My recipient was iknowcommawrite aka Scioscribe, who wrote me two lovely Treats last Yuletide! FemslashEx allows prompts for original fiction, and this is the prompt I wrote for:
Class issues, identity porn, loyalty kink, and compromised principles: hell yeah. I think ideally I would like this one in a fantasy world, but I’m open to other possibilities. I’d love to see about any variation on this I could think of. Is the revolutionary undercover in the palace, getting ready to overthrow the monarchy while falling for the princess? Is the princess on the run from the revolution, disguising herself, and falling in amongst the rebels? Do either of them begin to rethink their principles or their policies? Is the revolutionary agitating in the open, and the princess is intrigued by her radical ideas? Other things I’m totally here for: wearing a crown while being thoroughly debauched by a revolutionary, hurt/comfort, kneeling, undressing from gowns and corsets, and virgin princess/experienced revolutionary.
Isn't that great? I found it very inspiring.
I wrote Burn, an epistolatory exercise in Ultimate Identity Porn. The revolutionary hides her face to conceal her identity. The princess silences her voice to preserve her purity. They know each other. And they don't...
2. Had braised meat rice for lunch, then got pastries from the Chinese bakery and pearl milk tea, yum. And the lunch place was playing Cpop and made me slightly homesick for Taiwan.
3. Watched The Snake Prince, a Shaw Brothers movie, with CB and jhameia and it is... quite a thing. Let's just say there was much more disco music and dancing than I had expected.
dancing boys: *two-step*
so i survived another busy season, and seriously, this was the chillest busy season since i started in tax. i did eventually get in some overtime, tho. yesterday was marked by a lot of frantic bursts of activity in and among stretches of nothing working. >.< SO FRUSTRATING. and today everything was fine. and for reasons that escape me, our holiday party is going to be on a monday night. because that makes sense. last year i think it was on a thursday.
i'm watching 28 weeks later and jeremy renner is in it! and idris elba! i saw it before i knew who either of them was, so i only remember robert carlyle and harold perrineau. i like 28 days later better. it's a little more hopeful at the end. 28 weeks seems kind of nihilistic.
if you've been feeling like the world is a trash fire (understandable, since it is), maybe thirty-six baby pandas will help you feel at least a little better. i mean, come on, baby pandas.
also take comfort from the fact that a memorial fund set up to honor philando castile raised enough money to wipe out all student lunch debt for the year. (we will for the moment try to ignore that "student lunch debt" is even a thing.) (we will also for the moment try to ignore why there's even a memorial fund for philando castile in the first place. )
scientists discovered two stars slamming into each other, the first time such a thing has been observed from earth. it was such a massive collision that it distorted spacetime. neat!
there's going to be a women of nasa lego set! also neat! it includes mae jemison and sally ride with a space shuttle, nancy roman and a hubble telescope, and margaret hamilton and a stack of "books" to represent the source code that helped get men to the moon. there was supposed to be a katherine johnson too, but i don't think they could get permission.
richard spencer, known white supremacist and neo-nazi, famous for having been punched in the face on camera, spoke at the university of florida today, and a local brewery had a fabulous suggestion on how to protest. hint: it involves free beer. :D
a huge cache of yiddish documents were found in a church in vilnius, in lithuania, where they'd been hidden during ww2. when the soviets came through and took the country from germany, local jews managed to smuggle some stuff out, and a non-jewish librarian hid a lot of things in the church basement.
 he was killed by a cop. he was a nutrition services supervisor for a st paul school and would help kids pay for their lunches with his own money, hence the purpose of the fund.
I'm going to Japan in November! I'll be there for two weeks, divided between Tokyo, Kyoto, and Fukuoka. The last is a city further south than I've been before, with some very pretty day trips.
I'm going to use AirBnb, which I also haven't used before, but it looks pretty great. I have two lovely apartments all to myself for cheaper than a hotel room would be, and one room in a house with a lady who cooks breakfast, has a friendly toy poodle named Piccolo, and says understatedly, "I am a former hotelier who worked in the five star hotel. I think I can assist you well during your stay."
Any of you done anything fun in Japan?
(Finishing up a few remaining posts before we start our next trip.)
On my first visit to Japan, with a friend, we had the best meal of the trip and the worst meal of the trip within 24 hours of each other. We'd gone to Koya-san, the temple complex, and stayed in a temple for two nights and
I then look at my phone, because grabbing that when I wake up in the middle of the night is absolutely a reflex (though the Pip sleeps much, much better these days!) . . . and it was me. The cell had someone dialed the landline. [*]
I post this story elsewhere, and literally seconds later, I get ( the punchline )
[*] On reflection, it wasn't that late, so I think I fell asleep with the phone still on in my hand and touched it enough to keep the screen awake, until eventually I randomly dialed home. I checked, I hadn't made any other outgoing calls, at least.
Which made me laugh every time, thinking of friends writing Yuletide.
Anyway, her swaps were a big hit, and if you need a Yuletide beta and you think I might know your fandom, hit me up even if it's not on the spreadsheet. Comments are screened.
[*] Any kind of little craft on a safety pin that you can trade.
(Resurrecting a post that’s been sitting in the Drafts folder for almost 2 years now, and testing a new crossposting plugin at the same time.)
We are not social people. Well, okay, we’re selectively social. We have our groups of friends that we see now and then, but we don’t generally seek out new acquaintances. This will become important in a bit.
But we do like to cook. When looking for things to do on this trip, Stephanie found this cooking class that covers several Japanese dishes, and includes a main dish of actual Kobe beef. We figured, “Sounds cool!” and signed up.
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