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There are two things coming up I want to see, and would like to encourage friends to come see with me. I'm not quite at "buy a ticket to something fun" today, but I'd like to get there.  Please comment / message / email me if you're interested in coming too, ideally by this weekend.

Show one:
The Southwark Playhouse is putting on Working, a musical with songs by "Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers & Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor". So obviously Lin-Manuel's contribution is among lots of other people's, but the musical blurb itself sounds interesting: based on a book of "interviews with the American workforce" and "a strikingly dynamic and contemporary look at what it is to work and what it is to be a musical".  Also I like the theatre's access information page which seems a better effort than most and would therefore like to Turn Up And Support This Kind Of Thing.

I'm looking at going to the 3pm show on Saturday 10th June.  This is both my least-busy Saturday during the run, and immediately after my exams.  Tickets £25 / £20.


Show two:
There is a touring professional production of Bring It On, the cheerleader musical, which I saw a local amateur production of recently. I am considering either:
  • 2:30pm show on Saturday 23rd September, at the Milton Keynes Theatre
  • 2:30pm show on Saturday 14th October, at the New Wimbledon Theatre
Both of them are do-able as a day trip from Cambridge by public transport.  I lean slightly toward the Wimbledon one because that's by train not coach, but I could be persuadable to either.  (Both is probably overambitious).  Tickets are between £43 and £57.50, plus a transaction fee (because of course there is).


Also, I'm looking longingly at an amateur production of In The Heights in Birmingham 14-15 July, but as I'm running a child's birthday party on 16th July I don't think it's going to happen.

(yes, I am mildly obsessive about Seeing All The Things related to Lin-Manuel Miranda, but I also kind of like the idea of aspiring to a lifestyle of travelling the country seeing musicals ...)
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Priority booking for Hamilton in London went on sale at noon today. I was on the priority list, I got all the information last Thursday (including the really interesting stuff about how they are doing "ticketless booking" to combat ticket resales) and did some careful thinking about how much I wanted to spend and on what combination of tickets. The booking period just encompassed my birthday next year, so I decided to go for a Saturday matinee as close as possible to my birthday (because what better way to celebrate staying alive?).

At the weekend I set up a ticketmaster account, and added my payment details, this morning I confirmed I could sign in from work, was able to navigate to the performance I wanted and see how the ticket options would go, but not to order until noon, and waited. I hit reload a few minutes before noon, and got the Ticketmaster "you are in a queue" page, which thankfully cleared not long after I'd tweeted:



For speed purposes, I didn't try to choose seats but just asked for Best Tickets, and am delighted to have got row C stalls!  I think I benefited from being near the end of the booking period, and having as much as possible pre-filled.  Now I just need to wait till next June ....


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I just paid for travel insurance for August and a flight to Helsinki, and booked an airport hotel for the night before our flight.  \o/

I started planning this holiday from my hospital bed in August 2015, paid for Worldcon memberships a while ago, but now we're starting to make it real.

[Travel insurance for (former) cancer patients is much easier to get than I had feared; I used a Cambridge-based specialist broker but in fact their online offering was completely sufficient.  They even included my very specific leukaemia in the drop down.]
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I read this tweet out to my brother, which made him laugh:


Nico overheard and said "The Avengers are icecream!?" which somehow led to assigning flavours:

Iron Man is obviously strawberry flavour.
Hulk is "green and purple" which I think is apple and blackcurrant.
Hawkeye is blackcurrant flavour because he is friends with Hulk (we may have watched a lot of Earth's Mightiest Heroes in this house).
Thor and Cap are both "rainbow flavour".
Black Widow is blackberry flavour..
War Machine is vanilla.
Wasp is banana flavour.

... and then my 4yo consultant ran off to do something more interesting instead, and I got asked to lay the table.



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I am actually pretty excited for Moana anyway, but I got even more so with what's implied by the lyrics here:

"I wish I could be the perfect daughter, but I come back to the water ...
I can lead with pride, I can make us strong ... but the voice inside sings a different song
What is wrong with me?"

a. family expectations vs individual wishes is my jam
b. she's expected to be the next leader (contrast with Brave, and Merida merely expected to elevate the next leader by marriage)


Also I just really love this song, it's very earwomy but in a good way, and a completely different feel from Hamilton & In The Heights

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I went to see this a fortnight ago in London. The short version: I really, really loved it; the dancing and staging are both amazing; the music has been taking over my brain nearly as much as a certain other musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda; I will definitely be going to see it again in the next few months. (If you want to come see it with me, let me know; it's taking bookings until 8th January)

long version, lots of enthusiastic babble )

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Have a trio of musical videos on a Lin-Manuel Miranda theme:

"Alexander Hamilton" (opening track to the musical Hamilton) in American Sign Language: absolutely riveting, brilliant use of rhythm, I accidentally fell down a rabbithole of ASL-signed Hamilton tracks of varying skill and production quality after this.  If only I understood ASL, or even BSL (funnily enough searching for BSL-signed Hamilton stuff gets me nowhere, I don't think there's a big enough fanbase here yet). 

"What the Heck I Gotta Do" - opening track to 21 Chump Street: a 14-minute musical about an undercover drugs officer and the high school student who fell in love with her.  The full video used to be on youtube and vimeo but I failed to find it again; also the cast album is available from the usual digital marketplaces.  It's ridiculously earwormy,, which means I find myself singing songs ALL DAY LONG that remind me how much I disagree with the War on Drugs, and I'm Not Doing Politics for at least another year, damnit.

"Usnavi's KX rap" - a promotional video for In The Heights at the King's Cross Theatre, which I saw last Saturday and will write more about when this dratted essay is done.  (Short version: I really, really liked it, and that video gives you something of a feel for it.)

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This collection was telephone game with fanfic: one source story and three parallel streams of remixes; within each stream each fic remixed the one before.  There are 22 stories and one of them is mine; authors and writing order are currently anonymised but will be revealed on the 5th August.


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When I did the nutrition course with Maggie's Wallace, we covered smoothies and juicing, and my takeaway was that fruit or vegetable smoothies which retain the fibre are better than not eating the veg/fruit at all but probably no better than eating them in the normal way.  Not retaining the fibre increases the GI, and is almost always worse unless you are in a situation where digesting fibre is hard.  We were also told to aim for 9 portions of fruit/veg a day rather than just 5. 

Recently I've been struggling even to get to 5, so I have caved and bought a "family blender" from Breville today.  It helpfully converts the blending container into a flip-top bottle, and provides 4 of them.

I am now consuming a rather chewy and slightly dubious-looking green smoothie, which makes me think of Tony Stark in Iron Man 2.  It tastes good though, and I am definitely hitting my nine portions today, for the first time in ages.


Today's bird: Blue Tit

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Yesterday I did something I haven't done in weeks: unloaded the dishwasher.  And then I had to go have a lie down to recover from it.  I am definitely well enough to really resent how much more recovery I've got ahead of me.

I managed quite a lot of shopping from my laptop yesterday: not really for the stupid Black Friday stuff, but because it was the first day I've been up to sitting up AND thinking for long enough.  Today I am trying to catch up on the household accounts and some of my email.  And then I really must try to get some study done: I negotiated an OU deadline extension as soon I went into hospital, but the extended deadline is coming up.

My next outpatient appointment is Wednesday - a whole week since the last one, it feels almost like a holiday.  I was supposed to see the consultant in clinic on Tuesday 1st, but a) it got moved because of the junior doctor's strike and b) my blood counts weren't up enough for the test that needs doing before I see the consultant again, so it'll probably get moved back again.

I've watched the Captain America: Civil War trailer a couple of times and it's possible I won't hate it? At least I should be fine to go to the cinema well before May.  I'm also planning to watch Jessica Jones once I'm less tired.  (When I'm tired I mostly don't want to watch film/TV at all, or at least only familiar things.)

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 And I had a lot of misc thoughts I was going to write up today, but then my reading page clued me in to the horrible news about Paris, and it seems too tone-deaf to write about fantasy violence when the real thing is so close.

From Cambridge I can get to Paris quicker than to much of my own country, including my mother's home town in Yorkshire and my aunt's place in Wales. Except I can't actually get to any of them right now because I'm stuck in hospital wired up to an antibiotic drip, and there is literally nothing I can do about nearby terrorism and the prospect of scary responses to it, except be upset and scared, and I've had too much of that lately.

This is why I try not to read news in hospital :-(

I think I'll go back to streaming Dr Who episodes from when I still liked it (first season with Matt Smith).


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A recent conversation (the counterparty can identify themselves if they choose):

"So what you're saying is that cancer is basically like tribbles?"

"Evil tribbles, but yes."

(We later went on to talk about whether Spock's blood was blue or green, and I couldn't remember without looking it up, which probably makes me a fake geek girl or something.)

stuff about treatment and side-effects )


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Keeping me sane and grounded this week (see previous public post):

Ursula Vernon (as T Kingfisher): Bryony and Roses
Lois McMaster Bujold: Penric's Demon
Lia Silver: Laura's Wolf, Prisoner (and no doubt Partner shortly ...)
The Economist magazine
[archiveofourown.org profile] dsudis : assorted works
[archiveofourown.org profile] copperbadge :assorted works
[archiveofourown.org profile] Philyra : I Came To Win / I Came To Conquer
[archiveofourown.org profile] Feather : your blue eyed boys specifically the podfics recorded by [archiveofourown.org profile] sallysparrow017 Also posted at http://rmc28.dreamwidth.org/594695.html with comment count unavailable comments.
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Continuing my recent habit of buying/supporting more short fiction than I can read, this lovely Kickstarter for Uncanny Magazine Year 2 drew me in with an amazing list of authors/artists. I'm boosting in case it also appeals to you (and to increase the chances of getting the stretch goals).
Creator list under cut )
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Thanks to ebay and globalisation I now have a long-sleeved running top printed with the Winter Soldier arm and uniform, so I can look even sillier/geekier while out running.

Sadly it remains too warm for me to actually wear it for running.  I'm sure I can rely on the English weather to change that before too long.
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I liked it, and I really enjoyed the experience of seeing it in the context of a marathon with two earlier films, and in the company of a lot of other people who are fannish enough about these films to also spend nearly 8 hours in a cinema on opening night and go home at 2:30am

I think it's a good fun addition to the series but not my new favourite.   It's very crowd-pleasing: there's a steady stream of funny bits and one-liners, and a running joke about swearing, and some nice little cameos and references, as well as some very effective dramatic big action sequences. 

I was pleased that they had a lot of the wider team either making appearances or referenced in conversation, and also that big themes of the film are MCU-typical Yay Teamwork but also very explicitly Protecting people is more important than beating up bad guys

Everything from now on will be spoilery.

spoilertastic babble )
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 It's full of Marvel fans and we've already watched Avengers Assemble & Winter Soldier and now we're on the trailers before Age of Ultron and it's VERY EXCITING.

(yay Star Wars trailer)

I have a huge promotional tin of popcorn bigger than my head and I doubt I'm going to finish it. But it is a pretty tin.
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One of the things I really enjoyed about a lot of my friends going to Worldcon last year was a lot of people reading the same shortlisted books (and shorter fiction) and posting about them and having discussions.  I really enjoyed that sense of a project held loosely-in-common.  It's one of the things that tipped me towards getting a supporting membership for this year's Worldcon.

Among the things that have upset me about this year's mess of Hugo nominations is that this is much less likely to happen. 

And then I happened to sit in on the BSFA award ceremony at Eastercon and thought that many of the shortlisted things looked much more interesting than the Hugo shortlists (even if the BSFA shortlists have now been voted on, and the Hugo is yet to be).


I mentioned this to [personal profile] ceb and she has set up [community profile] bookatorium : "a free-form book club for SF and fantasy and related stuff. Anyone who's interested in reading the books and prepared to discuss them in good faith is welcome. Currently we are reading a selection of Hugo, Clarke Award, and BSFA Award nominees."

The selection includes 13 novels and 4 graphic novels.  I really liked the 2 novels I've read in full; I like what I've read of the Ms Marvel graphic novel; several more of the books are on my to-buy list; so I'm looking forward to this as a project.  Do join in if you wish :-)
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 Specifically the train from Cambridge to London. We might even arrive at Eastercon in time for the Pratchett panel (but probably not).

It is really weird travelling with Tony and 0 children; I keep accidentally checking for them, but hopefully that will wear off soon. In the real world outside my habit-trained brain they were supremely unbothered by our departure, and have more relatives arriving today to keep them busy.
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I've just been ill, and busy, and ill some more.  Did you know that it's entirely typical for coughs to last up to three weeks? Well now I do.

Studying is mostly progressing in bitesize chunks; I've missed a few days while ill, but also picked up once my brain came back, so that's passed the first test of "is this really sustainable?".

My colleague's funeral had a very gratifying turnout; the funeral service itself focused heavily on the afterlife I don't believe in, but I drew a lot of comfort from fellow attendees, and exchanging stories at the wake.   Her family very kindly let me pick out some of her things from the flat they were clearing out.  I focused on books on topics we had in common and came away with more than I would have expected: I was amused when one of the business texts I'd picked out was referenced in my studying a few days later.  Now I just have to find time to read it before finishing the course.

Running is on hold until I stop coughing, which cannot happen soon enough.  Also I missed the 20th anniversary alt.fan.pratchett meet / Pratchett wake, but at least Tony and Charles got to go.

Eastercon is imminent; my mother-in-law arrived tonight and Tony and I will leave the children from Friday morning to Monday evening.  I've not even been away from Nico overnight yet; I have been away from Charles a few times for the length of a conference, but Tony was with him for all of them.  I am nervous and excited and hoping it all works out well.  Mobile phones make the prospect a lot more bearable.

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I took part in the MCU Ladies fic exchange for which gifts were revealed yesterday.   I got a wonderful story which is spookily well-suited to me :-)

I Came to Win (13719 words)

Nearly 14,000 words of sports AU (ice hockey, about which I know very little but it doesn't matter) with a huge ensemble cast including pretty much everyone I know from the Marvel universe and a few from the DC universe too, with my favourite women of Marvel front and centre, and a plotline of women breaking glass ice ceilings.

I kept stopping every so often just to savour it and feel happy that it was mine.

Author reveals are on the 10th. Let's just say I have Strong Suspicions of the author's identity, but will wait to see if I'm right.

(I have found several other stories in the collection to love too; and at least some people have liked mine, which is always a relief!)
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I stayed up way too late last night reading the latest book by Courtney Milan: Trade Me which got released yesterday.

I started reading Courtney Milan for her historical romances, and I was particularly smitten with the Brothers Sinister series, set in Oxford and Cambridge during the late 1800s, with women mathematicians, scientists, newspaper editors (and the aristocratic men who fall for them). She does all the emotional connection and struggle and happy endings that I love reading romance for, while quietly including a whole range of characters who aren't just aristocratic white straight neurotypical people with perfect mental health.

Trade Me is a billionaire novel.  There are lots of billionaire novels, especially since Fifty Shades of Grey and mostly I ignore them because I find conspicuous consumption and rescue narratives a turn-off.  But this is a Courtney Milan billionaire novel so I couldn't wait to see what she did with it.

And I loved it. 

The trouble is, the things I especially loved are basically spoilers.  So let me see.  It's a trading-places novel, where Blake, the heir to a huge tech company swaps his life with that of Tina, a poor immigrant fellow student, only he isn't doing it for laughs and she insists they make a proper agreement, and they become friends and eventually a romance happens.  The novel isn't very fond of the "rich man rescues poor woman from poverty" narrative, and Tina isn't passive or a victim or stupid, and Blake is a rich boy with a problem, but not in a woobie manpain way. 

So you have Blake washing dishes to pay rent on Tina's horrible bedsit and trying to figure out his problem, and Tina planning the new top-secret product launch and worrying about her family.  (And the actual tech product launch scene, very near the end of the book, is brilliant and funny and spot on and I kind of want to get [livejournal.com profile] fanf to read the book even though he doesn't really like romances, just so I can laugh about it with him.)  There are lovely minor characters, and people feel believable, and there isn't any minor character being one-dimensionally horrible to provide artificial conflict, and the ending is great and doesn't tie everything up happily ever after.

I am so glad that there are two more books in this series, and I am particularly excited for book 2 and the characters it's apparently going to focus on.  I also want to see more about how Tina and Blake and their families go on from where they've got to at the end of this book.

Two other things of note:
  1. There is a trans character who just happens to be trans, and it only gets mentioned as a background thing to explain a particular response to a conversation.  That character has way more lines/scenes that aren't about their being trans.
  2. There is extensive portrayal of an eating disorder.  I think it's a portrayal done well, but it's unavoidably there in the story.
Trade Me is available from all the usual ebook stores, including DRM-free and in multiple formats at Smashwords, and also in paperback rather more expensively.
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Hello kind author! I am really looking forward to your story celebrating the amazing women of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

I ticked all fandoms and all characters.  There is no-one in the tag set I would not enjoy reading about.   My general likes and dislikes I wrote out very recently for Yuletide so I'm going to be very lazy and link you to that dear author post.

If you have a story idea that you've been meaning to get around to, that is about one or more of the MCU ladies, that doesn't include things in my dislikes, then please make this your excuse to write it. I would be completely delighted to read it.   

If however that's not very helpful and you would like a prompt or two to kick something off, here are some.

Maya Hansen was one of the most interesting characters in Iron Man 3 and I was gutted when they killed her off.  I wrote a Maya Lives story (Finding True North Again) but I would happily read a dozen more, so free to write your own or remix that one or show me what happened next or cover some of her time before IM3. 

Betty Ross was unaccountably missing from Avengers Assemble.  I mean, seriously, if you know that there's one person who consistently can get the Hulk to calm down, why aren't you getting her on board the helicarrier rather than faffing about with cages?  (yes, I know the real-world answer is because Liv Tyler was pregnant, but it's annoying.  More of Betty please.  I very much like the version of her who appears in [archiveofourown.org profile] lalaietha 's series your blue eyed boys and related stories if you want more headcanon, or just go with what we on screen)

Christine Everhart is an interesting minor character - I mean yes, she's there at the beginning of Iron Man as part of establishing Tony's careless playboy side, and there's the unnecessarily bitchy exchange between her and Pepper the morning after.  But then she's the one who brings Tony the key evidence about Gulmira, and the one who provokes Tony into declaring himself Iron Man (and watch that press conference scene, the other reporters go nuts and she sits back, like she's all done here). 

She makes another brief appearance in Iron Man 2 and mostly I think (like pretty much anyone else who has to deal with weapons during that film) she's thinking "WHY, Tony? WHY did you have to grow a conscience and leave the rest of us to deal with Hammer and his massive insecurity complex about you".  So basically  I'm intrigued enough to want to know more.

Maria Hill gets the sceptical sidekick role in Avengers Assemble: cool, expressive of her disagreement but ultimately following Fury's orders, incredibly competently.  She continues quietly competent throughout Captain America:Winter Soldier, for which the key moment for me is when she's running the operation to take down Project Insight, sees people approaching her position, and just rolls her chair back, shoots them, and gets back to it.  She protests Steve's apparent suicide on the Insight carrier but follows his orders anyway, because he isn't more important than the millions being targeted by Insight.

Any combination of the agents being badass together: Maria, Natasha, Sharon Caron, Melinda May, Victoria Hand, Bobbi Morse.

Natasha and Skye talking hacking together (or just hacking together).

Any combination of the scientists being sciency together:  Jane, Betty, Maya, Jemma.

I hope that's helpful and look forward to reading your story :-)
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Two yuletide gifts.

And you know what's even better than that?

Getting thank you comments for the stories I wrote before I was even awake enough to read my own gifts. Yay for happy recipients. 


My gifts, let me show you them:

To Roam Between Stars
(2757 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Abigail Brand/Carol Danvers, Carol Danvers/Janet Van Dyne, Abigail Brand/Carol Danvers/Janet Van Dyne
Characters: Abigail Brand, Janet Van Dyne, Carol Danvers, Nick Fury

Abigail Brand is a minor character on A:EMH which is the brightest most colourful amazing animated series about the Avengers, and this story is about her growing up and coming to join the Avengers.  In her brief appearances on the show, Abigail impressed me with her competence and ruthlessness, and this story expands on that.


Blank Pages (3040 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Werewolf Marines - Lia Silver
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Echo (Werewolf Marines), Charlie (Werewolf Marines)
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Sister-Sister Relationship, Storytelling, Yuletide Treat, Misses Clause Challenge

I have enthused before about the Werewolf Marines series, and this is a lovely "prequel" to the book about Echo, filling in more about Charlie and with very evident sisterly affection.  I particularly liked the use of Little Women fanfic inside the story, and I only regret that it's so long since I read Little Women that I'm probably missing some of the context.



I'm now busy downloading every story in the archive that looks like My Kind Of Thing to my phone so I can read it safely anonymous there, as I for sure will not get through them all in the week before they are revealed.
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Both my assignments are finished, named, and uploaded. 
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I've been following with a certain horrified fascination the discussions following the reveal of Benjanun Sriduangkaew as Requires Hate / Winterfox. I was vaguely aware of all three: BS as a well-regarded nominee for the not-a-Hugo award for new authors (though I never did get around to reading that part of my Hugo packet earlier this year); RH for vicious reviews and nasty tweets that occasionally had a point, but I found the ratio of venom-to-point too high for my taste and after a while stopped following links to her that were shared; Winterfox for being vicious online to some people I know slightly.

I spent a long time reading the (hundreds of) comments to James Nicoll's post about the revelation and many of the links people posted in the course of that.  I came to my own conclusion after all that reading, which is basically that this person repeatedly acted to bully and intimidate people.  She was destructive to more than one fandom community.  And she deleted most of the evidence, so you are left looking at comment threads with only the responses by others framing the negative space where her words used to be.

I'm not so bothered about the nasty reviews.  It's the bullying and the community destruction I find particularly abhorrent. 

Laura J Mixon did a rather more systematic analysis.  This helpfully includes a couple of tables in the appendix of people targeted for bullying by BS/RH.  It's that time of year when my family shares seasonal gift wishlists.  I made a point of putting works by authors on that list onto my public wishlist; some were already on my private list of things-I've-been-recommended, some after a quick google looked as though they'd be My Sort Of Thing.

I have mostly come to terms with the fact that I'll never read all the good books.  I have literally hundreds of books on my to-read piles and wishlists; if I never added another recommendation I'd be set for reading for the next decade or two.  Right now I don't feel like prioritising Benjanun Sriduangkaew's works, and I do feel like prioritising the works of people whom she attacked.
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Because my spare time is miniscule, so I should actually try scheduling this.
lists, I love lists )
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I've got an assignment and I'm all happy about it.  (Need to reread canon though to do the prompts justice)
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Yesterday I walked into town with Nicholas to get him new shoes and do other errands.  He asked to walk when we crossed Jesus Green, and as we were making our slow erratic way across the park he gestured and asked about the people playing some kind of ball game enthusiastically to our right.  I glanced over properly (most of my focus being on him up until that point), and took in the three goals at each end, and the sticks between players' legs, and the pattern of play.

"Yes darling," I said.  "They're playing Quidditch."

I'm not sure I'm happier that there were people playing Quidditch in the park on a Sunday lunchtime, or that I could recognise it in a glance.

Nico has not been paying sufficient attention to Harry Potter to care about such things. Charles might have done, if he'd been with me.  We haven't got much further through the books because he is focused on Diary of a Wimpy Kid and its sequels.  I'd rather be reading Harry Potter but so long as there is reading at all, I am not complaining.   Too easy to kill his enthusiasm.

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Thank you so much for signing up for yuletide. I'm sure you're going to do a great job. It's pretty likely you don't know me, so here's a bit about my general likes and dislikes, and then I've basically just cut and pasted my Details section for each request for reference.   Hopefully this will spark off something if you need it to; you may already have a story in mind in which case go for it!



Likes: teamwork, competence, friendship/affection, women being awesome, people valuing each other and working together, people communicating like adults, people being awkward and embracing it anyway, optimistic or hopeful endings.

I'm comfortable with ratings from general through to explicit smut, please go with your comfort level and your own sense of the characters you're writing. If you do write sex, I like it when everyone is having a good time and it's a consistent continuation of their relationship together (whether that is a one-time friends-with-benefits or lifelong monogamy or anything in between).

Tropes: I like friends-to-lovers, road trips, odd-couple partnerships, and also the crackier fanfic things like soulmates, wingfic, A/B/O, genderswap, bodyswap, groundhog day. The latter group especially work for me where they are exploring who these people are, how they would work if that thing was true / that thing was changed.

Basically I am after "tell me MORE about these people" whether that is filling in a missing scene, adding some backstory, speculating What Happened Next, or sticking them all in a coffeeshop AU for fun and giggles. I am an especial sucker for competence: show me my darlings being brilliant at what they do and I will adore you for it.



Dislikes:
I'd really prefer not to have an explicitly grim or really dark story. I need some kind of hope at the end. If you are writing hurt/comfort I prefer the hurt to be mostly offscreen, and the focus on the comfort. I have a sufficient humiliation/embarrassment squick to find most sitcoms unwatchable, so I'd be really grateful if you avoid that. In general I find it hard to cope with reading harm to children, graphic sexual violence and non-consensual sex. Please avoid lengthy focus on pregnancy or childbirth (but passing mention is fine, as is care of babies or children).



As for my requests: I would love ANY of these, so don't worry about sticking to the one you match on if you find you can do one of the others better. The Yuletide rules say you are expected to write something including all the characters I've nominated. I personally don't expect you to do that (and in the Imperial Radch case it might be a real struggle to do so) so please don't feel you have to shoehorn someone in to meet a quota if you have a perfectly good story going on with other of my nominated character(s) without them.



The Brothers Sinister Series - Courtney Milan
- Violet Waterfield, Sebastian Malheur, Rose Sweetly, Jane Fairfield

Ok, I LOVE this series so much, and Jane and Violet and Rose are all such awkward darlings, Jane embracing her bad taste and occasional lapses of manners, and Violet and Rose getting so engrossed in their science and maths respectively. Sebastian's love and care of Violet in The Countess Conspiracy never fails to bring me to tears. Sometimes they are of laughter, like when he flirts with her using classifications of rakes.

So here I would love to see a bit more of Violet and Jane's friendship (which is only lightly hinted at in the books. Maybe some scenes fleshing that out. I can't think of a scenario where Violet's genetics research would ever need a computer, but if it did, then Rose would be the obvious choice. Or maybe just my adorable science girls geeking out at each other and sharing tales of woe like having to stop sciencing to go and meet social obligations. I'd love to see Sebastian basking in his faculty-wife role, maybe teaming up with Jane to fend off critics of women doing science.


Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
- Nyseme Ptem, Sievarden Vendaai, Tisarwat, Mercy of Kalr

I am completely smitten by this series, and in particular by the way I get more out of the books with every reread. This is one where I think it's particularly unfair to expect you to write something involving ALL of my nominated characters, as Nyseme Ptem hasn't yet appeared or interacted directly with any of the others, and is only referenced in the daily prayers of remembrance. (Unless you want to invent some backstory where she did know someone on Mercy of Kalr).

So ideas here: what Nyseme did and thought before she acted at Ime, how Sievarden treats Mercy of Kalr and what Mercy of Kalr thinks of her. Do they work together to manage their Captain? Tisarwat and Mercy of Kalr before and after her implants are disabled.

And if you want to include any of the other characters in this rich and fascinating series, please do. I just nominated the ones I most wanted to read (more) about.



Werewolf Marines - Lia Silver
- Charlie, Echo

I love this series, and I enthused about why in this entry. In case that's tl;dr, it boils down to: shapeshifting coolness without dodgy sexual politics; romantic protagonists who are living with believable mental illnesses, but are still attractive and allowed to find love; love does not magically fix everything.

I am particularly drawn to Echo in Prisoner and her deep attachment to Charlie, who is so very like her in appearance and unlike her in physical health and personality. Anything exploring their relationship, some of their history, even just them bantering together, maybe something from Charlie's point of view, maybe an external point of view on them both. Please don't take it in an incest direction though; I can see how that might be a plausible interpretation but it really wouldn't work for me with these characters.



Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
- Abigail Brand, Carol Danvers, Janet Van Dyne

I really love this series, which I discovered after getting into the Marvel movies and the attached megafandom, and how different many of the characters are from their movie versions, and how many cool and interesting characters haven't even made it into the films yet.

Janet is lovely, the real heart of the Avengers, and pretty much the only one who stays in the team throughout the series. I'm utterly fascinated by Carol and her friendship with Janet, and her response to acquiring powers; in particular her utter rejection of Mar-Vell's attempts to protectively coddle her, and by extension Earth, after inflicting her with Kree powers. We don't see much of Abigail Brand, but what we do see is competence, decisiveness, charisma and leadership (like when she recruits Sydren), and hints at an interesting backstory: "who said I was human?".

So anything with these three working together would be wonderful: is there a friendship as well as a working relationship between Abigail and Carol? How did Abigail come to work for SWORD? How do Janet and Abigail get on? Maybe a story where they work together against an alien threat, or maybe just a girls night out telling war stories. If you wanted to go in a femslash direction (with any two or all three) that would be hot and awesome, and if you wanted to stick with friendship and teamwork that would be delightful and awesome.



Gravity (2013)

I would love to read anything exploring the world of this film. It's one that seems ripe for what happened next stories - we don't even know where Ryan Stone eventually lands, or who is going to find her, or what is happening to the world with so much satellite infrastructure destroyed. There's so much to speculate over what was happening on the ground, maybe at mission control, maybe at a random school or astronomy club or something watching what's going on.

Or you might want to look at what happened before. We know that Stone is a just-competent-enough astronaut, having done the minimum six months training because she's just that good an engineer that they need her in space to fix Hubble. How did she get into that situation? How did she get through training? Did she make any friends?




Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
- Rita Vrataski

I just rewatched this film, and oh wow it is such a good film. I especially love Rita Vrataski who is the hard-ass hero being gradually-less-incompetently helped by her sidekick Cage. I would love anything more about her.

It could be from before the movie starts, exploring what happened at Verdun, or who Hendricks is and how she came to kill him over 300 times. It could be why she signed up, and how much training she did before Verdun (the opening credits say "just a few months training" I think). It could be how she met Dr Carter (he has that lovely throwaway line about "well and then I met Rita so now I'm just a maintenance worker with delusions").

It could be any scene within the move from her point of view rather than Cage's. Or it could be what happens next, whether on the micro-level of what Cage says when he finishes laughing at the end of the film to the huge macro-level, with armies marching to meet each other over a devastated Europe.

rmc28: (BRAINS)
Sunday: mild migraine - got very little done
Monday: recovery day - as migraine was mild I was able to work, but I did minimal effort apart from that
Tuesday: easy normal day with no run
Wednesday: busy day, lots of walking, no run
Thursday: in theory a fully recovered day, should have been out running at lunchtime but lacked all motivation and didn't
Friday: mild migraine, could still work, weekend plans cancelled, that explains my mood Thursday
Saturday: migraine continues

I know what the stress trigger is behind this, but I can't fix it easily (that's why it's stressful!).  (It's child-related and not for public discussion, sorry, not trying to be all I-have-a-secret at you, readers.)   Running is a great coping mechanism but not at times like this, where there aren't enough days I can run.  I need better/alternative coping mechanisms. 

I can't fix it today.  Today is for resting and recovering so I can do my job next week.  I have used three Audible credits on Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, and the first third of the BBC Lord of the Rings adaptation by Brian Sibley.
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I have nominated fandoms for Yuletide for the first time. I may even manage to sign up this year.  

(My brain weasels, let me show you them: I may need handholding for actually asking for what I would like when the time comes.  I'm no longer worried about writing 1000+ words for a gift exchange in a shared fandom, but 10-100 words on something-for-me was too much of a barrier last year.)

Anyway, I nominated Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes after finding myself adding evidence to the argument it should be accepted.  I also nominated Imperial Radch - Ann Leckie which has only 3 works on AO3 at the moment.  Finally I nominated Brothers Sinister Series - Courtney Milan which doesn't appear at all on AO3, but which I would *love* to read fanfic for (Women being awesome and doing science! And hot men who treat them like people!).  As [personal profile] metaphortunate put it "Courtney Milan, back to her: it's like a romance novel, with the focus on women, and the comfort reading style, and the sexy parts, but without the bit where the women are doing everything Wrong and the men swoop in and correct them."

So I'm really hoping these all get accepted, that I actually manage to sign up and offer/ask for these, and that there will be an increased amount of fanfic for all three to read on Christmas Day, whether or not any of it is produced by or for me.

Also in fannish mode: Ancillary Sword is released two weeks today.
rmc28: (books2010)
I have not read any books, electronic or otherwise, in the last week.

Instead have two recs for fanfics for Captain America / Avengers / Winter Soldier, both of them doing what I think of as 21st century epistolary form:


User Since (3848 words) by rageprufrock
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Summary:

To: PC (loyaltothedream@hushmail.com)
From: Buck (bucky1956@yahoo.com)
Subject: Report!
Date: May 10, 2012

Phil — where the hell are you, man? Let us know if you're all right, or if there's anything we can do to help. HQ's freaking the fuck out.


tin soldiers (19743 words) by idrilka
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Summary:


In his 2009 book on Captain America comic books, war photography, and American propaganda, Everett claims: “There is nothing to suggest that either the graphic novels issued during the war or the photographs taken during Rogers’ stay with the Howling Commandos can serve as a basis for a queer reading of Rogers and Barnes’ relationship. But even more importantly, there is nothing to suggest that such a relationship ever existed in the first place, and as such, those queer readings are not only misguided, but also libelous” (197).


[from: Lynn E. Anderson, Captain America: Behind the Mask. Steve Rogers and the Contemporary Hero Narrative (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), p. 242.]

In the aftermath of Steve's return to the world of the living and the battle of New York, the academia and the Internet react.
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Tony and I are going to Dysprosium (Eastercon) next year!   I'm really looking forward to it.  The children will stay home and a couple of family members have kindly agreed to spend the long weekend taking care of them, which we think will work better all round than bringing them along.

We finally got our head around the voting-on-future-Worldcons process  (after we'd got home, and after completely missing all information on how to vote at Loncon3 for 2016).  So we're now both supporting members of 2015's Worldcon, Sasquan, which means later on we can pay out some more money in order to vote on the four-way contest for 2017, which in turn will give us a supporting membership for whatever wins 2017, so we can do the same again to vote on/join 2019. 

We are blatantly biased in favour of "potential worldcons we can attend without flying", i.e. Helsinki in 2017 and Dublin in 2019.  I am also having far too much fun reading about various train/ferry routes to Helsinki.

Supporting memberships mean we can carry on voting on Hugos, at least for the odd-numbered years, and nominating in all years.  I rather enjoyed that aspect of this year's Worldcon, in particular the various discussions and blog posts among my friends and people I follow online.

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And I enjoyed it quite a lot but did feel that I wasn't getting in anywhere near enough fannishness (either events or socialising) as I would have liked, primarily because children.

I made a choice to concentrate our childcare funds on 2-year-old N, who is too old to be baggage and too young to be quiet and convenient for adults. There were a surprisingly high number of child-friendly events, but I vastly overestimated 7-year-old C's ability to cope with large numbers of people and a vast and loud venue. So he spent a lot of time out of the venue with one or other of us instead.

I find that I want very much to go to more cons (next year's Eastercon has Jim Butcher whose books both Tony & I like very much, for example), but only if we budget a lot more for childcare, assuming there is any, or wangle some family cover to leave the children behind entirely. [I leave solving the problem of cons - and party conferences and tech conferences - being inherently hostile for young families as an exercise for the reader.]

Whinge over. I enjoyed the two panels I was on, and felt both resulted in interesting conversations in which I was able to make relevant points.  My initial nervousness / imposter syndrome basically dissolved as soon as we got started and it was a great experience.  Several people were pleasingly complimentary afterward, and not all of them were friends and family :-)

(Though it was incredibly heartening to arrive in the huge 7 + 12 room for my first panel and seeing half-a-dozen friends in a row giving a cheerful wave at me, and m'mother taking up her access seat in the front row. )

The other panels I attended also seemed to have a really appropriate mix of participants. Excellent work by whoever matched programme volunteers to panels.  Go that team!  I am absolutely sure there was a great deal of work behind the scenes to achieve that result.
 
Which reminds me, at least two people I spoke to were unaware how one gets picked to be on panels: there was a programme volunteer form which was drawn to my attention at least twice in the run up to the con, and I filled it in, and a while later I was invited to be on these two panels, and confirm my details, etc.  It was all very straightforward from my point of view, which I think again results in a Go Team Programme!

I have pages of notes of recommended books, authors, youtube videos, blog posts, etc, which I shall try to work through in the remainder of my leave from work.

Oh, and though I missed the Hugo ceremony, I was very happy reading the results this morning, in particular Ancillary Justice winning best novel and Gravity winning best film.  Nicholas Whyte did some analysis of the voting numbers and transfers if you like that kind of thing. For me it's just a pleasure to not be in the minority in the areas where I'd formed a strong opinion.
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(The whole guide is here: http://guide.loncon3.org/  I am currently failing at reading it, but I've got a few weeks.  I also think I have some reading and rereading to do in preparation.)

"We have always fought": warriors vs llamas

Sunday 16:30 - 18:00, Capital Suite 7+12 (ExCeL)

In a Hugo-nominated essay published on Aidan Moher's blog A Dribble of Ink in 2013, Kameron Hurley argued that in order to challenge prevailing narratives of women as passive adjuncts to men, we must write more stories that reflect the genuine history of women's involvement in war and conflict. (How) is this being pursued in contemporary SFF? What are the strategies being used by writers to turn the stories we tell about women into stories about warriors, rather than - as Hurley put it - llamas?

Jeanne Gomoll (M), Rachel Coleman, Kristina Knaving, Liesel Schwarz, Rebecca Levene

The Politics of the Culture

Monday 11:00 - 12:00, Capital Suite 7+12 (ExCeL)

In her review of Look to Windward, Abigail Nussbaum suggests that the central paradox of Iain M Banks' Culture is that it is "both a force for goodness, freedom, and happiness in the galaxy, and an engine of its citizens' selfish, childish needs to imbue their lives with meaning, to which end they will cause any amount of suffering ... both are true, and both are reductive." To what extent is the Culture, as a political entity, built around this unresolvable duality? How do the Culture novels grapple with the contradictions at the heart of this utopia? And how do the actions of the Culture connect with the more immediate political choices we face in the present world?

David Dingwall (M), Rachel Coleman, Ken MacLeod, Gemma Thomson, Lalith Vipulananthan Lal


rmc28: (bat-funny)
Charles: plays with shiny new Angry Birds Star Wars book from my father
Charles: watches Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
Charles: "Oooh! Mace Windu! He is so cool!"
Me: "Do you recognise the actor playing Mace Windu? Have you seen him before?"
Charles: focuses fiercely for a few minutes
Charles: "NICK FURY !?!  THAT IS SO COOL."

Clearly I am going to have to work through SLJ's backlist to see if there is anything else I'm prepared to let a nearly-8-year-old watch.  (I'm only just okay with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that's only if I'm there with him and keeping a careful eye on his reactions to it.)


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I ran for the first time since breaking my toe - it's been just over 10 weeks, between the toe itself and then getting an evil cold. It was very gentle easy running but it felt really good.

I went to see a "back one day only" screening of Captain America: Winter Soldier, having got the toddler to sleep just in time. (For future reference, I can do my house to the ticket desk at the Vue in 15 min, including getting bike out of garage & locking it at the far end. But I prefer more contingency.)  I still love it, I could still watch it a lot more times, I'm still impatient with the long gap between leaving cinemas and DVD release.

Between the two, I got caught in another rainstorm on the way home from nursery. Less dramatic than yesterday, but I still got soaked to the skin. Again. At least it's warm?
rmc28: (reading)
The next time I have an urge to see a midnight showing of a film (I'm thinking Age of Ultron), I will take at least the morning off work afterwards, and then I might not be knocked flat the rest of the week.

Also [personal profile] recessional liveblogged her rewatch of Captain America: The First Avenger and made me laugh and cry in almost equal measure. In particular,

"HYDRA WHY IS YOUR EMBLEM AN OCTOPUS THESE ARE NOT THE SAME THINGS."

I mentioned this to Jonny, who made me a thing:

octdra alert

Sound the Hydra Alert!
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I am SO too old for midnight screenings, and I am going to regret it in the morning.  Later in the morning.  But only a bit.

I really, really enjoyed the film.  There was banter! explosions! plot twists! mystery! teamwork! revelations! fanservice!

Jonny claimed to like it even more than Avengers Assemble.  Where Avengers was "get the team together, save the world", Winter Soldier is more "solve the mystery, save the world".

Oh yeah, there are two extra scenes, before and after the main credits.  Strange people, flooding out of the cinema after the first one.  You come to the first screening and you leave before the end credits scene?

Going to see it again in about 18 hours.  Woohoo.
rmc28: (BRAINS)
So there's a film being released tomorrow that I've been looking forward to for a long time. There are midnight showings! There are double-bills with an earlier film for which I have an abiding adoration and would love to see again on the big screen.  But I won't be.  Because the double-bills and nearly all the midnight screenings are in 3D.

3D films mostly work for me while I'm watching them, though I find fast-moving sequences seem to be jerky rather than flowing.  But without fail, I get nauseous afterwards, and I get a migraine the next day.  Throw in the lack of sleep that goes with a double-bill ending at 2:30am, and that's going to be a bad migraine.

I have it fairly easy: my brother (also a migraineur) gets a headache within a few minutes of watching something in 3D.  I have a friend who reports getting headaches from walking past display 3D TVs in shops. 

I don't love any film enough to take the consequences of watching them in 3D any more.

(Luckily, we found a midnight showing in 2D, so I'm taking my brother tonight as a birthday present, though I'm going to need a nap first.)

rmc28: (bat-funny)
This is brought to you courtesy of excessive watching of the Captain America: Winter Soldier trailer (only 25 days to go here!), and extensive discussion with Charles on who belongs in which category.

Avengers venn diagram

[Venn diagram: 3 circles labelled "FAST", "STRONG", "METAL ARM". In the intersection of all three is WINTER SOLDIER. Other Marvel heroes are allocated to appropriate sections of the diagram.]

Edited to add: the inspiration of this is the bit in the trailer where Steve Rogers says "he's fast ... strong ... had a metal arm" over an illustrative set of visuals.
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DWCon next August had sold out by the time we had a month where we hadn't overspent our budget on other things.  So we'll not be going.  We did book Loncon3 the previous time we had a surplus; so I booked us hotel rooms for that in the nearby Travelodge (which put us back into overspend, but means next August will be less expensive).

I feel a bit weird about this: Tony & I met because of mutual friends made at the DWCons and online Pratchett fandom, I've been to every UK DWCon so far, and there are good and dear friends we would normally see there. But it can't be helped and maybe this will be an incentive to do some smaller-scale meeting-up with some of those friends in between now and then.

LibDem Spring Conference next year clashes with a friend's wedding.  So I'll be at the wedding and not in York.  I don't feel at all weird about that!  Yay weddings.

I tried to sign up to Yuletide before the deadline but blocked on actually asking for things.   I've signed up to the pinch-hit list and may try writing treat(s) anyway.  It amuses me how far I've come since this time last year when Actually Writing And Publishing A Fanfic was a huge scary thing and now I'm like "sure, let me turn out 1000+ words for you in my copious free time".  I find I like writing gift fics, even if my free time isn't all that copious.

rmc28: (bat-funny)
Backgammon (1131 words) by rmc28
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Iron Man (Movies)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Tony Stark & Ho Yinsen, Steve Rogers & Tony Stark
Characters: Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Yinsen
Additional Tags: Canonical Character Death, Implied Torture
Summary:

Yinsen says "I'm from a small town called Gulmira". But that's not the first backgammon game, nor is it the last.






Right, I'm off now for dinner with Tony, and then we're seeing Iron Man 3. Woo.
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After having to postpone a couple of times, [livejournal.com profile] fanf & I finally achieved going-to-see-Skyfall date.  I liked it very much (much more than the 30 minutes of mostly tedious and frequently sexist ads & trailers that preceded it) and am happy.

I am now going to start digging back through my LJ Friends/DW Reading/Google Reader pages to find the various posts about it that I have been skipping over so as not to spoil myself: if I had been organised I would have made a list as I went along.  Feel free to draw my attention to interesting posts in the comments and I'll add them to my little list below:

Millennium Elephant
Hello Tailor:
 
There are currently 180 works tagged Skyfall on AO3  Despite the blatant canon innuendo there's only one Bond/Silva that I've found but an awful lot of Bond/Q.   Discussion on the way home suggested Tanner/Q and Tanner/Bond.  Surprisingly few of either (yet).  Actually what I really want to read is a lot of Tanner & Q being competent back-office support.
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I have great admiration for the Speaker of the House of Commons. The latest edition of Prospect has a profile on him which includes new (to me) reasons to admire him:

* he does the morning school run (like the PM and Deputy PM - hurrah for powerful men doing parenting as though it were an unremarkable thing)

* he started the first parliamentary nursery

* .. and made it open to staff as well as MPs

* he got a licence for civil partnerships to take place on the parliamentary estate after being approached by Chris Bryant MP (also interesting and admirable from what I've seen, follow @chrisbryantmp)

* he does educational outreach to schools and charities about parliament

* he dismisses people attacking him for the opinions/actions of his wife and rightly points out the implicit sexism: 'They are married, he points out, “not joined at the hip” and “the premise upon which this argument is based is that the wife isn’t an independent person at all; she is just an extension of her husband.”'


For more admiration and praise for John Bercow, there is always http://fyjohnbercow.tumblr.com/
rmc28: (grouchy)
I got an email from Amazon this morning saying that they were very sorry, but the release date for The Hidden Family paperback has been cancelled and so they have cancelled my pre-order and not charged me. They are still listing it as being released in May, so I suspect that the publishers are changing their schedules around. But this means when the new date is set I'm going to have to order it again. Bah.

Accelerando is still listed (and my order for it is still uncancelled) with publication date 1st June. The Atrocity Archives appears to already be unavailable through Amazon as new, though there are a couple of used copies available - it was only published on 3rd Jan! [livejournal.com profile] crazyscot and I spent some time yesterday evening trying to persuade [livejournal.com profile] emperor that he wanted to read it.

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