October 15th, 2017
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by that lady who did the really trash "Eat Pray Love"? I did. I tried it because the cover was so bloody gorgeous, all that purple! And I have been reading creativity books for inspiration. And you know what? This was a good one. No really. Now, as per usual with white folks, she manages to find inspiration in an mostly white canon of creatives; and as per usual the greeks and the romans are invoked as the beginning of creative history (insert eyeroll. And there is a story about Bali priests at the end that reads to me like she is defending cultural appropriation (its the way she talks as if there isn't a valid reason for concern in the situation that eveolved, even if in that case, it didn't work out the way it usually does when poc have something white folks are interested in). And I really dont agree with her that art is essentially useless and not that important to our survival. (She basically thinks that physical stuff like doctors nurses etc are important to our survival, while art is something that we choose to do but can live without. I find that her dismissal of art's catering to our mind's needs to be really weird for someone who is deep into spirituality. For me, art is just as necessary as the physical stuff. Not just bread but roses too, ya'll or in this case not just bread but art.

But the rest of it? Spot on. She takes the myth of having to suffer to create art to the woodshed. She talks about making creative work a devotion in a way that really synced with me. She addresses the idea of genius, and success and how if you are lucky to have one of your ideas take off, how to deal with the fact that nothing else you make is likely to be be as successful as that one idea (the answer: face that, acknowlege it and work anyway. Try to stay away from the idea of working towards success and try to embrace the actual creative process itself. She talked about working to support your art and how that helps to not put so much pressure on you to perform. (Though I started thinking about the many ways in which capitalism emands that you work so much that many folkd can't even get a minute to practice art at all and that's why a dream of many folks is to be able to make art that sells, cause they'll have some goddamn time to do so! ) And she talks about the fact that whatever path you choose, there will be associated shit that you will have to deal with. So pick the path. if you can, that has jewels that shine so brightly for you that you will dig thru the shit to get at them.

Her writing was lovely, light and casual and inviting. I really do rec this book!
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cause iam gonna attempt nanowrimo this year!
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This is one of those books that I went back-and-forth on even put to the list of books to rent from booklender.com, much less actually putting it in my "impending" books list at the site. I kind of regret it.

It feels like it's two different books. One is about a former teen pop star that got dropped from her label after wanting to sing her own, more serous, songs instead of the "bubblegum pop" stuff they wanted. Then her mom ran off to Argentina with her manager and all of her money. Followed by her finding her fiancee (in a boy band at the same label) cheating with the latest (20-something) pop sensation. Because she has no money she has to move in with her ex's brother (who's the black sheep of the family) & take a job as an assistant director at a college dorm.

The other is a murder mystery of the "cozy" kind. I prefer cozy mysteries (where they don't go into gory detail & are light on sex & violence) but this one was kind of "fluffy" except for a knock-down-drag-out fight at the end.
Also at times if felt like it was trying to be a third book about how being a size 12 is not fat & is the size of the average American woman, you know. And if you don't know, you should.

Over all I had a hard time getting though it & would've quit it, but I wanted to see who did it & why. Seriously doubt I will be reading the others in the series.
Mood:: 'hungry' hungry
October 14th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] the_future_modernes at 01:18am on 14/10/2017
October 13th, 2017
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yesterday and I am whining inwardly because I can't buy it. It has no arms you see and stops mid back. I also dont trust its comfort level for the truly ridiculous level of time I spend sitting. But I wants it so bad. *sighs* I am trying to find a desk chair that is gorgeously colorful, comfortable, has a tall back so I can lean my head on it and has arms. Apparently this set of specifications is next to impossible to fulfill. The makers of desk chairs seem to feel that most of them should be black or white or brown. Or if they are colorful they should be midback and have no arms. Or be the UGLIEST shade of that color that they can find. I am very confused as to their choices. Maybe I should learn to draw so I can learn to design so I can design my own goddamn chair and somehow get it made?
October 12th, 2017
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The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 3 by Rei Tōma

Spoilers ahead for the earlier ones. . . .

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October 10th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] marycatelli in [community profile] books at 07:53am on 10/10/2017 under ,
Seeds of Blood by C. Chancy

Sequel to A Net of Dawn and Bones. Spoilers ahead for that.
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October 9th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] marycatelli in [community profile] books at 11:39pm on 09/10/2017 under ,
Stolen Magic by Marina Finlayson

An alternate world urban fantasy.

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October 8th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] naraht at 09:17pm on 08/10/2017 under ,
This is probably the right time to mention that I'm not signing up for Yuletide this year.

I've been doing Yuletide since 2006, with the only gap being in 2007 when I was busy submitting my thesis (and even that year, somebody wrote me an NYR, so I feel that I participated in spirit). My love for Yuletide is, in theory, undimmed. But.

Work has been utterly mad recently, and is likely to stay that way until mid-November at least. More importantly, my love for Yuri!!! on Ice is still flaring, and I seem to be in the middle of a fic that's likely to be 25k+ when it's finished. (I've just posted chapter 2, go and read!) I am absolutely positively not letting anything get in the way of finishing this fic, including Yuletide. It needs to be finished by Christmas, ideally by the end of November, and without a doubt by the time that the 2018 Olympics actually happen.

Finally, I have to admit that I feel a little relieved at the notion of flying home for my Christmas holidays this year with absolutely nothing hanging over my head, not even a Yuletide story to be posted.

I'll be cheering all of you on; I'll be reading and bookmarking letters; I'll definitely hang out in chat from mid-December on; and if the fates align, I'll try to pick up a treat or two. But as for the rest of it... maybe next year. Alas.
October 7th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] sistermagpie at 10:03pm on 07/10/2017 under
Hello and thank you, Yuletide writer! You are guaranteed an enthusiastic audience for your story, I can tell you right now.

If something in this letter inspires you, use it. If it stifles you, ignore it. I don't have any "perfect" stories in my head, I'd really just love to read anything in these fandoms or along these lines. For general likes/dislikes I'm fine with darkfic, even horror, and feel free to write whatever rating you like. In general, I do like the tone and emotional content of all these canons so I like to see that in fic as much as possible, and I don't like futurefic. To give you an idea of what excites me about the fandoms, here you go.

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Mood:: 'cheerful' cheerful
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very disappointing. the downside of trying new things i guess, some stuff will not work out.
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police brutality you are a domestic terrorist hereby named a black identity extremist. just so you know.
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October 5th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] marycatelli in [community profile] books at 11:09pm on 05/10/2017 under ,
The Troubled Empire: China in the Yuan and Ming Dynasties by Timothy Brook

Another author in this series.
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