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Kaia watched as Revyn set the small glass down in front of Tarial. Revyn's eyes were alight with her smile; Tari was just grinning so wide it looked like her face would break. Kaia was smiling, like everyone else, but felt mingled excitement, jealousy, and dread. In a little less than a year, it would be her turn as well. Her turn for a special party and a special drink; her turn to leave.

"All right," Revyn said, "time for your very first drink as an adult, Tari. Ready?"

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Hallo Yulegoat!

Sep. 29th, 2016 02:30 am
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Dear Yuletide author,

'lo there! Thanks so much in advance for writing for me this year!

some introductory chit-chat )

BSG 78 (Apollo, Adama) )

The 10th Kingdom (Wolf, Virginia) )

Chocolat (Anouk, Vianne) )

Indiana Jones (Indy, Marion) )

Thanks again for writing for me this year; I will love any story that you make for me <3

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Sep. 29th, 2016 02:24 am
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[personal profile] lotesse
This election is turning into the Vorrutyer inheritance plot from A Civil Campaign - Trump has to win, or else the law is going to be free to take him down. And he's not going to win. Between the "charitable giving" and the tax evasion and the non-payment and now apparently the deals with still-under-embargo Cuba, someone is going to have to get something to stick. As it is, I gather the Trump kids are mad about the negative impact dad's campaign is having on business.
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I didn't get one of the grants to go to Germany this summer, and I was cool with that. I'd planned to spend half a month here and the other half home, alternating like, and get some reading in for the MA exam (February year 2).

Or, alternatively, if I can get my shit sorted and find something interesting, apply for grants to do field work for my thesis.

Today I got an email from the soon-to-be-former grad advisor (because he's the new department head) asking me to his office, which made me really nervous (because yikes, did I do something bad?) He said it was good news when I got there, and they got another $6000 grant from the foundation and I can go. I just need to make plans and such.

My options are to spend 6-8 weeks somewhere like the Goethe Institute or to be a Gasthörer at a university. (That's someone who goes to lectures but isn't officially at the university, and they work it out with the professors in advance.)

Benefit of B is that it's much cheaper, so that grant will go a lot further. 6 weeks at the Goethe Institute in June/July is half the grant already, then add airfare. Benefit of A is that I can focus on the language, rather than learning something in German. Which could be interesting, but as I'd only be there for like the middle third of a semester, I don't know what I'd actually be able to learn. Plus at the end, I can take the C1 exam.

I'm looking at a 4-week intensive in Hamburg followed by 2 weeks in Berlin. (I'd like to be back in the US for more than 1 week before classes start on August 10.) I'd have to take the C1 exam in Hamburg, because it's only offered at the end of the month, but ehn.

But sometimes tbh spending the summer chillin with my spouse and cat seems like a good idea... IDK. I haven't had a chance to talk to Ben about it and won't until Friday. *flail*

Yuletide tagset musings

Sep. 24th, 2016 11:14 pm
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The Yuletide tag set is available, which I take to mean nominations are close to being final. Inspired by [personal profile] moetushie I've gone through the list and noted fans I'm interested in requesting. Asterisks are on the 3 I nominated and will definitely be requesting. I'm the only person who picked any of these fandoms which I guess is efficient/useful nominating, but hopefully someone will actually offer to write them too!


Armande Gamache series - Louise Penny. (Armande Gamache & Jean-Guy Beauvoir. I really love this relationship but I don't really know if there's anything I am dying to read that is not in the books. . .)

Book of Strange New Things - Michel Faber (Peter Leigh is the only nominated character but I'm really interested in anything set in this universe which is so weird and glorious and scary. Also I read the whole book without figuring out whether Peter is a good guy or a monster, and there's a lot to explore with that.)

Dracula - Bram Stoker. (Mina Harker)

Dublin Murder Squad Series - Tana French (Frank Mackey, Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy -- I want to know a million things about this history between these two characters.)

Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie (Awn Elming, Skaaiat Awer)

Life and Death - Stephenie Meyer (So I am very WTF about this counting as a fandom, since it seems like it's obviously part of the Twilight series but it's still tempting to ask for JULIE OF THE WEREWOLVES)

** The Magicians - Lev Grossman (Plum Purchas, Jane Chatwin, Janet -- I really want Plum's adventures after book 3)

Once and Future King Series - TH White (Lancelot)

Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold (Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan Vorpatril)

**Westmark - Lloyd Alexander (Justin, Stock, Theo, Mickle --Not sure which characters I'm requesting)


Dirty Dancing - (Baby/Johnny/Penny)

Notorious - (Alicia Huberman, Alexander Sebastian, Devlin -- Happy someone who's not me nominated this one this time around!)


** Henry V - Shakespeare (Boy, Duke of York, Henry V of England, John Duke of Bedford -- I have a few different prompts for this, I might just request 'any,' since they are all my nominations)


Grace and Frankie (Brianna and Nwabudike)

Killjoys (There are a ton of characters nominated for this show and I'm not sure what I want to ask for after season 2. . .)

Mad Men (Sadly Sally Draper is not in the character list but I'm sort of tempted by 'Five Times Bob Benson Lied and One Time He Told the Truth')

The Magicians (Penny/Quentin)

Mr. Robot (Dominique/Darlene, or Angela/Darlene or Dominique/Angela or ???)

Veep (Dan/Jonah or Dan/Jonah/Amy or Dan + Jonah + Amy running Jonah's congressional campaign)

We get 6 fandoms to nominate and I'm having trouble narrowing it down, obviously!

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Sep. 25th, 2016 12:11 am
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... how tf is the 1995 Pride and Prejudice a yuletide fandom? P&P fic is its own damn industry, and the characterization from the Firth/Ehle film is imo quite dominant.


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