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Apr. 17th, 2014 09:44 am
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After spending a solid year reading and reading and reading, I can tell you exactly what happened at Harper’s Ferry in 1859.

I just don’t know if I can fit it all in one blog post.

So it all started when John Brown met John Cook. Cook was a rough and irregular abolitionist fighter in Kansas, known for being a great shot and a loudmouth, and old John Brown was a violent fanatic with God on his side. As it happens (and it happens so rarely with violent fanatics) God really was on his side. He was the right lunatic in the right place at the right time, and I think Cook could sense that. Cook was a man who wanted to make a name for himself. Brown was a man who wanted to kill slavers.

Between the two of them, they hatched a plan. I don’t know who came up with the plan, but it was more or less a good one at the beginning. The idea was to start an actual revolution. To take a team of men, go deep into slave territory with weapons, liberate everyone they saw, and start a war. So John Cook went east to find just the right place to attack.

It is here, in my opinion, that it probably all started to go wrong. Because the first thing Cook did was fall in love.

I don’t know if he was just passing through when he met the young lady, or if he had already started to consider Harper’s Ferry, but once he met her all their fates were sealed. Because Cook was a man who would start a story with the truth and then move into what you wanted to hear, and this is exactly what he did with Brown. And, over the course of many letters, he convinced Brown that Harper’s Ferry was the perfect place to spark the rebellion.

But it wasn’t.

It’s an interesting question, whether or not Cook should have known that. Like a lot of abolitionists, he was not big on actually hanging out with black people. He knew that they wanted to be free. But he didn’t really know what freedom meant, to them.

There were a lot of things about Harper’s Ferry that made it great. It was right on the border of Maryland. It had a federal armory stockpiled with weapons. It was close to Washington D.C.

What it did not have was a large population of slaves that were ready to revolt.

Perhaps most paradoxically, the edge of slave territory was the worst place to spark a rebellion. Slaves on the Potomac knew how little their freedom was worth. They knew for a fact that life was only a little better for them on the other side of the river. The great shining ideal of freedom was perhaps the most tarnished there, where Virginia met Maryland, where the hypocrisy met the flat-out lie.

But Cook didn’t know this, or didn’t tell it. Instead he sent back a never-ending stream of “all is well” letters while Brown plotted and recruited.

Two things sealed their fate: a man named Forbes and a sword that used to belong to George Washington. Neither of these things mattered a hill of beans to anyone besides Brown and Cook — Folsom even warned senators on the floor of Congress, all without the slightest effect — but they represented two temptations that the men could not resist.

to be continued…

Mirrored from Radio Free North Hollywood.

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Apr. 17th, 2014 09:14 am
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And I've started the Dreams of Gods and Monsters, the last book in Brimstone's canon. Given events in teh first two books, it is unlikely Brimstone while be in attendance but I can only hope. Still love the series. = ]
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Titre : Jour, réveille-toi !
Auteur : [personal profile] flo_nelja
Fandom : La belle au bois dormant (principalement Disney, un peu Perrault)
Persos/couples : Tout le monde en version genderswappée
Genre : Conte, humour
Résumé : Le terrible sorcier Maléfique maudit le prince Jour : le jour de ses seize ans, il se piquera le doigt sur un fuseau et en mourra. Hum, honnêtement, un des défauts de cette fic est que c'est trop proche, à mon sens, de l'histoire d'origine.
Rating : PG
Disclaimer : Je pense que c'est trop pompé sur Disney pour être dans le domaine public.
Nombre de mots : ~5000
Notes : Ecrit pour [personal profile] andersandrew, inspiré par ce fanart.

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Thought as I Write

Apr. 17th, 2014 12:35 am
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My brother says I should try to get published if I'm going to bother writing my stories to completion anyway.

I've never wanted to be a published author or anyone noticeable.

But I also acknowledge that if I were ever successful at something, I could do more good than I could now (working a part-time job and tons of debt.) And writing's really the only activity I have I can imagine ever being decent at that could turn into success, as rare and unlikely as it is. (I suppose much like he thinks on baseball.)

So... Maybe. If I ever get a story to third-draft stage. As unlikely as that sounds. To put it this way - if I get to a point where I think I could use writing to increase my ability to help people in the world, I'll look into publishing. Though we could argue it's everyone's duty to shoot for every opportunity for success so they have the resources for doing good in the world.*


Apr. 16th, 2014 11:59 pm
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As of about 12 hours and 15 minutes ago, I'm ABD.

It went great, and I had a great time. Thanks to everyone who's provided support this semester--I couldn't have done it without you, truly.


Apr. 17th, 2014 12:04 am
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Well, I am very disappointed in recent developments on Marvelsagentsofshield. Blah.

Dying dog

Apr. 16th, 2014 11:30 pm
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This is based on something that actually happened to me. I later found out the dog really was dying.

Dear Marvel Grab-Bag Writer...

Apr. 17th, 2014 12:13 am
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Hi there!

Thank you so much for doing this!

I think I was pretty straightforward on the sign-up page, but here are some more details. I'm mostly a genficcer, but I'll accept fics that present pairings as a fait accomplit (I.E: In this fic, "Matt and Karen are living together..." Then Foggy shows up on the doorstep and we get to the bromance.)

More specifically, by fandom:


I'm a relatively new Daredevil fan who has been playing catch-up for the last few months. I am a huge fan of Matt-Foggy dynamic, and while I don't ship them as a couple, I love the friendship between them.

I'm a sucker for any h/c between them, regardless of who is hurt and who is comforting. It can be canon-based (example: after Milla is committed/after Foggy's own mother abandons him to the legal system), canon divergence, or original. I don't care.

And if you want to throw in additional characters, that's fine too. As long as the central focus of the fic is the friendship between Matt and Foggy and the fic is predominantly gen. I don't mind if past or existing relationships are mentioned, especially if they're the reason why one or the other is hurting.

New Mutants

I'm old-school on this one. I was into Marvel in the 80s then took about a 24-year break, not-so-coinciding with the end of the New Mutants Vol 1 comic. In my mind, Rahne will always be the shy introvert trying to reconcile her upbringing with her new life. I ship her with Doug, but if you don't care for those characters or that pairing, you can give me genfic with any or all team members.


Anything that focuses on the Spidey-JJJ dynamic portrayed in canon. I don't care if it's one of them thinking about/venting about the other, one needing a favor from the other, gloating, whining... you name it. Photographer!Peter or Teacher!Peter. Publisher!JJJ or Mayor!JJJ. Whatever works for you.

Hulk and Daredevil genfic

In Waid's Indestructible Hulk, Banner went to work for SHIELD, but arranged to check in with Matt regularly as 'insurance' against SHIELD's deciding that keeping him alive was too risky. They teamed up in Indestructible Hulk 10 and 11, too. Either that... or something where Matt finds out the situation in Hulk #1 (2014–). H/C ensues...

I do have a low-smut tolerance, though, so please, nothing too graphic!

Thanks so much!

Finally-On-A-Wednesday Reading Meme

Apr. 16th, 2014 11:42 pm
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What I'm Reading Now:

- The God-eaters by Jesse Hajichek. Hmm. It's kind of a mystery to me how this got into my iBooks collection, but I've been reading it, off-and-on for the last few months. The first part of the novel didn't grab me much, yes, protag had terrifying powers, repressive government is repressive, is this fantasy Australia where they are or what? (I mean, the Amazon page calls it a Western, but the location/description of Churchrock seemed to echo Uluru?)

Anyway, things really picked up once Kieran met Ash in prison! This is good and tropey (I like that it reads like fic) and I'm enjoying it immensely.

I will probably finish this.

- A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr. A really beautifully written book. I think I was sold on this after reading this sentence:

This had been starveling country, every stone an extortion.

What a sentence! Anyway, since it won the Booker Prize the year it came out, I suppose there's a consensus on its quality or whatever. More excitingly, there's a movie about it too, of the same name. It stars a very young Colin Firth (in an unfortunate mustache, alas, but you can't have everything), and KenBran! And Natasha Richardson! And it's on Youtube!

... I should probably finish reading this before I get to it though. And since the PDF I have is, like, 33 pages, I don't think it'll be long now.

What I just finished reading: Um. I finished a lot of fic?? No judgment, yo.

What I'm going to read: Oh, lots! First up is Claire De La Lune by Jetta Carleton, The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner, Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales, edited by Melissa Marr, The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo & the rest of the Bess Crawford mysteries series.
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Purple's commandments for spiders:

Thou shalt not move way too fast.
Thou shalt not be on Purple.
Thou shalt not be on Purple's delicate electronics.
Thou shalt not be way too hairy.
Thou shalt not jump!

This spider was way too in his office, but otherwise inoffensive. We'll be
releasing it outside later.

Spider-watching is fairly lousy entertainment, but decent survival skills.

spider pic (contained) )

Bitter seeds

Apr. 16th, 2014 08:41 pm
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 So I finished Bitter Seeds and I think I will be getting the second book as I am very curious as to where the story is going.

Read more...if you don't mind spoilers just a pace past the dust jacket. )
ETA: Hoping it's not too late but I realized I had included a couple sentences which really spoiled the ended. They have been removed.

Wednesday night post

Apr. 16th, 2014 11:35 pm
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Today was weird. Did stuff like write my dad's obituary and visit the funeral home, but didn't cry or really feel much of anything. None of it feels real. It was actually kind of a relief, not going to a hospital or hospice room and spending hours there, but when I think to myself, "my dad is dead," it doesn't have any emotional resonance. It's easier to think about intra-family controversy about, say, where donations should go, or about watching Agents of SHIELD. I don't know. I'm sure it will hit me again soon, but right now I just feel numb.

We spent two hours at the funeral home. The service will be on Friday. At some point I'll have to figure out when I'm going to go home, another prospect that feels completely unreal (tomorrow will be three weeks since I got here, after all).

Anyway. Tomorrow morning we're going to the cemetery to deal with all of those arrangements. I should try to get some sleep.

In which I prove I have no willpower

Apr. 16th, 2014 07:04 pm
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 And introduce one Lady Isabella Trent (dragon_naturalist), budding naturalist from Scirland, a fantasy nation that is much like Victorian England. She is cute in this dear_mun thread (even if it's only two tags in) and I fear I shall be throwing her into a sandbox tomorrow if I keep my nerve up. Being post shy again sucks.

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Apr. 16th, 2014 08:49 pm
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tech hell
I spent last night and today fighting with the internet -- first a throttle on my account because I forgot to update the new credit card number (thanks, Target breach), then modem issues/line clearing with tech support calling me instead of the other way around, and finally, after all of that was settled, the router's internet light turned yellow and would not turn green again for anything. So I just went and bought a new router and installed it and everything works beautifully, knock all the wood. But I am SO TIRED OF ELECTRONICS now, omg. I still need to rearrange some things, but it will wait.

books: Sayers x3 )

dirt )

I decided to make a wee Fraser doll for the Due South 20th Anniversary party next week. So far I only have the head and eyes because I reached his neck and had no idea which uniform he's wearing. I suppose I should go with red serge, since that's the only way he's recognizably Fraser/a mountie.

Due South + C6D
The 20th Anniversary Party starts next Wednesday at [livejournal.com profile] ds_noticeboard. I'll do the kickoff post that morning, and then everyone can post all the party stuff they want. Also, that day is Shakespeare's Birthday (observed), so my head is all jumbled up with Geoffrey Tennant and Benton Fraser and Shakespeare and formative sonnets. Or something. Sorry, I'm tired. Really tired. *falls over*

Y'all. I have my internet back, y'all. *feeble pompoms*
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- lemme take back what i said about scoop because it gets HILARIOUS once they actually hit ishmaelia. the best kind of insightful stand-up routine hilarious. a lot of it reads like it was written sometime in the past 2 decades, it's kinda eerie. 

- shattered glass is the sort of movie that i could see david fincher watching and redirecting in his head.

- for my own reference: Stephen Glass Should Be a Lawyer, slate article written jan '14 by hanna rossin's husband. ("His “turpitude” required him to show overwhelming evidence of rehabilitation, but the court found his apologies self-interested, his confessions incomplete, and his pro bono work insufficient. Lawyers must be utterly devoted to “honesty,” the justices assert—a claim that only lawyers could make about law with a straight face" lmao)

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Illustrations by  Mattahan (Paul Davey) from Manchaster, Jamaica. The name Mattahan is from the patois pronunciation of Matterhorn, a popular cigarette brand in Jamaica. Mattahan is a painter who uses digital tools to create these surreal depictions of people who inspire him. The paintings are inspired by moments in his own life.


one of my favourite artist on the web. tumblr http://ift.tt/1gBXVQy

Contemporary Art Week!

Welcome Nox! =D

Apr. 16th, 2014 07:37 pm
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A quick picspam of baby Nox Liam for you guys. There will be more, but these are a few we took during delivery (He was born 4/14/2014 at 7:53AM and was 8.6lbs for any who might be wondering :P)

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