May 31st, 2007

Venus

Of pedaling and poetry

Still working through that Hell Quarterly story, and looks like I'm going to make it! *huge relieved sigh*

Meanwhile, not checking LJ frequently enough has caused me to miss out on a prompt-claiming fury at spn_harlequin. I'm so much more email-activated than f-list-activated. :(

Nifty Tip: This idea came to me yesterday, after fixing a flat tire on a bike ride, and it turns out that it works: if you've got grease/tire mess on your hands, rub them all over with hand lotion and rinse before washing with soap and water. The lotion pulls the grease stains right off!

Today's cycling: An adventure ride of searching for the pedestrian overpass crossing I-80, part of my investigation into bicycle-commuting. Found it! However, the route from it to the office goes through two questionable sub-areas of Sacramento, over a few hills, and through a bazillion stoplights. Also also covers 9-10 miles on this side of the freeway alone. Hmmmm....

Poetry: Dug up some Ogden Nash for a poetry project Lauren has in class. This poem cracked me up, although hardly anyone else seems to find it as funny as I do. Nevertheless:
     The Octopus
     Tell me, O Octopus, I begs
     Is those things arms, or is they legs?
     I marvel at thee, Octopus;
     If I were thou, I'd call me Us.

Also, for my Supernatural friends, just because it exists, The Wendigo :0


SN Lovers

Recs!

I'm way behind in my reading-- worse than usual-- but here are a couple of must-reads I've found.

Supernatural:
Running Laps Around The Sun by pixel_0 (Wincest, Adult, Season 2 timeframe, unrelated to finale). This is a heartbreaker of a story that'll get right on down inside you and ache as unfolds so perfectly. Sam decides to go back to Stanford after all, and it's the way Dean helps him do it that'll have you reaching for the Kleenex. Told from Sam's POV, and how the reader knows everything Dean's feeling, even while Sam misses it, is so skillfully shown. Angsty, compelling, and the ending is full of beautiful resolution that makes it all worthwhile. You'll end on a happy note.

J-Squared RPS:
For I Have Sinned by miss_begonia (Jensen/Jared, NC-17, Drama). This story struck such a chord with me, with its incredible use of an over-arching theme and how that returns again and again to control the action. In this universe, Jensen has grown up in a religious household where the idea of wanting other men is an abomination. He's spent years pushing that away, pushing any real thoughts of love away, until there's hardly anything left that's still him. When he meets Jared, he gets further and further lost as every part of him wants what he shouldn't, as his happiness lies just there beyond his reach. The incredible ache and loneliness of the Jensen in this story will really take hold of you, and you'll want Jared to find him more than anything. For me, this goes beyond fanfic-- this is writing as an art.