This escalated quickly

Jul. 26th, 2016 11:47 am
inkstone: Nami from One Piece defeated and sweatdropping (sweatdrop)
[personal profile] inkstone
So a day after I asked about the existence of a Pokémon Go community here on DW, [community profile] pokestop is up and running. I made this:

PokeStop - a Pokémon Go community


It's not fancy, but simple and functional has always been my speed.

If you'd like to use the banner to help spread the word, you can use this code:

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Jul. 25th, 2016 10:45 pm
meganbmoore: (10k: downtime with obsessions)
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 Like most of your online friends, I seem to have been bitten by the Pokémon Go bug. I installed it a few days after it came out and played a bit, but didn't really get interested until sometime next week. There's a pokestop in the cemetery next to my apartment complex (and by "next" I mean "they share an enclosure wall") but I haven't actually been able to go there because it's been over 100 fahrenheit here every day, and I'm just superstitious enough  to not be willing to wander around a cemetery when it's starting to get dark.  Though, while I'm not 100% certain how the pokestop ranges work, I must be in range of the lures because sometimes I'll be sitting here with the app open and have 5-8 pokemon show up at once, or have them appear at 1-2 minute intervals for a while. There are also a lot of residents wandering around, trying to pretend they aren't playing.

I'm currently at level 7 and joined Team Mystic because it's blue and I liked the symbol. Very deep thinking on my part, there.

I really do need to visit the pokestop, though, to get pokebalks, and find a gym that's convenient to me. My church is actually a gym, but way too far away for me to go just for that.

Right. So that Pokemon Go community.

Jul. 25th, 2016 10:19 pm
inkstone: Nami from One Piece defeated and sweatdropping (sweatdrop)
[personal profile] inkstone
I created it: [community profile] pokestop

I'd like to promote it but alas! I ran out of steam. I'll see if I can make a promo banner over the next couple of days but as you can see by my amazing PokeGo icons, graphics aren't my forte. I feel like I was once better at it but you know how it goes. You get rusty and out of practice. And I'm definitely rusty and out of practice!

For now, spread the word, please. :)

Idle Thoughts part 2

Jul. 25th, 2016 01:47 pm
inkstone: Claymore's Clare looking confused (eh?)
[personal profile] inkstone
Related to this post:

If there was a Pokemon Go community here on Dreamwidth, would you be interested in joining it?

Yes, I'm considering starting one. I figure that with Verizon buying Yahoo, I should become the change I want to see and try to encourage more activity here on Dreamwidth since as far as I'm concerned, there's no point to investing in Tumblr anymore.

Idle Thoughts

Jul. 25th, 2016 10:34 am
inkstone: Alex from the Gangsta voice card (Default)
[personal profile] inkstone
Is there a Pokémon Go community on Dreamwidth?

Heatwave~

Jul. 24th, 2016 06:27 pm
inkstone: Michiko e Hatchin's Michiko from the opening credits (looking cool)
[personal profile] inkstone
Yes, it is super hot and super humid here in DC these days but honestly, I think the past few summers spoiled us because they were a little cooler than normal. This is the kind of heat and humidity I associate as being characteristic of DC. I just think that as we get older, we're less tolerant of it versus when we were kids and were like Let's go outside and play~

Of course, then again, this is the summer of Pokemon Go, LOL.

Speaking of PokeGo, funny story. Some friends and I went into DC proper last night to watch R is for Robot (we got director's comp tickets) and as we were rolling down H street, I marveled at all the PokeStops. Is this what it's like in the city?! I actually ended up with a full bag and had to ditch some healing potions to make space for pokeballs. Because let's be real. I don't attack that many gyms. (That said, I did take over 4 this weekend haha.) It was nice having that many pokeballs though. I haven't had that many since I first started playing the game haha.

This summer, one of the local yoga studios is offering free yoga classes on Sunday mornings in a park. (It's honestly less a park and more a patch of grass in front of a movie theatre but whatevs, it's free!) After talking about it for a month, two of my friends finally joined me today. I think they liked it alot even though it was so hot today, we might as well as have been doing hot yoga. Doing the outdoor yoga these past few weeks though has made me realize that it's time to get a new yoga mat. Mine is over a decade old and it's starting to flake. It's served me well for being a cheapo mat that came as part of a set from Walmart, but I think it's finally time to invest in a good one. I still plan on keeping the one I currently have for outdoor yoga and things like that. But yeah. Time to upgrade.

That said, between the morning PokeGo walks and the yoga, I'm feeling pretty good physically and mentally. Sometimes it's hard to strike a balance when you do freelance from home.

And as part of my ongoing quest to level up my culinary skills, I made lumpia earlier today! It's the second time I've made a batch by myself without any help from Mom. My rolling still needs help but it's improving. I think I'll just have to resign myself to the first one being something of a visual disaster. Will report back with taste results when I actually fry the things up. ^^v

[Wow, I need to update my icons or make new ones or something. A lot of mine are mega old! Some of them I still love. But some really don't fit me anymore!]

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Jul. 23rd, 2016 12:55 pm
meganbmoore: (stage door: AGONY!)
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Anyone who's been following me long enough remember a time about 8 or so years ago where I went in to get my hair trimmed and they cut off 8 inches instead? Well I do, and IT HAPPENED AGAIN.

Context: When I left my apartment 3 hours ago, my hair was to my hips. It now doesn't reach my elbows. The last time my hair was "short" on purpose, I was 18 (currently 35) and it was shoulder length. The only times it's been this short since are now and the last time they lopped 8 inches off without my permission.

Not EXACTLY the same because the time before, it was a bad, uneven cut and they were rude about it and tried to claim it was the cut I told them to give me. This time the hairdresser was nice and professional, and it actually IS a good cut, JUST HALF A FOOT SHORTER THAN IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. we both referred to it as "a trim" before starting and he showed me on his comb how much he was going to cut off. I had to leave and come back because I was in shock and I thought it was going to be a huge fight with trying to blame me again because when I came back and explained, the receptionist's response was "there's nothing we can do about that." And, true, you cannot magically reattach 8 inches of hair to my head, but that is most certainly NOT the proper response to that situation, especially to someone almost in tears. she backtracked when I called her on that, and at least the manager I spoke with was much better and only nominally tried to make excuses ( "there must have been a miscommunication" WELL I'M NOT SURE HOW BUT OBVIOUSLY THERE WAS). I don't know what their reasoning was because they were at lunch when I went back.

Anyway a huge UGH to the whole thing. This weekend is fired and I want to travel back in time 3 hours but I can't so I'm going to hibernate with my Korean and Chinese dramas. There are also several people who I know I won't be able to not see for the next few days who are always saying I should cut my hair shorter who will probably try to convince me that this was a good thing.

P.S.: Anyone want to make recs for shampoos or supplements that make hair grow faster? For obvious reasons, it's not something I usually have to worry about.

ETA: my hair is very fine and really long hair sometimes breaks off. My assumption is that he saw some had broken off and thought it best to do the requested trim above that length. If that's the case and he had told me, I would have been upset at the necessity, but prepared and accepted it. BUT NOTHING WAS SAID ABOUT CUTTING ANYWHERE NEAR THAT MUCH OFF.

Archiving Fanfic from Tumblr

Jul. 23rd, 2016 10:25 am
inkstone: Air Gear's Ringo pulling down her glasses (you can count on me!)
[personal profile] inkstone
I figured I might as well!

Three-Sentence Drabbles (421 words) by inkstone
Chapters: 7/7
Fandom: Gangsta. (Manga), Claymore, Skip Beat!
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alex Benedetto/Nicolas Brown, Clare & Teresa (Claymore), Mogami Kyoko/Tsuruga Ren
Characters: Alex Benedetto, Nicolas Brown, Clare (Claymore), Teresa (Claymore), Mogami Kyoko, Tsuruga Ren
Additional Tags: Drabble Collection

Summary: A collection of three-sentence drabbles originally posted on Tumblr in February 2016.

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Jul. 23rd, 2016 08:51 am
skygiants: Fakir and Duck, from Princess Tutu, with a big question mark over Duck's head (communication difficulty)
[personal profile] skygiants
Now I have finished Earth Logic, the sequel to Fire Logic, and I am still chewing over my thoughts about it, but one thing I can say is THAT WAS A VERY ODDLY STRUCTURED BOOK.

Earth Logic begins five years after Fire Logic, when all the surviving major cast members of the last book have formed an affectionate extended family unit featuring two gay couples and one token straight couple and their collective kid. And they are all sort of hanging around having curtainfic until the time seems appropriate to ... do something ....... about the ongoing war of resistance and attrition against the invading forces from the last book, who have now been constantly invading for thirty years, and the process of waiting is DRIVING ZANJA UP THE WALL.

About a third of the way in, Zanja has a prophetic vision that one of her other slightly prophetic friends needs to murder her in order for anything to happen. What will happen if they murder her? NOBODY KNOWS, but SOMETHING IMPORTANT.

So they all have a collective freakout and Zanja is like "NO SERIOUSLY YOU JUST NEED TO MURDER ME, I don't know why but it's VERY IMPORTANT," and then they angst for several more chapters and then dutifully get ready to murder Zanja, and the one person who has truth powers instead of prophecy powers is like "awww, isn't it cute how they can't tell the difference between symbolism and reality," and quietly arranges things so all the confused and angsty but dutiful prophets, including Zanja, will THINK Zanja has been murdered but in fact she will only have been SYMBOLICALLY murdered so that while she's busy being symbolically dead her body can generate a whole new personality that will wander off to shuffle some plot cards.

All this progression have been very stressful if I thought there was a snowflake's chance in a Boston July that Zanja was ever going to be dead for real, but never for a single second did I consider that as a possibility so I was free to laugh at three people constantly agonizing about their visions while the fourth is like 'UM IT'S JUST SYMBOLISM, GUYS, IT'S GONNA BE FINE.'

Eventually The Gang pick up a new member, a cook who is UNDERSTANDABLY BEMUSED by all of this personal drama (and thus is my new favorite) but helps keep everyone sane during the waiting period by making amazing biscuits. And they all sit around stressing about Zanja and building a printing press and discussing nonviolent ways of ending conflict until somewhere near the end of the book.

Meanwhile, in the B-plot, the long-suffering second-in-command of the enemy forces has a very long slow arc of reconsidering her life and the cycle of constant violence and the way one is supposed to think about children and the future, with occasional assists from the Wandering Plot Coupon that is Zanja's Symbolically Dead Personality, and it's an amazing arc, I love it.

Ending spoilers, some conflicted feelings )

Stranger Things: Season 1

Jul. 22nd, 2016 11:04 pm
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[personal profile] meganbmoore
Ok, it's time for me to attempt to articulate why Stranger Things got me to watch the entire first season in 1 sitting and has had me wanting to squeal out loud for the last week.

Stranger Things is the latest Netflix Original to drop. It's a gothic horror series set in a small town in 1983 feature scrappy teenaged monster hunters, evil government scientists and conspiracies, an androgynous psychic kid, teenaged douches and preadolescent bullies, shortwave radio and walkie talkies providing communications to other dimensions, people in other dimensions using lightbulbs to communicate with our world, and D&D loving kids who like to ride their bikes all over town, and a missing child. Winona Ryder was heavily put forth as a lead character, and with good season. Her name alone makes you think of 80s and 90s pop culture hits, and this is her first major role in years. She more than lives up to the hype, but while she plays one of the major characters and is one of the two most central adult characters (the other being David Harbour's sheriff Hopper) but the main focus of the series skews more to wards the teen and preteen characters.

The thing about Stranger Things that makes me love it is that it's a nostalgia show that isn't actually nostalgic. By which I mean, most nostalgia shows and movies are very aware of the nostalgia and are looking back on the nostalgic period, and the narrative itself has some awareness of the fact that it's looking back at a previous time period. Stranger Things doesn't do that. Instead of looking back on the 80s and drawing from them, it completely immerses itself in the 80s. It uses similar camera angles to 80s movies, the credits are 80s credits, everyone sacrifices their heads to poofs and mops, plaid and jackets are everywhere, and the soundtrack isn't "inspired by" the 80s or simply using 80s songs, it actually IS an 80s soundtrack. The only way it could possibly be more 80s than it already is would be if they were to reveal that it secretly IS an 80s show that has been amazingly remastered. Kids able to ride their bikes home at night without supervision? NORMAL. "BECAUSE COMMUNISM" to explain things? YEAH WE KNOW. Tabletop D&D games that have an entire basement devoted to them? WHAT KID DOESN'T HAVE IT? Having to go to a store to get things printed off? HOW ELSE WOULD YOU GET THEM IF YOU AREN'T RICH? Off the top of my head, the only real nod to an awareness that the show isn't taking place in the time it's set in is that some technology that is now obsolete or has changed so much that it's unrecognizable in its form from 30 years ago gets explained, but it gets explained to people who would have a logical reason not to be familiar with it. It's nostalgic because it crams every trope and reference to 80s (and sometimes 90s) horror, scifi and kid adventure movie in that it can, but it approaches it as "that's what people like to watch these days" not "these are what the oldies that were popular then" were like.

(Spoilers past this point, largely for the pilot, and things very heavily implied in the pilot)

cut for length and spoilers )

YMMV with all of that. If you like 80s stuff, gothic horror, small town mysteries or Adventurous Kids and Teens, then you'll probably like the show. I don't know if Netflix has made any announcement yet for a second season, but it has an open ending that both wraps things up in a way I found satisfying, and gives strong hints about what the second season will be about, if there is one.

Thank you for returning to me, brain

Jul. 21st, 2016 10:59 am
inkstone: Michiko e Hatchin's Pepe asleep at a bar (zzz)
[personal profile] inkstone
As I get older, I find that the symptoms accompanying my periods fall into one of three categories: feverish and manic, weepy and sad, or tired and unable to think. This month's cycle was a "tired and unable to think" kind of deal.

Thankfully, it's the second day of my period and my brain's returned to me. I really do appreciate it because I have stuff to write!

In Pokemon Go news, I've gotten into the habit of taking a morning walk most days. It's the only way I can get pokeballs. I mean, yes, I can buy some from the store but I'm refusing to do that. Anyway, today was a leveling day, so I evolved lots of pokemon and hatched a few eggs. I'm now Level 17! I also trained up a gym owned by Team Valor another level so I could leave a defender. (I chose to leave Kurama, my cute little flareon. The eeveelutions are my favorite, I won't lie.) It's a joke in my area to take over gyms since they're constantly switching hands, of course, but it's still fun. I think the longest I've ever held a gym was 6 hours, haha.

In writing news, after attempting two failed novels, I think I've settled on one. I don't want to talk about it too much because I feel like that jinxes me. So I won't! But keep your fingers crossed for me anyway.

Despite that, though, I feel like I've gotten out of the writing habit. This month has been hard. So I might write a fanfic over the next day or so to ease in. We'll see.

All right!

Jul. 20th, 2016 03:09 pm
inkstone: Lambdadelta from Umineko (absolute certainty)
[personal profile] inkstone
Well, I can clearly see the writing on the wall for Tumblr from where I stand. It's not going to be overnight but it's definitely in the future. I've been in fandom for too long not to recognize the signs--especially since we've already been through this with Yahoo before (Geocities, Delicious). And while I do think this is going to be more a Delicious case than a Geocities case, I really have no intention of sticking around while the boat is sinking.

(Many of you have known me since LJ. Since when have I ever done that!)

So I'm going to try to use this DW more often. Actually post more. About shows! And books! Like I used to!

To encourage myself, I updated the sticky post and picked a new journal theme. ^^v

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Jul. 19th, 2016 07:43 pm
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That was not quite the reset button I expected the 12 Monkeys finale to hit.

 

(I actually dismissed The Witness's identity as too obvious a while back? But maybe that was the idea.)

Long Time No Journal, Friends

Jul. 19th, 2016 04:35 pm
inkstone: Tenjho Tenge's Madoka smiling (happy)
[personal profile] inkstone
Where has the year gone? I mean, other than the garbage, that is. 2016 has definitely been a garbage fire in terms of current events. July got off to a bad start--a terrible start, let's be real--with all the reports of police brutality here in the U.S. That, combined with the spectre of Donald Trump as president and everything surrounding that, honestly pushed me to the point of almost shutting down.

Ironically, two bright spots from the past couple of weeks helped rebalance my mental health:

Pokemon Go!
It's hilarious, right? I wasn't planning to download it, but I was glad it existed. But it started to blow up and a few days later, I decided that I should download it and give it a spin so I would know what people were talking about. For someone who's never played any of the Pokemon games and maybe only watched few episodes of the anime back in the day, I admit my cluelessness was pretty high. But after a few days of flailing around, I got the hang of things and have been really enjoying it. The combination of catching pokemon and walking to hatch eggs appeals to me. As of right now, I'm level 15. Since I live in the suburbs and currently work from home, I don't really have any Pokestops in the near vicinity, so I'm constantly running out of Pokeballs, haha. My morning walks are a means for me to collect Pokeballs for that day's catching. I guess that's one way to make sure I stay productive and not always on my phone.

Thunderbolt Fantasy
Yes. The puppet wuxia show that's written by Urobutcher. It's not for everyone and I'll be real, if you've watched lots of wuxia, it's very straightforward and plays true to the tropes, but it's very enthusiastic and beautifully produced. It's easily the best thing I'm watching this season. I'm also watching Heroic Legend of Arslan, Days & JJBA and they're lovely, but this is the show I look forward to the most.

At some point, I'm definitely going to write fanfic for this show. (No, I haven't forgotten the Gangsta requests, promise!) But I'll need a few more episodes before I feel comfortable enough to do that. Next episode, I think we're meeting the devil sorceress whose name translates to Final Punishment. (HAHA, subtle, this show is not!)

So how are you all doing? I miss you.

(FYI: I'm also on Tumblr as [tumblr.com profile] blackmagie and Twitter as [twitter.com profile] incitata. My twitter's currently locked, just because there's a chance I may be going back to work in the lab & I'd rather not have my tweets accessible until that's all squared away. But if you follow me, you'll occasionally see screenshots of my Pokemon LOL.)

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Jul. 18th, 2016 07:20 pm
skygiants: Rue from Princess Tutu dancing with a raven (belle et la bete)
[personal profile] skygiants
Writing up Plain Kate reminded me that I never did a post about the other dark and non-romantic fairy tale that I read recently (...ish), T. Kingfisher's The Seventh Bride.

I'm familiar with Ursula Vernon aka T. Kingfisher mostly by proxy -- people talking about her and reblogging her stuff in my vicinity -- and I've been meaning to read her stuff for a while; I liked The Seventh Bride and thought it was well done, but I'm not sure it was the best place for me to start.

In The Seventh Bride, Rhea the teenage miller's daughter is deeply disconcerted one day to learn that a friend of the local lord has asked for her hand in marriage. Rhea has minimal interest in marrying a stranger at best, but she and all her family are aware that if she refuses, economic consequences could potentially be severe.

Before the wedding, Rhea's creepy new husband-to-be asks her to come to his creepy manor house in the middle of the woods and spend a couple of days there, which everyone agrees is WILDLY INAPPROPRIATE, but. (The author clearly wants you to feel sympathetic for the family and their predicament and their inability to help their daughter, and I do, but I kept wondering at this point why, even if they know they can't cancel the marriage, one of her family members doesn't at least go with her into the creepy forest! But that's another story.)

Anyway, although Rhea is aware that the situation is deeply sketch, she is nonetheless still surprised to find the creepy manor house populated by several other wives, each one weirder, angrier, and more magically cursed than the last.

What follows is an unnerving sharp-edged fairy tale full of the kind of surreal and vivid imagery that I associate with Peter Beagle, or even Angela Carter. Occasionally I felt that the prose style was a little bit at war with the actual story. Kingfisher/Vernon (both from this book and from the the other snippets I've seen of hers) has a light, warm authorial voice that gets a lot of its humor out of pragmatism -- it's the kind of thing I tend to like a lot, and often balancing that kind of voice with a darker story can work very well for me, but in this case I was thrown a little off-balance a few times as events got more and more Gothic and the cute pet hedgehog continued to look adorably sardonic about it. I liked the book overall, though, and will definitely be reading more Kingfisher.

kdrama: Maids

Jul. 17th, 2016 09:36 pm
meganbmoore: (hwajung: jeongmyung revealed)
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Maids is a recent sageuk set during the reign of King Taejong, about an arrogant young noblewoman, In Yub, who becomes a slave after her father is framed for treason. She's sold into the house of her former romantic rival, who proceeds to make her life miserable, and clashes with the existing servants of the household, who she had been arrogant towards before. The head of the household is a high ranking official, and In Yub sets out to find a way to prove her father's innocence, while trying to adjust to her new life. There's also the shenanigans by the ACTUAL traitors, and their plots to overthrow the king. Somewhere in the mix, there's the secret offspring of the king who various people are searching for.

As the title suggests, the main focus of the series is on the maids of the household. The political aspects drive a lot of the plot, but are secondary to the character stuff. In Yub isn't difficult to like or sympathize with at first-in the first episode, she throws a temper tantrum that results in the second female lead, Dan Ji, being severely beaten, and this is after several smaller acts of arrogance and mistreatment of servants. The show does make a point to say that she's usually much kinder to servants and is only acting that way because of stress, but it still makes her someone who takes out her frustrations out on people who can't fight back. Naturally, In Yub is pretty well hated by the other servants of the household at first, but since no one really wants to spend 20 episodes watching the main character be arrogant while everyone else bullies her, she soon grows up and becomes friends with many of the other servants. While her actual character arc to make her more likable and sympathetic is well written, I mostly credit the actress with the fact that I came to love the character as much as I did.

On the romantic end of things (it IS a kdrama, after all) In Yub's former fiance, Eun Gi, is also trying to find evidence that her father was innocent. I initially liked Eun Gi a lot, but he's a bit less upstanding than he initially seems, which I would have been fine with. I was not, however, fine with his being so determined to "save" In Yub that he ignored the fact that many of his efforts actually made things worse for her, and made her requests that he stop doing things that get her beaten, almost married off to human slime, and almost sold to another household as a surrogate and so on be all about him and his pain at being rejected. At one point, he starts bemoaning about how there's no one in the world who is more miserable than he is, referring to the fact that his ex is suffering a lot while he's off visiting gisaeng and eating well and wearing nice clothes and literally benefiting from her labor. On the flipside, we have Moo Myeong, the head servant of the household who many other servants consider to be hard and cruel, but is actually secretly trying to protect them. He may or may not be involved in all the political shenanigans, which puts a kink in his status as the better love interest. There's also a secondary romance between Dan Ji and the young master of the household, whose name I forget. I spent most of the series thinking she could do much better, but I guess he proved himself well enough towards the end. There's also, of course, plenty of femslash options around, given the setup. The most obvious one being In Yub/Dan Ji, but also In Yub and Sa Wol, her maid from before she was a slave, who eventually joins the household. Even the villain ships In Yub/Sa Wol.

A lot of the plot and developments are fairly standard for the genre, but the show manages to stay largely fresh and exciting by the writing and the acting. It also escapes one of the huge downfalls of many of its kind in that it never stops being completely In Yub's story, even at times when many series would cheerfully let the focus shift to the male characters.

Interestingly, Jeong Yu Mi and Lee Cho Hee (In Yub and Sa Wol) went straight from Maids to six Flying Dragons, which is about King Taejong in his younger days.

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Jul. 17th, 2016 12:01 pm
skygiants: Kraehe from Princess Tutu embracing Mytho with one hand and holding her other out to a flock of ravens (uses of enchantment)
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I liked The Scorpion Rules enough that I went looking for other Erin Bow books and found Plain Kate, which is the kind of middle-grade fairy tale that's sharper and darker than a good many adult novels.

When a mysterious peddler tries to buy her shadow in exchange for her heart's desire, protagonist Kate is very clear on the fact that it's a VERY BAD idea to make a deal with him. However, Kate's a strange-looking orphan girl who's suspiciously good at wood-carving, and doesn't have enough money to apprentice to a Guild so she can actually sell the things she makes -- which would be difficult enough if it were not a bad harvest, and people were not on the lookout for witches to blame for it. Without any options left, Kate makes the deal and trades away her shadow in exchange for some good travel and camping supplies so she can leave town.

She doesn't actually ask for her heart's desire -- not to be alone anymore -- but the peddler gives her cat the ability to talk anyway, as kind of a freebie.

And, of course, he warns her that she might want to try very hard to find people that will take her in before anyone notices that her shadow is disappearing.

Over the course of the rest of the book, Kate discovers why the peddler wants her shadow, and what he plans to do with it, and what she's going to have to do to stop it. It's not good! People definitely die! The book itself is very good, though, and works through cycles of violence and revenge with compassion for the people caught up in them. Kate spends a big chunk of the book traveling with the Roamers -- Romani or equivalent -- and although I am no expert, I liked the way they were written, as people with different customs to the rest of the country around them but generally no more or less fallible than anyone else. (Though, on another note, the peddler and one other character are both Magical Albinos.) Her most important relationships in the book are all really interesting and complex: her friendship with Drina, a Roamer girl who wants to help Kate but may be overestimating her ability to do so; her non-romantic, almost Stockholm-ish tie to the peddler; and, of course, the cat, who is SUCH A GOOD AND CATLIKE CAT.

Spoilers for those who want to know in advance about risks to animals )

What I'm watching in July

Jul. 14th, 2016 06:35 pm
meganbmoore: (covert affairs: gimme tv)
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cut for length )I'm fairly certain there's something else starting this month that I planned to watch, but I can't remember what. Mr. Robot is back, but I think I'd find it too stressful to watch as it airs, so I'll wait until it's over.

In other news:

This year's Emmy list is about 92% anti-me, though that's nothing new, and Hulu's new Watchlist is no better after sleep than right before. At least it appears to be universally hated?

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Jul. 14th, 2016 12:11 am
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 I loathe Hulu’s new watchlist and can’t find any of the shows I’m ACTUALLY watching among the shows I have marked to eventually watch and I can’t turn it off.

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