tiamatschild: Painting of a woman resting on a bridge railing - she has a laundry bag beside her (Stopping By Woods On A Sunny Afternoon)
Now wouldn't you know it the best verse to this song was made in Montgomery, Alabama. It says “we are not afraid.” Now you and I up here, like every human being in this world, we have been afraid. But we can still sing it. “We are not afraid.” “We are not afraid.”
Pete Seeger, June 8th, 1963
tiamatschild: A painting of a woman in a chiton hanging washing on a line (Hanging the Washing Out to Dry)
I found a leopard frog in Mom's water garden today!

It did not like me looking at it. I feel that's probably fair.
tiamatschild: A painting of a woman in a chiton hanging washing on a line (Hanging the Washing Out to Dry)
Earlier I had to move a really big spider. The spider really did not want to move.

And that was pretty much my budget of conflict for the evening.
tiamatschild: A painting of a woman in a chiton hanging washing on a line (Hanging the Washing Out to Dry)
"No! I turned that in yesterday. You can't fine me! I'm innocent!"

- - - Me, upon discovering that the books I returned the day before haven't been checked in yet, so the library's electronic account records are warning me I have imminent fines
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I finished rereading Clea Koff's The Bone Woman today. That's a really, really, really good book.
tiamatschild: Painting of a woman resting on a bridge railing - she has a laundry bag beside her (Stopping By Woods On A Sunny Afternoon)
1) A very young volunteer oak sapling carefully protected from lawn mowers by a tomato cage.

2) Dozens of graves at the Lutheran cemetery that had been planted with petunias. Magenta petunias. Or deep purple. But always either magenta or deep purple, never both together. Why so many all a mass of magenta or deep purple petunias right at the base of the headstone? I can but speculate. (My speculation involves a community group project and a garden center sale. ...my speculation is boring. But sincere.)

3) Three mourning doves on a wire. The first dove faced right. The second dove faced left. The third dove faced right. Mourning doves like to sit this way, when they sit in groups, and it never fails to get me to crack a smile.
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Yesterday I saw a soft shelled spiny turtle in a local river. I was on an observation deck maybe fifteen feet up the limestone bank, and I looked down and saw it swirl upwards out of the deep brown water. It stuck its distinctive, pointy snout out of the water, took a deep breath, and dove down again. Because its shell was broad and round the bubbles its passage created were huge, and went blorp blorp plock when they hit the surface.
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So, I guess this is not news, but The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is a fun read.

ETA: This post brought to you, as usual, by a public library.
tiamatschild: A print of a figure with a blue umbrella, walking away along a path in the rain (Walking Home with a blue umbrella)
I am so sick of the broad swathe of Clone Wars fandom that apparently cannot write Ahsoka as a character in her own right instead of some kind of prop to make the men around her feel things or look good. Sometimes a cute kid shaped cardboard cutout to complete a domestic tableau. Sometimes some kind of shorthand scrapegoat for the Council.

So many long scenes where men humiliate her and we the audience are meant to applaud because she 'deserved that' (you can tell, because the author wrote her saying something 'problematic) or it's understandable from the man's perspective, so it's all okay! You can freely enjoy the polemic directed against a girl child/woman. Except! Oh wait! some authors have a woman deliver the dressing down in part. That makes it so much better. I mean, when she has nothing to do but say Wrong And Bad things and be humiliated and have her humiliation serve as cathartic confirmation of their opinions for the audience or sometimes, to educate some other character (usually a man) it's so much better if a woman gets to endlessly correct and lecture and often belittle her, right? That makes it not troublesome at all, anymore!

So many fics where she doesn't turn up except as proof (usually merely in dialogue) that Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi are really and truly good people because they're training her to follow their example whatever their example is that the author believes proves their goodness.

So many author's notes about how they just love Ahsoka, that's why in this fic she has nothing to do but say things that everyone immediately disagrees with and that the audience is clearly meant to disagree with. That are signaled to be bad. Have compassion for her and don't think the author is bashing just because they had her call someone a slur never even used in canon and she's here merely to create conflict and be yelled at. But the author understands she's just been mislead by her culture. They've tried to do justice to her character. That's why she's out of character and here just for someone to take out their anger on! That's why the scene ends with her stunned to silence and deeply hurt!

nrrrrrrrrrrgh

Really it just. It hurts my heart so much. It makes me so sad. So much of the series is about Ahsoka growing up and growing into herself. So much fanfic seems to want instead to cram her into a box smaller than the space she starts out in.
tiamatschild: A painting of a woman leaning over a railing to set a candle in a lamp (Everyday Devotion)
Title: Wolffe and the Wulver's Rock
Author: Tiamat’s Child
Fandom: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Word Count: 984
Rating: G
Characters/Pairing: CC 3636 | Wolffe & Plo Koon
Summary: As a child, Wolffe forgets his local folkloric landscape, and does not find the solitude he went seeking.
Warnings: None.
Notes: For ploappreciationweek @ tumblr – Day One: Hogwarts AU. …I am not always very good at Hogwarts AUs, and this turned into just as much of a European Folklore Influenced Fantasy!AU with a few Harry Potter/Hogwarts elements. *wince* But I did try, and it's too late to try over again. (There's also a lot of worldbuilding that did not make it into this story because it refused to fit.) (Might need to come back to this.)

Wolffe and the Wulver's Rock )
tiamatschild: A painting of a woman leaning over a railing to set a candle in a lamp (Everyday Devotion)
Title: Where Meetings Take Place
Author: Tiamat’s Child
Fandom: Star Wars: The Original Trilogy
Word Count: 1864
Rating: G
Characters/Pairing: Luke Skywalker/Lando Calrissian
Summary: Lando Calrissan is at a threshold: he's pretty sure Luke Skywalker is at one too.
Warnings: None.

Where Meetings Take Place )
tiamatschild: A photograph of a pair of hands shaping a pot on a pottery wheel (Making something new)
Title: An Unexpected Road
Author: Tiamat’s Child
Fandom: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Word Count: 1000
Rating: T
Characters/Pairing: Ahsoka Tano/Kalifa
Summary: On the way back to Coruscant, Kalifa lets Ahsoka take care of her.
Warnings: References to torture, disassociative thinking.
Notes: A "Kalifa Lives!" fixit au.

An Unexpected Road )
tiamatschild: Painting of a woman resting on a bridge railing - she has a laundry bag beside her (Stopping By Woods On A Sunny Afternoon)
Title: Triangulation Point
Author: Tiamat’s Child
Fandom: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars The Clone Wars: Secret Missions – Ryder Windham
Word Count: 1147
Rating: G
Characters/Pairing: CT-5177 | Chatterbox/Lalo Gunn
Summary: Early in the Hasty Harpy's journey from Kynachi to Chiss space, Chatterbox tries to figure out what exactly Captain Gunn is after.
Warnings: Mention of incest.
Notes: Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Secret Missions is a four volume serial of middle-grade reader spin offs of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars CGI animated series. They're written by Ryder Windham and best described as 'uneven': the propaganda newsreel style of the show's introductory voiceovers does not work very well as a sustained narrative pose, but Windham's characters are delightful. This story is set near the beginning of the second volume, Curse of the Black Sun Pirates.

Triangulation Point )
tiamatschild: Painting of a woman resting on a bridge railing - she has a laundry bag beside her (Default)
Title: The Second Day
Author: Tiamat’s Child
Fandom: Star Wars: Prequel Trilogy, Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Word Count: 1500
Rating: K
Characters/Pairing: Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano
Summary: Anakin Skywalker attempts to navigate a new and strange social situation. Age swap/role reversal AU.
Warnings: None.
Notes: I'm still a little baffled by this fic: this kind of au is not one that generally gets its hooks into me.

The Second Day )
tiamatschild: A print of a figure with a blue umbrella, walking away along a path in the rain (Walking Home with a blue umbrella)
Title: That Middle Watch
Author: Tiamat’s Child
Fandom: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Word Count: 1150
Rating: T
Characters/Pairing: Rey, Luke Skywalker
Summary: Rey doesn't sleep. Finding Luke Skywalker doesn't in itself change that.
Warnings: Discussion of non-sexual coercion, canon typical violence.
Notes: I wanted to write this thing while I was watching the film for the first time. Also, thanks everyone for your thoughts on warnings, it really did help a lot.

That Middle Watch )
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I write a lot of stories with a lot of nonsexual coercion in them or at the back of them. Violations of autonomy, massive amounts of leveraged social pressure, all kinds of creepy stuff that isn't - about sex. (It might, sometimes, in a twisted up kind of way be about romance.)

And this always leaves me floundering around wondering how to properly tag. I usually come to some kind of conclusion, but I don't think I've really liked any of them. It kind of gets worse every time I post to Ao3 because like - there's the archive standard warnings, and often what's going on is essentially not consensual at all, but there's no sex in the story, nor anything approaching it, this isn't about sexual violence and "non-con" in fandom parlance means just that. But - I feel weird about that. I mean, you can just mention - - - something. in the other tags field, and I do, but I always feel strange in general about the whole thing.

Does anyone else have this problem? How do you handle it?
tiamatschild: A painting of a woman leaning over a railing to set a candle in a lamp (Everyday Devotion)
Title: A Window Between Us
Author: Tiamat’s Child
Fandom: Star Wars: Rebels
Word Count: 300
Rating: K
Characters/Pairing: Hera Syndulla, Ezra Bridger
Summary: Hera and Ezra, after Cham heads home.
Warnings: None.
Notes: Triple drabble coda for Star Wars Rebels S02:E15 “Homecoming.”

A Window Between Us )
tiamatschild: Painting of a woman dancing a circle dance - she is smiling, her hand outstreched (Woman in Blue Dancing)
So. I just hand caught and released a starling that had somehow gotten inside the house. (How? I honestly do not know. It must have come in one of the doors but I don't know when or how.) Its heart was beating so fast against my fingers, but once I had it it didn't fight me at all. It didn't even try to bite me. It just looked around while I held it, restraining its wings, and carried it to the door and outside.

When I let it go it didn't even drop the less than a quarter of an inch to the ground I'd given it - as soon as I no longer held its wings, it burst forward, wings snapping out, and flew in an arc across the street to the top of a tree.
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The promise of Hera Syndulla lured me into watching Star Wars: Rebels and now I've seen four episodes and oh my gosh Hera Syndulla she is better than I was promised.

My eyes are nothing but stars.

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