hornkerling:

ginnabean:

Is it time to rename “dystopian lit” as “realistic fiction” yet

I would, except everyone is white, straight, and sixteen

So, as much as I enjoy my current job and hope to hell they a) extend my temp position out to April, and b) keep me in it, I can’t depend on that. So, I’ve started looking around for upcoming jobs, which means I’m being re-acquainted with the current fashion of never calling a librarian a librarian. 

Now, it’s true that we often do many things that people do not historically associate with librarianship. If Knowledge Management lets your corporate HR go to sleep at night, that’s fine with me, especially if you mostly want someone to project manage/produce a lot of copy. Am I bothered? Nah. 

But really, [place]: socio-informatician?  

stelmarias said: Have you read Everything Leads to You it's light and sort of over the top but cute and queer.

Cute and queer and over-the-top sounds ideal right now. Thank you!

orphans-and-animals:

stelmarias:

our relationship in a nutshell tbh

Just add me laughing gently in the other room, and/or making concerned noises, and it’s set. 

#ali is my mom but kit is my radically responsible cool aunt#not that ali isn’t responsible#but they are not the most adult of adults
Ah, see, I’ve been referring to myself on and off as your cruelly absent stepmother, but I like radically responsible aunt much better. Though where you got this idea of responsibility from I cannot say. 
Also, have you read Otherbound? Read Otherbound. I finished it this morning and had to resist the impulse to buy loads of copies just so I might scatter them about to that the unsuspecting might find them and take them home and into their lives. 
..I did resist, though, so I suppose that’s an example of responsibility. 
But it’s a great book! 

orphans-and-animals:

stelmarias:

our relationship in a nutshell tbh

Just add me laughing gently in the other room, and/or making concerned noises, and it’s set. 

Ah, see, I’ve been referring to myself on and off as your cruelly absent stepmother, but I like radically responsible aunt much better. Though where you got this idea of responsibility from I cannot say. 

Also, have you read Otherbound? Read Otherbound. I finished it this morning and had to resist the impulse to buy loads of copies just so I might scatter them about to that the unsuspecting might find them and take them home and into their lives. 

..I did resist, though, so I suppose that’s an example of responsibility. 

But it’s a great book! 

(via stelmarias)

politeyeti:

As a very heartfelt thank you for 500 followers after almost exactly 4 years, I’m having a giveaway. Like most giveaways, there are rules:

  • You must be following me to win.
  • Reblog and like as many times as you like, but only the first one of each will count.
  • Winners will be chosen by random number generator; numbers will be re-picked if they are duplicate reblogs, people not following me, or me being obnoxious and reblogging myself.
  • You need to be willing to message me something approximating a name in which you can receive packages and a corresponding address.
  • I’ll ship anywhere, because, I mean, I live in Australia. It would be silly to restrict this when I’m already giving stuff away.
  • If you’re chosen, I’ll message you for your details—your ask must be open. If you don’t respond within 3 days, I’ll choose another number to take your spot. 
  • If you’re chosen and you’d prefer not to receive something after all, it’s cool—just reply and let me know. I’ll choose another number to take your spot.

First prize is the hand-made alethiometer, as seen above. I made it specifically for this giveaway and there will never be another identical to it. It is one of eight in the world at the moment. It’s a functional, wind-up pocket watch, too. 

Second prize is a necklace made specifically for you based on your blog or a pair of cufflinks, whichever you would prefer. I hand make custom steampunk jewelry from watches I deconstruct myself and sell it at local artist markets and shops. I’d love to make something just for you.

Third prize is your choice of a copy of season one of Orphan Black, season two of Orphan Black, or the beautiful omnibus His Dark Materials. I highly reccomend acquiring these in some fashion regardless.

There will also be two runner-up prizes in the form of fic. Your fandom options are severely limited, but I’ll write most stuff within OB or HDM (and a handful of others—it’s actually in my userinfo drop-down). I’m making no promises about the quality of this prize.

This contest ends in two weeks, on September August 1st, 2014. Good luck! (Edited: I understand how dates work, and the space-time continuum.)

stelmarias:

our relationship in a nutshell tbh

Just add me laughing gently in the other room, and/or making concerned noises, and it’s set. 

stelmarias:

our relationship in a nutshell tbh

Just add me laughing gently in the other room, and/or making concerned noises, and it’s set. 

Not sure if you remember my plea for fairytale retellings a few months back. It was for my creative writing class this past semester—we had to write paper on genre tropes and then create a short story that reflected them. I ended up being sucked into how creepy Sleeping Beauty really is, when you think about it, and wrote something that I rahter like and will probably turn into a longer piece. I was thinking about possible side-effects/the trauma of actually sleeping for 100 years, even assisted by magic. With a side of queer ladies helping each other out. politeyeti, em-cypher and startledgazette will find this very familiar, and I owe a lot if its shape and sense to their brilliance. 

As it’s not going to exist anywhere in its current form, I thought I’d share the beginning with you. The usual copyright/don’t be a dick rules apply. 

Read More

bodies! bodies EVERYWHERE.

In the last review I wrote for Viewpoint (the upcoming issue, not yet released), I made a mild crack about how the editorial staff must think I have cast iron stomach, because there has been a bloody thread of gore running through what they send me. I’ve read books on syphilis and public miscarriages and bowel blisters and, in the last one, cannibalism. The latest book they sent me came with a note saying I’d be free of bodily fluids.  I’m now about halfway through. 

…it’s a crime novel. I’ve already had three murders, one of them by evisceration.  

stelmarias:

I MAY NOT BE FINE

I’m fairly sure this is the only appropriate response to His Dark Materials

stelmarias:

I MAY NOT BE FINE

I’m fairly sure this is the only appropriate response to His Dark Materials

kiwi-kaleidoscope:

Hey peroxidepirate and orphans-and-animals!

Didn’t know if you knew, but you’re both rec’d by the tamorapiercefemslash fic rec list:

Here it is!

Ha! This makes me smile. Though I cry, as usual, over the lack of Emelan recs. (Also, I guess Significant Celebrations is kind of dub con. I shall think about this.) 

Thanks for letting me know!

(note to self: MUST finish the Daja/Sandry Duchess AU by the end of July. Must.) 

YA book reviews: trying to find that one, precious story where the dog DOESN'T die.

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