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Feb. 6th, 2016 12:19 pm
skygiants: Nice from Baccano! in post-explosion ecstasy (maybe too excited . . .?)
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I meant to do a whole Festivids rec post before leaving for Costa Rica, but then I ran out of time, so it'll have to wait. Instead I would just like to take a moment to shout out to my wonderful gift vid: Take It Off, which combines two of my absolute favorite things, bouncy dance pop music and the 1970s film Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Swing dancing! Witchcraft! People turning into rabbits right and left! EVERYBODY TAKE IT OFF so all your clothing can become enchanted weaponry in the fight against Nazi oppression! It's so good, everyone please watch it immediately.

In other news: I'm going to Costa Rica until next Sunday, internet status questionable! Everyone have fun for the next week and try not to get hit by a blizzard.

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Feb. 5th, 2016 06:35 pm
skygiants: the aunts from Pushing Daisies reading and sipping wine on a couch (wine and books)
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I read various Zilpha Keatley Snyder books as a kid, but the only ones I actually owned were The Headless Cupid and The Famous Stanley Kidnapping Case.

The Stanley kids consist of:

- David, viewpoint character, a sober and responsible eleven-year-old who is resignedly used to acting as semi-parental unit to various small siblings since his mother's death
- Janie, six-year-old genius, who enjoys creating drama, solving mysteries, and announcing her IQ to anyone who will listen;
- Esther, fairly ordinary four-year-old who likes toys and explicable rules and neatness;
- Blair, angelic and slightly spooky four-year-old who talks to animals and might have some kind of supernatural sixth sense, but it's a bit hard to tell what is that and what is just being four

At the beginning of The Headless Cupid, the Stanleys are about to get a new stepmother, Molly. This is fine with them; Molly is a sweetheart! They're a little less certain about Molly's twelve-year-old daughter Amanda, a sulky preteenager with who appears to have taken Fairuza Balk's character in The Craft as her role model. Hypothetically supernatural shenanigans rooted in complex emotional issues and reluctant sibling bonding ensue, rather like a less murderous version of Wait 'Til Helen Comes.

...then in The Famous Stanley Kidnapping Case they all move to Italy for a year and the kids get SURPRISE KIDNAPPED based on a WACKY MISUNDERSTANDING! Even as a child I thought this was a hilarious genre shift, although the actual feel of the books is still pretty similar -- the focus is more on the kids and their relationships with each other than the actual plot.

However, due to a conversation with [personal profile] allchildren a little while ago, I have since recently learned that there are two MORE Stanley books that I never knew existed!

It turns out that Blair's Nightmare is basically everything I could have wanted out of a third Stanley book. Plot: Blair, now six, still angelic and spooky, is sleepwalking and talking about seeing a giant dog, which can't possibly be real ... OR CAN IT? Also, David is afraid of being targeted by the school bully, Pete, until Amanda PUNCHES PETE IN THE FACE -- after which Pete abruptly wants to become David's best friend, especially if it means that Amanda might be around also and might ... also .... want to hang out ..... *___*? Which is ... kind of adorable, honestly, but not as adorable as David crankily accusing Amanda of just helping him because she thought he was pathetic, and Amanda being like "no, doofus, I just had a sibling feeling! It was weird, but neat! :D" KIDS.

Also, I forgot to mention there are escaped convicts on the loose.

Janie's Private Eyes, the fourth book, is also cute, and World's Most Annoying Child Genius Janie is always pretty hilarious, but the plot is about Janie & the Stanleys proving that Janie's new best friend Thuy and her Vietnamese family are not the culprits behind a rash of dog thefts, aka White Kids Generously Save Local Immigrants From Racism, so, you know.

Oh joy

Feb. 3rd, 2016 03:16 pm
meganbmoore: (stage door: AGONY!)
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I just found out that my primary care physician left the hospital over a month ago. Supposedly, I was sent “notice by mail in October or November" (their exact words) but I didn't get it. I also had 2 prescriptions filled at the end of November, one of which I had to speak with the office about, and nothing was said then. I found out when I got a call from my pharmacy today asking for my new physician’s name, since my old one wasn't there anymore.



After speaking with 3 very disinterested people at the hospital, one VERY grudgingly transferred me to the department for getting a new physician, where I got a message saying to leave a message and someone would call me back within 48 hours.



Those of you who were following me on LJ the last time I had to get a new physician might remember all the trouble I had then because a lot of doctors in town “don’t feel comfortable” approving medication for ADD. (If you don't remember, that's ok because it's been a LONG TIME.) The entire process and getting conflicting information and sent to multiple people resulted in multiple anxiety attacks over a period of several weeks. One of them was while I was trying to make an appointment with a psychiatrist and was bad enough that she asked if I needed to have someone pick me up and take me somewhere safe until it was over. (I never mentioned or considered self-harm, I was just that obviously panicked by that point.)


So, yes, I expect this to be a lot of fun. Thankfully, I wasn't getting a refill for my ADD medication-I have 6 weeks left for that, and will hopefully have this all sorted out by then, aND i hAve a full bottle of my sinus meds. (What I was calling for was vitamin D because my levels were low at my last checkup. I was going to get bloodtests next month but we’ll see how that goes, and at least I can get a weaker over the counter version to keep getting some D until I get a new doctor.)

Grease Live

Feb. 2nd, 2016 09:28 pm
meganbmoore: (magic flute: singing suicidal angst)
[personal profile] meganbmoore
 I'm not entirely certain how they managed to make a 2016 version of Grease be less gay than a 1978 version, and Danny and Sandy should never be the weakest part of Grease, but that thing was honestly pretty great.

The world does not deserve Vanessa Hudgens* or Keke Palmer, but we should all be glad we have them anyway.

*Who did this less than 24 hours after her father's death!

The Great Google Drive Clean-Out

Jan. 31st, 2016 01:25 pm
inkstone: woman with long dark hair, text: set me free (set me free)
[personal profile] inkstone
I went through my Google Drive and pulled out the various old fics stashed there. I'm letting them all go.

Funnily enough, the majority only needed a sentence or two to finish them. The writer's brain is a weird place. I'd always thought they were all massively incomplete!




Traces (3164 words) by inkstone
Fandom: Samurai Deeper Kyo
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Shiina Yuya, Mibu Kyoushirou, Sakuya (Samurai Deeper Kyo)
Additional Tags: Bounty Hunters, Canon-Typical Violence, Post-Canon, Canon - Manga

Summary: Yuya is not a woman who waits.


The Ghost of You (2306 words) by inkstone
Fandom: Shin Angyo Onshi
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Marlene von Lucid/Sando
Characters: Marlene von Lucid, Sando
Additional Tags: Canon-Typical Violence, Post-Canon, Grief/Mourning, Warrior Women, Enemies, Uneasy Allies

Summary: What--and who--lays between Marlene and Sando is not so easily breached.


Eyes of Silver, Hair of Gold (674 words) by inkstone
Fandom: Claymore
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Teresa (Claymore)
Additional Tags: Warrior Women

Summary: Selected memories from the life of a warrior.
meganbmoore: (eah: cerise)
[personal profile] meganbmoore
1. Oh Apple no.
2. Oh Faybelle no. (Oh Faybelle yes.)
3. Oh very much Darling yes.
3. ADORABLE GILDED DRAGONS.
4. They thought a roughly 80% female cast was too conservative, so crammed in as many new girls as they could fit in.*
5. Not-exactly-practical but cute gilded and blingy sports costumes. (Gotta sell more dolls.)
6. Lesbian subtext ramped up all over the place, particularly for a kids' show.
7. Daring is about to pass out from an anxiety attack. Someone do something.

Apparently there is a new book, and my library has it, so that's good.

*Mildly spoilery: All appear to be from the Dark Forest, so maybe they're moving things there for the next arc?

icons: Charlotte

Jan. 28th, 2016 09:04 pm
meganbmoore: (kyousougiga)
[personal profile] meganbmoore
128 x Charlotte

 

here ) .
 

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Jan. 28th, 2016 05:50 pm
skygiants: (wife of bath)
[personal profile] skygiants
I've been slogging for weeks now through A Treasury of Yiddish Stories -- slogging because like 90% of the stuff in there is incredibly depressing, which is difficult for 600 pages. (And come on, editors, not all Yiddish stories are super depressing! Although admittedly this was first published and compiled in 1954 when it is not TOTALLY surprising that people compiling works related to Eastern European Jewish culture would be A LITTLE generally depressed.)

Anyway, not everything was super depressing; a few things were very charming, including my absolute favorite, a Jewish fairy tale by I.L. Peretz called "Devotion Without End" which is full of WACKY PLOT TWISTS and has an important moral.

The moral is, God really HATES non-constructive criticism )

Headcanon time!

Jan. 27th, 2016 03:53 pm
cypsiman2: I still believe in my dreams (Default)
[personal profile] cypsiman2
Send me a series, character, and/or pairing and I will give you three headcanons I have about them!

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Jan. 24th, 2016 11:54 pm
meganbmoore: (covert affairs: gimme tv)
[personal profile] meganbmoore
Some recently bingewatched TV:

1. Home Fires: Season 1. For some people, it may be that all I need to say about this show is that it features Samantha Bond and Francesca Annis at war for control of an English village in 1939. If that's not enough: the MAIN plot is about the members of the Women's Institute in a village as they prepare for the seemingly inevitable WWII, their making jam and preserves to send to troops, and the general fears and mindsets in the months leading up to and the earliest months of WWII. It's just one of those period dramas that's really, really good even if it isn't easy to describe in a way that makes it sound fresh or original.

2. Grace and Frankie: Season 1. A comedy series about two not-quite-friends of several decades who become reluctant housemates after their husbands announce that they're leaving them for each other. Most of the marketing focused on Lily Tomlinson and Jane Fonda being reunited as the wives, and they do carry the show well on their shoulders, though the rest of the cast is also pretty good.

3. Mr. Robot: Season 1. This weekend's bingewatch. Depressed drug addict with social anxiety and other, more spoilery, mental disorders is a hacker who gets involve with a group of cyber terrorists plotting to bring down an evil corporation. I heard a lot of praise for the show while it was airing, and it largely deserved it (I found Tyrrell Wellick amazingly boring and did not care about his character or plotlines at all, though I did like his wife, there's a drug lord plotline around the middle that I didn't care for, and a straightup fridging at one point.) Like Jessica Jones, I think there's a lot of important commentary to be made about the show, but also that multiple people have already said anything I'd have to say. Warnings for drug use, depression, stalking, off-screen rape, sexual harassment, incredibly gross displays of capitalism (meant to critique capitalism, but also rather sickening things being said/done to do it), assault, an instance of animal abuse, and frequent gaslighting of the main character in more than one way.

Not a bingewatch, but I...apparently have no desire ATM to watch the season premeire of The 100. I dunno. hopefully that'll change before the episode expires on Hulu.

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Jan. 23rd, 2016 03:07 pm
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I've been waiting until I had enough time to go hunt down images to do a post about the kdrama Faith: The Great Doctor, because, like



the wigs



the wigs

The story of a time-traveling plastic surgeon and her romance with a famous historical general with lightning hands )

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