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.











SG1 )



STAR TREK 2009 )







lunabee34: (perfume: art deco bottle by sallymn)
I absolutely love this perfume. My dear, dear [personal profile] executrix sent it to me, and I put off trying it because I was afraid from the way the bottle looked that it would smell like a generic old man cologne. OMG, I was so wrong. So so wrong.

Description: Top notes are mint, lavender, tarragon, bergamot and lemon; middle notes are bay leaf, patchouli, jasmine, vetiver, heliotrope, anise, cedar and geranium; base notes are leather, tonka bean, amber, benzoin, oakmoss and vanilla.

This is what Luca Turin led me to believe Hermessence Vetiver Tonka would smell like. Lies, lies. Hermessence Vetiver Tonka was such a disappointment for me. Relax is a beautiful, powerful vetiver that's nicely rounded out by the tonka which gives it a creamy, vanilla underpinning (with none of the candy, sugar, dessert bullshit in Hermessence Vetiver Tonka).

I don't get any of the other notes outside of vetiver, patchouli, and tonka (and the patchouli is very minimal). It reminds me a bit of my beloved Chanel Sycomore, but it's more masculine than Sycomore IMHO. I've worn this constantly since testing it and am so happy that [personal profile] executrix sent me a partial big bottle! Whoooo!


Anybody interested in swapping for any of these, let me know. Any perfume fine to swap; doesn't have to be BPAL.

Armani Code
2 Alien by Thierry Mugler samples
2-3 ml sample Guerlain Angelique Noire
Eau de Cologne Crepe de Chine F. Millot full bottle

Fire for the Step-Mother's Daughters
New Orleans
Incipient Madness
Lexamin de Minuit
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Comment with one of my fandoms and a number.

1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed

And then we can taaaaaaalk about it. :)
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1. Gotham is back! SPOILERS )

2. Downton Abbey watch continues. SPOILERS )

3. I got the sweetest letter from [personal profile] kaleecat and a sweet card and picture of L. from [personal profile] zulu and [personal profile] bell. L. is the cutest little man ever.

4. Sometimes parenting is awesome. Fiona is having her little graduation from daycare in a couple weeks, and they've taught her the cutest song. "I'm a little graduate. Aren't you proud of me?" Adorable.

5. I had started just riding the bike so I could read the whole time I'm exercising, but I decided I needed to start running again, too. The bike doesn't engage my core much or my arms at all, so I've gone back to running two miles or so and then following that with the bike.
lunabee34: (perfume: art deco bottle by sallymn)
Incipient Madness

An unwholesome smoky musk, dark and sweet, laced with Virginia tobacco, honeyed black currant, and red patchouli.

This is a limited edition, so I don't know how hard it would be to find, but it's a very good dupe for Comme des Garcons Black. The smokiness is clearly coming from birch tar (so yummy!) which is the main ingredient in Black. I like this more than I thought I would even with the sweetness of the patchouli underpinning it. Black is much nicer; IM is more astringent, not as smooth as Black, but they're very close to each other. I'm going to pass this along because even if I do like it, I'd much rather wear Black.

Fire for Thy Step-Mother's Daughters

Flaming coals, hellfire, and blackened bone.

So Josh's response to this is that it smells like nagchampa which is his response to every BPAL with patchouli or incense in it (and he's not wrong, exactly). Emma thinks it smells bitter and sawdusty. I think it does give a good impression of fire and warmth, but that the dragon's blood smells sweetly mildewy like it always does to me. Definitely not a keeper.

New Orleans

Sweet honeysuckle and jasmine with a hint of lemon and spice.

I knew this was going to be horrible on me because of the jasmine, but I soldiered on in the name of science! Jasmine just smells like sickly sweet poop to me. I could barely leave it on long enough to get much of a whiff. My friend M liked it and did not scrub hers but she said ten minutes into the drive home, it suddenly amped up to a thousand rather than fading away as it dried down. This will be going to someone who can abide jasmine LOL.
lunabee34: (reading by sallymn)
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked this book. It reminds me of a very adult, fantasy version of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Very funny, very witty dialogue, excellent world building, and man does it jerk the tears out of a reader at the most unexpected moments.

It follows the exploits of Locke and other criminal elements in the city of Camorr which is a sort of degenerate Venice. Lots of really cool stuff about the sea and bizarre sea creatures as a result. The city is full of strange artifacts left behind by non-human creators who died out over a thousand years ago, and alchemists abound.

The very rich live in towers that overlook the teeming mass of the very poor and desperate. Locke and his associates mingle deftly with both groups and get up to hijinks both amusing and of the utmost importance.

I highly recommend this book. I had so much fun reading it. Can't wait to start the next one. I'd love to watch the HBO series of this book.

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1. My friend brought over two dip pens and a wild assortment of ink last night, and we had an ink testing party. It was really fun testing different inks; Emma had a good time, too. Worst name for an ink ever: Baby Lips. LOL

2. I'm going shopping today! Project Wardrobe is afoot. I hope I come back with arms laden with packages. LOL I'm on particular look out for dresses, skirts, a bathing suit, and *gasp* shorts. I haven't worn shorts in like 15 years, but I'm considering it.

3. The book I'm reading right now, The Lies of Locke Lamora, is awesome. I would love to watch the HBO series of this book. It's a little over 700 pages, so it's taking me longer to read than the rest of the books I've read recently, but so worth it. And when I'm done, there's two more!

4. Dollhouse fic is almost entirely crossovers and fusions. Very little straight up fic about the show.

5. One more week of class and then finals. I cannot adequately express my joy. LOL The grading will be brutal, but then my time is my own. Whooooooooooo!
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The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #1)The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found myself simultaneously very interested in and also bored by this book. I loved the story and everything we learn about the characters; I was really bored by all the science and kinda skimmed through those parts when they were longer than a few paragraphs.

This is one of those books that really is better unspoiled, so I won't say anything about the actual plot.

I liked it well enough that I want to read the rest of the series to see what happens, so I need to get to inter-library loaning.

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Parasite (Parasitology, #1)Parasite by Mira Grant

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I like the way Grant uses snippets of interviews, video recordings, and manuscripts along with first person narration to tell the story. I always love a story about a huge, potentially evil corporation that may or may not be ushering in the apocalypse. Most of all, I really like stories about the idea that the way we manipulate the world around us has the potential to harm us (whether that's through our technology, our medical treatments, our use of chemicals and plastics, etc.). I don't necessarily think the specific thing that happens in the book is very plausible (which isn't a criticism; I just don't think we're ever going to have a zombie apocalypse of any kind, for example; that doesn't mean I don't enjoy those kinds of stories), but I think the central premise of the book is very plausible--that when we alter nature radically we court severe consequences. I very much liked the narrator of the story and figuring out along with her what exactly had happened to her. Also, given the way that Grant writes the parents in Newsflesh, I'm starting to wonder if parents who can't connect with their children and who tend to exploit them in some way is A Thing in her writing.

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The Mechanical (The Alchemy Wars, #1)The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked The Mechanical and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. In this book, the Dutch rule the world because they have mastered alchemy and used it to create a host of automatons to act as soldiers, servants, and weapons. The Dutch don't believe (or at least have a vested interest in maintaining) that the automatons are sentient beings that can achieve free will. The Dutch are pitted against the French who (among other differences) do believe that the automatons are enslaved and are sentient beings. The Mechanical follows the interlocking lives of one automaton, the top French spy, and a captured French spy. My favorite character is the automaton Jax. I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens to him next. I'm rooting for him to be truly free.

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Emma and I finished Dollhouse yesterday. OMG, wow. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

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The GameThe Game by A.S. Byatt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I bounced off this book hard, which surprised me. I love A. S. Byatt, and I love everything she's written that I've read. I've only bounced off one other book, and that's because I mistakenly picked up the third in a trilogy and started reading it while wondering what the hell was going on. Her writing is beautiful as always in this novel, but it is also a bit overwrought to me, and I find none of the characters sympathetic or very interesting, and I find all their emotional responses to be disproportionate to the events of their lives. I kept waiting for the reveal of some terrible, traumatic secret that could account for all their fear, anxiety and existential horror, but I waited in vain. I am disappointed.

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The Scarlet PimpernelThe Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was reluctant to read this book because I thought for some reason that it would be dry or dense. Fortunately, it is neither. It's a quick, fun, breezy read that I think would appeal even to junior high readers. It's a mystery, a romance, and a novel of intrigue. The fun for the first half of the novel is trying to figure out who the Scarlet Pimpernel is, and the fun for the second half is cheering him on in his mission of rescuing condemned French aristocrats. Very entertaining.

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(I realize the tag is not quite the right era, but it'll do.)
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1. I'm not really sure what to do about LJ. Most people seem to be deleting their journals. That seems probably not necessary to me, but maybe I'm wrong. I have to admit that I would prefer having only one social media platform to check; I also don't have any super attachment to LJ anymore. IDK

If I delete, I lose access to club-joss, and I think I saw someone saying they're going to delete communities with no activity for a certain number of days (Is that right?). I could make a new DW account and import that community, right?

I have a question about how importing works. If I import my LJ to my DW, it will duplicate posts that aren't crossposted, correct? Will it just tack on the LJ comments to the end of the DW comments or intersperse them?

What do y'all think?

2. Walking Dead season finale was awesome. SPOILERS )

3. Into the Badlands has been good. I just wish it wasn't on so late at night. I have so much trouble staying up that late now. It ruins my sleep; it's like there's a window in which I can fall asleep easily, and if I stay up too much past that, I'm screwed.

4. I'm going to stop taking the Elmiron for my IC. It causes night sweats, and I'm finally getting really fed up with it. I'd gone six months with zero night sweats, and taking this medicine made me start having them again. They've gradually gotten worse the longer I've taken it as well. Last night I changed shirts three times. It's really affecting my sleep. I've got about 3 weeks of the med left before I need a refill, and part of me feels like I should finish it out since I paid for it, but the other part of me despairs at three more weeks of terrible sleep laying on cold wet sheets and getting up to change my clothes every few hours. *sigh*
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The Clever Woman of the FamilyThe Clever Woman of the Family by Charlotte Mary Yonge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, Yonge is not progressive for her time. The central thesis of this book is that women need the firm intellectual guidance of wise men so that they don't become ridiculous and dangerously foolish. A woman left to mull things over on her own is a time bomb waiting to explode.

But don't let that stop you from reading this fantastic novel. Rachel, the "clever" woman of the family, is constantly making silly blunders and providing comic relief until suddenly she isn't. This is an emotional roller coaster of a read; it begins firmly in the humorous vein (almost Wildean in wit and tone) and then becomes very serious in ways that I didn't expect.

I really don't want to spoil the story, but it's full of romance, mystery, peril and genuine pathos. Also, in spite of Yonge's conservative world view, the novel is pretty feminist in ways she may not have intended--female authors, women lamenting the lack of useful occupation available to them, and women taking decisive/heroic action.

Highly recommended.

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1/4/17 19:56
lunabee34: (perfume: art deco bottle by sallymn)
After a bit of a hiatus, I'm getting back into perfume testing again.

BPAL, Tocca, Ralph Lauren, Sex in the City, Estee Lauder, Chanel )
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1. Josh's doctor thinks he's having stomach spasms, so he started him on a medicine that seems to be working. He goes for a follow-up next week.

2. I have beauty recs and anti-recs. In the rec category, Micellar Water. I think the one I'm using is Garnier but I don't think the brand really matters. I end up having to wash my face multiple times a day because of the gym, but didn't feel like it was really a good idea to use my face wash every time. I love the micellar water to wash my face later in the day; gentle, takes eye makeup right off, don't even have to rinse after. Second rec, Garnier Skin Active Clearly Brighter Overnight Leave on Peel. It's gentle enough to use every night, isn't drying, drugstore price, and I saw a difference in my skin after one use.

In the anti-rec category, Urban Decay eyeliner. I liked it the first couple of times I used it, but then it stopped gliding and being soft, and it sharpened so horribly that I ended up throwing it away. I love their eye primer and will sing its praises all day long, but the eyeliner really did not work for me.

3. Emma has been on a school trip to DC. She comes home tomorrow. I have really missed her.
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Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New EroticismPleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism by Deborah Lutz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this one. I knew a little bit about most of the people discussed in this book (you can't study Victorian literature without knowing bit about Richard Burton or Swinburne or the Rossettis, for example) but only the very superficial. This is a really interesting look at several loosely connected and intersecting groups of people (the pre-Raphaelites, the Cannibal Club, and the Aesthetes) and how their art and lives were focused on their sexual experiences. The book is written much more like creative non-fiction than the usual academic book, so it's incredibly readable. Every now and again, the author uses an awkward turn of phrase or says something in a confusing way or gets out her thesaurus just to remind us that we are reading the work of the erudite, but on the whole, the style is very readable and accessible and the subject matter is deeply interesting.

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Oronooko: The Royal SlaveOronooko: The Royal Slave by Aphra Behn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not one I'll be rereading. I somehow missed reading this in college and wouldn't have read it now except that I'm teaching it. I know it's an important text, and I'm glad I've read it, but I found it very underwhelming. Also, the almost complete lack of dialogue made reading it fairly tedious.

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I went to see this with Emma yesterday, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I've been reading a lot of grousing about everything in this movie from Emma Watson to the music to the yellow dress to the pacing; lots and lots of people are prepared to despise this movie (most of the grousing is from before the movie even aired, naturally). I thought it was pretty great.



25/3/17 12:05
lunabee34: (end of the world by crystalchain)
I went to go see this with my friend yesterday. I thought it was an excellent movie, but man is it a bummer.

I'm really glad I didn't take Emma with us, not so much because of the violence (which it is really, really violent), but because SPOILERS )

Emma and I are seeing Beauty and the Beast this afternoon, so hopefully that will raise my spirits.


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