(Normally I would feel shitty for stealing someone else's tattoo idea, but since it was really JK Rowling's design originally, I'm feeling okay with it.)
So the question became: Who gets which hallow? My sister asked our whole family, family friends, etc., which of us they associate with each of the deathly hallows.
The results were unanimous. Every single person said the same thing: Carly, resurrection stone (I mean obvs, with my history Lady Lazarusing); Ashley, elder wand; Alex, invisibility cloak.
Okay, by unanimous, I mean every person consulted agrees, but that isn't how Ashley wants it. She wants the invisibility cloak. (Because, she says, she is the responsible one and would make a responsible choice.) Here's the thing: My sister is Slytherin af. She is by an enormous margin the most ambitious of the three of us. She is confident and goal-oriented, total Type A. She is very motivated by money and status, she is super competitive and cannot stand to lose, and she has a kind of Machiavellian sensibility about her when it comes to making decisions. She likes power. She likes to be in charge. She likes to win.
She would hella want that wand.
"But the first brother was arrogant," she said, "and he died."
They all died, I pointed out, but the first brother died in pursuit of greatness, and the third brother evaded death basically by being chill and doing as little as possible, which is my brother's style. The man is 28, and I still wrap presents for him for every occasion, and tell him what to buy. Half the time, I do the shopping for him, and just ask that he pay me back. This has a success rate of about 50%. (I can't decide what his house is. I was thinking Hufflepuff because of how averse to conflict and laid back he is, but Hufflepuffs are also supposed to be industrious and hardworking, so...)
(Also, no one who knows us would be surprised that we are of three different houses. My grandmother told us once that we are the most dissimilar siblings she's ever met, and she has 27 grandchildren.)
Making a playlist dedicated to my deteriorating mental state and general fuck-up-edness is prob what my pdoc means by healthy projects, right?
(Work in progress. Recommendations welcome.)
DAWN: Why? You guys do magic for all kinds of things.
WILLOW: We do, but...
TARA: This is different. Magic can't be used to alter the natural order of things.
DAWN: But all you do is mess with the natural order of things. You make things float & dissappear and...
TARA: But we don't mess with life and death. Dawn.. I know how bad you hurt...
DAWN: You don't. They put her in the ground!
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a weird book. I liked it, some parts of it quite a bit, but it's a weird book. I think I started out with the wrong expectations; I'd just read a YA book, and the cover of this one looks like a YA novel. It's also told from the perspective of someone who believes her plastic dragons can talk to her, so initially I thought I was going to be reading a YA fantasy novel.
Pretty quickly, though, the book veers into adult territory; the protagonist Sarah is actually in her thirties, and there's a fair amount of sexual content, including mentions of child prostitution, although none of it is graphic or detailed, just alluded to.
This is set in some sort of possibly dystopic future, but we don't get a lot of details about the world because everything comes from Sarah's very limited POV. That's actually one of my favorite parts about the book--the way the author lets little details about the world slip through (everybody uses some kind of credit system, hovercars are a thing, etc) without really explaining anything.
Another part I really like is that Sarah can speak to inanimate objects. At the beginning of the story, the reader thinks she's hallucinating and then gradually comes to realize that she truly can hear her plastic dragons and other objects speak. I also like that Sarah falls in with a group of marginalized people who have banded together to protect each other and live together in what sounds to me like an abandoned chemical plant. Their society is based on the Jungle Book, and is very cool if also very disturbing in many ways.
So, pros: very cool world building, very interesting protagonist, very interesting plot.
Cons: mentions of child rape and child prostitution, consent issues, really bizarre (dated?) understanding of autism (the story begins with Sarah in an institution, and she's believed to be autistic because she was mute as a child and now can only communicate in quotations from stories that she's memorized)
Recommend with reservations.
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- make granola
- take a shower
- read Star Trek fic
- made appointment for eyeballs!
- ate breakfast!
- figure out how to finish this fic
- work with me here Rodney
- you've had three years
- stop mooning around on the sidewalk
- and end this
- or I swear to god I'll set fire to everything you love
- I'll do it
- fire is much easier to write than a happy ending
- ask anyone
And yesterday, I watched Orphan Black: Gag and Throttle
( spoilers )
In SDCC news:
+ the Black Panther stuff all looks AMAZING
+ Thor: Ragnarok looks delightfully charming
+ Infinity War looks like a hot mess but features beardy Steve in a black stealth suit and Bucky with a new arm, so I'll get over Natasha's blonde hair, I guess. The ability of any movie to service so many characters, otoh...
+ Justice League looks like two separate movies being smooshed into one - I am into Wonder Woman and Aquaman, as well as Alfred and Jim Gordon, but skeptical of everything else. ( is this a spoiler? )
+ The Star Wars books in the lead up to The Last Jedi look like fun (CHEWIE AND THE PORGS! Legends of Luke Skywalker! A 16yo Princess Leia book! A Canterbury Tales-like anthology! With authors like Ken Liu and Elizabeth Wein and Saladin Ahmed in addition to Claudia Gray and Chuck Wendig!) I am excite!
+ I like that Captain Marvel is going to be set in the 90s - it explains why they cast someone so young as Carol, though I wonder if that means they'll recast for present-day Carol or what. And Nick Fury will be there! And maybe we could get a Peggy Carter cameo!
I'm sure there's more I'm forgetting atm, but work keeps interrupting. Sigh.
I checked Amazon today and was surprised to see that three of my books are on sale in electronic format.
Barnes and Noble doesn’t appear to have price-matched the sale yet (they have now!), and I don’t know if this is limited to North America, but here’s what I do know:
Libriomancer is on sale for $1.99.
Goblin Quest is on sale for $2.99.
The Stepsister Scheme is on sale for $2.99.
That’s book one of all three of my fantasy series. If you’ve been waiting to check out my stuff, this is the perfect time.
Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
Harry Styles was pretty impressive in a smallish role. I'd like to see more of what he can do acting-wise. But the cast was uniformly terrific. And in case anyone was wondering, THard can still act his ass off behind a mask. But we all knew that, really.
Driving with the brakes on
Push (2009); Nick/Cassie (Nick/OFC); adult; 13,650 words
Nick discovers a way to help Cassie see more clearly. It's a little sketchier than he's comfortable with.
I don't actually remember the genesis of this idea, but there's a post in my LJ that says, So I said to angelgazing, "Tell me not to write the story where orgasms make Cassie's visions clearer" and she said, "you should TOTALLY write that story" and two weeks and 13k words later, I wrote the story. Which is basically how these things go when angelgazing wants me to write a thing, especially if I already kind of want to write it anyway.
content notes: Cassie's 16; one reference to offscreen sexual assault of non-canon characters
All through the writing of this story, Cassie was 15. Cassie was 15 right up until I actually posted. Then I had a conversation with snacky and decided to make her 16 instead. I don't think it makes it better? But maybe some people are slightly less squicked? Idk.
( But unless the moon falls tonight, unless continents collide, / Nothing's gonna make me break from her side )
I hope that provided some insight on what was a 13K word exercise in id-fic. *hands*
It’s movie trailer season!
1. Thor: Ragnarok – I love the banter between Thor and Hulk/Banner. Everything I’ve seen about this movie looks like fun.
2. Star Trek: Discovery – I’m intrigued enough to want to see more, and it will be nice to have some new television-style Star Trek. We don’t have CBS All Access, but I’m sure it will be available on Blu-ray eventually.
3. Ready Player One – I know a lot of people loved this one, but for some reason, the book just didn’t work for me, and the trailer seems to be following suit. The trailer looks pretty, but it doesn’t grab me.
4. Justice League – I don’t know. DC’s cinematic universe has let me down again and again…but then they did Wonder Woman, and I started to hope again. This looks like it could be fun. Or it could be a mess. I’m withholding judgement for the moment.
Which ones, if any, are you looking forward to?
Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
Xander: Mine is much more advanced.
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I looked at the latter two and chose Wynonna Earp. Why? Guess I was feeling Western rather than Westerly, feeling like two sisters as the leads rather than two brothers.
Just three bulletpoints on ( Wynonna Earp, up to & including 2x07 ''Everybody Knows'' )
If I were for some reason forced to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a hotel, I would go to the Fogo Island Inn, off the northern coast of Newfoundland.
Or maybe a less ridiculously posh place with bonus icebergs, the Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat, Greenland.
I remind myself that I've already got a weekend booked in Iceland on my way home to the States in December. And I can sit and enjoy views of the cold sea from a lovely steaming hotpot at any number of municipal pools. And my room probably has a view of the harbor!
But that's a long ways off. I'm pondering whether to plan an August long weekend somewhere in the UK, and whether it would be worth the faff to travel somewhere more northerly, as opposed to just going to Brighton or something. I'm very fond of Scarborough. I also have this weird desire to see the Isle of Man after watching the national road race championships a few weeks ago.
Also worth pointing out that I'm going to Saint Petersburg at the end of August, and perhaps that counts as northerly if not quite with an unobstructed ocean view? I'm rather tempted by Kronstadt...
I liked that it was nearly dialogue free (and I didn't mind that I couldn't understand half the dialogue that there was), but I felt that the structure was overly fiddly and unnecessary and it kept me from full immersion (um, pun not intended?) emotionally. Also the music was too loud and there was too much of it.
It also suffers a little from Band of Brothers syndrome in that I couldn't tell the two young dudes apart for most of the story. Once they're both wet so you can't tell which one has curly hair and which one has straight hair, I couldn't tell them apart, and I honestly didn't care that much about them beyond the generic - I mean, I didn't want any of those guys to die, and I felt there was nothing specific about those two to make me care more. ( spoilers ) (Otoh, casting Harry Styles - who was good, I thought - was a smart move, because I always recognized him, even half-drowned.)
Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh (and James D'Arcy!) were great, as was Tom Hardy. I mean, I would have watched a whole movie where Tom Hardy ( spoiler ) But overall, it's a B to B+ kind of movie for me. I wouldn't see it again.
If you do see it, I can say it was definitely worth seeing in 70mm, if you have that option. Otoh, if you have a fear of drowning, I don't recommend it for you.
Both L and I had similar mixed feelings. We discussed it on the walk to the bus stop, and my god, I have never sweated as much as I sweated yesterday - it was not a day for walking but I did a lot of it. I was so overheated that I never once felt cold in the movie theater despite being sleeveless, which has never ever happened to me before.
Before the movie we were going to meet at a Mexican place that looked good, but it was so jam packed with people, we ended up at the Cafe Tallulah, where the cheeseburger is fantastic, but again, on a day as hot as yesterday, wtf were the front windows all doing open, so you couldn't feel the air conditioning hardly at all? I never sweated so much in my life while doing nothing.