Book meme- Day 21

Apr. 23rd, 2019 08:31 pm
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21. Summer read.

For some reason, I tend to reread Lovecraft and M. R. James during the summer. Possibly because summer nights in Sweden aren’t dark at all, and it’s much easier to not being frightened by scary stories when it isn’t dark outside. However, I spend much of my summers in our summer house, which is on an island in the archipelago outside Stockholm. It isn’t really a good idea to read Lovecraft by the sea, especially if I’m alone in the house. Even worse if I follow up rereading Anders Fager* who mix Lovecraft mythos with very Swedish folklore. The island our summer house is on is specifically named by Fager in one of his short stories which feature the Deep Ones…

And if I reread Laurie R King’s Kate Martinelli books, I do it during the summer too. Not because they feel especially summery, but because those books live in the summer house. I don’t care for King’s books about Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, but I really like her standalones as well as the ones about Kate Martinelli. Especially the first one; A Grave Talent. I love the description of art and artist, and I also think it’s a fairly clever murder mystery.

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Apr. 22nd, 2019 01:42 pm
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Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday! I managed to get it done today!

Ways To Give

[tumblr.com profile] merpancake is raising funds to help keep her family in their rental; they are struggling on one income while trying to get disability help for her husband, and they are unexpectedly pregnant. Currently they are trying to make a month's rent and get current on bills; you can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] iamshadow21 linked to a fundraiser for Bill Mantlo, a comic book writer and co-creator of Rocket Raccoon and Cloak and Dagger, who has been in care since a hit and run left him with a permanent brain injury nearly thirty years ago. His younger brother, who has been the primary supporter of his care, is retired and would like to bring Bill home from the institution he has been in for a decade; unfortunately he is in nearly $100K of debt and needs funding to help out. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] typewrittenwolf is fundraising to save their house from code enforcement liens and possible issues with the bank; both they and their parents are disabled, making earning the money difficult. You can give through ko-fi here or purchase off their amazon wishlist here.

[tumblr.com profile] ellie-elizabeth21 is a disabled, nonbinary person fundraising to leave an unsafe household where they are being harassed by their landlord and dealing with an abusive parent. You can read more, reblog, and find a link to donate here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for top surgery for Krysta, an agender person whose fundraiser has been stagnant for the last few months. You can read more and support the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] ravenreyamidala linked to a fundraiser the Magicians fandom created after a controversial death of a character in the most recent season finale. They are raising awareness about harmful television tropes and also raising money for LGBTQ+ youth support foundation The Trevor Project, including holding an online auction. You can get more information and see all the latest updates at [tumblr.com profile] thankqforthehope or give directly through their Trevor Project fundraising page.

[tumblr.com profile] thewalrus-said's beloved cat was unexpectedly hospitalized recently with as-yet unidentified stomach problems, and they are fundraising to cover vet bills and fees. The upper end of the estimate is $3.4K, not counting whatever treatment she may need once the problem is diagnosed. You can read more and reblog here or give directly through paypal here.

Anon linked to fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] deadcatwithaflamethrower and [tumblr.com profile] drougnor, who are fundraising for rent for their family after Droug lost his job. You can read and reblog fundraising links here, see and purchase jewelery for sale here, or give through her Ko-Fi or paypal. They also have a wishlist here, as a couple of family birthdays are coming up.

Katy linked to a fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] grrlcookery and her partner, who need help to keep their home as her partner's business hasn't had any orders or contracts in the past two months and they are currently facing eviction. They're raising $1500 for two months of rent and food, and also to set up a shed for soapmaking to help earn some extra cash. You can read more and reblog here or give through ko-fi here.


And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

Easter walk

Apr. 21st, 2019 09:29 pm
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Happy Easter to all who celebrate it.


I does feel wrong somehow to look back at a day filled with laughter and celebrations, knowing that a major terror attack happened on this holiday. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and those who have lost someone.


On the other hand, every day attacks happen, just not major ones that make the headlines. We are so used to war and attacks that minor ones don't even get our attention anymore.



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After family dinner with the traditional regional Easter food consisting of ham, sausages, sweet bread and horse-radish, my husband and I went for a much needed walk. Some people would probably call it a mini-hike: 6 km, 180m difference in altitude between the lowest point (our doorstep) and the highest point of the trail.



The trail leads through wineyards - which are fairly new in the region I live in. When I was a kid the summers were too cold to produce sweet enough grapes to make a good wine. This has changed in recent years. The white wine this wineyard produces is very good. The red not so much.

This would be a view to the South of where I live. The mountains that are barely discernable in the distance belong to Slovenia.

Book meme- Day 20

Apr. 21st, 2019 08:49 pm
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20. Favorite cover.

This answer evolved and got way beyond favourite cover.

Bland tomtar och troll (Among Gnomes and Trolls) is an annual fairy tale collection which has been published in Sweden since 1907. As a child, I was not very interested in the new collections, but I loved those from my parent’s childhood, as well as a re-issue as the first one. It was my introduction to three artists which I love to this very day.

John Bauer, the first to illustrate the collection. His landscapes are very Swedish, and his trolls and princesses are iconic here. (I was delighted to spot one of his illustrations on the wall of Sabrina’s room in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)



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Book meme- Day 19

Apr. 20th, 2019 08:31 pm
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19. Still can't stop talking about it.

I talk about books. Period. I bore all my friends talking about the books I love. I bore you with talking about books I read. And books I love. Of course, some books, or authors, get talked about more.

I will, for example, always recommend Dorothy L. Sayers. She wrote a series of detective stories in the ’20s and ’30s featuring a gentleman detective; Lord Peter Wimsey. I’m not sure if the actual detective is good- my first time was in my teens when I was largely unaware of tropes, and now I’m so familiar with the books I’m not the best judge. I read them for the characters. Lord Peter is witty, his manservant Bunter can stand up to Jeeves, and he has a delightful mother. You don’t have to write them in order, though they are written chronologically- Lord Peter is 33 in the first book which takes place in 1923, and 45 in the last one. I do, however, think it’s a good idea to write the ones featuring his love story with Harriet Vane in order; Strong Poison, Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night and Busman’s Honeymoon. And I say only read Five Red Herrings if you are already a fan.

I will also try to talk people into reading Lois McMaster Bujold. She’s written a number of SF novels, all of them set in the same universe and most of them featuring a hero called Miles Vorkosigan. There is also a series of fantasy novels and novellas called The Five Gods universe, as well as another fantasy/romance series called The Sharing Knife. I’m not that keen on The Sharing Knife books, but that’s largely because I don’t much care for Romance novels, to begin with. But on the whole, I always find Bujold very entertaining, and she really knows how to write interesting characters, even if it’s only a minor one.

I’ll always recommend Diana Wynne Jones too. She wrote fantasy novels both for children, YA and a few for adults. I find even her worse book a good read, she is funny, interesting and even if she has a few favorite tropes, there is always a new twist, often quite unexpected.

And then there is Neil Gaiman. And Tove Jansson. And… I’ll never run out of authors and books to talk about.
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On Holy Saturday, even before morning mass, a small fire is being lightened in front of the church and a blessing ceremony is held. On that fire the Easter candle is lightened.
In rural areas boys and young men also light dried tree sponges in that fire, and then go from house to house to purify them with the smoke of the sponge – and earn a little bit of money in doing so.


Where I live, we eat smoked ham, sausages, sweet bread filled with raisins, horseradish – and of course eggs at Easter.




In old times it had been tradition to light the fire in the hearth with the tree sponge brought home from the fire blessing on Holy Saturday, and then cook the ham and the sausages over that fire. Of course, nobody does that anymore.


But the meat, bread and eggs are put into a basket and brought to church or wayside crosses where blessing ceremonies are held throughout the day.




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Writing

Apr. 19th, 2019 10:22 pm
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I decided to evolve the All About Eve-fic I posted recently. It’s not going to draw readers, but it won’t leave me alone, so I need to write it for my own sake. And I enjoy writing, always- only it would be fun to have more people to discuss thing with. It’s a little boring to always get stuck in small fandoms, or small corners of bigger fandoms. I wonder why that is? Perhaps the dynamics I like are unfashionable, so they simply don’t appear in big fandoms.

I finally got around removing all my fics on fanfiction.net. I stopped updating there last year when I got irritated by their lack of response over a person who harassed several writers there, including me. It was my first fanfiction archive, and I kept posting there out of habit, mostly finding it clunky and hard to navigate. I considered removing my account altogether but never got around. But recently I got a message from someone who had taken issues with the lack of warnings on one of my old fics, and who would report me if I didn’t fix that.

Now, I’m not opposed to warnings, and on AO3 it’s very easy to include them in the tags, so I do. But ff.net have never had a natural spot for them, and when I first started to post fics there, around 2004, there simply wasn’t the same culture about warning for triggering content as it is now, so I didn’t see it as important. I could, of course, have gone back through all my fics and start to put in suitable warnings, but it just felt like too much a hassle. Much easier to just remove the fics altogether. They are still all on AO3 and I left my people open on ff.net with this information. Those who have me as favourite author can easily see where my fics have gone.

I’m still in two minds if I should sign up for On Fic Mountain and Not Prime Time. There are too few fandoms I actually would want to write, and at the moment I don't want to fill up with fandoms I only feel so-so about and write a fic I don’t enjoy writing. I think I rather try for a few treats instead.
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Should you ever happen to travel through Austria or certain parts of Germany around Easter, you will notice that on Maundy Thursday every respectable restaurant will have spinach on the menu, and you might ask yourself why.

 

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Apr. 15th, 2019 08:40 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give

[tumblr.com profile] kaitokenji37 is raising money for diabetes medication after recently losing his insurance; it costs $100 for an office visit and around $500 for a 30-day supply. You can Read more and give at gofundme here.

Katy linked to a fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] grrlcookery and her partner, who need help to keep their home as her partner's business hasn't had any orders or contracts in the past two months and they are currently facing eviction. They're raising $1500 for two months of rent and food, and also to set up a shed for soapmaking to help earn some extra cash. You can read more and reblog here or give through ko-fi here.

[tumblr.com profile] phangirlpenguin and [tumblr.com profile] lookingformonkey are raising funds to move to Florida for a job teaching special needs students in Polk County. You can read more and give at gofundme here.

[tumblr.com profile] k-pagination is still struggling to get disability benefits and is facing both slow paperwork turnarounds and repeated denials because of the paperwork issue; they're dealing with fallout from their room flooding, and need groceries and other essentials, on top of which their cat needs to go to the vet. They have an updated art shop on Redbubble, a Patreon here, and you can give through gofundme here or paypal here.

Oscar linked to a fundraiser for Rainbow Road, which is doing necessary work in aiding LGBT individuals to escape countries with stringent anti-gay laws such as Chechnya, Syria, and Egypt. Oscar is doing a birthday fundraiser on Facebook where you can read more and support the organization.

Erika's emotional support dog Teyla recently had a malignant tumor removed, and Teyla is doing well, but they need to raise money to cover the vet bills. You can read more and give at gofundme here.

Anon linked to fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] deadcatwithaflamethrower and [tumblr.com profile] drougnor, who are fundraising for rent for their family after Droug lost his job. You can read and reblog fundraising links here, see and purchase jewelery for sale here, or give through her Ko-Fi or paypal. They also have a wishlist here, as a couple of family birthdays are coming up.

[tumblr.com profile] taraframeconservation's brother Liam has been accepted to the Miami Music Festival's Opera Apprentice Program this summer, which is an opportunity for him to perform at a number of concerts and receive a range of classes in performance; he received a scholarship but needs to make up the extra. They've made it almost a quarter of the way there but still need more help. You can read more and help out here, including hearing Liam sing!

[tumblr.com profile] whyhellotheregandalf is raising funds for medical costs for the emergency removal of a burst tumor on their dog, Artie (the tumor will continue to bleed and endanger Artie until the surgery can take place). They've been able to get a reduced cost for the surgery, but they're still only halfway there. You can read more and reblog here or give directly via paypal here.


And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

Music Monday

Apr. 15th, 2019 01:05 pm
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Alice Babs was one of Sweden's most popular jazz singers in the 40's and 50's. Povel Ramel was one of the best lyrics writers and a comedic genius. Perhaps not noticeable here; he usually wrote in Swedish. But in the 40's it was difficult to get access to English and American music- while songs in English was the age, so he wrote a couple of songs in English then.



And here he is, performing one of his best songs, in the funniest Swedish comedies ever from 1956. The title means "wonderful is quick", and it's about catching all the happiness you can because it never lasts long.

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I’d love to write a series of posts about customs and traditions in my country, and I truly hope I won’t offend anyone with that. All our traditions are infused with religion, even when their origins date back to times before Christianity adopted them to be able to gather the “heathens” into their fold.
The time around Easter is especially rich with traditions and customs, and even for people who never attend church, those traditions are essential.
Let’s start with Palm Sunday, which opens the Holy Week for Christians. On this day Christians commemorate Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem, and the warm welcome he received by his followers, who scattered palm branches in front of him as a sign of reverence.
Palm branches are hard to get by where I live, so my ancestors settled for branches of all sorts of evergreen plants and wound them together with pussy willow into bouquets, which are traditionally blessed in special ceremonies before or after mass on Palm Sunday.


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What I have been watching

Apr. 11th, 2019 10:33 am
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I’m still on a George Sanders trip. A lot of his movies can be found on Youtube, which is nice, even if the quality isn’t always very good.

The Moon and Sixpence is a 1942 movie based on a 1919 book by Somerset Maugham, which in turn is loosely based on Paul Gauguin's life. I’m going to spoil you now because I really don’t think you should see this movie unprepared. I have a lot of feels about it, and most of them are not good.

It takes place in the late 19th century and George Sanders plays a middle-aged stockbroker, Charles Strickland. He’s considered a bore, but one day he abandons his wife and children and moves to Paris. The assumption is that he was run away with a woman, but it turns out he has done it so he can become an artist. He struggles for a few years- his poverty is partly because he refuses to sell any of his paintings, despite being a brilliant artist. When he becomes dangerously ill he is taken in by a fellow painter who is a mediocre artist, but a good human being, and his very reluctant wife Blanche. When Strickland regains his health, the Blanche leaves her husband for him. Sometime later he throws her out, and she kills herself. Eventually, Strickland moves to Tahiti, where he marries a native 14-year old girl, Ata. The marriage is actually happy, but then he gets leprosy and dies.

Cut for length )

A very mixed bag, in other words. It was an interesting movie, if repulsive and I think it can be worth watching as a starting point n a discussion on misogyny and the still perpetuated myth that women can only love a man who treats her badly.

The Foreign Correspondent is a Hitchcock movie from 1940 about an American journalist who goes to Europe to report, just before WWII breaks out. Watching it nearly 80 years later you have seen it before; using a doppelganger to hide a kidnapping, the car race, villains trying to get to the hero disguised as police officers, the kind philanthropist who is really a villain, fleeing from a room by climbing out of the window and int another room, fleeing a room by jumping out of a window and landing safely on a awning. All so familiar, but it was probably where it happened first. All in all a good product of its time, with a very strong message for the USA to enter the war. George Sanders is unusually not a villain, but second hero, ie the one who doesn’t get the girl.

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir I have been recommended this movie so many times, but as I don’t much care about Rex Harrison I have avoided it. Of course, I liked it very much. A young and pretty widow moves into a house haunted by its late owner, a sea captain. Instead of being afraid of the ghost Mrs. Muis strikes up a friendship with him, and they fall in love. But then she meets a living man, a charming, if a somewhat sleazy man, played with flair by George Sanders. Gene Tierney was adorable as Mrs. Muir and for the first time ever I could see the sexiness of Rex Harrison as Captain Daniel. Definitely worth a watch.

I also had a sense of double-vision when I watched it- I knew the story sooo well, despite knowing I hadn’t seen it before. But apparently there were a TV-series from the early 1970’s, so I suspect I must have seen it as a child.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, season 2. Spoilers )

I liked season 2 of The OA better than season 1 as well. Spoilers )

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