Madwoman's Playground

When eating an elephant, take one at a time.

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I considered leaving the state this weekend. I knew that what I needed--for Monday to be as joyful and exuberant and celebratory as the marathon always is--was probably not what the rest of the city needed, and that this year, I should let Marathon Monday be a somber day of reflection and remembrance.

I have never been happier to be proven wrong.

An American just won the Boston Marathon for the first time in thirty years. Congratulations to Meb Keflezighi, Rita Jeptoo (women's race), Tatyana McFadden (women's wheelchair), and Ernst Van Dyk (men's wheelchair).

We aren't just strong, we're happy. I think we're all gonna be okay.

snowflake challenge, day 6

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul.

I abandoned the challenge, but this prompt grabbed me and wouldn't let me go. I feel kind of weird posting this because it's so personal, but I have things to say and nowhere else to say them.


(Aren't those the coolest, tackiest eighties covers? Isn't it a tragedy that the latest anthology came out in paperback with this monstrosity?)

I grew up on magic. I was a child of the Disney renaissance, raised on classic kid's fantasy novels and Arthurian mythology and Irish folk music. I lived in a vibrant immigrant community with deep colonial roots, shaped equally by Irish folktales and Puritan ghost stories. I knew Harry Potter before he was famous. There was basically zero chance that I wouldn't grow up to be a fantasy fan.

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end of year playlist meme
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Because I like this one and I haven't done it yet.

January: Jasmine by Kila

February: Sweet Nothing by Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch

March: Medium Man by Battlefield Band

April: Roadrunner by Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers

May: Touch the Sky by Kanye West

June: My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark by Fall Out Boy

July: Hang Forever by Ivy Levan

August: Royals by Lorde

September: Do I Wanna Know? by Arctic Monkeys

October: Tessie by Dropkick Murphys

November: Scandalous by Hanneke Cassel

December: Right Action by Franz Ferdinand

snowflake, day 2
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Day 2

In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them.

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snowflake challenge, day one
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Because the cool kids are doing it and I'm about to be buried in snowflakes and I haven't been writing enough meta lately.

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last minute yuletide recs!
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I feel utterly spoiled, because I got three (!) amazing gift fics, all in my current obsessive fandom. Next year, I'll make sure to write my treats before retail Christmas eats me so that I can pay some of this awesome forward. In the meantime:

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I'm going to have more than one Yuletide fic ready for beta shortly after Thanksgiving. Since I've momentarily run out of gorgeously prosed but rapidly plotted teen fantasy novels, I decided to watch the first couple episodes of Teen Wolf. Some thoughts:

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So, should I stick it out? Is the man-candy worth it? Did I make the right decision by not putting this on tumblr? I gather that not liking Scott makes me racist or something, but I'm more baffled that there are enough Scott fans for people to make that leap.

if you consume media with no one there to hear your squee, does the squee still make a sound?
So I'm in two fandoms, Tea Elves and Bat Ninjas. Tea Elves is older, bigger, and has a much more active fandom. Both released new material at roughly the same time, and I'd been biting my nails over both. I'm currently caught up with Bat Ninjas and haven't touched Tea Elves. Given the risk of spoilers for Tea Elves (which everyone I know is involved with) versus Bat Ninjas (which I've been trying and failing to get everyone involved with), I think my priorities were off.

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Dear Yulegoat
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This is my first year doing Yuletide and I am SO EXCITED. Like, six-year-old on Christmas morning excited. Obviously, you have excellent taste in rare fandoms and characters, so I'm sure you'll produce something wonderful.

I'm fine with any rating, and I'm equally enamored with het and slash (femslash is great too, but I don't think I nominated more than one female character in each fandom...). If you don't ship the characters I requested romantically, I also love friendship/family dynamics. I prefer stories that stick to the tone of canon, but if you really can't work with any of my suggestions, I'd rather you write something that you're enthusiastic about.

Relevant links are in my sidebar, but I want to point out my (occasionally NSFW) classics tag on Tumblr, in case you find that helpful. I think I got "classical/mythical allusions" bingo this year, so feel free to mine for mythological references in my non-mythological fandoms. Easter eggs make me squeal.

If you're here for Yuleporn: Welcome to the naughty list! I included a bunch of smutty suggestions under my fandom prompts, but if you want more specifics, you can read my comment on the Yuleporn post.

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100 Moments in Radio, #25 and #26: "When I Get There" and "Crazy" by Dream
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This is a new segment I'm calling Album Interlude, where I feature tracks from formative albums betwixt actual radio moments. Because 100 is a really big number, guys.

I've been mentally toying with theme and purpose, and one of the things that keeps cropping up is gender and sexuality. I've already made comments about music as an expression of gender identity and how it impacted the kind of boys I was attracted to. I have big, important thoughts about rock and roll as a culture and the space it gives to non-normative little straight girls, but first, back to 2001.

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