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I'd already part-edited Wild Raspberries so it didn't take too long to get it ready to post. The sequel Wintergreen will take a week or so to get ready.

When runaway Daniel Seaton inadvertently trespasses on Tyler Edward's land, Tyler nearly shoots him on sight.

Tyler's got a lot of years under his belt, and his past doesn't let him accept strangers easily. Dan's situation is dire enough that Tyler takes him home, at least for a little while, and that turns out to be a good decision when Tyler's injured and needs Dan's help.

Tyler's learning to trust, and Dan's settling in to a new life, but things aren't always what they seem. Between interfering friends, injuries, and their attraction to each other, Tyler and Dan have plenty of to deal with even before Tyler's previous career returns to haunt them. Can they overcome what lies in the past to have a future with each other?

Wild Raspberries at AO3
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Off the top of my head - Harrison Ford, Martin Sheen, Richard Dreyfuss, Richard Pryor ... it's hilarious.

Free Book!

Sep. 16th, 2017 09:47 pm
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I got my Torquere books back and after reworking one to sell decided that I'd edit them to bring them in line with my current style (way less... and --) and offer them free as a thank you to all the kind readers out there.

The first of them, Drawing Closer, is also my first novel, published back in 2006. It's at AO3 and it's mild BDSM.

Charles is a professor, an expatriate Brit, and a man with a past. He's put that aside, living the peaceful life he thinks he needs. He figures he's happy.

Until he meets Gray Collins, that is. Persistent, stubborn, and hot, Gray turns Charles's world upside down and brings him a future he never expected, with links to a past he's tried to forget.

Drawing Closer


Sep. 15th, 2017 09:04 pm
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We are perfectly fine! But our plans have had to change... )

"Well, a typhoon is a quintessentially Japanese experience," I remarked to Geoff.

TIFF 2017 - First Reviews.

Sep. 14th, 2017 10:38 pm
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We're well past the halfway mark for this year's film festival, so I thought I'd put up a couple of mini reviews of stuff seen so far.

Call Me By Your Name
This had great buzz coming out of Sundance, and it was not misplaced. It's a story of summer love, with precocious 17-year-old falling for his dad's 23 year-old grad student. It's also a gay love story without any coming out panic or inevitable tragic ending. And it's utterly gorgeous, set in and around a villa in northern Italy. The cast is uniformly wonderful, especially Armie Hammer as the grad student and Timothée Chalumet as the teen, but also Michael Stuhlbaarg as the main character's father, who has a lovely scene at the end showing his empathy for his son and his first love. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

I became a tennis fan watching Borg play at Wimbledon every year, so I was very much looking forward to this movie, examining his rivalry on the court with bad boy John McEnroe. And it was honestly everything I was hoping it was. There are flashbacks to both men as kids, coming up in the game, and a look at how their rivalry developed, but it all comes down to the insane Wimbledon final they played in 1980. The actor playing Borg, Sverrir Gudnason, is a dead ringer for Borg, and Shia LeBeouf was unexpectedly good as McEnroe. I've heard people in festival lines say they found it a bit dull, but those people are WRONG.

I, Tonya
This was my one ridiculous indulgence for the fest. I paid to see the premium screening of this biopic of figure skater Tonya Harding solely because Sebastian Stan is in it and I wanted to see him in person. But it turns out, the movie is really good and is getting great word at the fest. I put up an incredibly long post about the screening and my thoughts on the film on Tumblr, along with a pic I took of Stan and his co-star, Margot Robbie, but the short version is it's dark and funny and will make you really feel for what Harding went through in her life.

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales
We managed to talk Ros into seeing this film in the kids sidebar at the fest. It's a French animated film with a Looney Tunes feel, and it's really fun. The trailer gives a good sense of its inspired lunacy. And as a bonus for me, the first of the three stories has a baby called Pauline! (My name is only popular in France, it seems.)

oh, also

Sep. 14th, 2017 09:53 pm
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Geoff is blogging our trip at his own journal, if you're interested. He and I tend to report different things in different ways...

Hiroshima and Saijō

Sep. 14th, 2017 09:45 pm
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I didn't realize that I would start choking up the moment we walked into the Peace Park, but on reflection I really should have expected that )

And now we're back in our ryokan, winding down and getting ready for bed. Tomorrow we'll go do the temple walk in Onomichi, I hope!

en route to Hiroshima

Sep. 12th, 2017 04:01 pm
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arriving, and our first couple of days )

It's four o'clock and we're having a quick wash and rest before going out to see what we can of the Peace Park and then find some dinner! Contrary to the forecast I checked this morning, it isn't raining! though it's still hot and humid. Still, after some fiddling we figured out how to use our room's air conditioner, so we have respite, yay.

My brothers-in-law are okay!

Sep. 12th, 2017 08:12 am
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They've lost power, of course, and there's property damage including a roof leak, but the house didn't flood (floodwaters reached the driveway but came no further) and the kids even slept through the worst of it. YAY.

On the plane and on the ground!

Sep. 11th, 2017 08:20 pm
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This is a very long plane flight. Read more... )

And then we landed in Tokyo! Definitely no view of Fuji, though. )
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I know there's a new Marvel thing but so far I'm thinking pass. And there's Star Trek. Anything else?

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Sep. 11th, 2017 10:04 am
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Trip planning has been put on hold for a day or two while I sort out some things that are happening this month!

But I'm very interested in this: )
ETA more up to date info )

connecting through Toronto

Sep. 10th, 2017 12:48 pm
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and paranoically checking for updates on my brothers-in-law. They're on the east coast of Florida, so things are likely to be not quite as bad as predicted for them, but oh my god,the poor Gulf of Mexico. No news from them since a photo they sent last night of their master bath, all padded with cushions and mattresses and dogs. At that point, at least, the kids seemed to consider it all a great adventure...

As I watched the news coverage on one of the TV screens in an airport restaurant, I saw what has to be the most American headline ever: "Authorities caution Florida residents not to shoot at Irma, as bullets will not avert the hurricane."

a couple of amazing things

Sep. 9th, 2017 07:31 pm
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The Voynich manuscript appears to have been deciphered!

And today is the birthday of Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov, an officer in a Soviet early-warning system who in 1983 averted what would probably have been "large-scale nuclear war".
Had Petrov reported incoming American missiles, his superiors might have launched an assault against the United States, precipitating a corresponding nuclear response from the United States. Petrov declared the system's indication a false alarm. Later, it was apparent that he was right: no missiles were approaching and the computer detection system was malfunctioning. . . . However, in a 2013 interview, Petrov said at the time he was never sure that the alarm was erroneous. He felt that his civilian training helped him make the right decision. His colleagues were all professional soldiers with purely military training and, following instructions, would have reported a missile strike if they had been on his shift.
Spasibo, Stanislav Yevgrafovich, and may your calm, non-military mindset be honored and taken as a model in our day.

Either I've done virtually everything I need to do to prepare for tomorrow morning's departure (except I'd like to bake a loaf of date-nut bread to have as travel food), or I've forgotten something catastrophic. Orthogonal to these possibilities, I'm terrified that the cat is going to pee on my luggage. Going upstairs to check on him now!

so much going on

Sep. 8th, 2017 06:29 pm
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The country has been metaphorically simultaneously drowning and on fire for months, but now it's literal for both. My brothers-in-law and their triplets are hunkering down to shelter in place in Florida, all of them huddled into the windowless master bathroom, and all we can do from up here is cross our fingers. They should be all right so long as the roof doesn't blow off...

I spent a few days in the States last week visiting friends, which was lovely, and somehow we ended up watching three Disney movies, which is not how I would have expected our evenings to go! I liked Frozen but did not find "Let It Go" the soaring paean to empowerment that I've gathered from internet osmosis many people did; I very much enjoyed Lilo and Stitch, which I'd already gotten a pretty good sense of from vids; and I loved Moana and would happily watch it again.

I also spent an overnight with my mother, during which I was reassured -- if that's the word -- that she isn't beginning to show slight signs of cognitive decline, as some recent phone calls had made me wonder; she just doesn't necessarily listen to me. Okay then!

I came back north with my stepmother, who visited us for a few days, and while she was here also went on a daylong bike ride north of the city. She's in her seventies and probably in better shape than I am, which motivates me alternately to go back to the gym and to lie on the couch re-reading The Course of Honour. (Highly recommended! if, you know, you like slash with tight plotting and good world-building and delicious, delicious angst.)

And on Sunday morning, just as the hurricane will be hitting my brothers-in-law, Geoff and I are leaving for two weeks in Japan! We'll be visiting Hiroshima, Nara, and the Five Lakes district on the shoulder of Fuji, and as usual I'll try to blog the trip but will put it under cut so as not to clog reading pages.

My cat is doing well but is scarily thin. It's possible that he won't live until we return, which is really hard to think about, but we've done everything for him that we can do short of cancel the trip; we had no way of knowing he'd be this ill when we planned it, sigh. Our cat-sitter is a tech at our vet's, so we absolutely trust her to know what he needs and how to do it, but it's going to be hard to say goodbye to him Sunday morning.

At which moment our brothers-in-law and nephews may be enduring god knows what, too. My god, this year.

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Sep. 8th, 2017 04:46 am
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I made a new Drabble prompt comm. Come play and feel free to pimp.

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