thistlerose: by <lj user="beachicons"> (Leia)
An estimated 5,000 people marched in Concord, NH yesterday morning, including me. That number is small compared to other marches nation- and world-wide, but New Hampshire is not a very populous state. We stayed for about an hour and a half, and I was heartened by the number of people of color who spoke. (New Hampshire is also a very white state.) There were some anti-choice counter-protestors, but they mostly kept to the back.

For the first time since November 9th, I felt some hope. I don't think the marches will make a difference to Trump or the Republicans in Congress, but if they give people the strength to keep fighting, then I don't think they were a waste of time and energy in the slightest. We need to not become complacent. We need to keep fighting.
thistlerose: by <lj user="beachicons"> (Star Wars)
I remember how I spent the last day of Bush's presidency. I was living in Milwaukee at the time. I went downtown to pick up tickets to the screening of Obama's inauguration, then I took myself to see "The Wrestler" at the independent movie house down the street from my apartment. I remember it being a crisp, clear day, and I remember feeling so hopeful and refreshed as I walked home from the movie. (Even though it was a pretty depressing movie.)

Today I just want to curl into a ball and hide under my blanket. (That's not what I'm actually doing, since it's a workday, but that's what I'm doing in my heart.) *sigh* It's a gray day here in southern New Hampshire. I went to work. I went to therapy. I talked to my therapist about what I'm going to do in the coming months to try to save the world. (I think I'm going to the Concord, NH march, and next week I'm going to a conference on librarianship and fake news.)

Basically, everything is terrible.

I think one of the reasons Carrie Fisher's death hit me so hard - apart from the fact that I loved her - is, she played one of my very first feminist icons. And we lost her in a year that saw no the election of the first female POTUS, but Jabba the Hutt.

Tomorrow I'm going to work, and then I'm going home and marathoning S2 of Voltron Legendary Defender, and possibly drinking heavily. Fuck.
thistlerose: (thistlerose)
Home sick for the fourth day in a row, which means I've caught up on some TV. (Can't seem to focus on my book.)

I watched Captain America: Civil War. I wanted to like it. )

I also watched all of The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime. It was interesting and distracting, and I always like Rufus Sewell, even when he's playing a totally evil guy, but I couldn't help wondering...Read more... )
thistlerose: (reading)
One Winter's Night

Fandom: Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Word Count: 1995
Rating: general audiences
Warnings: N/A
Characters: Belle, Maurice, Belle's mother, Philippe

Summary: How Belle came to live in her poor, provincial town.


My Yuletide assignment!!

I tried writing this story from a few different angles, to no avail. I was about to default when it suddenly hit me that it would work as a kind of father/daughter road-trip. And we were off! In their request, the recipient had referenced a YA novel set in the B&B universe, in which the enchantress is actually Belle's long-lost mother (!) I thought that sounded cool, but I hadn't read the book and I didn't have time to read the book. So I kind of alluded to the possibility, and you can interpret that however you like. See my notes for an explanation of the historical references, which were fun to wrangle. (In an old, old draft, I had young Belle meeting with Voltaire.)

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Anyway, Happy New Year! I'm supposed to be hiking right now, but I did a long hike in the snow yesterday with some friends, got chilled and exhausted, and woke up this morning with zero desire to get in my car and drive an hour, never mind put one foot in front of the other. Too bad: it's a beautiful morning. But yesterday's hike was great, so I'm not too put out. It brought my total summits to 66. And I butt-slid down a cliff (on purpose) which was kind of awesome.

Maybe I'll do something mildly athletic tomorrow, if there's time.

I had a dream last night that John Boyega and I were on some sort of Resistance mission together. I had no idea what I was doing, but he was pretty bad-ass, as one might expect.
thistlerose: by <lj user="beachicons"> (Star Wars)
Who Comes Safe Home

Fandom: Rogue One | Star Wars Original Trilogy (esp. A New Hope)
Word Count: 1072
Rating: general audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Luke, Wedge, other Rebels including Shara Bey & Kes Dameron

Summary: contains Rogue One spoilers )
thistlerose: (new hampshire)
Actual good things that have happened this year, amid the shit:

- ....
- No, I can think of a few things.
- Nobody close to me died, except for Emily the dog, and we knew that was coming. It sucked a lot, but she was old and very loved.
- I met three of my four hiking goals this year! (And the fourth goal I only tacked on toward the end of the summer, so I don't feel too awful about not making it.) I hiked Mount Monadnock every month of the year for a year, I hiked more mountains than I hiked last year (64, and the year isn't over yet), and I hiked Mount Washington (tallest mountain in the northeast, home to the literal worst weather on the planet). The fourth goal was to bring my 4000-footers total up to 20. I made it to 15.
- I traveled to California and met my dad's side of the family. They're awesome! I went hiking with my uncle and cousins in Yosemite and King's Canyon. One of my fondest memories will be of sitting in my aunt and uncle's kitchen while my aunt made me a grilled cheese sandwich (best sandwich in the world).
- I like my new apartment a lot, even though the reason for the move sucked.
- I think I've finally made progress with a certain academic department. We'll see how that unfolds next year, but I'm hopeful.
- Got a good performance review at work.
- Saw Hamilton!
- Mastered extremely basic bread-making. (Hey, before I couldn't make ANY bread.)
- I can't technically say I lost weight since I weight pretty much exactly what I weighed three years ago, before I became obsessed with hiking. But all my clothes are loose, so I guess I converted fat into muscle, which feels great.
- I got to be Supergirl for Halloween and received lots of compliments. (Though people kept mistaking me for Wonder Woman. Wtf? Do you not see the big S between my boobs?)
- Oscar Isaac and Lin-Manuel Miranda are people who exist.
- I got to visit with some of you.
- Gray jays!!!! I got FIVE gray jays to eat out of my hand. What's more magical than a wild creature coming to you without fear and eating right out of your hand???
- I got to vote for a woman in a national election. Even though it ended REALLY badly (and it's only going to get worse) I'll always have that moment in the voting booth.

There's probably more but that's what springs to mind.

ETA: Oh, and I guess I have my health. All the things I was worried about turned out to be nothing. Diagnosis cost $$$ but I'd rather be poor and healthy than ... not.

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I'm strongly considering deleting my Livejournal, btw. Russia doesn't need any more of my information, and all my stuff is over at DreamWidth or AO3 (same username). Just FYI.
thistlerose: by <lj user="beachicons"> (Leia)
I had another appalling thought regarding Carrie Fisher. Read more... )

God, I'm upset about this. I went to the gym this afternoon, thinking a workout would distract me. But CNN was on, and it was all about her.
thistlerose: by <lj user="beachicons"> (Leia)
I've lost beloved celebrities before, but I don't think I ever cried over one; there was always a distance that grief couldn't bridge. But when I read about Carrie Fisher this afternoon, even though it wasn't such a surprise, given her heart attack a few days ago, I just curled up and sobbed. I don't remember a time when I didn't know and love Star Wars, and I can't remember a time when I didn't look up to Princess Leia. I think she was the first character to show me that you didn't have to be a man to have authority, to be strong. You didn't even have to be "one of the boys." A feminine woman can be a leader. (And if you try to subjugate her she'll strangle you with her own chain.) Hell, I'm thirty-six years old and I still sometimes pretend I'm her when I'm riding my bike through the woods, imagining I'm on my speeder on Endor.

It wasn't until a few years ago that I read her books, and came to understand what a hard life Carrie had led, and how strong and intelligent and funny and compassionate she was. And she was only 60 years old. She wasn't finished. I love her and I'll miss her.
thistlerose: (seasonal: winter)
I got a sweet Jem and the Holograms (comics) story for Yuletide!

New Year's Rockin' Eve (1733 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Jem and the Holograms (Comics)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kimber Benton/Mary 'Stormer' Phillips, Mary "Stormer" Phillips & Phyllis "Pizzazz" Gabor, Jerrica Benton/Rio Pacheco
Characters: Shana Elmsford
Additional Tags: New Year's Eve, POV Stormer, Canon Lesbian Relationship, Canon Jewish Character, Friendship, Female Friendship, Fluff, Yuletide 2016
Summary:

“This is torture,” Kimber moans, draping herself over Stormer’s lap like a bony damsel in distress. “How am I supposed to stay awake for another hour?”



I'm very happy with it. Thank you so much, mystery writer!!

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For the second year in a row, I got socks from my mother for Chanukah. They're very cute, but I'm not sure if she's trolling me, just a little. She also sent windchimes, which I've been wanting, though I've no place to hang them outside. So they're hanging inside for now. I guess come the spring I'll be able to open the windows again, and I'll get a breeze.

I know I'm supposed to be a grownup but, NGL, it's a little hard when people in my various hiking groups are posting photos of all the gear they got for Christmas, and I have to buy everything myself. On the other hand, I don't have to buy presents for anyone (except my friends' kids, because they're kids) so I guess it evens out. :\

We don't really do holidays in my family, except Thanksgiving, which is probably why it's always been my favorite.

Anyway. I was in NY last week. I had a nice time! I got to see [livejournal.com profile] ragdoll. We visited Theodore Roosevelt's home in Oyster Bay, and then we went to see Rogue One, which I liked even more the second time. My dad turned 80 last Wednesday, and a bunch of his students threw him a very lovely party, which he enjoyed despite himself. On Friday, Dad and I went to the Bronx Zoo. There was hardly anyone there, for once, so we didn't have to push through crowds to see the animals. On Friday I hung out with my best friend and her family. Then yesterday - Christmas - I drove back home, stopping in the Hudson Valley for a hike. (For once, I had my choice of parking spots. Sometimes it's nice to be a Jew on Christmas.)

I should go out and buy groceries, since I have nothing green to eat except for some frozen brussels sprouts, but man, I don't want to get back in the car.

I hope you all are having a very lovely holiday.
thistlerose: by <lj user="beachicons"> (Star Wars)
Marching Orders

Fandom: Rogue One | Star Wars
Word Count: 854
Rating: general audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Jyn Erso, Mon Mothma

Summary )

Oh look, I wrote a story. This is the scene I wanted, thought we were going to get based on the previews, and was disappointed when we didn't.

Feedback is always welcome and appreciated.
thistlerose: (seasonal: winter)
I'm so glad I finished my Yuletide story early. Minor injury. )

I should probably stop typing. :\

I started watching "Poldark" this weekend! Gosh, Aiden Turner's pretty. He didn't really do anything for me as Kili, maybe because I was so distracted by Richard Armitage and Lee Pace. Maybe because I just didn't like the "Hobbit" movies. Anyway, I'm enjoying this series. Verity is my everything; I just want her to end up exceedingly happy. Demelza too. I think I'd love her even if she didn't have an adorable dog.

Ouch. I'm going to stop typing now. Heh, work is going to be fun this week.
thistlerose: by <lj user="beachicons"> (Star Wars)
Sorry, but the idea that Star Wars, particularly Rogue One, isn't political is laughable.

I mean...

Spoilers for Rogue One )
thistlerose: (Wonder Woman)
I was thinking of posting to fandom_wishes, but really, all I want is a new, spiffy Wonder Woman icon. Can someone with skills help me out? I want an animated one of her spinning.

Like this: https://m.popkey.co/454a79/Xm8JD.gif

Or this: https://49.media.tumblr.com/3538bb976e84be6be68654f5d4beacb4/tumblr_o1y5l8IBbU1v70h94o1_500.gif

Or this: https://blogs.ou.edu/webcomm/files/2016/05/tumblr_o1zd1tJZmI1sfp6m8o4_500-2la6920.gif

Okay, and I want Oscar Isaac, but I try not to ask for too much.

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I'm so close to finishing my Yuletide story. And a week ago I thought I was going to have to default! I like this story. It's odd, but ... I think it's sweet at the same time. Hopefully my person will like it too.

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The baking element in my oven broke on Sunday. Cookie Day is tomorrow and usually I SLAY at Cookie Day, but not this year. I'm going to make chocolate almond clusters in my slow cooker so at least I'll be contributing something. Or maybe, by some miracle, maintenance will have the part and they'll have it fixed by the time I get home.

Also, I learned what happens when you leave bread to rise for too long. It fills your whole microwave!

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I started watching "This Is Us," since most of my other shows are on hiatus. It's all right so far. I've only seen two episodes. I just wish that Spoilers? )

But, we'll see!
thistlerose: (seasonal: winter)
I almost defaulted on Yuletide this weekend, but just this morning I came up with a new idea. I'll give myself until the 11th to see how it plays out. So far I've got 100 words, which is a tenth of the way there. :\ I'd hate to have to default, especially since there's nothing getting in the way of my writing this story, except for my inability to focus.

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I saw the Supergirl/Flash/Arrow/LoT crossover. It had some nice moments, but I thought it was mostly eh. I think there were just too many characters; it would have worked better if just one or two from each show had gotten together. Although maybe I'd have gotten more out of it if I'd actually been following Arrow and LoT; I dropped them both mid-season last year.

At the moment, Supergirl is my favorite. The show still has its issues, but on the whole it's gotten a lot better (though I miss Cat), while Flash has largely lost the sense of fun that set it apart from other superhero shows and movies.

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What else? I saw Moana, and loved it unreservedly. Best Disney non-princess ever.
thistlerose: by <lj user="beachicons"> (Star Wars)
Out of the fire and still smoldering

Fandom: Star Wars
Word Count: 572
Rating: general audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationship: Leia/Poe, allusions to Leia/Han

Summary: She should end it. If she loved him as much as she wishes she could, then she would.

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My other Star Wars Rare Pairs Exchange story. I wish I could have made this full-length, but every time I tried, Han kept creeping into Leia's thoughts, and I wasn't sure where the recipient stood on that. So I panicked, defaulted, and rewrote this as a treat.
thistlerose: by <lj user="beachicons"> (Star Wars)
while the bright world goes barreling on

Fandom: Star Wars
Word Count: 627
Rating: teen (sex strongly implied)
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationship: Obi-Wan Kenobi/Sabé, implied unrequited!Obi-Wan/Padmé

Summary: This is the last time, he thinks, and he doesn't need the Force to tell him that she's aware of it too. Since the fall of the Jedi and the Empire's rise, they've managed to steal a few moments for themselves, but if they keep meeting like this, if they try to be anything more than what they are - guardians of the generation still in its infancy, the generation that may redeem this one - they'll give themselves away. The Emperor's spies could be anywhere, even a remote desert world like Tatooine.

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The second of two treats I wrote for the Star Wars Rare Pairs Fic Exchange. This ship never even occurred to me until I saw the prompt and then ... it kind of took hold, and this happened. Poor sad Obi-Wan. I barely remembered Sabé from the prequels, but according to Wookieepedia, she did some cool stuff after RotS!
thistlerose: by <lj user="beachicons"> (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
I received not one but two beautiful, heartwrenching stories for Star Wars Rare Pairs 2016:

Hope and Change (6115 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bail Organa/Breha Organa
Characters: Bail Organa, Breha Organa, Leia Organa, Kaeden Larte, Wilhuff Tarkin
Additional Tags: Canon Character of Color, Canon Compliant, Pre-Canon, Royalty, Domestic
Summary:


Since Breha took the throne at fourteen, on a day when the Republic flag flew at half-mast in the thick of the Clone Wars but the Alderaanian colors flew high and proud, she has spoken first in every room she has entered. (Part of that is tradition, that one must not speak to the Queen until they are spoken to, but the rest is just Breha’s brashness leading her to barrel forwards with whatever it is that she has to say before anyone else can get a word in edge-wise. Maybe it’s not Senate etiquette, but she isn’t a Senator, thank the goddesses.)

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Or: Her Majesty Queen Breha Organa of House Organa, by the Will of the Force, of the Planet of Alderaan in the Alderaan System of the Core Worlds, and of Her people faithful and beloved Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Force. And her duties as such.



&

Dust in the Wind (811 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, Star Wars: Rebellion Era - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Padmé Amidala/Obi-Wan Kenobi, Obi-Wan Kenobi & Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi & Luke Skywalker, Padmé Amidala/Anakin Skywalker
Characters: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, Luke Skywalker, Qui-Gon Jinn, Anakin Skywalker
Additional Tags: Obi-Wan Needs a Hug, Anakin hates Sand, Padmé is The Actual Best, Politics
Summary:

during his time on Tatooine, Obi-Wan is haunted by a memory of Padmé



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Breha just intrigues me. We barely get a glimpse of her in the Prequels, but I can't believe she wasn't amazing, because look at the daughter she helped raise. I will never get tired of stories about families of choice. Nor will I ever get tired of stories about Obi-Wan being sad and alone in the desert. I love both of these.
thistlerose: (politics)
It's strange, being at work and seeing people laugh and smile - not because they're pleased with the election results, but because life continues, and there are still things to laugh and smile about (apparently).

When I finally went to bed last night, all I could think about was her. I was so afraid for her, and I had to keep reminding myself that they can't lock you up if you haven't committed any crime. (Now that I'm semi-awake, of course I'm telling myself, yeah, right.) I saw her speak in person a few months ago, and I was so moved by her compassion and her desire to move our country forward. She should have been given that chance. In a world where things make sense, she would have.

I barely slept last night. My cat, Sophie, slept on my pillow the entire night, and every time I started to feel something like despair I looked up and she was there. (Lloyd was asleep in the living room. He's not as attuned to my moods as Sophie is.)

Pretty soon, I'm going to really start thinking about everyone whose rights and freedoms are now in serious jeopardy, and I'm going to break down. But I need to get through the work day first.

I guess I picked a good day to start seeing a new therapist, though I doubt we're going to talk much about my childhood.
thistlerose: (Wonder Woman)
I watched the season premier of "Supergirl" last night. *slaps table* Yes! THAT'S the Superman I know and love. Dorky, earnest, idealistic. Not all brooding and dark. That was good.
thistlerose: (NYC)
I have seen "Hamilton." It was REALLY good. It's funny, though. I've heard the soundtrack so many times, seen so many Tumblr posts, and I've read the Hamiltome, the result being that nothing I saw surprised me at all. Which isn't a bad thing. It didn't take away from the experience in the slightest, but I wonder if I'd have been transported even further if I hadn't been inundated beforehand. Or if I'd been slightly more awake. I haven't been sleeping well, for a variety of reasons, and last Wednesday was particularly bad.

It was still one of the best shows I've ever seen.

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Speaking of shows, my DC shows are back! I thought the "Flash" season premier was kind of weak, to be honest. Spoilers )

I'm on the fence about "Supergirl." I haven't seen the season premier yet, and it sounds like it was good. But I don't have cable and these shows are no longer on Hulu, so I'd either have to buy the episodes from Amazon, or download them illegally. I'd rather do the former, for convenience as well as ethics, but I'm not sure it's worth it. I enjoyed S1 but I didn't love it. Or I can wait until it's available on Netflix next year.

I did buy S3 of "The Flash" so it had better shape up. I'm done with "Arrow," so that doesn't matter.

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I have no idea what to write for Yuletide or SW Rare Pairs.

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