wisdomeagle: bottle of purple liquid with a pipe floating in it, text "bpal!" (perfume)

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]

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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.)


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:
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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.


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.
wisdomeagle: (Mary Anne Spier)
Dear author,

I am am delightfully bizarre.



Dear author: I am delightfully bizarre, or, seven years of ficathon sign-ups.

I am easy to please. I like porn, I like romance. I like humor, I like srs bsns world building or character studies. I like magical realism and AUs and tropes and ridiculousness and ridiculous premises taken absolutely seriously, wedding fic and curtain fic and kidfic and futurefic and nostalgia fic and crossovers and fusions.

I like femslash. A lot.

Maggots squick me. So does sounding (the sexual practice).

EDIT: A random list of words, phrases, and concepts that are exciting to me, should you want additional inspiration. They are all completely optional:

wings, glitter, princesses, letter-writing, a day at the beach, writer's block, lists, studying for a test, revisiting childhood memories, awkward holiday meals, chosen family, polyamory, tryptophan-induced sleepy snuggling, pillow fights, making dinner together, art projects, sewing, fabric, fancy dress parties, cooking/baking/potion-brewing, sharing a tiny bathroom and navigating brushing/flossing/getting ready for the day without bumping into each other, doing the shopping, animal companions, committed introverts and their partners who respect them, abuse of power, adults respecting children...

And kink/pornwise:
caning, spanking, discipline, cross-gen relationships, student/teacher relationships, did I mention abuse of power, biting, pain, petplay, ageplay, watersports, forced femme, strap-ons, awkward sex, oral sex, fashion-as-kink, classroom sex, outdoor sex, playing footsie in public, being so turned on they can't even make it to bed, awkward discovery by inappropriate parties (parents, children, students), characters who know what they want and are proactive about getting it, people being loudly bossy in bed



1. Baby-Sitters Club
Characters: Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Stacey McGill, Claudia Kishi.
Optional Details what are optional:

I love femslash. Any number of girls, any era, any combination, any rating.

I request BSC almost every time I sign up for a panfandom ficathon, because it is the fandom of my heart, 100%, since I was six years old. There is no childhood ruining possible -- write me any kink on the kink_bingo list, and I will love you. Write me fluffy fluffy G-rated handholding when the girls themselves are six, and I will love you. Write me pining and longing and unrequited love for straight bff, and I will love-and-hate-and-love you. Write me same-sex-marriage-is-legal-in-Connecticut-AND-California bicoastal weddingfic and I will love you. Write me AUs where they're princesses, nuns, pirates, or puppies, and I will love you.

I requested these four characters because they're the core of what I love about the BSC, but they aren't binding. Tossing in the other girl baby-sitters (Dawn, Shannon, Mal, Jessi, Abby) would be fine, and I ship Stacey/Charlotte too. Twosomes, threesomes, etcsomes are all fine. I OTP the best friend sets, but mixing and matching is also cool. I use the BSC tag for tagging all BSC babble, of which there has been a lot over the years. Not particularly interested in het ships in this fandom.

2. The Cat Ate My Gymsuit - Paula Danziger
Requested character: Barbara Finney
Optional details what are optional:

I read this book to pieces as a child.

I'd love anything about the compromises Ms Finney makes and the ones she's unable to make (for example. Ms Finney is a lesbian or bisexual woman, but chooses to closet about that so that she can continue to teach and share feminist and progressive values with her students -- but any direction you want to take that would be fine). Or anything showing Ms Finney interacting with Marcie (including, but definitely 100% not required, femslash).

As it says in the optional details. Not particularly interested in het ships in this fandom.

3. Discworld
Requested character: Esmerelda "Granny" Weatherwax
Optional details what are optional:
Things I'd love: a witches adventure, with any set of three (or an awkward attempt at a coven of a different size). A headological piece about Granny Weatherwax at any era in her life. Granny acting on her own to do what's Right. Granny acting on her own and not doing what's Right. Granny/Nanny femslash. Granny/Tiffany femslash. Granny trying to wrangle witches who insist on femslashing when they should be focusing on their responsibility. Something darkly humorous. Something straight-up completely ridiculous. Etc.

Again, as it says in the optional details. Explicitly stating that Esme/Lily is okay. Not particularly interested in het ships in this fandom, particularly for Granny Weatherwax.

4. As Time Goes By
Requested characters: Jean Pargetter, Lionel Hardcastle
Optional details what are optional:
Jean/Lionel was one of my very first OTPs. Anything about them, any rating, from any era, would be delightful.

This show gave me a permanent kink for long-separated lovers reunited, so the nostalgia longing pining thing hits me deep in the gut. I love this pairing because there's that bittersweet piece with the present-day relationship in which there is happiness and joy together. Not particularly interested in pairings other than this one, but if you want to write Lionel as a woman (cis or trans) that would be fine.


Thank you so much for writing for me! If you are unsure about anything, questions can go through the mods or through [personal profile] hermionesviolin, my bff, who knows me with a knowing that's true.
wisdomeagle: Original Cindy and Max from Dark Angel getting in each other's personal space (Default)
Oh, flist (dwircle), it's the weekend! \o/

Other excellent things:

1. I came home* to two unexpected messages from people I love. :)

*apparently by this I mean "to the internet". ?

2. I got gas for the car just after the indicator light went on.

3. I bought a new bookcase and 4 frozen pizzas.

4. One of the nice lads playing American football in my apartment complex's parking lot carried bookcase from my car to the house because I asked for help :) *most outgoing*

5. I am up to The B♗shop at the Lake in my non-thorough Blackie Ryan reread. It's a British country home mystery! With Blackie! I'm pretty excited about it.

6. I bought Snuff last night. I'm looking forward to it.

7. Baaaaaby planet. (Okay, I just wanted to say that since I heard it on NPR.)
wisdomeagle: Original Cindy and Max from Dark Angel getting in each other's personal space (Default)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Phil 4:4 NIV.

1. Wordle. It is a great invention. I... seriously, I love how it lets me see frequency in graphic format. Love it. Just... the way stories coalesce around names. I'm working on this fic for kink_bingo and I plugged what I have so far into worldle and just YES. It shows me what's going on. The themes just pop. Whysoawesome.
2. In one of those temporary spazzy bandom places and reading Pete/Patrick. It makes go EEP in this way that just... EEP okay. Eeep.
3. zomg femslashy porn battle! I don't know how I missed the prompting session, but now there's this page of prompts so go and write and read and porn and eee.
4. I finished Men at Arms and it was kind of awesome. I am glad, for it seems that I actually am capable of reading Discworld, so long as I have the proper motivation. And [livejournal.com profile] raedbard pointed me to Thrill-Seeking, Vetinari/Moist bdsmish that makes me go guh. So, guh.
5. Mmm... !mother-in-law gave us t-shirts! Yes.

Three things I did well today:
1. Woke up.
2. Ate meals, kind of.
3. Read words not on my computer screen.


wisdomeagle: Original Cindy and Max from Dark Angel getting in each other's personal space (Default)
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January 2016



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