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Jul. 29th, 2015 10:17 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] opusculasedfera!

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Jul. 29th, 2015 04:22 am
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Lies My Lover Told Me , Giles/Olivia by [personal profile] shapinglight.

Sunburn , Spike/Buffy by [profile] foxstarreh.

Who's That Girl , Buffy/Tara by [personal profile] velvetwhip.

Chapter Five of The Former Nameless Fiction now known as What If I Loved You? by [personal profile] slaymesoftly.

Girls Like Girls! A femslash ficathon (go do the thing!).

[community profile] fantas_magoria re-watches "Amends" .

TinyFences podcast talks Reptile Boy.

Storywonk podcast talks Bad Girls .

AngelRewatch podcast talks Loyalty.
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Do admit, this is of a certain relevance to things I'm doing elsewhere:

Queers, Homosexuals, and Activists in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain?

Fascinating stuff, as is the poem Don Leon itself and the notes thereunto as mentioned in that post.*

What particular intrigues me is that the notes to that poem specifically allude to the relationship depicted in this print as concerning a lesbian relationship, because I've never been sure what to make of it and whether it's actually about one or other of the husbands or both of them.

(Yes! some time I must do MOAR RESEARCH about those ladies.)

*Though a bit icked by the attacks on Lady Byron, though one knows that the disaster of their marriage was A Thing and had parties drawn up and embattled on both sides.

Hablas espanol?

Jul. 28th, 2015 06:57 am
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I am working on a short story with a main character who is Spanish (as in, from Spain). I would like to have her thinking in Spanish at some key moments in the story, but I do not trust online translators.

Anyone willing/able to translate a few English phrases into Spanish (bonus points if it sounds genuinely from Spain)?

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Jul. 28th, 2015 03:42 am
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Chapter Fifteen of Broken Arrow by [personal profile] velvetwhip.

More thinky thoughts by [personal profile] beccaelizabeth.

Thinky thoughts about the AV Club's list of favorite AtS episodes over at [profile] frelling_tralk's LJ.

[personal profile] rebcake points out a Buffy/Xander discussion going on over at Tumblr. And more thoughts about this from [profile] shadowkat67.
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Over on Tumblr, there is an interesting discussion going on:

Why isn’t the Buffy/Xander pairing more popular?

There is another discussion about how much people miss LiveJournal and how it's incredibly difficult to follow discussions on Tumblr. Even the interesting ones.

So, if anybody would like to weigh in the above question here on LJ, feel free! The original post by ilikemyshipsnotyours is linked above. 
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13 Little Things That Can Make a Man Fall Hard for You*

Good tips for making sure that the kind of man who likes this sort of infantilising/dog-training approach to relationships stays far far away - do the opposite.

Quite apart from, what on earth does the woman get back from all this?

Also, I think the compiler has missed one important point:

Keep young and beautiful, if you wanna be loved

(I have eschewed the actual clip of Eddie Cantor, in blackface, in Roman Scandals, 1933, which adds a significantly racist element to this sexist claptrap.)

*Is she SERIOUS? Plz 2 B telling me it's a spoof, or the reprint of something from 1955 or so, please, please.

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Jul. 27th, 2015 10:08 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] fjm and [personal profile] wildroot!

Fanfiction: Time and Chance

Jul. 27th, 2015 05:37 am
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A few months ago, when the History Exchange announced itself, I looked at the conditions, saw that the minimum word count was only 500, and thought, hey, I'm busy, but I can easily do that in between stuff. If I volunteer for people I already know about, I won't even have to do research.

Famous last words, etc. The end result was one of the longest things I've written outside Yuletide, and I don't regret a single thing. Eleanor of Aquitaine will do that to you. The prompt asked for an AU, which got me thinking not of one AU but several. Well, there's a certain format for this. I've repeatedly written "Five Things..." tales about fictional characters; there was no reason not to do it for a rl one. Especially since said format, at least in the way it works for me, also provides the opportunity to portray the main character "in canon", so to speak, via several angles.

So, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of France, Queen of England, survivor extraordinaire who still travelled across the Pyrenees on political missions when in her 70s, something that would be remarkable even today, let alone in the Middle Ages. Her life was often so unlikely that fiction couldn't trump it. However, of course there were plenty of opportunities where with just one circumstance changed, her resulting existence would have been just as remarkable (imo), if in a different (or not?) way. After mulling it over (and reading one of the newer biographies, since the last time I did research on Eleanor was more then 20 years ago), I came up with five scenarios which each became its own story. You can read all five here:

Time and Chance (16069 words) by Selena
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: 12th Century CE RPF, When Christ and His Saints Slept - Sharon Kay Penman, Devil's Brood - Sharon Kay Penman, Historical RPF, Henry II Trilogy - Sharon Kay Penman, The Lion in Winter (1968)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eleanor of Aquitaine/Henry Plantagenet, Eleanor of Aquitaine/Louis VII of France, Eleanor of Aquitaine & Thomas Becket, Eleanor of Aquitaine & Matilda I of Boulogne, Eleanor of Aquitaine & Raymond of Antioch, Peter Abelard/Heloise (background)
Characters: Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry II of England, Thomas Becket, Bernard of Clairveaux, Petronilla de Chemillé, Mahault of Anjou, Matilda I of Boulogne, Stephen of England, Eustace IV Count of Boulogne, Louis VII of France, Robert de Dreux, Raymond of Antioch, Melisande of Jerusalem - Character, Thierry Galeran, Henry the Young King, William X. of Aquitaine, Petronilla of Aquitaine
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Historical, POV Female Character, Female Friendship

Five lives which Eleanor of Aquitaine never lived.

A few more remarks on those five roads not taken: Hidden under a cut. )


Jul. 26th, 2015 08:34 pm
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Goodness, that was rather a dull week, not helped by the weather being very iffy particularly towards the end of it, and rather militating against anything in the way of extended walks.

There was a slight moment of drama one night over aged P's alarm, but it subsequently turned out that the intermittent bleating sounds were actually the battery of partner's old mobile in its death-throes.

I did not get the academic things I thought I might get completed done. I would put this down to the anomic lethargy that often overtakes me in ye olde familye mansion, but on the other hand I was bashing out my daily episodes of [personal profile] the_comfortable_courtesan. I have noticed that whereas I tend to need particular conditions for doing SRS BZNZ scholarliness, over the last 2 months I have found myself continuing the ongoing intrigues under distinctly sub-optimum conditions (never did I think I would find myself tapping out passages of continuous prose with html markup on the tablet - curses, autocomplete! - in airports, etc).

(On which latter topic, am extremely gratified at the intelligence that there are those that would be interested in the collated and consolidated memoirs of Madame C-. This could be a possibility...)

Nil culinary to report except a loaf of Khorasan flour made.

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Jul. 26th, 2015 09:59 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] el_staplador and [personal profile] mrissa!

Briefly, two links

Jul. 26th, 2015 07:41 am
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Brian Bendis seems to be in ecstasy about the Jessica Jones tv show. (And has as hard a crush on Luke Cage as ever, which cracks me up. Seriously, if there was ever a creator in love with his creation's love interest...) There's also the first photo of Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones. I'm so looking forward to this show!


Accomodation: lovely Capheus pov, exploring him processing what happened in the show's finale.

Crossposting and Twitterpated

Jul. 25th, 2015 10:35 am
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 As a result of reading shadowcat's post on LJ, I reblogged a post on Tumblr, made a comment on ATPO, which I am now linking to via Dreamwidth, which will cross post to LJ. While talking over VOIP (no link) with my father. Who if I'd said any of that too him, would have no idea what I was talking about.

Maybe I should tweet about it. But I really must be going. I need to go help a friend build a shelf. 

I'll get to pull out the power tools.

Also, I'm sad to note that last night it appeared as if the grey hair coming in was making a Rouge streak. But alas, I don't see it this morning. Maybe it's only a night time rouge streak.

Linkspam on the beach

Jul. 25th, 2015 04:56 pm
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(No, not really, the weather is just too uncertain at the moment for me to be a beach-bunny.)

On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss review – an enthralling, deeply personal book: medical historian picks nits - either the author or the reviewer does not understand why vaccination was different from preceding forms of smallpox inoculation, which is a rather nerdy thing to know about, will concede, but nonetheless, there are strong reasons why using cow-pox was preferable to using smallpox for prophylaxis.

Run, girl, run: Bloomsbury’s Outsider: A Life of David Garnett by Sarah Knights – review. OMG: I think the which would be worse cage-match between Garnett and HG Wells would actually have Garnett the winner. Next round: the Garnett vs Robert Graves face-off.

And in more contemporary realms of men = terribly poor stuff, I shudder when I bring myself to read this weekly column: Online dating: mid-life ex-wife. Wot charmers, eh?

An intrepid writer casts off his clothes to explore the rival factions in the world of naturism (and I still long for a decent history of British naturism): and I feel that this passage:

By day, multi-generational family groups lie out on the beach and play – yes, they really do – naked volleyball. But, come midnight, the hedonists get their freak on by teaming up in groups of three and four and giving each other oral sex while a machine blows soapy bubbles at them. Men wear leather skirts while the women favour masks and fishnet underwear.
doesn't, does it my dearios, interrogate the 'let's dress up to have sex!' approach embedded here as quite the argument for the sexually-calming effects of communal nudity.

The Raj at War: A People’s History of India’s Second World War by Yasmin Khan – review

A dark story of teenage obsession, guilt and lost innocence in sleepy Louisiana: I feel that even had one not read Florence King on Southern Gothic Tropes, this must count as a blurb that ticks a lot of 'back away slowly' boxes for me.

Margery Allingham: ‘A thriller is as precise as a sonnet’: A S Byatt on Traitor's Purse, which arguably does for Campion (discovers that organ none thought to exist) what Strong Poison did for Wimsey (must say that Campion does tend to come quite high on my 'shamuses I should like to codfish' list, after Spenser and Alex Delaware).

Joseph Cornell: how the reclusive artist conquered the art world – from his mum’s basement.

We can tell it's the Silly Season: besides the Seagull Menace and fightback, there has been extensive reporting about the deep-fried Mars Bar.


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