Feb. 19th, 2019 02:29 pm
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It's official! As usual, I can't get the photos to embed so you'll have to follow the link if you're curious. :-)
GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT TIME! Say hello to Catherine Lundoff, another one of our FABULOUS Multiverse guests this year!

Lundoff is an award-winning writer, editor and publisher from Minneapolis where she lives with her wife, bookbinder Jana Pullman, and the cats who own them. She is the author of over 100 published short stories and essays. Her books include Silver Moon, Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories and, as editor, the fantastical pirate fiction anthology, Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). In addition, she is the publisher at Queen of Swords Press, a genre fiction publisher specializing in fiction from out of this world. Websites: and

holiday weekends are for tv watching

Feb. 19th, 2019 12:28 am
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This weekend I have watched:
  • the first 5 episodes of the new season (3) of One Day at a Time (Netflix)
  • the first 3 episodes of Pose (FX, [personal profile] thedeadparrot)
  • the 8-episode first season of Tidelands (Netflix, [ profile] carlyinrome)

2019 Hugo Nomination Recommendations

Feb. 18th, 2019 09:40 am
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Another year, another Hugo nomination season! Once again, nominations for the Hugo Awards are open, to anyone who is currently a member of this year's upcoming Worldcon in Dublin, Ireland or last year's Worldcon in San Jose. Nominations are open until March 15th, so that's plenty of time to read all those things you've been meaning to get to before nominations close… right?

Never fear, the editors of Lady Business are here to provide our suggestions as you decide what to prioritize on your TBR. Of course, this is by no means a comprehensive list of everything that might be worthy of a Hugo nomination, and nor is it meant to be. It's just a selection of some of the works we loved in 2018, and a few reasons why we loved them, along with a selection of the books, stories, and shows we're still hoping to check out ourselves. Each editor's opinions are their own, although we suspect you'd find a fair amount of agreement if we had sat down to discuss our picks.

Read more... )

Really snowed in

Feb. 17th, 2019 08:52 am
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The clumps are significant on leaves and branches, and details of the topography have all been smoothed to pure white softness. Tiny icicles, even, like crystal ear drops. Freshly fallen snow is stunning in its beauty, but I can see how trying to function in it would get toilsome and wearing.

Many thanks to those who answered my question yesterday. I expected a division, but what I got was another division among those who are okay with subscribing to serials--but save the whole until it's complete.

So! Time to get to work, but first, have a couple shots out window panes at the front side of the house:

Fic Rec: Chocolate Box Part 3

Feb. 16th, 2019 11:53 pm
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First, holy shit, I got another story! It's another original work, survival and a western, and it is gorgeous. The creeping danger of the weather feels real, and it rolls out into a delightful story.

Watch For Me By The Moonlight (1738 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Female Wounded Stranger/Female Homesteader
Characters: Female Wounded Stranger, Female Homesteader
Additional Tags: Western, Fantasy, Hurt/Comfort

A wounded stranger, a snowstorm, a homesteader, and more...


Pacific Rim )

Marvel comics )


Feb. 16th, 2019 08:15 pm
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One of the Too Many Things I've been involved with is the Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign -- pressing Harvard to divest from the prison industrial complex.

I've been Too Busy to do a lot of work promoting it, but the organizers would like as many signatories as possible by February 28 in prep for a petition delivery action, so I'm trying to up my game.

Signatories don't have to be Harvard affiliates, so all y'all are welcome to sign -- and to share with your networks :)

Non-Harvard organizations can also sign on -- I was so delighted to see an endorsement from the Phillips Brooks House Association on Facebook the other day -- if you happen to be involved with any organizations you think would be supportive (FCS-Ian suggested our church sign on, so that's now on the agenda for Church Council next week).
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A small subset of readers here read my stuff. I have a question for you. Bookview Cafe (currently in the midst of a move to a new and more reliable host service) is talking about experimenting with subscriptions.

I'm in the process of finishing up a very long project, and I'm thinking how best to put it out there. Would any of you be up for something like that?

If so, how often should bits be posted, if, say, it was put up at 99c cents a segment? I'm thinking segments ought to be novelette to novella length.

Snowy Retreat

Feb. 16th, 2019 02:25 pm
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So we have been snowed into very pleasant surroundings. Each morning I make tea and fill the gigantic bathtub, drop some essential oils in it, and soak and sip tea. These past two mornings, this is what I look out at:

I relish every moment, with a deep gratitude for how lucky I am. Though I'm aware of a residual guilt, though I have done nothing wrong. It's the sheer selfishness of my enjoyment--because of early conditioning, the very word 'selfish' connoted imminent fire and destruction, well deserved. Because I am not the fastest with a clue, it took me over fifty years to comprehend the difference between the selfishness that robs others, or glories in others' hurt, and the selfishness that does no harm.

Our first day here, the snow all melted in a crashing thunderstorm. We stayed in the cabin below the main house for the duration, playing with the cats as a fire leaped in the fireplace. I did some yoga while thunder and rain poured all around.

Yesterday I woke to snow. As well as today. We walked out yesterday, trying to get the feel for walking in it. Here I am in the winter coat I've owned for a number of years, but till now it's lived in my closet, only coming out when I travel back east:

I took a video of today's snow, which I won't put up as Dreamwidth has a truly awful media platform--it's awkward and time consuming to upload photos, and one is limited to a small amount of bandwidth to store them. I think a single vid would max me out--and of course snowfall would be no delight and wonder to most of North America, save my corner.

So I'll put up a picture instead:

Everything, everything is made beautiful by a lacy coating of pure white shading subtly to blue here and gold there. The landscape transforms, familiar landmarks changing or vanishing entirely. I can't tell where the road bends. The snow makes a subtle squidgy sound underfoot, not wet and mushy as it did yesterday.

Leading to another observation: it is always changing. There is no still like the photos: clumps drop continually out of trees, or shower down. The temperature rises and the snow changes shape, or turns to water, creating myriad little streams. Or, during the night, it turns to ice--which is why we haven't gone anywhere. None of us want to attempt mountain roads if there is ice.

So . . . back to writing projects, reading, and slowly watching, and loving the endgame of The Story of Minglan, which is simply phenomenal.

rec: Hockey fic

Feb. 16th, 2019 12:40 pm
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Holy Cats you guys.

Have you read this one already? A Marvel (not just Avengers, though mostly) Hockey AU written by someone who has watched a hell of a lot of hockey.

A Cinderella Season (49893 words) by sian1359
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies), The Avengers (Marvel) - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Clint Barton, James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: Clint Barton, James "Bucky" Barnes, Natasha Romanov (Marvel), Steve Rogers, Nick Fury, Phil Coulson, Maria Hill, Rick Jones, Carol Danvers, Edwin Jarvis, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Thor (Marvel), Loki (Marvel), Pietro Maximoff, Wanda Maximoff, Vision (Marvel), Sam Wilson (Marvel), Peter Parker, Other Marvel Characters, Antoine Triplett
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Hockey

Everyone knows that expansion teams are lucky when they don't finish last in their division. The Manhattan Avengers don't care what everyone knows; they see no reason why they can't play for the Cup.

Granted, it's openly pulling on the Knights first season, so I was half there from the get go, but ...

the sports announcing (the sponsor call outs at period breaks!); Hill's POV watching Fury and Coulson read one another's minds; Coach Thanos and his discipline issues, all the callouts, just wow. Fantastic job.

Fic Rec: Chocolate Box

Feb. 15th, 2019 11:48 am
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Oh my god, y'all, my exchange karma has come back to me in spades for Chocolate Box! This is the first time I participated, and I did not manage to write anything but my assignment, which is weird, because I pretty much always treat. It's just not a good time of year for me, I guess.


I was gifted four stories, and I am thrilled.

Criminal Minds )

Original Work )
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So, I'm reading Post-Captain, the second Aubrey-Maturin book, and things are a bit surreal. The start is all Pride and Prejudice who will marry who stuff. That part was fun but I missed the loving descriptions of futtock shrouds and so on. And then Jack was stony broke, and then Jack was in France, and then it got really weird.

Me at breakfast this morning: So then it got really weird.
Lilacsigil, raising spoon to mouth, not really listening: Uh huh
Me: Suddenly Stephen was leading Jack around on a leash
Lilacsigil, pausing with spoon in mid air: Wait, what?
Me: And Jack was dressed in a bear skin. He was a bear called Flora and he danced to Stephen's pipe.
Lilacsigil: *puts her spoon down very carefully, her eyes wide*

They've just made it to Spain. I'm not sure if it's the medication taper or the late hour that I was reading but the whole thing has a strange dreamlike feel. Like, this morning, I wasn't sure if I'd read it or dreamed it.

Today is the twentieth anniversary of moving to the country and opening the doors to the business under my family's name. ([personal profile] lilacsigil came and went for a little while but settled here soon after. A year after?) It's strange to look back. It seems to have gone very fast? And this is a good place to live, I couldn't imagine living in the city again.

Our Favourite Media of January 2019

Feb. 14th, 2019 11:31 pm
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Each month, we look back over the media we loved in the previous month, from books to film to video games and more.

Read more... )

Fanwork Recs — February 2nd 2019

Feb. 14th, 2019 11:01 pm
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Fanwork is awesome and sharing fanwork is even more awesome. Join us as we keymash and squee over our favorite fanwork, from fic (both written and podfic) to art to vids and meta and back again.

If you find something you love, we encourage you to comment/favorite and let the creator know you enjoyed their work. :D o/

Recommendations included:
  • Final Fantasy VIII – art (1)

  • GLOW - vid (3)

  • Hamilton – art (1)

  • Mass Effect - meta (1)

  • MCU – art (1), vid (1)

  • Ocean's 8 - vid (3)

Read more... )

What fanwork have you loved recently?
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I do this thing where I run this free form, play-by-post, play by chatroom role playing website. It's pretty neat. I took over for someone-on-here and I'm really proud of it for still going these many years later. It's cross genre, multi dimension, original and fan made/fan friendly character welcoming.
We recently went from using free software to Xenforo, a paid forum sofware and a paid chat room. You know how? My members. All of them donated to the cause and that allowed me to upgrade to some awesome things and I am still really beside myself how it turned out. Maybe you wanna pop by and ogle where we are right now? We're in the process of learning how website (formed) works--but you're welcome to peek.

OK, enough self-promotion, love youuuu byeeee

Pentagonal Signal Boosts of Joy

Feb. 13th, 2019 06:57 pm
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I’ve spent the last two days trying to catch up my reading list. Not yet successful, but I sure have enjoyed the journey. So I'll share:

hours of enjoyment )

Unicorn chaser is the marvelous ThreadReaderApp, which makes a Twitter thread into a single webpage. I was happy to throw a little money their way, and they create PDFs for me to download.

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