The Mark of the Year (3801 words) by Isis
Fandom: Wiedźmin | The Witcher (Video Game)
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon/Astrid (The Witcher)
Characters: Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon, Astrid (The Witcher)
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Witcher!Ciri, References to game events, Sauna
Summary: One year after burying Skjall and facing the Wild Hunt, Ciri returns to Lofoten.
This story came about entirely because there is a scene in the game involving Ciri going to a sauna. (In this game, the player usually controls Geralt, the titular Witcher, but there are quests in which the player character is Ciri, Geralt's sort-of-adopted-daughter who he spends the first part of the game searching for.) Astrid, whose brother has a crush on Ciri, asks Ciri if she likes him; one possible player response is, "To be honest, I prefer women." But if you choose this response (and I did!) nothing racy happens, alas, which is sort of surprising because Geralt has several romantic scenes (or at least the possibility of them). SO I HAD TO WRITE SOMETHING.
(Not that this fic makes sense without knowing the game, or that I expect anyone on my flist to read it, just that I wanted to tell the story of why I wrote it!)
It turns out one of the three ocular prosthetic makers in Wisconsin is a local hero. The process is fascinating:
Q&A: Dori Hosek found an 'amazing fit' making artificial eyes
I can speak directly to the exquisite details: Kes gave me one of her out-of-date ones and I wear it as a pendant (but only in geeky environs).
And what it covers, it covers with great humor and love. The authors admire RBG for being a steadfast champion of the belief that the government must ensure that women have "full citizenship stature," and that this right frees not just women, but men also, from constraints on their opportunities to participate in and contribute to society. I appreciate the discussion of her important court cases (both those she argued as a lawyer and those she gave opinions on as a judge), and I appreciated the auxiliary PDF with annotated excerpts of the major cases. I also enjoyed the more personal sections about her relationships: not just that with her husband (though that was clearly the most important to her throughout her life, and a wonderful model of a marriage of peers) but also those with the other justices (male and female, conservative and progressive), her clerks, and her personal trainer.
Reading about RBG also helped me articulate to myself what I mean when I say that I'm a feminist. Just as I consider myself a Democrat in the mold of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, I consider that I'm a feminist in the mold of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
What I'm reading now: Abaddon's Gate, the third Expanse book by James S.A. Corey. So far I'm about 20% into it but not very into it, as it were, as the characters are all completely new and therefore I don't feel particularly invested in them.
What I'm reading next: Just downloaded the audiobook of West with the Night, Beryl Markham's autobiography, from the library. I also plan to read The Marches by Rory Stewart, about walking the border between Scotland and England, when I either finish with or get bored with Abaddon's Gate.
What I'm currently watching: Seven episodes into S1 of The Expanse. Mostly B and I grumble about the things they've changed from the books that don't seem to have any good cinematic or story-telling rationale.
What I'm currently playing: I am well into the Blood and Wine DLC expansion of Witcher 3 and really enjoying it. There have been several entertaining quests so far, though also I had to enter a tournament involving horse racing and man, do I ever suck at horse racing with this gameplay system. Everything seems to have an interesting story associated with it, which is something I really like about this game. I will be sad when I finish!
I should put "close some tabs" on tomorrow's to-do list.
2. I've reached the stage of fannish language learning where I'm memorising the sappy lyrics of Kdrama theme songs (specifically "Because It's You" from Big, and "White Love Story" from Coffee Prince). I don't understand all the grammar, but I understand some, and it's expanding my vocab with such useful expressions as "I can bear it a few times" and "laugh and cry for no reason" and "sigh" and "greedy" and "flustered". \o?
BF said that the way my feet are shaped, ain't no stock boot ever going to fit them and the lacing accommodations I do to make these workable are breaking them down faster, so if I want to not be doing this again in two years or less--not to mention have less pain than I do now--customs are my only choice. Customs, of course, being in the $800+ range, more if a brand/style changes changes what size blade I take and I can't move my current ones.
On the other hand, these are going to become unsafe to skate in within 4-6 months, so I don't have much choice, at least if I want to continue skating. Apparently the head of SP Teri is going to be at the coaching conference in Nashville in May, so I'll make an appointment and see what they can do for me. Arrrrggghhh.
(This is the one I've been working on since I was preparing to test Pre-Bronze. It's been my little coping mechanism through three Moves tests now.)
Playing by the Rules (7405 words) by icepixie
Fandom: The Cutting Edge (1992)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Douglas Dorsey, Kate Moseley, Anton Pamchenko
Additional Tags: Ice Skating
Before Kate and Doug get anywhere near Nationals, Doug has to qualify by passing the US Figure Skating Association's many skating skills tests. It's a bumpy road for both of them.
"I can do crossovers in my sleep. Why the hell do I need to take a test on them?"
"Is just formality," Anton said from the side of the ice. "You have to qualify to compete."
"Who came up with that?"
"Someone very smart, I would think," Kate said loftily. "After all, without the tests, just anybody could walk on the ice and make a fool of themselves at competitions."
I also watched half a dozen episodes of The Last Scandal of My Life (2008) on my own. I was mostly drawn in by the prospect of the leads being in their late 30s, but ( I had issues. )
Now I'm a couple of episodes into What's Up, Fox? (2006) which is about a 33yo woman who accidentally sleeps with her schoolfriend's younger brother. It's a bit saucier than I'm used to (eg, her job is writing erotica for a soft porn magazine), which is an interesting change. I think it's promising, but it's still early days.
I'm also halfway through A Werewolf Boy, a movie starring Song Jung Ki. ETA: Which turned out to be the SADDEST STORY IN THE WORLD OMG!
2. I've made a rule for the rest of March that I'm not going to watch TV during the day (except for TV dates with other people). It was getting a bit out of hand. I've watched two and a half dramas this month already!
3. We saw Moonlight last night. It wasn't what I expected -- I was braced for much more brutality than there was, and there was a lot of kindness in it too. I really liked it.
4. I've finished loading all my Korean flashcards into my flashcard app. Here's how much my writing has changed in the last six or seven months: ( pics )
5. Does anyone have advice for good places (ie, other than Amazon) to buy ebooks? I have a Kindle, so I need mobi files, but I can always convert using Calibre. I'd prefer to stop giving Amazon my money (but it's so conveeeenient. /o\)
I didn't have to create an account: I just picked my local library from the list. Now every time I click an Amazon link, the extension shows me whether my library holds the book. So cool.
Right now it's only available for Chrome, but they promise a Firefox extension soon.
If you continue to have issues, make sure you're not using HTTPS Photobucket links. It's a bit counterintuitive, but if you use HTTP instead, it will be automatically transformed on our end to an HTTPS link that uses p.dreamwidth.org.
Hope that clears everything up for now! Let us know if it doesn't...
A local culture critic faces up to the truly scary inventions of modern processed food in his series, "Yeah, I Ate That." Every Wednesday me & MyGuy alternate reading it aloud and trying not to splatter food all over ourselves. This week's edition addresses Peeps* in all their Easter finery ( with words )
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer, which I started quite some time ago as audiobook, gave up in disgust (at the reading), and finally finished with the library's hardback version. I enjoyed the parts of this book which were about Abdel Kader Haidara and his sometimes heroic efforts to buy up manuscripts from the 13th-17th centuries, when Timbutku was a center of Islamic scholarship, from the families who kept them as often improperly-stored heirlooms, and also about the efforts of modern scholars to keep keep them safe from Al Qaeda. Unfortunately, much of the book is taken up with the history of Al Qaeda in Mali and I found this a lot less interesting. ( Also, the audiobook reading is terrible and I specifically disrecommend it to anybody interested in reading this book. )
The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman, which is the third book in the Invisible Library series. This didn't hold together (or hold my interest) quite as well as the first two books and was a bit mish-mashy in terms of plot and pacing; Irene and Kai are sent to a St. Petersburg about halfway through, but it's a quite short jaunt that ends abruptly and feels as though it was a bit of a McGuffin. I preferred the previous books that each takes place mostly in a particular alternate world, with a clear objective for Our Heroes to accomplish. On the other hand, Alberich shows up again, which considering he's the nominal villain of the series, yay. In general I always love the bits where Irene gets out of a scrape using the Language, and having two Language-users battling each other is a lot of fun. But the tensions that drive the story feel misplaced and oddly inconsistent to me.
What I'm currently reading:
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik (as audiobook), which so far is delightful.
What I'm reading next:
Probably the third book of the Expanse series, Abbadon's Gate by James SA Corey. But I also have a nonfiction book sitting on my desk, The Marches by Rory Stewart, and it will likely be my next nonfiction read, after I finish the Ginsburg biography.
What I'm currently watching:
We have so far watched four episodes of the TV series The Expanse. I don't actually like it much, mostly because the changes from the book irritate me. (I do like that Chrisjen is a character from the start, but all the stuff on the Donnager is completely different and feels like it's designed to artificially increase the tension.) I think B is even less into the show than I am - he really loves the books, though, and is further along than I am.
I want to watch the current season of Black Sails, but we really hate watching things in dribs and drabs, so may wait until all eps have aired before watching them. (We are terrible at television!)
What I'm currently playing:
I finished the main game of Witcher 3, woohoo! And also the first DLC expansion, Hearts of Stone, which I also enjoyed. I'm kind of messing around right now but going to start the second DLC (Blood and Wine) soon. Then...I will be out of game, woe.