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September 8th, 2013

01:55 am: Stop stealing our spoons
I think the people using spoons to describe their fatigue from dealing with sexist and racist arguments need to read The Spoon Theory http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/wpress/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/ and stop stealing terminology a woman with an invisible illness came up with to describe what we with non-obvious diseases go through. The exhaustion I deal with from my Crohn's disease is nothing like being tired of dealing with the same old sexist shit all the time. It diminishes the impact of The Spoon Theory to compare being sick and tired of the same old sexist crap to the soul sucking exhaustion I deal with when my autoimmune disease is flaring. I highly doubt that you can't even get up off your couch and get yourself a bowl of soup after reading an internet post in which some old white dude fails. I had a serious Crohn's flare in 2003 that I'm still recovering from because I went into such serious spoon debt. I have to take a medication that may give me cancer and shorten my lifespan just to keep my disease under control. The disease and/or the drug may have caused the loss of the one and only pregnancy I've ever had and it may be causing the infertility I'm struggling through now. I don't normally post stuff like this, especially on a public LJ, but this is really pissing me off and I keep seeing it over and over again lately. I find it ableist and just as full of fail as all those sexist and racist posts I see everywhere.

These two posts say this better than I can:
http://sophy.livejournal.com/1184653.html
http://hoydenabouttown.com/20091010.6859/telegram-to-tabs-on-spoon-theory/

12:06 am: Stop stealing our spoons
I think the people using spoons to describe their fatigue from dealing with sexist and racist arguments need to read The Spoon Theory http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/wpress/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/ and stop stealing terminology a woman with an invisible illness came up with to describe what we with non-obvious diseases go through. The exhaustion I deal with from my Crohn's disease is nothing like being tired of dealing with the same old sexist shit all the time. It diminishes the impact of The Spoon Theory to compare being sick and tired of the same old sexist crap to the soul sucking exhaustion I deal with when my autoimmune disease is flaring. I highly doubt that you can't even get up off your couch and get yourself a bowl of soup after reading an internet post in which some old white dude fails. I had a serious Crohn's flare in 2003 that I'm still recovering from because I went into such serious spoon debt. I have to take a medication that may give me cancer and shorten my lifespan just to keep my disease under control. The disease and/or the drug may have caused the loss of the one and only pregnancy I've ever had and it may be causing the infertility I'm struggling through now. I could go on and on forever about all the things Crohn's has robbed me of and I'm not asking for sympathy, I'm just trying to explain that unless you have an invisible illness, especially an autoimmune disease, you can not possibly know what it is to truly be out of spoons! I don't normally post stuff like this, especially on a public LJ, but this is really pissing me off and I keep seeing it over and over again lately. I find it ableist and just as full of fail as all those sexist and racist posts I see everywhere.

These two posts say this better than I can:
http://sophy.livejournal.com/1184653.html
http://hoydenabouttown.com/20091010.6859/telegram-to-tabs-on-spoon-theory/

October 9th, 2012

03:17 pm: It's been a weird, busy year. First, I cleared out my basement so I could move the rest of Mom's stuff to be sold here from the in-laws' house. That took eight months, on and off. I was so burned out afterward that I didn't bother having a late-summer/early-fall sale (well, also, this is the busiest time of year for the spouse's bike races and I'm not doing a sale on my own!). I'll have a sale next spring, then donate the leftovers, I guess.

I've been cleaning out the rest of my house too. It got pretty messy in that year I didn't clean much after my mom died. I joined some online cleaning support groups which have really helped motivate me and taught me how to manage my spoons for cleaning. I'm also trying to get pregnant so I'm hoping the house will be clean and manageable by the time I have a baby.

The spouse and I are re-watching Deep Space Nine now, which we got on DVD a few months ago. Then, after he goes to bed, I watch Farscape. This is my fifth or sixth time through and I keep noticing new things. I'm also reading some Farscape blogs and several Farscape books as I watch. I'm almost done reading the Farscape comics too.

I've read 61 books this year and I'll post a list soonish.

July 25th, 2012

12:34 pm: NPR YA Poll
I completely forgot about nominating books for the NPR YA poll and I'm sad that the Abarat Series, Norma Klein's books, and Sharon Shinn's YA books aren't on it. I'm sure a bunch of books I think suck will make the final list, but here are the books/series I'm voting for:
Anne of Green Gables Series
The Blue Sword
Crown Duel
Forever
Harper Hall Trilogy
The Hero and the Crown
Howl's Moving Castle
The Last Unicorn
The Outsiders
The Queen's Thief Series

I really hope the final list here is better than last year's NPR science fiction and fantasy list, which was a total frelling farce!

July 13th, 2012

11:59 am: Fantasy Mistressworks Meme
I have pulled together fifty tremendous novels by female fantasy authors and listed them below. As is usual, take the list, bold all those you have read and italicise those you own.

1. Songspinners – Sarah Ash
2. The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter
3. Rats and Gargoyles – Mary Gentle
4. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon (this was published as Cross Stitch in the UK) DNF- romance, not fantasy, lots of rape and abuse, will never touch anything else by Gabaldon
5. The Riddle-Master of Hed – Patricia McKillip
6. The Blue Sword – Robin McKinley
7. Lud-in-the-Mist – Hope Mirrlees
8. The Curse of the Mistwraith – Janny Wurts DNF- big fat fantasy, not my cuppa at all
9. Shadow Magic – Patricia C Wrede
10. Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb
11. A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula K Le Guin
12. Familiar Spirit – Lisa Tuttle
13. Beauty – Sheri S Tepper- science fantasy, so could go on either list, one of my least favorite Tepper books
14. Diadem from the Stars – Jo Clayton- pretty sure this is science fiction, as are most of Clayton's books
15. The Crystal Cave – Mary Stewart DNF- I'm not into Arthurian fantasy
16. Black Horses for the King – Anne McCaffrey
17. The Clan of the Cave Bear – Jean M Auel
18. Fortress in the Eye of Time – C J Cherryh
19. Red Moon and Black Mountain – Joy Chant
20. The Birthgrave – Tanith Lee
21. Briefing for a Descent into Hell – Doris Lessing
22. Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice
23. The Wood Wife – Terri Windling
24. Briar Rose – Jane Yolen
25. The Porcelain Dove – Delia Sherman
26. The Winter Prince – Elizabeth Wein DNF- sorry Wein fans, but I could not bring myself to care about this book
27. The Time of the Dark – Barbara Hambly
28. Sword of Rhiannon – Leigh Brackett
29. Tam Lin – Pamela Dean
30. Fire in the Mist – Holly Lisle
31. The Sacrifice – Kristine Kathryn Rusch
32. The Beleagured City – Margaret Oliphant
33. The Soul of Lilith – Marie Corelli
34. The Citadel of Fear – Francis Stevens
35. Jirel of Joiry – C L Moore
36. Sheepfarmer’s Daughter – Elizabeth Moon
37. Dragon Prince – Melanie Rawn
38. Black Trillium – Julian May
39. The Thief’s Gamble – Juliet E McKenna
40. Daggerspell – Katharine Kerr
41. The Blue Manor – Jenny Jones
42. The Barbed Coil – J V Jones
43. In the Red Lord’s Reach – Phyllis Eisenstein
44. The Spirit Ring – Lois McMaster Bujold
45. The Last of the Renshai – Mickey Zucher Reichert DNF- not my cuppa
46. Archangel – Sharon Shinn- science fiction
47. The Hall of the Mountain King – Judith Tarr
48. A Blackbird in Silver – Freda Warrington
49. Kindred – Octavia Butler
50. The Red Magician – Lisa Goldstein


Adding a few of my own (I know most people consider 2000 the turn of the century, but I'm going to agree with Arthur C. Clarke here, so these are all books published pre-2001):
Daughter of the Forest- Juliet Marillier
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld- Patricia McKillip
The Hero and the Crown & Beauty- Robin McKinley
Ring of Lightning, Ring of Intrigue, Ring of Destiny- Jane S. Fancher
Sing the Four Quarters, Fifth Quarter, No Quarter, Summon the Keeper- Tanya Huff
Howl's Moving Castle- Diana Wynne Jones
Magic's Pawn, Magic's Promise, Magic's Price- Mercedes Lackey
The Thief, The Queen of Attolia- Megan Whalen Turner

April 25th, 2012

12:08 pm: 21St Century SF Mistressworks Meme
1 Solitaire, Kelley Eskridge (2002)
2 Warchild [Warchild], Karin Lowachee (2002)
3 Natural History, Justina Robson (2003)
4 Maul, Tricia Sullivan (2003)
5 The Time Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger (2003)
6 Spin State, Chris Moriarty (2003)
7 Dante’s Equation, Jane Jensen (2003)
8 Steel Helix [Typhon], Ann Tonsor Zeddies (2003)
9 Life, Gwyneth Jones (2004)
10 Nylon Angel [Parrish Plessis], Marianne de Pierres (2004) DNF
11 The Courtesan Prince [Oka-Rel Universe], Lynda Williams (2004)
12 Survival [Species Imperative], Julie E Czernada (2004)
13 Banner of Souls, Liz Williams (2004)
14 City of Pearl [Wess'har Wars], Karen Traviss (2004)
15 The Year of Our War, Steph Swainston (2004)
16 Bio Rescue, SL Viehl (2004) I read Stardoc, WILL NOT ever touch any of her books again (rape is not love, rape is not romance)
17 Apocalypse Array [Archangel Protocol], Lyda Morehouse (2004)
18 The Child Goddess, Louise Marley (2004)
19 Alanya to Alanya [Marq'ssan Cycle], L Timmel Duchamp (2005)
20 Carnival, Elizabeth Bear (2006)
21 Mindscape, Andrea Hairston (2006)
22 Farthing [Small Change], Jo Walton (2006)
23 Half Life, Shelley Jackson (2006)
24 The Carhullan Army, Sarah Hall (2007)
25 Bright of the Sky [The Entire and the Rose], Kay Kenyon (2007)
26 Principles of Angels [Hidden Empire], Jainne Fenn (2008)
27 Watermind, MM Buckner (2008)
28 The Rapture, Liz Jensen (2009)
29 Zoo City, Lauren Beukes (2010)
30 Walking the Tree, Kaaron Warren (2010)
31 Birdbrain, Johanna Sinisalo (2010)
32 Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor (2010)
33 Song of Scarabaeus, Sara Creasy (2010)

12:07 pm: SF Mistressworks Meme
I can't remember if I posted this here before or not.


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April 10th, 2012

05:55 am: 2012 Books Read
I decided not to put too much pressure on myself, so I'm not signing up for any challenges. My own personal challenges to myself are to try to read 75 books, 50 of which I own. I'm including everything: audiobooks, short juvenile books, manga and other comics...


  1. The Magician's Nephew- C. S. Lewis
  2. Abarat: Absolute Midnight- Clive Barker
  3. Hurricane Moon- Alexis Glynn Latner
  4. Sims 2: Seasons Prima Guide
  5. Farscape: Tangled Roots
  6. Farscape: Red Sky at Morning
  7. Farscape: Compulsions
  8. Wolf-Speaker- Tamora Pierce
  9. The Last Battle- C. S. Lewis
  10. Crystal Soldier- Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
  11. Peacekeeper- Laura E. Reeve
  12. Rules of Conflict- Kristine Smith
  13. Barbary- Vonda N. McIntyre
  14. Crystal Dragon- Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
  15. Tamsin- Peter S. Beagle
  16. Vigilante- Laura E. Reeve
  17. Law of Survival- Kristine Smith
  18. Farscape: Gone and Back
  19. Butterfly- V. C. Andrews



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April 5th, 2012

04:13 pm: long time, no post
I'm back, sort of. I don't know how often I will post, but it will be a heck of a lot more regular now than it has been for the past year+ (although the spouse and I are trying to have a baby, so I'll probably be completely exhausted if I get pregnant and then who know how much time I'll have to myself for the next 18 years :-P). I've been taking care of myself as best I can in the wake of the worst year of my life last year (losing my mom, the spouse losing not one but two jobs, and various other crap). I've also been very distracted by various things that make me happy: Sims 3, listening to lots of synthpop, and my favorite NHL team winning the Stanley Cup last year (I went to the victory parade!) and thus being on TV channels I get a few times per week, every week. I also had serious laptop issues, starting with a weird touch pad that caused my browser to go back a page if I touched it the wrong way (which was actually a hard drive issue because both laptops that had that drive in them did the same thing), which made me loose countless LJ entries. It also had a missing 6 key, space bar issues, and finally, it started randomly rebooting. I just got a netbook for my birthday this week, so I will have much less frustration from now on.

I'm still reading and listening to audiobooks all the time and I've started another massive weed-out project because I have books overflowing out of every bookcase- and no room to put more bookcases. Hmm, let's see, reading highlights from the past year:
  • I finally finished the Fullmetal Alchemist manga: Wow! And now that I've collected all of them, I have to read them again!
  • I read a bunch more books by Julia Quinn (but still have one series left to read) and the only ones I loved were the Bridgerton books and the first of her new series, Just Like Heaven (and I love that the second book, coming out next month, also has a Cure song title!).
  • I'm in the middle of Kristine Smith's Jani Kilian series and it keeps getting better and better
  • After a rough start with the first Ariane Kedros book by Laura E. Reeve, I restarted it in January and read it in a couple days. I'll be finishing the series this month.
  • I'm reading a Laiden book a month this year, so I'll finally catch up on the series this summer
  • My library has free digital audiobooks, so I've been listening to any Tamora Pierce books available and reading those that aren't available as audiobooks. I hope to finish the Immortals, Circle of Magic, and Trickster series this year.
  • Because my brain just wasn't up to anything too complex for most of last year, I had a hard time reading Downbelow Station, but I finally finished it near the end of the year and loved it. Her books are so worth the extra effort it takes to read them! I hope to finish the Merchanter segment of the Alliance-Union series this year.
  • I read the first nine Babylon 5 novels and the only two that impressed me were The Shadow Within and To Dream in the City of Sorrows. I have the three B5 trilogies to read this year. I'm tempted to watch the show again already too!
  • Speaking of rewatching due to reading, I plan to also rewatch Farscape now that I'm almost done reading the comics.
  • And I've been mooching and buying the Deep Space Nine relaunch novels and hope to buy the complete series on DVD in the next month or two. DS9 is my favorite Trek show.
  • I don't know how I managed to overlook Peter S. Beagle for so long, especially since The Last Unicorn was one of my favorite movies growing up. I read The Last Unicorn a couple years ago and just read Tamsin recently. I have 3 more unread Beagle books, so I hope to read them all this year.


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