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So, the problem when you start drinking mimosas at 11am on Christmas morning and then continue to drink all day means that you have a hangover by 6pm. You would think I would learn this after several years. Also that i probably shouldn't be mixing champagne cocktails and IPAs. But all of my drinks were lovely and je ne regrette rien. It was especially necessary as my cousin and his wife just announced that they are expecting and while I am genuinely happy for them there is only so much unbridled enthusiasm for heterosexual milestones and obvious disappointment that i have not (nor may I ever) achieve such milestones I can take sober. 

Ahem. 

I was a Yuletide dropout this year and I'm really having defaulter's remorse today. Defaulting seemed like the responsible thing to do at the time and I am sure it made this past week a whole lot less stressful. But over the past 2 years, Yuletide has come to be the high point of my holiday season and not giving or receiving a story this year (my writer defaulted, too, and them's the breaks) was disappointing. But I am still having fun making my way through the archive and leaving comments and opening other people's presents. 

The Wheel of the Year in Terre d'Ange )

Joie!

Dec. 21st, 2013 05:21 pm
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 Happy midwinter! Just an fyi for those on my flist, the archive for the first ever Kushielexchange Midwinter Masque is now OPEN! Please read, comment, and kudos as thou wilt. We have 7 lovely stories for you to enjoy, which is a small number, but hey we gotta start somewhere. I received a thoughtful and imaginative world-building fic with original characters set in Orchis House. Which as a fun-loving lady is the Night Court House I always most wanted to see! I also wrote one (or more) fics...see if you can guess which! 

I also wanted to thank [personal profile] silverflight8 for co-modding this challenge. She really took the lead with all of the AO3 business and this challenge could not have happened without her. Everything went off relatively without a hitch and everyone got a story by the deadline. We would definitely consider running it next year (or even a midsummer masque if there is interest) but are considering making it a January-February challenge instead of a December one. Longest Night is perfect, but it's really hard to fit it in with Yuletide and end of the semester biznass. 
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 Today's December meme comes from [personal profile] netgirl_y2k I feel like most people have heard my opinions on this on one platform or another (in fact I think it was part of the [livejournal.com profile] kushielsorting questionnaire) but I will try to add some new insights to make it interesting. In my mind, this almost feels like 2 questions: what I would change to make the books objectively better from a literary standpoint vs what i would change to make them the story of my heart. I'll try to tackle both angles. And disclaimer, I don't claim to be the arbitrator of literary taste by any means...at the end of the day, it's still an opinion. 

Minor spoilers for all 3 trilogies... )
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 I realize it has been forever since I posted something of significance aside from the odd "Dear Author" letter. Forgive me oh readers, first semester as a new faculty member has knocked me rather flat on my ass. It's all new preps for me, one of which is totally outside my field of study. (heh, why did i say i'd teach world civ again...) The latter did allow me the opportunity to basically create a lesson plan that may or may not have been inspired by parts of Naamah's Blessing. My colleagues are lovely, my students are a mixed bag as students often are. I'm busy, but overall it's a good busy. I'd rataher this than the daily existential crisis of it's-4pm-and-I-haven't-written-anything-and-am-still-in-my-pajamas that was my life as a grad student. 

While I have your attention- signups for the 1st ever Kushiel's Legacy fanworks exchange are ongoing through Sunday December 17th. As of now, fanworks are due Dec 15th and reveals will be on the Longest Night, Dec 21st. We decided to extend the signup deadline because of wonky AO3 tag issues and may extend the due date accordingly. You can find more information at the [livejournal.com profile] kushielexchange comm or you can check out the AO3 signup form here. If you are on the fence about signing up and are unsure of your other fannish commitments, you will also have the opportunity to sign up to beta or pinch hit as the spirit moves you. 

I am very overdue on my book reviews. Work has slowed me down, but I have been reading. 

Indigo Springs, A.M Dellmonica
The Sparrow, Maria Doria Russell
Point of Honour, Madeleine Robbins
Changeless, Gail Carriger
Grave Mercy, R.L Lefevers
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs

Overdue book report, -5 points for tardiness )
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First of all, let me thank you for agreeing to participate in this challenge and write a story for me! I watched the challenge by the sidelines for several years before finally taking the plunge last year- and I'm so glad I did! Please take all my optional suggestions and fannish blatherings as just that...suggestions. If there's a story idea you have for these characters that you like better, go for it! I’m comfortable with any rating. And I really enjoy everything across the whole femslash spectrum- from UST and one-sided unrequited longing to fic about established relationships and smutty sexytimes. Follow your muse and I know you'll write a great story! If you'd like to see the type of stories I write and like, please feel free to check out my work on AO3 or at fanfiction.net where I write as green lion. Very little of my journal is flocked, so feel free to explore my entries here as well.

General Likes and Dislikes )
Femslashy Optional Details )
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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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So, although Jacqueline Carey's newest book, Dark Currents, the first in her Agent of Hel trilogy, came out in October, I only just got around to reading it. Partially, I was afraid that my expectations were just too high and that I would end up disappointed, as I was with much of the Naamah series and Saints Astray. And I'll be honest, I was dubious because paranormal romance/urban fantasy is not a genre I've ever really been into. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised and found Dark Currents very enjoyable. Daisy, the "reluctant hell-spawn," makes a fine heroine. She's half- All American girl, half-demon, and this gives her a grittiness and a sort of down-to-earthness that makes a nice change of pace from Carey's other protagonists (who I LOVE but, it's great to see an author that's got range) At the same time, Daisy has a lot in common with her predecessors. Like Loup and Phedre, she has strange genetic predisposition that she hasn't quite mastered. Like Imriel, she has a bloodline people fear. And like Moirin, she's the child of a single mom. Carey is fond of certain tropes- you could say she recycles them. But they just happen to be tropes I like, so I do kind get a kick out seeing how she mixes and matches them in her work. 

The first book is essentially a paranormal police procedural. It's quite a contrast to the travelogue type books Carey usually writes, as the action takes place within the boundaries of Daisy's hometown. But again, I enjoyed the mixing of the fantasy and the mundane. And as a police-procedural type mystery, the plot moves steadily and it's entertaining. A lot world-building happens in this first book, so it can at times feel a bit like "these are the people in my really strange neighborhood." I expect we're being set-up for a more in-depth showdown over Daisy and her demonic birthright and the supernatural and mundane residents of Pemkowet in the next two books. I don't know why but the tone and the pacing and the presentation of many love interests for Daisy reminded me a lot of the Stephanie Plum books than any fantasy series that i'd read. Go fig. 

Likes )

Critiques )

In short, if you like urban fantasy/paranormal romance along the lines of True Blood and Lost Girl or quirky female police procedurals like Stephanie Plum, I'd recommend this series to you. Kushiel fans- what can I say? If the Kushiel series is a long, elaborate feast of many exotic courses, Dark Currents is like a hamburger and a microbrew at your favorite pub. Which is not a knock against it- because who doesn't enjoy a good burger and beer?  Preferably in this case a delicious Bell's Oberon or Two-Hearted for Michigan pride. 
 

  
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Skipping Day 9- create a fanwork- because I really can't do the fannish thing on the spot. My muse, she does what she pleases and cannot be coaxed to perform on demand. What a diva. 

Day 10: A Creator I Love- In Praise of Netgirl_y2k )


Day 11- A Canon that I Love: Being Evangelical for Kushiel's Legacy )

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Just got back from my conference late last night and I'm playing catch up on the Fandom Snowflake Challenge! Luckily the Snowflake people are as chill as their name suggests and aren't too particular about late entries. So, allons-y!

Day 2: Fic recs in Carmen Sandiego, Kushiel's Legacy, Doctor Who )

Day #3- Friend some new people. Done and done! Hi new people! Between this and yuletide, I'm still reaching out to try and friend new folks. I always welcome new followers, especially if you drop me a note just to say where you're here from. 

Day 4: Wish list! )

Day 5: Something New in New Orleans! )
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I received some excellent books as Christmas gifts. I usually ask for things I've been wanting to read  but don't quite desire enough to buy myself and are too popular still to be checked out of the library. So, this year I received The Night Circus, The Magician King, and A Discovery of Witches. I'm particularly excited about the latter, since I have heard it is basically Lady Historian porn and my adviser is BFFs with the woman who wrote it. Who is actually in real life a big name Lady Historian of Early Modern Europe and coincidentally, a lesbian. We'll see if that makes the het romance in the book more or less believable.

In other news, I gave my BFF of 26 years Kushiel's Dart for Christmas. A few months ago, she asked me "Have you read Fifty Shades of Gray?" Should I read it?" And I was like "HELL to the NO." Friends don't let friends read bad porn, amirite? I told her that if she wanted to read a book about S&M, she could do better. And I meant to send it to her ages ago, but forgot. I have a feeling she'll enjoy it- she's gotten into ASOIAF (though more so, the tv series) so she's no stranger to fantasy epics. Prediction: she will love Phedre/Joscelin and the religious aspects because of our messed up strict Catholic upbringing. She will approach Phedre/Melisande with the same disapproval and lack of comprehension she displayed every time I pursued an inappropriate relationship with a mercurial older woman. (i have a TYPE, ok? and her name is Queen Bitch) I seem to remember she went through an angel phase during high school. If she can make it through the first 300 pages of ornate prose and intrigue, I think I might have a convert.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, The Dark Wife, Doctrine of Labyrinths )
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

First of all, let me thank you for agreeing to participate in this challenge and write a story for me! Last year was my first Yuletide and I had such a wonderful time that I am now back for more! The holidays are often a very hard time for me and it cheered me up so much last year to have a wonderful story written just for me- it definitely took the edge off all the unpleasant family holiday drama.  Please take all my optional suggestions and fannish blatherings as just that...suggestions. I’m comfortable with any rating. I'd like to think I'm "easy like Sunday morning," when it comes to fic challenges. I'm happy to throw out plotbunnies, but at the end of the day, I want to read a fic that you enjoyed writing.  Follow your muse and I know you'll write a great story! If you'd like to see the type of stories I write and like, please feel free to check out my work on AO3 or at fanfiction.net where I write as green lion. Very little of my lj is flocked, so feel free to explore my entries here as well.


General Likes and Dislikes )


Boardwalk Empire )

Flavia de Luce )


Greek Mythology )

Kushiel's Legacy )

Thanks again for signing up for this challenge! Good luck and happy Yuletide!
kmo: (claudia)

Dear Femslash12 Author,

First of all, let me thank you for agreeing to participate in this challenge and write a story for me! I have watched the Femslash challenge by the sidelines for several years, but this is the first year I have ever thrown my hat in the ring to participate.  Please take all my optional suggestions and fannish blatherings as just that...suggestions. I’m comfortable with any rating. And I really enjoy everything across the whole femslash spectrum- from UST and one-sided unrequited longing to fic about established relationships and smutty sexytimes. Follow your muse and I know you'll write a great story! If you'd like to see the type of stories I write and like, please feel free to check out my work on AO3 or at fanfiction.net where I write as green lion. Very little of my lj is flocked, so feel free to explore my entries here as well.

General Likes: Humor, bittersweet emotions, character studies, Porn With Plot, “five things” fic, role reversals.

Dislikes: If you’ve noticed from my requests, some of the ladies I have requested could be considered anti-heroes or villains. Don’t erase their faults or gloss over their sins- I like my ladies in all their complicated, contradictory glory. J I also don't particularly like stories that involve non-con, death of a major character, or wildly divergent “in space” or highschool AUs


Femslashy optional details )

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I've spent the past few weeks in a frenzy of chapter revisions, in the churning out of cvs and cover letters, and in the wrangling of reference letter writers. It is not very happy-making. But you know what is a great palate cleanser? Writing 2000k of femslash porn. 

Someone requested "Phedre/Ysandre- caning" over at the femslash kinkmeme and I was all too happy to oblige. Because I have always shipped them a little. And while Ysandre the perfect queen kind of bores me, Ysandre the conflicted, contradictory woman whose absolute-power-is-perhaps-starting-to-corrupt-her-a-little is deuced interesting. Before embarking on my most recent dissertation chapter, I also felt the need to express myself by making the pornographies. Have I mentioned my thesis is on celibacy? Let's not read too much into why this makes me feel better. 

Title: At the Pleasure of the Queen
Fand‚Äčom: Kushiel's Legacy
Pairing: Phedre/Ysandre
Summary: After the events of Kushiel's Avatar, Ysandre burns with Kushiel's fire. 


I also got stamped by the lovely folks over at [livejournal.com profile] kushielstamping


My Results )
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I finally drafted all my job materials, including the ever so painful Statement of Teaching philosophy which is nearly impossible to write without sounding bland, insincere, and did I mention bland? Oh and I had to mail it off to the cognate member who is literally the scariest person on my committee by a solid country mile. So, I feel like I deserve a Liz Lemon-esque self high-five here.

Anywho, now that the business is out of the way, I feel like I can post some fun things, like a rec for this amazing Kushiel/Sherlock crossover fic I read- The Shattered Marque. OMG where to begin- it has Modern!D'Angelines! Sherlock's grand-mere was a Dahlia adept! Female Cassilines, people! And it's a pretty solid casefic to boot. I will be totally honest, crossovers are not my favorite genre...but when it's done well, the author really allows the two fandoms to cross-polinate and you get something that's greater than the sum of its respective fandom parts. I also say this as someone who rarely reads Sherlock fic because it's such a large fandom I find it overwhelming and a little too male oriented. 

My SO and I also took in the movie Hysteria this past weekend. I can't recommend it highly enough. The invention of the vibrator in the 1880s, clearly played for laughs, but also with some good bits thrown in about the medicalization of women's sexuality, social inequality, etc. Plus Rupert Everett being a flaming aristocratic lordling i totally would have been a beard for if I lived in late Victorian England. Good times. Here's the trailer. 
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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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