I finished Anna Cowan's Untamed. Review copy, so I'll save it for review.
Skimmed Iron Man 3 Prelude, aka What Jim Rhodes Was Doing During The Avengers.
There is also a mostly pointless comics retelling of IM2; only "mostly" because it is nice to see Tony customizing War Machine for Rhodey and Rhodey's first flight, which are major plot holes in the movie. On the plus side, there is also a lot less Vanko and Hammer than the movie, but on the minus side, there is a lot less RDJ.
It also includes the first issue of Iron Man: Extremis, which I assume is massively confusing for people not already familiar with the comicsverse. I often recommend Extremis as an introductory work, but including one chapter in a book focused on the Cinematic Universe, without any prior indication that this is from a different continuity, is probably not the best way to pitch it.
Milestone's Static series is a lot less interesting when Dwayne McDuffie isn't writing it. There is an After School Special about black anti-Semitism/white Jews benefiting from racism as an institution. I have just hit the storyline where one of Virgil's friends comes out as gay and the other boys in the friends group do not react well. All the social justice storylines are so clunky and well-meant! I cannot help but be fond of them.
What are you currently reading?
Still slogging through Kerry Greenwood's Medea. Very much a war of the sexes book.
What are you planning to read next?
I need to reread "A Cyborg Manifesto." If the latest Wiscon Chronicles volume is out in ebook, I'll probably read it on the plane ride home, because I usually do.
As we've recently been discussing lines, I thought flaneurs within reach of London might be interested in this: One-dimensional maps: why an old form of mapmaking deserves a revival. Monday 3 June, 7:30pm, Swedenborg Hall, London, UK.
I've seen a previous talk by this speaker, and would thoroughly recommend it.
Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanova, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Hulk, Steve Rogers, Betty Ross, JARVIS, Bucky Barnes, Nick Fury.
Warnings: Mind control. Inferences of past child abuse and other torture. Current environment is supportive.
Summary: A mission in Russia introduces the Avengers to the Winter Soldier. Steve wants Bucky back and will stop at nothing to make that happen. Everyone else helps however they can.
Notes: Asexual character (Clint). Aromantic character (Natasha). Asexual relationship. Sibling relationships. Fix-it. Teamwork. Canon-typical violence. BAMF!Avengers. Vulgar language. Drama. Rescue. Hurt/Comfort. Emotional whump. Survivor guilt. Friendship. Confusion. Mind control. Memory loss. Slow recovery. Nick Fury makes stupid-ass decisions. Fear of loss. Fluff. Nonsexual ageplay. Making up for lost time. Tony Stark has a heart. Games. Trust issues. Safety and security. Howard Stark's A+ parenting. Obadiah Stane's A+ parenting. Food issues. Multiplicity/Plurality. Sleep issues. Non-sexual touching and intimacy. Yoga. Personal growth. Family of choice. ALL THE FEELS. #coulsonlives.
Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11.
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From time to time, I mention that I am different from most people, that my mind doesn't work the same way. And one of the more dramatic examples goes like this.
*movie with cannibalistic scaly llamas*
Me: "This is stupid. Llamas are fluffy."
Normal person: "No they aren't."
Me: "There is a fluffy llama. Look, llamas are fluffy."
Normal person: "WTF? Everyone knows llamas aren't fluffy!"
Me: "Also they hum."
Normal person: "How would you EVEN KNOW THAT?"
Me: "By knowing some damn llamas!"
Normal person: "ZOMGWTFBBQ! Shut up now!"
Me: *write fluffy llamas*
I'm social teflon. Everyone saying something that is observably false does not convince me that they are right. It convinces me that everyone else is crazy. And of course, they think I'm the crazy one, because when there's a disagreement of claims, I go looking for evidence and I favor factual examples over people's beliefs. This is really, really unpopular. It drives many people bugfuck.
On the other hoof, it's great for crowdfunding. You want some fluffy llamas? Bring 'em. I'll write something. I'm really good at filling cultural gaps that way. I enjoy it. I actively look for this stuff, because it leads to stories that haven't been told a million times. Fresh stories are often better stories; they hook readers more and harder. I like that a lot. I like it as a reader, a writer, a reviewer, an editor, a prompter, a donor ... everything. I just like it.
And yes, real llamas do hum. I learned this at the county fair one year when somebody brought llamas. Because I am a writer and everything is research it never really shuts off. I am a fountain of random weird trivia like that, and that's where I get the cool concrete details that I drop into my writing.
Brelig works in a museum while recovering from a sea monster fight.
Brelig works hard to regain his stamina for warsailor work.
This is a sequel to "Without Fail" so if you haven't already read that, I recommend starting there.
Warsailor Brelig meets License Master Alaaffi on a cruise ship.
our 3rd roommate will not be getting in till friday morning, so if you need a space to crash on Wed. or Thurs night, or need a spot to rest up during the day, just ask!
Yay yay yay I am very excited. But I have to keep thinking about work for another couple hours here. I worked late last night figuring that today my head would be full of packing and plans and it is VERY DISTRACTING. :)
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I currently have 51 works archived at AO3.
Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 51 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it.
Perhaps it might even encourage me into writing again....
This disaster is a little close to home for me as I lived in the area when I was very young; apparently the house we lived in is still standing. I also used to have family in the area; thankfully most of them have moved on to other areas.
ETA: Some friends of the family apparently have lost their house, but are unhurt.
Signal boosts/etc. appreciated.