Posts By: irina

Choir inventory

The current state of our choir: a good young soprano who needs occasional reining in to keep her from being both too fast and too loud from sheer enthusiasm a shy soprano with a soft but sweet and clear voice, needs encouragement but does very well when she’s confident a strong mezzo-soprano who prefers her

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Reading notes, week 5

Unexplored Territory by Celia Lake. Novelette set during On the Bias and I think I’ll have to read that again (also Goblin Fruit, which is next up on my TBR list anyway) to know who exactly those people are and why they do what they’re doing. But the magic and the social machinations are interesting

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Reading notes, week 4

Eye Spy by Mercedes Lackey. #2 of Family Spies. I love the kickass ace engineer protagonist! I like the clueless-but-good masters she goes on a journey with! I like the down-to-earth woman mercenary captain! But the real-world politics references are a bit much, Dudley Remp (almost typed my own last name which is only one

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Dear Worldbuilding writer,

Hi, I’m sinkauli on ao3. Here you can see my works and my bookmarks, and this blog here is full of my reading notes. I’m reposting last year’s worldbuildingex letter with some fandom-specific changes and additions. Please assume “any or no characters” and “original character(s)” for all fandoms so I don’t need to repeat that

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Reading notes, week 3

Closer to the Heart by Mercedes Lackey., #2 of The Herald Spy. Much marriage! Much wonderful undercovering! Actually okay mine owners (and does the nice mine owner’s very nice son actually have a chance with the smart handmaiden?) Perhaps a bit too much sportsball but at least it’s functional, and the intelligent boy gets a

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Reading notes, week 2

Redoubt by Mercedes Lackey. Yes, this seems to be a full series reread, right up to the end of Family Spies. Virtual TBR pile is getting higher but that makes it all the more delicious to look forward to. This is the one of which I said, in August 2022, that there was FAR TOO

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Reading notes, week 1

Last week completed three full years of the reading notes! Even though there are some weeks that I read nothing but fanfic and couldn’t be hedgehogged to list every single story, or was doing canon review so I couldn’t disclose the actual books and forgot to make a note so I can’t retroactively fill it

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Reading notes, week 52

Yuletide is here (stories out on Christmas Day, author reveal on New Year’s Day) so I’ve been reading mostly fanfic, and I have a folder of bookmarks to write a recommendations post when I can list the authors as well. But there’s this! Sixpenny Octavo by Annick Trent. Sweet, gentle F/F romance with mystery elements.

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Reading notes, week 51

Arrow’s Flight by Mercedes Lackey. Not by far as cringey as I feared, except (a) major, MAJOR Failure To Communicate, (b) is that sex scene really necessary? (well, it also serves to establish that casual sex among Heralds is common; okay) (c) so much teenage angst! And now I notice that the Arrows books are

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Reading notes, week 50

Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey. Comfort reread, back to my first Valdemar love. Not by far as cringey as I was afraid it would be after years (the last time I read it must be before January 1, 2019, or I’d have logged it). I’m sure (a) that it will spark a full

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