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Hoo boy. Where to start? The physical challenges (2 overnights on a bus; multiple bus delays; standing, standing, standing, which is murder on my back) were considerable. The rewards were also considerable. The lessons learned keep streaming in. I'll take a stab at it, but I've still got a lot of mulling-over to do.

1. So many great speeches. Sophie Cruz, Ashley Judd, Janet Mock, Michael Moore, Tammy Duckworth. Just scratching the surface.

2. I'm seeing troubling accounts of white women, especially white women new to the activism scene, rolling right over women who aren't like them (transwomen, women of color, women who aren't Christians, disabled women, immigrant women, women veterans, incarcerated women... the list goes on). Seriously, folks, stop. When someone tells you their story, LISTEN. This is either about ALL of us, or not worth doing. There are plenty of people out there who want to throw some or all women under the bus. Don't be one of them. (And incidentally, the whole "pussy" thing? Not all women have them. Women who don't are still women.)

3. For the love of... whoever you love, there are people out there who have been fighting this fight since before you were born. Listen and learn.

4. There are also organizations that have been in this fight forever, and they know what they're doing. Before you run out and start your own thing, educate yourself. Find out if someone's already Doing the Thing, and if so, support them. Don't duplicate (waste) effort!

5. Following Michael Moore's exhortation, I am calling one of my senators or representatives every weekday. I am going to keep doing that. There is no reason in Hell to make life easy for people who are making it hard for us.

6. On the ride home, I posted to Facebook that the Democrats need to either get on the train, or get off the tracks. In the spirit of putting my money where my mouth is, I have joined my local Democratic committee. "Put up, or shut up;" and I don't plan to shut up.

7. I am back in my nice safe house, protected by my white skin, my white-bread accent, my affluence, my citizenship, my family and my social status from pretty much any negative consequences of my participation. Not all of my sisters can say the same. (#IMarchWithLinda) I will try to remember that, every day.
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Everything below this was imported from my old Livejournal account. Everything above this is post-import. Enjoy!
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... aloud, for Learning Ally.

(spoilers behind the cut, if by some strange chance you've never read the book)Read more... )

As we say in the fanfic community: AAAARRGH, THE FEEEEELS!
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Just finished Book 5 (Victory of Eagles). Spoilers behind the cut.

Read more... )

I have to give a shout out here to the Georgia PINES public library system, which has allowed me to read books 2-5 in spite of the fact that my own library's personal holdings are quite spotty. I just put a hold on Book 6 and should have it soon. PINES lets borrowers get any book from any library in the system free of charge, and return the book either to their own local branch or any other PINES library. Great for vacation reading. (My only quibble is that a lot of audio recordings aren't available for interlibrary loan. Y'all get on that!)
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So I just finished the fourth book in Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, which is set during the Napoleonic War, only in a world that contains sentient dragons. This, needless to say, changes things up a bit.

I shan't get into spoilers in this post. Let me just say that, like Guns of the South (in which mysterious strangers give advanced weaponry to the Confederacy in the early years of the Civil War) the changes wrought by the presence of dragons (not only in England and France, but in Africa, Asia and the New World) are neither simple nor entirely predictable. Novik takes history seriously, and she takes the dragons seriously (not all her human characters do. But then, not all her human characters take women seriously, or people of color, or foreigners, or people of other religions or other classes...).

It's obvious Novik's a fan of Patrick O'Brian. Not just because of the setting--there are some notable stylistic and thematic similarities: a tendency for late plot reversals (both positive and negative); exploration of themes of duty, loyalty and liberty; the consequences of being a compassionate person in a world in which there are a lot of people who need saving and whom you're powerless to save.

In short: I love these books, and am loving each one a bit more than I did the previous installment. Oh dear... only four more to go (plus one coming out next year).

But maybe they'll help me through my Dresden Files withdrawal.
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Men's hurt feelings are more important than women's lost lives.

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I needed some encouragement today after a rough day at work. So I turned to my lovely reviewers.

Here are some of my favorite bits, in no particular order, and not necessarily the Top Ten. (Except the last one, which is and shall remain my absolute favorite.)

1. "That one line stabbed me right in the heart, and then the next stanzas ram a whole set of kitchen cutlery after it." From hujwernoo's review of "Thomas's Song" on fanfiction.net




From peppertheband's review of "Silently, Invisibly" on fanfiction.net

3. "Fantastic story, everything about it, especially your Original Character. There are few OCs I've enjoyed in fanfics as much as I've enjoyed Jeannine. Good Show." From dante_alicheery's review of "I'll Fly Away" on AO3.

4. "I have rarely read an original character in fanfiction and come away feeling desperately like I want to see more of her." From Musafreen's review of "Some Slick Continental Dude" on fanfiction.net

5. "Truly a fantastic work. I couldn't put it down and it's now 2 am. I regret nothing." From Galimeril's review of "I'll Fly Away" on fanfiction.net.

6. "Problem? Now I have to read all the other things you've written, and it will slow down my writing..." From AlphaFlyer's review of "Resilience I: A Door That Locks Behind You" on fanfiction.net

7. "Wow. Just, wow. Usually I hate this kind of thing...but I just realised, that's because usually they're not *good*. Bravo." The_Good_Gardener's review of "Thomas's Song" on AO3

8. "I am incoherent with glee." From carolinecrane's review of "Stayin' Alive" on AO3.

9. "So as soon as I saw the title of this one, I flailed wildly, and then I pretty much didn't stop as I read it." From Kaesa's review of "The King's Roads" on AO3.


"There aren't a lot of published books that make me slow down at the end because I don't want them to be over. I managed to stretch Chapter 32 over an hour and a half. Please keep writing this." T.+Nielsen+Hayden's review of "Silently, Invisibly" on AO3.

To all of you, and to everyone else who's ever read my stuff, especially those who hit the "kudos" button or left reviews: THANK YOU!
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Stetit puella
Rufa tunica.
Si quis enim tetigit,
Tunica crepuit.

Stetit puella
Tamquam rosula:
Facie splenduit
Et os eius floruit

Stetit puella
Bi einem bovme
Scripsit amorem
An einem lovbe;
Dar chom Uenus also fram;
Caritatem magnam,
Hohe minne
Bot si er manne.
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(and also writers of published fiction whose editors are asleep at the wheel)


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I kicked in $20.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] kita0610 at South Carolina legislature confiscates budget of college for assigning Alison Bechdel's "Fun Home"
The South Carolina House of Representatives has withdrawn $52,000 from the College of Charleston for including Alison Bechdel's brilliant, celebrated memoir Fun Home in its summer reading program.


Representative Garry Smith said that the book "didn't merit scholarly consideration" because it "graphically shows lesbian acts." He led the campaign to withdraw the funds. $52,000 is the cost of the entire summer reading program.


To its credit, the college is refusing to allow its reading choices to be affected. College president P. George Benson said, "Any legislative attempt to tie institutional funding to what books are taught, or who teaches them, threatens the credibility and reputation of all South Carolina public universities."


I would certainly contribute to a fundraiser to make up the colleges' shortfall, especially if they'd guarantee that the funds would go to a program whose readings consisted entirely of things that Representative Garry Smith didn't like.

Update: In the comments, Tim​stellmach writes, "Money has been put where my mouth is. For reference, the name of the program in question is "The College Reads!", and the college's donation page is at https://giving.cofc.edu/donate.

Above Copied from Boing Boing.

I'm donating 10$. It isn't much but I intend to send it with a pleasant, yet pointed note in the name of said Senator. Perhaps you might consider doing the same? Let me know if you do.
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...to [livejournal.com profile] elisem on her gig as Apex Magazine's new poetry editor!


Dec. 22nd, 2013 08:31 pm
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I've been so focused on writing and posting my two stories for Yuletide that I forgot until just a moment ago that someone's writing one for me.

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Look, just please give me the money so I can learn to do this thing that both of us agree is really important. I promise I won't flunk out and waste your time.
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Whose idea was it to require BOTH an official transcript from every institution of higher learning you've ever attended AND a manual filling-out-of-forms with every course you've ever taken from those institutions, with grades and credit hours?

I suspect some kind of academic hazing ritual.

I win!

Nov. 30th, 2013 08:10 pm
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50K words in 30 days.

Now I gonna get some sleep.

Then I gonna take 4 days off till I get the GRE done.

Then I gonna turn this thing into a novel. And submit it somwhere (or several somewheres).
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NaNoWriMo: still on par at Day 28. I may get this done.

Grad school: still prepping for GRE.

Yuletide: sequel in progress for as-yet-unpublished first Yuletide story; research underway for other story.

Work: still scant (only 5 days this month so far). Working tomorrow and Saturday, so that's something.
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...who flinches when they see an ad for a $1000 "hobo bag"?
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NaNoWriMo: 35,879 words, which puts me about two days behind.

Yuletide: one story completed, one story conceptualized but not yet started, three weeks to go.

Grad school: signed up to take the GRE 12/4, got a LOT of math practice to cram into those 11 days. OTOH, I've been doing NaNo and Yuletide, so my writing chops (and my typing speed) are about as good as they're going to get.
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