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Anyone know of a good crowd-sourcing place to find a book? I could drive downtown and hunt through the bookstore where I saw it in the first place, but I don't like to use that much gas for only one errand...

Things I know:
about pica (the disorder where people eat things that... aren't meant for digestion)
I think it is non-fiction
written by a woman (I think)
the title does NOT have "pica" in it
the back matter references ingesting nails, not the traditional dirt

Google/Amazon/GoodReads searches for pica only turn up one or two books about the disorder, and neither are this one. (Craving Earth by Sera Young isn't it.) I also searched WorldCat.org with su:Pica (pathology) and didn't pull it up.

Is this hopeless? Should I just drive down there?
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Today: make it through practice without gut busting open, seriously, wtf is happening in my intestines right now? Also, don't kill anyone who is on the list of Dammit You Are Really Not Helping This League and I Begged My Parents For Money Today So Quiet You.
Tomorrow: get through work, do some writing, maybe, and GOD DAMNIT, relax and enjoy some pizza and Parks with your lesbians. (Skins?) Oh and take a few minutes to update the site because you said you would!
Wednesday: work, therapy ugh fuck, femslash_today update, rarewomen sign ups going live hopefully? CROSSING MY FINGERS, don't drink don't drink don't drink.
Thursday: work late! write! uh... write more! Parks! review! sleep!
Friday: work, admin stuff, Fringe, MEAT TRAY?!, sleep sleep sleep get some sleep please oh god. (Bomb Girls?) hope really hard that because the weekend looks mostly stress free you won't have an Anxiety Episode and ruin the time off.
Saturday: web meeting part deux - the "I had a panic attack and canceled the last one" edition, catch up on watching the things (The Good Wife!)
Sunday: relax. more sleep.

And at some point in the week:
- start re-reading Alias
- finish the wedding scene/get to 4500 words
- narrow down rarewomen sign up... I know I'm requesting Parks, but my other two slots are up for debate


Jun. 10th, 2011 02:35 pm
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I am back on a comics kick thanks to starting Birds of Prey, following GailSimone on twitter, and reading Alias. Perfect timing since Comic Con (local) is coming up in like two weeks.

Before I start compiling a list of what I'm looking for and budget myself to afford the splurge that I know is going to happen... Flist, please help me decide what is worthwhile.

- I really want some kind of BoP tpb, but according to prozacpark, they aren't well collected
- Books other than Alias that feature Jessica Jones (and are good)
- X-23, but what are some quality writers of her?
- Kathryn Immonen; I liked her run on NYX. Is her run of Runaways good? Has she done anything else I should check out?

Basically, I am in for anything Quality, Written by Women, About Women... and such.



Mar. 4th, 2011 11:26 pm
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The book I am reading:
Fascinating Womanhood, by Helen Andelin. Self-help for marriage, originally written in the late 50s (but shockingly still being shuffled around today, in various forms). Terrifying and fascinating all at once.

The book I am writing:
I'm technically still working on my thesis, which is a collection of short stories. [[livejournal.com profile] wildivymildmara <--- *points*]

The book(s) I love most:
The Tracey Fragments by Maureen Medved. Not only is the story absolutely compelling, the tricks Medved uses with language and structure and repetition and obscuring reality are legendary. What the film did in multi-screens, Medved does in the turn of a sentence. The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan. One of my biggest obsessions. McEwan plays with the traditional modern narrative and subverts it, touching on gender, incest, and secrets. Absolute candy for essay-writing.

The last book I received as a gift:
Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger.

The last book I gave as a gift:
Azumanga Daioh omnibus, to my sister.

The nearest book on my desk:
I'm in bed, so the nearest books are on my side table. White Teeth by Zadie Smith (haven't started it yet) and The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan (haven't put it away yet). The only book on my desk is Little Children, as a reminder to list it on PBS. Not a keeper, that one.

The last book I bought for myself:
Bought rather than PBS? Probably Lost at Sea, but that was months ago.
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What's that, universe? You've been longing for an update from my little corner of the world? Well, I'm about to make your dreams come true, baby. Get ready for this.

One word, my loves: Derby. Roller derby, to be specific. If I wasn't utterly consumed before, I sure as hell am now. Pencil me in for three practices a week, watching my diet, attempting to exercise and stretch while sitting at my desk job... you name it. Our first bout is September 11, and I do not want to be flattened out there. We have less than six weeks with fewer than optimal numbers to get into bouting shape. I. Want. It. Last night's practice was brutal: at least three girls threw up, two cried. But we didn't stop. Roller derby is the best thing to happen to me, and despite all the drama and hooey that comes along with running a group of 30 women, the rewards are incredible.

I'm also reading more than I've had time to in ages. That's one of the benefits of being out of school and having an hour-long lunch break. I prefer to review series as a whole, which puts a bit of a hindrance on posting, but lately I've been speeding through the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels, the Oresteia (for Classica chat), the Sookie Stackhouse novels (forget what I said before about hating them, I'm so addicted), and I'm about to start the Millennium series by Steig Larsson.

As for writing, and other more intellectual pursuits, not much is happening other than RP. But that doesn't mean I'm not completely happy with the way things are right now. If you've talked to me lately, my main shows are True Blood and Degrassi, both of which I've had the pleasure of watching with friends. Simply watching, however, is not always enough. I've recently hooked up with people in the role playing community who have allowed for a deeper, meta experience. Through RP, we have explored motivations, how far characters will go, and the extent of things written into the text such as genderfail and manpain. Writing Bill has made True Blood watchable for me again, since I analyze the show and break it up instead of swallowing it whole. (RP also makes my work day a blast!)

Oh, and did I mention, I'm living with my best friend and derby wife, Bobbie Soxxx in the cutest house ever, for one. AND today I'm picking up one of my teammate's kids for the evening cause she pulled her back--I've missed babysitting so much!
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--> Cyber stalker alert: http://emigree.livejournal.com/52781.html. Please read for information.

--> Things I watched today:
+ Episodes 901-909 of Degrassi TNG. I'm into new territory for me. SO excited for the new season to kick off in a few weeks. My favorite characters are Jane, Fiona and Declan, so I'm glad I picked up Fi as an RP character :)
+ New True Blood. Every episode of this season (and last) has been sickening and ragey. It's a friend groupwatch activity or I might quit the show. I am bored with half of the plots this season, a few are interesting, and some are just downright horrifying (not *scary*, but... awful.) I need to write about this, I just can't stomach the thought.
+ Hounddog. I've seen the movie before, and I liked it better and worse on the second viewing. Explanation: I could appreciate it this time through as a strictly "southern gothic" venture into storytelling. That said, even knowing that everything is going to be a bit over the top, the excessive symbolism got to me. Some things work on the page, or work in experimental film, and just don't really translate in a serious way to film, at least not a film that seems to be taking itself "mainstream" for the majority of the film. Hounddog needs to find its niche earlier on and stick there, rather than dancing in and out of stereotypes and relying on banjo music. It also thinks that it is racially progressive when it falls back on the same old "magical negro" syndrome of many old southern lit--especially films. That said, it isn't a bad film. And the controversial rape scene is hardly even one, even when compared to my metaphorical issues with True Blood.
+ Childrens Hospital, the first episode. This used to be a web series and has now been picked up by Adult Swim. During July they'll be running the webisodes as full episodes, and in August "season 2" will begin. The show mocks hospital dramas, and is hilarious. The cast is first rate, borrowing from top comedies like Party Down and Parks & Recreation. I can't wait to see more, and I'm so glad I'm catching this from the beginning.

--> Also reading? Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series. I love it so far, but I will refrain from further comment until I get caught up and can do a write up. [[livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, Ramona is an "American Ninja", thankfully, and not a half-ninja, as AfterEllen.com erroneously reported.]
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Almost a year ago I read the first few chapters of a Temperance Brennan book about a plane crash -- the descriptions were delicious and vivid. The characterization was weak but... forgivable in something that was basically a beach read. I had to return it to the library before I got into anything real. But, I never really gave up on wanting to like the books that inspired the show "Bones" -- after all, I like what I've seen of the show, and I liked--mostly--what I'd read of the books.

Well, safe to say I won't be reading any more of them. I just finished "Grave Secrets" -- a Tempe Brennan mystery that falls relatively early in the series (2003) and covers the topics of an old Guatemalan political massacre (the desaparacedos), unruly teen girls, Brennan's wayward heart -- she's drawn to her usual partner Ryan AND a dashing Guatemalan detective named Galiano, stem cell research, and a lot of disgust for bad men who do bad things.

The overall plot isn't bad, even if the case connections (between the massacre and the current missing girls) do seem far-fetched and illogical and aren't even fully explained at the end. What bothers me, still, is the way Reichs, and her editors cater to a socially and educationally illiterate audience.

The book spans between Guatemala and French-speaking Canada, so naturally Brennan encounters people--including herself--who speak both Spanish and French. One might expect to use context clues to decipher some of these words and phrases, or have them translated once, and referred to later without translation. No. Reichs babies her audience, spelling out these phrases each and every time they are uttered. This also happens when Brennan is dealing with any sort of scientific process. This is at least explained away in the text by surrounding her with inepts like policemen and family members of victims, but not a single conversation about stem cells, body decay, history, and on and on goes by without feeling like Reichs--who is an expert herself--has opened a text book and sat her poor, uneducated audience down in front of a video to catch us up while she goes on ahead with the story.

Sure, a little information once in awhile is always helpful. Yeah, I'd like to know that they are in fact performing an autopsy. But to be honest, I don't need to know all of the details. The fact is, I'm not reading a text book. I'm not going to go out and try to duplicate the work, do my own slicing and dicing after reading this joke of a novel. The Brennan books are beach reads, not Science courses.

Brennan works as a character on "Bones" because they have used this trait of "textbooking" and worked it into the character, but as an author, Reichs is completely at odds with Brennan. Brennan seems carefree and flirty most of the time, and at other halves of the book she is quoting long histories of Guatemalan wars.

Another thing that drove me batty, especially towards the end was Brennan's (who was narrating) habit of redundantly asking questions of the reader to remind them of every single plot point in every single chapter. "Would I be the next victim? Of whom? What was xx doing with the body? Where would we find it?" Paragraph after paragraph. Some of the prose in the middle was fine, sometimes even enjoyable. But that pattern? Infuriating.

If I want to know more about stem cells after reading the book, I'm going to do my own research. I don't need a fictional character to do it for me. So thanks, Ms. Reichs, I'm sure you'll make some paperbackswap users very happy when I put your books up for trade.


Dec. 10th, 2009 10:50 pm
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30 day )

Day 4, Favorite Book. And this, my friends, is what we call a trick question. You see, this tends to change every time I read something new. SO. I'm gonna go with... The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan.

Canon INCEST people.
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I am SO excited for Yuletide this year. Well, to be fair, I'm excited for Yuletide every year, but I just wanted to say that I'm excited for this year, because dear Yulegoat, this year YOU are writing for me, whoever you are. The important thing is that you signed up for one of four INCREDIBLE, AWESOME fandoms and are willing to write a story for them, whether or not you pay a whit of attention to my ~very optional~ details.


Here, in random order, is what I asked for, and under the cut are additional details that I may or may not have included in the signup. I was so excited that I didn't copy/paste as usual!

1. Antichrist, She/He
2. Ian McEwan - The Cement Garden, Julie/Jack/Tom
3. Juno, Juno/Vanessa/Leah
4. The Middleman (tv), The Middleman/Wendy Watson/Lacey Thornton

Read more... )
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Because what's more fun than homework?


Fandoms included: 30 Rock, Alias, Big Love, Degrassi, Leverage, RPFS, X-Files, X-Men
Next Rec post: House, MD & The Office
recs under here )
  • Admitted crackfic by [livejournal.com profile] maddie508 , I Kissed a Girl is a pretty damn hilarious take on what might happen if Jenna decided to get her ratings up with the lesbian audience.
  • Two Liz/Gretchen gems: First That Hot Girl by [livejournal.com profile] ijemanja , where Liz calls up Gretchen just to make sure she's still got "it," and Hypothetically by [livejournal.com profile] geonncannon , where its Christmas, and Liz is worried about choking and oh yeah. There's sex.
  • Sydney/Rachel: A wonderful peek post-series brought to you by [livejournal.com profile] jaina47 , A Day's Grace, with action and a hint of bittersweet sexuality, and some fluff by [livejournal.com profile] kangeiko , Icebreaker, from [livejournal.com profile] femslash07 .
  • Sydney/Nadia: The first part of this post is Five time Nadia had less-than-sisterly thoughts about her sister, and my friends, it's worth checking out. Again, by [livejournal.com profile] kangeiko .
  • And the high roller, Sydney/Lauren: Boy, [livejournal.com profile] femslash04 was killer, eh? Before I was even "involved" in fandom, I had these fics printed out and in binders so that I could read them in school. Oh yeah, I was hardcore. We've got The Art of Driving by [livejournal.com profile] yalena78 , who brings us Lauren and Sydney confronted with the past of Julia Thorne. And how about Another Girl's Paradise by [livejournal.com profile] coffeeandink ? It's Julia/Not-Sydney and Lauren, desperate for anything - a connection - and sex, definitely that. Then if you're like me and you get breathless over masterful use of fragments and parenthesis, you can't possibly afford to miss Stasis by [livejournal.com profile] katjanka . It's brutal and sexy and... I don't think I have the words to do it justice, honestly. Then there's another fic from off-lj that I've enjoyed: Tense and Skin by Vanzetti. Lauren and Sydney moving in their constant dance around Michael...

  • Since this fandom is still relatively small, I'd say its hard to find excellent fiction for it, especially femslash. However, [livejournal.com profile] jengrrrl 's The human heart in conflict with itself (Sarah/Heather) is probably the best of that pairing, from what I've read. It takes careful consideration with the canon and weaves fiction throughout it.
  • As for other pairings, I'd suggest Temptations and Sins (Nicki/Sarah) by [livejournal.com profile] femmequixotic . Aside from the fact that this was written for me for Yuletide last year, its absolutely STUNNING. The incorporation of biblical images and verses bowled me over.

  • I've found it nearly impossible to find Classic Degrassi femslash, but [livejournal.com profile] takemeback wrote this great little Heather/Erika piece, Caged, Free (You and Me). It's obviously carefully researched and probably one of the rarest of pairings ever.
  • As the moderator of dtngfemslash, I see a lot of great stuff come through, with an incredible variety of pairings. These two, Fences by [livejournal.com profile] texaswatermelon (Darcy/Paige) and Doll Parts by [livejournal.com profile] brighteyedcat (Ellie/Paige) made it to my recs page: Check them out. The beauty of these stories is that you don't have to ship these to enjoy them. The writers bring you along for the ride and convince you along the way.
  • Of course, I would never be into Degrassi femslash at all if I hadn't read my first story, [livejournal.com profile] phaballa 's Good Girls Don't (Paige/Alex): a pinch hit that became Alex pondering all things Paige Michaelchuck.




  • Demi Lovato/Selena Gomez: I'm going to go ahead and say it. The best of this fandom is Evolution, by [livejournal.com profile] tamaraface . The story is so epic, it's beyond words.

  • Anna Poppelwell/Georgie Henley: Honestly, I don't know if anyone else writes these two Narnia girls, other than [livejournal.com profile] likecharity , but no one else should try. Behind Glass is the epitome of sexual tension and it should never be breached, that is, unless likecharity wants to write a sequel.

  • Tina Fey/Amy Poehler: [livejournal.com profile] sinful_caesar has the market cornered with her masterful, sexy and hilarious works Happy Pappy and the "sequel", ImPalin. These stories take "canon" and twist it deliciously on its head. The best part is, this reality is perfect plausible. The devil is certainly in the details in these stories. Not only do I feel like I'm there for the naughty bits, but all the goodies in-between.

  • I have to say, my exposure to Politic X probably ruined me for any other Scully/Reyes fiction, ever. Night Ride Across the Caucasus (an AU of 4-D), and the sequel Secret Bird, are so damn real that I'd be shocked if the author hadn't lived out every second of the stories. Which, considering the content, is a little impossible. There's a layer of myth included in the stories that usually isn't in fanfiction, usually reserved for the levels of REAL fiction. Believe me, it's appreciated. Her other S/R fic, Six Keys, is a joy to read, and god, is it sexy. On the other hand, Reverie is dark and creepy and wonderful.
  • Some other Scully/Reyes fics that managed to sink in are Empty Corners by [livejournal.com profile] mandysbitch , where Reyes is mourning and Scully is the one to save her, for once. There's also what's left is magic by [livejournal.com profile] mazily , where doctrine meets chaos and love blooms.

  • I have a serious thing for Rogue/Kitty. It almost doesn't matter what universe. I look for it everywhere. First, two short pieces by [livejournal.com profile] maharetr : Push/Pull and Under Her Skin. I especially love the hair and skin imagry since senses are especially key in this pairing.
  • I'll finish off this post with three recurring favorites. Smudge by [livejournal.com profile] salmon_pink is a sexy romp featuring chocolate and untouchable girls. Lips Like Morphine by [livejournal.com profile] brighteyedcat is an epic little AU where Rogue gets some balls, and not Bobby's. See What you Want by escritoireazul is all about the pain of wanting someone you can never have.

*x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] femslash_recs
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I'm offering low prices/discounted shipping on some stuff from my library that I decided to clear out.

New Items: (average used price + shipping)
+ Heroes Season 1 - going out in the mail on Monday
+ The Tailor of Panama
+ August Rush
+ The Majestic
+ Infamous
+ Chaim Potok, The Chosen
+ Jon Katz, Geeks
+ Norma Fox Mazer, Missing Pieces
+ Jack Finney, From Time to Time

Used Items: (free! + shipping)
+ Green Green (complete)
+ Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - claimed!
+ Robot Chicken, season one - sending out on Monday
+ CutThroat Island
+ Kathryn Wesley, The 10th Kingdom (novelization)
+ Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus - claimed!
+ Sylvia Brownrigg, Ten Women who Shook the World
+ Francesca Lia Block and Carmen Staton, Ruby
+ The X-Files: The Haunting (TPB)
+ The X-Files: Night Lights (TPB)
+ Buffy: Out of the Madhouse
+ Buffy: Ghost Roads
+ Buffy: Sons of Entropy
+ Buffy: Unseen, Door to Alternity
+ Buffy: The Book of Fours
+ Star Wars: Incredible Cross-Sections - claimed!
+ Star Wars Episode 1: The Visual Dictionary - claimed!
+ Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
+ Celia Rees, Witch Child
+ More Ghost Stories (YA)
+ The X-Files (PS1 game + guide)
+ Lee So-Young, Model (Books 2 and 3)
+ Ruby Vise, Peculiar Passions or the Treasure of Mermaid Island
+ Eleanor Estes, The Tunnel of Hugsy Goode

I also like trades, which can be negotiated. *grins*


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