soukup asked: Tell me about what kind of spiders live in your apartment.
I'm afraid I rarely suffer an arachnid to live in my apartment. I do my very best not to hurt or frighten arthropods when I am in their home (i.e. the outdoors), but all bets are off when they're in mine. I have the occasional silverfish problem in my current place, and I realize that being kinder to spiders would solve this issue, but I just am not willing to share my shower with another creature, and unfortunately that is where the spiders like to live.
There was a black widow camping out over the dumpster out back until this last cold snap, but I believe the last spider that actually appeared inside my apartment was a hobo spider. I freely admit that I filled a cup full of water, used said water to knock it from its perch on the ceiling of my shower, and then washed it down the drain without remorse.
What I Just Finished Reading
What I'm Reading Now
What I'm Reading Next
I keep looking longingly at my Kindle. I just have to finish Yuletide. Then I can read whatever I want and not feel guilty. I think I will read the new Nicola Griffith novel next, the one about the Anglo-Saxon saint. I am looking forward to that, because it means I will be done with my Yuletide story.
(On the plus side, my Yuletide story is now 1000 words, so at least I am above the minimum. However, nothing has happened in it and it's not looking too good. Dear recipient: I am really sorry that I am failing at writing this. Sigh.)
I have the Yuletide fanfic back from a beta reader, and I've spent a few hours here (five hours today, thanks to the length of the story) and there fixing up all the smaller issues. I only need to tweak something major at the beginning now, and add one extra line at the end. After I do that tomorrow, then I should be ready to upload it to the archive.
For recently, read "since the last reading post": The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, The Folded Leaf by William Maxwell, The Antigone Poems by Marie Slaight.
Still reading Bad Ideas by Robert Wiseman, also reading Boys & Girls (a collection of short stories edited by Paul Burston, A Legacy by Sybille Bedford, and on my phone, New Grub Street by George Gissing.
If you are one of the usual suspects other than Claire, Seph, the twins and Mandragora, please assume I do not have your address and would like it. Because apparently, I don't :( (and I definitely do)
Comments are screened :)
Then I went home and had lunch and fed the kittens and had a debate with my body about which menstrual products to use today (it won) and did various unproductive things on the internet. Then I went to the stockfeed and bought kitten food, and then to KMart, where I bought cedar balls for my underwear drawer, and SEXY LINGERIE. If you consider Marvel-themed men's boxers to be sexy.
Then I came home and checked Facebook and had a snack and texted with one friend and called another and left a message. And now I'm going to feed the kittens again. After that I'll feed Beatrice and make my own dinner, and then quite likely I'll snuggle on the couch with Beatrice and read another 50 pages of The Poisonwood Bible, or watch an episode of Planet Earth. Then hopefully I'll glare some more at the novel I'm writing.
I'm sorry I didn't ruin traditional marriage. As you can see, it's been a very slack day so far.
( kitten photo )
Under Heaven, by Gay Gavriel Kay
This was the wrong kind of book to read right after Railsea. Kay is great at writing, but the way pretty much all the women in the story are obsessed with pleasing men, toying with men and controlling them really stands out. Several of them are courtesans. Usually, the courtesans die and the women who are *not* courtesans are the ones alive at the end.
That said, the ambience of the story is beautiful enough. I might read the follow-up novel some time. However, none of the characters really captured me. It was all a bit too much like a historian looking back, which was made stronger by frequent passages from a vague future and talk of historians getting this thing right or this thing wrong.
I'll check if the first Rivers of London book is available as an audio book now, plus I'll be looking for ppl reccing newer Fantasy/SF with okay gender roles. (I don't even know yet if Rivers of London have okay gender roles.)
My preference is to be barefoot, or sock-clad/wearing unstructured slippers if that's what the temperature calls for, so my favorite shoes are my Vibram FiveFingers, aka "toe shoes" because they have individual compartments for each toe. (I have trouble thinking of them as toe shoes because of my childhood involvement in dance classes - for me, "toe shoes" are the ones ballerinas dance in, with the blocks of wood in the tips that require the wearer to pack the shoes with lamb's wool to mitigate the bruising and bleeding of her toes.) When I got my first pair of FiveFingers, almost four years ago now, I started wearing them all the time and my feet were SO. HAPPY. I know barefooting is not for everyone, but it's clearly for me. (This is another benefit of living in the Pacific Northwestern US - you can wear barefoot shoes in the winter, and while your feet might get wet and a little cold it's not the same as wearing them in snow.)
I don't wear my FiveFingers in the winter as often as I used to, but I basically live in them in the summer. They make my feet so happy. And as I am now, ever so slowly, inching back toward running again after several years off (I am so slow, not that I was exactly fast before, and going out for a short run makes my muscles ache for days) I am looking forward to inching slowly back to running barefoot as well.
Starting with the obvious, JOAN WATSON. I adore Joan Watson and everything she chooses to be. Elementary is the Sherlock Holmes adaptation I never knew I wanted, and Lucy Liu's Joan is the Watson I never knew I wanted. I love how she doesn't take shit from Sherlock, and she's forged a real friendship and partnership with him. I am NOT 100% pleased with this season's writing, so far, but I'm putting it down to the second season struggle that some shows have after a strong first season and hoping the writers will find their feet again. Anyway, Joan. Lucy Liu is gorgeous and her acting is wonderful and those things combine to bring Joan to life. And I am also loving that Joan has a backstory with a tragic turning point in it without ~Tragic Backstory~ being her defining characteristic, or something she can't move beyond at all. She's a person, with a history, which includes something that ended one career and ultimately led to the career she has now. It was rough, she has some baggage about it, it hasn't become the center of her identity. The show also acknowledges how smart is she is, that she had to be intelligent and self-confident and maybe a little ruthless (but not too ruthless - we see her being compassionate, and that's something she drew on in her career as a sober companion) about it to have been a successful surgeon, and we see her using that quick mind now as a consulting detective and adding to her self-confidence. JOAN.
So this is old school, but I just fell back into Star Trek: Voyager and am contemplating a rewatch (with what non-existent time, I know) and so I am also back to one of my original TV crushes from when I was a wee Em, which is to say: KATHRYN JANEWAY. OMG, I spent many years in my early teens just worshipping her, writing self-insert fanfic about being the nameless ensign on Voyager who Saves the Day and Gets Recognized and Valued By Captain Janeway. And now, Because Of Reasons And Tumblr, I stumbled back into Voyager and remembered how much I loved that show, all the women kicking butt and being awesome at science and leadership (I can't even say how much my nerdy 13-year-old self valued having a science fiction show with MULTIPLE FEMALE SCIENTIST CHARACTERS). So I am back to being Totally Into Kathryn Janeway, but from a different angle this time. Less worship, more OMG FASCINATING CHARACTER, but either way: Enthralled with Kathryn Janeway Again.
There might be other TV crushes, but those are the two at the top of my brain right now.
lnhammer prompted "When the last geese fly south."
Good riddance, aggressive, poop-generating bastards.