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Battle 5/11 (The Three Lands: Breached Boundaries #4) [Patreon fiction]

The best way to hide may be in plain sight. Or perhaps not.

In order to reach refuge in the north, Serva must travel through a land controlled by the Prince of Daxis, who has already risked war in order to capture her. Outside Daxis, Serva may be able to claim the title of daughter of the King of Daxis, but here in Daxis she is merely an escaped slave, in danger from her cousin the heir.

Her escort is untested, while her own knowledge of Daxion geography is slight. Matters worsen when the Prince extends his reach to catch them on the very border of their crossing. . . .

"It would be best to learn the lay of the enemy."

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NSFW 20 April 2019 11:31 am
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20 April 2019 08:47 am
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Sign ups are open for Not Prime Time and instructions for it are here. They'll close on April 30th.

I actually finished season 2 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in 2 days and it was wild, but I loved it. I hope there's a season 3.

I also got HBO streaming so I can watch the last season of Game of Thrones. The best part though is how many movies I want to watch/haven't seen are on it, that aren't on Hulu or Netflix. Score!

Anniversary, Cecilia Woloch

20 April 2019 06:54 pm
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Didn’t I stand there once,
white-knuckled, gripping the just-lit taper,
swearing I’d never go back?
And hadn’t you kissed the rain from my mouth?
And weren’t we gentle and awed and afraid,
knowing we’d stepped from the room of desire
into the further room of love?
And wasn’t it sacred, the sweetness
we licked from each other’s hands?
And were we not lovely, then, were we not
as lovely as thunder, and damp grass, and flame?

Tina (musical)

20 April 2019 04:46 pm
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Been relistening to the Tina recording, have a few more additional thoughts from my last post.

Mainly, about the show's use of "Proud Mary". Another of my favourite Tina songs and I was looking forward to it, but dang the stage context. It's set smack dab at the height of Ike's abuse, where literally after Tina attempts to overdose and is revived at the hospital, she is forced to get up and perform. The musical depicts this semi-symbolically, with siren sounds and Tina standing upright but dazed as doctors & nurses surround her, stripping her down to her underwear (complete with wig removal) then dressing her back up in her stage clothes, just as her mom orders her to go on stage. She sobs a little, and then smooths her face over and goes into performance mode. "You know... every now and then I think you might like to hear something from us... nice and easy..."

I was very much thinking of her (first) autobiography, where she explains in detail the physical toll on her mind & body during that period of her life, so there's whiplash at very direct depiction of what she had to endure off-stage to perform on-stage, and it made me feel kind of that I shouldn't applaud, or even enjoy the performance. Which was made more disconcerting because at least one person in the audience whooped in recognition when the song started, while I was still going D:

That discomfort seems to be point, though, which I find interesting! Can/should we enjoy art if we know the context behind its creation, when at the same time we're being called to enjoy the literal performance that the actors are putting on in front of us? Plus the real Tina herself divorced the songs from their context in that era, so there's those layers and I dig it?

I'd watched a few interviews with the creative team back when the promo machine was warming up, and they mostly focused on the empowerment aspect of the show and seemed to skirt around Tina's earlier history with naive-sounding questions, which frankly irritated me, but in retrospect, I can see that the neutral questions were more an awareness of how that platform wasn't the place to talk about abuse & domestic violence in a meaningful way, so they kept the questions flat. And, likely, they decided to let the show speak for itself. Much like how Tina is very candid about what she went through, the musical seems to be taking a leaf out of this and being candid as well, albeit stylized.

Plus some other thoughts!
  • At one point the characters are listening to a radio and The Four Seasons's "Stay" is playing. It's used as setting, not a Jersey Boys reference, but I cracked up all the same.

  • Oscar Batterham's Australian accent is pretty damn decent. A little too clean, but that's usually the case with accents that are learned, plus it's way too easy to slip over into joke!Australian. Good job!

  • They don't resolve the emotional thread of Tina's relationship with her sons, Ronnie and Craig. I didn't register it until I listened to the whole recording in order, and how they neatly wrapped up the threads with Ike and Tina's mom before the finale, but the last we hear of Tina's sons is that they're unhappy at her workload and miss her, and then there's no more. I wonder if perhaps that is a bit sensitive due to Craig's passing. Maybe they'll fix it before they transfer to Broadway.

  • I really love the female duets, especially Tina & Grandma in "Don't Turn Around" and Tina & Rhonda in "Open Arms". Wish Tina & Alline had a duet, though.

  • So, like, Jersey Boys and We Will Rock You did the thing where they built anticipation to a specific Iconic Song by talking about it and referencing it before they actually perform it, the former being "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" and the latter being "We Will Rock You". Tina does this with "What's Love Got to Do with It?" by having other characters sing it in demos while she side-eyes them and that's just??? Really nice??? On a meta level it's super obvious because it really was her comeback song but it still gives me all the feelings!!!

Creative Jam

20 April 2019 12:21 am
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The April [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "Identity Crisis."  Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration.

What I Have Written

From My Prompts

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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] fuzzyred, there are 11 new verses in "A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life."   Kenzie tells Pretty Ears about the attack.

Poem: "The Blue Bird of Happiness"

19 April 2019 06:00 pm
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This poem came out of the November 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] gingicat. It also fills the "blue bird of happiness" square in my 11-5-19 card for the Family Ties Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fuzzyred. It belongs to the Mercedes thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "giant anything" square in my 9-30-18 card for the Fall Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fuzzyred. It belongs to the Big One thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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I am not Yours, Sara Teasdale

19 April 2019 09:41 pm
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I am not yours, not lost in you,
Not lost, although I long to be
Lost as a candle lit at noon,
Lost as a snowflake in the sea.

You love me, and I find you still
A spirit beautiful and bright,
Yet I am I, who long to be
Lost as a light is lost in light.

Oh plunge me deep in love—put out
My senses, leave me deaf and blind,
Swept by the tempest of your love,
A taper in a rushing wind.

Sonnet 17, Pablo Neruda

19 April 2019 04:28 pm
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I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz,
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as one loves certain obscure things,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom but carries
the light of those flowers, hidden, within itself,
and thanks to your love the tight aroma that arose
from the earth lives dimly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you directly without problems or pride:
I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love,
except in this form in which I am not nor are you,
so close that your hand upon my chest is mine,
so close that your eyes close with my dreams.

Notre Dame Fire Update

19 April 2019 12:23 am
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The fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral was probably caused by an electrical short.  France has already announced a design contest for a new spire.

still angry about The Magicians

19 April 2019 10:04 am
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so angry and this whole post is gonna be under a cut because I'm furious. Also because talking about death and phobia and narrative choices in that regard.

mostly eliot and margo )

Ant-Man & The Wasp

18 April 2019 10:10 pm
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New data for the unified theory of superhero films suggests being spoiled for stressful plot points increases enjoyment, but being spoiled for character moments and details decreases enjoyment. Data also suggests that there is a sweet spot between caring too much and caring too little. There is also stress with having the plot need to conform to an overarching storyline -- the Captain America: Civil War references stressed me the fuck out.

Overall: too much Pym, not enough Hope, no where near enough Janet, Ava is a character I want to read fic about but who didn't get the kinds of emotionally resonant scenes in the movie that I wanted her to have, Cassie got more to do and is great, loved the end credits, Luis and team remain my favs, and I am not sure which Scott pairing I like more: Scott/Maggie/Paxton, Scott/Agent Woo, or Scott/Hope. That's a lie, it's clearly some kind of communal living situation where Scott and Hope live in the same house as Maggie and Paxton and sometimes Agent Woo and Scott go out to dinner and Janet doesn't live there, but does have her own room that she stays in when she needs space from Hank. And Cassie has all the giant pet ants in the world.

I feel like I should have thoughts about how the movie explores people acting selfishly in ways that negatively impact those around them and how selfish quests endanger the lives of everyone else, but the movie didn't really stick the landing on that, so why should I stick the landing on analyzing it?
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Friends I am so sorry about The Magicians. I haven't watched season 4, and probably won't now.

It feels like the 100 all over again and it sucks so much.

I want better for us.