--The suboptimal stuff first: it's been a not-great couple of days here. My current rewrite is going slowly
(it's very text-dense), which is a bit stressful, and poor scruloose
was home today because he slipped on a badly-cleared icy patch when going in at work yesterday and wrenched his back. :/ We're really hoping it won't cause any problems when he goes in (again) for his tattoo tomorrow.
--We have another winter storm warning, with the forecast calling for it to hit late tomorrow night and carry over into Saturday.
--For anyone who's sad about Porn Battle not happening this year and who hasn't heard, there's going to be a "golden oldies" round
from February 15-25th, using prompts from prior Battles.
(For other Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant fans, yesterday I posted a consolidated list of all of the prompts for her books
over at aftertheendtimes
. Most of the prompts from those previous Battles are for the Toby books and Newsflesh
, but there are also a few for InCryptid
and Velveteen vs.
--As my "WHO NEEDS SLEEP?" brain reminded me the other night, I really do need to do up a timeline for the Newsflesh
psychic wolves AU (which also really needs a title, because surely the title would be shorter than writing that out). Part of me is resistant, though, and I think it's because an actual timeline, even a draft version, will probably drive home how fast and loose I have to play with the time frame to make the story work, and "fast and loose" isn't exactly one of my strengths. I may post separately about this at some point and seek input (general fannish/fanfic circles sorts of input, not series specific, I don't think) while I try to nail down a bit more of it.
--As I mentioned a few days ago, wildpear
does this magical thing of assessing a story or draft that's a tangle in my head and sifting out what I'm actually doing
and what impressions she has about what I'm trying to do, which is a lifesaver when I'm messed up about something. She did that for my psychic wolves last week, and this morning I woke up and found an email where she'd written it out for me, and just having that to look at helps. ^_^ (My conscious feelings re: this fic are along the lines of "Ack, this whole thing is a mess and traumatic and characters are hurting and What Does It All Mean? And why is it so fucked up?"
[The answer to "Why is it so fucked up?" really does just start with "...take a moment to consider the canon you're drawing on for the wolves."])
What did you recently finish reading?
Most recently, Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl
, with Holly Black's The Darkest Part of the Forest
in between. I really enjoyed all three, although I'd say Fangirl
worked best for me. It and Attachments
different books, which fortunately I knew going in. And where I bonded with Fangirl
almost immediately, Attachments
took a lot longer. The premise there is inherently skeevy, and self-aware about it, and deals with that as well as possible, I'd say. I did wind up clicking with it fairly strongly about halfway through. But I think I'm far more likely to revisit Fangirl
. As for The Darkest Part of the Forest
, I'd say it hasn't dislodged The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
as my favorite of Black's books, but it was a good read, and I was unsurprisingly pleased by the Newsflesh
nod. (It'd be pretty obviously a Newsflesh
nod even with no outside context, but lest anyone think I simply see it everywhere, she confirmed it on Tumblr when someone asked.)What are you currently reading?
Nothing!What do you think you'll read next?
I'm not sure. I have some graphic novels out of the library (vol. 1 of Velvet
and three Marvel volumes, including vol. 1 of Ms. Marvel
), so I need to read those fairly soon. I was vaguely planning to pick up The Goblin Emperor
next, but right now I'm feeling a bit more like reading something set closer to our own world, so I'm going to have to look over the to-read bookcase. (Reading from my shelves of purchased books for a change is turning out to be quite lovely.) Maybe I should tackle Sinner
. Or maybe none of these things will be next!
(I don't own either of Rowell's other two books, so while I want to lay hands on them reasonably quickly--especially since wildpear
read Eleanor & Park
last week--they're not high contenders for the immediate future.)