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13 June 2020 @ 12:18 pm
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13 February 2016 @ 03:11 pm
I've read a million and one posts all over the net about how there is no to little lgbt fantasy out there. Even if you include the badly written, gratuitous vampire/werewolf urban fantasy porn things-which-can-barely-be-called-novels (which, surprise, I don't), there's almost nothing. I've known this consciously for a while now, but today I got a sudden desire to read some really big, epic story with fleshed-out queer characters, and pretty much everything I looked at was either terrible or out of print.

(I guess this is also partly inspired by the fact that the hubby and I watched FAQs last night. It is not shiny and sparkly like a Hollywood film, but it is powerful and beautiful anyway - maybe more so than it would have been with a bigger budget. I recommend it highly).

Anyway, I am compiling a list of all the good lgbt-centric fantasy books I can find. I'm happy to take suggestions, but two things: one, Lackey's The Last Herald-Mage trilogy is not going up here, and neither is Flewelling's Nightrunner series. I have read both, and I disliked both, for a variety of reasons I won't go into here. So they are not making the cut.

Also, most of these books have gay male characters. If anyone could recc some really good lesbian/bi/trans-featuring stories, I'd love to hear about them!

And so...

The books~Collapse )

That's all for now. Feel free to suggest books!

Also, the size of the book covers means nothing, I was just too lazy to make them all the same size.
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Sia na Illianor
06 May 2012 @ 09:11 pm
I've recently come to the (sad) conclusion that I no longer like paperbacks. I like owning them - I want paperback copies of all my favourite books. But that's my dragon-side wanting its hoard. When it comes to actual reading, I want an ebook.

Anyway, one of my HUGE PEEVES (I would say pet peeves, but Vegas is our pet and he is tiny, and this is not a tiny peeve, SEE MY LOGIC) is when the formatting of an ebook is screwed up. This can take the form of random blank lines inserted between every paragraph (sometimes two or three lines), random line breaks or page breaks, LACK of line breaks (sentences each meant to be on their own line get crammed into one paragraph somehow) and table of contents' that don't work.

Recently there was a post that says publishers don't know how their content gets screwed up, because it's perfect when they input it.


Personally, I think a lot of trad publishers (not all by any extent, but a lot) are idiots when it comes to ebooks: pricing, selling, and MAKING them. And seeing as how I've gone through several ebooks and corrected them, I think I know what I'm doing, and what I'm saying when I say that it's really not that hard.

So this is my experiment to see if I do actually know what I'm talking about.

How to make an ebook...Collapse )

Voila, you're done! Perfect formatting. Done. Took me about 40 minutes, and that with constant breaks to type down each step as I did it.

So there's no excuses for anyone to muck up, now is there?
Current Music: Howl - Florence & the Machine
Sia na Illianor
01 April 2012 @ 02:27 pm
I have photos of our baby! :D

Last night we gave him Reno's shirt to curl up with, so he wouldn't cry when we went to bed :)

Current Mood: happyhappy
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03 July 2011 @ 09:33 pm
the cast of Starfire. Because I was bored.Collapse )
Current Music: The Voice - Celtic Woman
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30 August 2010 @ 09:45 am

Here's how it works:
1 - Cut a hole in the box.
2 - Put your--uh ... Post a list of your five favorite acts/kinks/themes/tropes to read about. Check out this list if you need some inspiration. At the bottom, add what fandoms/pairings you're interested in.
3 - Go HERE and post a link to your list. Read other people's lists.
4 - Write comment-fic (or longer pieces) based off of other people's lists. Post either the fic or a link to the fic in the person's post.

My five favourite acts/kinks:
1 - Claiming or establishing ownership (private or public; by gesture, word, or ritual; with sex; with a collar and leash; with scent-marking or by biting; branding)
2 - Otherness and outsiders (alien identity or transformation; mutants; demons and angels; hermaphrodites; eccentrics; elves and other magical beings; exoticism; half-human hybrids, e.g., the offspring of humans with demons, vampires, aliens, elves; racial difference in general; clones; twins)
3 - Triangulation of desire (two men express their desire for each other through a female intermediary; sexual rivalry for a woman is actually homoerotic interest)
4 - Conditioning (taming or breaking a character; training; brainwashing; mind-fuck; Stockholm syndrome; erotic torture)
5 - Bonds (telepathic or empathic; psychic links; mating or soul bonds)

My fandoms and pairings:
Final Fantasy VII - Sephiroth/Cloud, Zack/Cloud, Angeal/Zack, Vincent/Reno, Reno/Aerith, Seph/Zack/Cloud
Good Omens - Crowley/Aziraphale
Supernatural - Dean/Castiel, Crowley/Castiel, Sam/Castiel, Crowley/Dean, Lucifer/Castiel, Michael/Dean
Twilight - Jacob/Edward, Jacob/Renesmee, Aro/Edward, Carlisle/Edward
The Covenant - Caleb/Reid, Pogue/Tyler, Caleb/Reid/Pogue/Tyler, Chase/Tyler, Chase/Reid, Chase/Caleb
Gossip Girl: Chuck/Blair, Chuck/Nate
Vampire Diaries (tv): Damon/Jeremy
Queer as Folk (US): Brian/Justin, Rage/JT
Crossovers: Damon/Dean, Damon/Chuck, Eric Northman/Damon, Damon/Edward
New Souls: Lucifer/Phoenix, Karayan/Phoenix, Lucifer/Karayan
Current Mood: amusedamused
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01 August 2010 @ 09:48 pm
Okay guys! It's all up and sorted! newsoulsmods over at ij - the account is set up with all the pages you'll need to get started. There's the application page, which is basically all any of you need to pay attention to 'caus I think you know all the rest :P

Can't wait to start playing!!!
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This is Reno, the boyfriend, just letting all of you who miss Sia's glitter even half as much as I do know that my amazing, gorgeous, super sweet and talented girlfriend who's always, always right has been computer-less since Monday and out of town for a couple of days now too.

She should return on Saturday, so just wait patiently till then and she'll catch up with you.
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13 June 2009 @ 12:31 pm
Because it won't come up on any friends pages, I thought I should warn you; as of now, I'm friends locking my journal. Most of my past posts are still open, because I'm too lazy to go back and fix 'em all. But as of now.

Comment on this post to be added/stay on.
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