An Actual Update: Fannish Edition

Oct. 21st, 2017 06:29 pm
fairestcat: Dreadful the cat (Default)
[personal profile] fairestcat
Sorting out my mood stabilizers gave me back my ability to read for pleasure and it also gave me back my fannishness.

I've been reading a lot of books, but I've also been reading a shitton of fanfic for the first time in years and just loving it.

I tend to multifannishness with periods of intense focus on one specific fandom. For most of the summer that was Les Miserables, which is a great fandom to binge-read, but a highly inconvenient fandom to want more fic for in 2017, as it's not dead, but definitely doesn't attract as many really good authors as it did a couple of years ago.

Les Mis is really actually two fandoms with one name. There's the Valjean/Javert portion of the fandom, and there's the Les Amis d'ABC portion of the fandom.

I've read and loved some Valjean/Javert in the past, but right now I'm ALL about Les Amis.

The thing about Les Amis fandom is this: in canon almost every character dies, but fandom being fandom says "fuck that shit," and instead you can read thousands upon thousands of ways for everybody to live.

Most Les Amis fic is AUs. Modern AUs. High School/College AUs. Dystopic SF AUs. Fantasy AUs. Soulmates. A/B/O Universes. If you can think of it, someone has probably written it.

But there is a common theme to most of it, a story I needed to read over and over this year. It's a story about queer, radical revolutionaries who get to be happy and maybe even win a little. Not all the great fic is overtly political, sometimes they're radicals in different ways, but that radical queerness is always there at heart, and it feeds my soul.

Also, Enjolras/Grantaire is basically radical idealist who's terrible at human emotion meets cynical alcoholic who's feels too much, and it's gold. If you like pairings who start out the story completely incomprehensible to each other and fight a lot on the way to falling in love, this is definitely the fandom for you. I love stories about people who make each other better, and that's very much the case for these two.

I'm working on a Les Mis recs post but it's rather long, and I've got a lot of other things going on right now, so I'm not sure when I'll get it finished.

Just when I was starting to despair of no more Les Mis fic, [ profile] bonibaru and [ profile] thatmissp started talking about Shadowhunters and linking to stuff. So I watched one of bonibaru's vids and went, "ooh, pretty, also very, very queer". And then misspamela posted a snippet of a fic she'd written and I read it and said, "okay, I definitely need more of this." And then I discovered that it's on netflix in Canada, and decided I'd give it a shot.

I watched the entire 13-episode first season in 3 days.

As my two enablers warned me, it's not exactly good TV. It's a trashy supernatural teen soap opera, and it embraces that. But I actually love that about it, it has no interest in being subtle and nuanced, and that makes it kind of charming and endearing. It's just so earnest.

Also, very, very queer. It's an ensemble show and within that ensemble the romance that gets the most attention and best development is the queer one, and it fills me with joy.

Magnus Bane is a flamboyant, hedonistic, bisexual and immortal warlock. Alec Lightwood is a young, uptight, closeted supernatural demon-fighter. They meet and Magnus immediately goes, "I want that one," and Alec suddenly completely loses the ability to speak. It's adorable.

And of course there's angst, and Alec is a self-sacrificing idiot a lot, but it's also a surprisingly honest and realistic relationship arc for a supernatural teen soap opera.

Anyway, I've just started season two and I'm enjoying it immensely. It's not the kind of fandom I expect to become passionate about long-term, but right now it's providing a much-needed shot of sparkly queerness in my life.

An Actual Update: Real Life Edition

Oct. 21st, 2017 04:06 pm
fairestcat: Dreadful the cat (Default)
[personal profile] fairestcat
Look, I can makes posts sometimes that AREN'T either music or book reviews! Who knew?

This summer was filled with reading, multiple trips to a friend's cottage in the Gatineaus, and learning to be dog owners. That last has been particularly exhausting, but we're getting there. And he is a sweetheart.

This is Bogart:
sitting dog

all about Bogart, with more pictures and a cameo from Dreadful )

There is also a new four-footed resident downstairs. Chakra, one of Rayne's cats, died in mid-August and in September I saw this fine gentleman in a pet store and sent his picture to Rayne, who promptly came and met him and fell in love.

This is Ivan Vorcatril:
white cat

Yes, we do call him, Ivan, you idiot )

Which is better than Kina is with the new temporary downstairs resident.

Three years ago we rescued and either rehomed or tnr'd the colony of feral cats who'd been hanging out in our backyard. One of the first kittens Rayne rehomed was Sage:

grey and white cat

Sage has returned to us, but she can go home with you! )

In non-pet news, As of yesterday I am taking Concerta for ADHD.

This article was somewhat unnerving to read, because so much of it could apply to me: How I Came To Understand My Adult ADHD".

Especially this part, about how long the writer went undiagnosed:
When I asked how this was possible, my doctor-friend hit the nail on the head without looking up from her menu: “You were performing well, so no one asked you how you felt.”

I'm still figuring out what parts of my non-neurotypical brain are because of being bipolar and what parts are in fact due to ADHD. It's a weird feeling to be re-evaluating this stuff now. I'm 37. I've been diagnosed as bipolar since I was 24. I thought I was done learning new and interesting things about how my brain works.

Pop quiz

Oct. 21st, 2017 06:08 pm
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (Default)
[personal profile] sabotabby
What’s more embarrassing:

1) a Kekistan flag, proving that you spend most of your time on porn message boards?
2) a Proud Boys flag, proclaiming that you never masturbate, and which is literally a giant cock?
3) being a cop with a Punisher water bottle that you quickly hide when CP24 cameras come around?


Pics of fash under the cut )Pics of fash under the cut )

dagibbs: (Default)
[personal profile] dagibbs
At lunch today, a co-worker was talking about his life-drawing class the previous evening, and eventually mentioned that they had a very tall female model, 6'4". I, of course, asked, "was her name Allison". To my complete lack of surprise, the answer was "yes". Then, another co-worker, across the table says, "I know Allison, but didn't know she worked as a model."

Small world.

Terminology question

Oct. 13th, 2017 01:59 pm
ilanikhan: (Default)
[personal profile] ilanikhan
What do you call a poly person with only one partner?  What about 2? 3? "Many"?

Can't call the one partnered person single.  But what if someone had many partners and lost most of them in short order - they've gone from poly (with a full dance card) to...poly but?

Rainy Sunday board games

Oct. 11th, 2017 08:45 pm
dagibbs: (Default)
[personal profile] dagibbs
The time, or weather has come: Board-games this Sunday (Oct 15)

Yes, I'm committing to the weather being awful, and people are invited over for board-games. Usual plan, start 1pm, break for dinner, continue into the evening.

RSVPs appreciated.

Update on Dr Stuff

Oct. 10th, 2017 04:22 pm
ilanikhan: (Default)
[personal profile] ilanikhan
 Update on my last post about my doctor's appointment wherein she was going to refer me to the doctor that treats transfolk.

I got a call yesterday at 4, with an appointment for Dr. Visram, and it's only 2 months away.  This made me very happy.  Given that I waited for the Endo for something like 8 months, and Gyn2 for 6 months, and the sports medicine dr for over 6 months, and and and.

So I looked her up on the internet.  Turns out she's a highly regarded...PSYCHOLOGIST.

It's reprehensible that transfolk have to go see psychologists in order to access treatment.  It's ... confusing?... that I have to.

My next step is to call my Endo today to ask how a psychologist can help me achieve my goal of getting my treatment plan for my hormonal problem reviewed.  The only sensible* reason in my head is that you need a psychologist to refer you to the endo that has the right specialty and that those endos only take referrals from certain psychologist.

Nothing like access to the healthcare one needs without a gatekeeper, eh?

More to come

* Okay, there's one other reason, but it's kind of paranoid and completely ridiculous.  It's that my Kingston records contain an emotionally difficult revelation regarding my gender/sex and the endo doesn't want to be the one to tell me.

ETA: I have called the Dr's office and they have written her a note about my concerns, I may have a phone call with her, maybe another appointment.

Edit2: Okay, turns out I've been referred to Dr. Hasina Visram, not Dr. Faizah Visram.  Dr. Hasina is an endo, and I didn't compare addresses.  

dagibbs: (Default)
[personal profile] dagibbs
Mostly because the forecast kept teasing with hope, then disappointing with actual rain. Every day. And, because of the hope, I didn't make other plans. Still, I managed to do a few non-climbing things.

Friday night I got to see Jex, who I hadn't seen since she got married. Unfortunately, it was a quiet visit in the dark because she had a nasty migraine. After our visit, I dropped by Eric's place for a board-game -- we hadn't done Friday games in a while, so that was nice.

Saturday I got to visit some with Cara who was staying with the weekend. Partially early am (2:30-4) and partially early afternoon. Then the rest of the afternoon was more boardgames with France.

Sunday was a lovely Thanksgiving Turkey feast prepared by Constance, where I also saw Mike, Suzanne, Louise (Mike's mom), and Jane. Yummy food and good company.

And, finally, today I had lunch with foms, con_girl and Kim. We tried the Yangtze, too much line, switched to the Chu Shing which also claimed a 20 minute wait, but was probably more like 5.

Also accomplished a bunch of laundry and a few other house-neatening type things.

Not the weekend I had hoped for or mostly planned, but a reasonably good one none-the-less.


Turkey Feast aftermath

Oct. 9th, 2017 10:21 am
ilanikhan: (Default)
[personal profile] ilanikhan
Dishes are done, the tea towels are soon to go into the laundry, the tables are cleaned and back in their place.
I have one more dishwasher load to do and one crockpot to clean.

Next up: Baking a cake for work - because there's not enough food!
[personal profile] blogcutter
At one time, I fondly deluded myself that once I retired, I would have all kinds of time to pursue hobbies and other interests. I guess I'm very lucky not to have any major, life-threatening diseases or conditions that would be likely to lead me to an untimely end. On the other hand, the older I get, the more my waking hours are consumed with routine health maintenance appointments and ancillary tasks associated with them (getting there, getting back, getting prescriptions filled and non-prescription drugs and health aids acquired, getting regular blood tests and vaccines... well, I'm sure you get the idea.

In September and October alone, I've had two appointments with a family doctor, screenings for breast and cervical cancer, some of the aforementioned blood tests, a dental appointment... then I have an appointment with an eye doctor later this month. In November, I'll be due for more blood tests (the regular bimonthly ones requested by my rheumatologist plus some additional ones that the GP wants me to get. In December it's back to the GP for a complete physical exam. And somewhere in there, I guess I'll probably get a flu shot and likely some other shots as well.

I think I should probably get a hearing test too - although I'm rather leery of these "Listen up!" clinics that seem to litter the city like so many payday loan shops and seem to have a vested interest in flogging specific brands of hearing aids! I do think there are a few issues with my hearing, however... something which is rather distressing since I used to pride myself on having especially acute hearing!

I could say much the same thing about my memory. I used to feel I had an excellent memory (others told me so as well) and now I know it's not as good as it used to be. Of course, there are more decades of life to remember than there used to be, too! Additionally, memory is such a slithery, elusive and notoriously subjective and unreliable thing. I don't think I particularly have memory problems at the moment, but it's sobering to think that one can't just avoid developing dementia through sheer force of will!

Anyway, watch this space for further updates!