Reading Wednesday

Oct. 18th, 2017 09:35 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton, narrated by Caroline Lee
Very enjoyable mystery/gothic history novel largely set in the 1920s. (I feel like Julien Fallows probably owes Morton money). I liked how the storylines intertwined and how each person's interest in the history changed how they saw it. The love triangle at the centre was probably the least interesting aspect, and I wish the story had had more focus on Grace, as the sections without her dragged a bit. Will read more by this author, in any case.

Bearista by Zoe Chant
Does what it says on the tin, though I could have used more coffeeshop UST, as those scenes were a highlight. However the main couple had great chemistry, and I liked how the heroine was strong, interesting and useful in a fight without being an action girl. Zoe is really good at heroines that feel real.
(I hope there's a sequel about Keegan and maybe a carpenter lady.)

A Long Day in Lychford (Lychford #3) by Paul Cornell
I really liked the emotion in this book, and how the characters were at odds for good reason. The feelings were very well conveyed, especially Lizzie's inability to connect with the other two. However, it felt a bit short to deal with all the themes it was trying to get in, and a lot of plot threads didn't feel resolved at all. Presumably they will be in the next one, but I wasn't left feeling like I'd read a whole story as I was with the first two. (Unless the fragmentation was itself a meta point.)

The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated by Susan Bernofsky
I mean, it's a book in which the main character (and most of the other characters) dies repeatedly and often horribly, but it's just really pretty okay! I don't know what to say past wow, shiny about the writing and the structure and the themes, and it's just really meaningful! I want to learn German so I can read it in German.

What I'm Reading Now
Audio: In the middle of a Station Eleven reread, as I've been thinking about it recently. Still really good!

Paper: Theoretically, Beren and Lúthien, practically, not much.

What I'm Reading Next
Library book, probably Black Apple as it's due next.

Volunteers Needed!

Oct. 18th, 2017 05:31 pm
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Hey folks, we're in need of some volunteers! Sorry the request is so late in the game, we've been waiting on some logistical info about when we'll be able to access the venue.

FRIDAY 11AM:
If you're in town and free on Friday morning at 11am, we could use 2-3 people to help set up our panel room! It'll be unstacking chairs and putting them into rows, pulling the whiteboard and whatnot out storage, and just generally making sure the room will be ready for use first thing on Saturday. Shouldn't take more than an hour.

SATURDAY 8AM:
If you're a morning person and/or just raring to go first thing Saturday, we'll need another 2-3 folks at the venue at 8am to help set up the recording room in 106A. For reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, we can't get in there any earlier. It'll be more of the same: setting chairs out, propping up the pipe and drape, and making sure the recording space is ready for use.
Update: We are good for volunteers for Saturday morning! Thank you!

SATURDAY 11AM
We'll need 2-3 folks to help set up the sandwich lunch event in the kitchenette area! We'll also need the same numbers of peeps to help clean up after it's over at 12:45pm!
Update: We're good for setup volunteers! We could still use some clean up helpers though.

SUNDAY 6PM
We'll need 5-6 people to help clean up and teardown after things are all over! It'll be restacking chairs, general cleaning up, and putting things away before we head out to the Sunday offsite dinner.

If you're willing and able to commit to any of these things in advance, please drop us a comment, a tweet, or email to let us know to expect you! WE WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER.

[Silmarillion] The White Tower

Oct. 18th, 2017 08:03 am
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Fic: The White Tower by [archiveofourown.org profile] Anna_Wing
Reader: [personal profile] chestnut_filly
Cover Artist: [archiveofourown.org profile] thegreatpumpkin ([tumblr.com profile] brazenbells)
Fandom: The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
Ship: Elwing/Eärendil, Elwing-centric
Rating: G
Warnings: Pretty much everyone in this story has been dead at some point, though they're, uh, better. Still dealing with their mostly violent deaths, though.
Reader's Notes: Best listened to with headphones. Music is the Introduction and Act 4 Finale from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Thank you so so much to Anna_Wing and Kelsi for, respectively, permission to record and the beautiful, amazing cover art! Thank you also to the mods who pulled this off wonderfully <3

Summary: Amrod and Amras, reborn in Valinor, come to see Elwing.



MP3 [107 MB, 1:17:34]
Podbook [109.6 MB, 1:18:34]

Podfic Post: AO3 | Dreamwidth
Art Post: tumblr

Day 15 - Fic: Team Sirius: Temptation

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:18 pm
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Team: Sirius
Title: Temptation
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: None
Genres: Fluff, Romance, Humor, Canon-Compliant
Word Count: 2600
Summary: Quidditch and a prank lead to Sirius acting on his feelings for Remus.
Prompt: #42 - "The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it." - Oscar Wilde

Day 15 - Fic: Team Remus: Aduantas

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:18 pm
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Team: Remus
Title: Aduantas
Rating: Teen at best for mild references to violence and blood
Warnings: None
Genres: Adventure AU
Word Count: 26,000
Summary: ADUANTAS: a feeling of loneliness or unease caused by being in new or unfamiliar surroundings.
A fallen star might be everything Remus needs to turn his entire life around but tracking it down might mean biting off more than he can chew.
Notes: A loose Stardust AU. Anything you recognize might be Neil Gaiman’s. Thank you to anyone and everyone who helped me throughout this process!
Prompt: #4 - “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” - Douglas Adams, from the novel The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
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Team: Sirius
Title: A Different Man
Rating: R
Warnings: some talk of canon character death, angst, kinky smut
Genre: Angst, character reflection, non-linear timeline
Word Count: 2100
Summary: I had made my peace years ago with the knowledge that my Sirius was never coming back to me.
Notes: So this was genuinely difficult for me to write. I’m terribly out of practice when it comes to writing now and I decided to approach this in a completely different way than I would have before.
Hopefully I haven’t completely lost my touch and you lovely people out there enjoy this fic at least a little.
Prompt: #38 - "And the wheel that broke as the cart went by.
It is not a voice that is under the eaves.
It is not speech, the sound we hear
In this conversation, but the sound
Of things and their motion: the other man,
A turquoise monster moving round."
- excerpt from the poem “Continual Conversations with a Silent Man” by Wallace Stevens
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Haumea of the Outer Solar System

Oct. 18th, 2017 08:07 am
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One of the strangest objects in the outer Solar System has recently been found to have a ring. One of the strangest objects in the outer Solar System has recently been found to have a ring.


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Oct. 17th, 2017 08:44 am
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Bidding is open over at [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico.

[community profile] cap_ironman is accepting prompts for its holiday exchange community prompt pool. Read more here.

"Native-Land.ca: Our home on native land". Searchable map of North America's First Nations territories and pre-colonial histories. "There are over 630 different First Nations in Canada (and many more in the USA) and I am not sure of the right process to map territories, languages, and treaties respectfully - and I'm not even sure if it is possible to do respectfully. I am not at all sure about the right way to go about this project, so I would very much appreciate your input." (From [personal profile] umadoshi)

Death of a Modern Wolf by J.B. MacKinnon for Hakai Magazine
Once feared, vilified, and exterminated, the wolves of Vancouver Island face an entirely different threat: our fascination, our presence, and our selfies.

This wolf essay is really worth a read. I've worked with similar problems here (and know many of the people interviewed for the article), and it really frustrating and sad. Fortunately, our local animal has so far come to a happier ending.

(On a related note, I'll post the quiz answers this afternoon.)

Day 14 - Fic: Team Sirius: Honey

Oct. 16th, 2017 09:09 pm
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Team: Sirius
Title: Honey
Rating: PG
Warnings: Implied consensual underage sex, loss of virginity
Genres: Fluff/Romance
Word Count: 1500
Summary: Sirius’ reality has changed. And while he’s never needed sex to know that he loves Remus, now that they’ve done it, the world seems more concrete.
Notes: Thanks to the mods for their patience and for running this wonderful fest for so many years. Thanks also go to my beta for her patience and to R for her endless support. Also, please excuse an ace!author’s attempts at talking about sex-feels. The prompt kind of demanded it.
Prompt: #81 - painting: "Dans Le Lit" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1893
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Team: Remus
Title: The Purpose of Stonehenge
Rating: M
Warnings: unhealthy coping mechanisms (excessive drinking to cope), suicidal!Remus, homeless Remus, allusions to sex work, allusions to disordered eating (not really by choice), allusions to child abuse (Harry and Sirius) and neglect (Harry), symptoms of PTSD (agoraphobia, co-dependency, panic attack), strong allusions to sex, but nothing explicit
Genres: angst, hurt/comfort, partial au, happy ending
Word Count: 20,000
Summary: Follow Remus on a journey through the sacred summer solstice ceremonies in four different years, taking place at Stonehenge.
1977, when Remus and Sirius first started dating. 1982, the summer following the Potter deaths. 1992, the summer after Harry started at Hogwarts. And 1998, six weeks after the Final Battle.
Read along as they both sacrifice and receive gifts from the gods. Was it worth it? You tell me.
It is canon-divergent, but only where necessary. No graphic sex, but it is there, though it’s mostly skipped over.
Prompt: #105 - Picture of Stonehenge at sunrise.

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