A little of the state of the Nny

May. 26th, 2017 09:11 am
nny: (DAMMIT YES)
[personal profile] nny
Briefly:

I am still teaching, although that may soon change. It is a job that takes every single part of my life and offers very little that is positive in return. That may be my particular school, but I've been there for nearly three years now and I don't honestly have much left to give. The stress and sleeplessness is making me sick, and I'm very tired of having mandatory attendance meetings with a man who earns twice my wage and works 10-15 fewer hours a week. I also disagree with the whole new exam spec.

I am still in my little Nottingham flat, and I love how long it's been since I've moved. I'd like a garden at some point, but considering how very scraping by I have been, that's not likely any time soon. My living situation, however, is mostly good.

I've been writing practically daily for a few months now, and it's of varying quality but it feels kinda good. Niche pairings reduce the pressure. XD

I've been reading mostly K.J. Charles and Jordan L. Hawk, because it turns out that I have a favourite niche genre and it's historical gay supernatural romance. I have however just bought Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari and The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, both of which I intend to read over half term. I do really need to make a mandatory tally though, in which I am not allowed to buy a new book until I've read the ridiculous number in my flat that I haven't read yet...

In terms of watching... I have this anxiety thing where watching new things is hard. I look at Netflix, at all the beautiful things that I have no doubts whatsoever that I will love, and instead I go back to the familiar and safe. I did watch Shadowhunters, influenced by the endless Alec/Magnus gifs on Tumblr, but I promise I'll never buy the books. It was ridiculous prettiness, which was both what I expected and needed, and in the shape of the romance greatly resembles ridiculous Regency romances, so very much my cup of tea. I'd most like to watch Black Sails and American Gods next, but am unsure how to go about doing so.

I want very much to form a platonic sort of marriage with someone so that I don't have to pay bills alone.

What have you been up to?

(no subject)

May. 25th, 2017 03:28 pm
nny: (massive gayist)
[personal profile] nny
so hey, it's been a while. :)

Fiction

May. 25th, 2017 06:56 am
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
[personal profile] rivkat
Stephen King/Richard Chizmar )

Madeline Ashby, Company TownFuture work )
Genevieve Cogman, The Burning PageMore Library shenanigans )
James S.A. Corey )

Mishell Baker, Phantom Pains:fantasy sequel )
Laurie Penny, Everything Belongs to the FutureSo many ideas )
Joe Haldeman & Jack C. Haldeman, There Is No Darknessold school )
Ben Aaronovich, The Furthest Stationnovella )
Max Gladstone et al., BookburnersAre libraries the new zombies in fantasy? )

Interim Hugo reading post

May. 20th, 2017 07:20 pm
maharetr: Comic and movie images of Aisha's eyebrow ring (The Losers) (Default)
[personal profile] maharetr
Finished:
Ninefox gambit by Yoo Ha Lee. This was such an odd reading experience. I wouldn't have picked it up had it not been for the Hugos, and I'm glad I read it, But! It felt like there was an amazing book under this layer of language that I wasn't literate in At All. So I had the gist of what was going on, and tantalising hints of what the world building must be under all of that, but none of the deep understanding. For all that I rail against clunky exposition and over explaining, I really could have used some here. The segments where we briefly follow soldiers on the ground, or an assassin going about their work, were legit pleasures of characterisation and storytelling and tension, but the overall work? *flails* I have no idea how to rank this one.

Up next:
Probably The obelisk gate frankly because it's only a hundred page sample, and I can knock that out relatively quickly.
astolat: lady of shalott weaving in black and white (Default)
[personal profile] astolat
The retirement story!



A Year In Toussaint (30737 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Wiedźmin | The Witcher (Video Game)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Geralt of Rivia/Emhyr var Emreis
Characters: Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia, Emhyr var Emreis, Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon, Barnabas-Basil Foulty, Anna Henrietta, Sir Palmerin, Iocaste
Additional Tags: Retirement, Toussaint - Freeform, Wine, Corvo Bianco
Series: Part 6 of Witcher works
Summary:

Geralt had no damn idea what to do with a vineyard when Anna Henrietta gave him Corvo Bianco, but he figured it couldn’t be that bad.

Nonfiction: abortion and other things

May. 18th, 2017 09:24 am
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
[personal profile] rivkat
About abortion )

The Holocaust )

Laurie D. Ferreiro, Brothers at Arms: The role of the French and Spanish in American independence. So trans-Atlantic it hurts—but it’s a new angle for me on the Revolution, which is really about how it fit into Continental power politics and often about how frustrating the French (and to a more limited extent the Spanish) found the fractious colonists, who could help them only if they committed to independence.

Tyranny and power )

Paul K. Conkin, A Revolution Down on the Farm: Over about a century, the US went from a rural economy in which one farm could support a few families to an urban one in which one farm supports hundreds. This was the result of huge changes in production methods and productivity. Conkin tells the story of farm policy, focusing on federal policy supporting farmers in various ways, throughout that time.
The old normal )

Profile

bliumchik: (Default)
Captain Oblivious

October 2014

S M T W T F S
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19 202122232425
262728293031 

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated May. 28th, 2017 12:33 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios