(Olaf picks up a keg with one hand, lifts it to his mouth and begins to drink. )
XANDER: (to Spike) So, uh ... think I should run and get Buffy?
(Olaf finishes off the keg, sighs happily and tosses it aside. He looks around at the patrons staring at him in fear. He spots a waitress. )
OLAF: Barmaid! Bring me stronger ale, and some plump, succulent babies to eat.
XANDER: I'm gonna run and get Buffy.
(he pats Spike on the shoulder)
XANDER: Or maybe you could fight him.
SPIKE: Yeah, I could do that, but I'm paralyzed with not caring very much.
[Drabbles & Short Fiction]
- Another Harris Family Joke (Xander, gen, PG) by punch-kicker15
- Of All The Bars In All The World ( Nikki/Darla, R) by brutti_ma_buoni
- Fist and Fangs (AtS ensemble, teen and up ) by theemdash
- Timing Is Everything: Part 4 (Buffy, Dean, Crossover with SPN, General audiences) by DreamingInColor
- Untitled Spuffy (Explicit) by babybatscreations
- Spangelus (Spike/Angelus, Explicit) by babybatscreations
- BtVS Drabbles (CHAPTER 5/?) (Faith/Wesley, teen and up) by dreamsofspike
- Some Say in Ice (CHAPTER 1/14) (Angel/Buffy, Mature) by ariaadagio
- Danse Macabre (CHAPTER 1/?) (Ensemble, Mature) by BAdeMorte
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- Reminder that Challenge #10 [the finals] ends on Saturday, February 25th at 11 PM ET. at lims-btvs
- 2017 Headline Award Winners by tonyhead-awardsCongratulations to all the winners.
- Buffy S11x01. A bit too real by feliciacraft
- Interesting take on "The Gift" by intrigue-posthaste-please
- Buffy/Willow romantic feelings by angelandfaith
- Cry Little Sister: A Defense of Dawn Summers - Wicked Horror by youhitmewithanaxeonetime
- Usenet commentary on Buffy from when it aired by intrigue-posthaste-please
- Faith, classism, and assimilation by spikesjojo
- Supernatural + Swan Song and Buffy + The Gift by sulietsexual
- Angel & Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Anne” (nee Lily, Chantarelle) [ISFP] by funkymbtifiction
- Angel didn’t really love Buffy by buffy-truths
- I Only Have Eyes For You by withoutpassionwedbetrulydead
- The prop demon book used by Doyle in IWRY revealed by whedoncon
- Is it hard loving Buffy and Firefly when Joss Whedon is an outspoken liberal? by conservativeleague
- Mixed Feelings on The Gift by torrilin
- Why such hate for Dawn? by brundleflyforawhiteguy
- Popularium: Vampire Slaying For The Soul by Tonya Smith
The trouble with trying to write up H is for Hawk is that it is such a deeply personal book, for Helen Macdonald, that I don't know what to say about it that won't sell it short or misrepresent it somehow. I often have this trouble with writing about memoirs, in a way I don't with fiction or biographies -- because as you all should know by now, the tone I am most comfortable writing these posts in, perhaps regrettably, is 'flippant,' and what right do I have to be flippant about another person's profoundly personal experience?
And the other thing that makes this hard is that I expect most of you have heard of it, or at least seen it in bookstores on the bestseller table, because it was weirdly and wildly popular for a deeply personal memoir about grief and a goshawk and the author T.H. White, with whom Helen Macdonald has no connection whatsoever except through his own weird book about grief and a goshawk. (The best review of White's The Goshawk was from rushthatspeaks in 2011, and you can read it here. I also read the book, but I couldn't figure out how to write about it any more than I can figure out how to write about this one, so I wrote less eloquently about Sylvia Townsend Warner's biography of T.H. White instead.) So what can I say that you won't have seen on the book cover, that this is a book about those things?
I guess I can say that I felt I understood this book better in December of 2016 than I did in January of 2016, because I was lucky enough, in January of 2016, not to understand grief very well.
And I guess I can also say that when I read it in December of 2016, it was for book club, and the thing we found ourselves talking about the most is that we're not sure after all that Helen Macdonald understands T.H. White very well -- or at least, not as well as she thinks, or at least, none of us were entirely comfortable with her understanding of him, an (apparently?) straight woman putting most of another person's troubles down to the Tragedy of Being A Gay Man. The trouble is, I guess, that Helen Macdonald's book, for the most part, is about discovery; she's learning about her hawk, and she's learning about her grief, which means that neither her own motivations nor the hawk's are entirely clear most of the time. The process of figuring them out makes the book what it is.
But she's not learning about T.H. White, or at least, that's not the way she's writing it. She tells us about him like she knows him and can understand his motivations already. And honestly, T.H. White is a complex enough figure that I don't think anybody does, or can.
Here's how it will go: I will post a list of 10-20 unread books that I own. Sometimes it will be themed, sometimes it will just be random. It will be a poll, and you folks will get to vote F, M, or K for each book.
F means "melannen should have a single night of ill-considered passion with it and then decide whether to turn that into a long-term thing or dump it with prejudice."
M means "melannen should commit long-term and continue to keep the book in her bedroom indefinitely."
K means "melannen should dispose of it posthaste."
This may remind people of a certain familiar game. Unfortunately I don't think DW polls have any way to force a three-way choice like in the game, so it's a free vote for each title. (Also I don't think I could agree to give up 1/3 of my books anyway.)
I will read the book with the most F votes, hopefully within the next week, and then post about it here.
I will dispose of the book with the most K votes, *if* there are enough total K votes on all titles to make a quorum (i.e., if only one person votes K in the whole poll, I don't consider myself bound to their vote.)
All other titles, I will think about very hard and take your votes into consideration!
Feel free to vote even if you only have a vague idea about the book or author. Or even if you've never heard of it but think the title is cool. That's why I bought most of these, after all.
Feel free to vote F on terrible books just because you want to make me read them.
Please leave comments with more information on the book or justifying your votes if you do have things to say!
Anon/no account votes and comments are on. Some background on me and my library if you wander here from far away: I am an SF fan and aspiring SF writer (emphasis on "aspiring" rather than "writing" rn). I would like to keep books that are a) good and/or b) important or foundational texts in the genre and/or c) help balance the proportion of books not by/about white dudes in my library.
Got that? ( Time to vote! )
(Books on the topic I have read and am definitely keeping: the Mike Ashley anthologies, Parke Godwin's Firelord, a mysterly Goldsmith "King Arthur" that is hilariously bowdlerized, Sutcliff's Arthur books, Twain's Connecticut Yankee, White's the Once and Future King, lots of pre-1860 retellings and sources, lots of "nonfiction".)
There's also Families Against Reckless Trump (FART), a "family-friendly" demo from 11am to 1pm designed for people who can't attend the evening demo for childcare or other reasons.
And associated Stop Trump and/or Day Without Us events all over the place: https://www.stoptrump.org.uk/map/ , searchable by postcode -- for example, the Tates are running guided tours "celebrating the artworks which have been created or influenced by migrants".
(According to Swedish data, crime rates have changed little in the past decade. COVER-UP.)
There's an important logical implication of this which the article doesn't address, namely that if "happening last night = "he saw a TV report on it last night", Buttercup apparently believes that when a thing happens is when he sees it on TV.
It's already been noted that people in his team are leaking like sieves partly because the only way to get him to register information is to have it on TV, but this seems like a new insight into the terrifying solipsistic void of his inner life.
(Really, I could have gone through life happily without ever having to think about Buttercup's inner life, but such are the times; we are not to be spared these things.)
The proportions are a bit off :/ which is why I will never be a portrait artist, but I was working fast and loose. Also, I cannot even with the FBI badge (or TV fake FBI badge, not like I'd know the difference). Sorry?
Ink: Robert Oster Astorquiza Rot
Pen: Aurora Optima 75th Anniversary
BTW, for the curious, both my Auroras have M nibs. I know a lot of people who prefer F or XF nibs for fountain pen drawing, but I'm finding that when I'm drawing with a firm nib, the bolder line of a European M is kind of nice.
I have now watched all of Blacklist S1 and am wondering whether to continue, because the unrepentant torture quota is...high. :( I get that bad guys will use torture in the course of narrative but when the "good guys" are doing it all over the place it's hard to care about anyone, especially in a modern-day setting.
General likes: I love retellings that enter into the world of the story and explore the characters' motivations and mindsets, or the machinery of the magic: why did Elisa have to weave shirts out of nettle, or how did Chrysaor feel about his parentage? I'd equally be happy with a very loose retelling of any of these stories: add or subtract characters, or transposes them in space, time, or genre. I'm happy with a multitude of prose styles (or poetry if you wish!) including second person and epistolary. You're also welcome to mix in elements from more than one story I'm requesting now, or from stories I have requested or written in the past.
Do-Not Wants: Please don't include any harm to hands, any substance abuse / addictions / addiction-related behaviour, or any amnesia.
( By story )
However! As of my recent trip to Powell's in Portland, I finally hit the jackpot! So I've just reread the first one, The Magic And the Healing, and will be progressing on accordingly.
The heroine of the The Magic and the Healing is West Virginia vet student BJ Vaughan, who is on the verge of failing out of med school because she's just learned that she has a strong genetic risk factor for Huntington's chorea and is, as a result, incredibly depressed.
Before she can drop out of school, however, she is invited on a mysterious special rotation with Cool Professor Sugar Dobbs, who dumps a unicorn horn and some mythological material in her lap and tells her to be ready to present next week. Shortly thereafter, BJ and her classmates are making regular trips back and forth to the land of Crossroads, where Magic Is Real but Centaurs Still Might Need Prenatal Care.
Other vet students include:
Lee Ann, the extremely Southern one
Annie, the extremely Christian one
Dave, the extremely bro-y one (I feel like there's maybe a rule that all portal fantasies featuring several university students need to include one bro-y guy named Dave)
Laurie, the cool cynical older one who is not actually in the rotation, appears for literally one scene early on in the book, and towards the end is suddenly revealed to ( spoiler? )
DeeDee, the sugary-sweet one who is also not actually in the rotation, appears for all of two scenes early on in the book, and towards the end is suddenly revealed to ( more spoiler! )
So, A-plot is BJ discovering magical wonders while also dealing with depression, suicidal ideation, and the possibility of having an incurable, eventually fatal genetic disease; and then the B-plot is a jaunty story about our ragtag band of vet students jaunting between Crossroads and West Virginia, bonding with the locals and each other, and flailing about how to apply their current real-world veterinary knowledge to mythological species.
And then there is a C-plot about an invading army that wants to come to Crossroads and murder everybody in its path, but it's almost hilariously irrelevant for most of the book until you get to the end and suddenly our ragtag band of vet students have to join in pitched! battle!! for the survival of Crossroads!!! right before they all graduate and go off to join local vet practices. Like honestly you could probably just skip the occasional chapters where the king of Crossroads goes undercover in the evil army and you would not be missing a thing, nobody cares about this, get us back to the logistical challenges of getting the appropriate blood type for griffin blood transfusions already!
Anyway, spoiler alert, Crossroads is saved and BJ doesn't die. My memory of the next two books in these series is that stuff keeps on happening A LOT; I don't remember just about anything that happens in the second one, but the third one is burned into my memory for what remains (to me) one of the most bizarre romantic plot twists of all time. I'm looking forward to the experience!
( A story about writing and messy intense family relationships? You bet I liked it. )
Sub-sub-header: At Florida rally president refers to attack in Sweden that did not happen, possibly confusing it with Sehwan in Pakistan.
(I would be interested to know if that's going to be the official White House explanation, particularly because Buttercup's speech makes it clear that he's referring to a European country which "took in large numbers" -- presumably of Muslim immigrants, because obviously, who else would be responsible for such an unspeakable imaginary attack? "Slip of the tongue, he meant Pakistan" won't cover it.)
Attempting to cover what actually happened in Sweden, a Swedish news agency reported a story about a bull moose that took a fancy to a wooden moose, but admitted that this story took place in the autumn and they just thought we would like it.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Swedes and their moose in this tragic time.
I laugh because it's an alternative to screaming. For a grimly-credible analysis of what's going on with this sort of shit, see this piece from a few days ago: Europe's biggest paper ran a bogus refugee 'sex mob' story. What now?
Terrifyingly, the comments (never read the comments) feature multiple occurrences of exactly the line of thought the article analyses: okay, maybe this didn't actually happen, but other things like it probably did, and it would totally have been Muslim immigrants who did them.
From the article:
If the lie sticks, that’s great. If it does not stick, that’s no loss. The point was always to add another rhetorical layer of doubt and suspicion to the sediment of our national bigotry. There was no Bowling Green massacre? Well, OK, but there could have been one, and it would have been a Muslim who did it. In the flexible world of bigotry, we can even condemn people for crimes committed in our minds.
* How to build a resilient culture of resistance in hard times (Waging Nonviolence)
* How to Run for Your Local School Board (Teen Vogue)
* Why I Ran: Rep. Erin Maye Quade (Elle)
News / analysis (To Read)
* The Morality of Voting? (Emily Ellsworth)
* ‘I’m a Dead Man Walking’ (Politico). Lengthy profile of Rep. Mark Sanford (SC), who is vocally anti-Trump.
* When A Politician Says 'Fake News' And A Newspaper Threatens To Sue Back (NPR)
* How India Saved the Internet (Waging Nonviolence). On how a bunch of Indian activists prevented India from becoming a "digital colony" of Facebook.
* The Movement for Black Lives, with their platform. This is the group that calls itself the United Front. I believe it grew out of Black Lives Matter, but is built of a coalition of a whole bunch of groups. Their platform is long, thorough, and really worth a read-through (which I haven't done yet).
* A Mild-Mannered Woman From Washington Is The Democrats’ Deadliest Weapon (HuffPo)
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So what next?
The White House seems to have realized it's not going to succeed in court with the original Executive Order and is talking about issuing a new, slightly more limited version of the order, though legal analysts think the courts will still maintain the restraining order preventing its implementation.
Meanwhile, ICE seem to be pushing at limits imposed by policies from the Obama administration, detaining a DACA recipient and stripping him of his DACA status, picking up immigrants outside churches and arresting a victim of domestic violence when she was attending a court hearing.
Check for protest marches and rallies
Sign the petition to respect "sensitive locations", including churches
Donate to these organisations
Check our Muslim Ban and Immigration tags for organisations that need donations or other kinds of support.
Scott Pruitt was approved as head of the EPA, despite protests from EPA insiders, but Andrew Puzder withdrew as nominee for Secretary of Labor after his many horrible and hypocritical actions were highlighted. Meanwhile, Trump seems to be struggling to find someone to take on the National Security Advisor role after Mike Flynn was pushed out over his Russian connections. Snickfic has linked to some good background reading about all of this in this link roundup
Meanwhile, the Trump administration is losing staff either because they failed background checks or because they were fired for past disloyalty to Trump.
No new confirmation hearings have been scheduled for next week so far, but we'll keep you posted on any developments.
Add a report on Town Hall or other recess action to defend ACA to the Indivisible/OFA database
Figure out the local impact of legislation so you can include it when you protest to representatives (via Snickfic's link roundup)
Defend Voting Rights (two links in Snickfic's roundup)
Know your rights and don't let the police take them away from you
Track down your "invisible" representatives - members of Congress who haven't scheduled Town Halls
As always, don't forget to check our What's Next? Resources Roundup (and the comments) for more links and snickfic's terrific link roundup posts. Remember that you can use the comments to add more links.
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This Week, I...
called my one senator
called my other senator
called my representative
got on a resistance call
signed up for daily or weekly action alerts
called my state senator
called my state representative
called my governor
went to a protest
got involved with a local group
sent a postcard/email/letter
took care of myself
committed to action in the coming week
did something else
- Madeline's Garden (Oz, Teen And Up Audiences) by Vashti (tvashti)
- And then... (Spike/Buffy, Teen And Up Audiences) by comlodge
- Exitlude (Cordelia, Angel, Wesley, General Audiences) by GeckoGirl89
- A Field Guide to Demons (Angel, Cordelia, Wesley, General Audiences) by GeckoGirl89
- House Full of Hostages (Buffy, Spike, Willow, Andrew, Xander, Anya, Dawn, The First Evil, Mature) by whatdoyouthinkmyjobis
- Paper Valentine (Angel/Cordelia, General Audiences) by GeckoGirl89
- Spike/Buffy Drabbles (CHAPTER 21) (Spike/Buffy, Mature) by dreamsofspike
- Belle South (CHAPTER 21) (Spike/Buffy, Explicit) by sunalso
- Angel(us)/Faith Drabbles (CHAPTER 3) (Angel/Faith, Mature) by dreamsofspike
- Dawn & Spike Drabbles (CHAPTER 9) (Dawn, Spike, Explicit) by dreamsofspike
- Xander/Anya Drabbles (CHAPTER 3) (Xander/Anya, Teen And Up Audiences) by dreamsofspike
- Spike Drabbles (Multiple Pairings) (CHAPTER 7) (Spike, Teen And Up Audiences) by dreamsofspike
- Spike/Faith Drabbles (CHAPTER 4) (Spike/Faith, Mature) by dreamsofspike
- Spike/Tara Drabbles (CHAPTER 4) (Spike/Tara, Teen And Up Audiences) by /dreamsofspike
- Spike/Xander Drabbles (CHAPTER 4) (Spike/Xander, Mature) by /dreamsofspike
- Attack of the Fluff (CHAPTER 6) (Spike/Buffy, Teen And Up Audiences) by Baphrosia (spuffy_luvr)
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( Vorkosigan, TGE, KOTOR2, Uplift )
Blue ink: Robert Oster School Blue
Pen: Aurora Optima blue chrome.
Red ink: Robert Oster Astorquiza Rot.
Pen: Aurora Optima 75th Anniversary.
Because Blacklist doesn't just jump the shark, it has FLYING SHARKS.
Uh, excuse my sad excuses for chess pieces. I didn't think to reference a chess set and I don't remember what the pieces look like except that knights are horses and rooks are castles. I should have done a rook instead of the bishop-thing.
FIC LINK: The Throne in the Hall
AUTHOR LINK: buttered_onions
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen | Violence
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 12844
MAIN CHARACTERS: Shiro, Hunk, Keith, Lance, Pidge, Allura
FIC SUMMARY: The only way to save this planet, and his friends, is to fight. It's not the same; it's close enough. Shiro doesn't have a choice.
Fantastic voices in this fic, and fantastic Shiro. This fic really plays with the possibilities of different plants and cultures and what the Galra's reach can do, and the canon reality of planets other than Earth and what might be possible there.
“The president, I think, makes statements [and] on other occasions contradicts himself. So we’ve learned to watch what the president does as opposed to what he says,” he said.
Without mentioning the president’s name, McCain lamented a shift in the US and Europe away from the “universal values” that forged the Nato alliance seven decades ago. McCain also said the alliance’s founders would be “alarmed by the growing inability, and even unwillingness, to separate truth from lies.”
He's not, is he?
ABC News: McCain slams Trump in Munich speech without using his name
... is he?
Is this just an odd coincidence, or is McCain joining in with the un-naming? It seems exceptionally unlikely, but ...
Also, while I am quite taken with "Buttercup", I also like this thought from doitninetimes:
Look, I am about as petty as it gets and The Current State Of Affairs have only been pushing me toward my Worst Self. I love! a petty asshole nickname, especially for one so worthy of mockery and distain. But let’s pin this one where it belongs. He is our current Republican President, and you fucking bet I’m going to take every opportunity to bring up that little fact.
"The Current Republican President" (I've also heard suggestions of "the Republican administration"). Because until/unless they impeach him, they fucking own him.
And of course one could always split the difference and go for "Buttercup [or appellation of one's choosing, whether his legal name or not], the current Republican president". So many fun options!
Also, of course, it's important that we all learn how to impeach a President.
And I was reminded that if a President can be proved to have colluded in a break-in at the DNC headquarters, there is extremely specific form for impeaching them (I'd somehow not consciously made this connection before, and I don't feel it makes a terrific difference if the break-in is cyber rather than "tape over the latches" ...).
Educational and uplifting!
I'm still down the hole (and plotting a viewing of All The President's Men and re-read of contemporaneous Doonesbury, because hey, might as well go for the full mini-fest here), but here are some links for anyone who wishes to join me in partying like it's 1974:
Because I am apparently not the only one feeling retro: The NYT: What Did Trump Know, and When Did He Know It? and Tom Brokaw: The Offer From Nixon I Refused
Also, can we offer a prize to the first journalist/interviewer/Twitterer who can get Buttercup to say (or Tweet) "I'm not a crook"? It's got to be possible to goad him into it. Got to.
(Or amusingly impossible: "Mr. President, are you a crook?" would probably get a ten-minute ramble about the electoral college and "fake news", interspersed with shouted orders to sit down.)
Because sometimes it's nice to know this shit, even if it doesn't (yet) have any practical implications for how to deal with stuff.
DID YOU KNOW that there's a very well-documented correlation between joint hypermobility and anxiety (and also autonomic and "somatic" problems -- stuff like fibromyalgia, IBS, migraines, etc.)? As in, if you are hypermobile you are way more likely to have the others? Trufax:
It's to the point where one group of researchers have even proposed giving it a name, the "neuroconnective phenotype":
Researchers don't have a clue why there's this connection; it's just one of those weird but strong correlations where they know that if they figured it out, they might know a lot more about what's going on in both conditions. But (at present) they don't. Also, collagen is weird.
So if you're dealing with this cluster of stuff, it's probably not just random coincidence: there is a reason. We just have no idea what the reason is yet.
At any rate, it's yet another reminder that the brain is part of the body, and that even the stuff that's in your head isn't "all in your head".