Hello, internet! I'm Thea. Here I am in my favorite spot (somebody's lap):
I'm a female dilute calico, and the vet and the vet dentist think I'm about five years old. I grew up on the streets of Baltimore, but it's cold and lonely out there and I like people too much, so now I need a forever home! I'm an absolute sweetheart who'll be in your lap or draped over your shoulder the minute I meet you, but there's one catch: I need to be an only cat.
( More about me! And more pictures! )
Does it sound like you could be my human? If so, leave a comment with your email address, and the humans will get in touch with you. (Or, you can email synecdochic at email@example.com.) Anonymous comments are allowed; you don't need a Dreamwidth account. I'm in Baltimore right now, and the humans would prefer somebody within a few hours' drive or somebody who's willing to come pick me up themselves, but if you're the absolute right person to take me in, they're willing to talk about flying me to you, especially if you can pay for some or all of the costs. (Having all my teeth pulled wasn't cheap!)
I'm looking forward to finding someone I can help with everything, drape on top of, and sleep on!
(Please share this with your friends! For the first round of looking we'd prefer not much further than friends-of-friends, because we'd like to know the people she's going to or know someone who knows them, but if the first efforts don't pan out, we'll try again with a wider reach. We also already know the rescue organization we'll turn to if we can't find her a home through word of mouth, so you don't need to research rescue options for us!)
I am offering a critique of a full novel up to 120,000 words, which I will honor through the end of 2017, and return within 60 days of receipt of the manuscript. I hope some of y'all will consider bidding or spreading the word. =)
PS: a sign at the Science March: "What do we want? SCIENCE! When do we want it? AFTER PEER REVIEW!"
Con or Bust, Inc., is a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization (EIN: 81-2141738) that helps people of color/non-white people attend SFF conventions. Con or Bust isn’t a scholarship and isn’t limited to the United States, to particular types of con-goers, or to specific cons; its goal is simply to help fans of color go to SFF cons and be their own awesome selves. It is funded through donations and an online auction held annually.
Items to bid on include signed books, jewelry, critiques by editors, custom-made items, and much more.
My three items up for auction are:
* A signed personalized trade paperback of The Edge of Worlds
* A signed hardcover of The Harbors of the Sun
* A signed paperback of the novella The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red
If you have any spare money you can afford to donate, you can help:
Honestly, I can't imagine anything nicer than watching Farage suffer in court and thinking "yes, I helped make that happen."
Also, I am feeling old... where does one go to look for vids nowadays? I did find a fair amount of Kuvira vids on YouTube, but nothing I liked so far, and animemusicvideos.org's search is incredibly frustrating.
Currently on the list: feedingonwind's A New Day (Mariah, Luke Cage), shati's Hope on Fire (Mishil, Queen Seondeok), starlady's Shuang Nu (Wu Zetian, Detective Dee).
TODAY, SUNDAY APRIL 23: ACLU People Power is holding deportation solidarity events outside regional ICE offices at 3 p.m.
Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.
It's been quite quiet in the comm this week, but here are some reminders of ongoing or future actions
Public Participation in EPA's Regulatory Reform - Deadline: 15 May 2017
April 29: Peoples Climate March - see these posters for National Parks in 2050 if climate change continues for inspiration and slogans.
June 11: LGBT+ March
Other news to know
There's been a steady drip feed of minor new revelations about the Trump Campaign's Russian links, the situation with North Korea rumbles on, and Syria is still a mess. For a catch up to the major developments each day, What the Fuck Just Happened Today usually provides good links to the key stories.
French voters go to the polls today to pick the two candidates for the run-off on May 7, and the UK government has called a snap general election on June 8. (I'm in the UK and this just makes me want to cry, because our opposition parties are so dysfunctional at the moment. I think my main hope is that the early signs the centre/left are figuring out how to build the kind of resistance movements, like Indivisible, that you've seen in the US will bear fruit -- if not for this election, for the long term.)
So, what have you all been up to in the last week or planning to get involved in next week?
This week, I...
called my one senator
called my other senator
called my representative
called my governor
called my state reps
sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
attended a town hall
donated money to a cause
went to an in person activist group
participated in a phone or online resistance training
went to a protest
signed up for alerts
took care of myself
not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
did something else
committed to action in the coming week
No more I fear the Turba,*
For I have seen God play
Among the dews and lilies
Of the Eternal May.
* Note: "Turba" is presumably a misprint for "Tuba".
For anyone who believes I'm being unjustly mean to Ms Kaye-Smith's verse:
And every night I sit alone,
And every night I see
A little cotton-aproned ghost
Who takes no heed of me.
She sets the milk, she sets the bread,
One scarce would know that she was dead -
[/brb loling 4evah]
- Margery Sharp looking sharp, 1945. I have a later photo when her hair was lighter and she looks like Jillian Holtzmann's mum, lol.
- Reading, books 2017: 30
12. Lost Chapel Picnic, by Margery Sharp, 1973 in collected book form but earlier as individual short stories. (4/5)
• ETA, from a story not in LCP: [...] Sherrard discovered that he had been deceiving himself. He knew perfectly well why he was uneasy. He was uneasy because while it is one thing to sublet one's flat to a woman who didn't shoot her husband, it is quite another to introduce her, even in absentia, to one's simple but millionaire friend. [...]
13. Summer Half, by Angela Thirkell, 1937, fifth zombie Barsetshire novel so within the earlier period when they were reasonably well-written and actually amusing. (4/5)
• Lust in the pews: During the sermon both had ample leisure to reflect upon the astounding beauty of emotion as roused by the involuntary contact of elbows, and left the church very little better than they came in.
• A sixteen year old girl on her marriage plans: "I'd like to marry someone like Hamlet and Richard II and Richard Hannay and Browning."
"Well, I hope you will, Lydia," said Everard, getting up. "You deserve them all. [...]"
I suppose I should not have been expecting anything sensible from Hollywood racial politics, but for fuck's sake, don't the film people know what it looks like they're saying when they have Fawcett being Insistently Anti-Racist Person Who Insists Amazonians Are People Too, in the face of openly racist opposition, yet, all over the movie-- which from what I gather is also rather inaccurate-- and then heavily imply that he was not only killed but also eaten by natives without including the refutation which was right there in the source material for them?
This is also a film which comes down pretty heavily on Percy Fawcett being Right About Things, and I'm not even sure it was intentional on the writer's part. It's just that when the issues somebody has are things like 'is heavily overinvested in cultural conceptions of masculinity', you have to be very blatant when you demonstrate that those are actual issues, because our culture is so approving of extreme behavior along those lines that disapproval needs to be obvious in-text just to bring us to neutral. Sure, Fawcett almost certainly got himself and his son killed, but the film goes to great (and, from what I hear, also a-historic) lengths to say that maybe they just went off to live with the natives, plus the whole thing very much has an air of It's How He Wanted To Go He Was Following His Noble Dreams. Also, even when we see Fawcett doing things that are demonstrably pig-headed, sexist, and aggravating, he winds up getting vindicated by the narrative over and over again. We never see anyone arguing against his expeditions from the level of logistics on which I am assured they were bad ideas; we see people arguing against them because they are Bad People, or because they are his family and they want him home, which we are assured is understandable and tragic but just How It Had To Be.
In conclusion, I'm definitely going to read the book, because the film, despite a reasonable central performance by Charlie Hunnam (perhaps a bit too restrained) and a very fine side performance by Robert Pattinson (unrecognizable beneath layers of fuzz), some pretty cinematography, and occasional attempts at symbolism, comes off as racist, insultingly simplistic, and just not overall what you want Hollywood to do with a good source text.
I know there's one in Boston, and a quick check found others in New York and Seattle. (The website isn't set up to search for events by date or time; I found those two by searching based on my old NYC and Bellevue, WA, zip codes.)
The Boston event looks small so far: 121 of us have signed up to attend, so I figure I'll be more noticeable there than I would be if I'd made it to the March for Science today.
Note: this was originally announced for April 22nd, and then rescheduled a couple of days ago.
I just need to stop buying books by new authors. This is getting expensive.
Also there are a bunch of preview chapters for other books in here. I'm a good chunk of the way into Shadow and Bone and still haven't hit the end of the file. Grumble mutter. I usually avoid reading preview chapters in ebooks but my kobo won't mark something read unless I skip to the end of the file and there are like two hundred pages in here.
I know, complaining about more book? Seriously? But I'd like to move my brain to something else now, please.
*adds more books to basket*
The design on the covers for Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom are awesome, I must say.
My name is Nick and I just remembered that I was a little kid.
My age is not too small.
I live in Portland but I still love you.
I was born and I forgot about it.
My body is just so hungry.
I am looking for something that is not the only thing.
I enjoy playing with the best.
My ideal partner is the one that has been able to work on the other side.
My turn ons are on point but I'm not even gonna.
Twitter threads: one, two, or I could just say "wrote that digustingly racist 16k meta (AO3-locked) last year", and a lot of you will know what I mean. Note that the second threads has screencap excerpts of the meta.
Con or Bust is taking auction offers through tomorrow, Sunday April 23 (end of the day Eastern time).
Bidding starts Monday April 24!
There's a bunch of cool stuff up already, a few more things going up today, and, I hope, more coming in that just haven't been submitted yet. So check it out!
But anything we can do to limit their power and make it hard for them to claim an absolute mandate will help limit the damage. And we can also try to stomp on UKIP's attempts to creep in around the margins.
Google Docs: How To Vote To Stop The Tories (see the FAQ for notes explaining how and why particular choices were made)
Note: Wikipedia gives details of past election results in your constituency, so you can verify and also look at exact details.
Local elections are on May 4, and are important in themselves as well as an indicator of which ways the political winds are blowing. And fewer people vote in them.
Hope Not Hate have a fresh new website and an election fund to fight far-right candidates in any constituency they might have a chance of winning. They are really good at this and have pissed off UKIP no end.
Vote. Make your friends vote. Make everyone you know vote. If nothing else, it's good practice. One day it may matter.
I have a bunch of grading to do this weekend. It's fine, I can manage, but it's work. Blah.
I went shoe shopping with one of my housemates today, which was a delight. I wound up buying probably more shoes than I needed, but I am hoping they will give me enough joy that it will be worth it. Especially the ones which look more professional. (They were on clearance, so I did not wind up paying that much per pair. I was looking for black zip-up booties and bought one pair of slip ons and two pairs of lace-up wingtip booties because I am weak to wingtips. I'm not very good at sticking to a plan. To be fair, the one pair of booties that matched my specifications pinched my arches and made it uncomfortable to walk.)
I started reading Leight Bardugo's Six of Crows and it's charming so far. I mean, everyone in it is a mixture of sympathetic and unsympathetic and the worldbuilding is charming, and I'm interested to see how the heist plot goes. I like heists!
It's also Friday Five, brought to you by thefridayfive:
1. Do you like traveling or are you counting the minutes until the transporter is perfected? I enjoy driving long distances, strangely enough, and I would probably enjoy train travel, but I hate airplanes. I just wish that travel was less expensive. I really wouldn't mind the indignity, but the fact that I'm paying my eyeteeth for the indignity is awful. And paying extra eyeteeth to avoid any indignity is an outrage.
For extra hilarity, I was pricing train tickets today. Ha. Ha ha. Ha ha ha. In the USA, planes take a tenth of the time and cost less money than taking the train to any destination. It's ridiculous.
2. If you could visit any country in the world right now, where would you go? Eeesh, good question. I've wanted to visit Iceland for a while, but really the major drumbeat in my mind is "As far from the T-45 administration as possible." So, uh, Antarctica? That's not really a country, and it's 24 hour darkness right now, but sign me up!
3. What is your favorite form of travel? Realistically, driving. Unrealistically, I'd love to try a long train trip with a real cabin, or maybe a boat. Even more unrealistically, a tesseract.
4. What is the longest vacation/holiday that you’ve ever been on? My family took a couple weeks to visit Israel when I was still in high school, and I think that's still the winner. We also used to drive out to Arizona/New Mexico over winter breaks. Now when I have that much time off it's time for a staycation.
5. Would you travel for a living? Like, if someone paid me to keep moving? That covered my expenses? Sure, I'd love to see more places. The internet makes it much easier to keep in touch with people, tons of my friends are folks I only see online any more. And there are tons of places in the world I want to see.
- Prompted by fiction to ask: have any of you ever hidden in a Ladies toilet as part of a successful strategy to completely avoid someone? You don't need to share the circumstances, obv. I know many women who've taken refuge for a few minutes to compose themselves but nobody, outside newsworthy incidents, who has managed this feat in a similar way to so many fictional females. Thoughts on this trope? Does it even have a name? Is it as much of a gendered trope as I think it is? (I don't mean the more dramatic Searching The Stalls [tvtropes warning].)
- Reading, books 2017: 28
8. Power Up, by Kate Leth and Matt Cummings, 2016, a fun all-ages superhero comic including non-white people, non-het people, cross-dressing, and a super-powered goldfish. (4/5)
9. A Close and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers, 2016, science fiction novel set in the same future 'verse Ms Chambers established in her brilliant debut The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. Technically a sequel but I suspect it would read well as a standalone too. (5/5)
10. Help Us! Great Warrior, by Madeline Flores, 2016, all ages comic partly based on earlier adult webcomics by Ms Flores. Perhaps not quite as lolzy but now with added plot! (4/5)
• Examples of the adult original webcomics for your perusing pleasure:
11. Jonesy, by Sam Humphries and Caitlin Rose Boyle, 2016, teen comic with some borderline creepy consent issues imo. I won't be buying volumes two or three but they're due for publication so the target demographic presumably liked this better than I did. (3/5)