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Bless social media. Tom Smith just wished me a happy birthday.

So did loads of other people. Makes me a bit surrounded by love - honestly my favorite part of the day. Thank you!

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I'm having a bit of a Thing, apparently. My boss said something that's really gotten under my skin, and I'm actually a bit confuzzled over whether it's the sexism or the dismissiveness of it.

Background: a coworker came within a hair's breadth of quitting today, told me she was going to do it and then apparently got talked down from it. It was emotionally driven, but when aren't our decisions? I dream of being able to quit, and that's emotionally driven - anger, frustration, hopelessness, powerlessness. Said coworker had specific grievances that mostly came down to a lack of power, a lack of respect, and personality conflicts driven by that dynamic. (Some truly asinine situations around the office lately aren't helping.) But S. boiled it down to the personalities, and said to e how he ws tired of women and all their drama.

Those last five words are actually verbatim. Which is just.... something.

Also: Secretly I think said coworker was on to something. Actually, I'm jealous. Wish I had the backbone to just quit already! Heaven knows we've both earned it in spades.


In happier news, I'm now officially thirty-five. No big plans for today, and I'm actually a bit down about that. Mainly I want to have a bit of fun and not think about RL stress, but I'm at a loss for creativity beyond going out to eat somewhere tomorrow night. (Which would almost certainly be alone.) I do have a long weekend planned, flying down to OBX on Friday, so objectively I do actually have something to look forwrd to.

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Jul. 5th, 2017

There's a certain virtue, in long subway rides
And missed connections:
A good seat, iced coffee in hand.
Or perhaps a Kindle, or the Times.

Duty still lingers above ground,
Dinner to be made, emails answered,
Preparations made for the next day's trek up the mountain,

But below ground, they wait because they must.
Muscles that moan with weariness,
They take their seventh-day rest,
And a mind too often running itself to exhaustion
Finds the space to just be.
Purgatory, of a sort, but hardly Dante's circles;
Rather, the antechamber,
Where the bride is bathed and anointed and made ready for the wedding-feast.

Or perhaps it's nothing so grand as all that.
Perhaps there is no "because" below ground,
No meaning sorting itself into a pre-ordained shape,
But merely the freedom to play at possibilities
Boundariless as a shapeshifter's colloidal essence.
It is what it is: enough.

So, I eked out a few lines tonight after riding out to Queens and back because I needed the self-imposed space to not get things done. Productivity to celebrate non-productivity, in a way; ironies. Not entirely sure if it's self-indulgent schlop or not, but written schlop is better than unwritten genius, in any event.

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I've not actually gotten around to bragging about my [community profile] holmestice submission, partly because I'm afraid it's a bit of a niche taste. It's set in the Ritchie (RDJ/Jude Law) movies, but it's post-Reichenbach meaning pretty much everyone knows the basic canon even if they've not seen the films. But it's also polyamory (Sherlock/Watson/Mary), sexually explicit in the middle part, and involves the use and abuse of Catholic liturgy to further the sexytiems. Which I do understand may not be everyone's cup of Earl Grey.

Now that I've told you all the reasons you shouldn't read it, let me tell you why you should. Because I'm actually really proud of it. Mary is clever, Watson is caring, and Holmes as emotionally aware as I can imagine him - really, I liked the unique mix of bluster and exposure here quite a lot, and want to play with it more at some point. There's some pretty theologically informed work on forgiveness (even if Watson mangles it a bit in the particulars), some endearing if I may say so flashes of Sherlock's childhood in France, bare-knuckle boxing and costumes. The whole set-up was just fun to write, and I hope to read. And if you prefer your fanfic more teen-rated but are open to a loving and established romantic triad, the first and third parts actually work fairly well on their own.

Do give it a read, if you're so inclined: And Ye Shall Live, and Ye Shall Know

PS- [personal profile] scfrankles, I had a giggle at how easily you identified me in the guessing phase. I suppose I have a few tells. :-)

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Tolkien on Names

This Tumblr post has me smiling. Basically it's about all the silly linguist-humor-but-making-us-mere-mortals-reach-for-our-notecards things Tolkien does. A sample:

2. Characters who Have Way Too Many Names

Examples include Aragorn son of Arathorn son of Arador heir of Isildur Elendil’s son, descendant of Numenor, Thorongill, Eagle of the Star, Dúnadan, Strider, Wingfoot, Longshanks, Elessar, Edhelharn, Elfstone, Estel (”Hope,”) The Chieftain of the Dúnedain, King of the West, High King of Gondor and Arnor, and Envinyatar the Renewer of the House of Telcontar

Wait I’m sorry did I say “examples” plural

Cuz that was all one guy

Check out the whole thing, it's really quite hilarious if you've made it to the other side of the head-thunking stage we all seem to go through.

Then come back and answer me two simple questions:

1) What are your favorite examples of this?
2) What the heck was JRRT thinking with all this?

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The Handmaid's Tale + More Holmestice

I've been watching the Hulu series, which just finished its first series. Highly recommended if you have access to Hulu. Is anyone else watching it?

I love the original book and as far as adaptations go, this feels like better than we had any riht to hope for. It's reasonably faithful, and where it differs (the Japanese tourists become a Mexican ambassador, for instance) it's used to really good effect. And they dug into so many of the characters in such an interesting, believable way. Moira and Janine, for instance, were wonderful. I was a bit bothered by the boiling down of the horrors of Gilead to sexual slavery and sexual violence, treating all women like they were equal. As if the Red Centers were the one real outstanding shame of Gilead.

One of the truly unnerving things about the original book for me was that in some ways Aunt Lydia was right when she called the Handmaids protected and lucky. There are huge racial disparities, and older women just disappear unless they're married to powerful men like the Commanders' Wives. I didn't perceive the true horror as a sexual assault so much as a lack of choices and choice-making across the Board. Women are sentenced to sexual slavery, domestic servants, death in the colonies. Afro-Americans are sentenced to agricultural slavery out west. Gay people are quite literally sentence to death even if they're chaste in the present. Similarly for religious minorities, intellectuals, anyone seen as undesirable. And as awful as Gilead is there are all these pepole living worse, or at least different, horrors.

This is hard to say and I'm sure lots of people will disagree with me (with reason!), but I felt like a lot of reaction to the show was trying to tap into a "war against women" and the current political moment. To be clear: I do see a war against women, just one that goes deeper than the current administration. In terms of Trump policies it pales compared to the machismo he emboldens, and even that pales compared to the racial poltics, the Islamophobia, the American-first sentiment. I don't feel all that singled out as a woman, or at least I see te assault as... more subtle? More about the personality than the policies? So it feels odd to kind of put "Handmaid" out there as a tale for the political moment (which is why I think it's resonating with a lot of my friends these days), and then act like all women are suffering equally. That reaction has a sort of all-lives-matter undercurrent to it. And the adaptation did seem to present a sort of homogenized everywoman put through this, that didn't sit that well with me.

I don't know. I don't think I'm explaining it very well. And taken as a story of how women generally are put through such garbage, it really is a great psychological horror thing. A great drama looking at how we resist, the different ways we do, what that means. Really worth watching. And reading for that matter - the Atwood novel was hugely formative for me, and it's aged really well.


Holmestice continues. Some favorites since my last post:

Son of Demeter, No Friend of Hades (BBC Sherlock + Greek mythology fusion, John/Sherlock + Moriarty)
Return (Doyle, John/Sherlock)
A Long Game (BBC Sherlock, Anthea & Molly tipping into Anthea/Molly)
Underground Rescue (BBC Sherlock art, John & Sherlock)

.... I will admit I'm getting a bit... wearied, I guess? So many nice pieces, but my RL is so busy, and I feel a compunction to read and comment on them all because I want the same paid to me but also because they're nice, I guess? And with this heat, and some other things going on. I'm just tired. The good thing is, they'll still be there even if I don't get to them all. Need to remind myself of that.

Btw [personal profile] fractalwolf keep meaning to reply! But no, I don't recognize the significance of the Norse runes, either. I feel like I should, but I'm drawing a blank there.

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It's such a breath of fresh air this go-around! I mean, I'm generally a critical fan and like talking and thinking things through, and I'm not going to complain about all that. But all the fic here is so uncomplicated, so joyful, so much of why people love the Baker Street Boys. And it's as much Ritchie and Doyle as it is BBC. (And Elementary, too, though I don't really know enough to really get into those personally, I'm afraid.

But so far:

Knit One, Purl Too: BBC meets "The Red-headed League," with a very clever Molly as Jabez Wilson
Incidents with Dogs, Curious and Otherwise: BBC parentlock + eventual JOhnlock. And so many dogs. And so much delightful cutenesss. This one has me smiling just thinking about it.
Two Shoes for a Hat: Ritchie-verse, first meeting and quite possibly the most in-character thing I've ever read there. And Stamford is lovely! And the bit with Gladstone. Really, just delightful.

That's without having read "The Magnificent Division (Mystrade meets Cabin Pressure), which I frankly can't wait to get home and dive into tonight. Looks awesome!

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my Holmestice gift

I received a just-wonderful fusion of BBC Sherlock and Doyle's "Red-Headed League," with Molly Hooper in the role of Jabez Wilson. Really very well done with both Greg and Molly being a lot of fun, equal parts fallible and clever, and neither needing Sherlock's deductions to solve the case, thank you very much. I loved seeing those two shine a bit on their own terms, and loved too how it really breathed life into one of my favorite Doyle stories.

Do check it out!

Rated Teen but I think that's being a bit cautious. Really a fun read for everyone, I'd think.

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Today I am in a rare good mood today. Did a lot of *cough* playing around at work on non-work things, and felt precisely zero guilt on it because I worked through a fair portion of the weekend and worked a solid twelve hours yesterday. I think I've also been pushed to a sort of zen state where I realze it's not getting done no matter how hard I work at it and (temporarily no doubt!) am at peace with that, or at least not caring.

It's almost verging on manic, actually. I'm sure it won't last, and I'm not sure it's mentally healthy even if it does. But it is very different, and that alone is a weight off.


Holmestice fic submitted
Wonder Woman tickets acquired
... I am forcibly removed from the clinic and onto the train.

Peace, all.

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