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Writing a story???? What story????
I’m writing a new Sansan story. Its an interesting exercise as its completely epistolary (Sandor is on campaign and these are his war letters) so there’s an intuitive level of self-censorship between Sansan that nonetheless has to be revealing to the reader. Also the format means I have to really suppress my typical flowery style as letter writing should have a natural quality of speech and cannot strive to be literary.
I bought 10 lbs of mango just for me today. This is the Ataulfo aka Champagne mango from Mexico which is much better tasting (sweeter and more flavorful) than the common Tommy Atkins variety. It use to be you could only find them in ethnic stores but now I see them in a lot of regular american grocery stores, including Costco. They are pricey at about $1.00 each but once you taste the golden flesh of perfectly ripe one you’ll understand my gluttony.
No, actually I dread it.
I support a local rabbit shelter, BunnyLuv, and its so so sad to see the glut of mistreated rabbits around July, 3 months after Easter. Around this time the reality of having pet rabbits kicks in and they are given up or simply abandoned and left to die.
Rabbits are so misunderstood as pets and people buy them thinking they are easy pets, when in fact they are as hard to keep as cats.
- Rabbits cannot live outdoors, nor should they live in a cage. A lot of rabbits are left in tiny wire cages their entire lives (which can be 10 years). The wire cages damage their feet and rabbits psychologically need roaming time, like a cat.
- Rabbits are messy. Their bodies are clean but they make a lot of mess with their droppings and diet (which should be hay). They can be easily litterbox trained like a cat but their litterbox habits aren’t the neatest.
- Rabbits hate being picked up & cuddled. They are affectionate in their way, but as prey animals they get frightened easily.
I love my rabbits. But anytime I hear someone is getting a rabbit, I feel sick to my stomach as I think 99% of rabbits will live the life of pure misery and abuse.
—”I should be the poster child for animal rights. I am slaughtered for my fur. I am slaughtered for my meat. I am factory farmed in rabbit mills. I am tortured by vivisectors in their ‘labs.’ I am the third most commonly ‘euthanized’ companion animal. I am hunted and snared. I am the object of blood sports. I am often cruelly abused. I am given as a live animal prize. I languish in pet stores. Why aren’t I?”
I’m being rather depressing. Its hard not to be when animal welfare is one of your causes and you know all the sob stories.
Here’s a happy pic of my Fenris & Katie (whom I adopted from BunnyLuv):
I rented The Wicker Man (1973) due to your recommendation swiftsnowmane. It was wonderful! An occult thriller that manages to be beautiful, intelligent, even playful at times. The beautiful Scottish landscape and the haunting soundtrack make a special, immersive experience. Thanks!
Wow, my first anon question - thanks - this is quite thought-provoking. I’m going to quote extensively from GRRM’s Livejournal post here (X)
How do you think GRRM would feel if he ever came across Running with the Hare and Hunting with the Hound?
Consent, for me, is the heart of this issue. If a writer wants to allow or even encourage others to use their worlds and characters, that’s fine. Their call. If a writer would prefer not to allow that… well, I think their wishes should be respected.
If the HBO show is a hit, I am sure it will generate reams and reams of fan fiction. Whether HBO will encourage it, tolerate it, ignore it, or try to shut it down, I cannot say. That’s their call. For my part, I don’t intend to read any of it, and I don’t want anyone sending any of it to me.
I think he would dislike my fanfiction because its unauthorized, whereas he did give consent to the HBO show (which has taken a lot of liberties with the books). What is driving his position boils down to two issues (1) a monetary argument that fanfiction erodes his livelihood and threatens the future revenue of his estate and (2) protectiveness of his characters. That being said, he does not go out of his way to persecute fanwriters like say Anne Rice so I do not feel threatened by his disdain.
I mean it’s incredibly smutty!
there is a deep emotional connection between a writer and his characters. Reading other people’s versions of them, and seeing them saying and doing things they would never say or do, would disturb me. How MUCH it would disturb me would depend on exactly what they were saying and doing, and how wrong it was.
I have no problem with porn per se, no matter how graphic…
I don’t think the smuttiness of Running/Hunting would be cause for additional offense above and beyond the primary offense of writing fanfiction without his consent. The smut that I write, in my opinion, not any more transgressive or disturbing than what he has already established in canon. ASOIAF isn’t a Disney movie, its a grimdark fantasy series.
And how would you feel?
Sansan is my “marvelous wooden toy.” I pick them up, bang them together at the hips and then put them away without any financial damage to the real owner. I hope GRRM doesn’t go GREGOR SMASH on me as I’ve been asked and have declined all offers of monetizing the print edition.
I didn’t write Running/Hunting for GRRM, I wrote it for the hairy-palmed onanistic ladies of the Sansan fandom. I went on about this in my interview with sub-culture.com because I’m passionate about pornography for and by women.
I think I made something really beautiful for my audience, of which GRRM is not a member.
kimberlite8 replied to your post “kimberlite8 replied to your post: kimberlite8 replied to your…”Oh gosh its a slog. What story are you basing it on?
That’s beautiful! And I love the concept of an Abigail Larson style inspired novella. Have you seen the trailer for her Sarah Faire? I can really see your story echoing some of its Victorian visual imagery.
I really wanted to go to Middle East. I just felt attracted to that part of the world for some reason. Also, I love old cities and when I heard Damascus and Aleppo were both the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, I knew I had to go there. Plus, my boyfriend knows a girl who had visited the country some years ago and when I told her I wanted to go there too, she highly encouraged me. If the place wasn’t in such a mess at the moment, I’d be telling you to go also for sure.
Here’s some pictures:
Wow this is gorgeous. What grandeur!
Recipe: no-bake Lemon cheesecake with passionfruit glazing.
Not gonna lie - this is a bit more complicated than the recipes I normally post. On a scale of 1-5, this is a 3.5. You’ll need 2.5 - 3 hours to prepare it, but it’s very much worth it. It’s not a baked cheesecake, so there’s no risk of anything separating, and as long as you follow the instructions, you can’t really go wrong. It tastes AMAZEBALLS.
13 Digestive biscuits
60 g butter
400 g cream cheese
300 ml crème fraîche
150 ml caster sugar
The zest and juice from one lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
4 sheets (leaves) of gelatine (Dr. Oetker or similar)
2 passionfruits (they should be nice and wrinkly!)
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 sheet of gelatine
1. Make the base. Crush the Digestives into fine crumbs. I used a handheld mixer which worked so-so. I used to have a small kitchen aid which worked a lot better, but you can also use a mortar and pestle. I’ve even used a spoon and bowl once! Melt the butter. Mix with the crumbs and spread the mixture evenly in a round baking tin. Put it in the fridge.
2. Make the batter. This is a lot of steps! First, shave the zest off the lemon, then squeeze the juice into a cup and set aside. Separate the eggs. Put the yolks in a large mixing bowl, and the whites into a smaller one.
4. Place the gelatine sheets in a bowl of cold water. They need to soak for 5 minutes.
3. Whisk egg yolks, cream cheese, crème fraîche, caster sugar, vanilla sugar and lemon zest until smooth. In the smaller bowl, whisk the whites until stiff - see the picture above, where the foam is so stiff that it makes little ‘mountain tops’ that stay up. Set aside for now.
4. Heat the lemon juice in a small pan, then take off the heat. Squeeze the excess water out of the gelatine leaves and add to the lemon. Stir, and leave to cool a little. Now, turn the egg whites down into the rest of the batter and keep turning carefully until smooth.
5. By now, the lemon should have cooled a bit. Slowly add the lemon gelatine mix to the batter while stirring. Pour onto the crumble base, and smooth down with a spatula. Cover with cling film and leave in the fridge to set for at least one hour.
6. Make the glazing. Let the sheet of gelatine soak for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat sugar and water in a small pan, then take off the heat. Squeeze excess water out of the gelatine, then add to the sugary water and stir. Add the passionfruit seeds and juice - don’t include the stringy membrane bits! Stir, and leave to cool for a while. It needs to be at least cool enough to dip your finger in - otherwise it’ll melt into the cake!
7. Pour on top of the cheesecake and jiggle the tin to spread it evenly. Leave to set in the fridge for at least one hour.
8. You may want to use a knife or something else to separate the cake from the tin if you have a ‘springy’ one. Umm… Enjoy? :D
I was tagged by waverlyrowan
Rule 1: always post the rules
Rule 2: always answer the questions the person who tagged you asked and write your questions
Rule 3: tag 10 people
Rule 4: actually tell them you tagged them
1. Say you had an unlimited budget to plan a party. What would the occasion be? What would occur?
A second wedding. I had one of those extravagant weddings and have no regrets. It initiated a lot of positive changes in my life (I lost weight, got contacts, learned some graphic design skills, had some really poignant moments with my husband). For the second wedding, I’d like to rent out a great restaurant and lavish my guests with decadent food and booze.
2. Most disappointing ending to a fictional story?
Roseanne. The ending seemed like a betrayal with Dan dead and the kids partners reversed. I hated the whole lottery plotline of the last season too. The show meant a lot to me so when it soured I was very disappointed.
3. What is your morning routine? (sorry I’m a creeper)
I snuggle with my husband for about 10 minutes with him being the “little spoon.” Then do my morning ablutions. Out the door in less than 30 minutes. I am not a morning person and try to maximize my sleep time.
4. What’s a habit you can’t seem to break?
Lethargy. I am so lazy.
5. What’s your most irrational fear?
Reciting a list of alpha-numerics from memory. I was a smart kid but a dismal performer on IQ tests. My teachers would have me take IQ tests yearly as it was the exit from my LA inner city schools into LA magnet schools (which are some of the best in the country). And I would fail miserably. I particularly remember my anxiety over the portion of the tests relating to repeating a series of numbers that the instructor would verbally convey.
I got into a fight with my husband recently when he changed our netflix password but refused to write down the new one (it was the password to a lot of his sensitive accounts). Instead he repeated the password to me over and over and told me to remember it. I yelled at him for being ridiculous and got so angry I stormed out of the living room. A coworker later connected my outburst to this old childhood trauma.
(The netflix password was 1234. Just kidding, it was complicated, I swear it!)
6. Would you ever date your ex’s bff?
Ugh no. I despise that racist loser. Francisco, everyone who ever loved you was wrong.
7. What does “love” mean to you?
Acts of service. My parents were always doing little did things for me beyond the norm. So service is how I feel and demonstrate love. My husband’s much more into gift giving which I’m not very good at and also don’t value highly. Just clean the mildew off the shower tiles and you’ve won me over!
8. If I could make you a cocktail right now—literally anything—what would you ask for?
Er, I’ve never had hard liquor before. I get asian flush quite easily.
9. Which fictional animal would you want for a pet?
Appa from Avatar: The Last Airbender. That episode where he was kidnapped and abused in the Fire Nation circus — bawling!
10. How would you like to die?
Oxygen deprivation. I’d like to have a euphoric moment of transcendence then pass into oblivion.
1. What’s the closest you’ve ever been to a historical event?
2. What gets weirder and weirder the more you think about it?
3. What’s the worst impulse buy you ever made?
4. What should I absolutely not do when visiting your country?
5. Name something on your tumblr savior.
6. What is the best sandwich and the ingredients to make it?
7. What is the shittiest thing about becoming an adult?
8. Name a product that you spend money on and now can’t possibly go back to a inferior version of?
9. What’s your current reason for being happy?
10. What gif or image makes you laugh?
The pronunciation of the word “colonel” is so strange.
What is up with that? The more you think about it the stranger it gets.