lunabee34: (writer by sukibluefiction)
2020-06-19 08:30 pm

Information about this journal + fanfic master list

NOTE: If you are looking for something specific, the dreamwidth version of my journal is a better bet than the livejournal version. I have cleaned up html errors from early days and extensively rehauled tags for better searching on the dreamwidth version only.

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 )
lunabee34: (perfume: art deco bottle by sallymn)
2017-06-26 03:15 pm

Perfume Reviews + Swaps/Giveaways

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!

SWAPS AND GIVEAWAYS )
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2017-06-23 04:36 pm

Five for Friday

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.
lunabee34: (reading by tabaqui)
2017-06-23 03:09 pm

The Fifth Heart

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)
2017-06-21 09:31 am

Happy birthday to me!

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.
lunabee34: (reading by thelastgoodname)
2017-06-17 06:48 pm

Chimera by Mira Grant

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)
2017-06-16 10:21 pm

So guess how my day started

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.
lunabee34: (fancrone by chinashop)
2017-06-15 11:27 am

A03 Summaries

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.
lunabee34: (writer by sukibluefiction)
2017-06-15 10:20 am

Finales

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 )
lunabee34: (reading by tabaqui)
2017-06-14 03:27 pm

Here's all the spoilers for book 3

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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lunabee34: (reading by sallymn)
2017-06-14 10:20 am

No spoilers for book 3, please!

Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch #2)Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


On the third read, I love this book even more than the first in the series if such a thing is possible.

I love Breq so hard. I love the way she begins by making alliances with the marginalized and that she always tries to correct injustices (even while acknowledging that some injustices cannot be corrected adequately or safely). The specter of Lt. Awn hangs over all her decisions.

I love that her crew begins wary of her and ends fiercely loyal. I think Ship cares about Breq more than Breq may think. Ships don't love other ships? Ha!

The ending always makes me cry: Seivarden coming to the rescue in the nick of time, Breq losing it and blurting out who she truly is and what she's done in front of everyone, Ship knowing that Breq misses being one of many and sending one of the humans to snuggle her. Oh, my heart. *sniffle*



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2017-06-12 09:17 pm

No spoilers for book 3, please!

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1)Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I love this book so much. This is my third time reading it.

I love Breq so hard. She is so badass and strong and brave. I love that Seivarden has no choice in the face of such awesomeness but to pledge complete loyalty and faith.

The world building here is complex and deep and interesting. The characters are so fascinating (a soldier out of time, a tyrant with an almost limitless reach and a personality disorder, a thousands year old AI who's been cut off from the hive mind), and the plot unfolds so beautifully as the narrative alternates timelines.

At the time I'm typing this, I'm a fourth of the way through the second book (also reading it for the third time) and anxious to finish so that I can read the final book which I haven't read yet.




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lunabee34: (reading by thelastgoodname)
2017-06-11 06:01 pm
Entry tags:

Symbiont by Mira Grant

Symbiont (Parasitology, #2)Symbiont by Mira Grant

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I really like this series. I think finding a new source of apocalypse, especially a zombie apocalypse, is really hard, and Grant manages to combine zombie apocalypse, evil corporation, medical horror, and invasion of the body snatchers with the promise of a Warm Bodies feel-good type ending.

I love the protagonist Sal. I love that she is not a Rambo. I love that she doesn't magically gain skills that are unrealistic for where she begins. I love that she spends a lot of the two books I've read so far being afraid, vulnerable, and betrayed and that she rises to the challenges before her as a normal (ha!) person.

It's a middle book and so it ends on a terrible cliffhanger. I'll be getting the last book today so I can remedy that. LOL



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2017-06-08 08:50 pm

All the movies

1. Watching movies with Fiona is really funny. She's got the attention span to sit through Charlotte's Web or Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast, but something like Ratatouille has too much talking in it and she loses interest before the end.

We've been trying to get her to watch new movies (on the weekend, we go to the playground and watch movies) because she always wants to watch either Spongebob SquarePants Movie or what she calls Willburd (Charlotte's Web). So this past weekend, we watched Lilo and Stitch, which I'd never seen before. OMG, why did nobody tell me how hard this movie was going to tap dance on my emotions? Emma and I sat there with tears streaming down our faces pretty much the whole movie. It was so good and so sweet, and I felt so badly for how hard Nani was trying and still failing to meet the appropriate standards for keeping Lilo with her. AND THEN EMMA AND I BOTH JUMPED TO THE SPECTER OF EMMA HAVING TO TAKE CARE OF HER BABY SISTER AND THEN WE ALL CRIED SOME MORE AND FIONA THOUGHT WE WERE STUPID.

2. Josh and I watched Storks, which turned out to be awesome. Highly recommended. We just had the TV on in the background and then got sucked in because it was so cute and funny.

3. We saw Wonder Woman today and really liked it. SPOILERS )
lunabee34: (reading by sallymn)
2017-06-07 09:09 am

Stone Mattress

Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked TalesStone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales by Margaret Atwood

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Not my favorite Atwood. I think I expected horror from the title or at the very least to be disturbed. The writing was good, but nothing that really grabbed me. The best story in the collection is the title story, and I'd read it in 2011 when it came out in the The New Yorker.

I also think the structure was a problem. The first three stories contain the same cast of characters, and then all the rest of them are unrelated. In a couple, there's mention of a storm that seems to be the same storm happening in the first story, so I think that's supposed to indicate that the stories are all happening in the same universe, but IDK. I wished as I was reading that either all the stories had been connected or none of them.

I did like that all the stories were about older, even elderly, protagonists and about issues with aging but overall a little disappointed.



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2017-06-06 08:02 am

The Republic of Thieves

The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard, #3)The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I love this book. I am extremely sad that the remaining four books planned for the series are not instantly available for me to devour. Still thoroughly convinced that HBO would make a killing on a series based on these books.

We finally get to meet Sabetha in this book instead of just having her mentioned by the other characters, and I don't think Lynch is quite successful in his depiction of her. Josh really doesn't like her character, and although I wouldn't go that far, I can see why he doesn't. I think the problem is two-fold. First, all the other Gentleman Bastards are extremely funny and witty. I think Lynch wanted Sabetha to seem more serious next to them, but instead she seems humorless, a stick in the mud. I think that we also don't see enough of her being actual friends with the Gentleman Bastards. All we get really is the trip they take to pretend to be actors, and since they're all at odds with each other for a lot of that trip, we don't see Sabetha laying everything on the line to keep Galdo safe or her working seamlessly with Jean, etc. She never seems like an integral, cohesive part of the team to me. Most of the rest of her characterization works for me. It makes absolute sense to me that Locke infuriates her; he usurps her position of power in the group and doesn't even realize he's doing it. It makes sense to me that she would hold herself aloof as the only girl in the group. I just wish Sabetha had been characterized like Jean, and then I'd have no trouble seeing what Locke sees in her. LOL I do find the speed with which she misunderstands Locke to be quite frustrating, and I think what she does at the end of the book is really silly and unworthy of her as a Gentleman Bastard.

I don't quite know how to feel about Locke's background. SPOILERS: If he really is a Bondsmage who committed atrocities and then put himself in the body of a child, I'm not really sure it matters. Maybe he used to be that person, but he isn't anymore. He's Locke Lamora. He grew up in that new body and is now someone new. I thought he was going to be revealed to be the son of a Bondsmage instead.

I do like that this revelation means that the next books are likely going to be focused on the Eldren, who they were, where they went, what got them. Those inexplicable bits of the world-building have been one of my favorite parts of the series. I also like that Falconer survived and is going to be the overarching villain.



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lunabee34: (reading by tabaqui)
2017-05-27 08:22 pm

Stop what you're doing and start reading these books

Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2)Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


OMG OMG OMG

This book is awesome.

It is full of lady pirates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not sure I can be more coherent than that.

I laughed out loud multiple times. I cried multiple times. I cannot wait to start the third book, and I know for certain when I finish it, I will be pissed off that Lynch hasn't yet published the next four books promised in the series.

The plotting in these books is so masterful. I am in awe. And jealous.

Once again, I am left desperately wishing for an HBO series of these books to watch.



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2017-05-25 08:51 pm

More movies!

1. Emma, Josh and I watched Suicide Squad on HBO. It was alright.

SPOILERS )

2. Josh and I went to see Alien Covenant today. We both really liked it, but we both also really liked Prometheus so take that as your fair warning. LOL

SPOILERS )
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2017-05-25 08:26 am

Movies

1. Josh, Emma, and I watched Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 this week and loved it. I think I even liked it more than the first one.

SPOILERS )
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2017-05-24 10:51 am

Media Consumed

1. Into the Badlands finale! SPOILERS )

2. Gotham was really good this week. SPOILERS )

3. Lucifer was also really good. SPOILERS )