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Ello all; still not ded; have a meme (thanks to the lovely [personal profile] kat_lair):

Rules: List ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard – they don’t have to be “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends.

1. Among Others by Jo Walton. Utterly fantastic. Anyone who's ever loved sf/f or even just books in general should read this.

2. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. A book about a ship who's no longer a ship. It swept all the major sf awards in 2014, and deservedly so.

3. The Likeness, by Tana French. French uses beautiful prose to write mysteries with compelling characters - this book is about a favourite character, going undercover in unusual situation.

4. Brown Girl in the Ring, by Nalo Hopkinson. Magic, Toronto, and a wonderful narrator - what's not to love?

5. With Child, by Laurie R. King. One of her Kate Martinelli mysteries, less well-known than her Mary Russell novels - in this the lesbian detective takes on a missing child case. Kate is a joy and a cynical delight, always.

6. Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Angels, demons, witches, and an Anti-Christ who's not quite right, oh my!

7. Faking It, by Jennifer Crusie. Ultimate comfort read and funny as hell; would rec this to anybody looking for a fun book, whether or not they usually read romance.

8. Other People's Children, by Lisa Delpit. Central to any understanding I have about teaching students from different cultural backgrounds than my own.

9. Komarr, by Lois McMaster Bujold. Ekaterin and Miles, a mystery, past hurts, and future hopes.

10. Alanna: The Lioness Quartet, by Tamora Pierce. Gender play in fiction! Going undercover as a boy to become a knight! Alanna was, remains, and will ever be badass and fantastic.

Things I noticed: mostly fiction (and sf/f at that), mostly women (yay!), and mostly white (could be a lot more diverse). If you feel up to it, I'll love to see the list of anyone on my flist/dwcircle!
ekaterinn: amanda from highlander peering over sunglasses, 'whatever.' at the bottom (as if!)
A list of happy things:

My mum and my sister visiting
My students, who are creative and loving and adorable
4.0 GPA
The book Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
Being totally done with my M.Ed.
Latest episodes of Welcome to Night Vale
Being almost done with the grant
Seeding the bookclub suggestion list with queer sci-fi books
The therapists and aides who work with my students - they're all amazing
Writing fic again (and writing fic with my best friend)
Lovely comments from people on LJ/DW
Only 4 more days left of school!

What's something happy in your life now?
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Happy Christmas/Yuletide/Tuesday to all! I've just finished opening presents with my Mom and sister - got jewlery, books, clothes, kitchen stuff, and best of all, from [personal profile] amai, a talking, stuffed Dalek! I asked for something geeky from her, and lo! she delivered. I'll post pictures later.

For Yuletide, I received a lovely, somber (but still hopeful) Points story: In the Line of Duty! The author matched Rathe's and Eslingen's voices perfectly, and there's even a quiet mention of how they got together. I had given up on ever getting a Points fic, and to receive this quiet, perfectly wrought one was beyond my wildest dreams!

I hope all of my flist has a lovely day as well, whether or not you celebrate!
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because of an ICE DAY! The sectary, the clerk and I high-fived each other, the reading coach hugged me, and my principal danced a jig. My Canadian self is kind of appalled about how little bad weather it takes to close the schools down here in the winter, but I'm too excited about sleeping in to care.

In Yuletide news, I received Breaking Down is Hard to Do by Fox, which was like she reached into my subconscious and pulled out the Sports Night story I never knew I always wanted. Plus, super-awesome kissing at the end. I swooned.

I wrote On a Fine Morning or The Accidental Swap, "being the private correspondence between two prominent families regarding a singular event of late March" for elanne. It was a challenge to write (did it all in one day, frantically emailing back and forth with [livejournal.com profile] the_acrobat), but I think it turned out halfway decent, AND I might have broken my writing block with it!
ekaterinn: (hee! (by graphicalrum))
The fantastic [livejournal.com profile] gblvr got me the lovely and terrifying Santa Cthuluclaus! Thank you! *bows down to the Cthuluclaus* *smooshes [livejournal.com profile] gblvr*. Happy midwinter to all!

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