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03 January 2013 @ 12:57 am
Wow do I suck at remembering to update my personal journal! You probably all thought I was dead. I'll try to work on that.

Welcome back! Bibliovore is up and running again, and our first episode of season 2 is all about Jane Austen. Join us while we discuss our favorite novels, adaptations, and the fact that Jane Austen is not, we repeat, not a Victorian author.

(Also, Elenchus gets a little worked up about Lost in Austen. Sorry. She’d just watched it and the pain was still fresh.)

Download episode 13.
Stream episode 13.

Episode 1 of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries (which are now much further along than they were when we recorded this episode)

We're always up for question, comments, and suggestions for future episodes. Comment at Bibliopodcast on Dreamwidth, or leave us a message over on twitter for @bibliopodcast. Thanks for listening, and we hope you enjoy season 2!

Also a note, we are now streaming on iTunes! If you have a hankering to catch up on our backlist, that's a really easy way to do so.
Truth! Beauty!
19 April 2012 @ 10:42 pm
So I'm really bad at updating my journal about the podcast? Oops. Hopefully you guys are following [community profile] bibliopodcast anyway, but here are the most recent episodes:

Episode 4, where Regular Guest Host Sam joins us for the first time, and we discuss various books that we've recently read.

Episode 5, where Elenchus and Kate have a lot of feelings about Season 1 of Game of Thrones

Mini Episode, where Elenchus and Kate talk about the movie for The Hunger Games while very sleep deprived.

There's a lot of stuff going on at the comm right now (like a new ongoing series where Elenchus and new Guest Host Hannah discuss each episode of S2 of GoT as they come out from the perspective of people that have read the books), so I hope you guys check it out.

Don't forget, you can follow us on twitter at @bibliopodcast.


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16 March 2012 @ 05:50 pm

In this episode of Bibliovore, join your usual hosts plus a special guest speaker as we delve into Sherlock Holmes, along with various film and TV adaptations - past, present, good, and terrible. You can view the entry on our community, [community profile] bibliopodcast, here, where we have the download link and a few other goodies.

I hope you guys enjoy! Don't forget you can follow us on twitter - both individually (@elenchic and @regicidaldwarf), or through the show (@bibliopodcast).

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01 March 2012 @ 08:24 am

Yes, episode two is finally out. You can view the entry on our community, [community profile] bibliopodcast, here, where we have the download link and links to all the books we talk about.

I hope you guys enjoy! Don't forget you can follow us on twitter - both individually (@elenchic and @regicidaldwarf), or through the show (@bibliopodcast).

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29 January 2012 @ 03:25 pm

So about a month ago [personal profile] elenchus and I decided to do a podcast. After a lot of time spent futzing around with recording equipment and terrible internet connections, the first episode is finally out! So if you've ever wanted to hear two fangirls talk about fantasy novels for an hour and a half, you now have the perfect opportunity. We have a community at [community profile] bibliopodcast, where you can view download links to the episode, as well as links to all the books mentioned.

I hope you guys check it out, it's been a fun project so far. :D

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11 January 2012 @ 12:00 am
To keep myself on track with getting books read and video games played. Because the best way to make sure you accomplish things is to tell the internet about them.

Books for School
- Les Guerilles
- Kerotakis
- Incubation: A Space for Monsters

Books for Fun
- Victory of Eagles
- Melting Stones
- Dresden Files: Side Jobs, Changes
- The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes

Video Games
- Shadow Hearts (1 and 2)
- Persona 4
- Suikoden III
- Suikoden V
- Tales of the Abyss
- Katamari Damacy

- Princess Tutu
- Gurenn Lagaan
- Star Trek TOS (Season 1, Season 2, Season 3)
Truth! Beauty!
01 January 2012 @ 03:14 pm
So! 2011! The year I graduated college, spent three months hating life while I job searched, found a job, didn't like the job, and decided to keep it for now anyway, in the name of stability and paying rent. This is the year I started to figure a lot of shit out about myself.

This is also the year I finally participated in NaNo (didn't hit 50K, but made it to 18K, which is longer than anything I've written before), fell in and out of fandoms (The Eagle I love you, but you are so tiny ;___;), and realized how amazing The Avengers are.

There is possibly some fic coming for that.

Also, have I mentioned I have a Tumblr? Because I totally have a tumblr. I freaking love Tumblr, I use it all the time. You can find me here, with the same username as always. Be warned, I mostly post ridiculous things and a lot of Avengers stuff.

2012 is hopefully the year where I start to figure out what I want to do with my life, and start to actually do it. I have some projects I'm excited about - fic, for one thing, but also [profile] elenchic and I are trying to get a podcast off the ground, so keep an eye out for that. (Trust me, we're hilarious.) Maybe it'll be the year when I leave San Diego. Maybe it'll be the year when I stay, but I find a job I'm actually happy with. Who knows! I certainly don't. I hope it's the year where I learn how to finish a novel, at least.

Talk to me! How was your year? What are you hoping to do this year? I am shit at answering comments, but I'd love to hear from you.

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19 December 2011 @ 12:32 am
Specifically, this is a question for AU fic writers. What do you do when you come across a situation where in order to mesh with the AU, you have to change the speech patterns of a particular character?

To be specific, I'm trying to figure out how to write Thor (of the Avengers) in a modern day, non-Asgardian setting*. I don't really have any legitimate reason to write him in all his "Verily!" glory, but I also feel like his archaic speech patterns are a really defining characteristic of her personality.

So what would you do?

*Even more specifically, it's a High School AU. STOP JUDGING ME.

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04 November 2011 @ 01:07 pm
So, sometimes [profile] elenchic and I have long text conversations. Also sometimes we listen to terrible country music and talk about how perfectly they would fit for a theoretical Steve/Tony Redneck!AU that neither of us is going to write.

Sometimes we combine the two.

Let the record show that I take no responsibility for what just happened.Collapse )

In other news, RDJ needs to stop having photo shoots where he dresses like a cowboy. Seriously, it's not helping.

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25 October 2011 @ 11:23 pm
I almost never answer these kinds of surveys anymore, because I think they're freaking annoying when other people do them, but I'm waiting for an email before I can sleep and I'm bored. You are under no obligation to read this.

99 Things (No really, 99 of them)Collapse )
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11 October 2011 @ 07:56 pm
Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

Truth! Beauty!
04 August 2011 @ 12:24 pm
So I'm pretty sure I said something once about how I was going to stop posting about my RL, but I've been radio silent for so long I figured I'd make a post anyway.

In June I graduated from University with a BA in English and Writing. I also moved out of my apartment with my awesome roommates into a tiny room in a house with roommates I barely knew. Two of them turned out to be fine, two of them I have now started to refer to as The Terrible Couple. Thankfully one of the roommates that's fine is the owner of the house, so he's on my side, but I've come home to hear the Terrible Couple bitching loudly to each other about what a stupid bitch I am, which is, you know. Awesome.

I'm job searching desperately trying to get enough income to move out of this house (it's a month to month lease), but it's not going super well. I've had one interview, and nothing came of it, and I've sent out countless resumes and only gotten back credit card scams. I'm looking for Admin/Clerical kind of work, but would take retail as long as it would get me out of this house. I have a retail job, and I really love it (it's at an indie bookstore that specializes in SciFi, Fantasy, and Mystery), but it pays minimum wage and doesn't give me anything approaching enough hours.

I've been talking to basically everyone I know about needing to find a job, but most of them are grad students who can't help me or people in the same position as me. A couple people have said that if something opens up where they work they'll let me know, but for now I have nothing.

I haven't written anything since I graduated, and I haven't written anything fandom related in even longer than that. I feel like if I could move out of this house I wouldn't feel so stifled, but it's not like my output was that great to begin with.

I wish I could put the call out here to see if anyone knows of any job openings, but I know most of you live no where near San Diego, and I'm not ready to leave yet. Still, just thought I'd say where I am, life wise.

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22 June 2011 @ 06:25 pm
"I just graduated and moved into a tiny room and why do I have so many books AUGH" Edition. Prices are negotiable, and I'll particularly lower prices for buying more than one.

So. Many. Books.Collapse )

That is it for now, though that is by no means it. I'll probably post another one in a week or so, which will hopefully have things other than books in it. Let me know if you want summaries or anything on any of these. Also please feel free to spread the link to this post around, if you think anyone might be interested in any of these.

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11 June 2011 @ 12:38 am
So I saw X-Men: First Class tonight. (I originally wasn't going to - I was there to see Bridesmaids, but the showing was sold out and there was an X-Men showing ten minutes later, so.)

Spoiler cut!Collapse )

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06 June 2011 @ 12:41 am
More book reviews coming soon. Does anyone have a preference between Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff (Ridiculously gay Roman/British boys) or Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (post apocalyptic zombie romance novel where the zombie is the protagonist)? Let me know!

In the meantime, can someone in Eagle fandom PLEASE tell me there's an AU being written SOMEWHERE where Marcus stays in Britain after the Romans have all withdrawn? (Yes this totally changes the period - hence the AU part.) So we can have moments where Marcus is telling a story about Rome/his homeland and his voice will get all wistful, and Esca will feel bad and guilty, and then the next day Marcus has completely forgotten about it, but Esca just carries this small feeling of guilt around that he made Marcus abandon his home for him, but when he finally brings it up Marcus is just like "What are you talking about? You are far more important to me than Rome."


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29 May 2011 @ 01:00 am
I decided to give book reviewing a try. Part of the reason I've been holding off so long is because I've been reading a lot lately, and I honestly didn't know where to start. For the wary, I will try to keep the spoilers to a minimum, but some minor spoilers will be necessary just in talking about the book.

Huntress, by Malinda LoCollapse )

Purchase this book on Amazon, or, check out your local Indie Bound.

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06 May 2011 @ 10:09 am
Does anyone have any strong opinions either way if I start putting book reviews up here? I got a job recently that's been asking it of me, and I feel like the internet is a good place to practice.

If I do decide to do this, it'll probably be a lot of YA fantasy, but probably not exclusively.

On a side note, my roommate has been playing Portal 2 for the past week or so and I can't seem to stop listening to the end credits song. Why oh why is that game so good?

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14 March 2011 @ 12:43 am
Since I know so many of you listen to music obsessively and have a much wider and/or different range of musical knowledge than me, I thought I'd ask:

What music can you think of that compares a person to something related to water?

An example, from the Plain White Tees:
Her eyes, deep like the sea
That roll back when she's laughing at me
She rises up like the tide
The moment her lips meet mine

References to diving into people, swimming in them, etc. are also acceptable.


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09 March 2011 @ 02:52 am
Today in my "History of Women in Europe" class our professor focused on bringing us up to the present day (from the 60's/70's) while trying to acknowledge the pluralities in women's existence that makes generalizations inherently problematic. One of the things she brought up is that feminists in Western Europe were upset that women in Eastern Europe were suddenly going back into the home, consuming beauty products, etc. with the collapse of Communism. They didn't understand that while mothering and beauty products were a symbol of oppression for them, women in Eastern Europe were sick of the forced androgyny they'd experienced under Communism, where "equality" meant a denial of everything feminine. It made me start thinking about the ways we view beauty products now, and how nothing is simple.

I know women who self identify as feminists who wear either loose fitting or explicitly masculine clothing, who cut their hair short and don't shave, who don't understand makeup at all and rarely if ever use it. I also know women who self identify as feminists who wear pretty dresses and colored tights and high heels almost every day. I know that personally I like wearing limited makeup* as part of my daily routine - I feel better about myself when I feel like I'm taking care of my appearance. Even so, I usually wear jeans and only very rarely wear heels.

To me, make up and traditionally feminine clothing (skirts/dresses/form fitting clothing, etc.) aren't inherently anti-feminist. Nor are they inherently feminist.

They become problematic when girls feel like they are being forced into conforming into them. I have heard multiple accounts of my friends saying their mothers tell them they look disgusting, take this new skin care product to get rid of those awful blemishes, pluck your eyebrows they look like a forest, trim your nails, on and on. To say that there is no pressure for women to conform to traditional and heightened ideas of beauty and femininity is a false statement. But to say that any expression of self that falls within traditional gender roles is inherently oppressive and anti-feminist is also a false statement. The denial of those expressions is its own form of oppression, though maybe one we don't see as often.

I don't know if I had a point to this. I just think the complexities are interesting.

*"Limited" in this case meaning eyeliner, mascara, and an eyebrow pencil. Occasionally lipstick. In case anyone was wondering.

Edit: And I managed to make this entire entry while forgetting that it was International Women's Day (technically over for the past three hours, but I don't believe the day ends until I've gone to bed). So I suppose this is my offering, such as it is.

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09 February 2011 @ 06:05 pm
I adopted a pair of rats about a week ago. Their names are Emile and Eliot (both boys), and they are totally fucking adorable.

Excuse the cell phone quality of the pics.Collapse )

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