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Youngest child is very into Frozen, and middle child, while claiming to dislike it, can be regularly caught singing "Let it Go" or "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"

So after reading some reviews of the Macavoy & Radcliffe Frankenstein, I now have "Do you want to build a monster?" going through my head.
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Middle Child to Youngest Child: "Maple syrup is tree blood. So when we eat maple syrup on our waffles, we're being vampires of trees!"
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Sarah McCarry, All Our Pretty Songs. A YA novel (I'd call it urban fantasy, though it doesn't fit with much of what's currently called urban fantasy) about the friendship of two girls and what happens to it when they meet a talented musician. Beautiful writing and imagery, with a lot of mythological & fairy tale references and intriguing characters. Recently for work I'd read most of Kristin Hersh's memoir of her friendship with Vic Chesnut, Don't Suck, Don't Die; McCarry's book, though fiction and in a different style, has a lot of the same feel to it.

Middle Son really likes Jeff Smith's Bone graphic novel series; I'd looked at bits of it and finally decided I should read the whole thing. It was well worth the read -- an interesting fantasy world with legends remembered differently by different groups, great characters (Grandma Ben! the Bones! the Stupid Rat Creatures! Bartleby!), interesting art. Heartily recommended. (And if you're in the U.S. and have a child who brings home Scholastic flyers from school, you can order the set through their online catalog.)
castiron: Hold still when I subject you to my opinion. (opinionation)
According to Matthew 19:9 and Mark 10:11-12, the marriage of seven years and counting between Spouse and me is an ongoing state of adultery against our previous spouses. One can reasonably question whether by Christian standards we are actually married in the eyes of God.

There is absolutely no doubt, however, that we are married in the eyes of the law. The federal government of the United States and every individual state in the U.S. recognizes our marriage as legally valid, despite its being Biblically immoral. Any given religious leader could have refused to solemnize our marriage, and any religious group can still refuse to accept us as members unless we repent and separate; that's their prerogative. But whether or not we are considered married according to the doctrines of any given religion, according to the state we are unmistakably a married couple, and we have all the legal rights and responsibilities pertaining to that state.

Application to current events is left as an exercise for the reader.
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After several weeks on the waiting list, I finally checked out Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up from the library.

Summary: I can see why many people like it, but it's not for me. )
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If I were a vidder, I would consider it a moral imperative to make a Doctor Who fanvid to the Belarus entry. Between the song's title and theme, and the original video's many sequences of a man running? It's meant to have a DW fanvid.

A tangential observation: Early in the video I thought "great, Yet Another Damsel In Distress". But when she started playing the violin, for me, that was when she became someone with agency.
castiron: Kermit the Frog behind Fozzie Bear: Trust me, Fozzie, the pig isn't watching.  Muppetslash. (fic)
My new headcanon after reading the first book and seeing the first four episodes of the Phryne Fisher mysteries: Constable Collins is a great-uncle or first cousin a couple times removed of Arthur Knapp-Shappey. (I considered great-grandfather, but I don't think the timeline would quite work.)

letter meme

Feb. 7th, 2015 10:30 am
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Via [personal profile] oursin; my letter was S:

Something I hate: Sinus infections.

Something I love: Spinning (fiber version, not exercise version). And one of my current spinning projects is a blend of Southdown wool and silk; it's a great spin, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the finished yarn turns out.

Somewhere I've been: South Dakota, for a music camp reunion many years ago. I don't remember much about it, other than a Viking sculpture on the university campus.

Somewhere I'd like to go: Scotland. A local musician runs an annual tour there, and I'm hoping family, money, and time will converge before he stops doing them. And Salt Lake City, when I have time to spend a week immersed in genealogical records.

Someone I know: My sister-in-law, whose name starts with S, and who is an excellent scholar of post-colonial North American literature.

A film I like: Well, there's of course Star Wars, the original; several of the original Star Trek movies and the first Star Trek reboot; and the Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility. If we're going for a less popular film, Mel Brooks's Silent Movie.

Comment if you'd like a letter!
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The Heere Be Dragone Shawl that I've been knitting off and on for nearly seven years is finally finished.

Photos (big enough that they may go off the page) )
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Via [personal profile] nineveh_uk: When you see this, share 3 random lines from 3 WIPs.

More like Works In Deep Hibernation, and none of these are likely to be finished, but one never knows.

1. When he was a college freshman, Mitch had thought that Dr. Hathaway had taught him everything he needed to know about unintended consequences to one's actions; then he'd learned that Kent was applying to medical school because Jesus had told him to.

2. A very small child accepts their family as given; if Mummy speaks French to him, or if Daddy practices the piano six hours a day, or if Mycroft sits in the rocking chair shredding pieces of paper until his lap is full of confetti, that is simply the way things are.

3. Alys finally admitted that while Ivan was a good enough boy, and would clearly be an acceptable cog in ImpMil -- and while he was supposedly the first to tackle Vodrodza and save Gregor from assassination, a rumor she treasured -- he was never going to be the leader she hoped for.
castiron: River Song, "Spoilers..." (river song)
So, my knitting bud and I finally got to see the last Hobbit movie. Overall verdict: visually interesting, and Freeman's Bilbo was perfect, but it didn't grab us as a story.

Sundry comments my knitting bud and I made on the movie afterwards )
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First, I love the stories I received. I've requested Count of Monte Cristo Mercédès fix-it fic for almost as long as I've been participating in Yuletide; this year, I got *two*. My main gift was Only The Good Which We Can Do, which follows Mercédès's life as a nun post-book; it's beautiful, makes me think a bit of In This House of Brede (one of my favorite books), and is a future Mercédès that I can buy. I also received a lovely short treat, Sunset. And to top it off, I also received a Miss Marple treat, This Thread of Fate.

I haven't made it all the way through the works in sources I know yet, but here's my favorites so far:

there's not a word yet (for old friends who've just met) , Muppet Show. Beaker's POV, a wonderful look at how he sees the world, and the author makes the pairing work for me.

Searching for Snow, Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy novels. This reads like a missing chapter from one of the early books.

The Marriage of Anna. Frozen retold as a Nordic myth.

Frog and Toad Forever. I am in awe. Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad stories were a well-loved part of my childhood reading. This fic author wrote Frog/Toad slash that is lovely and sweet, and they capture the style of the books perfectly.

Communion of Saints, Bujold's Chalionverse. A closer look at some of the saints from the stories.
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Dear Yuletide Entity,

My internet access over Christmas may be nonexistent, so it's possible I won't even see your story until the 30th; if this space is blank, don't worry :-). I'm looking forward to reading it when I'm able to get online.

--Castiron
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"I could tell you how to get to Sesame Street, but then I'd have to kill you."

(The illustration almost has to be Bert.)
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[while middle son is watching sundry Love Bug & sequels clips on Youtube]

Spouse: This person online is theorizing that Herbie is just Christine toned down for kids.

Castiron: Huh, no one appears to ever have written Herbie/Christine.

(later)

Spouse: You know, the timing actually works for KITT to be the offspring of Christine and Herbie.

[No, this is not what I'm requesting for Yuletide.]
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The not-yet-two-year-old has figured out that when the iPod won't turn on, a reasonable thing to try is plugging it in to the charger cord.
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1. The world needs a Christie/Chalionverse crossover fic where Miss Marple is a saint of the Father. (No, I'm not planning to write it.)

2. Before reaching the age of two, Youngest Son has learned to unlock an iPod screen. (He also desperately wants to plug in the charger cord, but since it's an older pod and that cord is no longer being made, I'm discouraging this.)

3. Middle Son was in a mood the other day, so when he'd calmed himself down, I made up a story about Clarence, the train from Mirkwood who wanted to go to the island of Sodor and visit Thomas. (It also involved Godzilla, a boat that wanted to be a plane, a plane that wanted to be a boat, and Kehaar the gull.) It went over very well.

4. The biggest roadblock in genetic genealogy is people who don't answer emails. I can understand with someone who tested on 23andMe, because they might just be interested in the health info and don't give a flip about genealogy, but if you tested on FamilyTreeDNA and aren't interested, why did you spend the money?

5. Finding a first cousin who you didn't know existed, though, is pretty cool.

6. This was on the side of my family where I assume there are close cousins that I don't know about, and even a surprise aunt/uncle wouldn't be that much of a surprise. If it were the other side of my family, I'd be a little more taken aback, but I'd like to think that my ultimate reaction would still be "unexpected relative! cool!"

7. Duolingo is a fun way to learn the rudiments of a foreign language.

8. The text portion of Jennie Lindquist's The Golden Name Day may be in the public domain; it doesn't show up in the Stanford copyright renewal database, though Garth Williams's illustrations do, and The Little Silver House was definitely renewed (and The Crystal Tree is copyright 1964, so was auto-renewed by later U.S. copyright laws). I still hope that Lindquist's heirs will rerelease the books, but The Golden Name Day might actually qualify for Project Gutenberg release....

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