Butternut Squash Ⅱ:[I am Butternut Squash Ⅱ. I am very gentle man. I’m descendant of well-honored Butternut Squash clan. My older sister was taken care of very much last year.]
Megumi Ogata (seiyuu for CCS's Yukito/Yue and MKR's Eagle) recently celebrated her 25th voice actress debut anniversary with the release of Animeg. 25th, an album of anime cover songs. It was released Oct 11th.
In case you wondered what CCS's Platinum sounds like sung by Yukito, DL sample here (available for a short time only).
Another interesting fact was that she crowdfunded the album online. Read her AMA from a few months back here on Reddit. There are a couple short CCS questions answered.
But if going off to find birds didn't work out, the birds of camp sometimes found me. There were a couple wrentits "purring" in the mass of sprouts and other vegetation around the base of a redwood just beside the dining hall, so close to people but not in fact with much traffic. I was awakened Sunday morning by a hermit thrush chupping outside our window, and I saw several others along the edges of the footpaths. I heard a great horned owl once, and acorn woodpeckers many times. But the best thing there is Pacific wren. They're right there in camp, skulking in the many clumps of redwood sprouts, double-chipping wildly at passers by and occasionally popping up to look. Pacific wrens are tiny brown birds that generally keep to the underbrush, and seeing a couple, or one several times, was a great treat. ( An extremely short list: )
A longer list than I expected. There were deer wandering the edges of camp, in varying sizes, horned and otherwise, and unfamiliar-sounding squirrels in the trees. The first year I birded there I spent ages trying to discover what bird made that weird sound; at least now I know better.
Last week’s very vividly green 1840s dress sparked a lively discussion over whether it was actually poison-green (i.e. arsenic green) or just poison-green coloured. Deadly or not, most of you liked the brilliant hue, and while not everyone was keen on the ruffles and ties and overall silhouette, it still came in at a rather nice 8.5 out of 10.
Whew! We’d been on such a bad streak, nice to have a good score again. Will this week’s choice revert back to the poor scores, or set us on another winning streak?
This week let’s look at Madame Houbigant, wife of perfumer Jean-François Houbigant. Her feather-trimmed cap, heavy satin over-robe, lace chemisette and Kashmiri shawl provide a more mature take on the ubiquitous all-white ensemble of Regency and Empire fashion.
Nicole Adéläide Deschamps was the daughter of a perfumer herself, and her husband entered the trade by apprenticing under her father in law, and then founding his own business. After rising in prominence under the ancient regime, and surviving the revolution, Houbigant Parfum went on to become the personal perfumers to Napoleon. He travelled with their perfumes on campaign, and they were asked to create a custom perfume for Josephine. This portrait, showing her in the height of Empire fashions, was probably commissioned to commemorate the success of Houbigant Parfum under the Napoleons.
Unfortunately the triumph of Houbigant Parfum was also marked by tragedy: Jean-François died in 1807. After her husband’s death, Madame Houbigant continued the business. Unfortunately, in order to do so she had to marry a licensed perfumer, so she chose the chief clerk of Houbigant perfumes. I really hope she actually liked him!
(All of this makes me wonder if Houbigant Parfum is yet another business where the husband gets all the credit. Starting a business is admirable, but Nicole Adéläide potentially kept it going for 30+ years after her husband’s death, including a period where it was official perfumer to Queen Victoria. She barely gets a mention in any of Houbigants official marketing. Did the chief clerk really do all the work, or should Madame H be receiving far more acknowledgement?).
Getting back to the actual question at hand: what do you think of Nicole Adéläide’s ensemble? Has she successfully mixed luxury, as befitted Houbigant Parfum’s success, with restraint, suitable to her age, and merchant background? As an example of Empire fashion, incorporating delicate laces, a luxurious Kashmiri shawl, and the heavy silks that Napoleon was promoting over imported muslins in order to support the threatened French silk industry, does this outfit work?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10
(found via twitter, of all things)
The Part of Her Hair (10596 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mary Bennet/Original Female Character
Characters: Mary Bennet, Original Female Character, Lydia Bennet, Kitty Bennet
Additional Tags: Falling In Love, Family Bonding
Miss Gibson said, “In the spirit of truthful admission, Miss Bennet, I intend to spend some time devising the right question for you. If I may see you again?”
Why did that sound strange? But she always sounded strange to people herself. And it was a familiar kind of strangeness, as if it were something she had heard before, only not like this.
Mary, constrained by the principles of truth, could only admit that she would enjoy that very much.
Day 1: 1. Spanking | Sleepy Sex | Aphrodisiacs
A Boon to Diplomacy (The Hobbit, Bilbo/Thorin/Thranduil/Bard)
Day 2: 2. Dirty talk | Watersports | Forniphilia (Human Furniture)
A Firm Footing (Sherlock, Irene Adler/Sherlock Holmes)
Day 3: 3. Public | Biting | Sthenolagnia (Strength/Muscles)
Chelicerae (The Silmarillion, Thuringwethil/Ungoliant)
Day 4: 4. Bukakke | Knife Play | Begging
Entitlement (Sherlock, Sherlock/John)
Day 5: Day 5: 5. Humiliation | Cuckolding | Body Swap
Double Dare (Sherlock, Sherlock/Mary/John)
Day 6: 6. Size Difference | Bondage | Bonds (Telepathic or Empathic)
Knotty Wood (Lord of the Rings, Merry/Pippin/Treebeard)
Day 7: 7. Creampie | Worship (Body, etc) | Cross-dressing
The Gentleman Thief (Sherlock, Irene/Mary)
The armed security guard stood at alert rest, hands crossed behind in a strict military manner. No one at the museum wanted to take risks on a recurrence of the AGRA incident, not with the crown jewels of Narrativistan on loan for a limited engagement.
A lean dapper gentleman strode down the hall to the vault with the aura of one who belonged there. The guard alone knew that he didn’t - and looked askance at another guard who wasn’t quite right. It wouldn’t matter. The cameras would be off when they needed to be.
And such was Irene’s daring that she wriggled half out of her Westwood wool and showed sage-green skin-caressing silk, her male-manicured hands slithering into Mary’s uniform trousers right there in the vault. Mary thought she’d be the one who couldn’t keep her hands off Irene - smart tailoring of that suit seeming to change her whole body shape and give her natural air of dominance a masculine flavour. But it was Irene who seemed impatient. “The jewels are safe, pet,” she purred. “In the safest place. Well, safe from anyone but you.”
The cocky effect was dazzling as Irene pushed Mary against the steel wall and opened her shirt and waistcoat, pressing her breasts against Mary’s cheap uniform. “Suits suit you,” Mary murmured.
“Suits you to look butch.”
Not Prime Time
Like a Rock by klutzy_girl - An alternate universe story about Grant Ward fitting into the team on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It's set in the early seasons, prior to the reveal that Ward was HYDRA, and deals with him questioning his own loyalties. I enjoyed this, because it's a sweet version of events that would have changed some major things in the series.
Sweetening the Loaves by Missy - I hoped very much for a book-verse Little House on the Prairie story, and this more than delivered. A sweet, introspective look at Caroline Ingalls, just as the family has begun to settle in De Smet. I really loved the author's take on Caroline and Charles' marriage, and her voices are all spot on. Highly recommend, especially as there is so little in this fandom.
Time and Again by DesertScribe - A crossover between The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings. Young Boromir ends up in Narnia and meets the Pevensies, and over time he and Susan fall in love - but they are never together for very long, and there's a lot of angst and adventure in their path. It's a really lovely story and I just love the idea of Susan and Boromir together, especially the way this author makes it happen.
Room to Grow by StarSpray - Harry Potter is a fandom where the gen possibilities are endless; this one knocks it out of the park. Neville, Ginny, and Luna, learning to deal with what happened to them at Hogwarts while Harry was off hunting horcruxes. It's set post-series, but pre-epilogue. I can't convey in words how much I love the way this author wrote Neville, in particular. He's perfect. This story is definitely worth a read.
And Bide the Danger by Anonymous - A Narnia/Harry Potter crossover, answering the idea of Susan Pevensie existing in the wizarding world, and having an encounter with Amelia Bones. The author set this during Amelia's Magical Law Enforcement training, and there is a wonderfully on-target guest appearance, and some incredible world-building to root the reader in the Harry Potter 'verse. I loved all my stories this summer, but this one made me feel spoiled. It's very sophisticated writing and I applaud the author for working to fully bring to life both universes so seamlessly.
FANDOM: Gone with the Wind
CHARACTERS: Scarlett O'Hara, Melanie Wilkes
FOR: Missy, for genex
SUMMARY: Scarlett is carrying the load at Tara, but she isn’t alone.
NOTES: Regarding canon divergence: Will Benteen has yet to arrive at Tara, but Scarlett has had a visit from Jonas Wilkerson regarding taxes. It's spring 1865, just before the war ends.
Story also archived at AO3.
( The cotton yield was going to be miserably small, and Scarlett was afraid. )
also dance was better this wake; coffee'd, I was more functional, if SORE, and we had the proper instructor who very helpfully actually calls the time and sides, which means I don't have to add "counting" and "thinking about sides" to the list of shit to remember (she did also give general, to the whole class advice/critique which unfortunately was ALWAYS something I was doing because I still SUCK); main problem areas remain the inability to keep my foot level (world's shortest achilles tendon means i point my toes automatically), inability to use the different parts of my arm instead of my arm as a unit (shoulder! elbow! wrist! hand! NO NOT ENTIRE ARM AT ONCE), and posture. she did very helpfully also say that footwork was what to concentrate on and that everything else will follow naturally from that, and unsurprisingly the one thing i asked for clarification on (back-step hip lifts) is now the one thing i have no problem with.
still haven't done my turkish lesson for today due to TOO MUCH so i should probably get on that. have taken calorie baseline up a further 100 a day this week. am trying to head off impulse purchases (he says, currently drinking one) by photographing the thing i want and then coming back to it later.
And now: WORK. Last week of work before my Big Holiday / Book Hell. Got to get my outline edits FINISHED by the 20th because that's when I'm getting my outline booklet printed. Fnrgh.
- fed chickens in a hailstorm
- discovered my tv has died1
- failed to make the necessary decisions to buy a new tv
- saw ducklings, kaka, toutouwhai (native robin) and tuatara at the Karori Sanctuary
- started listening to the first Rivers of London audiobook
- started reading an excellent Les Mis fic
- had my first language exchange (in person, for 2hr20)
- only watched 1 hour of Kdrama
ION, jamethiel_bane is doing a "post every day" meme, and I thought I'd do my own version, using her prompts, but maybe adapting some to suit me, and probably being far more erratic.
1. What do you prefer to be called by folks reading the entry? Who named you that and why? Where did it come from?
My fandom name is china shop, AKA china AKA Ms Shop. Even offline, in fannish circles I go by china.
It originates from an Ani DiFranco lyric (from the song "You Had Time"), via my pre-fandom blog, which was titled "you are a china shop, I am a bull". In 2007 I wrote on LJ:
Pre-fandom I was a different person online, and while I'm no less me now, well, livejournal is a slightly uncomfortable stage (in the performance sense) for me. The "push" of my entries appearing in your friends' list, as opposed to the "pull" of someone seeking them out. If I'm collected together, I'm more likely to cohere, but in general I suspect I'm a couple of tiles in a mosaic.The first paragraph of which seems adorably quaint now, in the face of tumblr and reblogging and posts running wild.
I first chose this name as a disclaimer -- you are a china shop, i am a bull -- and then accidentally claimed the fragile part as my identity. Possibly prescient.
Anyway, yes, I am china. I named myself. I like it.
제 팬덤 이름은 차이나인데 진짜 세상에도 잰 사람와 이야기하면 저는 차이나이라고 합니다. 아니 디 프랑코의 노래에게서 제 이름이 왔는데 "너는 도예를 파는 가게인데 나는 황소예요"라고 합니다. 도예를 파는 가게는 차이나 쇼프입니다.