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Trust me, I'm a Doctor. Sorta. I have some minor revisions, so it's not completely over, but basically they let me into the guild. Yay! When people ask me what it feels like, I keep telling them it's really surreal. When you devote six years of your life to something, it's very strange to have it come to a climax in one afternoon. But gradually it's sinking in. And since I do have a job waiting for me, I can honestly say that I feel ready to be a professor and no longer kept in the perpetual adolescence that is grad school. Thanks so much to all of the folks who left nice comments and cheered me on through the final lap!

Oh and so in the middle of it all, I received a lovely Rarewomen gift from [archiveofourown.org profile] ivy She wrote me the Sidonie/Amarante fic I have always longed for. Both women are so beautifully rendered. The Kushielverse has such rich female characters and it was wonderful to see these two finally get some well-deserved attention.

Trust (1809 words) by ivy
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kushiel's Legacy - Jacqueline Carey
Relationships: Amarante de Namarre/Sidonie de la Courcel, Bérèngere de Namarre & Phèdre nó Delaunay
Characters: Amarante (Kushiel's Legacy), Sidonie de la Courcel, Ysandre de la Courcel, Phedre no Delaunay, Bérèngere de Namarre, Alais de la Courcel
Summary: Neither trust nor friendship come easily, especially when they are thrust upon you.

In return, I wrote Armistice Day, an Edith-centric Downton Abbey fic set post-season 3. It focuses on Edith's career as a novelist and a reconciliation between her and Mary. Harkening back to discussions on "id-fic" with [personal profile] likeadeuce I can honestly say that Mary and Edith reconciling and Edith having a career of her own are definitely rooted in my deepest desires for both characters. If i were Julian Fellowes, this is what I would do in season 4. Oh and I gave Edith Dorothy Sayers' life. If only I could have worked in Gwen taking a job as Edith's personal secretary....


Recs for Kushiel's Legacy, Hunger Games, Political Animals )
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Sorry for the light posting and commenting lately. I submitted my dissertation to my committee 2 weeks ago and i am defending tomorrow afternoon! Eeeeep! Wish me luck! I promise to return to your regularly scheduled programming of tv recaps, memes, and fic recs once I am a doctor of philosophy. 


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 Well, I got some disappointing news today- found out I am not a finalist for my dream post-doc. It would have been two years of a super sweet deal attached to this institute at a fancy pants university in the NE. I'm trying to remain zen about it all- these things are a crapshoot like anything else in academia, and hey, at least I have some interviews lined up. But, I'm still a bit bummed not to have made the first cut, 'cause dammit my project, it is made of awesome. 

So, in light of dispiriting events, both national and personal, I thought it might be fun to do a MEME! Because memes and fandom make everything better. 
  • Post a list of 20 fave tv shows, past and present. 
  • Have your friends guess your favorite character from each show. 
  • When someone guesses your favorite character, bold the title and give one reason why you like that character.
13/20 tv shows remaining... )
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I just turned in a very unfinished chapter draft to my adviser today, which brings the total up to 4/5 chapters drafted. *insert Liz Lemon self-high five here* I'm still hoping to have it all drafted by Christmas, though unfortunately what I turned in today is very much a work in process. I'm workshopping it back at Big Blue next month and it still has a ways to go before I'm willing to let my colleagues get their hands on it. But at least I have a deadline. Must channel my inner Mandrake adept and whip that chapter into shape! Though most of the time, I really  feel like it's the other way around. I'm pretty sure they keep a copy of the Chicago Manual of Style in the flagellery of House Shahrizai....

In other blah blah academia news, there has been quite of bit of mean girls frenemy type behavior in my department in the past few weeks which has me giving certain folks the side-eye. I get that we are all squabbling over limited resources, but..*facepalm* I also had some health issues a few weeks ago. It's nothing too serious, but I will need to see a specialist and might need to make some changes to my diet. I also have a feeling it's probably related to all this job market/dissertation stress. 

I promised myself that now that this draft is turned in, I can put together my Yuletide request. Squee! It's gonna be gangbusters. Also hoping to complete my assignment for [livejournal.com profile] kink_roulette by the end of the month. I have a great idea and a half-written story and apparently nothing helps me relax more than writing the pornographies these days. Perhaps that is what I shall do after I address the other things I have neglected in the past few weeks...like getting an oil change and going to the grocery store. Also V and I have started watching Warehouse 13- we're still on season 1 but we really like it! Which is good, because sometimes our tv tasted don't overlap. She's very picky about genre stuff (tolerates my love of Doctor Who, but really got hooked on BSG) I've tried to persuade her that there will be femslashy subtext if we can make it to season 2. 
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Since my last post, I have kinda sorta maybe taught myself to use this new thing called tumblr that all the "cool" kids are using. I'm still not really sure what I'm doing over there exactly.So far as I can tell, it is pretty much the giant timesuck I really don't need in my life right now....'cause I'll write for about a solid ten minutes, get on tumblr, and then it's all like "vintage WPA travel posters, oooh shiny!" and i'm gone for the next half hour. If you want to check out my personal tumblog, there's lots of reblogged cartoons of Downton Abbey, snarky gifs about academia, and ladies in period dress. Also, cute animals. That's pretty much me in a nutshell. I also am the brains behind Academic Nina Garcia

I've also been catching up on all the period dramaz this week. 


Spoilery thots for Downton s3, Upstairs, Boardwalk Empire )
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Ok, so this may be a bit presumptuous but they are polling right now for Femslash12 and I am pretty damn excited. I have watched from a distance the past couple years but this year, goddess willing, I am going to take the plunge and sign up. Even folks who plan to be "only readers" can vote. so please, practice democracy...and show my beloved Downton Abbey and A Song of Ice and Fire some love....because they are not doing as well as I had hoped. Sadness. I have lots of femslashy feelings, but for whatever reason, I never seem to have them for the large femslash fandoms. But then again, I have always been an obscure fandoms person. 

To all my fellow ASOIAF fans, a friend forwarded me a CFP (that's "call for papers" for the unitiated) for a volume on "A Game of Thrones and History." Damn was I ever tempted to submit something, despite that I am no one's idea of a medievalist, If it was straight up cultural crticism, I might be tempted, but I think this would require waaaay too much background research on something outside my field. I guess the world will never get to know my academic wankery on "Faceless (Wo)Man: The Female Masculinity of Arya Stark." But if other scholarly fannish types feel so inspired, you should go for it! 

I also took a spontaneous trip to DC this week and met up with my best friend and her baby (yay!) and another female friend with whom I have an extremely complicated and tempestuous relationship and her baby. (???) Le sigh. I'm still trying to process it all. I may post about it. A meeting with She Who Must Not Be Named always leaves me feeling a little shaken and stirred. 
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So, this is the hellish year in which I will go on the job market and possibly finish my dissertation. If I can make it through with most of my self-esteem and sanity in tact, I will consider this a great success.

In light of that, thought I might share this article in the Chronicle of Higher Ed (a publication I genuinely despise because I feel it uses the misery of smart people to garner page views) that compares the Academic Job search to ASOIAF. Now, the fantasy world of Blood and Boobs is kind of where I go to escape the headaches of PhD school life, so this article almost took the fun out of Westeros for me. Plus, we all know that Kushiel's Legacy is the fantasy epic that most mirrors the grad school experience IMO. Your committee punishes and tortures you while you fend off deceit and intrigue from your fellow grad students and if you can make it through the end without gasping your signale, they hand you a PhD.

If anyone is curious, my dissertation chair has the gravitas of the Dowayne of Cereus House with the drinking habits of Mavros Shahrizai.  

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