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(feel free to link to anyone who might have thoughts ect)

I've been kicking a Mirror Dance AU concept around, but I can't get the MilSF plot elements wrangled enough to begin. I want Cordelia to go with Mark; tweak Aral's health status a little and it's more than believable. That's not the problem. It's the Jackson's Whole plot that I can't get into focus. Read more... )
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What hast thou found in the spring to follow (23697 words) by lotesse
Chapters: 6/?
Fandom: Dark Is Rising Sequence - Susan Cooper
Rating: Explicit
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, First Time
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; something of himself he had brought back. The name Pendragon: the very sea, frozen and still, seemed to be saying it over to him. Bran was listening, now. He was awake.

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What hast thou found in the spring to follow (19759 words) by lotesse
Chapters: 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, First Time
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.

Mar. 3rd, 2019 11:41 am
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I caught some Literary Theory Writing on tumblr this morning, and it got me thinking about periodization, and the problems it pushes critical discourse towards.

If I look, over time and space, at what human beings do with narratives, what I see is that techniques for producing strangeness and familiarity are used cyclically, depending on the needs of the age. Sometimes this is impacted by large events; but part of it is just the rhythm of fashion, like the 10-year oscillation of mini and maxi skirts. One of the things that human beings like is novelty - so we alternate favorite narratives and strategies. But the underlying drives and desires remain mostly the same, because on an evolutionary timeframe we are just about exactly like the human beings from long ago, made of the same biochemical stuff, endowed with the same genetic memories.

I think there is often a fundamental misattribution of attention in critical writing about the arts, that seeks to tie works toward a linear narrative of progress or development, and wants for politics to have been mirrored very directly and immediately in art, without consideration for the melange of historical influences that form a single human viewpoint. What is more interesting, to me at least, is to look at why and how the shifts take place. How the desires are rearranged, reprioritized, but do not ever really disappear.

(Frex, in fandom, there's maybe an interesting conversation to be had about the creative pendulum swing to the "put sex on it" attitude of the 00s to the "but what if ace?" approach that's increasingly popular. Both approaches to fanwork do the same base move, viz. upholding and indulging in a fantasy via extant characters. It's just that they're different sorts of fantasies; one of a world where sex was more free, more exciting, less painful, and one of a world where sex was less pressing, less present, less distressing. Pitting the one fantasy against the other misses the larger action of [women, nb people, transfolks] seeking to express a thing desired that is basically liberatory. Of course the antis are all out for a fight, so it's hard to have much discussion at all. Perhaps what I'm unhappy about, more broadly, is the tendency to stake out a narrow little piece of litcrit ground and then defend against all comers, when the flow of things is so much more wild and interesting than these grudgematches.)

Feb. 27th, 2019 12:25 pm
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Watching the Cohen testimony today. It's been a lot, praying it may be enough to get this avalanche started.

(Sometimes I want them all out, out, OUT, so insistently that it's like an itch or a shudder. Nasty criminal oligarch squatters.)

eta from twitter: 'A GOP lobbyist just told me @realDonaldTrump is in “complete disarray” and that he was “blindsided” by Cohen’s opening statement. Trump feels “betrayed” & is “absolutely furious.” Says Trump even wanted to fly back to US, and also didn’t know Cohen could bring evidence.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) February 27, 2019'
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What hast thou found in the spring to follow (16512 words) by lotesse
Chapters: 4/6
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.

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Help I have to make a narrative/setting decision and I'm stuck. If I have some twenty-something English kids going to a small art exhibition in Soho in the late 1980s, and I want to have them also go to a park, does it make most sense for me to send them to Regent's Park, Hyde Park or St. James Park? Can either be for lunch in the afternoon or later at night. Nature personification deities are involved, so location/resonance matters.

Feb. 18th, 2019 09:30 am
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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.)
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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.
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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 ....)
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... 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... )
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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)

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