Earlier today, I learned about the #LGBTReadathon, hosted by A Daydreamer’s Thoughts, which will be held from 22nd – 28th June. (It’s also held May 25th – 31st. Yes, this week!) There is no announcement post for the readathon yet, so I’ve just linked you to the old one.
So I thought I’d offer up some QUILTBAG books I’ve enjoyed and would recommend to anyone looking for some books to add to the pile. ^_^ These will be largely SFF and I’m going to stick to about ten. And a list. And a brief note on my own stories.
May has ended! Whoot! Well, actually, it hasn’t just yet. There’s a bit longer to go, but the post about this month’s goals is going up today, so that counts.
I Want to Read:
– The Girl who Soared over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente
– Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
– The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher
I Want to Write:
10,000 words of fiction
Depending on how you want to count the writing, I have either failed miserably or blasted past the writing goal. It is no one‘s surprise that I did well on the reading one, I’m sure. So! Let’s focus on the writing. The end of April threw a bit of a spanner in my plans with an opportunity I can’t pass up and I spent all of my writing efforts on rewriting and polishing up That Darned Space Ghosts Story I Keep Talking About. Wish me luck! I got it done and I think it is awesome. (When, y’know, I’m not busy thinking it is the worst story ever because apparently those two mindsets like to play pingpong together. Or something.)
But it is finished and I am not horribly behind on my other projects (except insofar as that I’m well below my personal goals and ideals.) And the reading went wonderfully, as always, and I read quite a bit more than I’d anticipated.
I wasn’t sure what my reading was going to be like with the focus on editing and rekeying a novella. Not necessarily in that order. But I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. As of this writing, I’ve read a grand total of twelve books. Though I’ll grant you that most were graphic novels and one I wrote myself.
I Want to Read:
– Trade Me by Courtney Milan
– Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip
– Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
I Want to Write:
10,000 words of fiction
And… that’s it. June is going to be filled with some commitments that are relatively hazy, so I may or may not have more time on my hands than I had this month. We’ll see. If all goes well, I will have some very exciting news to share in June and things won’t be half as scary as I think they are. We’ll also get to see if I can keep up the “Post every day but Sunday” schedule that seems to have been April and May. I probably can’t, but we’ll see how it goes.
I was having a lot of fun with the Sailor Moon Crystal watch, so I decided to rewatch the live action adaptation once more. I also wanted to rewatch it because the story is so vastly different from any other iteration of the show and it’s fun to play around with expectations and comparisons this way.
For my Pretty Guardian Sailormoon watching, I’ve used the MissDream fansubs and almost all of the act thumbnails (Act 0 through Act 49) I’m using also come from there. Many thanks to the Miss Dream team for their hard work making the franchise so accessible to those who don’t speak Japanese (well)!
Inherit the Earth is a relatively little known point-and-click adventure game from the 1990s. It features anthropomorphic characters and… well, you’ll see below the cut. Before I get to that I’d like to note that one of the creators currently has a Patreon page to fund the first chapter of a sequel as well as running a web comic sequel. I’ve linked to the very first page, which also lets you read a recap of what happened in the game.
September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.
Huzzah! I have finally gotten around to reading the third installment in Valente’s Fairyland series! That took quite a long time, so I’m just going to launch straight into the rambling below the cut.
Welcome back once more to the rewatch and episode-by-episode live commentary of Pretty Guardian Sailormoon. We’re onto Act 5, so that puts us at about a tenth of the way through the show.
Previously, Rei decided she wanted to be friends after all (as long as hanging out does not involve karaoke), the Dark Kingdom introduces itself (sort of), Tuxedo Kamen reveals that he too is after the ginzuishou, and the preview promised us a slumber party.
Content note: Contains discussion of issues arising from low self-esteem. There’s also a very brief discussion of bullying and casual verbal cruelty near the end.
A while ago — actually, a pretty long time in blogging and internet terms — Lynn from Lynn’s Books put up a classic book-themed meme. Since I was looking for questions to natter about at the time (you’re still more than welcome to ask them!), I decided to just nab the whole meme and work through the questions point by point. (Except for the time-specific ones like “What are you reading at the moment?” because scheduling that in advance is silly.)
Stella Marshall feels invisible to everyone but her sister Jessica and best friend Jenna. Thanks to their Friday night LGBTQ youth group meetings, she can be true to herself and cast aside the boy she was born as, Steven. The rest of the time, she locks herself away, because if her super conservative, Christian parents ever found out….
When her little sister admits to liking a girl as more than a friend, it becomes ten times harder for Stella to keep up the charade. She wants to stand by Jess and take some of the heat away, and that means coming out of the closet—even if it costs Stella her family and the girl of her dreams, Lillian Nelson. Unfortunately, it’s too frightening to give up the security of hiding behind Steven. But Stella knows she has to be brave, for herself and her sister.
This book is a tough one to discuss because it has me thinking about spoiler tags. On the one hand, some people really want them. On the other, I really want to spoil parts of this book beforehand. Not for bad reasons either! So. I suppose I am just going to spoil some of this here now.
There are happy things and overall this novella is quite positive. Actual plot spoilers will lie below the cut, but I’ll try to keep it to a minimum.
A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart.Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot.Tara’s job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who’s having an understandable crisis of faith. When Tara and Abelard discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt Coulumb’s courts—and their quest for the truth endangers their partnership, their lives, and Alt Coulumb’s slim hope of survival. Set in a phenomenally built world in which justice is a collective force bestowed on a few, craftsmen fly on lightning bolts, and gargoyles can rule cities, Three Parts Dead introduces readers to an ethical landscape in which the line between right and wrong blurs.
Plot Recap: Usagi, Rei, Ami and Makoto are still captured and, to make matters worse, Chibi-Usa has run off and is being seduced to join the Dark Side they have cookies the Black Moon because she’s a lonely and neglected child who wants to be needed and thus easy to manipulate.
Onwards to the episode wherein, presumably, we meen Black Lady as foreshadowed in Usagi’s vision (for no discernible reason than to be foreshadowing at this point).