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books:

I finished The Night She Died and read all of Six Feet Under by Dorothy Simpson. I really like these books; they are British cozies featuring an police detective, and all the mysteries are of the small village/lots of secrets/complicated interpersonal relationships kind, very Agatha Christie (and particularly very Jane Marple; Jane Marple would solve all of these cases in basically a day, but we provide allowances for Detective Inspector Luke Thanet.) They were written in the 1980s and 1990s and are set then, which is really nice and appropriately period, and only occasionally provides confusion of the, "How did people live before Google?" variety. (When reading Christie, it's easy to put myself in that time period, but these are much closer to contemporary so I keep doing doubletakes and thinking, "Can't you just check the internets?")

I also read 1 Kings and a good bit of 2 Kings for Sunday school. I will try to finish 2 Kings, and then read Micah, which is what's next.

In terms of fiction, next up is the set of library books that I am very excited about -- there is apparently a third Bridget Jones book, there are two more books by Jincy Willett, and there is Clariel.

For many years of my life, I looked fruitlessly for Regiment of Women by Clemence Dane. A chapter was anthologized in Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the Seventeenth Century to the Present ed. Lillian Faderman, and that chapter plus the things mentioned in the preceding biographical blurb were basically tailor-made for my burgeoning kinks. (It is not a happy story and is deeply homophobic, according to the summary, and ends with pastede on het, but!

[behind the cut for trigger warnings, because your kinks are not my kinks. (Probably internalized) homophobia and mention of suicide]

Read more... )

Anyhow, I fruitlessly searched for many years but couldn't find it, and yesterday I suddenly remembered it -- I saw mention of "queer literary fiction" and it popped into my head -- and lo, there is is on Project Gutenberg. If we have this technology, why don't we have the technology to send it back in time to me-at-fourteen, who really wanted to read it? I suck at reading long things on my computer, and my interest in self-loathing lesbians is substantially less than it used to be, so I suspect I won't actually read it. Which is sad, because teenage!me. (and because I feel like a crossover between this and Discworld's Monstrous Regiment needs to exist.)

perfume

My BPAL 'weenie decants from [community profile] synecdochic_decants arrived just in time for me to wear the first four on the correct days. Brief writeups, since heaven knows I won't manage longer ones:
Read more... )

food

I usually talk about this on Culture Created Tuesday, since most of the food I eat is created by me, but we went out to eat for my birthday.

We went to Alladin Cafe. I got lentil soup ("Red lentils seasoned with saffron, curry, cumin and lemon") and lamb kabob ("Tender marinated lamb, grilled and served with cucumber yogurt sauce" and with basmati rice and sautéed vegetables). It was all quite delicious.

I also got crème brûlée from Cosentinos, which was, as aforementioned, both disappointing and inspirational.

coloring books

I am not sure where these fall on the consumed/created scale, but Elizabeth gave me a Care Bears coloring and activity book for my birthday, so the first hour of being 29 was a lot like being 5.

sports

I half-heartedly watched the by-play on mlb.com during the last game of the World Series, so I would know whether my pie was celebratory or consoling.

+++

idk, I feel like I don't know where the week went. I mean, frequently I frivol away time, but I usually at least know where it went. I guess I did a bunch of baking, and read a novel and a half, and did a bunch of personal writing, and went out to eat with my roommates, and had a long phone call with my dad last night, and these things add up.
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I am going through my archives in search of fodder for presenting my spiritual journey to my Sunday school class on Sunday.

I did find a lovely Kindergarten picture of "Jeszus roz" -- I chosen the Marken version, featuring an angel (smiling beatifically), an empty tomb (black tomb with a big round hole, and the stone that has been rolled away from said hole; hole is, indeed, empty), and a woman (sore, sore afraid. Also wearing slacks, because Magdalene was a right-on anachronistic woman). There is another smaller figure in the background that is presumably one of the male disciples, keeping his distance.

I should point out that the first illustration in this particular journal is of a "Rainbow Castle." Let it never be said I didn't know where I wanted to live when I grew up!

I also found Baby's First Romance Story. It is epistolary.

To boy.

Af you war a knight. I wd lik to Be A Dgirn. Love glal.
[if you were a knight, I would like to be a dragon. Love, girl."


It is lovingly illustrated with a ginormous green dragon immolating a small figure in the corner that must, from context, be a knight.

D'aww, fairy tale romance!

[simpler]

Apr. 1st, 2009 05:54 pm
wisdomeagle: (silly/sexy/foot fetish)
I spent my last $10 on birth control and beer.

meme, misc

Dec. 16th, 2008 03:38 pm
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Under the cut, label:
in purple no less )

+I made it to the 2:45 rosary. I will have to think about whether I want to go back.
-I think I have a cold. :(
wisdomeagle: (queer!Ari)
Is anyone else planning on attending their local Anti-8 Protest on Saturday?
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A meme was born in Icarus's journal. I don't usually participate this kind of meme, but this one has a "why" clause and that makes it automatically better. Meme origin.

If you're religious and support gay marriage, then paste this meme in your LJ.

I am [insert religion here] and I support gay marriage.

Why? Because... [answer].


I am Christian, and I support gay marriage.

Why? Because I'm a lesbian. Because my pastor is a lesbian, my mentors and role models and heroes growing up were lesbians, because [redacted family members for public post, but there are a lot of them] are lesbians, because growing up, I never saw any division between religious folks and glbt folks, because the first six and ten and a dozen glbt people I knew were not only Christians but serious, church-going, seminary-attending, preacher-wanna-bes.

I say this over and over again because Icarus is right -- NOT all religious people --- not all Christians -- are socially conservative. There are glbt Christians. I'm one of them, and I know many of them, and there's not a contradiction there. I declared my lesbianism before I declared my Christianity, and in some ways it's more central to my identity, but both are so important to me, to how I struture my political and social thought.

So. As a USian citizen, I support equality marriage because of all the rights and privileges given to married couples. Because many GLB people choose assimilation, and civil marriage is a powerful normalizing sign. Because I'm glad that [redacted family members] are legally married and I want every same-sex couple all across the country and the world to have those same rights. It's a justice issue, and as a Christian, I believe in justice.

As a Christian, I believe in marriage because I believe in making promises before God. I'm not quite clear in my head on pre-marital sex, and have engaged in it once or twice myself (*g*) but marriage is a different level of commitment, a different level of responsibility, an accountability to which people in all kinds of relationships should be held if they choose.

If my girlfriend and I, who've been together for five years, continue to be together, I'd like us to be able to decide together whether we want to make our commitment formal. I know that I would want to make such a commitment before God and my church family. I am so, so fortunate that I've been involved with churches and ministers who would absolutely be willing to facilitate that commitment, to know that, regardless of civil inequalities and injustices, it would be possible for me to be married in my eyes, in my partner's eyes, in my parents' eyes, and in God's eyes, which is all that ultimately matters.
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If you voted NO on 8 in California today, donated to NO on 8 (whether personally or by volunteering your services through [livejournal.com profile] livelongnmarry), or did phonebanking for NO on 8, request a same-sex pairing (and/or a pairing involving a trans* character), and I'll write a wedding drabble. I'll take requests until I leave for my returns watch party.

You know what this isn't? NaNo is what it isn't.

ETA: And I'm off! Thanks for the prompts, guys, and thanks so much for voting, donating, and volunteering. I'll post the drabbles later. I hope we'll have good news from California!

From the heart of Queer Nation,
Ari
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I just finished reading The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie. I actually enjoyed it a great deal; I love the narrator and his relationships with various other characters LIKE WHOA and I would reread this mystery -- unlike the ones that are enjoyable once but not worth a reread.

Except.

Ohmygod.

Mr. Pye.

[there are spoilers under here, though none for whodunnit]
AAAAAAAAAARGH )
ARGH. I'm really so repulsed by reading that and then typing it all out that I can't make a coherent argument except homophobia. UGH.
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[IBARW caveat: I'm a white cisgendered able-bodied lesbian USian English-speaking middle-class college-educated Christian]

[Today: links to and discussions of articles about trans* PoC in the U.S. and Thailand, with bonus musings on identity, visibility, alliance, and privilege are all under the LJ cut )

it's ibarw!

Aug. 4th, 2008 01:34 pm
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Morning Afternoon, flist. I am awake and theoretically jobhunting, which apparently means sitting on the couch reading the flist and drinking coffee in my pajamas. Ohmygod I don't even. Anyhow, this is all apropos of nothing. I should post about church and such (and maybe take pictures of our awesome apartment) at some point, but in less personal news:

+2010 US Census Won't Count Same-Sex Marriages. I read that and tried not to cry.

+It's [livejournal.com profile] ibarw [International Blog Against Racism Week]! Not that it's not always, but this is a time when fandom and friends traditionally focus our attention more closely on racial issues, both in fandom and outside of it.

Guidelines:
If you would like to participate, here's what to do:

1. Announce the week in your blog.

2. Switch your default icon to either an official IBARW icon, or one which you feel is appropriate. To get an official IBARW icon, you may modify one of yours yourself or ask someone to do so. Here's a round up of IBARW icons.

3. Post about race and/or racism: in media, in life, in the news, personal experiences, writing characters of color, portrayals of race in fiction, review a book on the subject, etc. (Linking back here is highly appreciated!) The optional theme this year is intersectionality.
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1. We went to two libraries today and now have library cards in TWO awesome systems. LOVE.

At the KC library, in the lgbt section, I was suddenly overwhelmed by the number of books available -- I was just pulling out everything that interested me and realized I had too many to carry -- and as I left I felt personally distressed at the memory of a girlhood without those books available. And it's not my girlhood -- I was so amazingly lucky; I never felt a lack of books. But looking at THIS selection, I felt how meager the pickings were in my hometown, and the knowledge that people -- people I know, people I'm related to -- had no books, or had hateful books, or had chapters from reference books that they clung to because it meant they weren't alone -- and I was overwhelmed. And grateful and greedy, because I can read as much as I want, because I have all the books I could possibly want right at my fingertips, books about my tribe.

2. Porn battleeeeeee! Finally. Go prompt!. Thanks, flistflist.

Poooorrrrrrn.
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Not all objects of fannish adoration are white characters played by white actors )

Not all objects of fannish adoration are canonically straight )

This is a little shameful. (But meanwhile I looked up A.Simcoe to see what color his skin is under all those prosthetics and WOW is his website adorable. My urge to write Farscape RPF that is Ben/Claud-centric but involves the whole cast + DK being huge adorable dorks GROWS AND GROWS.)
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(oh and by the way: hard at work on T.Pierce's circleverse [~50 pp into Magic Steps pls do not spoil] and then I will be out of Tamora Pierce and can maybe do something on LJ other than obsessively track the Advisory Board election)

So re: previous post and wacky world-changing emails, perhaps some of you can help me with this. I know there exists a song (that has been recorded) that has lyrics something like, "The Lord is my shepherd/and he knows I'm gay/He is my shepherd/and it's okay" "I cried, 'why have You made me this way?' and in the dark, I heard a voice say, 'I am Your shepherd; and it's oooooooookay." I think it was written/performed by Marsha Stevens but I could be wrong.

I definitely downloaded it from mp3.com sometime in late 2001/early 2002. (I probably had it by the time I got my LJ O_o)

Google fails me utterly; I'm currently checking the "current music" on... probably every single post I made while I was in college. If I have possibly shared this with someone, or if they remember me talking about it or seeing it in my LJ archives (what I know you stalk them and I know you note the current music!) I would appreciate any assistance you can render in this matter.

ETA: found
wisdomeagle: (queer!Ari)
I watched NCIS 1x19 "Dead Man Talking" this evening.

[dialogue from the end of the episode, with sadface and ranting, and teeny tiny mentions of Ugly Betty S1]
dialogue from the end of the episode )
wisdomeagle: (Mina de Malfois)
So I tossed most of my Girl Scout badges and patches -- seriously, not that eager to fondly reminisce about magazine sales or the time I registered "on time" -- yes, totally patch-worthy -- but I am keeping a couple -- the straight "Girl Scouts" one, my pins, my bridging RAINBOW, and this one badge that is especially gay )
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Apparently JKR thinks Dumbledore was gay. I... this makes me very pleased, you guys. In my gut kind of pleased. (It's not about the canon -- if it's not in the text, it's not my canon -- it's about the affirmation.)

In the meantime -- while I try to settle down from this unexpected good news -- [livejournal.com profile] fuschia asked about these seven icons:

I would reciprocate, but do you know how frustrating this meme is on dialup? )
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[Below is c&p'd my current NoteTab .txt, written over the past two weeks or so.]

So, um, from somewhere inside the Grey's orgy (yeah, sadly not as much fun as it sounds like...) [spoilers through the end of S2, to be on the safe side]
I've achieved 'What Did I Do To Deserve This?' )

[that wing thing] blow-by-blow

West Wing S6... finally!

I heard the theme music and my heart swelled. I'm Joss's girl through and through; BtVS is my favorite show in the world and Farscape the most artistically wonderful, but... West Wing has a place in my heart that's not going away.

What happened in S5? I have no idea...

[spoilers for S6 and minor for S7; if you've avoided the S7 spoilers, you're a better person than I.]
insert mainlining/heroin(e) pun here )


Then I watched The L-Word. [Spoilers for S1]
lengthy )

And then there was this meme, wherein I name several pieces of personal fanon/canon for several characters, as requested.

cj, sam carter, jean, toby, george, keith )

And, now that I've accomplished that meme (FINALLY), name two+ characters from any fandom(s) with which I am familiar and I will tell you about the first time they kissed.

ETA: FINALLY got all the html correct!
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I am fully researching Clueless and trying to deduce which version was nominated. And... Ms. Stoeger! Same-sex oriented in the tradition of high school gym teachers! Is played by the same actor who voices Minerva Mink in Animaniacs! And also, per IMDb, once played Elphaba the Wicked Witch.

So this is the point where I confess I fully had a crush on Minerva Mink. She was so pretty!

Gay. Gay. ALL GAY.

So I just did my corrections and character additions for Clueless. And once again, we add the dad. Hey, it is not my fault that the rest of fandom seems to think that fathers are boring!

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