Dec. 29th, 2011 09:13 pm
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 + I am a little late, but: I received a second fic for Yuletide, and it is for one of my favorite books!

Inflammable Substances
Ronja Rövardottar | Ronia the Robber’s Daughter – Astrid Lindgren
On the fifteenth winter of Ronia and Birk’s lives, Undis’ prediction is finally coming true.

It’s absolutely beautiful, a slow unfolding of Birk and Ronia falling in love. My childhood self is in raptures.

+ It’s almost 2012; I am ringing in the new year with my cousins Esme and Ethan, who are 12 and 10; we’ll be watching family-friendly movies and I will probably be drinking unless I can convince them to watch Anastasia.
I’d talk a little about the year that’s gone, but I got carried away below, so: next time.

+ My sister Midge, who is also my roommate and BFF, is getting married on Cinco de Mayo. I’m standing up with her in the wedding, and Midge has given me carte-blanche with regards to my clothes—I’ve been pretty unconcerned about the whole thing, but last night I dreamed that it was the day of the wedding and the ceremony was being held in my bedroom instead of at the church. I still didn’t have a dress, and so, as everyone waited by the bay window, I stood in the entryway to my room, in my underwear, trying on everything in my closet. I woke up in a panic, stumbled downstairs, and started looking up dresses. I still have no idea what I’m wearing, but at least now I’m worried about it. Anyone have any ideas? It’s a morning wedding, and it’s in church, so I need to keep my shoulders covered. Let’s be real: I am not above wearing a cardigan.


Dec. 29th, 2011 05:58 am
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So, in the interest of preserving the cultural record or what-have-you, I created a Dreamwidth account (username is tomatocages). Time will tell w/r/t usage, but for now: testing, t-e-s-t-i-n-g 1,2,3.
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Dear YuleGoat,
Hi! This is my first year participating in Yuletide, and I am already excited for what you’re going to write! I am positive I will love it.
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Christ is born! Glorify him!

Merry Christmas and Happy holidays, f-list! I am unable to attend liturgy (which is very sad, because the Nativity service is always so lovely and quiet), so I read my Yuletide gift, and it was amazing and full of love. 

I am bad at hyperlinks, so for now, here's the information:

Time, Love
Kairos (Murry-O'Keefe, Wrinkle in Time), set between A Wind in the Door and Swiftly Tilting Planet.
Two moments of Calvin's life. 

It's beautiful and in-character and Calvin is a perfect human being, as usual. Even though it's all from Calvin's POV, the author does an amazing job of keeping Calvin grounded within the life he lives--it's a wonderful fic and I am so thankful to my Yuletide author for writing it. 


I will fix this entry later.In the meantime, what did you get for Yultide? What have you read so far? 


Dec. 16th, 2011 03:46 pm
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+In fandom-related news, I've started watching a couple of new (to me) shows: White Collar (I love it!) and Avatar: the Last Airbender (Delightful!). 

The things that appeal to me about White Collar are its usage of art history and characterization--I'm only four episodes in, but I think the actors have fabulous chemistry, and I love the portrayal of Peter and Elizabeth's marriage. Peter reminds me (a very little) of my father, mostly in appearance and in his speech patterns; I also like how he talks to his subordinates. Neal is so charming he of course cannot be taken seriously. Which I'm pretty sure is the point. A cursory glance at the fandom seems to indicate that people are super into the idea of the Burkes and Neal having a polyamorous relationship and I'm not at all into that reading--I think a single person can have a very close and complicated relationship with a married couple without sex and/or romantic love being a component. BUT THAT'S A DISSERTATION FOR ANOTHER TIME, and I am looking forward to catching up with the series. 

I think I watched a few episodes of A:tLA back in 2005, but that was right when I was leaving fandom, so I never finished it. After viewing season one, can I just say I love Sokka and Katara? I think they have a very real sibling relationship, and I think Katara is a great character. I'm liking it a lot! It's also a show that I can watch with my younger brother, who I've discovered is a big fan. We have different ideas about what's enjoyable, but this is a decent middle ground. I actually love children's television, I think, because in many ways it presents a coherent adventure narrative focused on both the struggle between good & evil while at the same time creating a poignant and relatable coming-of-age story. Additionally, these narratives rarely display content that I find objectionable or uncomfortable*. It also relies on a lot of folklore staples, as does children's literature--I just finished a class on this topic and it was really enjoyable, in case you did not notice that I am a nerd. 

*I got uncomfortable reading The Babysitter's Club, so I have...a low tolerence. 

I'm technically a free woman until mid-January, so if you have questions, ask 'em now. We can do that meme where we answer back and forth? I love those. I know. I'm sorry. (I'm not sorry.)


Dec. 11th, 2011 06:40 pm
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+Let's discuss the political and religious language that we're implying when we say "virginity." Also, fun stories about terrible healthcare professionals! ALL YOU EVER WANTED. )
I! am a nail-biter. It’s gross, I know, and I can’t seem to stop. The only thing that seems to help is getting frequent manicures, which I cannot afford (sadly). So I spend a lot of time painting my nails, in hope that it’ll help. Unfortunately, I always forget to take my multivitamin, so I have really weak nails, and I always break them. Any tips? Right now I’m using $4 silver nail polish from Target and it is SO SHINY, which is a good thing, because I love, L-O-V-E, glitter.
I am currently accepting any and all suggestions for colors and brands of nail color—for the record I am pale, freckled, and have ruddy hands. ADVISE ME. (Dark colors that rub off on paper are a bad idea though, because I work in the antiquarian map department and would have to kill myself if I defaced anything, even by accident.) 
+ So, [livejournal.com profile] torigates posted about her (beautiful!) Christmas tree, which leads to my next question: WHAT IS IT LIKE, TO HAVE A TREE? My family is weird about Christmas, i.e., they don’t celebrate it, and this is only my third year observing Advent, so I am confused. Please tell me about your traditions/Traditions; they are fascinating (that is not sarcasm).
+Lastly, here is my best holiday work story from when I was an employee at a bookshop (this is in honor of [livejournal.com profile] dudski, who wins all of the contests about workplace stories, forever): For some reason I was the only person ever on phones. One Christmas Eve, we had a particularly memorable caller.
CUSTOMER: Hi, do you have A Clockwork Orange?
ME: No, I’m sorry; would you like me to order that for you?
CUSTOMER, ANGRILY: What do you mean, you don’t have it? I hope you’re happy. You’ve ruined Christmas. [Hangs up.]
And to all a good night.


Dec. 10th, 2011 10:07 pm
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   Holiday Love Meme!

I! Have never done one of these before! 
And I'm busy with finals but I promise I'm checking the f-list and I love you all. 


Nov. 25th, 2011 03:28 pm
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My boss and I were staring at a pile of "I [heart] New York" tourist maps from the early 70s, trying to figure out how to arrange the notes field of the catalog record. 

Boss: I'm not sure how I'm going to note this heart symbol. This program isn't terribly sophisticated.
Me: You know, on the internet, people sometimes write a "<" and the number 3.
Boss: What?
Me: [draws "<3" on a post-it]
Boss: ...Veronica, that's terrible. I'm an old man. Why do they even do such a thing.
Me: Kids these days! 
Boss: I think I'll just put "love" in brackets. 


Nov. 8th, 2011 02:06 pm
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A lot of stuff is happening and I have a lot of feelings, so! In no particular order:

+ My sister got engaged! She says I am her maid of honor and I can wear whatever I want. So that's cool. 

+ I am officially applying for the PhD, so between that and finals for the semester (due date for the app and exams are AT THE SAME TIME), I shouldn't be on el-jay at all, but probably will be anyway. Naturally I want to write ALL THE FIC about Young Justice, which brings me to ---->

+YOUNG JUSTICE apparently wants to make me regret that I'm not a robot. Everyone who's anyone has already talked about how <i>Failsafe</i> is devastating, so I won't add my thoughts to the mess. But in case you haven't made up your mind about this show (seriously, it's 20 minutes long and amazing, please watch it), [livejournal.com profile] memlu has a new comix blog AND a review of Friday's episode (see A Speeding Bullet for the deets). 

+ Yes, I know no one reads this, but whatever. 

+ I mentioned this to [livejournal.com profile] torigates already, but just so everyone knows: I had to read the 1930s Superman comix for class, and Clark Kent/Superman is just  not toward. Lois Lane can do better, you guys!

I got nothing else. 
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Forgot I had homework due today and turned it in by the skin of my teeth, probably. I don't even know how this happens, I am usually really good about keeping track of assignments. Luckily it was just another subject heading/authority exercise, so it only took a few minutes. Although when I had to write out "650 _0 $aDinosaurs $zChina $zMongolia $xHistory" I was really tempted to add another subfield saying "Bitch, Plesiosaur." I didn't actually do this, but I wanted to. Then I included a really snarky note about Latin abbreviations, because my instructor spent like 10 minutes whining about how he couldn't be expected to remember that "S.l." means "sine loco" which means "without location" and stands for "without place of publication." Dude, it's not that hard, and RDA will just give you carpal tunnel. WHATEVS.

Young Justice! )

Also, am thinking about getting caught up on Fables. I stopped reading it in like 2006/2007; Lmk if it's worth getting emotionally involved in Snow and Bigby or if that thin is a hot mess.

And guys! Do we need to talk about Yuletide? Do I even have time?
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I was reading a few selections of a book my mom brought home from work –I think it’s called “What we hope for our daughters,” and it’s kind of the history of this bridal shop somewhere in Illinois. The book is made up of a numerous personal narratives about women preparing for their marriages, buying wedding gowns, encountering obstacles, etc. It’s a nice gesture at the very least, even if it is one that doesn’t really speak to me—I’m single and my sister still isn’t engaged, so I haven’t been to a bridal shop since my BFF asked me to help her try stuff on in 2009.
Still, there were several sections where women talked about their faith and about what they hoped for in their marriages (and parents also talked about what they hoped for their daughters). As someone who is religious and who believes that marriage is a sacrament, I thought it was nice to see that these women were not treating their vows lightly (even if their understanding differs from my own; by the way, I’m not saying that anyone goes in to a marriage thinking it’s no big deal or that it is a thing to be treated lightly; I just mean the book was focused on THE DRESS and THE IDEA OF MARRIAGE AS A PARTNERSHIP).
What I’m a little perplexed and bemused by is the section on “preserving purity.”
Marriage, kissing, virginity, sex: Vern rants about topics she has approximately zero experience with )
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Do people still do introductory posts? (Do I really need to do one?) I dunno, but I guess I’ll take a stab at it.

”Vern” )

That seems like as good a place as any to stop. I’m happy to answer any questions you have, to the best of my ability.
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Subject headings? They are dead to me. I have to create a ton of them at work and for school and it's just really clear that I suck at it. Whatever~~~I give up, I am not a cataloguer (or am I???).

Currently working on a few new fics (Young Justice! Everybody go watch it I am not going to articulate because I am updating on my phone and it's a pain to wax poetic), writing a few papers on folklore (old women as spiritual guides: see Baba Yaga), and emailing every professor I know to ask about school stuff.

I'm feeling really serious about applying for the PhD program in January, so I need to get my ducks in a row and make sure I'm making an informed decision. I'm an information professional, surely that counts for something.

Lastly, because I am apparently incapable of writing coherent, thoughtful posts, I! Have started wearing eyeliner, mostly because it's fancy (I know that beauty is a myth that is used to imprison women in the West, but my eyeliner has a tiny paintbrush!). Only real problem is I have some serious problems taking it off, my makeup remover doesn't seem to work. It is tough for a lady to learn how to apply makeup in a vacuum, but I guess there's the Internet. I'm just...really tired of YouTube tutorials. All of the coherent ones are done by a Vietnamese lady, and she and I have vastly dissimilar facial structures.
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Because I have no self control and also wasn't allowed to watch TV when I was little*, I started listening to [livejournal.com profile] mekosuchinae when she talked about Young Justice. And then I watched a couple episodes of Young Justice.

You guys. This show is the best show.

Also, the three people who I've noticed like the show all say the same thing, which is that the fandom for it is terrible, and full of lady-haters. And it's true! I'm so upset about it! But I'm clearly the kind of person who imprints on M'Gann as soon as she appears on screen, because she is made of magic and wears a cardigan. But the show is better even than M'gann, because even the dudes are hilarious, in the way that fifteen-year-olds are dweeby and hilarious! I can find this behavior cute because I have never talked to a fifteen-year-old boy.

It's so awkward and endearing that even my terrible second-hand embarrassment syndrome is vanquished. I'm in love.

*I'm actually not upset about not watching TV when I was small, I wouldn't have appreciated it the way I do now.
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Attention, f-list: I have just watched True Grit. I am in love.*

*I am aware that I am late to the party.


Jul. 8th, 2011 11:50 pm
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Fannish Things To Do:

-Work on [livejournal.com profile] femgenficathon prompts.

-Work on [livejournal.com profile] fma_ladyfest prompt.

-Edit and start reposting Conographia, aka the Royai 100 themes that took me two years to write the first time around. (I am debating: do I repost the original writing plus edits, or do I take this chance to rewrite all the themes I don't think were well-executed? Do I post the original and just offer DVD extras, so to speak? HALP.)

-Finish plotting Greed/Ling/LanFan story. (Is this secretly for [livejournal.com profile] mekosuchinae? MAYBE. I suck at this.)

-Finish plotting major Team Xing/LanFan backstory + research equivalent culture

-Figure out how to write dialogue. (Argh.)

Power up

Jun. 23rd, 2011 11:09 pm
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Ugh, the power just came back on, after three days of darkness. It honestly wasn't too bad--I got a lot of reading done, and the inability to cook meant that someone sprang for tacos. But it was the principle of the thing, and it is a huge pain in the ass to go anwhere when all the traffic lights are out. Getting to PT took almost an hour, and it's normally and ten, fifteen minute drive.

In the planning stages for two long pieces, plus two femgenficathon sign ups and my fma ladyfest prompt. [livejournal.com profile] explicate has offered to help with ladyfest, happily, but does anyone know where to turn for what promises to be a ridiculous foray into LanFan's backstory, as well as a Sakura-centric Naruto fic? (It's a long story, but suffice to say, I love the idea of the Naruto verse far more than I can stomach the manga. I have a LOT to say about it, so fair warning! Avoid this topic if you don't really care!)

Clearly, I've gone crazy; I'm also looking at another round of internships. And today I taught the baby to crawl, which I'm sure her mom will be thrilled about.

Finished reading State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. I always compare her novels to Bel Canto, which is kind of a gold standard, and usually I find them lacking; however, I really love this new one. I think the plot it a little stronger than Bel Canto, and the writing is glorious, but I don't know if it's better. I need to think about it.

In other news, Farmer's Market tomorrow! And I also finished planting the rest of the garden, I have an insane amount of tomato plants. I am going to can so much produce this summer, I swear the neighbors are going to suspect the end times.


Jun. 17th, 2011 08:31 pm
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For your reading pleasure, here's a roundup of things I looked at this week. Feel free to talk at me about any of this. Clearly I'm excited.

Lois Lane, Girl Reporter! Everyone who reads Kate Beaton already knows, but I wish this comic was being written, because I think girls need more amazing stories. 

GEARING UP FOR SYTYCD. Why DOES love always feel like a battlefield!

Hakkaido Green, by Aidan Doyle. Digging this story. Really beautiful, got kind of a wabi-sabi vibe. I adore Strange Horizons.

Filipiniana is the premier digital library of the Philippines, founded by Tin Mandigma ( [livejournal.com profile] team7 / cocoro)! It combines full-text research materials and snippets of contemporary publications with non-textual materials such as maps, photographs, videos, paintings, illustrations, and tables. How awesome is that?

I figured out how to do this to my hair!

The University of Michigan Library’s Copyright Office is launching the first serious effort to identify orphan works among the in-copyright holdings of the HathiTrust Digital Library.

You should definately pick up the translation issue of Poetry Magazine, but so far, here are two of my favorites: memory of water by Reina María Rodríguez and To Be Elsewhere by Hsia Yü.
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 So I’m back, I suppose, which is funny because six years ago I thought, this is a pretty small thing to give up. And then my life fell apart (as it has a way of doing) and I spent some time picking up the pieces, and then I decided I wasn’t too embarrassed about coming back, which is, I suppose, a sign of real personal growth. Or something.


These things take time, and right now I live with way too many people, but there’s something nice about continuity. Fifteen dollars worth of nice, in this case, but that’s about what I got from my tax return and I’m not paying rent, so I took it as a sign.

Six years is a pretty long time—it is, literally, a quarter of my life—and there’s a lot of stuff I don’t remember from the (epic?) 2003-2006-ish era. But here’s the plan, for the here and now: I need to write again, and I need to ramble on about things, if only for the sake of personal therapy, and perhaps the sake of having a record for when I got to confession. So this is gonna be fairly heavily locked down, for the sake of my perceived privacy, though commentary is, frankly, kind of welcome. I’m working on setting up a fic journal in the next week or so, so I think you can pretty safely bypass this if you’re of a mind to.
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