Beauty Queens, Discussion Post 1

Jun. 21st, 2017 05:54 pm
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I ended up listening to more on the way to work today (after literal weeks of avoiding it), and I just.

I gotta talk about this book, okay. It is a trainwreck, and if I don't start talking about it, all of my thoughts are going to explode.

So, here are a bunch of spoilers )

Anyway, I'm currently planning to finish the book, if only for the I Can't Look Away factor, but yeah. Definitely a trainwreck. "Lord of the Flies But With Beauty Queens and a Trans Girl" is very much not the description I would use.

It's also something I would consider for a deconstruction, actually, together with Cinder. I may have to give that idea some more thought.

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Jun. 17th, 2017 08:28 pm
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Anyone in these parts reach the end of Beauty Queens, by Libba Bray? I'm about two-thirds of the way through the audiobook and at a squicking point I would very much like spoilers relating to. I'd just skip ahead in the text or skim until things got less potentially cringe-worthy, but that's a bit more complicated in an audiobook. If someone could help me out with some spoilers, that would be much appreciated.


For context: I learned about Beauty Queens when I saw it billed on Tumblr as "Lord of the Flies but with beauty pageant contestants who band together and use their skills to succeed and also one of them is a trans girl", which is. Not entirely 100% inaccurate*, but covers maybe half the plot at best (so far) and really mischaracterizes the entire thing as a character-driven work rather than the plot-driven (very pulpy) work that it actually is. I have very, very many thoughts and feelings about what I've listened to so far, mostly relating to how much I wish it were a better book, and hoping it gets to be a better book in the last third I haven't gotten to yet. At least to some small degree.

* The characters literally compare their situation to Lord of the Flies in the text, so I am not even remotely going to blame anyone who read it for passing that comparison on. It just left me grossly unprepared for the book I was actually setting up to listen to. In multiple ways.

Art accessibility concept

Jun. 16th, 2017 12:08 am
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Since my coloring pages are only lineart, it would be pretty simple to mat prints and go over the lines with puffy shirt paint. If I let it dry, it would conceivably preserve the raised paint lines, and allow blind people to feel how the art looks, to a certain extent.

Not something I currently have the technology to share via the internet, but definitely an idea. I may have to try it out with one or two pics at AI.

Input welcome, natch.

Another drawing

Jun. 15th, 2017 09:53 pm
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I'm not sure whether I actually want to add more lines to this one or not. (I mean, I did kinda overlook post-evo Shellder's shell spots, but other than that.) I rather like it as is.

Slowbro is confused; Shellder is angry

Shellder: It's our anniversary you big pink nitwit! I can't believe you forgot! I have half a mind to unfuse with you! *chew chew chew*
Slowbro: Was there something I was supposed to remember...?

Current title is Amnesia, but I could just as easily go with Oblivious or Unaware.


As an aside, Shellder/Cloyster is one of the Kanto Pokemon that I'm somewhat disappointed never got an Alolan form. Just like Baby!Kangaskhan, the design is already in the game! It would make at least as much sense for it to exist as not, if not more. Hence: Disappointment. On the day that I'm in charge of the universe, I will finally fix this.

Ugh

Jun. 15th, 2017 09:24 pm
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Me this morning: Hmm, work week starts tomorrow; I'd better check if the new schedule got sent out.
Me: *checks*
Me: Nope! I'll check back in a few hours.

Me this afternoon: Okay, my new schedule still isn't here. It's still sort-of early, though; I'll send a text to my boss to see if she just forgot.
Me: *texts boss*
Me: *does other stuff*

Me half an hour ago: Boy I sure hope my schedule has shown up in my inbox by now.
Me: ...And that's a no. I guess I'll send another text?
Ten minutes: *pass*
Me: Okay, time for desperate measures. I'm calling the front desk.

Me now: *waiting patiently for the nice front desk person to get back to me, desperately hoping I don't have to be up at four tomorrow morning*

---Edited to add---

Me at 10:00pm: Okay, enough is enough. I'm calling again.
Front Desk: Oh, hey, I was just about to call you! Yeah, it looks like you're not working tomorrow.
Me: Oh thank god. *collapses*

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