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I live here on AO3, if you want to read my fic.

If you want to do any kind of transformative works of my fic - podfic, art, remix, whatever - I am super excited about this idea, and I encourage you to go ahead and do whatever you like with it! Dropping me a link would be appreciated, so I can know exactly what it is I'm excited about. Have fun, friend!
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Today I read two more entire books? I don't know, apparently I've just magically found my Intensive Reading Skills.

One of them was even thesis-relevant, so props to me. I took pictures of useful pages on my phone, so now I need to go back through my gallery and make notes, but anyway, work is being done. It was also just a very beautiful and sometimes very sad book. I sat in the library and cried quietly a couple of times in the middle of it. So if anybody else wants to read a series of autobiographical vignettes about a young girl in China during the Cultural Revolution with a faintly magical realism kind of feeling to it, When Huai Flowers Bloom - Shujiang Lu . I have read A Large Number of these memoirs by now, and this one stood out.

The other one was What's Left Of Me - Kat Zhang , which was very Young Adult Dystopian Fiction in tone, but with a surprisingly original premise: all humans are born as two distinct personalities in a single body, but over the early childhood years, one of them will fade, leaving only the stronger person. So the main relationship in the book is between Eva and Addie, who share a body (the plot being that neither ever faded, and thus as a Hybrid (here we are with the YA Dramatic Capitalised Nouns), they are a threat to the American Way Of Life). There are romantic subplots, but I enjoyed that the focus was on the two girls and how they navigated sharing something so fundamental.

Books!

July 24th, 2017 06:36 pm
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Today I unintentionally sat down and read the entirety of Size Zero , a memoir by a French woman who had a brief and somewhat horrifying career as a supermodel and wound up with an eating disorder.

Mostly I am just kind of bemused that I went from idly browsing the library new books display to sitting down for an hour and a half and finishing thing book in one go, given it is not at all my usual genre, and recently I've been having trouble finding the time and motivation to read the (also very readable) autobiographies I must read for my thesis.

I guess it just proves that Literally Anything is more appealing that the thign you have to do.

Anyway, it was quite engaging and quite compelling, so I guess that was an hour and a half unintentionally well-spent.
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So the new Doctor is female! I am so delighted. I honestly suspected they would tease us with this all season and then chicken out when it came to it. But they've gone ahead. Assuming we stick with the female Master, too, then the m/m ship that my teenaged self grew up with is suddenly a queer women ship, and that is very exciting!

So what I'm hoping is that the new showrunner will also not be useless, and I can fall back into this fandom.

A fic!

July 14th, 2017 07:43 pm
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So being a disorganised person, I did not do things correctly at Yuletide last year (I still posted a fic, don't worry, I'm not terrible, but it was not timely), so here is the NYR fic I have written in order to redeem myself.

The source canon can be found here and is a small and lovely thing you might enjoy regardless of whether you read my fic or not. Featuring mermaids, women in love, and science.

A Connoisseur of Beauty (1451 words) by Alasse_Irena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: A Ladies' Guide to Collecting Mermaid Love Songs - Aimee Picchi
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Miss Holst/Miss Mori
Characters: Miss Holst (Collecting Mermaid Love Songs), Miss Mori (Collecting Mermaid Love Songs)
Additional Tags: Pre-Slash
Summary: Miss Holst is interested in the classification of mermaid songs. Miss Mori is interested in the study of beauty.
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Today I got ginger pu'er tea on sale from T2's unloved teas crate, which has turned out to be quite nice. Pu'er is very sort of...earthy, and that seems to go well with ginger.

My father sent me a link a little while ago to a radio program he caught (he's living in the past; periodically he still says "wireless", mostly he calls his radio his "transistor" - though to his credit he managed to find the thing online and link me to it) about exploitation and unethical working conditions and tea plantations which I think pertains to the company that T2 sources their tea from, and I still haven't got round to listening to it. Anyway, I may have to do some research and see what's going with regard to being an ethical tea drinker. I drink a lot of tea, so I feel I should know.

Today

June 30th, 2017 06:39 pm
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So I slept like four hours, which was terrible, and I am very tired. Also right on the edge of getting my period, so extra double tired. Which led to at least one totally pointless emotional crisis. But that was like an hour ago, and then I angstily bashed at the piano like a teenager, and we're good now. XD

Other than that, I went to fight with bureaucracy, who have decided I've been studying for too long and don't get student support payments anymore. This is apparently fixable, if I send them my transcripts to show that I've been doing things all this time and not just...fucking around? But anyway it would've been nice if they'd warned me that this was coming up before they cut me off. Oh well, can be fixed, and they'll backpay me for the gap, probably, so all okay. Just a pain.

I looked on my AO3 account, and the last fic I posted was in April, so I guess it's about time for another one! I am obliged to do a NYR fic on account of being a disorganised mess last year in Yuletide and failing to default. I still gave my recipient their fic, but I submitted it after the deadline, so I have to write a NYR fic in order that I can participate again next year. So when I am home from ballet tonight maybe I will take a look at the prompts and see if I'm inspired.

On an aside, let me mention my deep investment in the next Doctor being female. Teenaged me imprinted on the Doctor/Master relationship super hard, and I am very keen to have the flirtatious animosity but between two women, because My Ship But Queer Women sounds like a delightful thing. If I could be bothered I would go dig up that MY BODY IS READY gif for this, but I am lazy, so just....imagine me tearing off my shirt to reveal incredibly chiselled pecs.
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So it turns out even though I thought I'd submitted my thesis draft, it didn't go through. I had an email from the co-ordinator this morning that was like "You haven't submitted a draft? Is there one coming? Are you okay?" So I have resubmitted and hopefully that's fine. This is really at least partly my fault for not looking out for the "successfully submitted" email that you get, but I was running out the door when I did it so... Oh well, it's in now, and it doesn't actually contribute to my overall mark, so everything is fine.

Now I have queer podcast editing to do, so I guess I will take a moment to spruik my friends' and my project. We're running a queer history podcast! We publish an episode on the 1st and 15th every month, and talk about queer people in history. I might be biased, but I think we're pretty interesting. But anyway, come find us! We're on itunes or podbean if that suits you better.

Anyway, it is very cold and I must get to work, so I am off to make tea.
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I posted in a friending meme, so I thought I'd better post something. I've been in study land and let the blog go into hibernation.

1. A friending meme! Go make friends with people.


2. I have a lot of Doctor Who thoughts that I'm going to write up after the final episode next week. Basically I've enjoyed this season more than expected, with the exception of that monks/pyramid section, which was pretty rubbish.

3. I am flying to warmer places next week to see the Royal Ballet. The tickets were expensive but we're staying with family, so that makes up for it, and also it is not so fucking cold as here. (I say this as an Australian. The Bureau of Meteorology says it's 9.7C right now; all of you from colder climes, I am glad not to be you.)

4. I am thinking about taking up aerial hoop, and also my favourite ballet teacher is running a class I can finally make it too!

5. What is which that thing where you decide to go and have a shower or whatever, and then somehow an hour later you are halfway between the couch and the batthroom reading some shit on your phone and you are stuck?? Why is that a thing? Humans are badly designed.

6. My friend's parents somehow...impulse-bought an old Church three hours drive from the city? Anyway, I went with a group of friends to stay there over the weekend, got super drunk on fortified wine, got to know a lovely and interesting person who had previously only been an acquaintance, and saw an old volcano crater!

7. I handed in a draft of my thesis, and while it's only half the work of a whole thesis, I feel happy to have got through it. I'm giving myself a week's break before I get back to work. (Except reading. My primary sources are memoirs and super easy to read, so they can double as recreational reading, as long as I remember to take occasional notes.)
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Grab the book nearest you, turn to page 117. The second sentence will be your life for 2017.

So it turned out to be Harry Potter in French.

On a fini toutes nos provisions et vous avez l'air d'en avoir encore.

(My French is virtually non-existant but with dictionary assistance "We have finished all our provisions and you seem to have more."??)

Okay, my 2017 is....maybe about redistribution of wealth. Long live the revolution etc.

ETA: if [personal profile] dhampyresa from whom I got this meme makes the rules, I also get an English book!

From Art and Architecture: Louvre

"Its members immediately began some intensive work, which at first was not primarily devoted to the country's archaeological remains."

Hm.
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge banner

Day 1

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Spirit of the Revolution (1014 words) by Alasse_Irena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Les Misérables - Victor Hugo
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Enjolras (Les Misérables), Bahorel (Les Misérables)
Summary:

Bahorel has seen everything there is to see in Paris, but he's never seen this. Featuring Enjolras, his glowing revolutionary hair, and Bahorel.

The Ballad of Kirk and Spock (338 words) by Alasse_Irena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Trek
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James T. Kirk/Spock
Characters: James T. Kirk, Spock (Star Trek)
Additional Tags: Poetry
Summary:

Kirk and Spock get together, in verse.

Better This Way (3258 words) by Alasse_Irena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Joseph Kavinsky/Ronan Lynch
Characters: Ronan Lynch, Joseph Kavinsky
Additional Tags: Sex on a Car, is apparently a separate tag to sex in a car, good job being so precise everyone, Blow Jobs, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary:

There’s something else in knowing that when he comes, it’s because of Kavinsky’s calloused fingers on his skin. It ought to be terrible, but it makes sense - in a way Gansey couldn’t - Gansey shouldn’t - understand.

Or: the AU where Ronan doesn't drive away after he dreams a replacement Camaro.

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So I'm about do the friending meme, and I haven't posted anything in like three months, because for some reason I thought pretending that the entire Dreamwidth community didn't exist was a good way to procrastinate on my Yuletide. So here I am with a friendly meme from [personal profile] dhampyresa 

Let's start 2017 off in a positive way with a Pay It Forward meme. The first 6 people to comment (and more if I can manage it) will receive a surprise from me at some point in 2017 - anything from a book, a ticket, something home-grown or made, a postcard, absolutely any surprise! It will happen when the mood comes over me and I find something that I believe would suit you and make you happy.

(If you don't like surprises and would rather have something off a wishlist and/or some warning, let me know in your comment. The goal is to make you happy.)

If you can, post this in your own journal and pay it forward. Let's do more kind and loving things for each other in 2017, without any reason other than to make each other smile and show that we think of each other.
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 I have read quite a bit lately, apparently.

So yesterday I finished Sekret, by Lindsay Smith. The premise was that our protagonist, Yulia, is a teenager in the 1960s in Moscow, and she's forced into working for the KGB, who train her psychic abilities and use her as a spy, which is very silly, but exactly my kind of very silly. Anyway, I am disappointed, because whilel it was a fabulous premise, all the characters were a little bit too flat for me to care about, it had a disappointingly uninteresting romantic subplot, and it is sad to me that you can manage to write Psychic Spies Do The Cold War! in a way that I don't care about.

To their credit, though, they had a pair of twins with psychic abilities who didn't have any particularly unique telepathic connection or twin magic or anything like that, and I do like it when fictional twins come without the superstitions.
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 I'm very sorry. Your letter's coming, I swear it is. If you're a busy person and you want to get started right now, don't worry, I am super easy to please; write whatever the hell you like, but it'll be up probably tomorrow.

ETA: There is a letter now! I hope it helps you.
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Hello friend!

Sorry this is a little late. Having a job is weirdly exhausting??

Anyway, very glad to see you here: you have good taste in small fandoms, and I’m lucky enough to have scored you as my writer. Thank you very much. The important thing you need to know here is that I am spectacularly easy to please. Write me a story in any of these fandoms, and I will love you. This letter is absolutely optional. Consider it a collection of prompts and ideas, rather than a recipe for pleasing me. But if prompts and ideas and me rambling about my fandoms if what you're after, you are in the right place.

Feel free to browse both this journal and my tumblr (alasse-irena.tumblr.com) if you want to get to know me. I've tried to make public everything that isn't just me blogging to-do lists and day-to-day life. I don't post a lot of original content on Tumblr, but I do chatter in the tags a bit.

 

Okay, general things first, with important parts bolded for those who hate walls of text.

I have no serious triggers, but there’s a couple of things I’d prefer you didn’t write: soulmates AUs, daddy kink, or A/B/O. Also, if you avoided plots that centre around embarrassment or miscommunication, that would be delightful.

Feel free to browse my Tumblr, if you want to get to know me better. Feel free to message Tumblr user doeskin-pantaloons if you need to check if I’d like something. She’s my sister, and she will guard your secrets with her life.
 

Things I like: Character-driven stories. People you never expected to become friends being friends. Happy endings, and bittersweet endings. I like characters who support each other and talk to each other. Conversely, terrible unhealthy power dynamics. But on a fundamental level, I am all about character interaction.

There are a couple of places where I’ve specifically mentioned romance or sex between two characters in my request. Read those requests with this in mind: Romance is not a requirement for me, let alone porn. If you have an excellent idea that involves filthy sex, go ahead - that would be delightful - but if it doesn’t come up, or it’s not your thing, don’t feel like you have to shoehorn it in for me. As much or as little as you and your characters are comfortable with.

I really like AUs. Every AU. Any AU. Alternate worlds, one-single-change-wreaks-vast-repercussions AUs, crossover AUs. I am literally always up for an AU, no matter how weird and far removed from the source you think it is. Keep the characterisation consistent, and I will be there with you. Seriously. Go to town on this, if it’s your kind of thing.

Ballets Russes RPF, Transistor (video game), Yuri!! on Ice )

So, I hope that helps some? I'll love whatever I get, and I love you, and good luck with the writing.

Yours,
Alasse Irena

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 So of late I have read two things Sorry, two novels - I have read many other things, but this is about the novels.


Neuromancer )

Tombs of Atuan )
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So I have found myself talking about Doctor Who several times in the last week or so - mostly anguished and emotional conversation about what we would want from the Time War and about the delightful fucked-up Doctor/Master situation, and anyway, we are maybe planning to do a bit of rewatching.

So I am intrigued to see whether what worked so well for high-school me will hold up to the adult version, who is probably more discerning and maybe has less time for angsty manpain (I might by deceiving myself about this; it may work just as well).

Anyway, reports to come on that.

In other news, I missed nominations for Yuletide, but I'm assuming there'll be enough I'm interested in to sign up anyway.

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Also, another thing I wrote one time! When I haven't the attention span for longer fiction, I write rhyming drivel.




The Ballad of Kirk and Spock (338 words) by Alasse_Irena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Trek
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James T. Kirk/Spock
Characters: James T. Kirk, Spock (Star Trek)
Additional Tags: Poetry
Summary: Kirk and Spock get together, in verse.
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So I haven't been around here in a while. A combination of super busy, and super lazy, and just generally lurking. But in the meantime, I read a lot of books, and more importantly here, wrote a fic!

It's a pretty trashy piece of Raven Cycle smut, but it is also the first piece of explicit writing I have ever written (what can I say, these boys were just asking for an ill-advised sexual encounter), so that was an adventure.



Better This Way (3258 words) by Alasse_Irena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Joseph Kavinsky/Ronan Lynch
Characters: Ronan Lynch, Joseph Kavinsky
Additional Tags: Sex on a Car, is apparently a separate tag to sex in a car, good job being so precise everyone, Blow Jobs, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary: There’s something else in knowing that when he comes, it’s because of Kavinsky’s calloused fingers on his skin. It ought to be terrible, but it makes sense - in a way Gansey couldn’t - Gansey shouldn’t - understand.

Or: the AU where Ronan doesn't drive away after he dreams a replacement Camaro.

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