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March 31st, 2029

12:00 pm - Izhilzha's FanFiction Sticky Post
Welcome to izhilzha’s FanFic Sticky Post!

I've written a lot of fic in at least 21 fandoms. Everything that's been posted to the 'Net is here, to the best of my knowledge. I'm a genficcer who loves the canon of her shows, so unless otherwise noted these fics are gen and canon-compliant. (I've marked anything AU, and the few het fics I have are marked with the pairing.)

I'd like to thank everyone who helped me decide how to organize this post, with a special nod to kalquessa, who earned herself a shiny hat as Queen of Word Count for all these stories.

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If you spot any errors or broken links, please comment or PM me. Enjoy!
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

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August 18th, 2014

08:26 pm - 10 Books to Read in 2014: Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt
“They say that women change: 'tis so: but you
Are ever-constant in your changefulness,
Like that still thread of falling river, one
From source to last embrace in the still pool
Ever-renewed and ever-moving on
From first to last a myriad water-drops
And you—I love you for it—are the force
That moves and holds the form.”

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August 6th, 2014

05:50 pm - 10 Books to Read in 2014: The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant
I've been meaning to read Anita Diamant's The Red Tent since I discovered midrash: the practice of engaging scripture by retelling its stories to answer particular questions.

In this case, the question might be: “Is my story (a woman's story) important?” This novel explores the world of the Biblical patriarchs through the eyes of Jacob's only daughter Dinah (see Genesis 34). I'm not sure how historically accurate it is, but it meshes with other books I've read (for example, last year's The Source).

Through Dinah, Diamant explores the culture and relationships of the wives and mothers and daughters in the camp. She weaves compelling fabric from threads she spins out of scripture (Lamech's household gods, the divide between city men and herdsmen, Yahweh speaking), research (who those household gods might have been, what their worship means to the women, the signifigance of the red—the menstrual—tent to those who inhabit it once a month), and her own imagination (Rebecca as a kind of high priestess, what might have happened to Dinah after the disaster in the city).

It's kind of obvious to call this book “feminist.” It's broader than that: Dinah's world is intensely tribal, familial and violent, and it has things to say about all of those. The tribalism struck me most when the wives of Jacob and of Esau compete over whose manner of cooking is “right.” They strive with each other, afraid of being judged unworthy.

The sexuality in this book might make some readers uncomfortable. There is only one graphic scene, which is not actual sex, but a ritual pertaining to a young woman's fertility. But sex is part of life for these people, something that can be perverted or beautiful, but is always there. It's something that creates new life—even if carrying that life sometimes kills the mother. (Now that I think of it, the graphic birthing scenes might make a higher percentage of readers squirm!)

I loved this book. It left me feeling I'd seen something precious: Diamant's vision of the bond of sisterhood. Whatever our disagreements, our loves, or our place in society, there's something that binds women together if we let it, if we make a place for it in our lives--as these women claim the red tent, every month turning separation into a place of refuge. Books like this one encourage me to seek out such sisterhood in our modern age, within our split cultures and between our divided hearts.

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July 23rd, 2014

08:34 pm - 10 Books to Read in 2014: The Courage to Be, by Paul Tillich
I'm finally getting around to my List of Ten for this year! And starting off with a bang: existential Christian philosophy. :)

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For those interested in such topics, I recommend also The Authenticity of Faith: The Varieties and Illusions of Religious Experience by Richard Beck
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed

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April 10th, 2014

09:53 pm - I've been podficced! :)
You guys! I am so excited right now, and happy, and feeling super fannish! :)

A lovely gal named litra, over on AO3, asked a few weeks ago if she could podfic my Supernatural/Numb3rs crossover Family Business. I told her, yes, of course, and I would look forward to her take on one of my own favorite works.

It took me a while to get around to listening to the podfic, once I got the notification that it was live, but I finally did tonight. And you guys? It's fantastic! I'm thrilled to hear someone's voice bringing Don's internal voice and John's reactions to life. :)

Here it is, for those of you who like podfics or love that story: Family Business.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased

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January 19th, 2014

07:48 pm - 10 Book to Read in 2014
I only got to seven of the ten from last year's list. Hoping to do better this time!

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Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: "Let It Go" from the Frozen soundtrack
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January 16th, 2014

09:19 pm - Other Books I Read in 2013
Note: this is not an exhaustive list by any means. But since I only read 7 of my List of 10 for 2013, I thought I'd note briefly other books that made an impression on me last year. Here they are!

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Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful

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January 15th, 2014

09:13 pm - Books to Read in 2013: The Source, by James Michener
This is the last 2013 review; expect my 2014 list of ten to be posted in the next couple of days.

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January 11th, 2014

07:30 pm - A New Year's Confession
I didn't get around to a typical New Year's post, even though goals are much on my mind right now. However, something came to rest in my soul the Sunday before Christmas and I think it's the sort of thing that needs to be shared.

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Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

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January 10th, 2014

05:29 pm - Fan fiction: The Opposite of Fear (multi-fandom drabble series)
Fandoms: The Sentinel, Stargate SG-1, Bones, Numb3rs, Doctor Who/Stargate SG-1
Title: The Opposite of Fear
Author: izhilzha
Category: Gen
Rating: PG
Warning: None, really, although mild spoilers for all fandoms represented.
Notes: kerravonsen purchased a fic from me during the help_japan auction, and requested a multi-fandom series of double drabbles inspired by the same quotation. It's finally done! Thank you to my betas, axzanier and feliciakw.

"The opposite of fear was faith--believing not that the fear was irrational, but that the opposite truth was greater."

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