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: (reading by misbegotton)
Borne (Borne #1)Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really love this book; I was absolutely riveted the entire time I was reading it. It reminds me of Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake series but is in no way derivative. I think what I like best about Vandermeer is how absolutely weird and novel and unpredictable his imagination is. I never see whatever he's got up his sleeve coming.

For that reason, I don't want to spoil anything about the novel except for in the broadest strokes. I would say this is set in a post-apocalyptic world except the apocalypse seems ongoing and interminable. Rachel and Wick have eked out a pretty good existence in a place dominated by a giant, murderous bear who can fly when Rachel encounters Borne, some wholly new sort of sentient being whom she begins to treat like a child. Their relationship will have pretty extreme consequences for everyone living in the City.

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I am so taken with this novel. It's so so good, y'all. I have not been able to stop thinking about it since I finished.

lunabee34: (sg1: jonas by ladyireth)
Poll #21392 What is an Oprah?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 12

Biggest loose end in SG-1 is

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never mentioning Jack's ex-wife again after she is traumatically exposed to the doppelganger of their dead son, nightmare fuel WTF
6 (50.0%)

Joseph Faxon left behind with the Achen
4 (33.3%)

whether Teal'c will tell anyone what happened on the lifetime they don't remember
5 (41.7%)

something else I will elaborate in comments
2 (16.7%)

Everyone (so like the whole ensemble) acting like Vala was being childish and stupid for having boundaries with her father (who seems like a deadbeat at best and emotionally abusive at worst) is an asshole.

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3 (25.0%)

also yes
2 (16.7%)

and it burns me up
6 (50.0%)

and me think less of all of them
1 (8.3%)

Jonas Quinn:

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breath of fresh air
3 (27.3%)

wish he'd stayed on as a regular
4 (36.4%)

could never take the place of my Daniel!!
4 (36.4%)

totally survived the Dominion :(
7 (63.6%)

something else I will elaborate in comments
0 (0.0%)

Pete, Sam's fiance, totally gets written out of character in one episode to make him look like a buffoon so she can dump him.

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accurate assessment and stupid writing
4 (33.3%)

yes, but Sam/Jack forever!!!
4 (33.3%)

yes, but I am not interested in the show where she marries him so whatever
9 (75.0%)

Something else you will tell me about
0 (0.0%)

Best episode of the show is....


Feb. 15th, 2019 06:18 pm
lunabee34: (reading by sallymn)
1. Into the Drowning Deep )

Does anyone know if Rolling in the Deep adds anything to the story? Is it the short story that is the germ of Into the Drowning Deep, or is there more to it? Also, does anyone know if she plans a sequel?

2. Thank you for sending me this, [personal profile] executrix!!

Hidden Louisa May Alcott: 2 VolumesHidden Louisa May Alcott: 2 Volumes by Louisa May Alcott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First of all, the two sections of this anthology are prefaced with scholarly essays by one of the most important Alcott scholars who actually discovered (along with a colleague) the texts Alcott had published under aliases. I get the same sort of thrill of scholarship and discovery that I get when reading A.S. Byatt's Possession; how marvelous to figure out an unknown thing, to be the first to put your hands on some document or fact. Thrilling!

Next, the stories in this anthology are what Alcott called her "blood and thunder" stories, and they are melodramatic and racy with Gothic trappings, but they are also surprising in a couple of ways. Two stories portray a pretty realistic picture of drug use (suggesting, of course, that Alcott was familiar with laudanum addiction and with eating hashish). Many of the stories contain familiar gothic tropes like being locked in a madhouse against one's will, inheritance problems, "ghosts," murder, revenge, etc, and while some of them end on a happily ever note that seems contrived in some cases, in at least one story the villainess wins, and in at least one other story, well--let's just say another story ends in such a completely unexpected way that it's best not to spoil it at all.

Anyone who knows Alcott primarily through the Little Women series would be delighted to see another version of her in this anthology.

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lunabee34: (sga: atlantis blue by magicnosegoblin)
Poll #21377 It's a city, not a yo-yo.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 23

The Ancients are

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total dicks
17 (73.9%)

suffering from God complexes
14 (60.9%)

no one Elizabeth (or Daniel) should want to emulate, so it's super weird that she stays so into them even after they're revealed to be so flawed
16 (69.6%)

really full of themselves
10 (43.5%)

have some good qualities which I will elaborate in comments
0 (0.0%)

I don't even go here, but they sound old
2 (8.7%)

Where the hell is Sora anyway? We never see her released to the Genii, and deleted scenes and story ideas don't count!

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still in the bowels of Atlantis in a cell
5 (25.0%)

released back to the Genii
4 (20.0%)

still in a cell but secretly dating Teyla who is REFORMING her (with her genitals)
9 (45.0%)

something else I will explain in comments
0 (0.0%)

6 (30.0%)

Rodney's allergies are

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way overblown and just a symptom of his hypochondria
5 (22.7%)

real and a genuine problem
12 (54.5%)

beep boop
5 (22.7%)

If Ford did get to name things, what would he name the new class of Ancient ships Rodney finds on some far-flung outpost?

Radek Zelenka should be having extremely hot sex followed by the tender relation of pigeon trivia with

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3 (15.8%)

8 (42.1%)

5 (26.3%)

12 (63.2%)

5 (26.3%)

3 (15.8%)

Peter Grodin
6 (31.6%)

that dude and/or dudes from Guardian
6 (31.6%)


Feb. 12th, 2019 07:31 pm
lunabee34: (writer by sukibluefiction)
I like [personal profile] sholio's latest post:

If you could commission me to write anything, what would it be? This could be because you think it's in my wheelhouse and I would do it well, or it could just be that you really, really want this particular story and are desperate for ANYONE to write it. LOL
lunabee34: (star trek: TNG Enterprise by jrmoom)
1. I got the most awesomest package from [personal profile] executrix! So many good looking books. I can't wait to dive in. Thank you, Exec. :)

2. I am getting back in the groove of exercising the way I want to: biked for 50 minutes, ran 2 miles on the elliptical, arm weights. Feeling good.

3. I finished big project at work! I have been receiving good feedback for my work so far. No matter the ultimate fate or verdict, it's done. So, so done and happy about that.

4. I cannot believe how much conversation I got out of my Jane Eyre shitpost. Love it, love y'all. :)

5. Next shitposting topic:

Poll #21361 There's Klingons on the starboard bow
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 25

Best captain is

Favorite Deanna partner

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11 (47.8%)

7 (30.4%)

5 (21.7%)

someone else I will explain in comments
2 (8.7%)

As immortalized in the fic "Data Goes Ballistic," Data's new penis is 24 inches long and as thick as Geordi's wrist. No details on his old one.

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3 (14.3%)

18 (85.7%)

Just how should Picard pass on his wisdom to Cadet Crusher?

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via his genitals, naturally
0 (0.0%)

with a tasteful gift basket of earl grey
17 (73.9%)

with a well-timed warning that dropping out of the Academy to gallivant around the universe screwing with time will totally mean he gets cut out of Riker/Troi's wedding scene
12 (52.2%)

something else in I will explain in comments
0 (0.0%)

Jadzia is 100% the best

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7 (30.4%)

0 (0.0%)

totally yes
4 (17.4%)

hell yes
3 (13.0%)

all the yeses
9 (39.1%)

lunabee34: (this ain't yo daddy's shipper fic)
Actually Unrequited Pining

#5 Seemingly Unrequited Pining

That is indeed my brain.

If only they had Ridiculous Misunderstandings as a trope. That would be #1 for sure.
lunabee34: (end of the world by crystalchain)
1. [personal profile] executrix gave me an awesome suggestion for my poetry writing: make one of those bingo cards that comms give out for fic writing. Does anybody know the code to make such a bingo card?

2. Josh had one of his stomach attacks and was out of work two days last week; the last episode was on the 11th. I am really concerned that these episodes are escalating. He's seeing his gastroenterologist on Tuesday, and hopefully he'll have some additional ideas, but we've been trying to figure this out for years to no avail.

3. I saw my endocrinologist on Wednesday. My previous endo retired since my last appointment (sob), but I like this new doctor. She is testing me for the Sjogren's antibodies, B12 and D levels, and thyroid. She went back through all the labs I've taken since I started going there, and she noticed that the one B12 test I'd taken in 2015 was 278. The normal range is 200-900, but she said that at under 500 people start to experience symptoms of deficiency. So I'm now taking sublingual B12. I have high hopes. She also wants me to take selenium. The only selenium in town contains wheat ingredients, so I'm waiting for some to arrive via Amazon.

4. Emma's foot quit hurting her. When we saw the physical therapist a few weeks ago, he suggested a shoe change (and suggested frequently changing brands, styles when time for new shoes). He also suggested two pairs of shoes, one for everyday and one for running/exercise, so we did that. She's been able to run again and is slowly escalating. So naturally, two days ago, the tendonitis in her arm flared up again. She is extremely angry and distraught. Fortunately her teachers have been kind and allowing her to mitigate the use of the arm.

Y'all, the longer this saga goes on, the more convinced I become that something is really wrong with her. Just as soon as one area stops being inflamed, another becomes so. And there's no precipitating event, often. She just starts hurting. I really hope that our March appointment with the rheumatologist will be fruitful. She's going to have to miss a whole day of school, and who knows how often they'll want us to come back. Hopefully they'll understand that we live really far away and work with us.

*sigh* It is really hard to watch your kiddo hurt and have to just sit on your hands and wait because you've exhausted all your options for now.
lunabee34: (Ouida by ponders_life)
Poll #21306 Rochester is a ding ding, yes?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14

Adele is totally Rochester's kid.

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11 (84.6%)

2 (15.4%)

Rochester is an ass to lead Blanche on like that.

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12 (92.3%)

1 (7.7%)

However, Blanche is also an ass who deserves to be knocked down a peg.

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7 (58.3%)

5 (41.7%)

Oh, climb off the cross, Helen. Sheesh.

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4 (33.3%)

0 (0.0%)

1 (8.3%)

no (fine)
7 (58.3%)

How should Jane Eyre have ended?

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like it did, duh
3 (21.4%)

with Jane going off with St. John
0 (0.0%)

with Jane setting up house with St. John's sisters
4 (28.6%)

with Jane liberating Bertha in some way
8 (57.1%)

with Jane marrying Rochester and never finding out about Bertha
1 (7.1%)

with Jane finding out about Bertha but marrying Rochester anyway
0 (0.0%)

something else
1 (7.1%)

lunabee34: (fancrone by chinashop)
1. I didn't want to put this in my Goodreads review, but I know Angela Ball. She was a professor at my undergrad alma mater. I did not ever take a class with her, but I went to many a party at her beautiful home, and she was always a very gracious host. I should post about that under flock sometime.

The Museum of the RevolutionThe Museum of the Revolution by Angela Ball

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really like this volume of poetry. The speaker of the collection is a grad student on a trip to Cuba in the late 80s/early 90s. The poems are narrative with no rhyme; lots of beautiful turns of phrase. These poems aren't cryptic or precious or pretentious; they explore themes of travel and the beauty, history, and culture of Cuba, including its violent legacy.

Well worth a read.

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2. I decided that it is totally not cheating to log all the books I read to Emma FIONA (sheesh, self, it's enough that you call them the wrong names in person LOL) at night on Goodreads, so have a long list of children's books.

like a billion books, srsly )
lunabee34: (mlp:  pinkie pie exercise by isabellerec)
1. I have suspected for awhile that I might have Sjogren's Syndrome. My grandmother had it, and I have some of the symptoms of it. I've not pursued getting a diagnosis because the symptoms have been pretty mild and also could be attributed to either Hashimoto's or celiac. Didn't seem worth the expense to just confirm that I have it.

SPOILER ALERT: now it seems worth it )

2. So, Applejack, Apple Bloom, and Big Mac's parents are clearly dead in MLP. They never use the word dead or say exactly what happened to them, but the show clearly intends to convey that they have died. Yesterday, we watched the episode where the Apple kids find out about their parents' Romeo and Juliet style romance, and I ugly cried because it was so damn sweet, and then when it was all over, I was like, wait.

I have been assuming that Twilight and the gang are supposed to be the equivalent of college age or just past college age. They are treated like adults and able to make their own decisions. Apple Bloom seems like she's in junior high. So, there's at least 10 years between them. Applejack and Big Mac don't remember their parents. So, either they don't remember parents that died when they were about 10, or Apple Bloom was born after they died.

I saw a fan theory that Apple Bloom is actually Applejack's illegitimate daughter rather than her sister. I will wait for that episode with bated breath. LOL

3. Gotham!!!! SPOILERS )

4. So, I've been bopping along with my poetry writing plan: reading lots of poems, thinking about how they work, writing in my notebook. I had the thought that writing about my fear of death might be fruitful. It was if by fruitful I mean anxiety attack inducing. LOL Turns out that dwelling on my fears does not exorcise them but exercise them. I shall not be the 21st century voice of Thanatopsis, alas.

5. I finished the big project at work for values of having finished the most horrible, time-consuming part of it. I AM AWESOME! And it's done. That's the main part.

Bonus Track: I have decided to stop cross-posting to LJ. I always forget to answer comments there, and my flist is mirrored on DW entirely. Feels like the end of an era.
lunabee34: (mlp:  pinkie pie exercise by isabellerec)
Look at the awesome Pinkie Pie icon [personal profile] isabellerecs made for me! I love it!

PoemsPoems by Maya Angelou

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I bounced off this pretty hard. I'm a huge fan of Angelou's prose writing, but I haven't read her poetry (outside of an isolated poem here and there) since I was a teen.

I really like about 1/4 of this: poems about the black experience, at least one poem about black response to feminism, multiple poems from a queer perspective, some very beautiful turns of phrase.

On the whole, though, it doesn't grab me, and I think it's the rhyme. I think I have a knee-jerk, do-not-want reaction to most rhyming poetry; it sounds juvenile to me even when it's not.

I really surprised myself by not liking this as much as I thought I would.

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lunabee34: (meta foucault by jjjean65)
[personal profile] cupidsbow made a really interesting post about vidding that got me to thinking about the fannish injunction to "be the change you want to see."

I'm curious if that's ever worked for anyone who tried.

Did you write the fic or make the art or vid the vid you wanted to see and others followed suit? If they did, was that sustained? Did it create a longterm surge of what you wanted in your fandom? If not, was creating it yourself enough? Did reading your own fic or looking at your own art scratch the itch? Did it inspire you to make a sustained effort to create Thing? Or did it leave you feeling more annoyed than before when you were just wishing for Thing?

I've never actually attempted to be the change, so I don't have any stories to contribute here, but I'm intensely curious about the rest of you.
lunabee34: (reading by misbegotton)
Things I Meant To Say To You When We Were OldThings I Meant To Say To You When We Were Old by Merrit Malloy

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I'm not exactly sure how I acquired this poetry collection; I think a high school friend gave me several volumes of poetry she found at a used bookstore, but I could be wrong. I loved this volume of poetry when I was 14. It's very much about sexual relationships, and the frank discussion of sex outside of marriage seemed revolutionary and important and daring to a girl who was raised in a repressed, Evangelical household.

Unfortunately, it doesn't hold up for me as an adult. First, the book is full of these odd photographs that really don't add anything to the poems. In fact, many times, they actively work against the poetry; like a poem about a serious breakup will be topped with a picture of a dog in sunglasses or something. It's an extremely odd choice that didn't even register with me as a teen but seems bizarre to me now. Second, this isn't really what I'd call poetry now. It's certainly confessional, and it's certainly broken up into lines and stanzas, but there's almost none of the literary hallmarks I've come to think of as characteristic of poetry: word play, imagery, subversion of cliche, juxtaposition of the very different, etc. It's very much in the vein of poetry as diary entry. (Also, the ellipses! So many ellipses! Literally every line of every poem in this collection has at least one set of ellipses.)

Reading this I would get to lines I used to think were so profound and meant so much to me as a kid but are cringeworthy to me now, and experiencing both those emotions simultaneously is an unsettling experience.

Parts of this still speak to me; in one poem, Malloy writes: "How could you just go and die like that? / And leave me here / with all these strangers." That packs a punch. There are other similar places.

On the whole, though, I can only regard this as an interesting artifact that tells me something about my teenage self.

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lunabee34: (are those men kissing? by animekittysama)
1. Poetry Collection: Carolina Ghost Woods by Judy Jordan )

2. My very first MLP disappointment )

3. On the other hand, Big Mac dressing up like Cousin Apple Orchard to be Apple Bloom's Big Sister at the Sisterhood Social + the Cutie Mark Crusaders getting their cutie marks (finally!) totally made up for that disappointment. I think I had more fun watching those 2 episodes of TV than I have anything else in a very long time.

4. Spoilers for last week's Gotham )

5. I am still offering a kingdom for an icon of Pinkie Pie in her exercise clothes (season 2, episode 18, opening sequence). :)
lunabee34: (thanks by ponders_life)
You have brought me (and many other people who are reading this post) a great deal of joy. You one of the kindest, most generous people I know. I am so lucky to know you.

I hope today has been wonderful for you because you deserve every bit of fun and goodness that can come your way.
lunabee34: (writer by sukibluefiction)
I always thought I was going to be a poet. I spent all of my childhood and adolescence reading and writing poetry. I took multiple poetry writing workshops as an undergraduate.

And then I got to grad school, and I completely stopped writing poetry. I think the last time I seriously attempted to write a poem was in 2001. I know it's partly because grad school was intense and busy, partly because I got pregnant at the end of our first year, and partly because when I got into fandom after Emma was born I spent all my creative energy writing fic (short stories and novellas).

But I think I want to start writing poetry again. I got all nostalgic for those days when I was rereading Mary Oliver last week.

So, I've made a plan I cobbled together from different advice I read in all those writing manuals last year. I've got a cool notebook a friend gave me for Christmas. It's a spiral bound notebook that's divided into several sections, and the paper in each section is a different color. I'm going to try to write just a little each day (as much or as little as I want). I'm going to give myself a prompt for each day (maybe a word or an emotion or describing an object or scene I see; there's also several cool poetry prompt generators online). At the end of each section, I'll read back through what I've written and highlight any lines or phrases I think are good. Then I'll compile those and see if I can either make a poem of what's there or use those lines in some way in a poem.

I'm also going to start reading poetry again. I kept reading poetry long after I stopped writing it, but it's been more than a decade since I regularly read it. I know that reading in the genre will inspire me.

Any suggestions on how to improve this plan and/or writing poetry in general would be awesome. I haven't talked poetry in a long time.

Also interested in hearing about any writing practices you're ushering in for 2019 (or continuing from last year).
lunabee34: (this ain't yo daddy's shipper fic)
I am off work today. Forget February. Let the shitposting begin now!

I want to know your headcanons (all those little things not explicitly specified in a canon that you believe are true of a character or setting or plot)--any fandom, any medium.

Here are some of mine:

Star Trek: I am 100% convinced that Barclay is not an outlier in using the Holodeck as a sexual fantasyscape. I think half the Enterprise is banging someone in there, and the other half is beating someone up. It's just that unlike Barclay, they're banging and beating templates in the system rather than their bosses and colleagues; the system only flags what you're doing as a problem if you are recreating people who are still alive or threatening harm to yourself or others that might persist outside the holodeck.

Gotham: Harvey and Jim have slept together a handful of times, always when they're both really upset, always when they're drinking. Jim never says anything about it or acts any differently around Harvey afterwards, but it breaks Harvey's heart because he wants it to mean more--it means everything--but if he ever lets Jim know that, he thinks Jim would never touch him again.

Little Women: Sure, she really loves him. Sure, they're suited for each other. But, damn, does Amy feel just a little bit of victory in making Laurie love her instead of Jo.
lunabee34: (reading by misbegotton)
1. from "Work" in The Leaf and the Cloud

I will sing for the veil that never lifts.
I will sing for the veil that begins, once in a lifetime, maybe, to lift.
I will sing for the rent in the veil.
I will sing for what is in front of the veil, the floating light.
I will sing for what is behind the veil--light, light, and more light.

Mary Oliver

Review of Mary Oliver's The Leaf and the Cloud )

My first real published paper was about Mary Oliver's connection to Gary Snyder (his poem "Riprap" and her poem "Riprap"). I have a great fondness for her poetry, and the world is a dimmer place without her light. RIP, Mary Oliver.

2. My Little Pony is killing me. First, they had a Lower Decks episode with all the random ponies that are always in the background of each episode, and it was just as boss as the Star Trek episode it was referencing. Then tonight, we learned that Princess Luna has forced herself to have horrible nightmares every night to punish herself for her tenure as Nightmare Moon. My heart, my heart, OMG, these ponies are fricking breaking my heart on a regular basis! Help!

3. Michael's proposal to Holly on The Office is so damn sweet. *sniffles*


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