org profile] Kantayra

30 Day Music Meme - Day 16

Jun. 16th, 2017 06:56 pm
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16 - one of your favourite classical songs
  Paddy Glackin & Michael O Domhnaill - Elizabeth Kelly's Delight
  I love slip jigs the best of all forms of traditional Irish music, and I love Elizabeth Kelly's Delight the best of all slip jigs. It was the first tune I taught myself to play by ear because at 12 years old all I had was a cassette tape of The Chieftains' 8, with no liner notes, that merely called this "The Session" and lumped it in with two other tunes, and I thought it was all one thing and could find nothing like it in any of my sheet music books BUT I WAS GOING TO PLAY THIS TUNE MYSELF NO MATTER WHAT IT TOOK.

And I love this rendition of Elizabeth Kelly's Delight the best of all versions. Fifteen years ago I went into a used record store recommended by a coworker as having "a lot of Celtic stuff" and asked to be shown their Irish music section. All the place had was this CD. The owner put it on the stereo for me and I bought it 10 seconds in. When I took it home and discovered at the minute twenty-six mark that there's a double jig version of Elizabeth Kelly's too? MIND. BLOWN.

これで以上です。

30 Day Music Meme - Day 15

Jun. 15th, 2017 10:05 pm
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15 - a song that is a cover by another artist
  Le Butcherettes – Wrecking Ball
   Teri Gender Bender is the second coming of PJ Harvey (and my future wife!). Here she shows Mylie how it's done.

これで以上です。
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Canon: DC Universe
Pairing: Big Barda/Scott Free
Canon Level: Married

Yay for happily married couples who love each other. Barda is both bigger and stronger than Scott, something Scott is one hundred percent okay with, which is really fun to read about. It's hard not to like a couple that finds such joy in each other.

Suggested reading:
Scott Free Doesn't Understand Bondage by [archiveofourown.org profile] queerquestion
Free by [archiveofourown.org profile] RenaRoo
In Which Big Barda Discovers the Joy of Earth Showers by [archiveofourown.org profile] Mithen
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Canon: Homestuck
Pairing: John Egbert/Karkat Vantas
Canon Level: One-Sided Crush

There is just something super adorable that happens when you combine Karkat's eternal rage with John's complete inability to take Karkat's bluster seriously. Karkat could use some of John's goofiness in his life helping him to chill out a bit, and I think John would find Karkat and his all his differences endlessly fascinating.

Suggested reading:
Pitch by [archiveofourown.org profile] perculious
Enforced Cultural Exchange by [archiveofourown.org profile] Miko
But I'm a Friendleader! by [archiveofourown.org profile] Cephied_Variable
Kismessitude Does Not Raise Your Prankster's Gambit by [archiveofourown.org profile] vikki

In honor of payday...

Jun. 15th, 2017 10:31 pm
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I have bought my first binder from gc2b. It's gray, tank-length, and will be here in 2 to 4 weeks. I used a discount code that's valid until the 23rd.

I am thrilled and terrified. How much longer shall I go "nothing to see here, move along"? (Forever. That's how long.) Will I ever try to make a statement or be a trans or indeed be anything but protective camouflage from society? Why is life so hard.

Also, soon enough it'll be the solstice, and then the nights'll get longer and maybe in July I'll be able to sleep.
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Canon: Final Fantasy VIII
Pairing: Seifer Almasy/Zell Dincht
Canon Level: Antagonists

Oh man, the thing I wanted most after finishing this game was long Seifer redemption fic where he went around the world trying to Make Things Right after what he did and in the process he'd learn to forgive himself and be more mature and maybe also how to make a relationship work, preferably with Zell. I like Zell because he's not afraid to call Seifer on when he's being an asshole but he's ultimately a fair guy. Their fights aren't meanly vicious, and I think that'd still be true post-game. Let them snarl and bicker and tumble with each other, all while building something between them that neither knows about until it smacks them in the face because they're both horrible at emotional maturity.

Suggested reading:
Standard Operating Procedure by [archiveofourown.org profile] Spindizzy
A Kiss With A Fist by [archiveofourown.org profile] ZellieAlmasy
The True Story of the Butterfly and the Bumblebee by [archiveofourown.org profile] eternalbreath
hindsight by [archiveofourown.org profile] Baconfat
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Canon: Final Fantasy VIII
Pairing: Rinoa Heartilly/Squall Leonhart
Canon Level: Dating

There is something about the immersion you get with video games that gets to me so that I often end up shipping the canon couple despite myself. Rinoa's annoyingly peppy, Squall is trying real hard to earn his Angstiest Teenager Trophy, and yet I think they're super cute together. Rinoa refuses to let Squall wallow in his pessimistic attitude and drags him out of his shell in a way that none of his other friends can manage on their own. She has a core of tenacity that's easy to overlook but which hooks Squall and drags him into her orbit. They act as good counter-balances to each other with different strengths and weaknesses.

Suggested reading:
Play by Ear by [fanfiction.net profile] Abbykat
Driving Lessons by [archiveofourown.org profile] ChelesNoir
Beautiful Day by [archiveofourown.org profile] celeste9
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[personal profile] coprime
Canon: Doctor Who
Pairing: Jake Simmonds/Mickey Smith
Canon Level: Fellow Freedom Fighters

I always liked Mickey, the average guy in the background supporting Rose who eventually grew and moved on to having his own adventures instead. So I greatly enjoyed "Rise of the Cybermen"/"The Age of Steel," and what better way to celebrate Mickey coming in to his own than for him to get a boyfriend. And Jake is right there. There's lots of potential for angst between them, what with Jake having known Mickey's parallel world self, and also lots of potential for adventures and fun.

Suggested reading:
Revelations in a Van by [livejournal.com profile] semirose
Two lovers, One kiss by [livejournal.com profile] marcella_riddle
Birds by [archiveofourown.org profile] carolinecrane
See About Me by [archiveofourown.org profile] lil_1337
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