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...but there's something disheartening about realizing that I haven't written anything about Half-Off Ragnarok yet, when she has another book coming out in two weeks.

(I know Sparrow Hill Road was previously available online, at least largely [?], so it technically isn't yet another book she wrote from scratch last year, but still. o_o)

[I will not write a longer post. I will not, I will not, I will not. I will go to bed like a vaguely-sensible adult.]

[Photography] Sky love, pt II

Apr. 23rd, 2014 10:31 am
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In random news,
I have over 1,100,000 words up on AO3 now.
My original fiction is the most popular fiction in the original fiction (by kudos and comments - not that this is a barometer of quality).
But it's nice to see it trending in the top,
above 6,000 other works.
Now if only I can translate that to a career.
(I shall be opening a Patreon account soon).





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I mean I really am,
I take more cloud and sky photos
than I do anything else really.
So much that I now need my own folder for it.
But can you blame me?
Perth shows off.





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[England 2014] London Part I

Apr. 23rd, 2014 09:21 am
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I actually was only in London for a night,
and I was there to visit a friend.
And I was also tremendously ill.
So I wasn't able to do any of the tours or anything,
but still, I managed to see some things. :)





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Apr. 22nd, 2014 11:53 am
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And then this morning I got a job offer from one place and an interview request from another.

They were very gracious when I told them I had just received and accepted a promotion. Neither would pay as well as here, and both were about the same rank as the job I'm moving into, so it was no great loss. Also I didn't really want to move to Minneapolis. It's a lovely town! But Chicago is more convenient.

Apparently it will take a significant amount of power to kick free of Chicago, but at this point I'm disinclined to try. NO. I SHALL NESTLE DEEPER IN THE SERPENTINE BONDS OF THE WINDY CITY MONSTER.

Books I have skimmed

Apr. 22nd, 2014 12:19 am
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For quals, that is, and more to remind myself that I got quite a bit accomplished in a short amount of time and I should be able to do just as much in the next couple of weeks.

NON-FICTION

Benedict Anderson, The Spectre of Comparisons: Nationalism, Southeast Asia, and the World.
Started off slow and I thought it was gonna be more of what he wrote in Imagined Communities, but really much more engaging and as Dr. G said, more interesting. Covers a lot of regions: Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia. Some interesting observation on historical trajectories of radicalism and independence.

Elleke Boehmer. Stories of women: gender and narrative in the postcolonial nation.
Mostly about how postcolonial writers write about women as stand-in metaphors for the nation and national identity. I'm not crazy about it because there was a lot of close reading of things I never read before.

Ketu Katrak. Politics of the Female Body: Postcolonial Women Writers of the Third World.
More stuff I never read before, more gender stuff, lots of things that we already talk about as women writers ourselves, idk.

Gayatri Gopinath. Impossible Dreams: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures.
Was afraid this would be more of the same, but not really. Diasporas trouble the concept of national identity; queerness does the same on the gendered national body. If the nation is gendered according to patriarchal norms, then queerness creates a destabilizing frame with which to approach and trouble national identity. Kinda cool, eh?

Khoo Gaik Cheng. Reclaiming Adat: Contemporary Malaysian Film and Literature.
So, adat, a thing I don't really understand but anyway, Khoo argues that modern media allows for the recuperation of adat. Lots of focus on Tuah/Jebat binary, critique of ketuanan Melayu, and Malay cinema as Cinema of Denial with tensions between adat, Westernization and Arabization. Put this way, the feeling I get from local writers querying me about whether mythological creatures in their SEAsteampunk submissions makes sense; I'd been worrying about getting more "magical East vs. technological West" stories as if magic stuff is really all Asian writers have to offer to the SFF ouvre, but set in a context of reclaiming adat it kind of makes more sense. Still, would like to see a good mix of hard science steampunk alongside fantastic myth steampunk.

Achille Mbembe. On the Postcolony.
I did not so much read this as skim it; lots of big statements, sweeping theory, very grand, very Africa-specific, many big words I could not handle at this point in time.

Martin Barker. The New Racism: conservatives and the ideology of the tribe.
Less a theory about race than an examination of the rhetorics surrounding the many justifications of racism and xenophobia (this was written in 81). Really goes in deep talking about Hume and sociobiological stuff.

Amin Sweeny. A Full Hearing: Orality and literacy in the Malay world.
A look at how oral culture remains steeped even in the print culture of Malay storytelling. Not sure I buy the argument but it's pretty interesting!! I thought I could buy it especially when thinking about Twitterjaya but hrm, I just don't know.

Sulastrin Sutrisno. Hikayat Hang Tuah: Analisis Struktur & Fungsi.
The prof loaned me this book just to see how I'd react to it, and it was strange. Apparently it was a really big deal when it first came out! Because it was the first time anyone had ever thought to analyze Hang Tuah using structuralism. And I don't like structuralism. It's got diagrams and shit. Also a handy summary of the whole hikayat. Which was kind of strange. Lots of things I don't recognize from the usual Hang Tuah stories. Also a genre discussion because genre discussions never die.

FICTION:

Keris Mas. Jungle of Hope. English translation of Rimba Harapan by Adibah Amin.
I really liked it! It was slow, as most of these things are, but I really liked the ensemble cast. I've never been bothered by shallow head-hopping, especially when it's done to show how complex people are. It ends at the point of tension, but it's a long-term sort of novel which also hits my buttons.

Somerset Maugham. "The Force of Circumstance"
Racist white woman can't handle that her racist white husband had a Malay live-in mistress and three kids before she came along. It's too bad because they are so very in love. She might not even be racist but for constantly calling the Malay woman "black" and it was kind of jarring to see the N-word being used.

---. "Footprints in the Jungle."
Murder mystery! Telegraphed whodunit from page three!

---. "The Yellow Streak."
Yellow streak referring to the Malay blood in the main character who has some crazy white anxieties about being tainted by his mother's blood.

---. "The Outstation."
The classist snob versus the racist bully. Classist snob has principles informed by noblesse oblige adopted from his aristo friends; racist bully has a chip on his shoulder because he's a white dude born "in the colonies" so not as good as a ranking officer or whatever. The latter gets killed. He had it coming.

Fatima Busu. Salam Maria.
Posted about it earlier. I'm not crazy about it, but then I am not crazy about cardboard characters and special snowflake figures.
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Of the things I meant to do this weekend (which is just ending today, because [personal profile] scruloose and I are both in the fortunate position of having Easter Monday off), I did...hardly any. Um. I did get a reasonable amount of freelance work done, but not as much as I'd hoped, and...I watched everything I meant to watch? I guess that's something?

The watch list was: [personal profile] scruloose and Kas and I did successfully show Pacific Rim to [personal profile] wildpear and her husband last night (Sunday, that is), and [personal profile] scruloose and I caught up on the latest episodes of Hannibal, Parks and Recreation, and The Good Wife, and saw the Orphan Black premiere, and I saw this week's Game of Thrones and, just now, Warehouse 13. (Somehow [personal profile] scruloose has wound up watching current episodes of Hannibal, Parks and Recreation, and Person of Interest with me, despite not having seen more than a few glimpses of Hannibal S1 or PoI S1-2, and having seen P&R only intermittently.)

I even have thoughts on a few of those (to add to the growing list of things to post about), but so far the only thing I have notes on other than Cap 2 (and they're sketchy at best) is tonight's episode of W13.

Winter Soldier appears to be showing in 2D as well as 3D now, and if it's still playing next weekend and I'm not swamped, I may make a bid to see it again. I've now seen a few movies in 3D when I've had no alternative, but the only one where I thought it was any sort of benefit was Pacific Rim; I didn't find it made much difference one way or the other with Frozen, and I would've been much happier to get Winter Soldier in 2D, but on opening weekend that wasn't an option.

...that was a long tangent, but what I actually meant to write about really does just boil down to "and I didn't manage anything else I wanted to", which there isn't much to say about anyway. I do wish I'd at least managed to get enough sleep to feel rested, but no.

I don't know--can lethargy be contagious? Because poor [personal profile] scruloose did in fact come down with a cold, and has had it for the entire four-day weekend; as of when he went to bed tonight, it hasn't started easing up yet. :/

So far I have no symptoms, so I'm hoping I've dodged the cold; I don't exactly get sick days at Casual Job, but then, I can hardly ever remember anyone--including the full-time staff, who do get sick time--calling in sick during a work session since I started working there in 2009. It's just not done. And it's the oddest sort of mood about it in the office, because there's no external guilt about the idea. No one says or implies that it'd make more work for everyone else if someone's not there, and when someone can't be there for whatever reason, nobody ever makes comments about it. We all know whoever it is would be there if they could. cut for a bit of length, including a quick tangent into adaptation work and a bit of navel-gazing )

Anti-procrastination Tuesday 4/22/14

Apr. 21st, 2014 11:11 pm
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Is there something you've been procrastinating on? Something that really needs must be done, but is kind of a pain in the tuckus? Today's challenge is to do That Thing.

Go team, go! We can do it together!

NOTE: Optional 5 minute challenge for those who just do not have the brains for this challenge, because it is just too much. (Which is totally okay.) Spend 5 minutes dealing with paper. Recycle, shred, trash, sort, file, pay, respond. Or even just get it all into one pile to cut down on clutter. 5 minutes totally can make a difference!

(I'm off to bed. See you later in the comments!)
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The last part.
These two continue to rock my socks,
even as I type this out and code it all
Moet is lying on the chair next to me.
Katt expressed surprised at just how social they were the other day,
but I take it for granted. They like people. They're good for us.
And I like to think we're good for them.


Lazy days. And for those of you who knew Maybe from the beginning, you'd know what a treasure it is to see her able to relax her body like this.




This door is always open. )
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Life conspired against me last year, and
subsequently I was still taking a lot of photos
(mostly on my iPhone actually, for convenience)
but I wasn't processing them or putting them up.
But everything is processed now, and so...
I'm catching up on some old journalling habits.


Get a cat today! Convenient remote control holder!




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Blog hop: on writing

Apr. 14th, 2014 02:00 pm
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I am doing a blog hop thing! I was invited to do it by Shannon Phillips, who has a story in a new anthology from World Weaver Press. It is like a promotional meme — you answer a bunch of questions about writing and then you link to other writers and tell people about them — so here goes.

This is Shannon Phillips:

Shannon Phillips lives in Oakland, where she keeps chickens, a dog, three boys, and a husband. Her first novel, The Millennial Sword, tells the story of the modern-day Lady of the Lake. Her short fiction has been featured in Dragon magazine, Rose Red Review, and the upcoming anthology Fae from World Weaver Press.

And these are the questions she sent me!

 

1) What am I working on?

I’m working on yet another revision of my Regency fantasy of manners about England’s first black Sorcerer Royal. This has been my main writing project since late 2012, but in intervals between working on it I’ve also been working on Space Villette (not its real title), a novella based on Charlotte Bronte’s Villette, but with a space opera setting influenced by the early kingdoms (or should I say mandalas?) of maritime Southeast Asia.

Well, I say it is a novella, but it’s almost 30k words in and the Lucy Snowe character hasn’t even started to make googly eyes at the M. Paul equivalent. That said, I plan to rewrite the whole thing from scratch once I’ve got the first draft done, so pretty much everything I say about it now should be discounted!

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

All of my stories are about colonialism. I guess the most obvious point of difference is that the main characters are usually non-white. To the extent that I can, even when I am playing with very Western/Eurocentric genres or tropes, I try to infuse my stories with a non-Western sensibility, to refocus the narrative around characters who aren’t as often in the spotlight in English-language fiction. I don’t know how successful I am at doing that, but I keep trying.

Of course, when I am actually writing my main goal is not to make some big political point or other. My main goal is to write as many long rambling conversations and dumb jokes as people will let me get away with.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I remain profoundly shaped by my childhood reading and am processing it the best way I know how. I got told a lot of stories by my mom that I want other people to hear. I like reading long rambling conversations and dumb jokes myself. I think comfort reading shouldn’t come in just one flavour, or have just one kind of character as the focus. I’ve got a niche and I might as well keep going with it. History is interesting. I can’t write other stuff — I mean, in theory I could write a baseball economics book instead, but I don’t understand baseball or economics.

Lots of reasons!

4) How does my writing process work?

(i) Do anything except writing for as long as I can.

(ii) Bash out some hasty words just before bedtime, when I can no longer put it off.

(iii) Repeat the next day.

I generally take off one day a week, and don’t tend to write on holidays or if I’m travelling.

 

I’ve tagged the following authors, who will be posting the meme next week:

Alexandra Singer graduated from SUNY Purchase with a B.A. in Creative Writing. The is the author of the ongoing independent comic, Sfeer Theory. An avid fan of historical fantasy and fairy tales, her short stories have been featured in publications such as Chamberton Publishing’s Spotlight anthology and Crossed Genres Magazine. Her blog is at http://moonsheen.dreamwidth.org.

Eve Shi is an Indonesian writer. Her YA supernatural/horror novels are available in Indonesian bookstores. She’s working on more books of the same genre, as well as planning to write books in other genres.

Mirrored from Zen Cho.

moonvoice: (calm - nacreous noctilucence)
[personal profile] moonvoice
I like macro photography,
it recalls my early childhood,
when I would spend hours just staring at small things in the garden.
And now I have an excuse to stare at small things again.
It's rather wonderful.


Sneaking up on a sleeping fly.




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More from the garden.
These were my first attempts.
I'm using an Olloclip, which is a small phone attachment
that attaches to the iPhone.
I have a ton more but I'm trying to do these in order.
Man I actually have a lot of photos to put up in general so if you find these tedious
or unwelcome, you don't have to follow me <3





It is in the small things that one will often find the truth. )
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Towards the end of our trip we were seeing a lot of Simon's family,
and he hails from Barnetby, and he has family and friends in Messingham,
and their local ocean stomping ground was Cleethorpes and such.
It was cold, despite the blue skies (actually colder, because there
were no clouds to hold in any humid air or warmth)
but it was a good day.





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