Update

Jul. 5th, 2017 06:15 pm
novin_ha: Zuko is having all his feelings and I feel that ([avatar] zuko is completely calm)
Hi, been a long time.

What have I been up to this year? A lot of reading, a lot of working, not too much travelling (but some, though mostly locally).

I also finally edited the draft of one of our novels (sic!). So now it's semi-ready to send to like, friends, people, maybe potentially publishers (eek).

If you're interested in reading and letting me know what you think, feel free to ask! I'd love feedback. The blurb is below:





It's an f/f contemporary romantic comedy. It's funny (I think), with some touching moments, families, friends and it was written with the goal of being a comfort read. (It was certainly a comfort write*, if that's a thing.)

It's also a sequel to another book (novella) of ours, but that novella is waiting for another round of editing, is m/f romance, and doesn't need to be read for this one to make sense (there's very, very little overlap).

Okay, I'm off to happy dance. 
novin_ha: Destruction Girl Hotaru ([sailor] destruction girl)
I should probably try to post more generally, but I've been promising myself to do a book post for a while now. "I'll do it at the end of the first quarter" - never happened. "I'll do it when I finish Vorkosigans" - see above. Well, it's May Day, let's give the labours of the mind and imagination the steering wheel and celebrate the first four months in books.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with my reading so far this year. It's been very satisfying and I'm at a much better place, numbers-wise, than I was this time last year. I'm also pretty happy with the quality of the books so far: no utter fails, and only a few middle-of-the-road books.

All of the books, all of the books below.

Read more... )Currently reading: Tessa Dare's Any Duchess Will Do, Jo Walton's What Makes This Book So Great, and I've started Karen Joy Fowler's Sarah Canary, but I'm only at the beginning so far.

I'm also lazily and slowly reading assorted Hugo & Nebula-nominees and winners starting from 1986 (using my birth year for a convenient cut-off point) and I might post about how that's going at some later point. There's no particular goal to it, like "get to 50%!", just using it as a source of ideas for books to read; still, it's fun crossing books off.
novin_ha: Cylons say all you need is love ([bsg] love is all you need)
1. A long time ago, I used to have a livejournal, but maybe it's time to migrate. This might be temporary, but having a record seems attractive.

2. March was exhausting at work, partly due to pressure, largely due to health issues (sinus infection: -1000/10, would not recommend).

3. I did get a lot of reading done: mostly Vorkosigan saga, and my impressions are on my goodreads, but the general thing is: what an enjoyable, engrossing world, where the more you read, the more you care, and with characters that develop and grow increasingly complex. I'm currently on Memory (volume 10, though it depends how you count), taking some short breaks for brief fiction and to read one Tessa Dare romance (first Spindle Cove; I'm told books 2, 4 and 5 are where it's at, so I'm excited for that).

I think I'd like to read something about an AI character / with a major AI character afterwards, but I don't know what.

I'm also fancasting older Matthew Rhys as Aral Vorkosigan. (Wife's idea.)

4. That, by the way, is because March was also time for re-watching The Americans. We're at the beginning of season 4 now, and while this is hardly as game-changing as the rewatch of Justified we induldged in in January (which meant finally learning what Dixie Mafia was), there is more time to pay attention to certain details. Mostly: that Americans apparently think 1980s USSR had soft white toilet paper in prisons and private homes. (Most everything associated with Poland seems to be pretty inaccurate, by the way. The Polish is either mispronounced or Russian, and historical facts are stretched really thin.)

5. Otherwise, I spent a lot of time watching late 1990s/early 2000s TV series Any Day Now for my dissertation. It's so frustrating: the show had such potential, and some of the flashbacks are truly inspired, but the contemporary legal plotlines are painfully dated, boring and badly written. And now that we're on season 4, they recast child actors and the new ones are... not so great. I admire Wife for watching a lot of it with me. Though she does seem to remember she left something in the other room a lot when it's on.

6. We went to the cinema twice this month: to see Hidden Figures, on whose subject I don't have much to add, and Spoor. We enjoyed both. I highly recommend seeing Spoor at the cinema: even if one doesn't appreciate the admittedly imperfect plot / characterisation (which took some liberties with amazing source material of Olga Tokarczuk's novel), the cinematography, and nature photography in particular, are hypnotic.

(What should one know about Poland before watching Agnieszka Holland's latest? We have the largest and oldest forests in the EU, and some of the worst environmental protections, and the hunting lobby is practically our NRA.)
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice ([angel] joyful mysteries)
So this started with Renay's post of essential sff reads. Her list was sixty items long.

Mine is about half that. It only contains books I've read. I decided to limit myself to one entry per author, but to give alternative titles for most of the authors (because I always find it so arbitrary when comparing booklists and finding that one book by someone that I *didn't* read). In cases of book series, I always list the first volume (except if the series is made up of loosely connected stand-alones). In choosing the titles and authors, I was guided by my personal affection more than by buzz or critical consensus. In cases of magic realist fiction, I sometimes decided in favour and sometimes against including a title (so some of my favorite genre-adjascent authors and titles may not be here). The list is alphabetical. There's no urban fantasy / supernatural romance here, which I think tells me which genres I've been avoiding... My write-ups are personal rather than informative, because I assume the book descriptions are easy to find.

I will probably re-post this to my book blog later for easier linking.

the full list, all 30 authors, is under the cut )

novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice ([angel] joyful mysteries)
Since I'm recapping it for [livejournal.com profile] girlupnorth anyway, I decided to share the recaps here. Enjoy, if applicable.

Below: A Quick Recap of Episodes 2.01 and 2.02.
Recap under the cut. Spoilers for 2.01 and 2.02. )
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice ([angel] joyful mysteries)
Nie jestem specjalnie obeznana z muzyką, ani nie uważam swojego gustu za jakoś specjalnie wspaniały. Mam zarówno racjonalne jak i irracjonalne muzyczne uprzedzenia i czasami coś sprawia mi sporo przyjemności mimo, że wszyscy znający się na rzeczy mówią, że jest okropne. Poza tym nie słuchałam za wielu nowych płyt w tym roku: miałam kilka miesięcy, gdy za bardzo muzyka mi "nie wchodziła", a nawet jak wchodziła, to ominęłam nawet kilka nowych płyt znanych mi już wykonawców (właśnie odkryłam, że Rihanna zdążyła coś nowego wydać. I Pink też. O_O), a co dopiero nowości lub poznawanie nieznanych staroci. A fe!

Jedyna płyta sprzed 2012, którą przesłuchałam i zapamiętałam w tym roku pierwszy raz to Watch the Throne Kanye West & Jay-Z. (Swoją drogą: polecam, polecam, polecam.) (A ja przecież słucham popu a nie hiphopu.)
A nowe płyty z 2012 to:

Tori Amos Gold Dust
Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel Is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw...
Bat for Lashes The Haunted Man
Rebecca Ferguson Heaven (Deluxe)
Little Mix DNA
Madonna MDNA
Metric Synthetica
Alanis Morissette Havoc and Bright Lights
Amanda Palmer Theatre Is Evil
Lana Del Rey Born to Die: Paradise Edition
Regina Spektor What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
Scissor Sisters Magic Hour
Patrick Wolf Sundark and Riverlight

wrażenia pod cutem )
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice ([got] hipster icon)
Na odtrutkę po słabym sezonie Gry o Tron i słabym piątym tomie Pieśni Lodu i Ognia. Fik fluffowy, crackowy i poliamoryczny. Bez większych ambicji.
Nie zawiera: grittiness, realpolitik.
Zawiera: wszystkich sypiających ze wszystkimi, łącznie z shipami średnio lubianymi w fandomie (chociaż te chyba głównie jako tło).
AU do III, IV i V tomu (przynajmniej), spoilery jak wyżej, do tomu piątego włącznie. Jak łatwo się domyślić, wskrzeszam niektóre postaci, a inne uśmiercam lub pomijam. Całość ma około 13 tysięcy słów, ten rozdział: 1,800. rozdział 1; rozdział 2.
Ostrzeżenia: najróżniejsze shipy (również poliamoryczne). Brak nadmiernych ambicji literackich. Fluff. Śluby. Dzieci (traktowane instrumentalnie). Secondary embarrassment.

Strasznie przepraszam za atak sklerozy opóźniający wrzucenie tego rozdziału (ale chyba wszyscy i tak wolą Avengersów lub ME niż ASoIaF obecnie XD).

Podła, bezwstydna rozpustnica. )
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice ([got] hipster icon)
Na odtrutkę po słabym sezonie Gry o Tron i słabym piątym tomie Pieśni Lodu i Ognia. Fik fluffowy, crackowy i poliamoryczny. Bez większych ambicji.
Nie zawiera: grittiness, realpolitik.
Zawiera: wszystkich sypiających ze wszystkimi, łącznie z shipami średnio lubianymi w fandomie (chociaż te chyba głównie jako tło). Główny ship: Sansa/Jon/Daenerys.
AU do III, IV i V tomu (przynajmniej), spoilery jak wyżej, do tomu piątego włącznie. Jak łatwo się domyślić, wskrzeszam niektóre postaci, a inne uśmiercam lub pomijam. Całość ma około 13 tysięcy słów, ten rozdział: 3,600.
Ostrzeżenia: najróżniejsze shipy (również poliamoryczne). Brak nadmiernych ambicji literackich. Fluff. Śluby. Dzieci (traktowane instrumentalnie). Secondary embarrassment.

Jon nie był wojowniczą księżniczką, ale dzięki doświadczeniu w dostawaniu gorszej roli we wszystkim, jakoś radził sobie z tym obciążeniem psychicznym )
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice ([got] the question to ask oneself)
Na odtrutkę po słabym sezonie Gry o Tron i słabym piątym tomie Pieśni Lodu i Ognia. Fik fluffowy, crackowy i poliamoryczny. Bez większych ambicji.
Nie zawiera: grittiness, realpolitik.
Zawiera: wszystkich sypiających ze wszystkimi, łącznie z shipami średnio lubianymi w fandomie (chociaż te chyba głównie jako tło). Główny ship: Sansa/Jon/Daenerys.
AU do III, IV i V tomu (przynajmniej), spoilery jak wyżej, do tomu piątego włącznie. Jak łatwo się domyślić, wskrzeszam niektóre postaci, a inne uśmiercam lub pomijam. Całość ma około 13 tysięcy słów, ten rozdział: 3,600.
Ostrzeżenia: najróżniejsze shipy (również poliamoryczne). Brak nadmiernych ambicji literackich. Fluff. Śluby. Dzieci (traktowane instrumentalnie). Secondary embarrassment.

cudze wesele było mniejszym złem w porównaniu z własnym )
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice ([ga] dark sisterhood of pain)
So last year Grey's Anatomy had its "Once More With Feeling"; this year it did its version of my favourite Buffy episode, namely "The Wish". And it was awesome.

spoilers under the cut )
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice ([got] beggar king vs your worries)
Title: The Maid in the Castle
Author: [livejournal.com profile] novin_ha
Fandom: A Song of Ice and Fire
Part 2/2. Overall ~13k words long. Part 1 can be found here.
Warnings: Dub-con, mindfuck, corruption kink, the pairing. Sansa is relatively 'of age' but only due to manipulating the timeline.

The Maid in the Castle pt 2 )
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice ([got] armour of a lady)
This took me a gazillion years to complete and even more to post. But here it is, finally.

Slight spoilers up to ADWD, although it's somewhat AU. Sansa/Petyr Baelish and all that entails, i.e. definitely dub-connish. I don't think any other warnings apply, (unless you're very much squicked by menstrual blood). Large liberties were taken with the timeline to make Sansa older. Counting how much time passes within the fic might induce migraines.

Dedicated to [livejournal.com profile] girlupnorth, written at her request and beta-read by her. Any inadequate turns of phrase left are my own fault.

Title: The Maid in the Castle
Author: [livejournal.com profile] novin_ha
Fandom: A Song of Ice and Fire
Part 1/2. Overall ~13k words long.
Warnings: Dub-con, mindfuck, corruption kink, the pairing. Sansa is relatively 'of age' but only due to manipulating the timeline.


Without further ado, Petyr tells her many things, for a man so careful of his words. )
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice (Default)
The end of Women Love Fest is upon us, and I’m woefully behind, predictably enough.

For today, a short-ish update on the subject of endings. Mildly spoiler-ish for the plots of BSG and A Song of Ice and Fire [that’s the title of the series, not GoT!].

how their stories should end in the source text )

What about your dream endings for these characters (or for other ones as well)?
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice ([got] cersei)
W dniu dzisiejszym wrzucam fragmeny niezatytułowanego dotąd crack-fika do Pieśni lodu i ognia. Fik ten jest AU, spoilery (w tym fragmencie) do trzeciego tomu włącznie, w całym fiku do piątego.

Wszystko w ramach [livejournal.com profile] womenlovefest.


Kontekst: Myrcella bierze ślub z Edrikiem Daynem. Matka i żona dziadka wpadają z wizytą.

Gdybyś rzeczywiście wiedziała wszystko, to nie marnowałabyś swojego życia z jakimś tam mężczyzną. )
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice ([bsg] crack centurion)
Today I bring to you, unedited, snippets from a paper devoted to her. Spoilers for the entire BSG show.

Feminine behaviour )
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice ([got] cersei)
My second installment in the Women are Love fest.

Q&A type meta about Cersei. Spoilers up to ADWD.

Why not read her as she is written? )
novin_ha: Buffy: gotta be a sacrifice ([got] cersei)
A part of this great fandom initiative [livejournal.com profile] womenlovefest. A short meta about Cersei Lannister, specific spoilers as of book one, more generally spoiler-ish about her portrayal in general (although no specifics are provided about events later than GoT finale).

[Note: arguments about whether or not I'm right in my subjective views on the character, as well as disagreement about Cersei's character, is not welcome here right now. This is a squee post (even though it's in the form of an opinion piece) meant to celebrate and while I welcome debate in general (I thrive on polite confrontation until I get all stressed out) this is not the appropriate time and place.]

Cersei Lannister )

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