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]

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.)


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... )


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.


Jul. 4th, 2014 05:27 pm
wisdomeagle: (the ari and elizabeth show)
Me: a couple of my friends have recently picked up their Tarot decks again and so I am thinking about doing the same, but I don't even know what to ask.
Elizabeth: Would you consider doing readings for other people?
Me: Yes. Are you volunteering?
Elizabeth: *laughs* I know, that sounded like I was fishing, but actually not --

So, friends. Any interest?

Caveat that it has been awhile since I've done a reading and that I have mostly done readings for myself, some for Elizabeth, and one for [personal profile] paperhearts -- but I'm a lot better at reading for people I know well.
wisdomeagle: (the ari and elizabeth show)
Media consumed on my summer vacation (and several days following).

I'm having trouble making words, so these aren't full write-ups or analyses by any means. But. Words on paper.

Media consumed on my summer vacation (and the next couple of days)

1. I reread What Was She Thinking? aka Notes on a Scandal by Zoë Heller. 100% of my feels about this book are summed up with "DO ME BARBARA." My response to the movie, lo these many years ago, was much the same. When I watched it with my ex (no, other ex), she tried to explain to me that Judi Dench's character is a sociopath, but I was like, no, if the younger woman (sic) were REALLY INTO IT then it would be lovely and Barbara would be sane. So there and ♥__♥

So. Barbara Covett. I want her to devour me.

2. I reread Matilda by Roald Dahl. Is it bad that I have way many more thoughts about this than the above? Cos I do. And while I have difficulty seeing anything bad in Barbara Covett, I have way more complicated feelings about Miss Honey.

[cut for being vaguely spoilery and for talking about abuse.]

matilda )

3. Elizabeth and I saw Joss Whedon's What I Did on My Summer Vacation Much Ado About Nothing. Unsurprisingly, I have more feelings about Joss&family than about the show itself, although it was quite entertaining. Like how Joss has apparently moved on from his obsession with Summer Glau's feet, and opened with a shot of Alexis Denisof's feet.

4. I borrowed War for the Oaks by Emma Bull from Elizabeth. It was entertaining; sanctioned OTP is lovely, but alas there are no malicious/broken/lovely/brilliant female teachers so it would have had to be pretty amazing to compensate for that deficiency.

5. I borrowed a few comic collections from the library. First Ultimate Fantastic Four, hardback collection #4, which collects the strips from God War and Devils and an X-Men crossover. I was hoping to add Fantastic Four to the collection of Marvel characters I know enough to occasionally read fic or comics about, but I accidentally cared more about the secondary characters than the Four in pretty much every arc, so. That's not gonna work out.

6. Then I read Invincible Iron Man trade 2, World's Most Wanted part 1. I had SO MANY FEELS. And then I discovered that my library catalogues these really poorly, so there are 35 items indexed as "V. 2. World's most wanted, bk. 1 -- v. 6. Stark resilient -" including the one I have, so I don't know if they're all actually World's Most Wanted volume 1 or what. Hands. I really want to read more of this. (Tony and Pepper were really added to my collection after seeing Avengers, but this added Maria Hill, so, success.)
wisdomeagle: (Zoe)
If Gina Torres played Jesus, ego should play the Holy Spirit? (I suggested Johnny Depp, but I have mixed feelings about this.)
wisdomeagle: (communion bread)
Medium: Magnetic poetry, unicorn lovers edition (thanks, [personal profile] hermionesviolin.)
Words: 13
Content notes: Dubcon. Death. No other standard notes apply.
Rating: Mature.
Notes: For [community profile] kink_bingo's "food" square. Part of a tiny bingo. Somewhat blurry photo (magnetic poetry is hard to photograph!) and textual rendering under the cut.

image plus text under the cut )
wisdomeagle: (winnie the pooh)
Last night killing time before meeting Elizabeth's mom, we ended up browsing the clearance racks outside The Harvard Bookstore (which has an enviable url).

Elizabeth bought porn; I bought Christian Worship, Corporate Worship in the Reformed Tradition and Word & Table: A Basic Pattern of Sunday Worship for United Methodists, which as I said, "is like porn for Aris."


When I got in the other night Elizabeth offered me a spot in the bed and I went, "... I need to crawl over you to be on MY side."

"Oh right. I forgot you had a side." ... "In a gen way."

Later, "Yes, you have a side. Cos, we're not like an old married couple at all."

"We're like an older married couple in that we don't have sex."

"Well, we don't have sex with each other."

"Like an old married couple."
wisdomeagle: (the ari and elizabeth show)
Poll #10657 silly poll to celebrate paid time
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 3

Ari and Elizabeth ([livejournal.com profile] hermionesviolin)....

View Answers

are dating
0 (0.0%)

should be dating
0 (0.0%)

aren't dating, but for the life of me I can't figure out why
0 (0.0%)

are definitely not dating
3 (100.0%)

should definitely never date
0 (0.0%)

Crossposted here on LJ.


Nov. 12th, 2011 01:37 pm
wisdomeagle: (BSC)
Yes, I can see my bff giving me this look that says, really, you want more stress in your life?

But I would really like to be part of fandom again, so I am, very carefully, going to play Yuletide this year. I nommed BSC (duh), Dan Savage RPF (.... I really want fic where the tech-savvy at-risk youth take him to task on various stuff. Or basically anything involving tech-savvy at-risk youth being tech-savvy and awesome), and Jossverse RPF (though I'm less committed to that one) and may decide to request something different, depending.

And I will make the most conservative offer ever (for me. I tend to offer in the 60+ fandom range, so less than 10 would be super-conservative for me.)

I accomplished something super hard this morning, and I think the rest of the day will be devoted to watching tv and baking. Maybe I'll even watch tv that I already own rather than convince myself I need to buy new tv. (I will, though, I think, buy myself a quick breads recipe book, if I can find such a thing.)
wisdomeagle: (the ari and elizabeth show)
I am taking a week and a half off work starting NOW. The amount of glee this gave me was indicative of how stressed I was without even realizing it. But I will take care of all the stressy things, and I will move all the things from here to New Apartment, and on Friday, I WILL HAZ AN ELIZABETH! ("Speaking of how we aren't dating, we are sharing a bed, right?")

So to celebrate my vacation, let's do a meme, eh?

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment. (That way you're not leading the questions asked to fit the characters.)

2) Ask your flist to post questions in the comments.

For example:

'1, 9 and 15 are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from 4. Do they succeed?'
'Under what circumstances might 5 and 7 fall in love?'

3)After your flist has asked enough questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.

I picked my list by looking around the room. I carefully didn't put any children or Muppets on it because many of you have filthy minds and I like you like that.

None of the characters in my icon are on the list, because that would be TOO WEIRD.
wisdomeagle: Original Cindy and Max from Dark Angel getting in each other's personal space (Default)
Dear Yuletide Author,


Wee decapitated person is so happy you are writing for me that HANDS ARE IN THE AIR IN GLEEE. As I write this, sign-ups haven't even opened, yet I already know that you are out there, my Wondermous Yuletide Author of Wonder.

... and now sign-ups are open, I am all signed-up. I already pimped RPF - Cry Cry Cry on the Yuletide comm official pimping post, and people signed up to write it! Maybe you are one of them! If so, thank you!

If you're writing for one of my other fandoms, yay! Thank you! I would be SO HAPPY to receive any of these requests that I will FALL OVER on Christmas morning. I will be NOT ABLE TO FUNCTION I will be so thrilled.

First, hi. My name is Ari. I'm a lesbian. I'm a Christian. I've been in fandom since 2003. This is my third Yuletide.

I like het, girlslash, boyslash, poly, incest, and gen. I like BDSM and all kinds of kink, genderfuck, crack, wingfic, magical realism, worldbuilding, thinky fic, and theology.

I don't like homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, racism, sexism, ableism, classism, anti-semitism or ageism. I really hope that won't be a problem with anything you write but just, yanno, throwing it out there.

Now, on to the specific requests.
biblehetotp! )

cult of mina! )

folksingers! )

single white kidlit author in search of same )

In conclusion, THANK YOU! I hope you are excited and not daunted by at least one of my requests, and I hope you have or develop a really awesome plotbunny that you enjoy writing as much as I know I will enjoy reading.

If you have any questions about my tastes or preferences, you could ask a question through the mods, or you could ask [livejournal.com profile] hermionesviolin, partner in crime, who's sure to know.

Happy Yuletide! Thank you! <3<3<3
wisdomeagle: Original Cindy and Max from Dark Angel getting in each other's personal space (Default)
& a rare public gleee!post, because everything here is totally fannish. And also gen. Swear.

"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. Luke 2: 10-11

I spent the day with Elizabeth [=[livejournal.com profile] hermionesviolin, of course]. It was quite awesome because we are quite awesome, in the sense that we are complete dorks. So gleee! a selection of awesome things we did:

1. We went through the Secret Slasha archive and determined how many of the pairings each of us had written previously.
2. I gave Elizabeth her birthday card (much belated), and she gave me a free t-shirt she got at the screening of Juno she saw.
3. We discussed our shared hobbies, by which you probably think I mean watching TV, but really, it's mostly tagging our LiveJournals.
4. And we concluded the day with a candlelit dinner (but in a gen way, I swear).

5. And in an item unrelated to my day with Elizabeth, I read Ducky Diary 3 on my ride home. It is possibly my favorite book ever. Every time I read it I get a little less worried that it will turn out wrong (by which I mean, failure of Ducky to be gayest ever) and a little more squeeful about how totally gay Ducky really is. Sigh.

6. (BONUS!) Yuletide feedback! :)

-- and when I got home, I had email from Elizabeth. Because clearly eight hours is not long enough.

Three things I did well today:
1. I started planning sign-ups for next year's Yuletide and Secret Slasha.
2. I woke up in time for the day's adventure.
3. I made a couple of Christmasy icons

... what, they are totally large accomplishments. It is vacation! It is allowed.

Two things I am looking forward to [doing (better)] tomorrow:
1. Getting some serious Yuletide reading done.
2. Maybe watching some TV.

... shut up! It is still vacation.


Dec. 24th, 2007 02:27 pm
wisdomeagle: Original Cindy and Max from Dark Angel getting in each other's personal space (Default)
Oh, Yuletide Treats! I seem to have written four Yuletide treats (all a little shy of 1000 words, but hey. These are stocking stuffers), and am working on a fifth and have plotbunnies for a bunch of the others that I copied into my .txt.

And Elizabeth, you know that This Year's Theme that we discussed?

I suspect I may write more fic along those lines.

's a very weird Yuletide.
wisdomeagle: Original Cindy and Max from Dark Angel getting in each other's personal space (Default)
Title: "Victory, Snatched"
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Minerva McGonagall/Hermione Granger
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Hermione is of age but still McGonagall's student. There is some kink -- spanking and mild dominance. There is no plot AT ALL.
Spoilers/timeline: Half-Blood Prince
Disclaimer: J.K. Rowling, not so much me.
Notes: While this fic would have been had we not LOST POWER FOR TWO DAYS is a celebration of multiple joyous and overlapping events (my twenty-second birthday, me and Elizabeth's third friending anniversary, the Red Sox pwnage), it is primarily a fulfillment of my [livejournal.com profile] forty_or_better obligation and a gift for [livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname, who shares my birthday (which was last Saturday, when I MEANT to post this). I ♥ you.
Summary: ...and they done sex (Hermione sustains Quidditch-related injuries).
Wordcount 1787

Hermione has never cared for Quidditch as a sport )
wisdomeagle: Original Cindy and Max from Dark Angel getting in each other's personal space (Default)
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? )
wisdomeagle: Original Cindy and Max from Dark Angel getting in each other's personal space (Default)
Title: "Snow White in Wintertime"
Fandom: Buffy: the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Buffy/Dawn
Warnings: Incest and a hint of necrophilia.
Rating: PG-13 for the aforementioned themes.
Notes: For my partner in mild misdemeanor [livejournal.com profile] hermionesviolin in the Dawn II round of [livejournal.com profile] femslash_minis.
Summary: And they all lived happily ever after (Dawn's pretty when she's dead).
Wordcount: ~500

she *does* make a lovely corpse )
wisdomeagle: Original Cindy and Max from Dark Angel getting in each other's personal space (Default)
I tried to do this on Wednesday night but my thoughts were a bit confuddled, so here goes... not really trying to be exceptionally coherent or anything, so just go with it.
shiny people )
wisdomeagle: Original Cindy and Max from Dark Angel getting in each other's personal space (Default)
Title: "Habits Real Girls Have"
Fandom: Buffy: the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Tara/Dawn
Rating: Parents cautioned for death, blood, implicit sex, and general oddness
Spoilers: Through "Villains"
Notes: For my darling [livejournal.com profile] hermionesviolin, who gave me entirely too many options for my poor wee brain to deal with. [livejournal.com profile] femslash05.
Summary: Tara dies, Dawn learns. Never what you expect.
Disclaimer: Joss != me.
habits real girls have )


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