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29 April 2014 @ 12:15 pm
Nightmares and backaches and the whole bit  
Tired today, after a long night of a sore back (but not enough to wake me up to take some meds!) and bad dreams. I've got a bike ride looming, in the heat. Give me strength!

I feel like I lost most of the weekend. I was up until 2am Friday and Saturday night, and kind of "blah" as a result. I finished my Idol entry, I bought tomato plants that did not make it into the ground (other yard work caught my eye first), and I bought sale-price Easter candy and ate too much of it (probably part of the "blahs," to be honest).

I did get out for a bike ride on Sunday, though. The weather was cold (63 vs. today's nearly 90!!) and cloudy, which cut down on the number of other people who were out. There was an egret right on the bike-path shoulder (which made me worry that it would step out in front of my bike, as with all large birds). I also saw quail (adults only—it's too early for chicks), but more surprising... an owl, standing on top of a twig in one of the sloughs. It was out in broad daylight, and the light was reflecting off its lighter-colored face. Looked like a common barn owl, but not terribly common in the city at any time of day!

I finished the Flavia de Luce book I was reading (very disappointed in it) and a couple of other books. Now I've started into Joe Hill's NOS4A2, which is already incredibly creepy and fascinating. I don't much like the horror genre, but I really like Joe Hill—which makes me wonder if I should give his father's books a try. His father is Stephen King. Hrm...

All right. Time to sunblock and make myself Do That Thing outside. With energy! Or, fake energy, at least. \o?

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(Anonymous) on April 29th, 2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
Fic
Recently got into Prison Break. LOVE your fanfic - there seems to be a lack of great M/L stories out there which thoughtfully explore all the facets of their relationship (even the latent slashy elements) and I was so pleased to have stumbled upon your page.

Thanks for writing!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on April 29th, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Fic
So glad you've been enjoying it!

There isn't much _new_ Prison Break fic these days (not for years now), but there have been some really good M/L writers, most of whom still have their stuff up somewhere. Look for clare_de_lune, mooyoo, aeroport_art, chanchitoslash, and callmetofu (all still here on LJ). :)
aeroport_artaeroport_art on May 11th, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Fic
Aww you thought of me! *chuffed*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 12th, 2014 02:04 am (UTC)
Re: Fic
Yup-- still! :D
Maerhysmaerhys on April 29th, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
NOS4A2 was probably my favorite book of last year; Hill said that he realized after writing that it was a response to IT by his father, which is my favorite contemp novel.

Stephen King is my absolute favorite so if you want recs, just ask! I don't dig on his fantasy so much and I'll warn now that his endings are always meh to awful, but the journey is just amazing. And a lot of his books are not horror, especially his newer stuff like 11/22/63 --- supernatural elements but definitely not horror.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 29th, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
I'm mostly looking for a well-told story, regardless of genre. I'd be hard-pressed to even say whether I liked Hill's "Heart-Shaped Box" or "Horns" better-- the first has such compelling spookiness in it (it gets under your skin), but the second has such audacity of where he was willing to go in telling the story!

So rec away, plz. :D
Maerhysmaerhys on April 29th, 2014 10:16 pm (UTC)
I definitely preferred HORNS but that may be because I really liked the humor.

With King... well, favorites seem to be very personal. For every person who thinks THE STAND is the best King ever, there's someone like me who can't stand the main characters, the magical negro trope, and the overwriting. If you've never read him before, I suggest starting with DIFFERENT SEASONS which is a book of four novellas. It's early King with great writing, great endings, and shows a new reader what he's capable of.

I'd then rec some of his shorter novels because they tend to be tighter, specifically: CUJO, CARRIE, and MISERY. A lot of folks hated CUJO but honestly I think they didn't get it - it's very much a commentary on life in the mid-1970s. CARRIE is very similar. MISERY is just the perfect book for someone in fandom who is also a writer.

My personal favorites are a bit longer and come with some caveats that there's some major stuff that could have been cut but still totally worth the read. LISEY'S STORY is a misnomer as it is actually the story of a marriage and I love it so. Some of King's best writing and characterization. IT is my other favorite because it captures childhood, platonic love, promises made before we really understand the consequences, and a whole lot of other stuff. It's a HUGE book but I wouldn't edit a thing out of it although I know others would. Also THE LONG WALK written as Bachman is fabulous. Tightly written, great tension, and scary in the best ways (no gore).

I never could get into EYE OF THE DRAGON, the DARK TOWER series, INSOMNIA, and the duet of books he wrote as King/Bachman (the titles are failing me). The only book I've actually hated is BAG OF BONES and Erin's (poisontaster) review over at Goodreads explains exactly why.

Stopping here before I get carried away but if you have other wants and do-not-wants, let me know and I can fine-tune some more recs.

adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on April 30th, 2014 01:40 am (UTC)
I need to make time to ride my bike this summer. AW
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Cyclinghalfshellvenus on April 30th, 2014 02:33 am (UTC)
Do you live in a nice place for it? I love the bike path near our house... but moreso when it isn't the weekend, because it gets so crowded. Near the office is not so great, but there are little-developed areas to ride around. :D
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on May 1st, 2014 12:20 pm (UTC)
We do have a nice trail. If my summer work hours get cut, I may have time for this.
cindytsuki_no_bara on April 30th, 2014 03:27 am (UTC)
quail! they're so cute.

i really liked king's misery, which i think is more psychological horror than gore horror, with a little creepy mixed in, and as maerhys said, i think that you'd appreciate it as a writer and person in fandom. i always thought it was king's response to his horror fans.

there was still a lot of half-price easter candy at the grocery store on sunday, but i completely failed to take advantage of it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 30th, 2014 06:18 am (UTC)
"Misery" sounds like something I'd enjoy. I wish I hadn't seen the movie-- I prefer not to know the plots of books before I read them!

You didn't buy the cheap chocolate eggs? Or the chocolate bunnies? Those are hard to resist. And the malted eggs, which were gone... Probably all for the best.
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on April 30th, 2014 03:28 am (UTC)
I did not know that Joe Hill was Stephen King's son. I've never been able to get through any of Hill's books -- too goddamn scary.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 30th, 2014 06:18 am (UTC)
They are pretty scary, but also really, really good. "Horns" seemed less scary to me than just intense and funny, but YMMV!