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I think this is the first time someone's ever read a book to write me a Yuletide treat? Which resulted in a hilarious note, and also a great fic for BLACK SHIPS, so EVERYONE IS A WINNER.

Across the River

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Also, THE STORY OF OWEN came up in an article series about people who love dragon books. Basically, it's a list of books I love, except MY BOOK IS ALSO THERE. Link

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Waiting on The Sister, because Tiny has apparently decided to celebrate Christmas by sleeping FOR.EV.ER., and then it's time for more family, food and entertaining Angry Bird with shiny paper.
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Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuletide!

1. Where Bear?: This is a Warehouse 13 story where Myka and HG go hunting for a mysterious artefact that's convinced a couple of Scottish graduate students that their advisor has turned into a bear. Because what says YULETIDE like W13 crossed over with BRAVE? Also, there's archaeology and myth migration and BASICALLY IT IS PERFECT.

2. Echoes: For Caprica, what happens to Tamara after Zoe leaves her and the rebellion starts. Just. Just.

3. Attack of the Chickens, Children and Other Hazards of Suburban Life, aka my annual OMG, CALVIN AND HOBBES fic, care of Yuletide.

4. Would You Like Some Lightning With Your Soup?: Circle of Magic, ALL GROWED UP, OMG. They are so ADORABLE and SUPPORTIVE and I just want to WALLOW in how FANTASTIC this story is.

5. Musical Arrangements: Pern, post-ALL THE WEYRS OF PERN where Menolly and Sebell are married and brilliant and complicated and OMG, DRAAAAAAAGONS AND MUSIC. It is just beautiful. Just. Beautiful.

6. Upside Down and Inside Out: More Circle of Magic stories, this one is about Daja fitting in to a new family in the beginning when they all lived at Discipline. And handstands, because Lark is AWESOME.

7. Green As It Grows: Jane Eyre, and her narration, not to mention the dialogue, are absolutely perfect (even though I keep thinking of the parody that [livejournal.com profile] sarahtales wrote and giggling). This one is rated M.

8. Actions May Speak Louder Than Words, but Sometimes You Really Need the Words: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. In which Darcy and Lizzie go grocery shopping and it's not as awkward as it could be (but it sure has its moments). Also rated M, but if you just read the first half you'll get the point of the matter. :)

9. Hopes and Fears and Fidgets: Matilda. MY HEARRRRRRRRRRRRT, ugh. *glomptacklehugs*

10. Le meilleur de tous les mondes: PAN AM! PAN AM! Oh, once there was a perfect TV show, and then it ENDED and then sometimes people wrote lovely fanfic about Kate and Colette getting on with their lives the way they want to, because they CAN.

I'll be back with more recs later. I'm less than halfway through my tabs, but I'm hungry and I've got some cleaning to do before [livejournal.com profile] faith_king gets here.

Peace Out

Dec. 24th, 2012 08:58 pm
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I made it!

I have new pajamas and a bowl of trifle and a [redacted for spoilers] to curl up with in bed.

Good night, y'all, and Happy Christmas. I look forward to reconnecting with you all in the next few weeks.

YOU GUYS!

Dec. 25th, 2011 10:07 am
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I got a Yuletide story.

I have absolutely no idea who it is from.

IT IS BLACKSMITH FEMSLASH!

A Longnight Gift

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
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Dance Cards

THANK YOU, YULETIDE WRITER!

(I really, really, should have got a Helen/James/John icon!)
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Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
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I promised...someone...the best version of "'Twas In The Moon of Wintertime" (aka "The Huron Carol") ever recorded.

And here it is:



Apparently my lj is doing that thing where it doesn't like vids (which is problematic for my "Watch The Hobbit Trailer A Lot" plan), so here is a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6IG6F6E5Ac

I love the use of Wendat, French and English (as it is the order in which the song was written), and Heather's sheer power (and finesse) as singer. I love that this is Canada's only Christmas Carol. I love that Heather took the time to find better translations than the one in the traditional canon. I love that it commemorates a part of our history that came thisclose to actually being beneficial to someone, and ultimately failed due to misplayed imperialism and lack of communication. We skate over a lot of Canadian history in schools (and culture) here. You're not allowed to suggest the French ever screwed up, you're not allowed to talk about beating the French soundly on the Plains d'Abram, and as a consequence, we often don't talk about the English screw ups either. And, good lord, was this a screw up.

Aside from that, though, what I love is that the song represents the inclusivity of Christmas, the willingness of early (well, earlier) Christians to explain and adapt, rather than just steamroll (um, not that there wasn't a fair amount of steamrolling. I get that. But the song was a genuine attempt to explain, and I like that). Christianity prides itself on taking all comers, and I think sometimes we forget that or fail to explain what that really means. This song really says "This is my holy day, which I have built, let me explain it to you in a way that you can understand, because I realize that it might not make very much sense."

Also? THIS SONG IS SO PRETTY. You should all go to Heather's website, and buy This Endris Night, which is one of the more beautiful Christmas albums you will ever find (um, including Good King Wenceslas. Which I am getting to, I promise).
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(I have some catching up to do!)

There are a bunch of Christmas things I haven't seen, but know the basic plot of. "It's a Wonderful Life", for example, has been ripped of by just about everything, so I understand the concept. At this point I haven't seen it because I assume it will be depressing.

I've also never seen "The Nutcracker", which I think involves a Nutcracker being turned into a dude for a night? Or a girl being shrunk to nutcracker size? And then in the morning someone's uncle breaks the spell? All I know for sure is that there are rats, which TERRIFIES ME, and that when my friend Kristin went to see it, one of the rats fell into the orchestra pit, which I think is weird because ballerinas are supposed to be all coordinated and stuff. Maybe the poor dude was having a bad night or caught a spotlight in his eye or something.

Anyway, I found out today that I had NO IDEA what "White Christmas" was EVEN ABOUT. I had, for some reason, decided that it was set in California and was about how there was no snow, and then that was somehow parlayed into a disillusioned white dude finding the True Meaning of Christmas at the eleventh hour, probably through song and dance, which was the style at the time. Image my surprise when I found out it's actually about a couple of WWII veterans and a ski lodge in Vermont.

(I still haven't seen it, btw. I just know what it's about now.)

I have seen Miracle on 34th Street (in black and white), both versions of Little Women (what? It's totally a Christmas movie!), The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Muppet Christmas Special, and the Grinch. And Elf and The Santa Clause, both of which crack me up more than I expect them to every time I re-watch them.

(SPEAKING OF THE GRINCH: The Miami Project has memorized the WHOLE thing! With all the songs! And the voices! And I had to share a room with him last weekend, so I got to hear the WHOLE THING, and when he got to the part where it was his Cindy Lou Who voice, his Grinch voice and his Narrator voice, I NEARLY HAD A SEIZURE FROM LAUGHING. God, he's cute. Which is fortunate for him, as I only got about five hours of sleep that night and then had to stay awake for 26 hours.)

And that is my rambling thing about Christmas things to watch. What do you like? Hate? Feel ambivalent about?
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I have just done my favourite Christmas tradition of them all.

I turned off the lights, put on "A Winter's Garden" by Loreena McKennitt (which has, I believe, one of the only recorded versions of Good King Wenceslas I've ever heard, but more on that later), took off my glasses, and lay down with my head on under the Christmas tree.

There are very, very few things that are good about having to wear glasses. Looking at Christmas tree lights and tinsel without them is probably at the top of my list.

Find the light in the dark, my friends (and then whistle at the tinsel so it looks like the whole thing is moving in a gentle breeze).
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I'm working on my NaNo round-up thoughts and thank you post, but in the mean time, have a picture of the gingerbread house I made with the mini-cousins (formerly the "baby-cousins" and redesignated due to the oldest one having turned 16 on the weekend):

NOT MY GUM DROP...LIGHT FIXTURES! )

S (who also does cakes and is 11) and I did the roof and the boys designed the sides while I did the actual piping. You can see all the places I messed up putting it together, but I think next year I will be panicking less and able to do it better.

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AND ON THAT NOTE: READING TIME!
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Dear Yuletide Author )

(I'm kind of torn between hoping my Yuletide author is a stranger for the "Whee, new people!" aspect and hoping they're someone I know so I won't have scared them off...)

(For the record, I ran the letter past [livejournal.com profile] oparu and she said it was "enthusiastic".) :)

Letter

Nov. 12th, 2011 11:21 am
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Dear Sanctuary Santa )

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EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

(and you can sign up too!)

(Oh, and also Yuletide.)
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This is a sad story.

Once upon a time there was a native tribe in Canada who called themselves Wyandot. The Iroquoians called them Wendat. The French settlers thought that their hairstyle was reminiscent of a boar's bristles, hure, and called them the Huron Indians. Lake Huron, and the county I grew up in, is named for them.

The Wendat had the misfortune of getting caught on the wrong side of European Imperialism. The Jesuits corralled them, basically, most famously at St. Marie-Among-The-Hurons, which is north of Toronto, and attempted to convert them to Catholicism. About half converted. Smallpox crept into the camp, killing both Christian and non-Christians alike.

And then the English decided they'd rather have the Iroquois than a native group with French support, so they strongly encouraged the Iroquois to take them out. The Iroquois obliged them, wiping out entire settlements and showing mercy to none. North America has eight Catholic martyrs, and all of them are the Jesuits who were tortured. The Wendat were dispersed, the language nearly obliterated, and the culture shoved into such strange places as Oklahoma.

But there's a song.

Brébeuf wrote it in the Wendat language. He was the first (and probably only) European to master it fully. It was translated into French and English over the years. This version has different English lyrics than usual, but it's Heather Dale which only makes it more amazing.



Jesus your king is born, Jésu est né. Jesous Ahatonhia

This is Canada. Our beginnings. Our cultures. Our epic, epic failures. Our chance.


(um, if someone would rip that for me, I'd be eternally grateful)


ETA: Here is the album ([livejournal.com profile] sache8), if anyone ([livejournal.com profile] sache8) wants to have a gander ([livejournal.com profile] sache8).
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This is a sad story.

Once upon a time there was a native tribe in Canada who called themselves Wyandot. The Iroquoians called them Wendat. The French settlers thought that their hairstyle was reminiscent of a boar's bristles, hure, and called them the Huron Indians. Lake Huron, and the county I grew up in, is named for them.

The Wendat had the misfortune of getting caught on the wrong side of European Imperialism. The Jesuits corralled them, basically, most famously at St. Marie-Among-The-Hurons, which is north of Toronto, and attempted to convert them to Catholicism. About half converted. Smallpox crept into the camp, killing both Christian and non-Christians alike.

And then the English decided they'd rather have the Iroquois than a native group with French support, so they strongly encouraged the Iroquois to take them out. The Iroquois obliged them, wiping out entire settlements and showing mercy to none. North America has eight Catholic martyrs, and all of them are the Jesuits who were tortured. The Wendat were dispersed, the language nearly obliterated, and the culture shoved into such strange places as Oklahoma.

But there's a song.

Brébeuf wrote it in the Wendat language. He was the first (and probably only) European to master it fully. It was translated into French and English over the years. This version has different English lyrics than usual, but it's Heather Dale which only makes it more amazing.



Jesus your king is born, Jésu est né. Jesous Ahatonhia

This is Canada. Our beginnings. Our cultures. Our epic, epic failures. Our chance.


(um, if someone would rip that for me, I'd be eternally grateful)


ETA: Here is the album ([livejournal.com profile] sache8), if anyone ([livejournal.com profile] sache8) wants to have a gander ([livejournal.com profile] sache8).
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Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Sleep well, f-list. Keep warm, be safe, eat much, laugh hard, hug everyone.
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Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Sleep well, f-list. Keep warm, be safe, eat much, laugh hard, hug everyone.
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Dear Yuletide Author,

Hi! I have only the vaguest idea how this whole thing works, and I always forget what I sign up for in ficathons. Thankfully, this website has a good FAQ and emailed me my own requests.

Anyhoodle, I like wit over excessive comedy (Castle), usefulness over damsels in distress (Tortall), and, uh, dragons (Anne McCaffrey).

I can't wait to read it. :)

Kate
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Dear Yuletide Author,

Hi! I have only the vaguest idea how this whole thing works, and I always forget what I sign up for in ficathons. Thankfully, this website has a good FAQ and emailed me my own requests.

Anyhoodle, I like wit over excessive comedy (Castle), usefulness over damsels in distress (Tortall), and, uh, dragons (Anne McCaffrey).

I can't wait to read it. :)

Kate
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After watching "A Very Supernatural Christmas", I had this half baked plan to watch other Christmas specials on the grounds that I am not at home and I want to be.

I thought of Buffy's "Amends" and the Veronica Mars Christmas ep from season one (which has the bonus of being one of my favourite episodes of the show) and...drew a blank. I just watched "In Excelsis Deo" (TWW) a few weeks ago and I can't remember the name of the other one...with Josh and the therapy, maybe? I have trouble getting WW eps, but I might get lucky.

Anyway, anyone have suggestions?

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