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Mar. 11th, 2012 12:00 pm
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Mar. 10th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 12:01: Okay, who ate all my triple choc muffins? I made 16, there are 4 left. Someone owes me muffins. >___>
  • Fri, 12:13: Unfit = exhausted after 5+ mins of not-hard exercise. Ugh.
  • Fri, 12:15: @KDSarge I see you!
  • Fri, 12:22: @KDSarge Also, DM
  • Fri, 13:22: WTF??????? Arizona Senate Passes Bill Allowing Doctors To Not Inform Women Of Prenatal Issues To Prevent Abortions http://t.co/HNk6e5Al
  • Fri, 13:27: Y'know, sometimes I'm ashamed of being human.
  • Fri, 13:35: From Rush To Columbia University - Hate Speech Against Women Is Now Cool http://t.co/qOk3h8B4 via @AddInfoOrg
  • Fri, 13:42: Okay, walking away from everything not twitter, chat and LPs. Societies suck. All of them.
  • Fri, 22:19: I don't like today anymore.
  • Fri, 23:14: Have to write. Don't /want/ to write, but have to. Coz I just ate the white chocolate bunny. >_<
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Author's Note: The following post brought to you by dawn, caffeine, and sudden need to express an opinion type thing. I don't guarantee coherence, correct spelling and grammar, or lack of rabid badgers. If you find any lack of those, let me know and I'll make fixes as required. Thank you.


So I have friends who read and write romance fic (I even do it myself! *shock! horror!* *cough*) which makes me that little bit more aware of the bias against romance in terms of what "smart women" read. In general it's one of those things I steer the hell away from, but it's 5am and I'm still awake, ergo I shall voice an opinion thing.

One of the complaints from the proud readers is about the tendency of romance readers to describe it as a guilty pleasure. As in "I like this, but if I admit to it I'm going to try to dismiss it as much as possible for the sake of my reputation." Which is something I sort of get on both sides of the debate. On the one hand we should all be proud of the things we like, on the other hand... people have opinions about other people because of what they (both theys in this case) like.

Personally, I tend to be a bit sheepish about reading romance because... I generally don't read it for the actual romance. I mean I like a well done romance plot, and I'll be disappointed if it's done poorly, but it's really the other aspects of the story that I'm after. (I usually prefer paranormal or suspense) Which has a degree of "I don't really read it for the romance, don't judge me" but the reason for the sheepishness is more personal than that. Basically I'm asexual, and uncertain enough about it that it bothers me to do things that I think others might associate as being sexual.

The first romances I read - Laurell K Hamilton's Merry Gentry books, I highly recommend them for all sorts of reasons - were..... very much sexual. (As it happens that's exactly why I bought the first one, as a sort of 'explore my interests' thing) Which meant that when my sister-in-law found out I was reading them I went out of my way to emphasize that there was "real plot" to it. I knew that for her the sexual side of the romance was the important bit, and she didn't (and still doesn't, but I've mostly given up trying to explain) understand that it just wasn't like that for me. So pretending the romance was a total non-factor became easier than deciding whether or not to explain or whatever, and the habit sort of stuck.

Back to the other hand, a good book is a good book. And there's a lot of different things that can make a book "good", because it's a subjective term, fuck it. There's plot elements, character personalities, relationships, worlds, writing style, etc and so on. (I really need to read Lee Childs again so I can finally write that post about the things I don't like about the stories that have absolutely zero effect on my love of the books.) Sometimes we want a well crafted story about two people who battle through internal and external issues to find love again, other times we want a cheesy cliche romance that reminds us that sometimes even matters of the heart are just downright comedy. Yet other times we want a story that doesn't even nod at romantic relationships, and usually that's the point where we go to a different section of the bookstore (or library, or bookshelf, or internet, or whatever).

The section a book is shelved in shouldn't determine or affect (...effect? ugh, I can never remember) whether or how much we like a book. How we feel about the book should be the only thing that matters.

((Except of course that's a 'perfect world' view if you read it at face value, and that's bollocks. So remember to think about what you're reading, whatever it is.))


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Mar. 8th, 2012 12:00 pm
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Mar. 7th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Tue, 16:02: Visitors will be required to pay with cookies and Kahlua RT @KDSarge Photo: BRB—only not. Me and @tundramyst are running away.
  • Tue, 16:03: @KDSarge sleep well *hugs*
  • Tue, 18:12: "I am Galstaff, Sorcerer of Light!" "Then why'd you have to cast Magic Missile?" #randomstuffIthinkof
  • Tue, 18:52: RT @Speranza: Help I'm addicted to hiding in parks and chainsawing people sitting at benches.
  • Tue, 23:02: @KDSarge *bounces on you* Are you awake? Having a good morning?
  • Wed, 00:07: Okay, 1 LP, and then I'm going to bed. No guarantees about sleep, but definitely bed.
  • Wed, 00:16: ....okay just /one/ more. #honest
  • Wed, 00:27: For the record, I'm totally not avoiding insomnia by not going to sleep....
  • Wed, 00:39: Okay. Bed now. Yes. #honest
  • Wed, 00:51: So my back decided to lock up just enough that I can't lie down enough to sleep. Am I allowed to stay up and watch LPs instead? #sigh
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Mar. 6th, 2012 12:00 pm
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Mar. 5th, 2012 12:00 pm
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Mar. 4th, 2012 12:00 pm
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Note This was written between midnight and 5am, while messed up on caffeine and a writing high, so quality is.... very much not guaranteed. Yay for first drafts?


Pt 1 / Pt 2

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Pt 4 / Pt 5 / Pt 6 / Pt 7 / Pt 8 / Pt 9

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Mar. 3rd, 2012 03:18 pm
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Pt 1

I couldn't leave it alone, so here's the next part. (I promise I won't end every snip with swearing. Probably.)
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Pt 3 / Pt 4 / Pt 5 / Pt 6 / Pt 7 / Pt 8 / Pt 9
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Note I'm attempting to fic from daily prompts, the results of which may or may not get posted. (Yesterday's, for example, was an exercise in demonstrating what I hate about trying to force writing.)
The prompt for this piece is actually "archaic", which hasn't shown up yet. I don't know if I'll write more today, or try to work tomorrow's prompt in to this, or just finish this fic later and use the next prompt for something different. We'll see when we see.
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Pt 2 / Pt 3 / Pt 4 / Pt 5 / Pt 6 / Pt 7 / Pt 8 / Pt 9
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So tomorrow night me and mum are going to a Roxette concert! \o/

Except... my tickets never showed up, so when we get there we'll have to sort out a Lost Ticket Voucher thing. And we haven't actually sorted out whether I'm getting picked up from work or if we're going to just risk missing the opening act because it takes me 90 mins to get home and I'd sort of like to do the eating thing. Plus there's a chance we'll have to get public transport in because mum would prefer to drink and smoke her money away rather than maintain the car properly. It just needs a window fixed, and that's happening in the morning, and in almost anyone else's case I'd call it bad timing but the only reason she's getting it fixed at all is because she's inconvenienced if it doesn't get fixed.

Basically everything's up in the air - including my employment in the near future - and I'm not exactly enthused by anything. Hopefully I'll feel better after the concert. (I'll be annoyed if I don't. Tickets cost way too much.)

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