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This year I recieved 3 gorgeous, wildly different Anne of Green Gables stories, that are all wildly different from each other, perfect in their on specific way, perfectly catered to my taste, and are somehow channeling L.M. from beyond the grave.

AND there's another one in the madness collection! ♥

The most perfect missing scene:

Patty's Place on a Wintery Friday Evening (1331 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gilbert Blythe/Anne Shirley, Anne Shirley & Philippa Gordon
Characters: Anne Shirley, Aunt Jamesina (Anne of Green Gables), Gilbert Blythe, Philippa Gordon, Stella Maynard, Priscilla Grant
Additional Tags: Winter, Missing Scene

It's been snowing all day and the women of Patty's Place don't expect anyone to call even though Friday is their usual "at home" evening. They're wrong. This is just a little missing scene.

The most perfect canon divergence AU:

all the stars align (2024 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gilbert Blythe/Anne Shirley
Characters: Anne Shirley, Gilbert Blythe, Diana Barry
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, What-If, 5 Things, Yuletide, Getting Together, Time Skips, Love Confessions

Gilbert never called Anne “Carrots”, and she never broke the slate over his head.

(aka a canon-divergent “what-if” story, told through five snapshots.)

The most perfect IN SPAAAAACE AU:

Moonstone and Muslin (1665 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Anne Shirley
Additional Tags: Orphanage, Yuletide Treat, Alternate Universe - Space

Sometimes, things that sound as though they ought to be wonderful turn out to be terribly disappointing. Being sent to live in a satellite is definitely one of those things.

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Possibly last night I stayed up until one in the morning reading Anne's House of Dreams and then cried over the ending.

That hasn't happened in a while.

(I'm now officially finished with 4/8 books and I'm not sure I know how to handle that.)

Why did L.M. Montgomery have to die? Why do writers have to be mortal like the rest of us? WHY?

In other news I pared yuletide down to 3 requests and 5 offers, all fandoms I feel fairly solid in an dearly want to receive, and am hoping that assignments go out early next week. (I dropped Old Kingdom as a request because I think I'd really rather write it than read it.)
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Here are pictures of my house:

use the arrow icons on the left and right of each photo to peruse.

Thursday: After work my [ profile] taraljc and I went to World Market and schlepped my new chairs home (I bribed her with barbecue and custody of the remote control), and then sleeping lots.

Friday: Came home to my house to find my upstairs neighbors' 5-day-pay-rent-or-quit-notice mistakenly stuffed under my door, about had a heart attack, and then ate leftovers at my table (I SAT IN A CHAIR) and spent most of the evening reading a trashy romance novel. Then slept lots.

Saturday: Low-key morning, followed by three hours of MOVE THINGS! I collected T., reher old bookshelf, and two giant ikea bags full of books from her house and took them to my house, where she unloaded and I parked. Then returned her to her house. Did I mention there was a spider-friend who got loose in the zipcar? And that I spent ten minutes on the side of the road chasing him down with a mini legal pad to release him into the world?

Afternoon was sorting books and listing saleable ones on amazon and putting away the ones I want to keep for myself, while watching ~6 episodes of the X-Files. Evening there was loads of rain and a shooting in my neighborhood, along with dish-washing and laundry.

Sunday: Folding laundry and matching up socks while watching dinosaur shows on netflix, followed by showering and attempting to dry my hair with the blowdryer with the air conditioner on ... which tripped the circuit breaker, which resulted in an emergency weekend call to maintenance. Then I ran out and met up with [ profile] aj for lunch (FILIPINO FOOD OM NOM NOM) in a park and enjoying the beautiful day and catching up after way too long. Transit there and home (so help me I want the CTA to LOSE MONEY ON ME being signed up for unlimited rides), where electricity had been restored! I (finally) unpacked and shelved one of my 3 giant bins of books, and then took pics and talked to my mom for over an hour (good talk) and am now going to enforce the "no screens after 9:00" rule by lying in bed reading more trashy romance novels.

I'm seriously considering re-approaching the way I handle my personal library, like ... I think I want to focus on building my non-fiction library, while culling my fiction mercilessly? Only keeping books I'm going to reread, or that I can reference, and donating books (either with a legal or quasi-legal e-copy retained) once I've finished them. Because do I REALLY need to have a copy of every book I've ever read or will ever read? Probably not. WILL I read most of my books more than once? Probably not. Is my space in fact limited?


And that was my weekend. Overall good, if a little fraught. Overall restful, despite seeing lots of people and doing lots of things.

And most importantly I am really happy I didn't go to #Dashcon, because apparently it was an unmitigated disaster on all fronts. I watched it go down (in flames) throughout the weekend.
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I also bought an ebook on the post-checkout page, because amazon said, "Don't you ~~~waaaaaant~~~ NEWT'S EMERALD it's only ~~~FOUR DOLLARS~~~" and I was WEAK and TOTALLY CAVED.




Jan. 28th, 2014 01:59 pm
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So I just finished Republic of Thieves last night. I made my curse-filled flaily post on tumblr around midnight, and then didn't get to sleep because my head was swimming, and so now I have feels.

Basically after The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies this book was like the literary equivalent of a long hot bath.

feeeels )

THAT SAID this is definitely a book some folks (some of MY folks) will need trigger warnings for. Poke me if you're in want of them?
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I feel like I ought to have a Gentleman Bastard icon, except I'll likely grab the

And started Republic of Thieves immediately afterward. It's so strange - RS was published right as I was going off to college, and I really regret not having read it at that point in my life, and in the same breath I'm really grateful to have read it at this point in my life.

Winter in Chicago has been bitterly cold this year, and spending some time in the tropics of Locke's world inside my own head has been a godsend. (GB was one of my fandom requests for yuletide this year; I'd intended to be finished with all 3 books by the 21st, but that didn't happen due to my own writing for the exchange and the flinchreading I began doing basically as soon as we wrapped up the last interlude.)

Scott Lynch has the dubious honor of being the only writer to have killed off my favorite characters and kept me as a reader. What that means is ...

Spoilers for a 6 year old book )

TL;DR The Gentleman Bastard series is a great big lump of competence porn, you should read it if you haven't already.
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* SO NICE TO HAVE INTERNET THAT WORKS. Can I say that enough? I can't.

* I've slept in til 7:30 every day this week, and this past weekend I didn't leave my bed til 10:00; I remember once upon a time that my normal sleeping hours meant that 10:00 was early for me, but, well: I've been waking for the first time at 6:00 and then going back to sleep.

* I'm thinking that starting Saturday, I'm going to try something new for 30 days and get out of bed at 6:00. Maybe if I am extra ambitious I will go outside and walk around in the world.

(The world: overall, an interesting place; however, it lacks central air condition and heating.)

* I finished The Lies of Locke Lamora about two weeks ago? IT GAVE ME FEELS. spoilers! )

So now I'm about 1/3 into Red Seas Under Red Skies, and rationing it so that it lasts me until the third book comes out in October. IDK if I can make it last another six weeks; I covered the last 300 pages of LLL in three nights of staying up til 1 or 2 in the morning. All on worknights, no less.

* Speaking of work: I have over the course of time passed since the last entry nearly fallen down the spiral staircase at my office, hipchecked a desk hard enough to leave a spectacular bruise, and been bitten by a leaf insect. To whom I am apparently allergic.

* To be fair on the last point above, I was harassing the leaf insect because OMG CAMOUFLAGE. Spectacular, spectacular camouflage.

* Note to self: Buy a micro SD card for your phone, and do the uninstall/reinstall tango with your apps.

* And in closing, Today marks Day 4 of Candice Keeps Her House Tidy.


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