One further Catholic note: the definition of The Church is not the guy at the altar and his bosses, but the people in the pews as well as the guy at the altar and his bosses. It's everyone who is Catholic -- the descriptive phrase since Vatican II is the People of God. So when I see people uniformly condemning the Catholic Church for the behavior of some of the hierarchy, I tend to write it off because it's clear to me that the person speaking is committing a logical fallacy: the few =/= the whole. If you are complaining about the actions of a particular person or persons in a particular place, what you complain about is not necessarily the case with other persons in other cases who are part of the same whole. In short: get as mad as you want about specific cases, but total condemnation reads as bigotry. I would say the same thing if you were to complain about a specific instance where someone of a different ethnic group did something you consider nasty and then attributed it to that person's ethnic group as a whole. I don't see a difference.
I'm not entirely sure how to feel about this. On the one hand, I respect their right to try to reclaim symbols that have been used against them and to continue with Zulu's traditions. On the other hand, intent doesn't trump effect, and would not be surprised to find clueless white people running around saying "the members of Zulu wear blackface, so why can't I?". On the other hand, the members of Zulu are (rightfully) proud of their traditions, and if their chairman of their board has gone on record as saying "That would somehow indicate that we were complicit of the disrespect of black people for 115 years. That's no way going to happen," I'm not going to be the one to tell them they can't wear their traditional makeup.
 Technically the "Zulu Social Aid and Please Club," but I've never heard anyone outside the organization and a few journalists use the proper name. It's certainly not in common use in New Orleans, where people refer to "Krewe of Zulu" or just "Zulu"
 I think I first heard this from Kat Tanaka Okopnik, but I have no idea if it originated with her or not.
 Just like we still haven't heard the last person saying "Black people use the N-word. Why can't I?"
 Also deliberately overlooking that the members of Zulu wear black makeup in a particular context, related to an event that happens one morning of the year.
A couple of nights before the vacuum arrived, when I was falling asleep, a name popped into my head that I liked enough to immediately send myself an email about it so I wouldn't forget. scruloose agreed that it would likely be an appropriate name, and then we waited until the vacuum arrived so we could see him in person and make sure the name worked (for whatever values of "worked" make sense). It did!
So I've since been taking great glee in relating the vac's new name to people.
Friends, our household welcomes the Count.
Because, as advertised, he sucks.
My unexpected period of work at Casual Job wrapped up on Friday (total: eight days of work), so now I'm back to working only from home and trying to get a lot of manga adapted before the spring bout of ~normal-for-us~ Casual Job work starts up in about a week and a half.
Then it'll only be a bit over two weeks before March Break, during which Those Who Speak do not speak...so we'll barely be getting settled into the rhythm of it before it's all on hold for a week. (During which the full-time folks will work regular hours and we seasonal folks won't be there at all.)
Routine? What's that?
(I mean, it's just as well that Those Who Speak aren't talking during March Break, since Ginny and I are both busy with other stuff that week, but still. >.< I much prefer the "spring work starts soon after March Break" model that was typical [although how soon varied a lot] until last year.)
This deserves more than just a headline link.
Francis has done something here that hasn't happened in history -- he has laicized a cardinal archbishop for committing sexual abuse, and not just any cardinal archbishop but one of the three most powerful in the country. This is the man who ran the Diocese of Washington, D.C., which includes Georgetown University and Catholic University -- you can't tell me that the guy at the top of the hierarchy has no input on decisionmaking at Catholic universities. (The other two most powerful dioceses are New York and Chicago; sometimes Boston get in there too.) Also, quoting the article:
Mr. McCarrick was long a prominent Catholic voice on international and public policy issues, and a champion for progressive Catholics active in social justice causes.
Which means he had a voice in what happened on the Hill.
What does it mean to laicize someone? Let me provide a comparison to the military, since in many ways the Catholic hierarchy is based on the Roman hierarchy at the time of Constantine.
Suppose you have a general who screws up really badly. Whoever's above him can bust him down a few ranks, remove him from power -- but he's still in the military. He's still subject to its rules. But if it's bad enough, and more is discovered, he might get kicked out all the way -- dishonorable discharge, not entitled to anything more in terms of military benefits, and possibly barred from some other jobs.
In McCarrick's case, the Pope removed him from ministry in June (took him away from the ordinary contact with people and the rights and privileges of being a cardinal archbishop). A month later McCarrick resigned from the Council of Cardinals (there goes his power and influence over the powerful) and suspended him from all priestly duties (can't celebrate the Mass, can't hear confessions, can't marry people, etc.) But being suspended doesn't mean he was out of the picture. He was still there, he just couldn't do anything. Now, by defrocking him, laicizing him, the Pope has taken away his identity and given him a new one: a known malefactor who has been punished after the accusations against him were proven true.
There is a financial side as well: a defrocked cleric at any level loses church-provided housing and financial benefits. McCarrick is 88; I suspect he lives in a church-sponsored residence. If so, not for long. Any stipend he received as retirement pay is gone. He might end up having to pay his own way in a small apartment with his Social Security, if he wasn't good at investing.
Some take-aways from this:
-- If the Pope will kick out a cardinal archbishop, a "prince of the church", those who have been abusers are due for their own reckoning.
-- I have not heard anything at all about the possibility of Church-backed (as in paying, not influencing) counseling for victims of abuse and their families. This should happen.
-- This should make it a little easier for people who have been abused and mistreated to come forward.
-- Abuse of power will now come at a high price.
Do I think this is the end of it all? No. This is the beginning, only the tip of it. More will come. The house needs cleaning; this is only beginning to clean one shelf in one closet, even if it's the top one.
Word count: 100
Warnings: None apply
Characters: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
A small pink heart sits right in the center of Frasier’s desk.
Next to it is the file Ray promised to bring over.
A smile grows on his face. This thing between them is new. He wants to reciprocate, to return this seasonal gesture.
It takes three packets of hearts, his tongue multicolored from eating the rejects, but he’s found what he wants.
Later, there’s a small lavender heart in the middle of Ray’s desk, and his colleagues are all smiling knowingly at him. He can’t help the grin that lights up his face at the word.
Well, OK, it is, but I couldn't resist a little bit of art history humor there. I'm just amused (probably more than I should be) by a video for a song called "Clock" that contains no clocks but dozens of telephones. At any rate, it's a good song, it's a good video; I hope you enjoy.
(Though to make the chocolate allusion literal, I will also point to this recipe for flourless chocolate cakes for two which I made for our Valentine's Day dessert, and we ate without the whipped cream (I just dusted a little confectioner's sugar on) and it worked beautifully and was very tasty. Wheat free, milk-free though you'd need to sub out the butter if you want dairy-free. It puffed up in the oven but collapsed as it cooled, which was fine.)
In decreasing order of length:
they will tell tales of us (2661 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Last Kingdom (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Æthelflæd Lady of Mercia/Skade
Characters: Æthelflæd Lady of Mercia, Skade
Additional Tags: Arguing, Episode: s03e04, Angry Kissing, Enemies to It's Complicated, Unresolved Tension
Summary: While they are trapped in the besieged nunnery of Wincelcumb, Skade catches Æthelflæd alone to sate her curiosity about the princess for whose rescue Uhtred left behind everything. Æthelflæd is thoroughly unimpressed by her scrutiny but willing to meet her head on, and might discover far more of herself in the seer than she could ever be comfortable with.
I'm pretty sure this was written by my assigned author, as it's the only of my gifts that was posted before the deadline (yeah, I shook it!), and it's really great! This is everything I wanted from this pairing: the tension of their differences, the gradual realization of their common ground as strong women who chafe against the limits of tenth-century attitudes, who hate that they must achieve what power they can through men, and not on their own. Skade is sly and aggressive, Æthelflæd is straightforward and wary. It's a completely believable missing scene for this series.
no holy place existed without us then (1518 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Circe - Madeline Miller
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Circe/Penelope, Past Circe/Odysseus, Past Penelope/Odysseus
Characters: Circe, Penelope
Additional Tags: Worldbuilding, Rituals, Alternate Ending, POV First Person, AU: Telemachus and Telegonus leave together - Leaving Circe and Penelope on the Island
Summary: Circe and Penelope prepare a ritual bath together.
You might recall that I ended my review of Circe, which I read in November, with I still kind of wanted it to end with Circe and Penelope together as Lesbian Witches of Aiaia. Well, some lovely person wrote it for me! The pastiche is so perfect, measured and evocative prose that reads just like the book, that as I said in my comment, I'm probably going to forget how the novel actually ended and just substitute this in as my headcanon. I love Circe's evolving view of Penelope, first as Odysseus' wife, and then as a woman in her own right, mortal and complex.
An Unexpected Visitor (515 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling, James Bond (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Minerva McGonagall/Female M (James Bond)
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, James Bond, Female M (James Bond)
Additional Tags: Fluff, Established Relationship, Crossover
Summary: Sometimes, a cat visits M's office.
This is an adorable little snippet of what is really my favorite sort of relationship these days, two older women who are comfortable with themselves and with each other. I'm a huge crossover fan, and I am so tickled by the idea of M and Minerva being long-time lovers who can complain about their respective problems over a drink.
I wrote two stories, both of which I think scream ISIS WROTE ME! but I guess we always think we're obvious, don't we!
The Phantom Tree
The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick is $3.99! Thank you to everyone who let us know about this sale! Elyse and Sarah joint reviewed this one and gave it a B grade. Both of them also finished it in about a day.
Elyse: I really enjoyed this book (hence the one day read) mostly because it focuses on a period in time I find really interesting and have read a lot about, but also because it stars a woman who wasn’t well-known to history.
“My name is Mary Seymour and I am the daughter of one queen and the niece of another.”
Browsing antiques shops in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait—supposedly of Anne Boleyn. Except Alison knows better. The subject is Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr, who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 as an unwanted orphan and presumed dead after going missing as a child. And Alison knows this because she, too, was in Wolf Hall…with Mary…in 1557.
The painting of Mary is more than just a beautiful object for Alison—it holds the key to her past life, the unlocking of the mystery surrounding Mary’s disappearance and how Alison can get back to her own time. But Alison’s quest soon takes a dark and foreboding turn, as a meeting place called the Phantom Tree harbors secrets in its shadows…
A spellbinding tale for fans of Kate Morton, Philippa Gregory and Barbara Erskine by the bestselling author of House of Shadows.
Collision Course by Zoe Archer is 99c! This is a scifi romance and the subject of one of Carrie’s earlier guest reviews. She gave it a B grade:
If you are new to romance, or if you are new to science fiction, this probably won’t be the book to win you over to either genre. But, if you want to have a great time with some familiar tropes that are vividly and freshly drawn, then you will have a wonderful time reading Collision Course.
In a galaxy torn apart by war…
Mara Skiren is a scavenger, a black-market dealer. Blackmailed into helping Commander Kell Frayne infiltrate a treacherous corner of the galaxy, Mara learns that her biggest danger is from her sexy, by-the-book partner. She’s a loner with more than a few battle scars on her heart, but something about Commander Frayne stirs up her long-buried need for an intimate connection.
An ace pilot for the elite Black Wraith Squadron, Kell’s mission is to rescue a lost pilot and ship. Unable to deny his attraction to the beautiful, rebellious Mara, he decides bedding her would cool his ardor. But one taste is not nearly enough, and he finds himself sharing more of his real self with her than he has with anyone.
With deadly criminals on their heels and an increasingly dangerous assignment to complete, he’s starting to wonder…if they survived, could he let her go? And will Mara want to stay?
Hot Response by Shannon Stacey is $2.99! This is part of the Boston Fire series and has a romance between a firefighter and an EMT. Readers loved the romance of two people getting to know one another while dealing with a high stress job. However, other readers were frustrated by the constant misunderstandings.
The men of Boston Fire are back and hotter than ever! Don’t miss this brand-new novel from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey.
Gavin Boudreau lives for the job, but he also believes in “work hard, play harder.” As the youngest guy in Ladder 37, he figures he’s got plenty of time before settling down becomes a priority. Soft, pretty women who aren’t looking for promises are exactly his type, and he’s comfortable with that. Working with a gorgeous EMT isn’t going to change who he is.
The last thing Cait Tasker needs in her personal life is a firefighter whose challenges on-scene have been a thorn in her side from minute one. Her plate’s too full for a man anyway. Back in her childhood home to help her family cope with an unexpected tragedy, she’s got enough to handle without throwing a hot, testosterone-laden fireman into the mix.
As long days on the job lead to long nights together, Gavin and Cait will discover how far temptation can take them—and what happens when the one you thought was all wrong for you turns out to be the person you can’t live without.
Angel’s Ink by Jocelynn Drake is $2.99! This is a paranormal urban fantasy, and the first book in the Asylum Tales series. The book has a 3.6 average on GR, and readers particularly liked the hero, who is a former warlock who now runs his own tattoo parlor. I’m curious if this has any romantic elements to it. Have you read this one?
Buyer beware . . .
Looking for a tattoo—and maybe a little something extra: a burst of good luck, a dollop of true love, or even a hex on an ex? Head to the quiet and mysterious Gage, the best skin artist in town. Using unique potions—a blend of extraordinary ingredients and special inks—to etch the right symbol, he can fulfill any heart’s desire. But in a place like Low Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires happily walk among humanity, everything has its price.
No one knows that better than Gage. Turning his back on his own kind, he left the magical Ivory Tower where cruel witches and warlocks rule, a decision that cost him the right to practice magic. And if he disobeys, his punishment—execution—will be swift.
Though he’s tried to fly under the radar, Gage can’t hide from powerful warlocks who want him dead—or the secrets of his own past. But with the help of his friends, Trixie, a gorgeous elf who hides her true identity, and a hulking troll named Bronx, Gage might just make it through this enchanted world alive.
Thank you so much for writing for me! I am sure that I will be thrilled by whatever you write, and I cannot wait to unwrap it. I've included a copy of my sign-up below, as well as some further thoughts and prompts that I hope will be helpful. My overall position though is to please write what you feel comfortable with - I would much rather receive something that you enjoyed creating! So if you're looking at a ship I've requested and are thinking "good god WHY" then good news - I love gen just as much as shippiness! And I love canon a WHOLE lot. So I will always be happy with missing scenes, intense confrontations, emotionally fraught yet still unspoken encounters, family!fic, enemies forced to work together, h/c and a dozen other tropes that wouldn't be out of place on our screens.
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Thank you so much for writing for me! I can't wait to read my gift!
word count: 3790
pairing: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
tags: plot what plot, porn without plot, literally y'all this is just...wall-to-wall, the author regrets nothing
summary: Not for the first time in the Pegasus galaxy, Rodney thought, a little wildly, a little resigned: well, so now this is happening too, and he leaned forward that last centimeter and caught Sheppard's mouth with his own.
[ao3 link | nsfw]
The Murderbot Diaries: Exit Strategy is up for a British Science Fiction Association Award for short fiction!
Congrats to all the other nominees!
Dave Hutchinson – Europe at Dawn (Solaris)
Yoon Ha Lee – Revenant Gun (Solaris)
Emma Newman – Before Mars (Ace Books)
Gareth L Powell – Embers of War (Titan Books)
Tade Thompson – Rosewater (Orbit)
Best Shorter Fiction
Nina Allan – The Gift of Angels: an Introduction (Clarkesworld)
Malcolm Devlin – The Purpose of the Dodo is to be Extinct (Interzone #275)
Hal Duncan – The Land of Somewhere Safe (NewCon Press)
Ian McDonald – Time Was (Tor.com)
Martha Wells – Exit Strategy (Tor.com)
Liz Williams – Phosphorus (NewCon Press)
Marian Womack – Kingfisher (Lost Objects, Luna Press)
Nina Allan – Time Pieces column 2018 articles (Interzone)
Ruth EJ Booth – Noise and Sparks column 2018 articles (Shoreline of Infinity)
Liz Bourke – Sleeps With Monsters column 2018 articles (Tor.com)
Aliette de Bodard – On motherhood and erasure: people-shaped holes, hollow characters and the illusion of impossible adventures (Intellectus Speculativus blog)
Adam Roberts – Publishing the Science Fiction Canon: The Case of Scientific Romance (Cambridge University Press)
Ben Baldwin – wraparound cover for ‘Strange Tales’ slipcase set (NewCon Press)
Joey Hi-Fi – cover for ‘Paris Adrift’ by EJ Swift (Solaris)
Sarah Anne Langton – cover for ‘Unholy Land’ by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications)
Sing Yun Lee and Morris Wild – artwork for ‘Sublime Cognition’ conference (London Science Fiction Research Community)
Likhain – In the Vanishers’ Palace: Dragon I and II (Inprnt)
Bede Rogerson – cover for ‘Concrete Faery’ by Elizabeth Priest (Luna Press)
Del Samatar – artwork for ‘Monster Portraits’ by Sofia and Del Samatar (Rose Metal Press)
Charlotte Stroomer – cover for ‘Rosewater’ by Tade Thompson (Orbit)
problems with the remediation from all the above
my sister lost her mentor unexpectedly
my nieces and sister have had the flu for SIX DAYS WTF
my BIL had surgery and his two day recovery is...not
When I am the healthiest, most upright person in the household, things are concerning. And *I* have had a loss (though not as close to me as the good twin) and really bad job stuff and am sliding into depression. So that's great. But, you know. I'm needed so I'm compartmentalizing.
"Russian Doll Is Natasha Lyonne's Most Personal Work. She’s Been Writing It for a Decade".
"Tom Holland's Dog Is So Fucking Cute, I'm Squealing". [Buzzfeed]
"Denali National Park’s Sled Dog Puppycam Is About to Become Your New Obsession".  [Currently offline while there are no puppies, though.]
"Knowing Why Is Everything: An Interview With Editor Elizabeth Bartmess on Adult-Diagnosed Autistic Perspectives". [Sarah Kurchak at Thinking Person's Guide to Autism]
"12 Tips for Traveling with Depression". [Sarah Kurchak, March 2018]
Via elf, "How to recognize fake AI-generated images".
Via larryhammer, "What will climate feel like in 60 years?" [Interactive map]
"Ernst Haeckel’s Sublime Drawings of Flora and Fauna: The Beautiful Scientific Drawings That Influenced Europe’s Art Nouveau Movement (1889)".
"Trans citation practices — a quick-and-dirty guideline".
"The 10 Oldest Restaurants In Japan".
"35 Words for Hiccups from Around the World". [Mental Floss]
"Nuns in Mexico Are Keeping a Sacred Salamander From Going Extinct". [Mental Floss]
--"Spotify bans ad blockers in updated Terms of Service". [The Verge]
--"‘Dreyer’s English’ Is for Everybody: A style guide even for those of us who no longer assign style guides".
All in all, it's not the worst way to spend a couple of hours.
Excuse me while I hyperventilate because this has made me SO happy! Mystery author, whoever you are, ILU. I have wanted this since I saw S5, oooooh, TWENTY YEARS AGO. AND AND AND AND not only is it S5 Bester/Garibaldi, it's done so gloriously well????? Like, ok yes we know that it's an ulta non-canon hate!ship HOWEVER if someone were given the task of MAKING IT canon I could totally see them going down this route and Garibaldi's reaction is particularly spot-on. He notices so much, and there is this brief moment of absolute terror when Bester is in his mind and that will now forever be a nightmare for Michael and even if it happens for the most benevolent of reasons it will still terrify him. And we have a flustered Bester who is SO not happy with how this is going and this was NOT THE PLAN GODDAMIT and Garibaldi - once he figures things out - is just so full of schadenfreude and pure delight in Bester's misery and I WANT A MILLION SEQUELS WHERE GARIBALDI EXPLOITS THIS NEW KNOWLEDGE TO THE FULL OH MY GOD. asdjgkJAS;akll;ekwjdhlKJS I AM SO HAPPY!
Run and read hoist with his own petard and give this fabulous fic some love!
I will do a proper rec post for chocobox a bit later on but I couldn't wait until then to shout about how happy I am!
Emma Gonzalez, a year after Parkland.
Africa's black panthers are vanishingly rare -- one has been seen recently for the first time in a century, near where Wakanda should be.
For Valentine's day -- hey, every day -- have a little compassion for yourself.
What's in your cosmetics?
Cooking without a recipe.
The two codes kids need to know: computer skills and the US Constitution.
Annie Leibovitz revisits her early work in a LA exhibition.
The tiny Swiss company that thinks it can slow climate change.
Two older New Yorker portraits: Nora Ephron and Edna Buchanan, the reporter who covered the Miami cops and wrote crime novels as well.
What will win Best Picture? (with a gorgeous shot of Black Panther.
TED: Be your best mess. And 3 questions to weed out jerks.
All sorts of stuff to download and remix from the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Rowan, on the other hand, who is a very Sensitive Boy, is more affectionate and also more standoffish and highly strung. He is very, very cautious, and when they were still baby bunnies, he had to be taught to do things like how to jump out of a box with a 3" high side and how to climb the furniture and that it was safe to cross the threshold from the livingroom into the kitchen by watching Japp do it safely several times in a row.
So this is why (as I said before) all my pet blog posts with the most notes are photosets of Japp. Rowan is just as cute, but he's very cautious. He'll let me sit down near him and hang out and have a conversation sometimes (a minority of the time) without retreating to somewhere safer from the dangers of being picked up or put in the cage, but as soon as he notices humans studying him from close enough to take a good cameraphone photo he'll freeze (I mean if I had a big camera with a telephoto lens then yes, I could, but I don't know enough about photography for that).
I thought if I put him somewhere to explore on his own where he was forced to stay in good natural light for a little bit I could get some good photos of him behaving naturally, but when I covered the kitchen table (in the sunlight) with padding and towels and set him free on it, he reacted with intense suspicion. Granted, Rowan has not spent time on the kitchen table before and he chooses not to hang out in the kitchen very much, but the kitchen is not foreign to him. Nonetheless, he never stopped cautiously creeping around the table like he thought he could blend in somehow until I gave up, brushed him, and then set him free.
I got a few cute pictures obviously, but the little guy just would not relax. Later, Japp reacted with milder suspicion to the opportunity, but he did give me a ton of model shots before I gave up on teaching him how to jump from the table to a chair to the floor.
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I know what you’re thinking. “It’s winter! It’s cold! Carrie is going to take us someplace tropical!” Well NOT SO FAST, Bitches. I’m Googling ice hotels for this month’s Romance Wanderlust, and you’re all Googling with me! Bwah ha ha!
But seriously, these places are beautiful. Weird and cold, but beautiful.
After careful consideration, I’m focusing on one ice hotel in particular. The not very creatively named ‘ICEHOTEL’’ is located in the village of Jukkasjärvi. This means that I have a legitimate reason to use my beloved Monty Python quote:
Wi nøt trei a høliday in Sweden this yër? See the løveli lakes. The wøndërful telephøne system. And mäni interesting furry animals, including the majestik møøse.
And also, why not see the ICEHOTEL? Parts of this location are permanent (a new feature is that they have some ice rooms all year now). However, the big draw of the installation is that every year most of the ‘cold rooms’ are allowed to melt during the summer and then in the winter they are sculpted from scratch with new designs, making it an art installation as well as a hotel. The temporary condition of the rooms adds to the magical ambiance created by the artists.
All photos in this post are by Asaf Kliger.
ICEHOTEL has ‘Cold rooms’ and ‘Warm rooms.’ The warm rooms (which are permanent and made out of standard materials, not ice) are basically nice hotel rooms, in soothing light earth tones, with big windows that look out onto the forest.
The cold rooms are AMAZING. All rooms include a tour and access to the sauna. Some rooms have a door and some have a curtain. Some have ice sculptures and some are carved into these cool geometric block shapes. All have a mattress called the “carpe diem” mattress. Carpe Diem seems like a great name for a coffee or an alarm clock but for a bed? Anyway it’s covered with reindeer hides which I suspect is a deal breaker for many, and you sleep on top of the furs in sleeping bags (and yes, they do have two-person bags). Reviews say that the whole effect is surprisingly warm.
A popular feature of ICEHOTEL is that they host weddings. The hotel website has many high concept photos but all I could think is that everyone looks very cold. Also if I may offer a tip based on experience: sled dogs are not romantic. I’m fond of their sweet fluffy selves, but they bark all the time and they smell weird and they shed and they are always dirty. Just because I like them doesn’t mean I would let them anywhere near my wedding dress.
On the one hand, surely all of us from cold climates are asking ourselves, “So…you stay there…voluntarily? And you pay them, not the other way around?” On the other hand, the rooms do look magical. There’s also a lot to do. There’s an icebar where all the glasses are made out of ice. You can go to storytelling night and watch the Northern Lights. You can go on a sled dog ride or a snowmobile ride or, in different seasons, learn about edible Arctic plants. They have Midnight Sun boat trips in summer and ice carving classes all year.
There’s a foodie restaurant where all the food is tiny and photogenic and a more “comfort food” type restaurant nearby. Bring your Elsa cosplay and your thermal underwear for a magical night, but between the preponderance of reindeer on the menu and the hides on the bed, it might be best not to mention it to Sven.
Then the character gets to Cambridge, where there are apparently semesters, and dorm rooms, and RAs, and payphones which take quarters, and they are clearly not even trying.
I have refrained from leaving feedback to this effect on the story, but I had to vent somewhere.
(Also, if you want to have a character go to Cambridge, you could do worse than read this helpful website the university has put together for its students.)
They've not yet finished their accessibility guide but there's going to be a short route option:
And they need volunteers, if anyone wants to be a marshal.
There might even be a plan:
The Guardian: Remainers plan mass march and key vote in last days before Brexit: Cross-party alliance aims to build pressure on MPs in the run-up to 29 March
Anyway, whether this is a turning point or the last stand before the zombie apocalypse dystopia: time to work on our placards.
• Tried to watch a movie by the name of Surivor because Pierce Brosnan! Milla Jovovich! Sadly, it was so boring even with that double dose of pretty that I turned it off early and sent it back.
• Sold five books to a local second hand book seller. I think he was a little amused I was selling him books when I'm usually buying five books at a time from him. He told me it wouldn't fetch me much, just $10, but given I'd been expecting more like $2.50 I was like, "I'll take it!" Four mediocre women's fiction novels and one mediocre travel narrative, now out of my house.
• Read a bit. Ate some red bean paste buns. Didn't write a single word on any of my works in progress, but did decide to put a love triangle into my YA SF dystopia, because why not commit to that cliché?
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2. For a lot of that reading time I had a warm sleepy Jasper on my lap. (Which definitely contributed to my focus on reading since I couldn't do much else!)
3. I'm terrible at keeping up with new music, even by artists I like, but I just found out that Mika had a new album out a couple years ago and I listened to it today and it's really good!
4. I will be so sad when the cold weather ends and there are less adorable kitty cuddles like this.
Watch For Me By The Moonlight (1738 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Female Wounded Stranger/Female Homesteader
Characters: Female Wounded Stranger, Female Homesteader
Additional Tags: Western, Fantasy, Hurt/Comfort
A wounded stranger, a snowstorm, a homesteader, and more...
( MCU )
( Pacific Rim )
( Marvel comics )
Also I'm going to make "Stormy Weather 2 What Stormy Weather 2" an AO3 tag. It is going on all my future ML fics that do not explicitly deal with this episode.
PostSecret postcards have been mailed from around the globe. Now, many of them are circulating back out into the world into museums, colleges, and galleries. In the past, they have been displayed at the White House, Smithsonian Museums, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Now you can see them at the institutions below. Contact Jan Warren <firstname.lastname@example.org> for more information on how to invite the secrets to your museum, college or university.
Museum of Man, San Diego
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
American Visionary Art Museum
Pauly Friedman Art Gallery