thistlerose: (new hampshire)
- Could someone please explain to me what's happening with LJ, or point me to someone who lays it out simply? I read the update and it sounds a little dodgy, but I don't quite get it. Looks like people are abandoning ship. I was already thinking of letting my paid account expire in September, and just focus on DreamWidth.

- I'm hiking for a cause on Earth Day (April 22nd)! I'm hiking to raise money for the Sierra Club. If you would like to sponsor me and/or share my page on social media, please do so! I would be very grateful. https://www.teamsierra.org/EveryCorner/RSperling

- I haven't written anything since the end of December. Part of me is frustrated, part of me ... just doesn't care. I have an outline for a story I want to write about Leia, which is also kind of a tribute to Carrie Fisher, but it's ambitious and so far it's not coming together. I wonder if it would be easier if I felt more a part of the fandom, but there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of fandom enthusiasm on LJ or DW these days, and I've broken up with Tumblr. *shrug* If I'm going to get it done, I'd like it to be before the next movie comes out and josses everything.
thistlerose: (Default)
Every time I step in to chair a committee, what I say is, "Sure, I can do it." What I think is, I will take the Ring to Mordor. Though I do not know the way.

Heh. The truth is I kind of like being in charge. I'm just so self-conscious, I often end up tripping over my own tongue.
thistlerose: (seasonal: winter)
It's still winter, but my university is on spring break. But I have to work. *sigh*

The other day at Ulta I found a nail polish called "Aim to Misbehave," so I've been re-watching Firefly. It's aged well. I get a little choked up whenever Ron Glass has a good scene. Every time I watch the series I like Shepherd Book more, and he always seemed so warm and enthusiastic in cast interviews - he really seemed to love being part of the series. If they ever did a sequel ... IDK. They should probably set it well into the future to account for everyone having aged. It could be about Zoe and Wash's child.

Anyway. The real world outside my little New England bubble is hella depressing, and I'm not feeling especially creative, so let's do this:

send me a character & I'll answer the following about them!

general opinion: fall in a hole and die | don't like them | eh | they're fine I guess | like them! | love them | actual love of my life

hotness level: get away from me | meh | neutral | theoretically hot but not my type | pretty hot | gorgeous! | 10/10 would bang

hogwarts house: gryffindor | slytherin | ravenclaw | hufflepuff

best quality:

worst quality:

ship them with:

brotp them with:

needs to stay away from:

misc. thoughts:
thistlerose: (mountains)
I had a sudden desire to finish my epic Dragonriders of Pern AU. (This happens now and then.) I dusted off my outline for the first time in about a year. I think this is my favorite part:

  • everything goes to shit


  • Heh. But I think I've finally wrangled the timeline. Whether I'll actually write it or not... We'll see. I'd like to get this one off my chest after eight years, or however long it's been. I was on a roll, and then Star Trek and then Star Wars happened. *shrug* I always come back to Pern, even though it's hella problematic. (My story is hella problematic. I've decided I'm just gonna go with it. If I go with it.)
    thistlerose: (Default)
    Just finished Season 2 of Voltron: Legendary Defender.

    Someone, hold me.

    Read more... )
    thistlerose: (seasonal: winter)
    I did my taxes yesterday. With what I'm getting back from the government, I should be able to replace my ailing laptop (it's seven years old) and phone. I also set up a monthly donation to Planned Parenthood and became a member of the Sierra Club.

    Trying to decide if I should sign up for [community profile] maythe4thbewithyou. I want more stories about certain characters and ships, but I'm just not feeling the drive to write anything, so I'm leaning toward not. I have a few works in progress, but ... eh. It might be time for another break from writing. Or maybe I should try my hand at other kinds of writing. Last week someone suggested I start a blog about hiking and librarianship. I haven't kept a blog since I lived in Japan. It could be fun. I'd just have to keep a lid on some of my political thoughts, since I'm a professional person and I don't want to get into trouble. Some things would naturally come out, though, like protecting the environment, women's empowerment, and freedom of information.

    [livejournal.com profile] mairbh has some beautiful Logan, Wonder Woman, and women's march icons, in case you're looking for any.

    And, because it's possibly the purest thing I've ever seen, here's Daveed Diggs rapping about his rubber ducky on Sesame Street.
    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.)

    ______

    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.

    _____

    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!!

    _____

    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: by <lj user="mairbh"> (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.

    _____

    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.

    _____

    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!

    _____

    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.

    _____

    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.

    _____

    What else? I saw Moana, and loved it unreservedly. Best Disney non-princess ever.

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