Monday, May 29th, 2017 08:28 am


I am generally ignoring UK politics in favour of US politics because the latter is a fuck of a lot more entertaining right now.

However, this is happening:

The Independent: Conservatives slash election projections as Corbyn surge in polls continues
The Guardian: Tory nerves fray as Jeremy Corbyn narrows Theresa May’s lead in new poll

To be more accurate, I think it's not that Corbyn himself is doing anything spectacularly impressive but that May is fucking up spectacularly. And the Tories still have a solid lead.

(And obviously by this point, we know that polling seems to be broken even if nobody knows why.)

However, just avoiding a Tory landslide would mean a lot. And for the Tories to end up with a reduced majority (and May seen as a liability) would be magical and also hilarious.


Monday, May 29th, 2017 06:51 am

a decade of Ask a Manager

Posted by Ask a Manager

Ask a Manager turned 10 yesterday.

(Side note: This is crazy to me. I started the column on a whim — literally, just thought it would be something fun to do while my then-boyfriend was out and I was bored — and assumed it would attract three readers and one of them would be me.)

I have no idea how one commemorates a 10th anniversary of something that has brought me as much joy and satisfaction as this site has, so I won’t even try.

Instead, I present to you the Ask a Manager Hall of Fame, in no particular order.

Ask a Manager Hall of Fame

1. The company that made 20 job candidates prepare a meal and entertain 20 people together.
Companies like this keep me in business, so I salute them.

2. The employee who was putting magic curses on her coworkers.
Black magic: an occupational hazard.

3. The coworker who wanted all her coworkers to call her boyfriend her master.
I mean…

4. Hanukkah balls (here and more details here).
It’s Savannah’s first Christmas!

5. The person whose coworker stole his spicy food, got sick, and blamed him (and the satisfying update).
Total ridiculousness so rarely gets such a satisfying conclusion.

6. The office sex club.
Is it real? Is it fake? I have no idea and I’ve decided not to care.

7. The person who went and got her dog.

8. The coworker moonlighting as a prostitute during work hours (and the update).
This was my first hint that it might not be all cover letter advice and bad bosses.

9. The “I took all my work to the woods and burned it” comment.
The person who did what everyone else fantasizes about.

10. Wakeen.
I still laugh every time I read this.

a decade of Ask a Manager was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

Imzy's shutting down. That didn't take long, did it? I have to say, I found it incredibly confusing and difficult to use. Some were hailing it as the new LJ replacement, melding all things we wanted, but I never found that to be true. To me it didn't seem to work as anything. Alas.

American Gods 1.05 Lemon Scented You )

Monday, May 29th, 2017 04:39 pm

The Arrival


The Arrival is a silent graphic novel about a man who leaves his family behind, to go and find work in a distant city to provide a better life for them. As he tries to adapt to life in this strange new city he meets others people and learns their stories. It's a beautiful book and this is the part which stand out to me the most. Also I should probably mention I previously uploaded these scans to my Tumblr.

Read more... )

Monday, May 29th, 2017 08:10 am

FFA DW Post # 667 - Omega males

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Monday, May 29th, 2017 01:07 am

WisCon 41 - Day 3

I had fully intended to get up for morning panels today, but I guess my body had other ideas because I woke up at 9:55am, and the panel block started at 10am. So instead we bailed on the morning and had a leisurely brunch, followed by a trip to the chocolate shop. (I'm having a delicious fudge snack right now.)

So then came the afternoon panels. First up was a panel about the women of Luke Cage, and it was awesome. Awesome. Probably my favorite panel this year. Five black women, talking about these black female characters who meant so much to them, and the great things and not-so-great things about how the representation. Panelists and audience members discussed issues like respectability politics, colorism, the importance of Eartha Kitt as Catwoman, and also whether Shades is or is not an appropriate Supportive Murder Boyfriend. I highly recommend the hashtag for this one. The panel was recorded, and will be posted on the Nerdgasm Noire Network, and if you get a chance you should totally listen.

Next up was a panel on comics, focusing mostly on recommendations, and featuring "comics matchmaking", where an audience member would ask for a rec based on their specific parameters, and the panelists and audience would make suggestions. There were far too many recs for me to catch them all, but moderator [ profile] crosberg promised to post up a complete list on their website after the con. (It seems I will have a lot of things that I need to come back and share with you soon.) We closed out the afternoon with perhaps the most entertaining panel of the con: an examination of which superpowers might be the most useful for banging. Pretty much exactly what it says on the tin; the hashtag has more. We laughed, a lot.

After dinner, it was time for dessert salon and the Guest of Honor speeches. Kelly Sue DeConnick and Amal El-Mohtar were both brilliant and moving in their own ways, both of them urging us to stand up and support each other and fight against the terrible and growing injustices in the world. I imagine the full text of both speeches will go up eventually, and I'll make sure to link those too. Unfortunately I had to leave before the presentation of the Tiptree Award, because I had a 10pm panel and the speeches were running over. The late panel was on "how to ship without being a jerk", but the conversation ranged much more widely, into the history of ship wars and fan entitlement (I got to share my favorite story, about Louisa May Alcott getting into a ship war with her own fans), and how and why fandom conversations have gotten to be so toxic. It was more about root causes than solutions, but I still found it an interesting conversation, and we all had fun with it.

Then we hung out in the lobby for a little while, before coming back to the room to wind down and start packing. Tomorrow will be a light day for me -- no panels, probably, just the sign out -- and then we drive back to Chicago to end the weekend.

Monday, May 29th, 2017 01:42 am

[dear flist] fest etiquette?

I signed up for a fest and I chose the due date the 29th, which where I am located, it has already been for almost 2 hours. Someone else signed up for the first posting date which is the date before mine. But they haven't posted their fic yet. I'm not sure if I should wait a little bit because maybe it isn't the 29th where they are yet? Or if I should just go ahead and post my fic because it's my date where I am and I won't have access to a computer again until probably 7:00 P.M. tonight and would likely have to post my fic using my phone (which can be done but isn't ideal) so...

What would you do in this situation? 

I'm leaning toward just going ahead and posting mine now (well after it's been looked over) but I never grew out of that 'I don't wanna be the first one to turn in my test' childhood mentality lol

by Rosemary Benton

After a short hiatus following the death of a dear family member I was in desperate need of some levity. Avoiding the non-fiction section, and especially the news stand, I made my way to the science fiction shelves of my favorite book store and picked up a novel that had originally caught my attention back in April. Raiders from the Rings is latest story from experienced science fiction writer and physician Alan E. Nourse.

Following a near cataclysmic world war, Earth has separated genetically and culturally from those who live out an exiled existence in space. This space-bound society, appropriately called the Spacers, squeak out a living by occasionally raiding food stores and supply depots on the technologically-lagging Earth. But when a newly built secret Earth armada confronts a raiding party of Spacers, all out war is declared once again. Like the conflict that nearly wiped out humanity before, both Earthmen and Spacers seem to be on a trajectory of mutual destruction. It will be up to Ben of the Martian house of Trefon and his two Earthling hostages, Joyce and Tom Barron, to keep their people from pyrrhic victories.

(see the rest at Galactic Journey!)

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 09:32 pm

fiber monday

Worked on what I can't quite call "the commemorative shawl" for short. (In March I said, "a shawl for myself which was begun a year and a half ago to commemorate my final solo project at the prior office.") Perhaps "ghost shawl." It has let the hurt finger recover; I haven't decided whether to try finishing it off, which'd be situationally apt, or to resume ___Sand cardigan, which I'd like to wear sooner than the shawl.

Stretching what's possible to imagine:
"Could I have that when it's done?"
"No, it's for me."
"Could you make me one like it, after this one?"
"This is complex enough that I may make you one when you finish high school."

I'm not very good at knowing what I'm feeling most of the time, physically or otherwise. So I assume exertion headaches keep me from doing myself more serious harm. Because if I do not assume this, they are highly exasperating for no reason.

Marcus: "I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them?' So now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe."

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 11:55 pm

Back from con.

Thanks to low traffic and a good bus driver, I got in almost an hour early, and got into my apartment at about the time the original ticket said I'd be back in Manhattan.

So tonight I go back to sleep in my own bed, and tomorrow I begin the process of a con write-up - and as promised, those Buffy/Vorkosigan crossover thoughts I've been teasing friends about.

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 11:00 pm

Weekly Check in May 28


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Sunday, May 28th, 2017 10:11 pm

Fic: Handling Dragons

Title: Handling Dragons
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Charlie Weasley/Draco Malfoy.
Summary: Draco likes the direct approach.
Word Count: 1250
Warnings: None.
A/N: Written for [ profile] hp_may_madness/[ profile] hp_may_madness/[community profile] hp_may_madness' 2017 fest.
Day Twenty-Eight prompt(s) used: I believed that love was just some cheesy thing that you'd get pushed into when you're older. Boy, did I get proved wrong.
Word Prompts: yawn, yarn, yellow
Pairing: Charlie/Draco
Kink: macrophilia
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Handling Dragons )

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 10:33 pm

It's all about bread and pirates

1. Instead of getting on with my watch of The 100 season 4, I've actually started my rewatch of Black Sails from the beginning. I admit a little bit is because I'm still nervous about watching The 100 and with Black Sails I know how it all turns out. Also I've got a massive number of Black Sails vid ideas, so I've been ripping my dvds, so it follows that I need to rewatch before I start clipping.

What's really cool about it is seeing everyone as baby!pirates! I mean, everyone but Silver and Max are already seasoned pirates, but it's still cool to see. I'm following the plot of how the Ranger crew is involved and Max's role all much better this time around, and I've got to say it's delightful seeing Anne, Jack, and Charles together again.
spoilers for Ep 2 and season 4 finale )

2. In light of my new bread hobby, we started watching the Great British Bake Off on netflix, which has the 2014-16 seasons. You guys, it is SO GOOD! Everyone is nice, even the judges. They make beautiful food. We started the week with an episode a night, which turned into two episodes by Friday and then the last four tonight because it was down to the end. I just love it.

3. In my own baking adventures, I made bread on Friday in between I was teleworking (and yes, I got all my work done for the day.) I'm... not very happy with it. It was a repeat of the white bread from a sponge starter I've been working on, and I don't think the yeast in my starter is strong enough. I'm worried that I didn't feed it enough during the week it was developing because I couldn't get the bread to rise, or it was hard to tell if it rose, and I'm pretty sure on the second rise it didn't, it just spread out instead. On the plus side I was using bread flour, so I think that helped, and it tasted fine. It was just kind of flat.

I'm starting a new starter tonight, and tomorrow I might be making two batches - one with the new starter after is rises (and hopefully triples in size) oovernight and one with my old starter to compare. I feel bad throwing it out, but I'm just not sure about it. I also might make a direct method loaf bread because I know that one I can do.

4. In Farscape Friday Podcast, we're recording season 3 right now and I have ALL THE FARSCAPE FEELINGS! I love season 3 so much. We recorded Thanks For Sharing and Green Eyed Monster today and I am reminded of how excellent this show is at its best.

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 06:49 pm

Riverdale fic recs

As I keep telling people, this show isn't good, but I am nonetheless enjoying the hell out of it. And the fandom is producing some fun stuff!

(and I said what about) breakfast at tiffany's by [ profile] somethingdifferent
Jughead/Veronica, 8k. This is just great - the ongoing theme of his book difficulties (including the lack of ongoing themes!), him introducing Veronica to movies, the snark, the eventual big reveal. They both sound so in-character. I love it.

you make me feel like I am home again by [ profile] izzybusiness
Jughead/Veronica, 4.5k. Sweet and gentle and easy, which is saying something, considering how many edges they both have.

While the Rhythm of the Rain Keeps Time by [ profile] FreshBrains
Betty/Veronica, 2k. If you wanted steamy atmospheric sex in the rain, then this is the fic for you.

Nothing Realistic by [ profile] Shippershape
Jughead/Betty, 5k. The author disregards the canon relationship to go with a very sweet slow burn, and I am here for it.

long live the car crash hearts by [ profile] izzybusiness
Jughead/Jason, 5k. My heart belongs with crack ships, apparently. I would never have thought this one up, but this fic is great: melancholy and full of that good teenage angst.

The Story Inverted by [ profile] nimmieamee
Jughead/Cheryl, 12k. Misery loves company, and nobody's life is more more miserable than Jughead's. Unless you count Cheryl Blossom's. This seemed like the most unlikely ship, but the fic completely sold me on it. They're both so tragic in their own ways, and they both sound so completely themselves in this. Also the sex is hot.

Not Since Bonnie & Clyde by [ profile] Lang
Alice/FP, 10k. This is everything I never knew I wanted?? It's a/b/o with alpha!Alice and omega!FP, and it's kind of a character study of Alice, HBIC who still can't quite keep life under her control for all that. But also it's got soapy twists to rival canon and hot mess of a ship that speaks to all my deepest needs. (Head's up that the dubcon is EXTREMELY dubious, so proceed with caution.)

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 09:33 pm

(no subject)

Scott has scavenged a hard drive from one of his old laptops. It remains to be seen how hard it will be to restore my data and programs. Right now, he's trying to clear his old data off it because there's almost no space there.

We have a program that makes hourly backups, so I probably won't lose files. I'm not sure about applications, though. We've never needed to restore from backup before.

This is brilliantly put:


I know you want to, and you are constantly being told that you must, excel at and be committed to, for example:

1. earning a living wage
2. healing from and/or dealing with injury, illness, emotional trauma, disability
3. basic self-care and adulting (laundry, financial management, etc.)
[... nine more categories elided... ] enough downtime to keep you functional.

But excelling at each of those is equivalent to a full-time job and you cannot physically do them all. In fact, our society considers basic competence at two of them to be a passing grade. ONLY TWO.[...]
Read the whole thing. Recommended.

ETA: I would spin yet a thirteenth category off from #2. Distinct from health is recovering from catastrophe – I had to deal with both The Evacuation and exciting health issues in the past year, and they were quite distinct, though intersecting. Dealing with moving out of my home, having it remediated, and then moving back in, on no notice, was a full-time job. Heck, I'm not even done. TODAY I moved one of my large garment bags (full of summer clothes, natch) home from [personal profile] tn3270's place. I still have [personal profile] jducoeur's handcart. My house is still full of boxes (though, admittedly, that's its default state.) I still don't know where everything goes. Meanwhile along the way I was also trying to do physical therapy appointments and seeing an escalating chain of medical specialists. Whee.

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 08:07 pm

'Xhausted hedjog

Had a terrible night last night: insomnia exacerbated by the hip thing playing up; then woke up ridiculous early and failed to get back to sleep - okay, I know, just lying in bed has some benefits - so got up earlier than I had intended, and went to the panel I thought I might do if I was up and breakfasted.

Walked about a little and had lunch - I have really not been terribly organised about arranging to have meals with people, sorry. Have a couple sorted for tomorrow, at least.

Chilled a little in my room in preparation for being on a panel then doing a reading.

I think I might have been more idea'd and articulate on the panel if I'd been better slept, but at least I managed to get in some of the thoughts I'd had.

The reading, I think, went well - at least, the audience laughed, and amusement was intended, so I think it counts as a win.

I am intending going to the GOH speeches but don't know how much longer than that I will manage to stay up.

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Sunday, May 28th, 2017 07:48 pmNSFW

Cons are fun

"I'd also like to stress that the portrayal of Batman presented here is not definitive and is not necessarily how I would write the character otherwise. The repressed, armoured, uncertain and sexually frozen man in Arkham Asylum was intended as a critique of the '80s interpretation of Batman as violent, driven and borderline psychopathic. My own later portrayal of Batman in the JLA comic was one which emphasized the character's sanity and dignity; in the end, I figured that anyone who had gone so far and been so successful in his quest to avenge his parents' death and to help other people would have ended up pretty much straightened out. Bruce Wayne would only have become conflicted and mentally unstable if he had NOT put on his scary bat-suit and found the perfect outlet for his feelings of rage, guilt and revenge." - Grant Morrison

Scans under the cut... )

In today’s words, Gong Yu is struck by an instant crush on Xia Dong’s danger and competence and it’s /hilarious/. I mean, seriously, she’s nearly drooling (not that this is not a wholly appropriate response to Xia Dong). I think Nihuang may be about to hurt something, trying not to laugh out loud. 

As far as I can tell, Xia Dong is totally blase about it all. Probably she’s used to baby agents having smashing crushes on her and barely notices any more.

Today’s snippet:

Xia Dong gave her a wry grin, and Yu’s breath caught. “You’re part of the clan, now. No need to be so formal.”

Yu blushed deeper, cheeks hot, and clasped her hands tight, wetting her lips. “Xia Dong jie-jie,” she amended, obediently.

Xia Dong clapped her lightly on the shoulder. “Better. Come tell me about how the roads are; it looks like I’ll be headed a little south soon, myself.” She sank down cross-legged by a low table with a tea set sitting out, fluid and graceful, without a single second of wasted motion. Yu tried not to stare.

from Tumblr

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 06:02 pm

Drabble: In Shape

Title: In Shape
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG
Word count: 100 x 2
Characters/pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy.
Challenge: Written for [community profile] dracoharry100/[ profile] dracoharry100's prompt 481: Shape.
This is part 63 of my H/D Auror Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
It starts at part one: The Beginning (LJ/IJ/DW).
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.
Beta(s): [personal profile] emynn.
Authors Notes: Questions are answered.

In Shape )

I performed a completely unrelated wikipedia search, and the very first result was this, clearly the best U. S. District Court case name ever:

United States v. One Tyrannosaurus Bataar Skeleton.


Monday, May 29th, 2017 08:00 am

Bad Beginnings by Nicole Field

Bad Beginnings, Nicole Field, Less Than Three Press, Earl Grey Editing, books and tea, tea and books

Published: May 2017 by Less Than Three Press
Format reviewed: E-book (mobi)
Series: Anchors #2
Genres: Contemporary romance, LGBTQIA
Source: NetGalley
Available: Publisher (print and electronic) ~ Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Book Depository ~ Kobo ~ Smashwords

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After the recent ending of a relationship, Kit feels lost and uncertain about where he stands without being in a relationship. Dante, on the other hand, has been waiting for this moment for years, and now that Kit is finally single he has no intention of wasting this chance.

But even the most sincere feelings and best intentions aren’t enough to guarantee happiness, and it’s a long road from a bad start to a happy end.

Bad Beginnings is a sweet romance that does a fantastic job of modelling respectful behaviour in a number of different ways.

It’s a friends-to-lovers story. Kit is a lawyer who has started a private practice with his best friend. Having recently split up with his boyfriend, he’s beginning to realise how claustrophobic his life has become: it’s all work and no play. While he’s not exactly happy about this and yearns for the steady relationship his best friend has, Kit is not the outgoing sort. The end of his relationship was a blow to his already low confidence. He’s uncomfortable in his own skin and he’s a bit embarrassed when Dante finds him at the gay nightclub he’s been pushed into visiting.

Dante is the brother of Kit’s best friend and has all the confidence Kit lacks. He runs his own tabletop gaming store, which automatically made him my favourite. He’s also great with people, a caring and considerate guy who tries to help others. When he discovers Kit is single again, he’s thrilled–and he makes his interest plain–but he also never pushes Kit. At every turn, he seeks Kit’s consent and backs off when it isn’t given or is withdrawn.

Consent is not the only way in which the book models respectful behaviour. Kit’s BFF, Con, is a trans man. This is not looked upon favourably by Con and Dante’s parents, who persistently misgender and deadname Con. However, this is never shown on screen. Whenever it takes place within a scene, the author is careful to paraphrase rather than trigger readers by depicting it directly.

Sex is also not depicted directly, so if you like your romances sweet rather than steamy, Bad Beginnings is a good choice.

The relationship between Kit and Dante is the biggest strength of the book and is let down by a weak crisis point. When Kit loses a work case, it triggers a crisis of confidence. However, it’s a sub-plot that never had much strength behind it. It’s a little too vague how Kit managed to lose the case and not entirely plausible that he’s never lost up until that point–particularly since the business has been running long enough to have two employees other than Kit and Con. Kit displaces his feelings of inadequacy by starting an argument with Dante. While this works, the resolution between them came a little too quickly. Instead of seeing Kit wrestle much with what he’s done, we jump back in after he’s already got his life pretty well put back together. It felt a little glossed over, with the story all too eager to focus on the next obstacle of Dante’s parents. The book could have benefited from a bit more length.

Nevertheless, Bad Beginnings was a charming read. I’m delighted to discover that Con’s story is told in the first book, so I will definitely be checking that out.

Mirrored from Earl Grey Editing.

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 05:23 pm

(no subject)

I got my boots back! You guys I did not properly appreciate my boots until I wasn't wearing them for a week but oh my god I have the most comfortable boots. (After three years of wearing them they'd better be comfortable and broken in to my particular feet.) But for the week I was wearing the cowboy pull-ons everything felt so weird and loose and I missed my boots. But they were resoled, they look beautiful albeit a bit weird since I haven't polished them in forever, and they feel good.

I went and saw Guardians of the Galaxy vol2 and I actually enjoyed it and think it was a tighter story than Guardians 1, to my mild surprise. I liked everyone's emotional journeys, I like the way they didn't do much with Gamora and Quill except to bring them closer together emotionally and relationally and not focus that on the romance so much as a general closeness and understanding. Kurt Russell was fucking funny even if he [redacted redacted] and [redacted]. YONDU. Oh Yondu. I liked him in the first movie and I fucking love him in this one.

I swatched a bunch of my lip lingeries and lip suedes and discovered that I'm not insane, one of the lip lingeries has a different texture to the other two, I'm not sure why. But it looks crappier on my lips than the other two. The lip suedes are fine, still also two of them have a different texture than the other three, maybe I shook one up more than the other, I don't know? But they're fine. Not sure what to do about the lip lingerie. I seem to finally have solidified into a new makeup routine and have all my new makeup equipment other than primer (still working on the sample size tube) and a lash curler, which apparently does make a difference? Who knew? Not me because I only started doing this a year and a half ago. But overall I'm a bit pleased and terrified by the whole thing. Also by my new skin care routine since the couperose serum has done wonders for my skin, so now after a shower I'm seruming my face and moisturizing and then today I put argan oil into my hair and I'm still getting used to this whole routine where I don't just wash myself and go. It's a bit weird. But a faerie queen has to keep up her All Shall Love Me And Despair appearance.

We got the estimate back from the one tree place that's been prompt and communicative (there have been others but since I'm not in charge of calling these service people and I haven't heard anything from the boy I'm not sure where they stand) and it's about what we expected. Actually a little over what we expected but only because he included an estimate for a tree that was only briefly discussed anyway. The back white oak tree is apparently the least of the problems right now, but he included an estimate for it anyway. So I think we're going to do this.

It's a weird feeling to have life going fairly well when the world at large and especially the country is collapsing into a heap of fear and anger and panic and assholes. I have hopes of trials and treason charges and impeachment though. I think that may be contributing to my atmosphere of optimism. Get these assholes the fuck out of here. Then we can work on rebuilding the progress we'd made in the last eight years.

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 05:35 pm

Spring Lure

For some reason, to me, this feels like an AU first meeting between Blair and Jim… Obviously it can be interpreted others ways too. (totally work safe)

(Spring Lure)

Screen caps by me.

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 05:32 pm

not that Fig is a fussbudget

But if he notices Ibid is sleeping with his tongue out, he tries to tuck it in.

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 05:21 pm

There is nothing quite like

A gaggle of adorable little girls spontaneously charging towards the edge of the stage to divide people into those who freeze in a crisis and those who don't.

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 10:03 pm

More tat

Another Zenit with a Helios 58mm / 2, a Topcon with a 35/2.8 (not a good one though), plus three filters and a body cap, for £16.

And if I'd had £250 on me I could have bought five very nice Nikon lenses - a couple of Micro Nikkors and three zooms - at £50 each, but I didn't have enough cash for even one, and I felt rather uneasy about it. I can't help wondering if there's a camera shop somewhere that has a large hole in its window... I think I'm happier dealing with stuff that is obviously "used" rather than "fell off the back of a lorry".

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 03:51 pm

Starling Nest Exercises

I mentioned in some past posts that we have starlings nesting in our balcony ceiling. It's very difficult to get in there so what we often see are them flying up and down trying to get in. I was able to catch one session, though I've counted as many as 13 unsuccessful attempts in a row.

I also added a few more short bird vids to our account yesterday.

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 04:49 pm

Sunday Six

Sunday Sixes is a thing I've done on Tumblr, and you know, I can put them here too. (Six sentences from a WIP.)

And yet, Mary thought as he left, she did not think she could bear to wait a full week like this.

The time passed, slowly and uncomfortingly. Mary slept little, and did little; she went out into the streets of London a few times, and found only a wild confusion of people and streets and nothing familiar or calming. If she had walked through the same streets with her father, she might have asked him what she was seeing, and exclaimed over what was new to her; she would have cared to go into the museums and galleries and historic buildings. As it was she only stared at their outsides, and could not imagine she would find any comfort within. She looked at the crowds and thought of how one might simply lose oneself, or be lost, in them, blurring into the mass of humanity somehow, until one was never seen again.

Here are suggested books, shows and movies that were mentioned during the WisCon panel, Red as Blood: Women in Gothic Horror.

Gothic Blog: talks about Gothic:

Here's a good primer page:

Your friends at Goodreads:

Gothic Movies:

Some suggestions from the panelists and the audience:


Windward Heights by Maryse Condé

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Affinity and Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Respectable Horror edited by Kate Laity

Speaking to the Skull Kings and Other Stories by Emily Cataneo

Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau by Jewelle Parker Rhodes

“The Specialist’s Hat” by Kelly Link

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson



Films and TV:

Crimson Peak

The Orphanage

Penny Dreadful (TV)

Victor Frankenstein

The Babadook

Salem (TV)

The Woman in Black

The Handmaiden




The Girl from Raw Blood by Sarah Vaughn

Dude Watching with the Brontes by Kate Beaton


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