jain: Two Asian women kissing, eyes closed. Text: "jain" (girls kissing)
( Jan. 6th, 2019 07:43 pm)
Thanks so much for writing for me! Some of my prompts are longer than others this year, but rest assured that I'd be equally delighted to receive any one of my requested ships. You can browse my general kinks and squicks post and my fic exchanges tag if you want more details. I hope you have lots of fun, and I look forward to seeing what you create!

My signup requests are all for fic, but I'm happy to receive art as a treat. (General art likes: clothing porn, especially pretty 19th/early 20th century dresses and nice suits; nudity/sex scenes; snowy landscapes; candlelight and firelight; magic.)

Books of the Raksura, Green Men, Iskryne, Lynes and Mathey, The Magnus Archives, The Raven and the Reindeer )
jain: magnus archives logo (magnus archives)
( Dec. 31st, 2018 05:47 am)
The Goblin Emperor: A Helping Hand (Cala/Deret); 2258 words
Lynes and Mathey: More Advanced Vices (Julian/Ned); 2463 words
The Magnus Archives: Bad Idea (Martin/Jon); 1627 words
The Magnus Archives: Human Condition (Danny/Tim); 1600 words
The Magnus Archives: Light of Day (Martin/Jon); 2502 words
The Magnus Archives: Mr. Spider Comes Calling (Jon); 655 words
The Queen's Thief: Dangerous Experiences (Kamet/Costis); 572 words
The Queen's Thief: Journey (Kamet/Costis); 1011 words
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Thanks very much for participating in this exchange and writing for me! Particularly relevant to Yuletide: I don't want any Christmas/Christianity-themed fic, regardless of the characters' canonical religions. If you want further details on my fic preferences, you can check out my general fic kinks and squicks post or browse my fic exchanges tag. Have fun, and I'm sure I'll love whatever you end up creating!

For your reference: I'm [archiveofourown.org profile] Jain on AO3. Also, here are my comments to the Yuleporn and the Wrapping Paper challenge posts.

The Bone Key, Hexworld, James Asher, Lynes and Mathey, The Magnus Archives, The Queen's Thief )
Trick or Treat is one of my favorite exchanges, and I'm very excited to be participating in it again. I hope you have a lot of fun, too!

My signup requests are all for fic, but I'm happy to receive art as a bonus gift. General art likes: clothing porn, especially pretty 19th/early 20th century dresses and nice suits; nudity/sex scenes; autumnal landscapes; candlelight and firelight; magic.

I mostly have a preference for Tricks involving scary supernatural threats that are soundly defeated by the protagonists for a happy ending. The major exception is the James Asher Vampire series, in which my requested characters are a scary supernatural threat. (I also have some trouble seeing a happy ending in The Magnus Archives as anything more than the calm before the next apocalypse, but I'm definitely on board for a happily-for-now ending or for a happily-as-possible-given-the-circumstances ending.)

Particularly relevant to this exchange: I like ghosts, witches, vampires, and werewolves, and do not want non-canonical zombies. Regarding Treats, I like anything from G-rated fluff to hardcore porn, but don't care for PWPs; I like some sort of character and/or relationship development along with my smut. If you want further details on my fic preferences, you can check out my general fic kinks and squicks post or browse my fic exchanges tag.

The Bone Key, Hexworld, James Asher, Lynes and Mathey, The Magnus Archives, The Queen's Thief, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street )
Thanks so much for writing for me! Some of my prompts are longer than others this year, but rest assured that I'd be equally delighted to receive any one of my requested ships. You can browse my general kinks and squicks post and my fic exchanges tag if you want more details. I hope you have lots of fun, and I look forward to seeing what you create!

My signup requests are all for fic, but I'm happy to receive art as a treat. (General art likes: clothing porn, especially pretty 19th/early 20th century dresses and nice suits; nudity/sex scenes; snowy landscapes; candlelight and firelight.)

The Bone Key, The Goblin Emperor, Integrate, James Asher, Lynes and Mathey, The Queen's Thief, The Raven and the Reindeer, The Turner Series )
jain: (watchmaker of filigree street katsu)
( Dec. 31st, 2017 11:54 am)
The Goblin Emperor: And Dream-Filled Nights (Csethiro/Maia, Deret/Maia); 4345 words
The Queen's Thief: An Unexpected Gift (Kamet/Costis); 1918 words
Stardew Valley: Spirit of the Deep (Abigail); 1231 words
Think of England: A Bridge/A Chain (Fen/Pat); 1636 words
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street: Home Comforts (Keita/Thaniel); 680 words
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Your main fandom of the year?
Tiny book fandoms again. And Stardew Valley.

Your favorite film watched this year?
Wonder Woman

Your favorite book read this year?
Spectred Isle by K. J. Charles, Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly, The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
"C'Est La Vie" - Khaled

Your favorite TV show of the year?
Nothing new. I've been rewatching a lot of Murdoch Mysteries and Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.

Your favorite journaling community of the year?
None, really.

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Thick as Thieves was practically everything I wanted from a Queen's Thief installment.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Still no Black Widow movie. (I need to get a new source of disappointment. :-P )

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
Deret Beshelar, Costis Ormentiedes, Kamet, Daniel da Silva

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?
Cordelia Frost, Minna Markham

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
The Engelsfors Trilogy, The Great Library, The Invisible Library, Shades of Magic, Six of Crows

Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?
Black Panther, Armistice - Lara Elena Donnelly, The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy - Mackenzi Lee
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jain: Two Asian women kissing, eyes closed. Text: "jain" (girls kissing)
( Oct. 8th, 2017 11:42 pm)
Thanks very much for participating in this exchange and writing for me! Some of my fandoms this year have lengthier prompts than others, but rest assured that I'll be equally thrilled with fic for any of them. Particularly relevant to this exchange: I don't want any Christmas/Christianity-themed fic, regardless of the characters' canonical religions. If you want further details on my fic preferences, you can check out my general fic kinks and squicks post or browse my fic exchanges tag. Have fun, and I'm sure I'll love whatever you end up creating!

For your reference: I'm [archiveofourown.org profile] Jain on AO3 and [pinboard.in profile] jain on my (very out-of-date) pinboard account.

The Bone Key, Dan and Lewis, Integrate, Lynes and Mathey, The Raven and the Reindeer )
Thanks so much for writing for me! I really enjoyed participating in Trick or Treat last year and am looking forward to doing so again. I hope you have a lot of fun, too!

My signup requests are all for fic, but I'm happy to receive art as a bonus gift.

With one exception, I have a strong preference for Tricks that either 1) use supernatural horror tropes in a non-horrific fashion, e.g. werewolves who retain their humanity while shifted, or 2) involve scary supernatural threats that are soundly defeated by the protagonists for a happy ending. The one exception is Dark Matter, where I'd prefer canon-level horror.

Particularly relevant to this exchange: I like werewolves, ghosts, and witches; am generally disinterested in vampires but can be persuaded if the fic is awesome; and do not want zombies. Regarding Treats, I like anything from G-rated fluff to hardcore porn, but don't care for PWPs; I like some sort of character and/or relationship development along with my smut. If you want further details on my fic preferences, you can check out my general fic kinks and squicks post or browse my fic exchanges tag.

The Bone Key, Dark Matter, The Eagle, Hexworld, Integrate, Lynes and Mathey, The Queen's Thief, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street )
jain: (watchmaker of filigree street)
( Feb. 1st, 2017 08:27 pm)
What I just finished

The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster. The cover for this novella is fantastic: a young black woman stands on a storm-tossed deck, clutching an amulet, while a Viking ship encroaches in the background. The novella itself, however, has a bland writing style, a thin plot, and terrible plotting. Its one good point is that the characters are fairly interesting, but that's not enough to redeem the story.

Wight Mischief by J. L. Merrow. Ridiculously over-the-top contemporary m/m romance whose characters are forced to hold the idiot ball way too often. Not recommended.

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson. I liked this book but didn't love it, though the breakdown of its strengths and flaws is such that I'm really looking forward to reading more from Wilson. The characters are vivid and believable and the worldbuilding fascinating. The prose is rich and dense (though occasionally too overwrought for my taste). I didn't even mind the somewhat insubstantial plot--focused on a single caravan journey, with a few flashbacks to the earlier life of one of the hired guards--because the worldbuilding and the interpersonal relationships are the real stars of the story. That said, the pacing is quite bad; the story's terribly slow to get started, the flashbacks are dropped in willy-nilly, and the conclusion is way too abrupt and insufficiently supported by the rest of the story. Still, I'm very glad I read it. Possible Yuletide fandom.


What I'm reading now

Chaos Station by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen and a reread of Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch.


What I'm reading next

A Taste of Honey is still near the top of my TBR list. I just need a bit of a break after the heaviness of The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps.
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jain: Dragon (Kazul from the Enchanted Forest Chronicles) reading a book and eating chocolate mousse. (domestic dragon)
( Jan. 18th, 2017 11:00 pm)
What I just finished

The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher. Great retelling of "The Snow Queen" that gives the fairy tale some interesting new twists while preserving the heart of the story. The descriptions of snow and ice are particularly well done and a pleasure to read at this time of year. Also contains lesbians, as all Snow Queen retellings should. :-) Possible Yuletide fandom.

"Zapped" by Sherwood Smith. I know Smith can write a good story, but this novelette is a hot mess. The science fictional subplot involving teens with unusual powers raises way more questions than it answers and doesn't really go anywhere; the sexuality subplot is anvilicious; the story talks down to its teen audience; and the ending is unsatisfying. If it were five times longer and comprehensively re-edited, then it might be worth reading, but as it is, no.

Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell. A supermarket chain is trying to expand into a small English town, and the community is divided in their response. Yet this debate is only the public face of a high-stakes struggle between good and evil. Excellent characterizations and very neat plotting elevate a moderately interesting premise into a great story.

Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal. The ending's a lot more open-ended than I typically prefer, and yet I really enjoyed this one. The biggest draw for me is the worldbuilding. In a hyper-connected future, the protagonist finds herself unexpectedly cut off from the cloud while traveling, and Kowal does a really nice job of imagining the various subtle and not-so-subtle responses the protagonist would have to her unprecedented experience.

The actual plot...is weird and a bit dreamlike and very ambiguous. I'll have to reread this one someday, though I don't know if rereading it will make me hate it or like it even more.


What I'm reading now

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson


What I'm reading next

A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson
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jain: Dragon (Kazul from the Enchanted Forest Chronicles) reading a book and eating chocolate mousse. (domestic dragon)
( Jan. 11th, 2017 09:43 pm)
What I just finished

A ridiculous amount of m/m romance. In the past week, I've read seven novels, four novellas, and one short story. I don't know; it just kind of...happened. In rough order from best to worst, and cut for length:

Joanna Chambers, K. J. Charles, J. L. Merrow, Alex Beecroft, Ava March )

What I'm reading now

It's a secret. :-)


What I'm reading next

Hugo nominations are due in a little over two months, and my current ballot contains exactly one novel, one novella, and one novelette. (At least I'm good on short stories.) So very soon I need to start reading SFF published in 2016, and lots of it. If anyone has novella or novelette recs to share, I'd be appreciative.
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Your main fandom of the year?
Would "tiny book fandoms" count? (Primarily, but not limited to, Frontier Wolf, The Goblin Emperor, K. J. Charles, Lynes and Mathey, The Queen's Thief, and The Watchmaker of Filigree Street.)

Your favorite film watched this year?
Ghostbusters

Your favorite book read this year?
Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge and Integrate by Thea Hayworth

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
"Try Everything" by Shakira

Your favorite TV show of the year?
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Your favorite journaling community of the year?
[community profile] mm_library

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Tentacle shark aliens! Less cryptically: Integrate is the xeno m/m sci-fi buddy cop mystery story of my dreams. (I only wish there were a hundred stories like it.)

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Still no Black Widow movie.

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
Deret Beshelar, Costis Ormentiedes, Daniel da Silva

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?
Cordelia Frost, Erin Gilbert, Amy Santiago

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
Captive Prince, The Engelsfors Trilogy, The Great Library, The Invisible Library, Shades of Magic, Six of Crows, Wayfarers

Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?
Thick as Thieves - Megan Whalen Turner, Sins of the Cities series - K. J. Charles, The Bedlam Stacks - Natasha Pulley, Pale Guardian - Barbara Hambly
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Thanks so much for writing for me! Some of my prompts are longer than others this year, but rest assured that I'd be equally delighted to receive any one of my requested fandoms. You can browse my general kinks and squicks post and my fic exchanges tag if you want more details. I hope you have lots of fun, and I look forward to seeing what you create!

My signup requests are all for fic, but I'm happy to receive art as a bonus gift (though I'm afraid few of my prompts are at all inspirational as art prompts).

The Bone Key, The Brothers Sinister, The Eagle, Frontier Wolf, The Goblin Emperor, Iskryne, Lynes and Mathey, The Queen's Thief, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street )
jain: (lynes and mathey)
( Dec. 31st, 2016 02:12 pm)
The Avengers: The Subtlety of Blini (Bucky/Steve/Natasha); 948 words
A Charm of Magpies: All Done But the Paperwork (Ned/Crispin); 2205 words
Lynes and Mathey: The British Museum Stop (Julian/Ned); 6307 words
The Queen's Thief: Exposure (Attolia/Costis/Eugenides); 1833 words
Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Close (Poe/Finn/Rey); 2474 words
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street: A Welcome Touch (Katsu & Keita); 486 words
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jain: MCU Sharon Carter. Text: "13" (avengers sharon carter)
( Nov. 25th, 2016 11:22 pm)
This week I have...
--called my congressman and asked him to cosponsor the Presidential Accountability Act.
--called one of my senators and asked him to vote against Jeff Sessions's appointment to the position of Attorney General, on the grounds that Sessions can't be trusted to protect people's civil and political rights. (I tried to call my other senator, but he's not taking calls this week. So disappointed that we didn't manage to vote him out this year.)
--called the Department of Justice and asked them to investigate the human rights abuses by the Morton County Sheriff's Department against the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters.
--subscribed to Mother Jones and The Guardian.
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[personal profile] skygiants suggested that people do a variation on Reading Wednesdays that tracks our political actions for the week, both to inspire and inform each other and to keep ourselves accountable. Since I'm very much in favor of both of those goals, here's my list.

This week (and a half) I have...
-- donated to the National Resources Defense Council. (Their website has a new tagline: "Help us gear up to defend our environment and climate from the Trump presidency.")
-- donated to Foster Campbell, the Democratic candidate for Louisiana senator. Louisiana's runoff election will be held this December 10th.
-- called my congressman and one of my senators twice and my congressman-elect once to demand that they condemn Trump's selection of white nationalist Steve Bannon as his Chief Strategist.
-- called my other senator once to thank him for his public condemnation of Steve Bannon and to ask him to do all he can to block Bannon's appointment.
-- called the House Oversight Committee to support an investigation into Trump's financial arrangements and conflicts of interest.
-- taken Paul Ryan's phone survey to register my approval of Obamacare. (Heads up that the silence you get when connecting to Ryan's system is super weird and disconcerting. The phone didn't ring even once; I just dialed and got instant silence, which I had to wait out for over a minute before the recorded message started playing.)
-- signed the whitehouse.gov petition requesting that Obama commute Chelsea Manning's sentence to time served.
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Well, that was unspeakably devastating. Thank you to everyone who's posted their reactions and helpful links and general expressions of support in the aftermath of the election; I'm one of the many who really needed to see those. I've also seen an outpouring of donations from my DW/LJ friends to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and various local charities, which has been heartening. (I've donated to the National Resources Defense Council myself, because climate change was terrifying even before Trump was elected.)

In addition to those very worthy organizations, though, if you can spare the cash--and if you're a U.S. citizen or green card holder--please consider donating to Foster Campbell, the Democratic candidate for Louisiana senator who'll be advancing to that state's runoff election on December 10th.

The Republicans will maintain their Senate majority regardless of whether Campbell wins or loses; the only question is whether that majority will be 52-48 or 51-49. The latter is preferable to the former, even in the short term. But to truly understand the significance of this race, look at the map of Senate seats up for election in 2018. That's 33 contested Senate seats, only eight of them currently held by Republicans, and most of those Republican seats are in deep red states.

The chances of Democrats winning back the Senate during the midterm elections are painfully low. But conversely, the importance of preventing Republicans from becoming a supermajority in the Senate two years from now is very high. A Campbell victory would be step one towards preventing that outcome.

So donate to Campbell if you can, VOTE in the runoff election if you're a Louisianan, and just keep being the awesome people you are in general.
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jain: gladiators kissing (gladiators)
( Oct. 7th, 2016 08:16 pm)
Thanks very much for participating in this exchange and writing for me! Optional details are of course optional, but here are some of my general preferences and a variety of prompts for my requested fandoms, in case you wanted some extra direction. Some of my fandoms this year have lengthier prompts than others, but rest assured that I'll be equally thrilled with fic for any of them. Have fun, and I'm sure I'll love whatever you end up creating!

For your reference: I'm [archiveofourown.org profile] Jain on AO3 and [pinboard.in profile] jain on my (rather out-of-date) pinboard account.

General likes and dislikes )

The Brothers Sinister, A Charm of Magpies, Frontier Wolf, Iskryne, The Lie Tree, Lynes and Mathey )
Thanks so much for writing for me! This is my first time participating in Trick or Treat, and I'm really looking forward to it. I hope you have a lot of fun, too!

My signup requests are all for fic, but I'm happy to receive art as a bonus gift.

With one exception, I have a strong preference for Tricks that either 1) use supernatural horror tropes in a non-horrific fashion, e.g. werewolves who retain their humanity while shifted, or 2) involve scary supernatural threats that are soundly defeated by the protagonists for a happy ending. The one exception is Dark Matter, where I'd prefer canon-level horror.

Particularly relevant to this exchange: I love werewolves, like ghosts, am generally disinterested in vampires but can be persuaded if the fic is awesome, and do not want zombies. Regarding Treats, I like anything from G-rated fluff to hardcore porn, but don't care for PWPs; I like some sort of character and/or relationship development along with my smut. If you want further details on my fic preferences, you can check out my general fic kinks and squicks post or browse my fic exchanges tag.

A Charm of Magpies, Dark Matter, The Eagle, Frontier Wolf, Lynes and Mathey, The Sleeper and the Spindle, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street )
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