The Dragon of Rosemont High, ch. 9.

Feb. 19th, 2019 05:41 pm
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“Stars of the sky and spirits of the land, we call upon your aid.”

It’s nearly eleven by the time Eli gets to Zoe’s place, mostly care of him taking a good twenty minutes trying to figure out how to change back into a human. When he finally gets it, he’s surprised how . . . wrong the shape feels; too small and too fragile and too smooth. Widow Adeline just laughs at his discomfort, feeds him another plate of bacon and sausages, and sends him on his way.

Eli’s head is in such a spin by the time he’s standing at Zoe’s front door that he’s almost forgotten why he’s supposed to be here. His eyes keep drifting to the sky, at the blue peeking between silver clouds. He could be up there, right now. Just him and the wind. It’s a strange thought; makes him feel restless and uneasy.

The Chungs are not early risers, so Eli gets offered breakfast for the third time. Mr. Chung is making crepes, stuffed with mascarpone and berry compote and smothered with maple syrup. Eli loves Mr. Chung’s crepes, except today something about the smell of the syrup and berries makes his stomach turn. He tries one anyway, minus the syrup; the crepe is like eating paper and the berries are so sweet it makes his teeth hurt. The mascarpone tastes okay, so he eats as much as he can, then pushes away the rest with a muttered apology about having already eaten.

“Your loss!” Zoe announces, and promptly devours everything he didn’t.

Today, Zoe is in her Supernatural outfit; a cute black dress and little blue tie underneath a long tan duster. Her earrings are two little black feathers, which Eli finds somewhat ironic when he pulls the tattered peryton feather from his satchel.

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Feb. 19th, 2019 12:17 am
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I got lots of bookreading done this weekend...

Out of the Ghetto: The Social Background of Jewish Emancipation, 1770-1870 by Jacob Katz

Interesting on a factual level but I often disagreed with his conclusions, mostly the lack of engagement with the ideology of Orthodoxy. Baffling that a book on that subject matter didn't mention Samson Raphael Hirsch once, baffling that it barely mentioned Chasidism and had a mere handful of references to Chasam Sofer.

The Thirteen Petalled Rose by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

A really excellent treatment of basic principles of Kabbalah, essentially a version of Kabbalah designed to work for Jews for whom Kabbalah doesn't really work. R' Steinsaltz does a brilliant job as always of pulling all of these disparate ideas from all of Jewish thought together and making them actually seem to fit together.

W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

Pretty good Kinsey story, I thought. It was nice the way the mystery fit together, and I liked getting to see some paternal backstory filled in. Just X and Y to go.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Stupid book but I mostly enjoyed it. Also watched the movie on the flight home, but I didn't like it as much, except for Awkwafina who is great. I was glad that the movie got rid of the blatant anti-semitism in the book, but I was a little disappointed because as part of fixing that they removed Amanda's Jewish boyfriend who might've danced at the wedding. Alas, Jews do not dance in this movie.

Mortal Engines by Stanislaw Lem

Read on [personal profile] ambyr's recommendation, and highly enjoyed. Fairy tales about robots with a remarkable bite, alternately deeply cynical about humanity and powerfully optimistic about our potential.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

I still can't figure out if I read this book as a kid. I watched the new film a couple weeks ago and the plot didn't really ring a bell, and reading the book mostly likewise, but there were turns of phrase and emotional moods that felt familiar. I must have read it as a kid. I must have. But it's completely faded from memory.

Anyway, I mostly liked it, but not in a wow this was amazing way.

Also made a dent in C.L. Polk's Witchmark on [personal profile] aurumcalendula's recommendation and a big dent in Rena Rossner's Sisters of the Winter Wood, which... [personal profile] kass, if you haven't read this book, PM me your address and I'll mail it to you as soon as I finish, you will love it. Goblin Market meets shtetl folk tale.

Masechet Chullin Daf 78-83

Feb. 18th, 2019 11:32 pm
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Back from Arizona after a 5 hour flight delay!

Daf 78-83 in one go

Conveniently the whole run of Daf Yomi while I was away consisted of the entirety of Perek Hei of Chullin, which was concerned with Oto v'et b'no, the commandment in Leviticus 22:28 not to slaughter a parent and a child animal on the same day. There are some fascinating oral law d'rashes of the verse that are completely counterintuitive to how you would just read the pasuk. At only 5 pages but covering a range of interesting but fairly self-contained halakhic issues, I think this would be a great perek of Gemara for someone just dipping their toes into learning Talmud.

To start with, oto is in the masculine, but the Gemara reasons that the mitzvah must be a prohibition on slaughtering a mother and her child (of either sex), not a father, because the clear intention of the mitzvah is similar to shiluach haken, the much more well known and much weirder mitzvah of sending away the mother bird before taking her eggs. The mother and her child are a clear family unit, in the case of the domesticated species the mitzvah is talking about, the father is rarely an active participant in raising the child, so the majority opinion is that we don't consider the father's seed as really having any connection to the child.

This then leads the Gemara on an interesting detour into the halakhos relating to mules and other crossbred animals, where in some cases where it matters, some Rabbis say that we similarly don't consider the father's seed as having any connection to the child, so that a mule with a mare parent is considered to be more a horse than a donkey, for example when it comes to whether you can yolk it with a mule who has a jenny for a parent.

And similarly the Gemara discusses the koy, an animal that according to some is the crossbred offspring of a domesticated animal and a wild animal, and some say on the same principle that whether it's considered domesticated or wild depends on the mother (for purposes of offering it as a Temple sacrifice, or for the halakha of covering the blood that will come in Perek Zayin.)

Later on there's some interesting halakhic questions about when and if you can incur multiple penalties for the same act, and when you can incur a lesser penalty instead of a greater penalty when committing an act that violates multiple issurs. This comes up because the act of oto v'et b'no inherently consists of two acts, the first of which is not an issur- killing the first animal, and the second of which is an issur- killing the second, related animal. So the Gemara asks a series of questions about cases where either the first act also transgresses a separate issur, or where the second act transgresses a separate issur, and how the two aveiros interact.

A big one that creates complicated interactions is shechting a consecrated animal outside the Temple courtyard, because there's a major disagreement about whether it incurs lashes or kares or nothing if it's done at a time when the animal is not permitted to be offered. So if you shecht the mother and then the child is consecrated, some hold that since you are not permitted to offer the son as a sacrifice that day because of oto v'et b'no, you do not incur the penalty for offering it outside the Temple courtyard, though you do incur the penalty of oto v'et b'no.

There's a lot more cases, I wish I'd been blogging daily during this perek, it was a lot of fun to learn, but I think I have to accept that I'm unlikely to have the time to give it any more detail here, so I'm just going to move on.

Perek Zayin will be about the mitzvah of covering the blood.

at least I got the hallway done?

Feb. 18th, 2019 08:54 pm
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I miss when I could pretend not to be disabled long enough to vacuum the whole house.

By which I mean my parents' house. Which, even excluding 3/4 of the bedrooms, is rather bigger than this one!

book reminiscing

Feb. 19th, 2019 02:00 pm
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This is because [personal profile] james posted about her reading habits in childhood, which was the 70s and 80s.

I was a little later, the 80s and 90s. But books hold very particular memories for me, largely because my parents put value in reading and bookishness and so we always had bookshelves and bookshelves and bookshelves, and gifts more often held books than anything else.

a (not so) brief history of my childhood and adolescence in books )

Books have an emotional memory for me. As well as the memory of the plot, I recall snippets of where I was while I was reading them, how I felt while reading sections, or fragments of what was happening in my life. So even going through all this has been a fun walk down memory lane for me. :)


Feb. 18th, 2019 06:10 pm
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You know, I love fandom.

Case in point: there are 147 stories on AO3 using the "The problem of Susan" tag.

That's pretty awesome.


In other news, I went for a lovely long muddy hilly hike this morning, then took a nap, then baked oatmeal cookies. And now I'm off to chorus practice. Tomorrow I'm back to work, bah, but at least it's a short week.


Feb. 18th, 2019 08:42 pm
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February shitposting, day 18

Feb. 18th, 2019 08:29 pm
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Today's randomly chosen theme is: benign joys

A brief and non-comprehensive list:

1. Walking beside running water
2. Being in a boat on a lake
3. Reading a good book
4. Reading good fanfic
5. Browsing the internet for lovely items (earrings, socks, home decor, art, etc.) that I have no intention of buying
6. Watching rain or snow fall from inside a nice warm house
7. Looking at tangible evidence of a task completed and saying, "See! I did that!"
8. Smiling at babies and having them smile back
9. Gardening
10. Singing (alone or in a group)
11. Eating good food (alone or in company)
12. Long conversations with people one enjoys spending time with
13. Waking up and actually feeling rested
14. Petting cats and dogs
15. Hugs
16. Finding exactly the right word
17. Solving a math problem and feeling that lovely intangible weight of an equation in perfect balance

There are many others, but I think that's a decent start. :)

links, Adventure Time, baby gator

Feb. 18th, 2019 06:49 pm
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The kids have been watching Adventure Time after I brought home some of the Ryan North-authored graphic novels from the library because, well, Ryan North; I hear such good things about it but seeing it over their shoulders definitely gives me a lot of sympathy for people who can't with Steven Universe because of the character designs. Perhaps I should do what I did with SU and just listen while stitching until I get into it . . .

Finally, we are visiting family in Florida, and I very much enjoy this picture of a baby gator that Chad took.

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Theme Prompt: #007 – Travel Plans
Title: Making Time for Love
Fandom: Original
Rating/Warnings: PG
Bonus: Yes.
Word Count: 994
Summary: Jeffrey just wants to plan his vacation. His wife has other plans in mind.

making time for love )
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Theme Prompt: #007 Travel Plans
Title: where the traveler never tires
Fandom: Discworld
Rating/Warnings: Gen. With a non-violent character death.
Bonus: No
Word Count: 392
Summary: Opportunity has been traveling for oh so very long now.

Opportunity's batteries have been low for a while... )
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I'm still honing my icon-making skills, as you can tell. But I'm proud of the first three, if none of the others, lol. I wanted to make some with Kyle or Liz but didn't find any nice, editable shots of either of them. If anyone knows where to find caps for this show, please share!

Feel free to save any you like, but please credit [personal profile] fucktheg0ds. And if you do use an icon somewhere, let me know!  :)
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Books read, early February

Feb. 18th, 2019 04:25 pm
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Ben Aaronovitch, Lies Sleeping. This is the latest in this long urban fantasy series, and it relies very heavily on both plot and character arcs from earlier in the series. Good news: there is plenty of movement on things that have been going on for several books. Bad news: if you want to start somewhere, this is not it. Peter and his friends, enemies, relations are all barreling forward at top speed, but a lot of it will make no sense without the rest of the series.

Jill Baguchinsky, Mammoth. This is a charming YA about a plus-sized teenage fashionista with a passion for paleontology. It has a lot of genre-YA themes about finding yourself and also maybe someone else, but at the top of the list of things the protag finds is BONES so that is pretty great. I want to put a CW on this for the protagonist starting the book fixating on guessing other women's weight. This is flagged as unhealthy but may still be difficult for some readers, so: choose when you read it accordingly.

Hans Bekker-Nielsen et al, eds., Mediaeval Scandinavia 1968. This is a hardbound annual journal for its field. A lot of the stuff therein has either become basic knowledge since then or gotten debunked, but there were still some interesting rune-deciphering passages. Not recommended unless you're constantly eager for new medieval Scand studies stuff, which...I am.

Blair Braverman, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North. I read this author's twitter, and she writes about dogsledding there. YAY I LIKE DOGS. It was also a good time for me to read about dogsledding, as I revise a book with significant amounts of dogsledding in it. This book...was not really about dogsledding. Very much at all. It was mostly about recovering from sexual abuse, assault, and trauma. Braverman chose to do that in the far north of Norway, and there are interesting cultural things going on there, and I engaged with this narrative, but--if you're here for the dogsledding, not so much.

Roshani Chokshi, Aru Shah and the End of Time. This was a lovely, charming middle-grade adventure. I got a copy for a kid in my life for their birthday. Friendship and magic and figuring yourself out. Yay.

Linda Collister, The Great British Bake Off: Big Book of Baking and The Great British Bake Off: Perfect Cakes and Bakes to Make at Home. I flipped through these and wrote down exactly three recipes, but that's actually pretty good for library cookbooks--I mostly am not a big recipe cook anyway.

Philip Cushway and Michael Warr, eds., Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin. This was a harrowing book of protest poetry that was very much worth engaging with, a little at a time. I was a tiny bit frustrated that such a large percentage of the page count was dedicated to writing about each poet rather than showcasing their poems--for most poets there were more words dedicated to their bio than in their poems, which seems backwards to me. I feel like most of the poets showcased probably had more than one good protest poem. But the ones that were there were good to have.

Michael Eric Dyson, What Truth Sounds Like: RFK, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America. This traces the roots and results of a major meeting between American Black intelligentsia/artists and Robert F. Kennedy. Dyson has lots of ideas about the implications of this conversation and conversations like it, and this was fascinating--especially with the range of talent that Baldwin could get to show up on a moment's notice.

Lissa Evans, Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms. This is a fun MG about magic (the stage variety...or is it...) and puzzles and family.

Robert Frost, New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes. Kindle. Several of the "Grace Notes" are familiar, much-anthologized poems, tacked on here as extras. The "Notes" tend to be longer, often dialect-laden local poems. And then there's the titular poem. It's massive and rambly and reminds me a bit of W.H. Auden's Letters from Iceland in form/style. I really like this geographical ramble poem thing. I would like a book of them. (But mostly I would like to reread Letters from Iceland because I love it unreasonably and Uncle Wys is the best.) (Ahem. Okay you can read Robert Frost too I guess, but really you probably already know that.) (AUDENNNN.)

Marlon James, Black Leopard, Red Wolf. All the other grimdark books are like teddy bears having their picnic compared to this. It is full of multiform rape, genital mutilation, excretion in its various types, is a lot. It is vividly imagined and beautifully written, and so, so very dark. It is doing things with worldbuilding that no one else has tried, and also it is so very dark.

Rosalie Knecht, Who Is Vera Kelly? This is both a spy novel and a young woman's coming of age story. It is the kind of spy novel I have wanted, light and fun and firmly placed in space and time. It has the short, zippy chapters of some earlier works in this genre while leaving out the sexism. Yay for this book.

Rose MacAulay, Crewe Train. In many ways this is a charming and eccentric narrative of a young woman who does not want what she is told to want and the mild chaos that ensues in her life because of that fact. I will read more Rose MacAulay for sure, because this was intriguing and mostly good in an early 20th century way. However, I do feel the need to flag that there's about a chapter of staggeringly racist content that is not only awful but completely unnecessary to the plot, the sort of thing that makes you repeat, "Rose, what are you doing, Rose, what are you doing," over and over as you read. Is one chapter of that too much? You get to decide.

Seanan McGuire, In an Absent Dream. This is the most recent of Seanan's portal fantasy novellas, which are my favorite thing she's doing right now. This one stands quite well alone and is very distinctive in setting and character from the others. I was mostly okay with which things were summarized and which shown (an interesting calculus of novellas), until the ending, which wasn't quite as satisfying because of that ratio. Still glad I read it.

John McPhee, Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process. This is the book equivalent of sitting at John McPhee's feet listening to him talk about his long and storied career and how it all has worked. I wouldn't start here if you haven't read McPhee before, I'd start with Annals of the Former World, because that is amazing. But if you already like McPhee this will probably be an interesting and fast read. (Note for people who are always on the lookout for writing books: this is about writing nonfiction, if that changes anything for you.)

Robert Muir-Wood, The Cure for Catastrophe: How We Can Stop Manufacturing Natural Disasters. Interesting stuff on structure and materials and their adaptations to place. I'd have liked more of the title and less of the background for the title, but I'm told there are storage and organization issues with having everything.

Dennis Romano, Markets and Marketplaces in Medieval Italy, c. 1100 to c. 1440. This goes into a lot of detail about the relationship of the sacred and secular in this context, and about how the different Italian city-states varied but had common elements in how they handled marketplace issues. One of the things that was interesting to me was how much focus there was on fraud--which makes sense, but...well, if you have friends and family who spend a lot of time on deregulation as a political hot button, direct them to the medieval Italians.

Rebecca Solnit, Call Them By Their True Names. This is a collection of Solnit's recent essays on the contemporary scene. I'd already read several of them in their original magazine publications, but it was still an interesting book--and I basically always reach for Rebecca Solnit first whenever I get one of her books.

Vanessa Tait, The Looking Glass House. I didn't see one of the marketing points of this book before I picked it up in a used bookstore--namely that Tait is the descendant of Alice Liddell of Alice in Wonderland fame. This is a novel about the Liddells' governess. Basically everyone in it is unhappy and unpleasant, parents, children, governesses, random family friends, all of them. This is a "sucked to be them" book, and while it's written reasonably well, all that did was make me keep reading until the end, with nothing but frustration and misery as far as the eye can see. Not recommended.

Sara Teasdale, Love Songs. Kindle. There are several things that Teasdale appears to think about love that make me want to rent her a cabin for a year so she can get some time to herself to think, and then introduce her to people who are kind and don't play power games, because wow, kiddo, wow. But then there are the moments where she is wrapped up in natural beauty, and I'm here for that.

Fic: The Lion and the Unicorn

Feb. 18th, 2019 10:06 pm
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I mentioned something about falling headfirst into a new fandom? Have another fic, something a bit more substantial this time. I don't think it's going to be all Saru all the time here forever, but, well, I'm not out of ideas yet :-). I feel like I'm still getting to grips with their voices, and Trek is such a gigantic canon that I only know bits of - the only Trek I've watched all the way through is DS9 - so it's a bit intimidating to write for this, and writing for visual fandoms really isn't natural for me at all. But I have a whole lot of thoughts and headcanon about the mirror universe and Kelpiens and what was going on with everything to do with Saru in S1, and because I don't really do nonfiction meta, it's coming out in stories :-)


Title: The Lion and the Unicorn
Summary: Saru visits the Terran Emperor aboard Discovery. An extra scene from 1.14

The Lion and the Unicorn )

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Feb. 18th, 2019 04:00 pm
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