July 21st, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] fairestcat at 12:36am on 21/07/2017
For those who don't know, we live in an up/down duplex. Marna, Ian and I live upstairs and Lorayne has the downstairs, with two spare rooms for any guests of upstairs or downstairs.

Lorayne also has two window AC units. One of which is in her big spare bedroom. We do not have any AC upstairs, just a lot of fans.

It's been hot and humid as fuck in Ottawa for the last week. It's finally starting to cool down, but the heat is really lingering upstairs. Last night I couldn't fall asleep because of it.

So, I said fuck it and am sleeping downstairs tonight.

Dreadful followed me downstairs and was staring forlornly out the screen door, so we invited him in. So, Dreadful's sleeping downstairs too tonight.

Rayne's cats, Kina and Chakra, are less than impressed.

They've met Dreadful before, and even lived with him for a week when we stripped the wainscotting in the kitchen several years ago, so we're not worried it'll come to blows overnight or anything. They'll cope. And I think Dreadful is enjoying the change of scenery.

Also, the lack of dog.

Oh yeah, we got a dog. We've had him for about a month. Our intent was to foster him, but Marna fell in love, so now he's ours.

His name is Bogart, we think he's some sort of pointer cross, but he was rescued from the Everglades, so we can't be sure. He's about 18 months old and weighs about 40 pounds. He's a sweetheart, but he has some behavioral issues we're working on.

And Dreadful has NOT reconciled himself to this new family member yet. He's never lived with a dog before, and he's not sure he wants to now. They're cohabiting relatively peacefully, but Dreadful is still keeping his distance.

ETA: and then Kina and Dreadful got in a fight in the hallway. So much for not coming to blows. So, now they're locked on opposite sides of the dog gate for the night.

*sigh*
July 20th, 2017
fairestcat: naked woman reading. vintage (Reading)
As promised, some books I've read:

Point of Hopes (Astreiant, #1) - Melissa Scott & Lisa A. Barnett -
★★★★

Complicated mystery plot in a fascinating, intricately-crafted fantasy universe.

I really appreciated the casually mainstreamed queerness in the worldbuilding. read more )

The Ruin of a Rake - Cat Sebastian - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This book has everything I loved about Sebastian's previous books. Complicated, flawed and messily human characters, a clear-eyed and intelligent class analysis and a refreshingly unapologetic queerness. read more )

Point of Knives (Astreiant #1.5) - Melissa Scott - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A satisfying mystery with an even-more-satisfying beginning of a romance between the main characters as they transition from people who sleep with each other occasionally to people who'd like to have a romantic relationship with each other. read more )

Peter Darling - Austin Chant ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

An amazing queer, trans reimagining of the Peter Pan story. read more )

The Horse Mistress: Book 1 - R.A Steffan - ★ ★ ★

Enjoyable poly fantasy with a genderqueer protagonist. read more )

A Boy Called Cin - Cecil Wilde - ★ ★ ★ ★

I'd describe this book as an aspirational romance. It's a delightful, cozy fairytale of an idealized relationship. And that's not a bad thing. I think there's value particularly in queer aspirational romances. read more )

There Will Be Phlogiston (Prosperity, #5) - Alexis Hall ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I picked this up because it was free and I'd heard good things about the author, but honestly I was mostly expecting a smutty, poly diversion.

What I got was so much more. read more )

Chasing Cameron: the complete series - Hanna Dare - ★ ★ ★ ★

A series of m/m novellas with a lot of sex, not all of it between, or only between, the two protagonists.

I was really pleasingly surprised by how non-mononormative this series is. read more )
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posted by [personal profile] fairestcat at 01:49am on 20/07/2017
One of the benefits of the new mood-stabilizer is that I'm reading again. After reading my way through a shit-ton of fanfic, I'm now switching between fanfic and pro novels.

I'm mostly only interested in reading queer stories at the moment, which has meant a lot of queer romances and also SF/F with queer characters and relationships.

I started with everything ever written by KJ Charles and OMG was that a good choice. Her stuff is AMAZING. Highly, highly recommended. She writes m/m historical romances, some straight historicals, some fantasy. One of the things I love historical queer romances because I love reading about queer people in history being happy, and Charles' books totally fill that desire.

A lot of queer historicals, or at least a lot of the ones I've read, are really interested in class and the intersection of class and sexuality and how that impacts relationships. Class differences are at the heart of almost all of Charles' books and it makes for a great lens through which to look at the various historical periods she writes in. The other thing that makes me happy about her books is that very few of her protagonists are uncomfortable with or tortured about their sexuality, which is again really refreshing to read about.

Then I moved on to Cat Sebastian's regency romances which I also highly recommend. Again with the queers being happy and not angsting about their sexualities and again with the class and anxiety about class differences being a significant factor in all the relationships.

I also highly recommend Joanna Chambers' Enlightenment series, in which one of the characters is quite guilty about his sexuality, which is possibly more realistic, but doesn't appeal to my id in quite the same way.

It was at about this point in my dive into books again that I got myself a Goodreads account, which is here, and started actually reviewing stuff as I read it.

Several people I read here regularly post reviews of the books they've read on their journals, and I think I'm going to start being one of them, I'm not going to commit to any specific schedule, but expect semi-regular book posts (the first going up directly after I finish writing this post).

The other thing I'm loving about Goodreads is having a place a list of books I've been recced that look interesting. I'm almost entirely reading digitally these days, mostly on Kobo. So, when I want to read something new I can go to my Goodreads to-read shelf and see what strikes my fancy. There are a lot of books with poly relationships in there right now, because I specifically solicited recs for queer, poly stories on twitter.

If you're curious my to-read shelf is here, and I'm always taking recs. Nothing too serious or dense right now, I'm still easing my way back into this reading gig.
July 17th, 2017
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
posted by [personal profile] dira at 01:39am on 17/07/2017
Still not great, but better than last week! 

WIPs currently active: 5

Words written this week: 3,259

WIPs that got no words this week: 0

WIPs that did get words this week:

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 104, still inching along. I probably just need to hit a scene break soon, but then I’m going to have to figure out what happens next, so…?

Born in the Blood: 821, and it is distinctly possible that every one of them is terrible, but I haven’t figured out how to make them less terrible so for now I’m just going with it.

Dragon!Bucky/tribute!Steve and Learning to Be a Good Citizen: 490, including realizing that I needed to insert an entire chapter before where I initially started writing. 

All Eternals Deck #2: 598, possibly all getting deleted when I redo the beginning because i figured out that I was doing it wrong…

Slavefic #6: 1,246, DIRELY in need of a POV change. Soon. Yes. 

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July 10th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] dira at 01:25am on 10/07/2017
(I missed a week there but I also missed a week or more of writing, with all the things finished and going out into the world, so we’ll call it a wash and start fresh, huh?)

WIPs currently active: 6, because I started altogether too many new things while trying to coax myself back into action after more than a week just not writing at all. (It’s a lot for me! It was unsettling!)

Words written this week: 2,280

WIPs that got no words this week: 0

WIPs that did get words this week:

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 133. This sure is a story in which stuff is happening. I should probably… reread the last couple chapters and try to remember where the fuck I was going with this in the previous geological era when I last worked on it.

Born in the Blood: 389, and hooboy I hope you did not want a lot of detail about [significant lifetime event taking place in this chapter] because the whole thing happened inside those 389 words.

Less-Sad Sequel to “Ring the Bell Backward”: 567, and struggling not to feel like, spiritually jossed by Spider-Man: Homecoming even though this story obviously occupies a fairly drastic alternate universe from canon.

Dragon!Bucky/tribute!Steve and Learning to Be a Good Citizen: 133, haha oh look I started a sequel how did that happen??

All Eternals Deck #2: 308, oh hey look I finally figured out how to start the next Bucky/Bruce story, too! :D

Slavefic #6 (Steve Learns Some Stuff about Sex): 555, picking up literally about three minutes after the end of The Sacrifice Play. :D

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July 9th, 2017
celli: several Chicago buildings as seen from under a raised-up bridge, captioned "chicago" (Chicago)
posted by [personal profile] celli at 08:13pm on 09/07/2017 under ,
Collected from my twitter feed per a friend's request, so I haven't read them all. 'ware the tags, etc, etc. Includes some Blackhawks fic, just FYI.

To Do Wrong (14385 words) by thedeadparrot
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Jeff Carter/Mike Richards
Characters: Jeff Carter, Mike Richards
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Cyberpunk, Alternate Universe - Blade Runner Fusion, Established Relationship
Summary:


The years of doing this -- the same case files full of replicants, the same days and weeks of hunting them through the streets of LA, the same whistling of the kettle when the water's ready -- they're all sitting on Mike's shoulders, weighing him down.


Careful Fear and Dead Devotion (9302 words) by othersideofthis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jeff Carter/Mike Richards
Characters: Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Tyler Toffoli
Additional Tags: 2014-2015 NHL Season, Established Relationship, Depression, Career Ending Injury
Summary:

“Why put yourself through any of this?”

“Because it’s you,” Jeff says, like it’s really that simple, and maybe it is. “It’s always been you.”


Everyday Travesties (17676 words) by ionthesparrow
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Nick Bjugstad/Kyle Rau
Characters: Nick Bjugstad, Kyle Rau, Jonathan Huberdeau
Additional Tags: Florida Panthers, Established Relationship, Humor
Summary:

A comedy about the tragedies of everyday life. Starring Nick Bjugstad, Kyle Rau, Kyle Rau’s family, Jonathan Huberdeau, assorted Florida Panthers, and a rookie that everyone has agreed is better left nameless.


Put On Some Red Lipstick and Live a Little (1088 words) by angelsaves
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Corey Crawford/Johnny Oduya/Marcus Kruger
Characters: Corey Crawford, Johnny Oduya, Marcus Kruger
Additional Tags: Lipstick & Lip Gloss, Feminization, Threesome - M/M/M
Summary:

In which Corey Crawford gets in touch with his pretty side, with help from his two Swedish boyfriends.


#getonyourknees (2000 words) by angelsaves
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF, Canadian television personality
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Maripier Morin/Brandon Prust/Brendan Gallagher
Characters: Maripier Morin, Brandon Prust, Brendan Gallagher
Additional Tags: Threesome - F/M/M, Dom/sub, Kneeling, Orgasm Delay/Denial
Summary:

Brandon Prust and Brendan Gallagher were a little too sassy to Maripier Morin on Twitter the other day. She thinks they need to be taught a lesson. They're not opposed.


Includes D/s (D/s/s, perhaps?) elements, kneeling, and orgasm delay.


Bet That I Can Make You Believe (1677 words) by angelsaves
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Duncan Keith/Brent Seabrook
Characters: Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Nick Leddy, John Scott
Additional Tags: Sex Magic
Summary:

Obviously, what the Blackhawks need to turn their slump around is some good old-fashioned sex magic. In which Brent Seabrook convinces Duncan Keith to do a spell with him. Nick Leddy might need some brain bleach.


Everyday Electricity (the Everyday Travesties remix) (5469 words) by othersideofthis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Nick Bjugstad/Kyle Rau, Lawson Crouse/Travis Konecny
Characters: Jonathan Huberdeau, Adrian Kempe
Additional Tags: Remix, Alternate Universe - Dystopia, Soul Bond, Science Fiction, Established Relationship
Summary:

Nick and Kyle met in the North. They were just kids, but when they saw each other, they knew.


capital c (1787 words) by othersideofthis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Joe Thornton/Joe Pavelski
Additional Tags: Established Relationship
Summary:

Pavs stops him after the first practice, curls one hand around Joe’s wrist. “This doesn’t change anything, you know.”

His hand’s cold, that’s what Joe focuses on. Five freezing little knife points, digging into his skin.


Broke my heart to leave the city (2305 words) by othersideofthis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Nick Leddy/Brandon Saad
Characters: Nick Leddy, Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw
Additional Tags: Epistolary, Social Media, Post-Trade, 2014-2015 NHL Season, Long-Distance Relationship, Multimedia, Embedded Images
Summary:

This is his Nick, but it’s not -- this is a Nick who is finally playing the minutes he deserves, this is a Nick who has new teammates and a new family, this is a Nick who is going to tear it up in blue and orange. Brandon feels off-balance until Nick smiles, and he remembers: this is a Nick who whispered, over and over when he thought Brandon was sleeping, I don’t want to go anywhere you aren’t and I would stay, for you, if I could and I love you, I love you, I love you.

July 8th, 2017
celli: a doorknob with a sign hung on it that reads, "Do Not Disturb: Writing Crackfic" (crackfic)
posted by [personal profile] celli at 12:38pm on 08/07/2017 under
ROAD TRIP HAPPY ENDING AU: SUPERNATURAL MATCHMAKER AU: OTHER
HUDDLE FOR WARMTH BETS/WAGERS SECRET TWIN/

DOPPELGANGER
TELEPATHY/

MIND MELD
HANDCUFFED/

BOUND TOGETHER
AU: HISTORICAL RARE PAIRS FREE SPACE CHOSEN FAMILY RIVALS TO LOVERS
IN VINO VERITAS/

DRUNK FIC
META FICTION AMNESIA LOVE TRIANGLE AGAINST

ALL ODDS
AU: ROYALTY/

ARISTOCRACY/

FEUDAL
CROSS DRESSING/

COSTUMES
FAKE

RELATIONSHIP
COMING OUT

(OF THE CLOSET)
FORK IN

THE ROAD
July 7th, 2017
dira: Allison Argent, smiling delightedly (Allison - Smile)
posted by [personal profile] dira at 01:47pm on 07/07/2017 under
Ahahaha with all my other new releases in the past week, I almost forgot to announce this one!



Surrendered to the Sea is out now in ebook & paperback through Amazon!

When an omega werewolf cast himself into the sea, he never expected someone would be there to catch him...

Omega Devon Griffith feels like his life is already over; he's failed out of school and it's just a matter of time before his parents arrange a loveless mating for the good of the pack. He wants someone to love him for himself, but it seems like he's missed his chance. When he gives in to a dark impulse and slips into the sea, he thinks that one moment of surrender will be the end...

Sea god Lir has spent years living only in the present, forgetting his own troubled past and never worrying about the future. Then his father issues an ultimatum: Lir needs to prove he can care for someone else, or he'll be banished from the sea forever. Lir doesn't even know where to start, until a werewolf falls into his sea and nearly drowns. This is Lir's chance to show he can be responsible for a mortal. He may not know anything about werewolves, but how hard can it be?

When Devon's heat arrives, Lir quickly discovers that caring for him takes more than just food, water, and shelter... and Devon finally feels like he has a future worth looking forward to. Alone together on Lir's enchanted island with a baby on the way, their love quickly blooms. But Devon can't quite forget his life on land, no matter how hard Lir tries to keep him happy in their hideaway. Can Lir and Devon's love survive beyond their magical island, or will too much reality break the sea's spell?

Surrendered to the Sea is an m/m mpreg romance featuring a lost omega werewolf, a lonely sea god, and a happy ending hot enough to melt icebergs!

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