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Apr. 27th, 2015 07:39 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Devin, a trans man who is raising money for chest surgery that his insurance won't cover. You can read more and support Devin's surgery here. (Warnings for discussion of suicide in the post.)

[personal profile] maschalismos was recently diagnosed with lupus and fibromyalgia, and is struggling to cover medical bills for her diagnosis and for ongoing attempts at treatment. You can read more and help out with her medical bills here.

[livejournal.com profile] editrx has been struggling a lot lately, and is now facing hugely high water bills because of local polution, as well as a lien on her house for a property tax bill that has gone past due. She needs to raise $6K to keep her head above water. You can read more about her situation here and help her keep her home here.

[personal profile] mad_martha linked to Shelterbox, which is currently on the ground in Nepal, providing aid after the disastrous earthquake there on Saturday. Shelterbox provides temporary shelter, blankets, cooking and water purification supplies, and other necessities in the aftermath of a disaster (you can see a typical box here). You can read more about their work in Nepal and support the ongoing effort here.

Help For Free:

[tumblr.com profile] sabrinix has a survey up about how fandom slang changes over time, for a linguistics class she's taking. You can read more here and take the survey here.

[tumblr.com profile] fluorescentkeyboard linked to a survey about fandom community for a Media Systems & Texts class at MIT. You can read more and take the survey here.

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] heyj0ni is looking for a roommate, preferably one identifying as female, for a late July/early August move to the east Los Angeles or Pasadena area. She is fannish, queer-friendly, and will be starting medical school (so no heavy partying :D). Non-smoking, no cats or dogs. You can contact her at kellyjypark at gmail.com for more information!

[livejournal.com profile] off_coloratura is looking for a third roommate in a Rogers Park apartment in Chicago. $750/mo plus utilities (usually between $50-$100); a private room with shared bath, in-unit laundry, and two cats, close to the red line and grocery. You can view pictures and get more information here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!).
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We all know the drill. Have some links!

In book-delay news, Maggie Stiefvater posted today that the release of The Raven King (the final book in The Raven Cycle) has been postponed until February 2016. :/

Via [personal profile] telophase, Tor.com has "The Best AUs are Pacific Rim AUs", which includes lots of fanart. ^_^

Three cute links via [personal profile] jimhines:

--"Father And Daughter Find Baby Foxes In Their Backyard".

--"Russian Miner Spends His Breaks Taking Photos Of Foxes In The Arctic Circle". (This one looks familiar, so possibly I've link-blogged it before, but so cute!)

--Adorable pictures of pit bulls and cats cuddling.

Via Twitter: "27 Trees That Don’t Give A Fuck About You Or Anything That You Do". You go, trees.

[livejournal.com profile] siderea recently saw Vienna Teng perform live, and wrote a lovely (and informative, if you're not familiar with Vienna Teng's music) post about the experience, with a few video links.

Via Facebook:

--"Learning to speak the language of cats: How they’re actually telling humans what to do" is a Salon interview with the co-author of National Geographic's How to Speak Cat. Brief and interesting, although I am never, never going to understand when anyone insists that cats do not want their bellies rubbed. Full stop. Because sure, most cats clearly don't, but many never got that memo. Jinksy!bear adores having his belly rubbed. Why are the exceptions so rarely noted? ;_;

--"Winged Insects Built from Repurposed Computer Circuit Boards and Video Game Systems".

--"This Is What Plus-Size Clothes Look Like On Plus-Size Women".

--"I See Music Because I Have Synesthesia, So I Decided To Paint What I Hear". (Paintings of specific songs, and the post includes a link to the artist's Etsy shop.)

Sunday afternoon mishmash post

Apr. 26th, 2015 03:22 pm
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My sense of time is all distorted from spending so long thinking about so little other than work and work. It feels like a long time since I've posted; looking at the dates on my last handful of posts should have solved the question of whether it has been, but no. It just leads to vague contemplations of "what constitutes 'a long time', anyway?", which is less than helpful.

--Last night a friend (locked account, so not linking) tweeted about feeling creatively stuck right now, and added, "guess it doesn’t help that the time i have to work on my own stuff is so *limited*. hard to relax & let things flow :(" Which in many ways sums up the state of my brain right now, too.

--Yesterday I accidentally dozed/napped for an hour in the afternoon, and then did it again for four hours in the evening (from right after [personal profile] scruloose went out until shortly before he got back). It involved drifting almost into wakefulness often enough that I have no idea how useful it was as sleep, so even though I was clearly exhausted enough to need the rest, I can't help feeling like it was a waste. I could've read a book or something! ;_; (Additional data point for my own reference: I think was in bed for about eight hours and slept reasonably well, but am still tired enough today that I was nodding off at my desk again. Extra caffeine has been applied.)

--Yesterday was also the cats' second time having harnesses on, and their first time to both wear the harnesses for longer than a few minutes and at the same time (the first time we only had one harness on hand). They're not exactly enthused about it. Claud settled down faster than Jinksy did, which I suppose is just as well, since she's the one who desperately wants to get outside and explore the world. We suspect Jinksy will like it too, once we actually take them out, but he might not. OTOH, we'll be shocked if Claudia isn't wholeheartedly into it from the get-go. Maybe next weekend we'll actually take them out, once we've had them in the harnesses a couple more times and have maybe also attached the leashes.

--I finally got a haircut last week (first time since...August, IIRC?), and am SO HAPPY to have my hair off my neck for the first time in ages. (Oh, and I like the way it looks.) At least a couple of you also got cuts last week, IIRC, and I hope you're equally pleased with yours.

--In a bit of joyful (manga geeky!) news, ANN reports that there's a new chapter of Yotsuba&! for the first time in eight months! And every chapter gets us that much closer to eventually getting a new volume in English.

--Kas, [personal profile] seolh, and I have tickets to see Age of Ultron on Friday night. So far I've managed to avoid any significant spoilers, although I'm a bit floored by how many people have seen it already. People's non-spoilery reactions seem to vary wildly, which, if nothing else, should help me to go in with zero expectations. ([personal profile] scruloose's ever-increasing loathing of movie theatres and lack of real attachment to MCU mean he's passing on coming with us, leading to the mystery of whether he'll ever actually see it. He still hasn't seen Guardians of the Galaxy, for instance, even though we have the DVD; I saw it in Ottawa around when it came out, and we watch movies at home so rarely since there are so many shows in need of watching...)

--On a related note, I've suggested to Ginny that perhaps when she's living here for however long this summer, we should watch movies. ^_^ Our tastes don't always overlap enough for us to watch a whole show together, especially since she breaks up with media much more readily than I do, so it seems like the right time for All The Movies.

NPM, day 26

Apr. 26th, 2015 08:27 am
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I think it was [personal profile] icepixie who introduced me to this poem and poet. Thanks, you!

Quarantine - Eavan Boland )

cleaning spree---esque

Apr. 25th, 2015 01:40 pm
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Hey! So a lot of bad things have been happening to me and it's been rough, but you know, life goes on and of course my cleaning has slid.

I have a monster to-do list today and I'd love it if you cheered me on or told me what you're up to. I'll keep updating the post behind a cut to document what I got done, maybe even with before and after pictures—it's like cleaning porn is what I'm saying.

(Updating this post regularly also serves the sneaky purpose of making me take a break every hour or so, which I need because of my fibromyalgia.)

To Do )

NPM, day 24

Apr. 24th, 2015 09:58 pm
wintercreek: A heart drawn in the sand of a beach ([misc] *heart*)
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Because I missed observing Shakespeare's birthday yesterday.

In Shakespeare - James Richardson )
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hexed cover


Book: HEXED by Michelle Krys
Genre: YA paranormal
Series: The Witch Hunters book 1
USA Release Date: Currently available
Source: Won this in a giveaway from The Hanging Garden.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Recommended?: Not really. I'm tempted to try the next book in the series, but I was highly disappointed by this one, and am not sure whether I'll stick with it due to pacing issues and a horrible love interest treated as the Greatest Thing Ever.

Summary:

A spellbinding witchy series debut.

A stolen book. A deadly plan. A destiny discovered.

If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won't stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn't want to be her?

Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie's world, she learns that her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn't get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that's seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she's a witch too.

Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie is about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.


Review:

I really wanted to love this book. I love witches and witch stories, and all the buzz about this debut was amazing. Witches! Cheerleaders! Secret wars! Teenagers trying to save the world! This is going to be awesome!

It wasn't awesome. The pacing was weird, uneven, and did not do the rest of the book justice, because there is some interesting world building here, even if it sometimes strained my suspension of disbelief, and the potential for an exciting, wonderful story about a girl trying to save her mother and embrace her secret powers. And there are good things here, but the story kept kicking me out of my reading because the pacing was so uneven and awkward.

There are things I loved: Namely, Indie, our snarky, angry, sometimes whiny main character, who is annoying and obnoxious and obsessed with things I found completely unimportant in high school and absolutely wonderful. Her voice is the best part of the book by far; I am very interested in her story, and I want more, though I'm not sure I can ignore the problems I had with the book in order to read the next.

The world building is pretty awesome at times. Like I said, I love witches, and the magical world here is very interesting. Centuries old war, rules, powers that come and go -- I'm a fan. Unfortunately, the weird pacing buries the world building a lot of the time.

Some of the characters are fantastic. Indie, of course, but also her two girl friends, Bianca and Paige, are really interesting in very different ways. The villains are creepy and dangerous (if sometimes in ridiculous, over the top ways). Again, there's potential for so much more, and I want to keep going with the series to see more of this, except.

Except for the things I loathed:

There's a ton of body shame and girl hate between Indie and her friends, as well as Indie and her allies. That sucks.

The pacing, as I've already mentioned.

But besides the pacing, the biggest issue I had was with Bishop, who is one of the worst love interests I've seen in a long time. He's supposed to be this intriguing, dangerous, mysterious bad boy, but what he comes across as is a controlling asshole who needs to fuck off into the sea. His teasing comes across as cruel rather than fun and romantic, and he's basically a jerk at every turn. Ditch him, Indie. You deserve better.
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