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So the first thing I have to tell you is WIP. That is important. That way your annoying but adorable toddler will not end up saying "Mama, are you say 'AAAAARGH!'? Whyyy?"

Mama are say "AAAAARGH!" because the story I am about to link is a WIP. Now you have been warned.

It is so worth reading anyway. I will also warn you that the first two or three chapters are just okay. They are fun in the way that ordinary, not particularly great His Dark Materials AUs are fun, with the Sorting Hat/Buzzfeed quiz element plus the adorable animal friends thing. Also I am of course a sucker for Hispanicized AUs. Even if the Spanish is terrible. (It is terrible.)

But then….but then…I was sort of half-assedly reading, I haven't been much into fic these days, it hasn't been speaking to me, but this got recced so I took a look at it, and slowly…holy shit, I got sucked in so bad and it got so good and then pulled up short with an "AAAAARGH!" Because really. Think about it. What place needs, really needs, an experimental theologian more than Night Vale?

He Says he is an Experimental Theologian, by SailorPtah.

I started reading it before listening to the last episode and I think it hit me even harder because of that. Because Khoshekh is Cecil's daemon. (Of course he is.)
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The Runaway Bunny is more or less the same as the original. Not that it isn't horrific, but really, there's just not much you can add to that one.

The Hunger of the Caterpillar may give you nightmares, depending on how you feel about insects, and also diets that you have been on.

Oh, The Places You Went will point out that life is a waking nightmare. I also recommend this comment.

The Gifts of the Giving Tree has been podficced by [personal profile] jedusaur.
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In case you're not on Twitter: have you seen this amazing Pinterest board?

Barrayar Dreaming
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[personal profile] wired wrote the most fascinating post about the difference between good, kind, nice, and polite.

I try to be kind. Pretty much all the time. It's probably not for me to say whether I succeed, but I try, and I feel pretty good about it.

I have good impulses, but especially now, I don't have the time or energy to back them up, and it makes me sad.

I'm not nice.

I do polite about the same way as I do juggling. Which is to say, I do it better than a number of people, because a number of people - mostly guys, because guys are often not required to - have never bothered to put in so much as an afternoon's worth of time in trying to learn how, and I've spent years practicing. But almost anyone who does bother to put in an afternoon's worth of time practicing will be better at it than me, because I naturally suck at it. Just don't have the reflexes. I keep practicing, though, because it's interesting and opens up opportunities in life to me.

Note: I am probably wrong about all of the above, as [personal profile] wired notes, this sort of self-evaluation is exceptionally vulnerable to Dunning-Kruger delusions. (Also, why I don't care about your star sign, your birth year, or your ENBP or BPJT or TLXA or whatever the hell it is test result thing.)


Jul. 15th, 2012 11:42 am
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I know I tweeted this already, but these are the best thoughts yet on Brave.

On another note, though, spoilers )

Also, that was totally Ancient Scottish Burning Man she fucked off to, right? I wonder if all the [spoilers] in Ancient Scotland who didn't go celebrated the annual Festival of Parking And Being Able To Get Into Restaurants like we do around here.
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So apparently all I do now here is talk about the Junebug and second [personal profile] thefourthvine's fic recs. Which is good, because at least the baby posts are adding some value! Basically if you don't care about babies you should probably be reading [personal profile] thefourthvine instead of me. I say this in a selfless spirit of giving.

So, like the lady said, you gotta go read Only Good for Legends, by [personal profile] leupagus. Look, do you want to read some of the oldest school slash possible, by which I mean Kirk/Spock? Okay, how about if I tell you it's an AU where Spock is a police detective? Not good enough? What about if I tell you it's a Bechdel-compliant AU where both of the main characters' mothers are 1) alive 2) significantly appearing in this story & 3) significantly awesome*? Did you want to read that OH YES I THINK YOU DID. This story just flipped my shit out from about page three when you meet AU!Spock and he smiles. How creepy is that? TOS!Spock's smile creeped me out so bad! It was unnatural! He was not supposed to smile! In the series, I mean. I think it was in that episode where the flower people roofied them and it was just like, this is wrong. I loved old Spock's smile in the reboot, though, where he meets new Spock and just grins at him all, what up Mini-Me? I nearly teared up, man. I mean, old Spock - I grew up with him, and he was so repressed, and so self-hating, and his squashing down of all his emotions into a tiny little festering gob was his rejection of what he and everyone else on his planet considered his inferior human half; and then to run into him decades later and discover that he can just smile whenever the hell he feels like it now, because he's found a way to make peace with both halves of his heritage - well. I would love like hell to see an It Gets Better Star Trek video with old and new Spocks in character, is all I'm saying. Especially now that Zachary Quinto has come out. And especially since the scene would inevitably be stolen by Mr. Hikaru "It's Okay To Be Takei" Sulu and his naked, oiled chest.

But in this story Spock smiles all the time and it's great.

*I have one slightly spoilery issue with this, which is that Jim Kirk's mom takes part in that trope where she's awesome because she rejects femininity. Which as [personal profile] giandujakiss points out is infuriating in that society shoves you into these roles and then punishes you for playing those roles. But also punishes you for stepping out of them. It sucks. ("Here's what you should do, ladies! Except when you shouldn't and are a bad person for listening to us!") And it kind of sucks that Winona is portrayed as cool because she sneers at women and girl things and demands female strippers like a guy would even though there's no intimation that she's actually sexually into women at all, it's just cool because she's taking on the socially higher-status role. But! This is the exciting thing about having a story with more than one woman in it! Winona is cool like that. But T'Pring is cool in a different way! And T'Pau is badass in yet a different way, and Amanda is cool in a different way, and of course Uhura is cool in her very own way as well, and so, it's not like, Winona is how women are supposed to be cool. It's just that Winona is how Winona is cool. That's nice.
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Way too late for Halloween of course! But I am reminded that Dr. Sheila Addison wrote about how family therapy can help when someone you love is a zombie.

....come to think of it, this is also relevant to Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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[personal profile] thefourthvine did a recs set of Stories That Will Make You Uncomfortable And You Will Love It. And I must second the recommendation for "The Death of Narcissa Black: A Potion." Because it is amazing and terrible. And, you know, not that it resonates or anything. hahaha*sob*

The other thing I've been reading is Fearless Formula Feeder. Cause it turns out when I'm back at work I can't pump enough to feed the kid exclusively on milk. And yes, it cost me a few tears. I honestly do not think that formula is a bad thing. But I suspect there's an instinct to feed your kid and to freak out if you feel like you can't. At least until it sinks into your brain that the kid is still getting fed.

You know, though. One of the things that blogger says is a reason not to breastfeed, is that it makes the mom have to be the primary caretaker, and that it doesn't allow the other parent to bond with the baby as well. I call bullshit. You know what makes the mom be the primary caretaker? The fact that the mom is so frequently the only one who gets leave. When we brought the Junebug home from the hospital, and Mr. E and I were both on leave, I barely changed a diaper until he went back to work. I handled input, he handled output. When I was having trouble nursing: if I was nursing and crying, he was sitting next to me on the couch, holding my hand, getting me drinks, taking the baby out of the room so I could get a break and sleep for an hour. He's always been better at swaddling the Junebug and he's probably better at getting him to go to sleep. I would not be nursing today if it hadn't been for Mr. E, he was the key to making that work. My going back to work has been 1000x easier because Mr. E was actually able to split his leave and so I have left the baby home with his dad for a few weeks, which means I know he's okay as I adjust to being back at work. And so few dads have the option of being there for their families like that.


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