Feb. 18th, 2019 09:30 am
lotesse: (freedom)
Going to the anti-Trump "emergency" protest at the Federal Plaza in a few hours.
lotesse: (narnia)
One of the reasons why it took me several years to produce the followup to my 2015 yuletide TDiR fic -- in addition to computer-related mishaps -- was that, just as I'd finished my research and felt up-to-snuff on 1980s Welsh devolution politics, the Brexit referendum vote split the UK's political firmament. And, all of a sudden, writing about the adulthood of a contemporary son of Arthur felt different. Now that Brexit is imminent, of course, I'm right back to it. It really is peculiar, going head-down in the Matter of Britain while the last vengeance of Imperial madness threatens to wreck the islands.

I was thinking about how fitting it is, really, that Arthur is based on no real figure of history. A fictional king. Charlemagne was real, and so was Hector; but Camelot does not appear to have been a place. I'm interested in stories of history that have calcified into legend, but also really interested in pseudohistories that manage to gain almost-factual status. I was sure, as a kid, that there would be a historical Arthur, same as there was a historical Jesus. Turns out, he's more like Moses, leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt when according to archaeological records they were not enslaved there in large numbers to begin with.

Would it have been better, in a long view, to lay aside fantasies of a British uniter? Though I know my own independence politics have undergone a revision in the last five years; before, I always would have supported a body seeking independence, but after seeing the degree of Russian ratfucking involved in referendums in ie Catalonia I'm no longer sure it's in the best interests of the world for us to be subdividing.

journaling

Feb. 11th, 2019 02:41 pm
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It's February and it's too cold to go outside. Read more... )

Feb. 10th, 2019 06:03 pm
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... I'm still Harris's voter to lose, but Amy Klobuchar using Dessa's "Bullpen" in her campaign announcement today was way boss.

Jan. 29th, 2019 12:00 pm
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(I feel all kinds of out of sorts, but I'm putting it on being housebound due to weather, and assuming that it'll be better by March at the latest.)
lotesse: (freedom)
The president of the US is tweeting climate-change denialism this morning. "Global Warming .... Please come back fast, we need you!"

Can this be over, soon? Not the climate change, I know it's too late for that now, but it's the salt in the wound.
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What hast thou found in the spring to follow (12917 words) by lotesse
Chapters: 3/5
Fandom: Dark Is Rising Sequence - Susan Cooper
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bran Davies/Will Stanton, Barbara Stanton/OFC
Characters: Bran Davies, Will Stanton, John Rowlands, Owen Davies, Alice Stanton, Roger Stanton, Barbara Stanton, Barnabas Drew (Dark Is Rising), Herne the Hunter
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Fix-It, Arthurian, Reunions
Series: Part 2 of Wherein was bound a child
Summary:

Whatever affair he was caught up in with Will Stanton, strange young man, both stranger and intimate, possessor of secrets Bran had not known he’d ever had, it was not ended. Something of himself he had left in England; and something of himself he had brought back, too. The name Pendragon: the very sea, frozen and still, seemed to be saying it over to him. Bran was listening, now. He was awake.

Jan. 22nd, 2019 09:05 am
lotesse: (freedom)
Here comes a new era of the US Supreme Court. It's a lot to swallow. Now that the Kavanaugh theft and installment is accomplished, the court is illegitimized, and has become a hammer of authoritarianism. The court just ruled for gender discrimination, against other legal precedents. I feel, again, that something must be done; but I don't know what.
lotesse: (Default)
What hast thou found in the spring to follow (6470 words) by lotesse
Chapters: 2/5
Fandom: Dark Is Rising Sequence - Susan Cooper
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bran Davies/Will Stanton, Barbara Stanton/OFC
Characters: Bran Davies, Will Stanton, John Rowlands, Owen Davies, Alice Stanton, Roger Stanton, Barbara Stanton, Barnabas Drew (Dark Is Rising), Herne the Hunter
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Fix-It, Arthurian, Reunions
Series: Part 2 of Wherein was bound a child
Summary:

Whatever affair he was caught up in with Will Stanton, strange young man, both stranger and intimate, possessor of secrets Bran had not known he’d ever had, it was not ended. Something of himself he had left in England; and something of himself he had brought back, too. The name Pendragon: the very sea, frozen and still, seemed to be saying it over to him. Bran was listening, now. He was awake.

Jan. 18th, 2019 07:37 pm
lotesse: (freedom)
The Special Counsel's office breaks their silence for once in a blue moon, but Buzzfeed is pushing back on the pushback and standing by their story? What's going on here? This really doesn't seem like any way to run a democracy. When is something going to give?

(If I stop fussing for a moment, I can actually see today as one of those give-and-take days where it doesn't feel like winning, but suddenly the conversation has moved three bounds ahead -- Joe Biden got roasted for "blurting" support of gay marriage, but then all of a sudden the administration was backing marriage equality and then there was Obergefell. So. Everyone calling for pre-impeachment investigative hearings ect sounds very reasonable at the moment, and last week maybe we weren't there yet.)
lotesse: (afrofuturist)
Wanna say w00t w00t to Buzzfeed for being a stellar example of the Millennial generation, busting norms, telling truths, and maybe making a difference if the adults decide to listen this time.

(seriously, the FYFNYT vs new media angle here looks ... interesting ....)
lotesse: (Default)
... it's not like I'm the princess of cleanliness. But I'm big on space aesthetics, and people tell me my rooms are always very good. At this point, I've also gotten very good at living functionally and aesthetically in small spaces with low budgets. So this is all very much stuff I think about.

It's also in my mind of late because I've been dealing more with other family cultures around stuff. Aesthetically, I'm very in line with my parents, and extended family - we're all semi-broke aesthetes with attractions to art objects, books, visual simplicity, and nature motifs, so there's a lot of overlap in what we consider treasures. Read more... )
lotesse: (Default)
I'm doing all right. What I'm doing is all right. I don't need to be afraid. I don't need to be ashamed. It is all right to have tried and failed. It is all right to keep going with the things I want to continue. I am not wronging anyone in the ways that I'm existing (I mean not more than I can help anyway, ethical consumption under late capitalism ect ect).

(just needed some reminders)
lotesse: (Default)
And all the sea were ink (959 words) by lotesse
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Tenar (Earthsea), Ogion (Earthsea), Ged (Earthsea)
Additional Tags: Magic, power, learning, Mentors, Transformation, Animal Transformation, Separations
Series: Part 2 of If all the world were apple pie and all the sea were ink
Summary:

She stared into the fire, trying to imagine it, to connect the impetuous boy in Ogion's story with the man she had met in the Undertomb on Atuan. Trying to imagine him slipping loose the bonds of his humanity, abandoning himself in favor of an animal shape, his hawk shape.

lotesse: (sorrow)
What hast thou found in the spring to follow (3510 words) by lotesse
Chapters: 1/5
Fandom: Dark Is Rising Sequence - Susan Cooper
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bran Davies/Will Stanton, Barbara Stanton/OFC
Characters: Bran Davies, Will Stanton, John Rowlands, Owen Davies, Alice Stanton, Roger Stanton, Barbara Stanton, Barnabas Drew (Dark Is Rising), Herne the Hunter
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Fix-It, Arthurian, Reunions
Series: Part 2 of Wherein was bound a child
Summary:

Whatever affair he was caught up in with Will Stanton, strange young man, both stranger and intimate, possessor of secrets Bran had not known he’d ever had, it was not ended. Something of himself he had left in England; and something of himself he had brought back, too. The name Pendragon: the very sea, frozen and still, seemed to be saying it over to him. Bran was listening, now. He was awake.

lotesse: (freedom)
The role of the New York Times in all of this is just so -- this "bombshell report," now, that in fact the FBI was targeting the President, when weeks before the election they fucking published an affirmative headline stating that the FBI was not investigating Trump. Who do these people think they are ?! This stamping of information as legitimate, apparently at random, seems like not at all a good way of doing things.

Jan. 12th, 2019 12:27 am
lotesse: (imagination)
(you guys I'm writing fic again it feels so good. I should go to bed now.)
lotesse: (mask)
If all the world were apple pie (1890 words) by lotesse
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ged/Tenar (Earthsea)
Characters: Ged (Earthsea), Tenar (Earthsea), Therru
Additional Tags: Implied/Referenced Child Abuse, Implied/Referenced Rape/Non-con, Dreams and Nightmares, Guilt, Feminist Themes, Baking
Summary:

It was not yet dawn when Ged woke, shaken, in their bed in the house of Ogion. Beside him in their bed Tenar lay sleeping, beautiful bright-shining dragon-wine-in-the-mouth Tenar, but he did not turn to look at her. In his dream, the spectre of Elfarran had had Tenar's face: Tenar's face as it had been when he'd first met her as a girl on Atuan, pale and weighed down with the heavy black inky fall of her hair, and she had wailed as the old gods he'd called up by his hubris had eaten her.

lotesse: (starmap)
What life would be like as one of your ribs (3143 words) by lotesse
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Battlestar Galactica (1978)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death, Rape/Non-Con, Underage
Relationships: Apollo (BSG 1978)/Starbuck (BSG 1978)
Characters: Apollo (BSG 1978), Starbuck (BSG 1978), Cassiopeia (BSG 1978), Baltar
Additional Tags: UST, Implied/Referenced Child Abuse, Implied/Referenced Rape/Non-con, Implied/Referenced Character Death, Sex Work, episode: s01e18 Murder on the Rising Star, Partner Betrayal, Two Truths and A Lie
Summary:

Two truths and a lie about “Murder On The Rising Star.”

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