HELLO FRIENDS. As a refresher, here is what we are doing: a super low-key but moderate accountability challenge where we just decide on the number of books we want to read in a month and also hold each other accountable for not buying even MORE books until we make a dent in our respective piles. So let's talk! I decided I wanted to finish Middlemarch and The Little Friend, and also read The Goldfinch. I... did not 100% succeed. I did finish both of those books! But I have not started The Goldfinch, because the day I finished The Little Friend my hold on the library's ebook of Americanah came in and I did not want to pass it up. (IT'S SO GOOD THOUGH, GUYS, YOU SHOULD ALL READ IT.) BUT I did not buy any new books! How about you? Did you read a book? Did you fail and buy more books? What are your goals for this month? Leave a comment below! If you didn't join us at the start of the month you can join now!
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( Jan. 27th, 2014 09:34 am)
Just a reminder that I am still accepting requests for valentines - I will probably send them out soonish so they arrive at their destinations in time! Leave your address in the comments, send me an email at anachronistique at gmail dot com, whatever works. VALENTIMES!
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( Jan. 14th, 2014 12:12 pm)
TIME FOR VALENTINES! I send them to anyone who wants one, because I love my friends and I think Valentine's Day should be about all the people you love in your life. Drop a comment (they're screened) with your address and I will send you one. I will send them internationally! Please do this even if you think I have your address, because I am disorganized.

No but seriously. I was chatting with [personal profile] fourteenacross today about how we were both super behind on our reading and, more specifically, have way too many books that we have bought but not read yet. And discussed doing a super low-key but moderate accountability challenge where we just decide on the number of books we want to read in a month and also hold each other accountable for not buying even MORE books until we make a dent in our respective piles. (My to-read stack is on top of my yarn bin. I can no longer lift the lid without causing an avalanche.) So I thought maybe I would open this up to people.

(Perhaps you are in grad school and reading books is what you do for most of your day. Perhaps you have a special budget set aside for books. Perhaps you are a speed reader. Perhaps reading is your only hobby. I congratulate you! I would also gently suggest that that's not precisely the spirit of this undertaking.)

So what I'm thinking is, post about the number of books you want to finish in a month - one is fine! if it's more than five, look back at that big parenthetical and reconsider whether you really need this! - with titles if you want, and then I'll post again at the end of the month and we can discuss how many books we got through and what we're looking at next. No pressure! Other than the shame of letting down your internet friends!

Thoughts? If it's just me and Kait that is A-OKAY.
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( Nov. 26th, 2013 04:57 pm)
I usually say if I had any superpowers I would want teleportation, and I mostly stand by that. But right now I wish I had the superpower to make my friends LESS SAD. As it is I will have to stick with goofy text messages, brunch dates, and capslocked instant messages about how great everyone is. (I also wish I could find people new jobs, but that is beyond

General life update: things are okay! I am currently at my parents' house for Thanksgiving and the family is already fighting, which is just peachy. But the dog still loves me, so all is well. The holidays are coming up WAY too soon and I am not at all ready. Work continues to be work, I can't be assed to come up with more than that about it. I had to get a crown, which was not as expensive as I thought it would be but still expensive enough that I don't think I can make my big UK trip next year as planned. I haven't been writing much and I am stalled as hell on my Yuletide but I am pretty sure I can churn out at least 1K once I'm back on a real keyboard (I am currently using my dad's netbook). I have been knitting a lot and I'm halfway through a hooded scarf that is hopefully going to be more cute than my usual babushka-style scarf wrapping. I saw THOR: THE DARK WORLD and I loved it to pieces even if it makes less sense the more I think about it, because JANE FOSTER!!!!!1! Living with [profile] barbed_whispers is awesome and delightful and we have superhero turkeys on our front door. Things are okay, mostly! I just have no idea what to get anyone for the holidays.

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( Oct. 13th, 2013 09:32 am)
HELLO, YULE FRIEND. First of all, thank you so much for signing up. I love Yuletide as a thing and it's such a fun experience, and I hope you enjoy writing for me. I really am very easygoing about gift fic, because it's a gift and that's delightful, so please take all of this as more guidelines than hard-and-fast rules. All of the scenarios outlined are meant to be helpful if you're completely blocked, but if you get a great flash of inspiration, please go with it!

I tend to be a pretty sunshine-and-rainbows person in my fiction tastes. I also primarily love stuff about ladies being awesome and being friends with each other, as you may have gathered from my fandoms and prompts. (Het, gen, and femslash are all A++; I don't... think any of my requests actually provide much for dudeslash, so that's sort of a moot point.) (Wait, has anybody written Middleman/Tyler? This has literally never occurred to me before.) (I DIGRESS.) [LATE-BREAKING ADDITION! PORN IS TOTALLY FINE!]

Things I really enjoy: happy endings, romance through small gestures, domesticity, a modicum of angst if it all turns out all right, dialogue-heavy stories, banter, puns, goofy appreciation of one's partners, interior lives of characters.

Things I would prefer not to have: eye trauma (this is my #1 phobia), dental trauma (#2 phobia), endless grimdarkness, rape/noncon (except for allusions to canon instances where appropriate), incest, major character death, extreme violence. I understand that some of these fandoms do have potential for more darkness (hi, Orphan Black, I enjoyed the nightmares you gave me) and am totally okay with dark and twisty as appropriate; I would prefer no overtly graphic violence, still.


Spiritwalker Trilogy - Kate Elliott )

Stardust (2007) )

The Middleman (TV) )

The Hour )

Orphan Black (TV) )
* Today was my annual review at work. Two years, folks! Two years living in Boston! And my supervisor had basically nothing but good things to say, makin' me smile and get all bashful and stuff, and it was generally just good times all around. I will have to hang onto this the next time an asshole professor makes me want to cry at work. (I did actually cry the first week of the semester because of one dude. Fun times.)

* No but seriously, TWO YEARS IN BOSTON. Wild. I have such a great life here, even when parts of it are shitty (THE RED LINE) (students) (dental issues). I have friends, I've made new friends and forged deeper friendships with the people I already knew, I have like five concerts to go to in the next six weeks, I have a wonderful new roommate, it's fall, I have a job that may be wildly frustrating but apparently I'm pretty good at, I think things are good.

* A NEW ROOMMATE in the form of [profile] barbed_whispers, moved from Florida! She's actually on a multistate trip right now, but even our abbreviated first week together was pretty great, and I am very excited about living with her. (Hopefully she is not telling all our friends what a terrible roommate I am.) She got a sparkly pumpkin to hang on our door and we're gonna have a wall of comics art that might just all be Skottie Young's Marvel Babies. I'm stoked.

* I've been writing! Two pieces for [community profile] i_reversebang, because I have not yet figured out how to quit that fandom. like a movie loves a screen is an Arthur/Ariadne romcom AU that makes Arthur the heroine (I really need to edit the notes to acknowledge how responsible for the whole thing [personal profile] littledust is). And there's a sea secret in me is a mythology-fantasy AU, mysteries and revenge and the endless whispering of the sea, and I am really really proud of how that one turned out and the art is AMAZING. Amaaaaaaazing.

* I've been reading! Apparently my attention span goes to shit when I'm not on antidepressants, so being able to finish more than one book in a month is a real highlight. Code Name Verity is as devastating as everyone says it is, EXCEPT MUCH WORSE, and All Our Pretty Songs is gorgeous and basically how I wish I wrote. And also devastating.

* I am watching Sleepy Hollow because it is higoddamnlarious and Nicole Beharie has a great face and I am always 110% there for short ladies ordering around tall awkward dudes. Also, [profile] gvalentine is doing recaps at i09, which are more than worth the price of admission.

* I should probably eat dinner.
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( Aug. 5th, 2013 02:08 pm)
I haven't posted since May?


God, remember when I posted to this like every other day? (None of you do, except maybe Gabrielle.) (I'm old.)

general life update blah )
Wisconsin was awesome, you guys. In spite of a weird cold spell that meant I was underdressed and shivering much of the time. There was ALL OF THE CHEESE, and some heavy drinking while watching the 2009 Wuthering Heights (better than expected but Tom Hardy's wigs are atrocious), and meeting up with [personal profile] meloukhia and [personal profile] prodigy and [personal profile] relia, and more cheese, and frozen custard, and baking a cake and eating way too much frosting, and marveling over drugstores that sell booze, and Bomb Girls, and a trip to House on the Rock. Which would deserve its own entry, but it cannot be described. I need to upload my pictures. ([personal profile] alierakieron does too, so I can use the picture of myself trying to make friends with a giant octopus as my avatar on every site ever.) And then on the flight home (after having my cheese trigger a bomb check) (THIS IS APPARENTLY A REAL THING THAT HAPPENS) I got to hang out with [personal profile] such_heights, who was at Wiscon (along with EVERYONE ELSE I KNOW) and is now visiting Cardigan Central. Which was great, because it makes a flight go much more smoothly when you get to natter on about pairings and fandom and junk with someone delightful. aaaaaand now there's a heat wave and EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE.

blah blah brain junk )
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( May. 23rd, 2013 09:42 am)
MADISON! I am in it! I am eating delicious donuts and looking out on a cool and cloudy morning and listening to a baby squawk. Later we might go to the botanical gardens to watch the punk run around.

Hilariously, I scheduled my vacation to visit the lovely [personal profile] alierakieron and [profile] gollumgollum for the same weekend as Wiscon, so I'm also planning to meet up with some People From The Internet, which will be rad. Not that I am not AT THE HOUSE OF a person from the internet. And I have been so lucky about these visits so far. I have a good feeling about this one too. :D
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( Apr. 19th, 2013 06:52 pm)
Stayed up till about 2 following news about a shootout in Watertown, woke up at 6:30 to texts about a lockdown and the MBTA being shut down.

It's been a very strange day with a lot of alcohol, but as far as I know nobody else has been hurt since last night. The shelter-in-place restriction has been lifted and the T is back up.

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( Apr. 15th, 2013 07:45 pm)
Re: the bombings of the Boston Marathon: I'm fine, I was at home in Cambridge all day. I think everybody I know is all right as well. I'm about two glasses into a bottle of wine because what else is there to do? Jesus fuck.
I told [personal profile] the_lady_lily that I would report back on the performance of The Penelopiad that I saw on Friday night, so I am doing so! Short version: Bostonians, you have to go see this. It's running through March 2d. GO SEE IT.

Also this will be somewhat incoherent because

Longer version! )
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( Jan. 29th, 2013 10:02 pm)
a) VALENTINES. I still need addresses! I want to send you things! Yes, you! EVERYBODY READING THIS! Email me at anachronistique at gmail or leave a comment on this entry or the identical one here! I WANT TO SEND LOVE.

b) It's looking like I'm gonna spend my Valentine's Day going to see Hitchcock's Rebecca in a special screening. THIS DELIGHTS ME. (Boston folk, let me know if you want to go!)

c) aw shit dudes it's yet another love meme

d) my quads are KILLING ME from baby-stepping my way to work in the unshoveled snow this morning

e) I just finished the first season of Princess Tutu and THAT SHIT IS WEIRD, YO
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( Jan. 15th, 2013 04:35 pm)
If you have known me for any length of time, you will know that I love Valentine’s Day. I approach it like Leslie Knope and Galentine’s Day: it’s a day to appreciate the people I love, except I do it on the 14th and it’s gals and guys and everyone. I believe love applies to more than just romantic situations; I have a tattoo that basically underscores that fact.


I send out Valentines every year. I will mail one to anybody who wants one. IF YOU WANT ONE, send me your mailing address! DO NOT ASSUME I HAVE IT. You can either leave it here in a screened comment or send me an email at anachronistique at gmail dot com. I will send you a Valentine and attempt to do so in time for the actual holiday.

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( Jan. 7th, 2013 11:07 pm)
Guys, I was going to do a whole Yuletide recs post, but things got out of hand and also my notes swiftly devolved into utter uselessness. So here, have some links, enjoy a look at what my fannish stream-of-consciousness looks like.

no, really, it's absurd )
I was gonna make a big profound post, but I didn't do it before and now I've had a couple of drinks. 2012 was the first year I really lived on my own, the first year I held down a full-time job on my ownsome, a job that I actually like where I feel like I'm not just wasting my time and selling my soul. I had a social life and a network of friends who continue to astound me with how they can both be incredibly thoughtful and caring while also being hilarious jerks. I read some great books and saw some good movies and managed to cook for myself, though not as often as I liked.

About the only thing I failed at was my one resolution: knitting a pair of socks.

(But I did learn how to knit lace, so we'll let that one pass.)

I hope everybody has a safe and happy New Year's Eve, in whatever form that takes, and that the new year brings you joy and good things. <3
HAPPY BIRTHDAY [personal profile] thez! I hope it is full of delicious foods and wonderful fun times.

We are having a good day over here; there's a pie in the oven, my dad got me a SIGNED COPY of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and I got a heartbreaking but lovely Yuletide story. That's over here; it's Bomb Girls, post-season one, quiet and perfect. And my recipient commented and liked their story, so. ALL'S WELL.

Now, to shower. And probably eat more foods. HOLIDAZE


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