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Posted by Taisia Kitaiskaia

by Taisia Kitaiskaia

feast 0001 Transcript after the jump.

Dear Baba Yaga,

Sometimes I feel like I want a different world than everyone wants. When I look around I don't see many reasons to be happy. Should I move to a new city?


, Think on the feast you want to devour. Whichly fruits & meats & berries, whichly cakes & potions? :Scrounge to find the delicacies, sate yrself, & only then think of others & cities.

Taisia Kitaiskaia is a poet, writer, and Michener Center for Writers fellow. She's taking questions on behalf of Baba Yaga at AskBabaYaga@gmail.com.



Oct. 23rd, 2014 10:59 am
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Does not look like she will around much longer. Waiting to see if vet can see her.

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Oct. 23rd, 2014 01:30 pm
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Posted by Haley Mlotek

by Haley Mlotek

the-beheld_man's woman woman's woman definition

Maybe we learn the most about the “man’s woman” and the “woman’s woman” when we look at the only thing that each of the varying definitions of the terms has in common: a belief that there’s something men want, and something women want—and ne’er the twain shall meet. It’s uncomfortable from a gender-binary perspective, naturally. But it’s just as uncomfortable from where I’m sitting, as someone who firmly identifies as female and who has plenty of traits associated with femininity. For whenever I’ve tried to puzzle out which camp I might belong in, neither one has felt satisfying. The “man’s woman” and the “woman’s woman” are each reactors, not actors in and of themselves. Each of these women fills the needs of others, even the heroic sort of “woman’s woman” who inspires other women—she’s still cast in the terms of others’ needs, not her own.

As always, Autumn Whitefield-Madrano knows just how to respond to seemingly-impossible questions of gender, taste, categories, and celebrity.


Dear Festividder

Oct. 23rd, 2014 08:57 pm
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Daily Happiness

Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:28 pm
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1. There is an amazing new live version of Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf.

2. We went down to the Promenade this afternoon to look at the new retina iMacs. The difference wasn't as immediately noticeable to me with a large screen as it is with a phone or tablet, but it definitely looks pretty spiffy.

3. We had Trader Joe's pumpkin ravioli tonight for dinner and it was so great! (Sadly, Irene didn't like it, but on the other hand, that means more for me!)

4. I went out to lunch with my mom today and went back to her house afterwards to help with her husband's computer, which turned out to be a much larger/more annoying job than I was expecting. BUT, since it ended up taking so long, she gave me $100 off next month's rent for helping out. (And I did get everything fixed, so yay.)

Wednesday Reading

Oct. 22nd, 2014 10:22 pm
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What are you currently reading?
Still reading the Levi backstory, Kuinaki Sentaku. I'm about halfway through the second (and final? I don't think it's ongoing) volume. I'm...enjoying it less than I thought it would? I mean, it's okay, but I just feel like it's not really doing anything. I had planned to read Before the Fall as well, but I wonder if the reason it feels like there's not much there is that Isayama didn't write it and so they can't really dig into anything interesting. If that's the case, Before the Fall will probably be the same...

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished reading the main story of SnK up through the most recent chapter and DAMN THIS IS GETTING SO GOOD.

What do you think you'll read next?
As I mentioned the other day, Irene's rewatch of Akira had me wanting to check out the manga, so I might read that next! Although last time I checked, my phone was pretty full, so I'm not sure that I've read and deleted enough stuff that was on there to have space... ^_^;; I should probably read more of what's already on there.
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First off, and entirely unrelated to the rest of this post: I keep hearing good things about Jane the Virgin (new domestic show), despite its horrific title. Worth checking out, Y/N?

After vaguely guessing how many manga series I'm collecting these days, I decided to go through and actually tally them up. It's slightly more than I was thinking, although I have to add the caveat that some of them come out so infrequently that it's not surprising that I don't usually remember them all.

The lists here do not include the several series I've bought a few volumes of and then stopped buying until such time as I actually read the purchased volumes to see if I want to continue. I'd estimate there are at least five of those. Maybe more. (Probably more. Maybe ten?) And then there're the couple of series I've bought in their entirety but haven't started reading yet (Sailor Moon, Saiunkoku Monogatari)...

the main list(s) under the cut, with a couple of domestic titles )

Reading Wednesday 2014.10.22

Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:46 pm
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Um, yes, it's been a while since I did one of these. Books finished in the last week--

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore: Not unexpectedly, total fluff. This reads fast and easy, and I'm happy to take the cheerful narrative voice when it's delivered with such aplomb.

The Halcyon Bird by Kat Beyer: Sequel to The Demon Catchers of Milan; shares its strengths (atmospheric, strong sense of place and family) and weaknesses (relatively little narrative progress, as most major plot questions are left unanswered). It's easier to read a series with such leisurely pacing when you know the sequels are already written and published and available at a library or book store. Read in progress, I am left with the niggling concern that I might never actually get the rest of the story.

Mockingbird by Sean Stewart: I'm glad I made time for this re-read, as I'd forgotten most of the details of this novel. Also, what a change of perspective a decade brings: I was a few years younger than the protagonist when I first read it, and now I'm a few years older than her. This is an interesting text to consider if you're making a list of sf/f books whose main characters are middle-aged or older women. Toni clearly self-identifies as middle-aged in the novel, but oh, she feels terribly young to me now. (I'm now tempted to do a Sean Stewart reading project, as I wouldn't mind revisiting the ones I've read and there are a couple that I still haven't tried. It might take a bit of work to track down all the titles now, though, as they're largely OOP and most aren't available as ebooks)

Sleepy Hollow 2.5

Oct. 22nd, 2014 08:56 pm
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Worth Waking Up For (4749 words) by umadoshi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Newsflesh Trilogy - Mira Grant
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Georgia Mason/Shaun Mason
Characters: Georgia Mason, Shaun Mason
Additional Tags: POV First Person, Adopted Sibling Incest, Explicit Sexual Content, Pre-Canon, Canon Disabled Character, no series knowledge required


"Given some of the less-pleasant things you've dragged me out of bed for, I'm not gonna complain about you waking me up and begging for sex." I grinned. "Some things are worth losing sleep over."

The teasing resulted in George tackling me as hard as she could--which wasn't that hard, since I was already on my back. She landed half on top of me with her hands on my biceps, like she could keep me pinned.

I smiled up at her, knowing she'd take my amusement in stride. Long, hard-won experience said that if she'd been trying to seriously wrestle me she would've planted a knee in my gut, and George's knees and elbows are sharp. I appreciated the restraint, even though the odds were she'd only refrained because knocking the wind out of a guy doesn't tend to do much for the mood.

And lo, there was smut.

Set a few years before Feed.

Additional notes:
--Beta work by [personal profile] wildpear.
--Content note: Georgia and Shaun are around 20 in this, but it also refers back to some experimental rough sex in their late teens.

You can also read the fic under the cut )

Electrical hiking

Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:51 pm
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Oh, smartphones. I type "el hijo" and you correct it to "electrical hiking."

1) Woe betide the bilingual! (Which I hardly am.)

2) Aren't there any shorter words that start with "el"? Like elan? Elastic? Elmo??

I did some electrical hiking on my way home, in fact, or rather, a street light shorted out with an audible pop as I walked by and darkened the neighborhood for 10 seconds. It's incredibly windy due to the northerly states being clobbered by weather, and I am not as enthusiastic for inspecting the attic now as I was some 8 hours ago let me tell you what. I have already had a fight with the elderly windows in the back hall, which are rattling in their frames, and now am regretting that I was not pushier about cutting back the oak which is clawing at my side window.

(Definitely hiring an arborist in the spring.)
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Posted by Haley Mlotek

by Haley Mlotek

Bless Nicole Cliffe for bringing this to my attention:

The year I was a freshman cheerleader I was reading 1984. I was fourteen years old then and failing algebra and the fact that I was failing it worried me as I would worry now if the Mafia were after me, or if I had shot somebody and the police were coming to get me. But I did not have an awful lot of time to brood about this. It was basketball season then, and there was a game nearly every night. In Mississippi the schools are far apart, and sometimes we would have to drive two hundred miles to get to Panola Academy, Sharkey-Issaquena, funny how those old names come back to me; we'd leave sometimes before school was out, not get home till twelve or one in the morning. I was not an energetic teenager, and this was hard on me.

That's Donna Tartt, in the April 1994 issue of Harpers' Magazine, writing about her time as a cheerleader for her high school basketball team. The whole thing is, predictably, perfect, but there was something about this section that I really can't stop thinking about:

We were all of us, all the time, constantly sick—coughing, blowing our noses, faces flushed with fever: symptoms that were exacerbated by bad food, cramped conditions, exhaustion, and yelling ourselves hoarse every night. Hoarseness was, in fact, a matter of pride: we were accused of shirking if our Voices Weren't Cracked by the end of the evening, the state to which we aspired being a rasping, laryngitic croak. I remember the only time the basketball coach–a gigantic, stone-faced, terrifying man who was also the principal of the school and who, to my way of thinking, held powers virtually of life or death (there were stories of his punching kids out, beating them till they had bruises, stories that perhaps were not apocryphal in a private school like my own, which prided itself on what it called "old-fashioned discipline" and where corporal punishment was a matter of routine); the only time this coach ever spoke to me was to compliment me on my burned-out voice, which he overheard in the hall the morning after a game. "Good job," he said. My companions and I were dumbfounded with terror. After he was gone they stared at me with awestruck apprehension and then, one by one, drifted gently away, not wishing to be seen in the company of anyone who had attracted the attention—even momentarily—of this dangerous lunatic.

Read the whole piece here.


Coma-Faker Pleads Guilty to Fraud

Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:21 am
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Posted by Kevin

Doesn't seem like it should have taken two years to establish this, but it turns out Alan Knight was lying when he claimed to be quadriplegic and/or comatose in order to avoid court appearances and delay his prosecution. He even checked himself into the hospital on occasion for this purpose, and you'd think they would have questioned both of the above conditions. Anyway, in the end his fitness was established pretty conclusively by video of an allegedly comatose person doing stuff like driving around, going shopping, and other things that generally require at least some level of consciousness.

The ironically-named Knight pleaded guilty this week to 19 counts of forgery, fraud, and theft, including the theft of over £40,000 from a neighbor who has Alzheimer's. Knight will be sentenced on November 7, and his apparently unconscious body will then be carted off to jail.

Unless he is a significantly better thespian than this guy, who tried to fake a heart attack during closing argument when things didn't seem to be going his way. Actually, that incident is probably a better example of how important it is to establish and maintain your credibility, because as the video demonstrates, by the time he tried to feign death nobody was really taking him seriously in any way.

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