chelseagirl: (Peggy Carter)
2017-06-17 04:33 pm


The SSR Confidential Exchange had its reveals yesterday, so I can say "hey! I wrote some Agent Carter stories!" and make a couple of recs, as well.

"Girls' Night Out" is a romp about what happens when Peggy, Rose Roberts, and Ana Jarvis decide to go out for . . . well, a girls' night out.

"The 6:30 from Grand Central Station" was written for irisdouglasiana, who wanted interesting locations in either LA or NY. As a New Yorker, I chose the latter, and really enjoyed bringing in some real life locations, as well as one of my favorite historical figures.

My gift, from cairistiona, was a friendship story about Peggy and Dum Dum Duggan in the wake of losing Steve. It's called "It's Been a Long, Long Time" and it's lovely!

I was lucky enough to get to betaread Selena's "Tomorrow, in a year" which is thought-provoking and challenging and so amazing.

And there's lots of other great fic there. Go forth and read!

I, myself, promised someone an Agent Carter/Lord Peter Wimsey crossover set during the war and afterwards, and that will be happening very soon.
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2017-04-14 05:03 pm

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In-laws here from the UK just at the same time I am doing draft conferences for all my studeents' final papers, selling an apartment (oh my goodness, we got more than asking! assuming the board approves the aspirant), and hitting all the deadlines for conference submissions. So . . . nothing much going on.

Did have Good Friday off, so went with M and parents to Coney Island today. Nice to be there out of season.

Soon I'll have time to talk about stuff again. Meanwhile, strong recommendation: read City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett -- so good!
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2017-04-09 08:06 am

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So I've given the proverbial 2 weeks notice on LJ, after which I will be deleting my account. This is the first post here that hasn't been crossposted there.

So from now on it's DW and FB.

And occasionally Instagram.

I pretty much never use my Tumblr or Twitter. I suppose that could change.

And of course, Pinterest and Librarything and Goodreads.

And, naturally.

It's a wonder we, any of us, get anything done, ever.

I definitively do NOT have a LinkedIn.

But of course I do have an AO3.

You know, I tell my students that I will never get a Snapchat because they should have something where we're not, but the honest truth is, I couldn't handle any more social media in any case.
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2017-03-17 01:15 pm

SSR Confidential: Dear Author

Last year I found out about this challenge late in the game, but was lucky enough to duck in as a pinch hitter. This year, I'm glad to be in from the beginning.

My request centers on Peggy and friendship. As I said in the request, I'm interested in Peggy's friendships with Jarvis and with Howard, as well as her friendships with Ana and with Rose. I ran out of tags, but of course I'm a fan of Peggy and Angie's friendship, and of Peggy and the Howling Commandos. I ship Peggy with Steve and with Daniel, but if you choose one of those, if you could emphasize the friendship within the romance, that would be great. The main thing is to center it on Peggy and her friendship with one or more of the other characters.

I'd be delighted to get a happy, positive story, or an angsty, potentially tragic one. I love both plot and character development. I'm not specifically looking for anything graphic, but I won't mind if you go that way, as long as the other requests are met. (No PWP, please.)

Thank you@
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2017-01-15 07:35 am

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Lovely news -- our latest union contract was passed, and accordingly, I got a backdated raise for the past two years. It's clear that the first increment was the standard amount, but the second was higher.

I'd like to see that as an acknowledgment of my excellence, anyway.
chelseagirl: Alice -- Tenniel (Alice)
2016-12-30 08:12 pm

on the russian servers and dreamwidth

I've been crossposting from DW for awhile, though most of the comments I get still come from here. I'm backing up my journal over there, as many of you are doing, because I'm definitely nervous about the server migration. Please feel free to add me over there; same username, Chelseagirl. I know I don't post super-often; I'm afraid I'm more active on FB these days, simply because most of my RL friends are there, but I value this space and would love to keep in touch if the Great Migration happens . . .
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2016-11-05 03:21 pm

Supergirl and The Exorcist (emphatically NOT a crossover)

So Supergirl is kinda losing me this season. Here's why: Read more... )

Not sure if anyone's actually watching The Exorcist but M convinced me and it's nicely layered and complex. As long as they resolve this storyline this season and don't drag it out forever. They should do more like American Horror Story and do different possessions each season. We're an episode behind because who has the time, but omg, Read more... ) Now just play Tubular Bells every week, and I'm all-in. Also, where is all the slashfic about the two hottie priests? OK, there are only 8 stories on A03 but they're all Marcus/Tomas, so fandom has not failed me.
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2016-10-23 07:19 am

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My aunt died late Thursday night. She was with a health care aide. I'm told that when the aide came in to give her last set of medications for the night at 9pm, she said she wanted to sleep a little longer, and when the aide came back at 9:30, she was gone.

I had seen her the day before. She'd finally gone home from the nursing home/rehab center, and then fell again and was rehospitalized a week later. This time a cracked vertebrae, though it might not have been the result of the fall. I left work early on Wednesday to be with her in the emergency room, but I had to fly out to Denver the next morning for a conference I was presenting at. I got back late on Sunday, taught Monday morning, and then headed back to the hospital. They released her that night, and she went home with her primary aide.

Wednesday morning I got a call from her aide that the agency hadn't sent someone else yet. (Lorna was private, not from the agency.) She'd been there for 48 hours and was tired and stressed. So I told my staff I wasn't coming in and cancelled my appointments (I lied and called in sick, because I had been taking off so much time due to my aunt -- luckily, as long as I don't miss classes, I've got some flexibility . . . but people have been out and we've had a problematic grad student client and there are things that need to be done). I took a taxi uptown, got Lorna some food, and spent the morning and halfway through the afternoon with my aunt, who had yet another nurse coming for assessment. I also fielded quite a few phone calls from the agencies about people coming for various appointments.

Lorna needed a few days off after her 48 hour shift, so the agency booked some other people, though I'm happy that on Thursday we had Lakeisha, who was new since she'd been home and who we really liked. Someone else was with Aunt Isabel when she died. But I'm glad I saw her on Wednesday and I'm glad Lakeisha was there for most of the day Thursday.

Friday was meant to be a grading papers day, but it became a fielding phone calls and running Isabel-related errands day.

If we're friends on FB, you've seen my two posts:

#1. The two things Isabel valued most in the world were her independence and her intellect. Her physical disabilities had taken away the former -- she was going to need 24/7 attendance (luckily she had saved & invested very well and had the money for it, at least for the near future) and as Parkinsonian dementia got worse, she was losing the latter. She was tired and it was ready for her to go.


#2. The police sealed the apartment. So my mom, who's the executor, is coming down and can't get into the apartment. She's meeting with the funeral director on Monday, and we are meeting together with the lawyer before I go to campus Tuesday morning. And we can't get in and the police were rude and dismissive and basically treated me like a crazy person because I raised my voice. If someone told me at 5am, when I'd just lost a family member, that I could come by and pick up the keys, and then when I was there (in a rainstorm so intense I was soaked despite umbrella and raincoat) they tell me a different story, and *actually think I should have had the presence of mind to get the name of the person I spoke to at 5am when my relative just died* then they are neither kind nor logical. *Everyone* else I have been dealing with, from the agencies and lawyer and building and etc. has been super kind and helpful. But not the cops.

I went to the building anyway and expressed my concerns to the super (who had assumed she was just rehospitalized) and a coop board member who fortuitiously was taking her dog for a walk just while I was there. They reassured me and put me in touch with the managing agency, and everyone (except the police, apparently) is on my side.

But mom will have to sleep here, even though the apartment is empty, because if we break the seal, we're subject to arrest. (She's obsessive/phobic about cleaning, and you may guess my apartment has fallen into disarray. But as I've said to M, I'll vacuum and change the cat boxes, and I want her to see what all this has done to my ability to cope -- I'm grading papers this morning, not scrubbing floors.) And there are a lot of records we don't have access to. This is ironic because I have been handling Aunt Isabel's affairs since early July and everything was IN MY APARTMENT until Isabel went home a few weeks ago, when I moved her documents back to her place. Hell, I had her *wallet* in my possession for almost 3 months, and returned it when she went home.

Our lawyer is going to help us get back in. He says it's good that the original will is in the apartment (I know just where, because I found it, photocopied and scanned it, and then returned it) because we need it and the surrogates' court will have to let us in.

But *swearwords* my 82 year old mother is taking an 8 hour train ride from Buffalo and she can only stay in NYC for a few days because she is sole caregiver for my 85 year old father, who's had several strokes and walks with walker very hesitantly and sometimes falls. (Wonderful family friend Chrissy is staying with him for a few days.) And we can't even get into the apartment to get the bloody documents we need for her to start doing her work as executor. (Aunt Isabel intended to add me as co-executor but never got around to it and sometimes was convinced that it had already been done, but it hadn't. So yeah, I'll be doing all the work, but mom will be the executor.)

Also, stupid stuff. Lorna left some of her belongings in the apartment and I can't return them to her until we can get in. I spent all summer keeping Aunt Isabel's plants alive for her because she cares about them. I spent most of the summer clearing out the apartment to de-hoard it and get it made safe for her to come home to. In fact, since early July, I HAVE SPENT MORE TIME IN THE APARTMENT THAN ISABEL HAS!!! There is fresh food in the fridge (which I bought for her) which is *going to go bad*. And although her mail was forwarded to my address some time ago, a lot of it was still going there and her mailbox will explode, and her mailbox key? In the apartment.

SO BLOODY RIDICULOUS! Apparently they seal the apartment so that no one who is not next of kin can go in and take things. Except next of kin/the executor is my mother and neither she nor my cousins (who live in Ohio and near DC; I am the only local one) have any objection to my taking *anything* I want considering how much time and energy I gave to Aunt Isabel over the past four months. They've said so. But honestly, I need to get in there to get bills and financial records so we can start cancelling things (everything except the power) and save the plants and clean out the fridge and etc.

Beyond exhausted. And did not get the grading done that I thought would happen this Friday/weekend when I left the office Thursday evening.
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2016-10-05 05:15 am

Luke Cage

I finished Luke Cage last night, and really enjoyed it. At the beginning, it felt really mainstream, more of a crime drama than a Marvel show -- it wasn't until we got Luke's backstory and then Claire's arrival that I felt really grounded in the JJ/DD NYC world. (Loved the Trish Talk cameo, too.)

This show has such a wealth of well-drawn women characters of color -- Misty, Claire, Mariah, Priscilla, even the precinct captain. Heck, even Connie, who I wish hadn't disappeared completely.

But in the wee hours of the night, I wondered if the Luke/whoever 'ship wars are already rumbling over on Tumblr? I'm not including Misty, because it seems they both moved on from it pretty quickly, but Claire (who is the most awesome character in the Netflix MCU) vs. offscreen Jessica (whom I adore).

Contemplation under the cut: Read more... )

In any case, I really hope this does not turn into one of those woman against woman fan battles, like the ones that made Sleepy Hollow fandom so unpleasant.

And, coming from another perspective, I paired Jessica *with* Claire for a ficathon awhile back. It's called "Better Late Than . . ." and it was written before s. 2 of DD, so it assumes Claire is still in Hell's Kitchen. Check it out if you like:
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2016-10-03 06:02 am

Yuletide: Dear Author

Dear Author:

I think you'll find I'm pretty easy-going about my preferences. I'm not really looking for darkfic over the holidays, but if it fits with my requests (with Penny Dreadful, especially), then it's okay by me. I'm primarily interested in character and plot; I really don't care if it's G-rated or sexually explicit, or anything in between, but I'd prefer that the sex is secondary to a plotty or character-exploring story.

The Bletchley Circle: Jean McBrien, Susan Gray, Lucy Davis, Millie
Anything about these ladies, during or after the war. Mostly, I prefer explorations of friendship and case fics, but Millie slashes well with any of the others, if that's where your fancy takes you.

Penny Dreadful: Caliban/John Clare, Vanessa Ives, Brona Croft/Lily Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein
My two favorite characters are the Creature/John Clare/Caliban and Vanessa -- I only *friend*ship them myself, but I'm open to something more between them in your story, if that's what you'd like to write. What I'd really like to read is either something about their friendship, or what happened to the Creature/John next after he's seen sorrowing at Vanessa's grave. Does he head back to the Arctic, as in the novel? Does he return to his (earlier self's) wife, who's regained her sanity? Does he befriend Lily? Do he and Victor meet up again?
Honestly, if we matched on this show, but this doesn't inspire you, I'd also love to read anything about Catriona Hartdegan, Dr. Seward, and/or Ferdinand Lyle, preferably having adventures . . . .

Jessica Jones: Jessica Jones, Patricia Walker, Luke Cage, Malcolm Ducasse
I'm super-interested in the Jessica-Trish friendship, and I 'ship the hell out of Jessica/Luke, so anything on either of these would be amazing. I also find Malcolm's growing friendship with Jessica interesting. (But, btw, having just finished Luke Cage, I should mention that I also adore Claire Temple; I don't mind if the romantic situation gets complicated -- read that as you will -- but I don't want to see either one of the women dissed on the other's behalf! Girl power and all that . . . )

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke: Jonathan Strange, John Childermass, Arabella Strange, Stephen Black
I chose the book, but I love both book and miniseries. The women are overall better developed on TV, but Stephen Black's story is much better developed in the book. So mix and match as you please, but I'm especially interested in anything to do with Childermass, Arabella, and/or Stephen Black.

Forever: Henry Morgan, Abe Morgan, Abigail Morgan, Jo Martinez
I'd love more in this canon. I'm especially interested in what happens next when Jo turns up at Henry's door, but backstory on Henry, Abigail, and Abe is also very welcome.
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2016-08-07 08:04 am

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I'm cross-posting my Goodreads review here because I *really* enjoyed this one, and I think it might interest other folks here.

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

My fondest wish is that Susanna Clarke will put out another book in the same universe as Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. My next-fondest was that I'd find something I enjoyed as much. That second wish, at least, has been granted. Sorcerer to the Crown is worthy of the comparison -- it's briefer, fluffier, and not on the grand scale of JS&MN, and it's entirely fair to call it a cross between Clarke and Georgette Heyer, as I've seen written in more than one place. And it's thoroughly enjoyable.

Prunella Gentleman, one of the two protagonists, is in some ways the Jonathan Strange of the text -- her magic is instinctive; she gets bored reading magical theory. At the beginning, she wants nothing more than woman of the upper classes in her time and place want -- to make a good marriage. But the novel doesn't blame her for this -- it's the society she's raised in. And if she can convince this world to overlook her origins as the possibly illegitimate daughter of an English gentleman and an Indian woman, it's a goal she might well succeed at . . . if not for the something far better that awaits her talents and her real heritage.

Zacharias Wythe, the Sorcerer Royal, would prefer to be immured in a library somewhere with his researches, but his guardian, Sir Stephen Wythe, had groomed him as his successor. Zacharias might be the Mr. Norrell of the tale, except that he is young, handsome, and black -- a freed slave whom the Wythe family has raised. But while the Sir Stephen and Lady Wythe love him, the other members of the Thaumaturgical Society hold the usual prejudices of the day.

There are some wonderful secondary characters, and while the plot is somewhat secondary to establishing the world and its inhabitants, the whole thing is delightful. Regency(ish) England is presented as multicultural in the ways it historically *was*, and it's made clear that there is a much larger and more diverse world outside of its borders. Later installments should productively build on what's been established here, and if the stakes are raised, with the Napoleonic Wars at hand, as well as the wry, almost Wodehouse-like fairyland, anything could happen. The next installment will be a hardcover buy for me.
chelseagirl: Alice -- Tenniel (Alice)
2016-06-23 05:27 am

Book meme, part 2

12: Tell one book story or memory (what you were wearing when you were reading something, someone saw you cry in public, you threw a book across the room and broke a window, etc.
OK, I have this intensely nostalgic memory of reading Alan Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty on a train in England, with sun coming through the window. Then for some reason, I set it aside for the rest of the trip, and finished it at home in New York, but I kept flashing back to that train ride, the whole while.

13: What character would be your best friend in real life? Elizabeth Bennet? (Pride and Prejudice, obviously Or possibly Dorothea Brooke, from Middlemarch, though she'd be difficult to live up to.

14: Favorite item of book merch Hmm. I have not one but two (a grey and a purple) of a Pride and Prejudice t-shirt from Out of Print. It's got a vintage cover design with lots of peacock feathers. I also have an extensive Alice collection, including a really beautiful mug that sent me with just that Alice-and-flamingo image that's in my userpic.

15: Post a shelfie. I can't remember how to post pictures to LJ. Help?

16: Rant about anything book related Why can't all ebooks have standardized pagination. I tell my students they need to use MLA citation format WITH PAGE NUMBERS and I get a lot of chapter numbers because they're reading ebooks. NOT OKAY! But I'm fine with ebooks; I just want/need those bloody page numbers! (And students to actually listen to me but that's another story.)

17: What do you think about movie/tv adaptations? Wow, that's a wildly oversimplified question. There's a whole field of Adaptation Studies, which I write in sometimes. -- go to issue 5.1 from 2012, and there's an article I wrote on Alice adaptations.

18: Favorite booktuber(s) Huh??

19: Book that you call your child. Double huh??

20: A character you like but you really, really shouldn't. Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment? The Creature in Frankenstein -- but I don't feel guilty about that!

21: Do you loan your books? Sometimes.

22: A movie or tv show you wish would have been a book The Bletchley Circle; I'd love to read about the women in the series, and maybe get more on their backgrounds etc.

23: Did your family or friends influence you to read when you were younger? Yes; my parents read to me and made sure there were always books in the house, and also took me to the library regularly.

OK, I think that's it for now!

Read more... )
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2016-06-22 07:06 am

House of Cards (US)

I'm catching up on the American version of House of Cards -- I'd seen the British version before, but just hadn't gotten around to this one -- and I'm really enjoying it. BUT I'm nearing the end of season 4, and the notion that the First Lady would be nominated as her husband's running mate? Strains credibility.

I mean, obviously we have a former First Lady who has a good shot at being our next President, but that's not *at the same time*.

Also, Underwood was so much darker in s. 1. Obviously he's still unscrupulous, but the really dark edge is muted.

I keep thinking of the Underwoods as the Macbeths.
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2016-06-21 03:55 pm

about washing hair. No, really.

I don't know if this is a thing for other people or not, but since I was 12 or 13, I have washed my hair every day. Read more... )
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2016-06-21 08:50 am

my fandoms are *sniff* leaving me, and post-colonial Jekyll

So everything I am fannish about comes to an end -- both Agent Carter and Penny Dreadful. *sigh* Perhaps, at least, the closed canons (well, I do not give up hope of seeing Peggy again in MCU flashbacks, if not *fingers crossed* another iteration of Agent Carter) will make me feel comfortable with ficcing, not worrying so much about getting Jossed.

For Penny Dreadful, I have IDEAS, mostly centered around Catriona and John Clare -- er, separate ideas, that is -- not sure I see those two characters connecting *at all*. The question is always finding the time, but since there's now almost nothing on tv I care about, I should be watching it a good deal less often. ;-)

But I do have a thought about Henry Jekyll. Read more... )
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2016-06-19 11:22 pm

Break my heart, Penny Dreadful, why don't you

This may be an unpopular opinion, but if that was really the end, I am okay with that. It made narrative sense and Read more... )
chelseagirl: Alice -- Tenniel (Alice)
2016-06-17 10:04 am

Book meme


1: Currently Reading -- I'm currently rereading Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. Some of the students in my Speculative Technology in Science Fiction summer class are doing their final project on it. I want to finish both this series, and the Elena Ferrante Sicily series this summer.

2: Describe the last scene you read in as few words as possible. No character names or title. -- Exploration of Mars, searching for water.

3: First book that had a major influence on you -- read to me, Alice in Wonderland gave me a sense of the absurd and of language play. And that little girls can be heroes. Read myself, the first adult books I chose on my own were the Sherlock Holmes books -- although I'm not in Sherlock fandom, I developed a lifelong love for the Victorian aesthetic -- and I blame my early love for Holmes for my doing Victorian lit in grad school.

4: Quick, you're in desperate need of a fake name. What character name do you think of first? -- Lydia Gwilt.

5: Favorite series and why. China Mieville's Bas-Lag books.

6: Public library or personal library? Personal. I never know when I'm going to have time, so library books get awkward.

7: What is the most important part of a book, in your opinion? The story.

8: Why are you reading the book you're currently reading? See #1.

9: If you were to publish a book what (besides your real name) would you use for your author name? Catherine Hahn (mother's maiden name)

10: Do you listen to music when you read? No. Either the music distracts me, or I block it out and then why did I bother.

11: What book fandom do you affiliate yourself with the most? Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. or maybe Lord Peter Wimsey.

OK, that's enough for now. The rest soon.

Read more... )
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2016-06-17 08:43 am

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My morning run takes me past both the Joe Strummer mural and the bar they used as Luke Cage's in Jessica Jones. Some morning inspiration . . .
chelseagirl: (Peggy Carter)
2016-06-16 10:06 am

Lovely Agent Carter Fic!

The reveals have gone live on the SSR Confidential Agent Carter exchange. I'm still making my way through the collection, but I wanted to share my gifts, a lovely story I was privileged to beta, and . . . oh, I wrote something.

I didn't know about the exchange 'til after signups were over, so I was only a pinchhitter, but the organizer, Sholio, made sure I had a gift and it's a lovely bit of fluff. I love Peggy/Daniel, but I really liked Jason Wilkes and that tentative romance, as well, and she gifted me a delightful Peggy/Jason story, "It's a Good Life (but it can always be better)."

I had the privilege to beta selenak's definitive Ana Jarvis fic, "All of Me" which is a must-read. She captures Ana's personality and gives her a convincing history.

Selenak also kindly gifted me a fic outside of the exchange, Peggy and Manfredi at Howard's funeral, "Funeral Games" I am so interested in the lost years of Peggy and Howard and SHIELD and the glimpses we get of them -- this story does that wonderfully.

Finally, my pinch-hit. The requester, paperdream, had an amazing idea: Angie Martinelli with a dark side; Peggy trying to rescue Angie and finding out Angie can take care of herself. I'm proud of the story, but it's gotten relatively few hits; if you're so inclined to check it out, I'd love that.