[sticky entry] Sticky: Fanfic Masterlist

28 June 2018 02:06 pm
muccamukk: Firey woman's torso. Text: I must say its purely carnal qualities impressed me more than its metaphorical significance. (Books: Smuuuuuut)
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muccamukk: Two women in Jazz Age suits, walking arm in arm through a garden. (Misc: Historical Ladies)
Diana: A Strange Autobiography* by Diana Fredericks**

1939 novel about a young woman realising she's gay, trying to be straight, failing, sleeping her way across Europe, and having lots of relatable drama in the style of The L Word. I guess lesbians as a culture really haven't changed! We get one night stands that someone's girlfriend walks in on, going to The Wrong lesbian bar in Paris, being judgey about butches, U-Haul relationships, the hazards of dating a woman who isn't out to herself (which somehow leads to fake dating your ex-lover's lover's husband, as you do), and a lot of fraught feelings about money and societal recognition of relationships.

The book is often funny, and I liked Diana trying to figure out who she was, where she fit, and how she could make a relationship work while being in the closet (she worked in education). The book felt so modern I can hardly even say that I was in it for the period detail. I did find the endless love triangles a little tiresome, but the romances were quite sweet, and the feeling of, "Oh! She's pretty, and she likes me!" will never not be sweet. And the sort of 14+ smut is quite nice.

In terms of, Boy, this hasn't aged well: There is a lot of pathologising why someone is gay, with everyone reading too much Fraud (though there's a really sweet scene with her older brother trying to find positive lesbian representation for her to read). She's also really judgey of butches and any kind of gender play/variation, while dividing her own personality into things that are masculine and things that are feminine. Bisexuals are kind of not a thing.

However, the book was widely read in the '40 and '50s as one of the few lesbian novels with a happy ending,*** and on the whole I enjoyed it.

If you want to check it out, there's a slightly buggy but free copy at Archive.org, of you can get a cheap e-book as part of a lesbian pulp reprint series by SheWinked.



*The book is fiction, though I very much suspect parts of it are based on the author's experiences. To get lesbian fiction pasts the censors in 1939, the author had to say it was totally true for realz and therefore of social importance. It even starts off with a publisher's note saying the contents are entirely factual, and a note from a Real Doctor about how important this book is and how lesbians shouldn't be punished or shunned, that concludes with the following:
The authoress lights a little lamp on the hidden altar of lesbianism. There is no danger that the woman biologically craving the male will seek that strange light. Only the sisterhood enters to remain, and those who are borne here on the harmonic tides of inversion, cannot by laws or maxims or ostracism, be kept from that dark temple.
(I admit that I have some doubts as to the existence of the medical doctor. Also Dark Temple of Lesbianism sounds like the sort of bar I'd like to go to.)

**According to PBS's History Detectives episode on the book (Diana), Diana Fredericks was probably a lesbian academic named Frances Rummell.

***Indeed, I first ran into a mention of this book in Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two by Allan Bérubé:
Similar interests brought many gay GIs together. When Elizabeth Freeman was stationed at Leemore Army Air Force Base in California, she discovered that the small library on base had the book Diana, a 1939 lesbian novel. To check it out, she had to sign her name in the back of the book. After she returned it, she was visited by a gay GI who subsequently had checked it out and noticed her name above his.
Which I'm going to get into a fic someday.
muccamukk: Zoe looking very sad. (Firefly: Sad)
The good news is that many lots of people donated to the victim support fund for the survivors of the terrorist shooting in New Zealand. The bad news is that SO many people did so that they overloaded the donation site. Victim Support is now asking that people pass around this link for where to donate.

Masjid At Taqwa/New Zealand Islamic Info Centre is also taking donations to support the survivors and families here (Warning for some pictures of victims there, but nothing graphic.)

It seems to me, if possible, that it's a good idea to also support an Islamic Awareness organisation in your own country (The National Council of Canadian Muslims looks to be doing good things, for example).
muccamukk: Girl sitting on a forest floor, reading a book and surrounded by towers of more books. (Books: So Many Books)

What I Just Finished Reading


The Edge of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America by Jack Kelly, narrated by Traber Burns.
Engaging and interesting overview of the Pullman/Railway strike of the 1890s, mostly in Illinois. It was the closest the US ever came to a general labour action. The author is pretty blatantly pro-union, so we can be bros there, but I think it would be hard not to be in this story.

I'd heard in general terms about the unholy corporate-government alliance to suppress workers' rights during this period, but some of the details were quite shocking in how blatantly avaricious it all was.

That said, the book also covers the missteps the union made, including excluding the Pullman Porters based on race, and I'd say it's a good look into how labour movements, railways, and corporate culture worked in that period generally.


Heresy by Melissa Lenhardt
DNF about 100 pages in, though I skimmed to the end to see how it went. This isn't especially a bad book, but it's not the book that I wanted to read, if that makes sense. I read Queer Western About Female Gang, and was expecting a crime caper like Alex Acks writes.

What this book actually is is a rather grim book about how women's stories are suppressed and the patriarchy is out to get us. The main character (not a lesbian) is dying of cancer from the start of the story, and the queer romance is secondary or tertiary to the plot (I hadn't even gotten a hint of it a hundred pages in). There's a lot of background rape and domestic violence, balanced by some really nice female bonding and banter.

I might have pushed through for the sake of Someday Maybe Lesbians, but the style of the story as told through found documents, mainly the diary of one MC and a WPA slave narrative of another MC (also not a lesbian), and newspaper articles and pop histories written by dudes covering events from different perspectives. The problem was that all the disparate voices sounded kinda samey, and some of the stylistic choices like punctuating dialogue with en dashes instead of quotations in the diary sections were more irritating than period-authentic feeling.

In the end, I wasn't in the mood for Very Serious Feminism, and bailed for another book.

(Which turned out to be more feminism, but at least I wasn't expecting robber hijinxs going into this one.)


Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, translated by Rhonda Mullins
Canada Reads contender, a fictionalised account of the author's grandmother's life, written in second person, because of course it was.

To be honest, the most interesting part of this book was the Quebec history it covered. The title character was involved in a lot of iconoclastic arts movements following WWII, both as part of Les Automatists and later. She was also a freedom rider in the '60s.

However, as interesting as Suzanne's life was, I found the style of the book very floaty and vague. The second person is perhaps meant to be intimate (maybe would have worked better with tu and toi than with you), but I found it distancing, and in the end I never really felt like I got to know Suzanne. The author had a good grip on imagery and impressionistic emotion, so I very much suspect that the floating and the distance from her subject was the intended effect (the cover art backs me up on this). She tries to connect with a grandmother she met a total of twice in her life, but in the end she cannot.

The blurb on the back says "It's about nameless despair, and unbearable sadness" which more or less covers that. I should read more Quebec history.

(As an aside, this was the most physically painful book I've ever read. I mean that in a literal sense. It's an attractive trade paperback, but for some reason the pages are made of a very heavy-gauge paper, so it was difficult to hold the book open. I considered destroying the spine, but it was a new library book. I finished it last night in a couple sittings, and my hands actually hurt today.)


What I'm Reading Now


Audio: The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather, which I'm about 2/3rds though. It's gorgeously written, but also not infrequently really racist. Hazards of Edwardian Lit, I guess. I feel like she's trying to be the George Elliot of the West, and not really landing it.

E-Book: Another Canada Reads contender: Homes by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung, non-fiction about a young man growing up in Iraq and Syria.


What I'm Reading Next


Audio I'm limited to what's already on my MP3 player, so maybe I'll chew through some backlog! Otherwise perhaps something cheerful? Alas half the gay research stuff I was looking at is on my computer, which is in town hopefully headed for the shop today.
muccamukk: Faiza and Jac drink lemonade and watch cricket. (Marvel: Watching Sports)
I currently have 218 works posted on AO3. Choose a random number—no peeking!—between 1 and 218 inclusive (where 1 is the first work ever posted and 218 is the latest), and I will tell you three things I currently like about that work.
muccamukk: Chin Ho with head bowed in anger and grief. Text: fuuuuck. (H5-0: Fuuuuck)
Power button on my computer is no longer powering it it up. I'm hoping a sympathetic pilot will be able to take it into the shop this week some time, and that from there it may be fixed, but Lord knows when I'll get it back. Or if I'll get it back.

Posting will be done from Nenya's computer when she's not using it (mostly in the mornings!)

Picture of the day is off, as all my pictures are on my computer, which I've not got.
muccamukk: Parker eating cereal with enthusiasm. (Leverage: Noms)
Rules: Go to your AO3 works page, expand all the filters, and answer the following questions!

218 stories. You've all seen this thirty times in the last few days )
muccamukk: Graham holds up a cut out paper string of girls. (Cheerleader: Girls Girls Girls)
Via NYT Cooking: Youtube: Step-by-step guide to making Ottolenghi and Goh's Lemon and Blackcurrant Stripe Cake from Sweet (about five minutes). AKA: What I'm doing for Easter.

Via Mom: Youtube: Daylight Savings - Movie Trailer (about two minutes)
I think I've found all the clocks! I always run into one I've missed later.

[personal profile] gwyn linked to: NY Mag's The (Almost) Lost Gay History of Brooklyn by Edward Hart, which is a write up of the new book When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History by Hugh Ryan, which will bring great satisfaction to MCU Steve writers, I'm sure. I plan to keep an eye out for it.

(Parenthetical that I should put in some kind of unreadable formatting: I am beyond delighted by the interest in queer history that MCU fandom has sparked up, especially from the Steve/Bucky gang. I am not, however, a huge fan of insisting that Steve was the Most Woke Queer in the gaybourhood Village, or at least of insisting that it's canon that he was, especially in the face of people who want to write him as more conflicted about his sexuality. Though I guess generally insisting that things are canon as a way to bludgeon people into agreeing with you makes me twitch? I also kind of wish that in all this queer history research, it'd come up that wow things have changed since the 1940s.)

Speaking of period research. I got two copies of The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal from Open Library, and now I'm not sure which one to read. One is the original version that came out in 1948 and was banned in Boston (probably), and the other is a rewrite that Vidal did in the 1960s when it was reissued. Having read his notes on the rewrite, he mostly tidied up his prose, and changed the ending from utterly bleak to mostly pretty bleak. His note at the end of the revised edition says:
At the time it was generally believed that the publishers forced me to tack on a cautionary ending in much the same way the Motion Picture Code insists that wickedness be punished. This was not true. I had always meant the end of the book to be black, but not as black as it turned out. I have now altered the last chapter considerably. In fact, I have rewritten the entire book (my desire to imitate the style of Farrell was perhaps too successful), though I have not changed the point of view nor the essential relationships.
(Which gets me into a whole side track about how E.M. Forster decided not to put the happier coda on the end of Maurice, because he felt (or his betas felt?) it was unbelievable fluff, despite the fact that it was at least in part inspired by a real life gay couple who had a happy ending! But that would get me started on Colm Tóibín's romance with tragedy.)

ANYWAY! A poll:
Poll #21550 The City and the Pillar
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 17


Which version should I read?

View Answers

The original 1948 one with the black ending
2 (11.8%)

The 1965 rewrite that Vidal was happier with
8 (47.1%)

Neither
1 (5.9%)

Both
6 (35.3%)



Also from Open Library, I have PDF of The Joy of Cooking from 1943. You better believe that Winters is going to fail to make bread while carefully following directions.

(Must work on my RBB first!)

Here's something I'm wondering about HTML and screen readers. If EM means emphasis, and STRONG means strong emphasis, is using them when you mean say a book title or a header or some other element that does not equate to emphasising something? Am I shouting my book titles? Should I be using I rather than EM for book titles as a purely visual element?
muccamukk: Text: Did I mention that my nose was on fire? That I have 15 wild badgers living in my trousers? (B5: Nose on Fire)
Which song from the musical Hair would piss Neroon off the most. (Assuming Marcus' interest in classical show tunes extends to the 20th century.)

Or, suggest a 20th-century musical with a song that would piss Neroon off more than anything in Hair. Sing-ability is besides the point, once we're this far along.
muccamukk: Eight smiling and buttoning his shirt. (DW: Delighted)
[personal profile] ruuger posted: The Big Doctor Who Poll
Poll #21532 The Big Doctor Who Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 21

I'm totally entertained by how this is falling out. Please add data.
muccamukk: Woman sleeping in bed, surrounded by books. (Books: Ballycumbers)

What I Just Finished Reading


Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen, narrated by Piper Goodeve
YA romance about two girls in a Catholic high school in Louisiana. Technically a decent book, for which I was not the target audience, as it tended to polemic in ways that I'm still mulling over.

It was interesting to read this right after watching Love, Simon (I haven't read the book), since they were both very interested in positioning queerness inside the spectrum of normality, and also, more subtly (ish) about the toxicity of heteronormative teen culture, and how staying in the closet to avoid contradicting that will fuck you up.

lots of musing about queer culture and kids these days )

Gently to Nagasaki by Joy Kogawa
So I was prepared for this to be about the treatment of Japanese-Canadians by the Canadian government during and after WWII (Kogawa spent a good part of her childhood either interned in the BC interior or working as forced labour on the prairies), perhaps with reflections on the nuclear age.

This book certainly covered that, but the core of the story was about Kogawa's relationship with her father, who was an Anglican priest and a paedophile. Which, to be honest, I was not prepared for. (I assume that if you follow canlit, or Kogawa's post-Obasan career, or like, the news, you would not have been blind sided by this.)

No graphic details, but long and I'm sparing y'all )


What I'm Reading Now


Audio: The Edge of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America by Jack Kelly, narrated by Traber Burns. Pop history of the Pullman strike in the 1890s. Absolutely maddening look at capitalism run amuck.

Library: I was just starting the feminism one, but then Heresy by Melissa Lenhardt came in, so I'm just starting that. Queer wild west found document fic!


What I'm Reading Next


Gathering Moss on audio, probably, if I remember to download it. Library books!
muccamukk: Dick cradles Nix after he's been shot. Text: "Am I alright?" (BoB: All right?)
Band of Brothers
Pairing: Nixon/Winters
Length: 1039

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Ran out of steam for editing last night. Have to figure out what I'm going to do with these things later.

ETA: Have been informed that I should have been posting to AO3 in the first place. WHOOPS!
muccamukk: Martini with olives, sparkly lights in the background. Text: Martini Time! (Misc: Martini Time)
Have had pancakes and considerable to drink.

Am now attempting to write fic, because being the only person participating in a fest is definitely not a sign that you're over-invested in something!
muccamukk: Cluster of purple and white lilac flowers. (Misc: Lilacs)
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These are at my other gig last week. I never could get them to do well here for some reason.
muccamukk: Lew holding up his hip flask. (BoB: Drinks)
Fandom: Band of Brothers
Pairing: Bill Guarnere/Joe Toye
Length: 1130 words
Contains: Period-typical language.

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(Day two of Mucca vs. the one-word prompts! Shall she prevail? Stay tuned!)
muccamukk: text: "Scientia Potestas Est (Science Protests too Much)" (RoL: Science Protests too Much)
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Found in a creek bed near here, so probably in the 25-30 million year old range, when this area was still coastline.

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muccamukk: Fogged glass with finger-writting on it reading Go Away. (Misc: Go Away)
Though I maintain that saying, "Oh gosh, I'm sorry! I must have accidentally unfollowed you, you wanky son of a bitch," is a valid tactic on all social media sites, the little hover menu that pops up over people's userhead icons (DW userhead icon) here on DW makes it ridiculously easy to actually accidentally unfollow someone.

You can turn that off!

All you have to do is go to Display settings, and change the Hover Menu option (about half way down the page) to "nothing."

You can even still lie and say you unfollowed someone by accident after you've done it.

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