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Who else watched Reading Rainbow as a kid?

Here, for reasons obscurely related to my writing process (I'm working a lot on chapter 50 of "Lee," but it's fighting me, and I'm somewhat especially anxious for this one not to suck), are some of my favorite passages from some of my favorite books. In order: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Iodine by Haven Kimmel, Possession by A.S. Byatt, and The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

I. Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections )

II. John Steinbeck, East of Eden )

III. Haven Kimmel, Iodine )

IV. A.S. Byatt, Possession )

V. Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows )
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I'm alive, just very busy with RL. Apologies and many many thanks to you all for your wonderful, kind, thoughtful, thought-provoking comments. Going to need to do massive weekend catchup again to respond to them all properly.

In the meantime, here's me rambling about which bits of the psyche write the best fiction, plus thoughts on why Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series doesn't exactly work for me but also doesn't enrage me the way certain other badly written insanely popular books do (*coughDANBROWNIWILLDESTROYYOUCOUGH*).

You can't see the stars, love. That's the ceiling. Also, it's day. )
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I discovered this site while googling for cool eyepatches, and ever since then, I've been playing around on it whenever I'm having to sit still and I'm too jumpy to read (or write, or knit) anything more substantial. Just found this page. Intrigued!

And when I am intrigued, lo, I ramble! )
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He'll wrap you in his arms, tell you that you've been a good boy
He'll rekindle all the dreams it took you a lifetime to destroy
He'll reach deep into the hole, heal your shrinking soul
And there won't be a single thing that you can do

-Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Red Right Hand"

So, I'm actually gonna post something here.

You can probably tell from my userinfo why I created this journal. I'm a kinky bitch and have been from my cradle (I have distinct memories of getting excited by Lady Aberlin curtseying and murmuring with her eyes demurely downcast, "Correct as usual, King Friday" on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood). It wasn't until fairly recently (yes, I live under a rock) that I realized I wasn't the only one who found this sort of thing irresistible-- and always had, from before my sexuality had even really emerged-- and it wasn't until a couple of weeks ago that I found the [ profile] slavefics community on here. Then I saw [ profile] lapillus' fascinating post on what she likes about slave-oriented fiction. I'm not going to attempt a cool thorough analytical look at my preferences and the reasons behind them at this stage, but I did decide to write out a few of the things that distinctly Work or Do Not Work for me and maybe a poke at why, because this really is the kind of thing I find interesting, and for a lot of my life, as much as I tend to think and overthink, this is something I haven't thought about, because I thought I was just weird and messed up. Which, maybe I am, but hey, at least I'm not the only one. :)

Things I don't like )

Things I like )

Bookshelf )


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