Finished reading Twelfth Planet Press's Kaleidoscope
(YA speculative fiction anthology.)
Reading Daring Greatly
and feeling frustrated with how white and straight and US middle class and status quo it is, and how she doesn't really engage with how her research is largely on people like her. There's a passage about how a man at one of her presentations called her on that, as her research at the time was primarily on women, not men. So she went into what the research does
show about men. But (so far in this book) she hasn't gone into whether perhaps these major sources of shame and vulnerability she's identified are perhaps very different (both in their nature and how they operate) in cultures other than the one she's interviewed within. I don't mind her focusing her research on a particular population, I mind the larger problem of systematic bias in research, and how findings like hers get generalised and universalised and made into policy without further research being done on other populations.
Started T Kingfisher's (aka Ursula Vernon) The Raven and the Reindeer
last night. Have just gotten up to the reindeer. Am a little frustrated with how the villain seems to be the same type of villain as in Castle Hangnail
, the pretty/perfect woman who makes you (a woman) hate yourself for existing next to her. That's a reasonable villain to write about, I just didn't really need two of them in a row. Which is my bad for reading them in that order, she doesn't always
write about that villain. I like the genderfluid raven.Comics and Manga
I was going to read the first tpb of Brenton E McKenna's Ubby's Underdogs
, but apparently I grabbed the wrong volume. Who knew 'Heroes Beginnings' was volume 2, and 'The Legend of the Phoenix Dragon' is book 1? I didn't, and given that my library only has book 2, I'm guessing they didn't either.
Am flailing daily about Bubbles' situation on Questionable Content
Finally watched thingswithwings
' 'Dance Apocalyptic'. Yeah, I've been slow. It was great and very hopeful, and just what I needed to see.
's World Ain't Ready
(Les Mis, Enjolras/Grantaire, high school AU, fake dating, pining, 185K words) which absolutely destroyed me. Highly recommended if you also want to be absolutely destroyed. I recommend not
reading almost all of it in one sitting over an entire night, like I did.TV and Movies
Watched What We Do In The Shadows
, the 2014 mockumentary-horror film by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement about gross vampire housemates Viago, Vladislav, Deacon, and Petyr. (Very brief Bechdel pass: Deacon's human servant Jackie argues with her former classmate Josephine about who (Josephine) gave Jackie a nickname she hated, before inviting her to
dinner.) Brief mention of death of a pet. Lots of gore. Walks a careful line in making it clear that the vampires are actually terrible people
while keeping the viewer engaged in their story. (Exit ramp: very early on, Viago talks about how he left Germany because he'd fought for the Nazis, and post-war being a Nazi vampire... forget it. So yeah, if that was not a good enough hint for you that these amoral blood-sucking killers are not good people
, nothing will be.)
I enjoyed this a lot, especially considering that normally I can't stand horror at all.
(2016). Yeah, took me long enough. :D It was everything the happy fans said it was re female friendship and not male-gaze; and I think I wouldn't have found it scary even when I was a kid (although I probably would have stubbornly refused to watch it for fear of being scared. In fairness to young me, Gremlins 2
actually scared me when I was ten.)Games
Reinstalled Long Live the Queen
and started a completist playthrough using a guide. It's amazing the plot stuff I'm learning. This game is so much bigger on the inside. I already knew it was harder and plottier than it looks, but I'm struck even more with each playthrough how much
harder, and how much plot there is.Podcasts
Listened to the first 40 or so episodes of the Hidden Almanac. Which is not a lot, since they're about three minutes each. Very soothing. Ursula Vernon wrote them on the basis of what if WTNV but Writer's Almanac, not A Prairie Home Companion. It is considerably less queer than WTNV, unfortunately, but it is also considerably shorter and quieter and calmer. 480-odd episodes to go.Crafts
Knitted another mitred square of the never-ending mitred square blanket.Garden
Three tomatoes on the vine now, and one of them is starting to look less green. Am pondering indoor cacti or other small and low care/low light indoor plants for my bathroom.Other
MeLuna cup arrived. (See previous locked entry.
) It was sparkly purple, not sparkly pink as advertised and hoped for. The Iron Bull would disapprove slightly (-1). However, on inspection it seemed still... fit for purpose, and has now been successfully put to use. (That's my attempt at being not too TMI about this in a public post. My previous purchases in this endeavour, from other companies, were... not fit for purpose.) Suitable for a fairy tea party, if your fairies drink blood (and if they don't, why not?)Activism
Did a thing for marriage equality.