forestofglory: Glasses and books (books)
I’ve been using Goodreads to track my to-read list and my reading since 2010. Over that time I’ve figured out several tricks to help make the most of Goodreads as a source of data about my reading --especially for tracking my personal reading goals. I find that Goodreads has lot of useful functionality that’s not well documented and can be somewhat clunky to use. So I thought I’d write up some of my most-used ways to get info out of Goodreads.

All of these tips are for the web browser version of Goodreads. They all begin at the “My Books” page. You can get there by clicking on “My Books” at the top leftish (after “Goodreads” and “Home”) of the screen.

Show the intersection of two (or more) Shelves
Goodreads lets you add lots and lots of tags or “Shelves,” as they call them. Sometimes it’s handy to see a list of works that you’ve tagged with more than one shelf. For example, you might have one shelf called “fantasy” and one called “lgbt+”. If a friend asked you to rec them some queer fantasy, it would be helpful to see what books have both tags. So here’s how you do that.

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Show all books with a tag read in a year
This is super helpful when you have a reading goal like “read 15 non-fiction books this year.”

Read more... )


Sort by date published
Did you know you can get goodreads to sort your books by all kinds of things that don’t show up in the default view? My personal favorite is date published, but you can also sort by things like condition, or even recommender. I’ll be using date published for this example though.

Read more... )

I hope some of you find this helpful! Let me know if anything is confusing and I’ll try and help you out. And please share any Goodreads tips that you have.
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I'm covered most of my recent manga reading in my last post but I'm still looking for more manga recs. But here's a bit about some of the non-manga things I've been reading and watching lately.

Legend of Korra Season 4 I'm working on a longer write up for this so hopefully more later. Meantime if anyone has recs for criticism or fanworks for Korra or ALTA that would be great!

Fruits Basket I finished it! I have such sense of closure about finishing this manga that I first read about 15 years ago. It was like a gift from my younger self. I liked the ending but I kinda wish the characters had more agency in one of the major events.

The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones One of my friends read this for the first time recently and inspired me to do a reread. Its still very charming!

Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley Its so nice to read something about pregnancy that acknowledges that it can really suck even when you want a baby. Lucy's pregnancy was much harder than mine, but I hated being pregnant. And the stuff about her miscarriage was really affirming if hard to read because it reminded me of my own experience.

Never After: Thirteen Twists on Familiar Tales by Marie Brennan Collection of flash fairy tale retellings. I am generally a fan of Brennan's work but this was bit dark for my tastes.

Ben's Bakery and the Hanukkah Miracle by Penelope Peters Gay Jewish Hockey romance. A lot of the conflict in this had to do with the couple having different levels of Jewish observance and since they where both more observant than I am I found that stressful. And honestly the more observant dude was kinda a jerk about the whole thing. It did have donuts and cute pee wee hockey team though.

Guardian This Chinese drama seems like it is popular here on DW so I thought I'd check it out. I've watched the 1st 17 episodes and I'm really liking it so far.

I'm a little confused by this because its not really my usual thing. It centers around police group that investigates the supernatural, and I'm generally not into the police or shows with a lot of crime and violence. It's also not great on female characters either. And it can be confusing at times. Reasons the show is confusing 1) subtitles I'm not great at these at best of times but the ones for this show are extra confusing, sometimes the English grammar is wonky, names are transliterated differently in different episodes, every now and again the subtitles are just missing. 2)This my first time watching a Chinese drama and I'm not familiar with the conventions 3) the plot is pretty complex with bits of backstory being reviled slowly through flashbacks so there's a lot to keep track of 4) there's probably plot holes and stuff but I can't tell for sure because of 3. Anyways I've decided to just roll with it and be confused and that's working out ok for me.

So that's all things I don't like so I should talk about what I do like. The drama is biased on a Boys Love novel but they aren't allowed to have gay romance on TV in China. But what this seams to mean in practice is that they've taken out all the kissing but left in all the flirting. So I really enjoy the relationship between the leads. So many intense looks! And one of them keeps feeding the other one. I generally like the team, they spend a fair amount of time bounding/bickering which is good fun. Plus I just enjoy the fact that its bit cheesy with melodramatic bits a silly specially effects. Its not sophisticated to admit to liking cheesy stuff but its defiantly something I enjoy.

SG1 This is what R and I are watching together. We are doing a good parts version and only watching the episodes that he thinks are good. Its my favorite level of serialized where each episode is contained story but the reset button isn't pushed and there's some meta plot. I enjoy the team dynamics, and how they all look out for each other. Every now and again they say something really sexist or racist and I have to yell at the TV. We are currently in the middle of season 2. The last episode featured a body swap machine which I image is a boon to fic writers.
forestofglory: Glasses and books (glasses)
I've been reading a lot of manga and comics lately. I want to read more manga but I don't really know what's out there, since its been such a long time since I really paid attention manga. So please tell me about manga you like. I'm up for trying anything, though please warn me if something is gory or dark or there is a dead mom. Here's some thoughts on some things I've read recently to give you an idea of where I'm at.

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon v1 by Naoko Takeuchi I've never read or watch any Sailor Moon before so I thought it was high time I tried some. This was cute but confusing in places. Also transformation sequences are much less awesome in comics than in anime.

Yotsuba&!, Vol. 1 by Kiyohiko Azuma Cute slice of life manga about toddler who moves to a new town. I thought it did a good job of portraying what's awesome about little kids -- and why they are exhausting.

A Bride's Story, Vol. 1 by Kaoru Mori I liked all the historical detail but I couldn't get past the child marriage that's central to the plot. It's just not ok!

Cross Game vol. 1-3 by Mitsuru Adachi I read the 1st omnibus. I really liked the art in this. The faces are very expressive. But I was upset by the fact that child character dies suddenly. I was not expecting that. Its most a sports manga about baseball which is fine but wasn't really grabbing me.

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya I got up to volume 10 in the collectors edition and someone else at the library has checked out the last two volumes -- and they are now two and half weeks over due. I have ordered a different edition ILL because I really want to finish this and find out how it all works out.

Golden Kamuy vol 1 by Satoru Noda Well this really gory and thus not my usual fair at all. But I've got the next volume form the library and am enjoying it. It historical fiction set in early 20th century after Russo-Japanese War on Hokkaido Island, and I'm loving all the details of the setting and the art. There's a lot of wilderness survival (including eating squirrel brains and other gross things) and I'm especially enjoying those bits.

Anyways I'd love some more recs for manga to try out!
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I had great time at FOGcon, a small local convention in Walnut Creek, CA, last weekend. I was bit nervous going in because the last few years I've gone with my friend [personal profile] owlmoose but this year she's on the JoCoCruise and so couldn't make it. So I was worried I was going to spend lots of time standing around awkwardly not talking to people. But if fact I talked to many awesome people.

On Friday afternoon I went out to Walnut Creek with R and the kid an we had lunch together before the con. Then I went to get checked in and register for the con. At reg they always have lots of stickers and pens so I wrote pronouns and "Forestofglory" (since my badge listed by legal name) and put some cute stickers on my badge.

Then I went to a panel on "Friends and Found Chosen" which was really interesting. The panelist talked about friendships changing over time, the line between a friend and chosen family member, why queer are more likely to form chosen families, and more.

cut for length )
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Well now its been 2019 for a a couple of months but I wanted to do a post about my favorite stories 2018 before the Hugo nominations close on March 15. 2018 wasn’t a great short fiction reading year for me. I got a new job mid-year and that slowed down my reading a whole lot. But I did read some really excellent stories that I want to share with people. So it no particular order here are the stories:

Short story

“Flow” by Marissa Lingen — This story is amazing! It's about disability and loss, but my favorite bit is how it addresses troupes about caring for each other and care taking. I loved how it addressed both taking care of people and taking care of the environment.

“Lines of Growth, Lines of Passage” by Marissa Lingen — A story about a soccer who finds herself trapped in a tree. Lingen does great job of describing what the feeling of being in a tree. But it's also a story about what she learns from that experience.

“50 Ways to Leave Your Fairy Lover” by Aimee Picchi — This super cute story in the form of letter form a grandmother to a granddaughter. I loved how it played with fairy tale tropes.

"The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes" by Siobhan Carroll — This a rather dark story about war but it also a story full of food details and I really loved the way the food fit into the story.

Hunting On Ethera by M. Raoulee — This is a prefect me story featuring a mom, robots, and ecology!

A Compendium of Architecture and the Science of Building by Kate Elliott
— This is a prequel to Elliott’s Spiritwalker Trilogy but it can be read without knowing anything about the rest of the series. I liked it as story about non-toxic masiclincity and mentorship.

“Lava cake for the Apocalypse” by Wendy Nikel — A very short story about food, history and remembrance.

Four-Point Affective Calibration by Bogi Takács — Another quite short piece about emotion and communication.

Noveltete

”The Thing About Ghost Stories” by Naomi Kritzer — A lovely story about why we tell ghost stories and dealing with lost. (CN: dead mom, but I loved it anyways)

“If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again,” by Zen Cho — This charming story about an imugi and life not going the way you expect it to.

“Left to Take the Lead” by Marissa Lingen — A story about family both of origin and found. As always Lingen does great things with relationships between generations. I also really enjoyed the getting a spacer born person’s perspective on what it's like to live on Earth.


Novella

Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night by Katherine Fabian and Iona Datt Sharma — I just adored this. It’s quiet book full of things I love like magical London, a viewpoint character who is a mom, and queer found jewish family. The depiction of shabbat in this book really got at what Jewish ritual means to me. Just a really lovely story.

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells— The final Murderbot novella, though there is a novel coming in 2020. This was great series and particularly liked how it wrapped up. It's about a security bot who would really just like to be left alone to watch its media but has to constantly deal with humans in danger and evil corps. A big part of the delight of these books is Murderbots voice.

The Tea Master and the Detective Aliette de Bodard — A Xuya-verse re-imaging of Sherlock Holmes. A nice take on two prickly people learning to work together.

Spellswept by Stephanie Burgis The prequel novella to the wonderful Snowspelled — I loved this look a younger Cassandra and the romance it was super sweet!

The Flowers of Vashnoi
— A novella about one of my favorite fictional moms having and adventure involving bio-remedation? Yes please!


All and all 2018 was good year for short SFF and I’m sad I couldn’t read more of of the short SFF published last year. What where your favorites?
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In about a week and half, March 8-10 I will be at FOGcon in Walnut Creak CA. It a small local (to me) SFF convention. I'm excited to be spending a weekend talking about books! I'm going to be on a couple of panel which should be fun. Are any of my readers going? Let me know, I'd love to meet up.
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*My kid brought home a stomach bug and we were all sick over the weekend. I'm still not feeling fully recovered.

* A lot of people I know are into found family in SFF. And I like it too but it struck me today that a lot of SFF media is bad at family of origin. Like there's my whole thing about moms. But also SFF is not great at siblings, or cousins or aunts and doesn't do a lot of large complex families.

*kinda relatedly I think the reason I'm so interested in fiction about mentorship is that I really want to be someone's mentor someday. Too bad that I'm not really an expert at anything and am thus not sure what I could mentor someone in.

*I really hate it when I have hold on something at library and the person who has checked out the book doesn't return it on time. Please, other person who I've never met I want my turn to read the books.
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My latest Short and Sweet column "Pals for Robots" is up! Check it out for some of my favorite short stories about robots and community.
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I'm trying to articulate a thing I don't like in fiction. It has to do with the characters and the reader/audience not knowing the same things. I was watching and episode of TV where a character travels to a parallel universe and to me as viewer it was very obvious what had happened but it took the character half the episode. This was so frustrating! They spent so much time being confused about it.

I also don't like when the characters know things but the author is hiding it form the audience. If the characters are hiding it form the reader, or only a character who is not the view point character knows then that can be ok. I can think of lots of example here but they are all spoilerific. But like in old mysteries when the detective has solved the case but waits until everyone is there to explain. (I think some mystery readers who like to guess the answer enjoy this?)

I really hate suspense so narratives that keep hinting at dark secretes or that something awful is going to happen just make me anxious.

I was listening to the latest episode of the Reading The End podcast and one of the Jennys mentioned she hated being in the dark in stories. I don't think this quite the same thing. I can be confused if the characters are confused. And I really like that thing where the author just throws you into the middle of the world and you figure out how it works but piece together little details. "Inculing" I think its called.

Anyways what do you think of audience character information miss-matches? Do you like them? not like them? Only like them under certain circumstances?
forestofglory: Glasses and books (books)
A while ago I mentioned looking for Theater fluff so here's an update on what I've found so far.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier reced by [personal profile] ambyr I’d read this before but went to reread after the rec. This was just what I wanted, good mix of tech stuff and feeling set during a middle school musical. I especially liked that it focused on backstage characters more than the actors.

The Backstagers, Vol.1& 2 by James Tynion IV Vol 1 was reread. This was fun but I wanted more actually theater tech and less magic.

Backstage Prince by Kanoko Sakurakouji This manga showed up when I looked up the Backstagers on goodreads and since it is only two volumes I decided to check it out. I was able get it via ILL. I was a bit disappointed with this. I want lots of kabuki theatre and it most just kinda boring Shojo romance.

The Importance of Being On Stage by aralias This Dr Who fic reced to me on Twitter. I enjoyed this but I think I would be better if I remembered these characters and the plot of The Importance of Being Earnest better.

Theatrical Sins: A Play in Three Acts by Aria Good Omens fic. I found this by poking the theater tag on AO3 it not actually about people putting on a show but rather people going to the theater but it's cute and fun.

On order:
The Swish of the Curtain by Pamela Brown reced by [personal profile] alchimie The library didn’t have this so I’ve ordered a used copy online.

So that's how my quest for theater fluff is going so far. I’m also thinking about rereading some of the Shoes books since they tend to hit this spot really well. I'd love even more recs! (Any medium is fine)
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*I've already posted my four "unpolished" posts for February! Go me but I feel still feel like writing stuff some here's another one.

*This weekend is kinda hectic. R is away at a con and we have a somewhat unexpected house guest. (She was expect to come visit but earlier in the week, and it wasn't planned that that she would stay with us.) Plus I'm feel a bit under the weather.

*House guest is very excited that I know what Mob grazing is so we chatted about grassland ecology and rangeland management. Grasslands are one of my favorite types of ecosystems and we need to protect them more.

*it's been raining so much over the last week. Very heavy rain too. I've been feeling a bit cooped up.
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Here's some thoughts on some of the media I've consumed recently:

*I saw a play! It was Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman and the Berkeley Rep! Its a play based on Ovid's Metamorphoses, so Roman myth, preformed with a pool. I'd seen this once before about 20 years ago but forgotten a lot. Anyways it was really good, I loved how the stories flowed together and how they used the water, but rather darker than I remembered.

*I'm still reading and enjoying Fruits Basket. I think I'm about at the point where I stopped reading years ago.

*R and I have been watching a little bit of Stargate (SG1). The pilot was not great, but he's been he's picked a few good episodes form the 1st season that I've enjoyed so far. I last one featured a kickass older woman scientist which was nice. Which also watched the 1st few episodes of netflix's Carmen San Diego, which was very pretty. But it didn't really grab either of us.

*I have ton of things out from the library just now. A lot of it is Fruits Basket, but there's also some other Manga, a few graphic novels, the most recent trade of Squirrel Girl, and couple of YA books I want to try to read before nominations close for the Lodestar.

*I've only got three stories left on in my 2018 short fiction TBR.

What are you reading and watching? Seen any live performances lately
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So you may have noticed that I'm not posting short fiction recs very often. For newer readers I used to post monthly recs of my short fiction reading but I've only posted one in the last 6 months. I started a new job in August last year and since then I haven't been reading nearly as much short fiction. I keep thinking once I get settled at work I'll go back to reading all the short fiction, but its been six months and I'm feeling pretty settled. So I think I'm going to have to admit that this the new normal. I'm still reading some short fiction, so I'll still be posting recs now and again but probably not as often as before. I'll also still be writing "Short and Sweet" for [community profile] ladybusiness. I'm sorry if anyone has been disappointed by the lack of short fiction recs. I wanted to let everyone know what's up and what to expect going forward.
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I've been doing fanish stuff almost as long as I can remember but it's only in the last several years I've started to think of myself as someone who's part of fandom and even then it's with caveats about which part of fandom. (Ie SFF book fandom but not really transformative works fandom.) It might be more straight forward to talk about weather I consider myself a fan, but it's not so much about my identity as someone who likes stuff I've always felt comfortable saying I'm a fan in that sense it's more about my sense of belonging to a community.

As kid I used to play pretend games based on my favorite books, have long philosophical arguments with my friends about what book characters should do and just generally obsess of my favorite fictional things. At one point I had a handmade spreadsheet of ElfQuest characters. All of that made me a fan, but since I was mostly doing it by myself it didn’t make me part of fandom.

I first encountered the idea of fandom as teen reading author personal essays about going to cons, voting in the Hugos and doing SWFA stuff. Some of them even talked about writing fanfic. The library had a several collections of Hugo winning stories with commentary by Asimov where he wrote very affectionately about cons and such. (I didn't learn about him assaulting women at cons until years later.) So I knew as a teen that SFF fandom existed but it didn't feel like something I could be part of. It seemed like something you had to go cons to do, and that was pretty scary for me back then.

This was also around this time that my family got home internet access. I was soon joining forums and mailing lists to talk to other people about books on the internet. This would have been in the early 2000s. But at the time I didn’t really think about what I was doing online as fandom that still seemed like something that happened in person.

I’m not sure when exactly I started thinking of myself as part of fandom. Not for a long time after I’d be active in online fandom. Maybe after I started voting in Hugo Awards? When I started writing short fiction recs regularly, which happened soon after? When I started writing for [community profile] ladybusiness? Maybe not until I started going to conventions. I can’t recall a moment when I suddenly thought well I’m in fandom now. Looking back it's a bit sad that I struggled with this so much.

I had imposter syndrome about belonging to fandom. Like me now would definitely tell my teen self that she was part of fandom. But always felt like I was just on the edges of that space.

Right now I’m pretty happy with my place in fandom. I have friends to squee about lovely media with. People read things I rec and enjoy them and that makes me happy. I go to cons and enjoy them. I write a regularly for a Hugo Award winning blog! But all that is because of network I’ve been building up slowly over a long time.

When communities are amorphous and have ill defined boundaries it can be hard to feel like you belong. And when you take part in fandom online but don't go to cons or write fic it can feel like fandom isn't aimed at you. Community is hard. I still sometimes feel like I’m just shouting into the void. Feeling like you belong can be elusive. I want everyone to have fun enjoying media and talking about it with other people, but I’m not really sure how to use my experiences to make people feel included.
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*"Bits and Bobs" is what I call my lots small unrelated things make a post posts. Feel free to comment on only one or two points.

*I've been having many thinky thoughts about DW culture and Tumblr and change but nothing that's solid yet. I've been in retrospective mood thinking about fandom and the past. I'm not quite in transformative works fandom though I've been adjacent to it for years. (I think I'm finally comfortable saying I'm in SFF fandom but for years I would have said I was fandom adjacent there too.) But I've been thinking about my fanish activity online now and it the past. I have really concluded anything. Maybe if I do I'll write a longer post

*Its been raining a lot here. I'm glad we missed out on the polar vortex though -- that looked way too cold. I'm hopeful that we will have another year of not a drought anyways.

*recently I've been trying to learn how to make egg-in-the-hole, you know toast with the egg cooked in it. Sometimes it works better than other times. Luckily it tastes fine even when the egg does go where I want it to go. I think the sliced bread we get is a bit too squishy and I want to get some more nice sourdough and try again with that.
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Rec me some theater fluff/ Something where the characters are putting on a play (or some other type of performance I guess) and hijinks happen, but not to much angst or tragic past.

Things about kids presuming a preforming arts career could also work. I love the Shoes books but every now and again I try to read recent book in this vein and its full of angst and/or bullying which is not what I want from that type of book.

ETA:any media is great! Books, movies, tv, comics, fic, ect
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I recently finished watching season 3 of Legend of Korra. All the people who said that this season is better than the first two were right. There was very little teen romance in this, and the little there was was not awful. Also the season seemed much better paced and held together better thematically. This season had lots of my favorite characters plus it introduced some new characters that I liked a lot. So I really enjoyed the season though of course I have one or two complaints as well. But overall it was good season and I’m glad I watched it.

***Lots of Spoiler Containing thoughts*** )
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I’ve been reading a lot of comics, graphic novels, manga ect in the last month or so. So here’s quick rundown of some things I read and what I thought.

Gin no Saji Silver Spoon, Vol 1-4 by Hiromu Arakawa This a manga about a kid who goes to agricultural school to escape his parents’ academic expectations. I liked it a lot. There’s thoughtful exploration of agricultural ethics and finding or having a vocation.

The Divided Earth by Faith Erin Hicks It's the final volume of The Nameless City Trilogy and I liked the resolution. The central friendship of the trilogy is just so great.

Cook Korean!: A Comic Book with Recipes by Robin Ha What it says on the tin. I now know a bit more about Korean food but I didn’t try any of these recipes. They seem pretty approachable though.

Lumberjanes, Vol. 10: Parents' Day by Shannon Watters et al. This was cute installment of this series about girls at summer camp having supernatural adventures. It was fun to see our campers with their parents.

Sound of Snow Falling by Maggie Umber This was on my goodreads TBR for years and years and I finally got via IIL. And it was ok? I guess? It's basically paintings of owls with no words but I couldn’t really follow what was going on and I didn’t love the art style. I think past me who added this to the TBR would have liked it more than present me does.

Conspiracy of Ravens by Leah Moore, John Reppion, and Sally Jane ThompsonI feel like a book about bird themed magical girls at a boarding school should be my thing but this never quite clicked with me.

The Ancient Magus' Bride, Vol. 1 by Kore Yamazaki I think the creepy parts of this outweigh the parts I liked. There's mentorship and the art is really nice but also the main character's mom died by suicide, and there's very inappropriate romantic relationship and lots of creepy magic. So I think I won't be reading more of this.

Fruits Basket Collector's Edition, Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya I was really into this series years ago then I went away to uni and never finished it. (I used to be part of friends group that consumed a lot of manga and anime together but we drifted apart while I was in uni) Recently [personal profile] umadoshi has been talking about it a lot, so that reminded me that it existed. So I got this volume out from the library. It's still very cute. I’m a bit more eyerolly about teen behaviour than I was back in the day. And the magic caring depending on know when someone is the “opposite sex” is problematic to say the least. But I also have a lot of nostalgia for these characters and enjoyed reading and plan to continue the series.

I’m enjoying reading lots of comics. I’ve got some more on hold at the library. In the past I’ve been reluctant to read unfinished series but right now I’m trying a few to see how that goes. Have you read any good comics lately or have any recs for me?
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Stephanie Burgis was kind enough give me an ARC of Thornbound, her new short novel coming out February 25. It's the sequel to her novella Snowspelled which I loved. If you haven't read it you can get it on sale for 99 cents unit Thornbound comes out.

I loved Snowspelled so much I was little bit afraid that my expectations for this sequel where too high and that I would be disappointed, but I'm pleased to say that wasn't the case! Thornbound does an excellent job of continuing Cassandra's story building on what came before while still surprising me. I especially appreciated the themes of disrupting traditional gender roles, community building and women mentoring other women. It was very much my thing!

I very much recommend this series. (There's also prequel novella, and the planned next book is going to focus on and F/F couple)
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It feels like DW has been different and more active since all the Tumblr drama. Things feel busier and buzzier here, I've been getting a more comments form out of network folks (welcome!) and just in general. Its nice (well presumably less so for tumblr folks, sorry).

Anyway some people I know are doing February is for shitposting. I've read several discussions about what shitposting is and I'm still not sure I understand. But it seem to mostly involve being absurd and/or not thinking about it too hard. There doesn't seem to be a formal challenge for this just "go forth a do things! Have fun". Well I prefer more formal goals. Having achievable goals and achieving them is nice feeling. So for February I'm going to set myself a nice easy goal of post four(4) unpolished posts. Stuff that I don't draft but just post without thinking about it too much.

Have you noticed a change in DW in the last few months? Are you thinking about taking part in the February challenge?

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