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I just finished reading the trilogy When Women Were Warriors at 3AM last night, and I have to say I don't think I've ever had as much satisfaction from a book series ever. It certainly didn't hurt that 95% of the main characters and the major players in the novels were women and the vast majority of the major women characters were lesbians (or bisexual depending how you care to read it). Tamras, the main character, was incredibly unique, in my opinion. The story lines were tightly woven, and at the end all had been wrapped up. I found the world imaginative and just...

You guys. You guys. This is a fucking awesome trilogy. I seriously just want to start reading it again but I keep stopping myself since I just finished reading it. I don't know why I'm doing that, though. It's weird.

Anyway, don't take my word for it. If you go to the authors website she's made the first book in the series available for free in three different formats. Check it out for yourself.

Also, I started rewriting the beginning of Dusk Friday (or was it Thursday?) to something I might be happier with. I wrote 616 words today. I might write some more later. 

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I'm reading an extensive analysis of the Left Behind series. For those of you who haven't heard of it, the Left Behind series is an End of Days story. It begins with the Rapture and thus with mass disappearances of people all over the planet as God takes the true believes up to heaven. The story follows a band of people who were left behind as they witness the Tribulation and the rising of the Anti-Christ. The series, in my opinion, is horrible, full of bad writing and bad theology, but it provides some great discussion and the comment section is as worth reading as the posts. It contains some of the most thoughtful and respectful theological debates and discussion in the comments (mostly) that I've ever seen. I also love insights like this:

The other option is to read such tirades as wholly directed at Other People. Judgement is never for Us, only for Them. This is one of the main points of LB and indeed of the entire pseudotheological framework of premillennial dispensationalism on which it is based.

This approach -- judgement for Thee but not for Me -- also helps to account for the current antigay mania of American evangelicalism. In a couple of Paul's other rants, he includes "sodomites" in his bestiaries of badness. Even if we accept, for the sake of argument, the dubious assumption that Paul misunderstood the story of Sodom, and therefore used this as a synonym for "homosexuals," it doesn't follow that "homosexuals are bad" is the main lesson that heterosexuals should be gleaning from such passages. But if you read such passages looking for any excuse to exempt yourself from the apostle's condemnation, this offers an ideal escape hatch. Preaching against self-love, ingratitude, love of money or love of pleasure can be a two-edged sword. But if you're heterosexual, and you're preaching against homosexuality, then you're safe. You've found the ideal target for self-exempting, self-justifying self-righteousness.

Judgment is for Other People.
-- Fred Clark (emphasis mine)


It's really best to read the the post "Other People" to understand the whole context of this passage. Personally, I think it's best to just read the whole thing because of the theological discussions as well as those on how horrible the writing is.

But here are a couple of gems from the comments section:

"But if you're heterosexual, and you're preaching against homosexuality, then you're safe."

I'm so glad to see this pointed out. Attending any of the serious social or spiritual concerns the bible tends to focus on involves, too often, both a conscious acceptance of our own failings as well as admonishments to change our own behavior. The bible's far too likely to tell us that we're too interested in wealth, not doing enough to help other people and overly judgmental, and nobody likes to hear that.

On the other hand, if we scrounge through the bible to find some obscure condemnation of a behavior we've never even wanted to commit, then suddenly our souls are clean, we don't need to change who we are and, best of all, there's someone else distinctly more 'sinful' than us we can point a finger at.

Of course, the bible speaks out far more fervently against this kind of judgmental lambasting than it does homosexuality, reminding us that condemnation and judgment are God's affairs, not ours, which renders this attitude about as 'christian' as whacking strangers for the KaliMa, but all shapes and sizes, right?
-- Michael "Vendor X" Heaney

If I highlighted everything I loved about this particular comment, the whole thing would be in bold. So I decided I'd better not.
 
Martin: The Bible is quite clear that homosexuality is not the reason the Sodom was destroyed, but rather it was they they didn't feed the poor or clothe the naked:

Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.

(Ezekiel 16: 49-50 NIV)
-- wintermute (emphasis mine)
 
I have to thank wintermute for supplying this verse. I'd never seen or heard that verse before, but thank you, God! I've finally found a definitive verse to quote the next time someone starts to say that the sin of Sodom was homosexuality.

Following this was an interesting discussion on why the sin of Sodom wasn't homosexuality--in addition to the verse supplied above--because of the social context as well as the context of some actions in the story. There was then a discussion on whether angels were or are sexless which--if they are--would render the possibility of homosexuality moot.

I'm going to stop quoting things here and just roll around on the floor in glee at the fact that I've found a religious discussion that hasn't descended into madness and stupidity and which actually has something I can sink my teeth into. It makes me want to pick up my Bible and just start reading.

 
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There's going to be a spin off of Avatar: the Last Airbender! It's coming in 2011! OMG I'M SO EXCITED YOU GUYS I CAN'T WAIT YES! 8D

The story takes place 70 years after the original series and Korra, the next avatar, is going to learn airbender from Aang's son! AND SHE'S A GIRL TOO. THERE NEED TO BE MORE FEMALE HEROS IN CARTOONS. AND BOOKS. AND MOVIES. AND EVERYTHING. I WOULD SAY THAT I HOPE BRYKE DON'T SCREW THIS UP BUT THEN I THINK ABOUT TOPH AND AZULA AND KATARA AND TY LEE AND MAI AND I KNOW THEY WON'T. IT WILL BE FULL OF EPIC AWESOMESAUCE YOU GUYS. :D
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OH. MY. GOD. THIS WAS AMAZING. I LOVED THIS EPISODE SO FUCKING MUCH.

cut for 3x03 "Cook" spoilers )

I'm not even sure how to form words. This episode was amazing. And Katie's looks like it's going to be epic as well! OMG YOU GUYS THE PREVIEW CLIPS. THE FUCKING PREVIEW CLIPS!

cut for 4x04 "Katie" spoilers )

I can't wait for the next episode! Too bad I probably won't have access to the internet and won't be able to watch it until the week after. :<
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Okay, so I'm all caught up with the current Skins generation, and all I have to say is...damn. I mean, I knew what happened between Naomi and Emily already, but still... Damn. Also, WHAT THE HELL THOMAS? THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR YOUR DOUCHEBAGGERY TOWARDS PANDORA, WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?

Also, I don't understand why Naomi did that. Seriously. I can't really imagine what drove her to do that, seriously. I kind of like the idea that I've read in a few fanfics which is that she got scared because she loves Emily and realized that she can't live without her and she didn't know what to do with that and just freaked out, but still. SERIOUSLY. I really want them to be end game because I love both of them and I love them as a couple, but things aren't looking good for them, unfortunately. :(

Also, Cook does have a heart. :3 I loved the scene with him and Emily talking in the bathroom at the party. It was just cute to see them have that little heart to heart moment, especially since Cook can be a real ass a lot of the time--as he promptly proved the minute they left the bathroom. I didn't really like Cook's episode in season 3 because he was just a jackass, but he grew on me with the season 3 finale, so I'm hoping this next episode will show some real character development.

I'm sad, though, because I learned that Naomi isn't going to have an episode this season. She's my favorite character (aside from Emily but she just had her episode) and her episode was one of my favorites last season. Well, at least JJ is going to have an episode this season so I guess it's not all bad, really. I really liked his episode last season ("Naomi", "Katie and Emily" and "JJ" were my three favorite episodes from season 3).

And lastly, I ADMIT IT, OKAY? I WROTE A SKINS FANFIC! D8 It's really short and probably not the best thing I've ever written, but I'll get better the more fanfics I write for this fandom. It's the general law of fandom writing (if you're any good at writing that is). I've got a couple more quick ideas that I want to start writing down tomorrow or maybe later today or something.

Aaaaaaaaaanndd...that's it. For now, anyway.
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...and holy crap, I love Naomi/Emily! *__* I will admit that I skipped seasons one and two and went straight to the second generation strictly because I heard such great things about Naomi/Emily. Hell, they're the reason that I decided to watch it in the first place. I seriously haven't been disappointed with them--or the rest of the characters, actually, though I readily admit to loving Naomi and Emily most. JJ takes second place to them in my heart, though. I love that guy; he's awkward and cute and, unfortunately, can't always control what he says, and it makes me feel so bad for him.

So far my favorite episode of the season has been 3x06 "Naomi." I'm half way through "Katie and Emily." I'm writing this because I'm watching the episodes on megavideo which has a time limit per session, and I've already watched my 72 minute session which means I need to wait an hour before being able to watch more. Thankfully, I only need to wait another ten minutes.

My only complaint is in wondering why EVERYONE is cheating on someone at some point, and why EVERY time two characters kiss, it leads to sex. What ever happened to just a peck on the lips or a little bit of making out? It seems like everytime there's a kiss, there's a sudden scramble for the characters to remove their clothes half a second later. O.o

Other than that, it's a pretty good show, and I really like it. Does anyone know if this show is broadcast in the US or if I'll have to wait until new episodes make it online for me to be able to watch them?

EDIT: Damn it! It's on BBC America! I don't get that channel! D8 Fuck, I guess I'll have to wait until the episodes come online to watch them, then. Does anyone know how long that usually takes? :<
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YES, I WON, AAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAA! 8D






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...and I remember why I love this show. It's so well written, and the writers knew where the show was headed from the begining. Sam and Dean are awesome. I just...explode with love. I need to write more fics for this show. So far my Supernatural fic count is a grand total of...one.

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