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text 2017-03-27 17:54
The Project

A while back I mentioned that some friends and I were undertaking a project to deal with post-election stress and maybe disseminate some helpful information for resistance. We've launched so I wanted to share the link with those who expressed interest. We only have the mission statement live right now--we're all employed full time and so getting content into some sort of finished product has been difficult lately. I am hoping for a couple of my pieces (one on Harry Potter and resistance and another on the Austen/alt-right nonsense) to go up in the next week or so. I would greatly appreciate followers for the publication if anyone here is on Medium, since audience engagement is essentially the only way to get any of our work seen. I'll also cross-post here whenever we have something new go up.

 

https://medium.com/postcards-from-the-resistance

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text 2017-03-19 19:52
Reading progress update: I've read 302 out of 426 pages.
The Mystic Marriage - Heather Rose Jones

Jeanne and Antuniet's romance makes me anxious. As much as I enjoy the two of them as individuals and want to root for them as a couple, it feels like there's a very basic mismatch.

 

Antuniet can devote herself to her research and experiments for hours on end. Jeanne is a social butterfly who thrives on interaction. Antuniet doesn't feel like she has much of a safety net (not quite true, but close enough that her fears aren't unfounded), and so the slightest possibility of gossip terrifies her. Jeanne doesn't mind a certain level of gossip and, in fact, has figured out how to benefit from a slightly scandalous public image. Antuniet is more reserved, while Jeanne is more openly affectionate.

 

I keep expecting one or the other of them to decide this just isn't working anymore. :-/

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text 2017-03-19 04:29
Reading progress update: I've read 174 out of 426 pages.
The Mystic Marriage - Heather Rose Jones

For some reason, both this book and Daughter of Mystery have me mentally comparing at least one character to "types" in anime. It's weird, because it isn't like I've even been watching much anime lately - just Haikyu!! a few weeks ago and yet another rewatch of Big Windup! (which seems to have become my #1 comfort anime for this year).

 

In Daughter of Mystery, Barbara was the "cool girl" type you sometimes see in high school comedies, the one that at least one of the other female characters has a crush on. I kept thinking of Azumanga Daioh's Sakaki, or at least the Sakaki that Kaorin saw.

 

In The Mystic Marriage, Jeanne is the enormous flirt who looks all light and sparkly on the surface but is secretly vulnerable underneath. Maybe Tamaki from Ouran High School Host Club, except he's kind of an idiot and Jeanne definitely isn't.

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text 2017-03-18 20:03
Reading progress update: I've read 137 out of 426 pages.
The Mystic Marriage - Heather Rose Jones

I think I might end up liking this book more than the first one, although there's still plenty of time for things to happen that could change my mind.

 

The plot is technically more complicated this time around, with more on-page players and story threads. While Daughter of Mystery was definitely historical fantasy with romantic elements (rather than historical fantasy romance), The Mystic Marriage has even less emphasis on romance. Jeanne finds herself drawn to Antuniet's passion for alchemy, and Antuniet wonders at Jeanne's motive for continuing to visit her, and that's pretty much it. I'm not complaining - at the moment, romance would be a bit much. I'm really looking forward to learning more about Jeanne, though. I like her even more than I thought I would.

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text 2017-03-18 14:57
Reading progress update: I've read 73 out of 426 pages.
The Mystic Marriage - Heather Rose Jones

Antuniet describes a thing she did with a charm designed to tell you the name of your true love:

 

"'And your true love was a book?' Jeanne asked."

 

Ha, no, she modified the charm to help her identify the thing in a room that would be most useful to her, and then used it to find books. I approve. (But dang it would have been great if her true love had been a book.)

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