[sticky entry] Sticky: Fic Masterlist

Feb. 12th, 2015 11:15 pm
frith_in_thorns: (Default)
Organisation note: Somewhere in the process of importing to DW, some of the below links have broken. Also (and mostly) I am REALLY BAD at keeping this post updated. And not all my fics have even been posted to my journal lately. So, reliable places to find each fandom I have written in:

Star Wars (TFA): AO3 tag
October Daye: AO3 tag
White Collar: AO3 tag or this DW tag (less complete list than AO3)
Criminal Minds: FFN or AO3 tag
Stargate Atlantis: this DW tag, or the links below may actually be the most reliable source
Sherlock: this DW tag
CSI: New York: FFN (but a way older account than the CM one!)

I've also written one or two fics in Shadows of the Apt, Vorkosigan, MCU, Star Trek: Voyager, Warehouse 13, Welcome to Night Vale and possibly a couple others that I've forgotten. They're somewhere in my general AO3 pile too.

The series landing page for Free of Surface Ties, the Fallen London/White Collar fusion AU which I've been writing with [personal profile] sholio is here on AO3.


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White Collar )

Criminal Minds )

Sherlock (BBC) )

Avatar: The Last Airbender )

Stargate Atlantis )

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frith_in_thorns: Hardcover books standing upright (.Books)
My reading challenge: 80 books

Goal: Read as many books as I can from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, including rereads. My Goodreads profile is here, although it doesn't log books I've read more than once. I'm bad about writing reviews, but sometimes I remember to.


Books read so far: 55
New: 46
Rereads: 9


Books read:

RR = re-read
+ = extra good
- = extra bad

1. World War Z, Max Brooks (Jan 2) -
2. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, Natasha Pulley (Jan 7)
3. Coral Bones, Foz Meadows (Jan 11) +
4. The Glorious Angels, Justina Robson (Jan 13)
5. Reflections, Seanan McGuire (Jan 14)
6. The Land of the Green Man: A Journey through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles, Carolyne Larrington (Jan 15) +
7. Five Wounds, Katharine Edgar (Jan 24)
8. Boneshaker, Cherie Priest (Jan 25)
9. Hexwood, Diana Wynne Jones (Jan 29)
10. The Heaven Shop, Deborah Ellis (Feb 5)
11. There's A Boy In The Girls' Bathroom, Louis Sacher (Feb 7)
12. Paladin of Souls, Lois McMaster Bujold (Feb 12) RR +
13. The Hallowed Hunt, Lois McMaster Bujold (Feb 16) RR
14. Even in the Cannon's Mouth, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Feb 20)
15. Stormswept, Helen Dunmore (Feb 24) +
16. Saffy's Angel, Hilary McKay (Feb 27) +
17. Bitterblue, Kristin Cashore (Mar 3) RR +
18. Ink and Bone, Rachel Caine (Mar 4) -
19. A Face Like Glass, Frances Hardinge (Mar 5) RR +
20. The Ragthorn, Robert Holdstock (Mar 5)
21. The Ship, Antonia Honeywell (Mar 12)
22. Nimona, Noelle Stevenson (Mar 18) +
23. The Terracotta Bride, Zen Cho (Mar 19) +
24. Quarter Days, Iona Sharma (Mar 20) +
25. Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (Mar 21)
26. Chaos Choreography, Seanan McGuire (Mar 21) +
27. City of Blades, Robert Jackson Bennett (Mar 25) +
28. Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (Apr 5) +
29. Luna: New Moon, Ian McDonald (Apr 7)
30. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Apr 10) RR +
31. A Red-Rose Chain, Seanan McGuire (Apr 12) RR
32. A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwabe (Apr 14)
33. A Gathering of Shadows, V.E. Schwabe (Apr 16) +
34. In the Labyrinth of Drakes, Marie Brennan (Apr 20)
35. The Raven King, Maggie Stiefvater (Apr 28) +
36. The Golem and the Djinn, Helene Wecker (May 5)
37. Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo (May 6)
38. Siege and Storm, Leigh Bardugo (May 7)
39. Ruin and Rising, Leigh Bardugo (May 7)
40. Sunbolt, Intisar Khanani (May 17)
41. The Witch of Duva, Leigh Bardugo (May 17)
42. The Too-Clever Fox, Leigh Bardugo (May 17)
43. Little Knife, Leigh Bardugo (May 18)
44. The Tiger and the Wolf, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Jun 2) +
45. Stiletto, Daniel O'Malley (Jun 5) +
46. The Book of Phoenix, Nnedi Okorafor (Jun 12)
47. Memories of Ash, Intisar Khanani (Jun 13) +
48. This Savage Song, V.E. Schwabe (Jun 14)
49. City of Blades, Robert Jackson Bennett (Jun 17) RR
50. Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo (Jun 19)
51. The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Seth Dickenson (Jun 28) -
52. Plastic Smile, S.L. Huang (Jul 1)
53. Ashes of Honor, Seanan McGuire (Jul 18) RR
54. Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (Jul 20) RR
55. The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Jul 27) +
56. Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (Aug 3) RR
57. Spiderlight, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Aug 9) +
58. The Drowning Eyes, Emily Foster (Aug 20)
59. An Accident of Stars, Foz Meadows (Aug 21) +
60. The Jewel and her Lapidary, Fran Wilde (Aug 27) -
61. The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Aug 28) +
62. Once Broken Faith, Seanan McGuire (Sep 1)




Recommendations always welcome!
frith_in_thorns: (ME Citadel)
I have a lot of DS9 feelings, having devoured most of the show over this summer. I'm now at 6x21...

Julian is my favourite. He is such an adorable puppy. I do admit I probably wouldn't have liked him so much at first if not for That Twitter Crowd continually talking about his adorableness -- I'm very susceptible at being primed by friends to like a character. He's just so melodramatic and snarky and clever and lovely and he has such a great face.

Also he has a spy boyfriend and wants to be a spy himself but is terrible at being a spy.

Jadzia is also my favourite. She's just so ridiculously chilled and casual and a dork and also is way too cool for everyone and knows this very deeply. (I was charmed when in one of the early episodes she was sitting in Ops with her feet up on a console while on duty. It was just so delightfully incongruous for Starfleet.)

Kira is my favourite because she is so smol and she is angry about everything all the time and it's great.

Everyone else is also my favourite because they are all so incredibly cute and I adore them all.

I am delighted by this show, and am actually feeling seriously fannish about it, and I have missed so much feeling fannish about something! Although I have given myself a couple of serious spoilers by being too impatient for fic :( But when I've finished watching it all I will want to read all the fic in the world, especially Julian fic. I am yearning for the type that was incredibly popular in SGA fandom, the "small group of characters are on a random ice/jungle/ocean/desert/fire planet and TERRIBLE THINGS HAPPEN TO THEM for like 10k words" genre. If they don't exist I may need to write them.

(Okay, the episode Starship Down with Julian and Jadzia -- that was basically everything I want. EXCEPT LOTS MORE OF IT.)

Actually, I'm taking fic prompts. Especially from my hc_bingo card. One of the writing blocks I was talking about a while ago definitely comes from the fact that I'm still way into wanting to write and read h/c but most of my friends don't really seem to be into it and I've been feeling definitely really ashamed and childish for it still being my main narrative kink. And this is probably stupid. So prompt me for Julian-centric fics please?
frith_in_thorns: (ME Normandy)
Things I absolutely need to write posts about:

- LARP
- Getting married
- NineWorlds
- [personal profile] sholio visiting
- Star Trek DS9 up to mid-season 6
- Books I have read recently
- Qualifying as a teacher
- Being terrified about properly starting my teaching career
- All the writing I have not done
- Moving house
- Many SEN thoughts
- Knitting

This is not one of those posts, as you can clearly tell. I've been so untalkative lately! Tell me about a book you read recently that you'd rec to me?

Anyone know where to find good DS9 icons?
frith_in_thorns: A rainbow of yarn on shelves (.Yarn)
Nautilus:
This is a fun thing to make but has too much sewing imo. (There's a reason all the jumpers and cardigans I make are seamless.) This one was a present but I may make one for myself eventually.




Evenstar wedding shawl for my fiancee:



(My matching one in rust-orange is on my needles -- I'm about to start the perpendicular outside border section.)
frith_in_thorns: Shadows of the Apt: Taki (Apt Taki)
Oh, and I got a [community profile] hc_bingo card!

caaaard )

I really like this new innovation of being able to completely veto sex-related prompts. I also vetoed bodyswap and genderswap. And I've got a card I really like! In fact, although I was a bit ??? about a couple of my squares on first glance, thinking about more creative interpretations I don't think I've got anything I can't/won't write.

Now I just need some spare brain for writing... I really am making an effort to actually get back into writing and fandom. Please feel free to poke me and feed me prompts. I work best when suffering from social obligation guilt. Sad but true.

(This explains so much about my life, really.)
frith_in_thorns: (LoK Korrasami view)
So I made this Korrasami vid for [personal profile] kaberett as part of the [community profile] white_lotus Lunar New Year Exchange! It is genuinely my favourite vid I have made so far, I'm really pleased with it :D

Song: Harbor, by Vienna Teng

Download should work from the vimeo page. The file size is 143 MB.


Korra/Asami - Harbor (A:LoK) from frith_in_thorns on Vimeo.



Sail your sea
Meet your storm
All I want is to be your harbor
The light in me
will guide you home...
frith_in_thorns: Shadows of the Apt: Tynisa (Apt Tynisa)



This is the vid I made for [community profile] festivids! It's for [personal profile] marina, who indicated that they would like something lady-centric, and I LOVED making it. Aaaaa I love the characters so much.

I think the show did a fantastic job giving us more of Emma than we had in the book, although I was truly sad that for time-constraint reasons we didn't have quite enough of Arabella and Flora as I would like, particularly Flora. (My main regret for this vid is the general lack of really usable clips for Flora -- she tends to get either terrible lighting or she's mainly speaking, which of course is very important story-wise, but not so great for the sort of vid I was trying to make!)

In general, anyway, I really really loved the show (although still very unimpressed with the short shrift Stephen Black got...). It was gorgeous, eery and menacing, and with this gradually opening up view of magic and Fae. And, well, that's pretty much what I wanted to make a vid about! With these three women who are so central and key to everything that happened. And then the ending, which just has so much resonance for me. But she did not offer to go into the Darkness with him and he did not ask her.


All That's Left Are Your Bones (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) from frith_in_thorns on Vimeo.


Song: Your Bones, by Of Monsters and Men



I hope you enjoy watching my vid as much as I enjoyed making it! You should be able to download the file from vimeo, should you so desire -- let me know if there are any problems.

Festivids!

Jan. 31st, 2016 08:41 pm
frith_in_thorns: (ME Normandy)
Festivids went live yesterday, and there are lots of really great ones in there. I received a lovely Jupiter Ascending vid focusing on Jupiter, No Gold. Thank you, anon festividder!

As usual, I only know a small minority of the fandoms, and have mostly focused on those in my watching so far. But from them, here's my current rec list!

Planet Earth Love Will Always Win - Adorable vid. Cute baby animals and sweeping vistas, what's not to love?

Black Sails Still Alive - Yes, it's the Portal song. I got bored of the canon somewhere in S1, but this vid makes me laugh. It's great.

Jupiter Ascending Skyfall - A vid that takes full advantage of how beautiful this movie is. Just gorgeous.

Huge Sway - A lovely, gentle vid for Alistair/Athena (that's a name-change, not a ship), all about identity.

Limbo A Forest - Gorgeous and creepy, just like the game.

The Secret Garden Return to/of/from - Sweet and lovely.

Song of the Sea Ready for the Storm - I haven't actually seen this movie (yet), but I think this is actually my favourite vid from this year. Absolutely beautiful.

I made a vid this year too! \o/ If you guess it you may be rewarded with A Thing.
frith_in_thorns: (SW Rey)
I continue to have lots of feelings about the new Star Wars, especially about Rey. In particular I have an inordinate amount of feelings about her adjusting to her new life with the Resistance. I wrote some of them down and they're on AO3.

Pieces of Yourself (fill for [community profile] starwarsflashmeme prompt Strange New World) 900w, gen, Rey
A small missing scene near the end of the movie. Rey's been given a new home and new clothes, but it feels like she's giving up bits of her old life in exchange.

Background Noise (fandomstocking fic for [personal profile] glinda) 950w, gen, Rey&Finn
"It felt ungrateful to miss Jakku… but at times she did, fiercely. She missed having a place to live that was hers and hers alone, and she missed the wide-open quiet of the desert, and she missed knowing, always, exactly what she should be doing."

New Rules and New Reasons 2000w, gen, Rey&Finn&Leia
For Finn, hoarding resources means severe punishment. For Rey, it's the only way to be sure of survival.

More to come, probably.
frith_in_thorns: An open black umbrella with small red hearts falling out of it (.Love)
Goals for 2016!

Pass my teaching course and get a job
Finish editing my novel
Learn to drive and pass the tests
Do more housework, especially without E having to ask
WEDDING

And end-of-year memes, which I always find fun:

Fannish )

Life )
frith_in_thorns: (Default)
I read 104 books in 2015! Plus loads of picture books which I didn't log.
Complete list of books here! )

Some stats: (I like stats)

Brand new books read: 81
Books reread: 23
Brand new authors read: 37

Books by women: 67
Books by men: 37
Female authors: 41 (26 new-to-me)
Male authors: 19 (11 new-to-me)

I didn't stat for race, but it's quite white. I think at least the diversity of my reading is growing year on year. Nnedi Okorafor was particularly delightful to discover, and I'm waiting impatiently for the sequel to Akata Witch. It also took me shamefully long to get around to reading S. L. Huang's action series starring a heroine who's a mathematical genius and does all her own stunts, but they're super fun.

Actually, one thing that's surprised me was how low the proportion of re-reads is -- I'd have guessed it would be much higher! I know that being able to snap up kindle deals definitely made a difference in trying out books I wouldn't have considered, and probably also the fact that I've been publicly documenting my reading also made me want to keep reading new books rather than just returning to perennial favourites. (Also I think maybe 2014 was a year when I re-read lots and lots of my favourite series, and therefore didn't need to read them again for a while. They may make a reappearance in 2016!)

Now, ask me questions about my list please? I can't think of what to say on my own! To start off: my best new author discovery this year was undoubtedly Adrian Tchaikovsky. I genuinely cannot rate these highly enough, although avoid Children of Time if you have a spider phobia. (If you have always wanted a story documenting the rise of spider civilisation over thousands of years THIS IS THE BOOK YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!) The worst two books I read were Firehurler and Throne of Glass. They were so bad.
frith_in_thorns: Hardcover books standing upright (.Books)
Stolen from [personal profile] yohjideranged!

My reading challenge: 80 books

Goal: Read as many books as I can from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, including rereads. My Goodreads profile is here, although it doesn't log books I've read more than once. I'm bad about writing reviews, but sometimes I remember to.


Books read so far: 104
New: 81
Rereads: 23


Books read:

1. Hild, Nicola Griffith (3/1)
2. Carmilla, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (4/1)
3. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn (4/1)
4. The Invisible Library, Genevieve Cogman (9/1)
5. Surface Detail, Iain M. Banks RR (16/1)
6. The Little White Horse, Elizabeth Gouge RR (28/1)
7. Delusions of Gender, Cordelia Fine (6/2)
8. Zero-Sum Game, SL Huang (6/2)
9. Half Life, SL Huang (12/2)
10. Cursor's Fury, Jim Butcher RR (18/2)
11. Captain's Fury, Jim Butcher RR (20/2)
12. Princep's Fury, Jim Butcher RR (22/2)
13. First Lord's Fury, Jim Butcher RR (25/2)
14. InCryptid short stories, Seanan McGuire (8/3)
15. Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (16/3)
16. The Body Electric, Beth Revis (20/3)
17. Gullstruck Island, Frances Hardinge (22/3)
18. The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland (For A Little While), Cathryn Valante (23/3)
19. The Boy Who Lost Fairlyand, Cathryn Valante (26/3)
20. Bitterblue, Kristin Cashore RR (31/3)
21. Fire, Kristin Cashore RR(2/4)
22. Echo City, Layla Lawlor (3/4)
23. Rosemary and Rue, Seanan McGuire RR (4/4)
24. A Local Habitation, Seanan McGuire RR (4/4)
25. The Winter Long, Seanan McGuire RR (5/4)
26. The Fire Sermon, Francesca Haig (15/4)
27. Pocket Apocalypse, Seanan McGuire (18/4)
28. Rolling in the Deep, Mira Grant (20/4)
29. Chasing Ravens, Jessica E. Paige (25/4)
30. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (1/5)
31. The Voyage of the Basilisk, Marie Brennan (3/5)
32. Firehurler, J. S. Morin (7/5)
33. The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge (10/5)
34. The Three-Body Problem, Liu Cixin (11/5)
35. City of Stairs, Robert Jackson Bennett (13/5)
36. The Rook, Daniel O'Malley RR (17/5)
37. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison RR (27/5)
38. Uprooted, Naomi Novik (29/5)
39. A Swarming of Bees, Theresa Tomlinson (5/6)
40. Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery RR (7/6)
41. Anne of Avonlea, L. M. Montgomery RR (14/6)
42. Anne of the Island, L. M. Montgomery RR (15/6)
43. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black RR (18/6)
44. The Darkest Part of the Forest, Holly Black (20/6)
45. Thorn, Intisar Khanani (22/6)
46. The Girl With All The Gifts, M. R. Carey (5/7)
47. Penric's Demon, Lois McMaster Bujold (17/7)
48. Please Do Not Taunt The Octopus, Seanan McGuire (18/7)
49. Gates of Thread and Stone, Lori M. Lee (24/7)
50. Empire in Black and Gold, Adrian Tchaikovsky (26/7)
51. Dragonfly Falling, Adrian Tchaikovsky (27/7)
52. Blood of the Mantis, Adrian Tchaikovsky (30/7)
53. Salute the Dark, Adrian Tchaikovsky (5/8)
54. The Scarab Path, Adrian Tchaikovsky (8/8)
55. The Sea Watch, Adrian Tchaikovsky (14/8)
56. Heirs of the Blade, Adrian Tchaikovsky (15/8)
57. The Darkest Part of the Forest, Holly Black RR (17/8)
58. The House of Shattered Wings, Aliette de Bodard (21/8)
59. The Air War, Adrian Tchaikovsky (23/8)
60. The Wind Singer, William Nicholson RR (23/8)
61. War Master's Gate, Adrian Tchaikovsky (26/8)
62. I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett RR (27/8)
63. The Shepherd's Crown, Terry Pratchett (27/8)
64. Seal of the Worm, Adrian Tchaikovsky (30/8))
65. A Red Rose Chain, Seanan McGuire (1/9)
66. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, Becky Chambers (4/9)
67. Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel (6/9)
68. Clariel, Garth Nix (10/9)
69. Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, Bradley P. Beaulieu (12/9)
70. The Martian, Andy Weir (13/9)
71. Uprooted, Naomi Novik (15/9) RR
72. No Such Thing As Dragons, Philip Reeve (17/9)
73. Fever Crumb, Philip Reeve (19/9)
74. Half Bad, Sally Green (20/9)
75. A Web of Air, Philip Reeve (21/9)
76. Scrivener's Moon, Philip Reeve (21/9)
77. The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, Kai Ashante Wilson (26/9)
78. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke (30/9) RR
79. Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho (2/10)
80. Root of Unity, S. L. Huang (3/10)
81. Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (7/10)
82. Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein (8/10)
83. Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (11/10)
84. Updraft, Fran Wilde (14/10)
85. Soonchild, Russel Hoban (16/10)
86. Seraphina, Rachel Hartman (18/10)
87. Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, Lois McMaster Bujold (25/10)
88. The Mirror Image Ghost, Catherine Storr (28/10)
89. Children of Time, Adrian Tchaikovsky (5/11)
90. Empire Ascendant, Kameron Hurley (8/11)
91. Of Sorrow and Such, Andrea Slatter (12/11)
92. The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater (18/11)
93. The Dream Thieves, Maggie Stiefvater (20/11)
94. Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Maggie Stiefvater (22/11)
95. Throne of Glass, Sarah J. Maas (29/11)
96. Guns of the Dawn, Adrian Tchaikovsky (30/11)
97. Shadow Scale, Rachel Hartman (1/12)
98. Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor (5/12)
99. Chimera, Mira Grant (6/12)
100. The Masked City, Genevieve Cogman (11/12)
101. Railsea, China Mieville (13/12) RR
102. Sky Hawk, Gill Lewis (17/12)
103. Last Song Before Night, Ilana C. Myer (21/12)
104. The Force Awakens (Movie tie-in novel), Alan Dean Foster (31/12)


104 / 80 (130.00%)




Recommendations always accepted!

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frith_in_thorns: (ME Citadel)
So I finally got to see Star Wars! Ellie and I went with her dad, now that we're up here in The North for Christmas. (There have been three hailstorms so far. The North is a scary place.)

It was WONDERFUL. I have super-enjoyed going back through my flist and reading everyone's reaction posts! As a result, however, I feel I don't have enough new to say to bother making a reaction post of my own :P

Let me talk about the fandom instead! (squee I promise! +spoilers) )
frith_in_thorns: (Christmas - fabric trees)
My fandom stocking is up! I got it in just under the wire: it's here. This is definitely the fanwork fest of my heart -- I've averaged about 10 fic fills per year for the last three years :)

Fandoms I have listed: Shadows of the Apt series (Adrian Tchaikovsky), October Daye series (Seanan McGuire), Criminal Minds, Vorkosigan, Star Trek Voyager, Fallen London/Sunless Sea. Or anything else you know I like :D

-

Also, and tangentally, I was talking to a Canadian yesterday and she said you guys in the NA continent don't have Christmas puddings. ie:



(They're usually served with a sprig of holly on top of them, but that tends to be removed before you set the pudding on fire.)

My question is, do you therefore not sing the rest of the verses in We Wish You A Merry Christmas? In the best spirit of carol-singing:

We wish you a merry Christmas x3
And a happy new year.
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Now bring us some figgy pudding x3
Now bring some out here.
Good tidings &etc

For we all like figgy pudding x3
So bring some out here.
Good tidings &etc

And we won't go until we've got some! x3
So bring some out here!
Good tidings &etc



I really love the old songs to be sung at houses until the Master pays up to make you go away. I was just playing a Wassail Carol to Ellie which is also on the same principle: God bless you, and now give us some beer and money, and when you're sitting by the fire / please think of Wassail children who are wandering in the mire. True spirit of Christmas, that! ;)
frith_in_thorns: Shadows of the Apt: Tynisa (Apt Tynisa)
This is the first bit of fiction I've written for months. It's also the second ever SotA fic to be posted on AO3! ([personal profile] sholio's preceded me by about half an hour.)

Another Way Home
800 words, gen, post-canon reunion fic. (Major spoilers for final book.)
Sometimes children come back.
frith_in_thorns: (Apt Seda)
I drew fanart for Shadows of the Apt!!! :D Because I was bored in a staff meeting this afternoon. (Take that as a warning as to quality. Not that I pretend to be able to draw ANYWAY.)

Also I know they're people NOT ACTUALLY bugs but bugs are so much easier to draw!

probably only spoilers if you HAVE started the series and are pre book 5 )

LOOK I CAN MAKE ART
frith_in_thorns: Katara against a background of ice, bending a blue wave of water (AA Katara)
Hi whoever you are! I'm really delighted you're making a vid for me, I'm going to love it!

My fandoms: Eternal Law, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Jupiter Ascending, Never Alone, Sunless Sea, Life in the Undergrowth, Shark

If you find some detail helpful, here are some of my tastes:

General stuff )


Fandoms )
frith_in_thorns: Hardcover books standing upright (.Books)
Why you should all be reading Adrian Tchaikovsky's Shadows of the Apt series

This 10-book epic fantasy series kind of ate my life this summer. And then I surfaced to find that most of my friends have never heard of it, so I feel the need to correct that.

This post is as vague-squee as possible - if other people have read this series and want to talk about spoiler things (yes please! please talk to me!) I'd be really happy to put another post up.

Read more... )

CONCLUSION: YOU SHOULD READ THESE BOOKS. AND THEN SQUEE WITH ME!
frith_in_thorns: (LoK Korrasami view)
I've completed seven weeks of teacher training, and am starting a school placement on Monday. Hilariously, I feel way less prepared than I did in September -- the more I know, the more I know I don't know &etc.

It's been a good term. Really good. I mean, it's been endless seminars and trying to work out what the hell "reflective writing" actually MEANS to your tutor's mark scheme, and crying at midnight because of not having enough extended reading journal entries and drowning in acronyms and buzzwords and educational policy...

...but I'm good at it. This has actually surprised me. I am our group's mascot for nerdiness and tutors have stopped calling on me in maths and computing and science "to give someone else a turn." I've been told by several people in my group that they find me slightly terrifying (and I've given so many explanations to my coursemates of how academic papers work and how you put refs in writing and what the point of an abstract is), and my endless repertoire of Useless Facts are actually really useful in lesson planning and discussing curricula!

I'm bragging, yep. But I can't tell you guys how good it feels to be good at my work again. Oxford crushed me and made me feel stupid and inadequate all of the time and stopped me being able to read novels and I never really recovered. I started my Oxford degree seven years ago this week and right up until then my entire definition of self was tied up in being a bookworm, in being clever. I used to find learning so much fun and I adored school and Oxford stripped that all away and I had forgotten how much I missed it. Except now it's even better because there aren't looming exams and expectations and constant suffocating pressure and emotional abuse and I'm properly medicated for the depression that was grinding me down since adolescence. I still smash into walls of despair and awful, but I can climb them now. It's a hard-won skill.

I'm getting really emotional writing this.

It's just. I'm so grateful. I love Brookes, the university Oxford students sneered at for coexisting in their city (where the not good enough, the boring, normal students went). I love studying. I love my volunteering twice a week, with Brownies and Yellow Submarine, and I'm busy and so happy. I was so scared, before I started this course, that I was going to feel stupid all the time again and be overwhelmed and fall apart. But that's not happening. The opposite, in fact.

I'm going to be a teacher, and I'm going to rock.

August 2016

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