lunabee34: (writer by sukibluefiction)
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FANFIC MASTERLIST: These are listed in order of their post dates within each fandom. All fic has also been posted to AO3.

An asterisk (*) indicates that the fic has been remixed.

AVENGERS )

ATS )

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA )

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER AND ANGEL THE SERIES )

DIE HARD )

DR. HORRIBLE )

FARSCAPE )

FIREFLY )

HARRY POTTER )

STARGATE ATLANTIS )

SG1 )

STARGATE UNIVERSE )

SUPERNATURAL )

STAR TREK 2009 )

STAR TREK TOS )

STAR TREK VOYAGER )

STAR TREK DS9 )

RPF )

MISC )

REMIXES )

YULETIDE )
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So You Want to Be a Wizard (Young Wizards, #1)So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was wonderful! It's YA, and on the younger side of YA, but such a fun read. It follows Nita and Kit who both find books about becoming wizards and choose to take the oath. They meet a white hole and senior level wizards and become responsible for the fate of the whole universe along the way.

The magic is really cool here--based on the Speech, on knowing something truly by saying it truly. It also features sentient trees and mechanical objects and some really cool magic involving time.

I don't want to spoil the ending, so I won't say what happens to make me cry, but I was surprised how moved I was by the ending. Full on sniffling. :)

Definitely recommend this one; I think it's the start of a series as well.



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Ethan FromeEthan Frome by Edith Wharton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I last read this book in 8th grade about 26 years ago. I remembered liking it and the general plot but not much else. Recently, a bunch of people on FFA were talking about how much they hated the book, so I thought I'd revisit it and see if my opinion had changed.

I still like it. :) I am a huge sucker for stories in which much of the narrative is ambiguous or imagined or a deliberate fantasy (see the Haunting of Hill House, which also shares a climax with this novel, or "The Last Man" episode of SGA). We don't actually know if the backstory the narrator of Ethan Frome has invented is true; he imagines the bulk of the story in the second before he crosses the threshold to Ethan's home. Conversations he has with Ethan and with other townspeople corroborate parts of his fantasy, but our unnamed narrator could be misreading the clues as badly as Lockwood does in the beginning of Wuthering Heights (although probably not; there's no textual evidence he's doing so).

The language here is so beautiful. It isn't spare though the scenes Wharton describes are often spare and stark. Here's an example: "A mournful peace hung on the fields, as though they felt the relaxing grasp of the cold and stretched themselves in their long winter sleep."

Overall, an enjoyable and quick read. If you're looking for a happy ending, this is not the novella for you. Everyone in this story is trapped and has very few choices if they have any at all. Poverty is a vise around Ethan and Mattie and Zeena that they can't dislodge. It's beautifully written, though, and a good look at the shape despair sometimes takes.



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Let's do a silly meme.

Tell me about the episode (or book chapter) that never appeared in one of your fandoms but should have.

Here's mine.

Buffy: I always wished that Buffy's dad had showed up again after Joyce's death. I found his complete disregard of his children horrific, and while I didn't want him to be redeemed at all, I wanted him to show up at least once again so Buffy could tell him off for abandoning her.

Firefly: I would have liked a trip home for one of the crew, maybe to meet Kaylee's parents or Jayne's siblings or Mal's extensive network of female cousins.

Star Trek TNG: I really wanted more episodes with Beverly and Deanna being besties. I would have especially loved an episode where they were trapped on a planet and in survival mode or spent the episode with only each other to rely on.

What about you?
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lunabee34: (got: sansa by bluelantern)
Man, I love this show. Last season was so strong, especially the finale, and this opener promises another really strong season.

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18/7/17 07:07
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The Liberation (The Alchemy Wars, #3)The Liberation by Ian Tregillis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This book is the best of the series. So many times, an otherwise excellent series ends on a faltering note; endings are really, really hard, and making the final installment worthy of what comes before is a difficult task. Tregillis hits it out of the park.

Many, many aspects of the situation are left unresolved. Years, decades, maybe even centuries of work are left to be done to figure out how the three empires will coexist, share or withhold resources and territory, and police themselves.

But the character arcs are resolved quite satisfactorily. I do not want to spoil even a mote of this wonderful conclusion, so I will just urge you all to read it. If you like artificial intelligence, steampunk, female characters (strong, flawed, stubborn, sometimes bordering on evil), tight plotting, and beautiful language, then this is the series for you!



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The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook: Revolutionary Techniques. Groundbreaking RecipesThe How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook: Revolutionary Techniques. Groundbreaking Recipes by America's Test Kitchen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This is an excellent cookbook--meticulously researched with a great introductory chapter that explains what gluten is and how it functions in the foods we eat as well as going through all the different types of gf flours and grains. There are even some product reviews like in the magazine (best already-made sandwich bread, etc.).

I like that this isn't just about desserts. Baked goods get more than half the cookbook and rightly so, but there's all sorts of savory dishes and salads with grains that look amazing.

This would be an excellent addition to the kitchen shelf for anyone who's eating gf.



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The Rising (The Alchemy Wars, #2)The Rising by Ian Tregillis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This series is so good. Tregillis's writing is beautiful; his descriptions of the natural world are a delight to read.

Without giving too much away, this middle installment sees the hopes of both Jax and Berenice fundamentally altered. Jax in particular discovers that sometimes a myth is just that.

I especially enjoyed the sections from Longchamp's POV. His stoicism and crudity and perseverance make him such a interesting and colorful character.

I am very interested to see what happens in the concluding book. I hope all my favorite characters make it to the end, but I suspect that's a naive hope.



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lunabee34: (avengers: cpn america by youcallitwinter)
Emma and I went to see Spiderman: Homecoming a couple days ago and loved it. SPOILERS )


We are also continuing to watch Downton Abbey. Y'all, I love this show, truly, but I am getting a bit fed up with some of the plot lines. Please don't spoil me for future episodes.

SPOILERS )

I don't think we're that far from the end; we're about halfway through this season, and then I think there's just one more.
lunabee34: (btvs: spike n dru by hsapiens)
1. We just spent 10 days away from home. Whew! I would normally not vacation for this long, but I had a family event planned for one weekend and a fandom event planned for the following weekend in the same area, and it didn't make sense to drive to MS, drive back to GA, and then turn right around and drive to LA in a few days. As a result, I haven't really been reading LJ/DW, so let me know if I've missed anything important. :)

2. We spent most of that ten days with my parents. It was a very good trip. Mom and Dad have a pool, so we'd swim two or three times a day. The weather was good. The girls had a blast; Fiona thought the zoo was awesome. She got to ride on a train. Dad's still lingering at the threshold of remission. He can't have the stem cell transplant unless he's got zero cancer markers, I don't think. Both he and Mom were pretty discouraged at the end of the week after he'd had chemo and gotten more test results. Not exactly sure what the treatment options are going to be now.

3. I got to have lunch with [personal profile] kaleecat at a very nice restaurant with lots of gluten free options. She passed along a big bag of books, so I know what Emma and I will be doing for the rest of the summer. :) Kalee is a good friend and excellent company, and I hope we'll get to hang out again soon.

4. Then Josh and I went to NOLA for a small gathering of fans that had been active in Buffy fandom. We stayed at the Renaissance Arts Hotel in the Warehouse District (totally recommend; really nice hotel with a rooftop pool and a great bar). Josh and I met up with some local friends and got a driving tour of the city. We ate lunch at Cochon (OMG, so good) and then we walked around the Quarter until dinner time. I got some soap that smells like vetiver at a perfume shop that makes its own scents. Dinner was at Square Roots on Magazine. The food was good but the service was slow (if very nice) and they'd run out of a bunch of stuff. Would not go again.

Then I met up with the other Buffy fans at the hotel. I didn't catch everyone's internet handle, so I won't mention everyone who was there because I don't want to use RL names. [personal profile] hermionesviolin was there, and I was really glad to see her again. I'd met [personal profile] chrisjournal and [personal profile] spiralleds before at Writercon, and it was good to see them again. And then I got to meet some new people: [personal profile] rusty_halo, [personal profile] rahirah, [redacted], [redacted], and [redacted]. We had such a good time talking about fandom and fannish things.

Josh and I spent the next morning hanging out together and then we met up with people again for lunch at a place in the French Market that does gluten free and vegan good (Meals from the Heart; totally recommend).

I wish I hadn't had to leave early. I would have loved to stay longer and get to know everyone better. Hopefully, we'll do a get-together like this again next year. I'm so grateful to [personal profile] rusty_halo and the others who planned this trip.
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The Matrimonial Trap: Eighteenth-Century Women Writers Redefine MarriageThe Matrimonial Trap: Eighteenth-Century Women Writers Redefine Marriage by Laura E Thomason

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I think this book is a really interesting look at the way genteel, primarily English, 18th-century women viewed marriage. While Thomason does examine several novels, most of her source material is drawn from personal correspondence. I hadn't realized that letters at this point in history were simultaneously public and private documents. People had every expectation that their letters might be circulated beyond the intended recipients, even published without their permission. In addition, European governments had begun surveillance of correspondence, often opening and examining letters. Very fascinating the way women took advantage of that dual nature of letters to do some really neat stuff with argument and with authorial voice.

Very informative read.





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Hide and SeekHide and Seek by Wilkie Collins

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Oh, man. I have been on such a Wilkie Collins high, and I was looking forward to reading this one, but it just didn't do it for me. It was a slog, and reading it felt tedious. One of Collins's gifts is dialogue, and this novel is almost entirely descriptive exposition--lots of what everything looks like and what everyone is thinking and very little of it accomplished through dialogue. I also think that the solution to the mystery of the story isn't telegraphed at all so that it just comes out of nowhere. My edition has some notes at the end which suggest that originally Collins did include more clues but edited them out later; I wish he'd left them in because the conclusion of the story was pretty convoluted even for me, an inveterate lover of sensation novels.



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lunabee34: (perfume: art deco bottle by sallymn)
Michael by Michael Kors

Top notes are freesia, incense, chinese osmanthus and tamarind; middle notes are tuberose, iris, peony, orris root and arum lily; base notes are musk, cashmere wood and vetiver.

This is a very sweet white floral. The tuberose is almost a gardenia dupe. Josh cried almost instant headache, so I didn't leave it on long enough for the dry down, but I could just start to smell the woodiness of the iris start to tamp down the florals before I scrubbed it.

Clean (the original)

This soap-inspired scent combines litsea cubeba, orange, sweet lime, pink grapefruit, passion lily, rose geranium, and white musk and is perfect for women who enjoy crisp, subtly. It opens with a bright burst of freshness and dries down to a simply CLEAN scent.

This does smell fresh and clean. Very bright and citrusy but very sweet (must be the sweet lime). I don't get any orange or grapefruit, but I do smell rose geranium (yummy) and soap. Clean is a good descriptor. I would like to smell this on someone else, but it's not for me. I passed it to a friend.

BPAL Rapunzel

Angel’s trumpet, bois de rose, orris, and wild lettuce.

I really like this. It smells green and sweet and a little of rose. Josh detects a note of ginger. It's a keeper!

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1. Emma's baby fan musings crack me up. Yesterday, she told me she hates incest pairings (although she has to admit it makes a great deal of sense for SPN), and that while people should be able to write what they want, they should do it away from her. LOL I told her that's why God made the back button. She also told me she doesn't get why people ship pairings that don't have a lot of subtext or canonical support, especially the characters that don't interact in canon. She has gotten waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay into Undertale--as in Undertale is all she's been able to talk about for what seems like our entire lives at this point--and she cited some examples from that video game. I told her she'd have to just take my word for it that those stories can be a lot of fun.

She told me she's not really looking for fanfic right now because she'd probably have to wade through too many fics written by 11 year olds with horrible SPAG.

And then she closed by telling me that one time she accidentally found some drawings of skeleton porn where they had ectoplasm genitals which is the funniest thing ever.

2. Downton Abbey watch continues. spoilers )

3. Fiona's birthday is tomorrow. She'll be four!!!!!!!

4. I am exhausted in the last two weeks, like way more than usual. My energy levels have been good for awhile, and I'm wondering if my thyroid levels have dropped. I hesitate to move up my August 31 endocrinologist appointment; I've done so every year for the past three years when I've had worsening symptoms, and the tests have always come back with a "Nah, not sick enough for us to do anything" verdict. I'm on the verge of starting my period, so I'm wondering if that's a factor. If I don't start to feel better in the next week, I guess I will up the appointment. I just feel so beat, and working out is a chore. :( This is definitely not normal.

5. I am done teaching for the semester! Whoooo! Grades are turned in, and now all I have to do is relax and work on the novel.
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The Fifth HeartThe Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I wanted to like this so much. Dan Simmons is one of my favorite authors. Ilium and Olympos are among my favorite books ever. Hyperion is delightful. Drood is wonderful.

The Fifth Heart is okay.

I think maybe the problem is that I'm not a Sherlock Holmes nut and so much of the intricacy of the story is probably lost on me. I also don't know much about James or the other historical/literary figures in the text.

I was also a little disappointed that at no point was anything the characters in the novel think is funny actually funny to me. Mark Twain is funny. His writing makes me laugh. Mark Twain in this novel is not funny. I would think that's the point, that the funny man is not actually funny, except that the other characters all seem genuinely amused by his stories.

IDK

This one was not for me.

I did enjoy the ending, especially the epilogue, with James standing arm in arm with Holmes on the deck of the ship the way he's always wanted to stand with someone else.



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lunabee34: (thanks by ponders_life)
My birthday was Monday. I turned 38. It was a pretty fantastic birthday.

My friends gave me a gift certificate to a local automotive shop which was awesome. We love to support local businesses. Another set of friends gave me a gift certificate to Ulta which I used to buy All the Bath Products. :)

Emma made me a card, and Josh got me a wireless speaker thing that hooks up to Spotify and plays music. Since the wane of CDs and the death of our last CD player, we don't listen to music in the house often, so I'm really glad to have this. I've been thinking lately about how important music used to be to me and how little I listen to it now. This gift is the kick in the pants I needed to change a habit I've been thinking about and lamenting for several months but not doing anything about.

I got cards and well wishes from [personal profile] lyr, [livejournal.com profile] timespirit, [personal profile] kaleecat, and [livejournal.com profile] decynthus (who also sent me some replacement photos for my fridge magnets: Alfred and bb!Bruce, Lucifer, and bb!Groot), and [personal profile] sallymn.

[personal profile] executrix sent me an amazing package full of all my favorites: books, notebooks, perfume, and some killer new clothes.

Looking forward to seeing what 38 brings.
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Chimera (Parasitology, #3)Chimera by Mira Grant

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I didn't like the concluding book of this series as well as the previous two, and I'm having trouble pinpointing exactly why.

I think the ratio of dialogue to exposition is off; Sal spends way too much time in this book thinking about things rather than talking to people or engaging in action. I also think this book does way too much of the reminding readers of people and events from previous books thing; I really dislike that tactic. If I can't remember Sal's accident or who Dr. Banks is or the reveal about Sherman at this point, I have some serious problems. There was some of this in the second book, but the third book was kinda overloaded with it.

I also didn't like that one of the main motivating factors in Sherman's interest in Sal was a twisted desire for her to love him.

I did like the way Colonel Mitchell ultimately had the courage to make some very tough decisions. I did like that Joyce knew all along that Sally was dead and Sal had taken her place and chose to love Sal anyway. That was probably the most moving part of the whole series for me.

I also really liked Fishy's character and the way he chose to deal with the apocalypse by believing that he's a character in a video game. He was funny and unpredictable.

Overall, I liked the series, and I'm glad I read it.



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lunabee34: (help by jjjean65)
I've been sick, and I didn't sleep well last night. Josh got up with the kids, and he came to get me about 8:15 saying my mom had called earlier (earlier?! they're one hour earlier than we are re: timezones) and wanted me to call her back. I do, assuming that something is wrong, maybe with Dad, and she just didn't want to say in front of Josh for some reason?

But, no. No, what she wanted to tell me was far different. She'd emailed me earlier in the week to tell me that one of my high school teachers died. Let's call him Coach A. Coach A was a good man. He taught me science for two years in high school. He took an interest in me, loaning me a couple of science fiction books. I have fond memories of him and was sad to hear he had passed.

Apparently, his widow called my parents yesterday to tell them that Coach A had always really liked me and that he thought I had a beautiful singing voice and at some point he had told her that he wanted me to sing at his funeral.

At this point, if I'd been drinking coffee, there would have been a spittake.

I mean, I am deeply flattered that he remembered me fondly, but who calls people two days before the funeral of someone they haven't seen in 20 years (20 years! It's been 20 years since I've seen these people!) to ask them to sing at the funeral? Clearly, she was thinking I still lived locally rather than several states away, but that seems odd to me as a last minute request.

Dad said, "I told her you live too far away to make it in time and that you probably hadn't been practicing."

Ahahhahahahhahahahah. Can you say that again? I was in choir in high school and sang beautifully then, but I smoked in undergrad, and I think I damaged my vocal chords because I just can't do it anymore. My range is completely shot, and I can't consistently hit pitch (which sucks because I hear when I'm wrong). So, ah. No. Lorraine will not be singing.

Then Mom wanted me call the widow and talk to her, and I had to hard nope out of that. I'm not calling somebody I never really knew and haven't seen in 20 years to deny them a sentimental request while they're in the throes of grief. Mom abruptly got off the phone with me after that, and I spent the whole day thinking she was annoyed with me before she texted me to let me know she wasn't pissed; they were just heading to chemo in a hurry.

*headdesk*

The upshot is, no horrifically awkward phone calls for me! Hurrah! I will send a lovely sympathy card, though.
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lunabee34: (fancrone by chinashop)
It's become clear to me that I probably need to completely overhaul the summaries and tagging (maybe not so much the tagging) on just about everything I've posted to AO3. *sigh*

When I uploaded most of my old fic, I just kept the original summary which many times was just a sentence or two from the fic or even just an announcement that I'd written the fic for someone.

I've seen enough discussion of fic summaries on meme at this point to realize that I'm not doing myself any favors with those kinds of summaries, but wow is that a massive undertaking to contemplate.
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15/6/17 10:20
lunabee34: (writer by sukibluefiction)
1. I have a cold. *whines* This is particularly annoying because I can't take any medicine for it. I have yet to find cold medicine that doesn't have citric acid in it. :(

2. Writing on the novel is going really well. I'm really enjoying myself and having fun stretching my writing muscles. I'm hoping to have a rough draft done by August, but we'll see. We're doing a lot of traveling in July.

3. Lucifer finale: SPOILERS )

4. Gotham finale: SPOILERS )
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Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch #3)Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Oh, Breq! Of course, Ship loves you and all your crew, too. And Seivarden loves you. And so does Station. I teared up so many times reading this book.

I loved Translator Zeiat. I laughed out loud when she threw up all the crap she'd been eating along with the bullets from the Presger gun.

I have to admit I was having a hard time figuring out how this series was going to draw to a close, and I love the way Leckie did it. I love Breq declaring herself and the other AIs as a new nation and essentially hoisting the Lord of the Rach by her own petard. The ending was fantastic, and I love that it leaves the field wide open should Leckie want to write any more stories in this universe.



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