So I know that userscripts.org is down, but that doesn't mean a script I've already downloaded and implemented should stop working does it? And yet I can no longer save filters on AO3. That line is gone from the list of inputs on the right when I am in a tag. And using the "Search within results" field doesn't work with either the filter_ids number or text [how do you exclude text that includes " in it anyway?]. I don't have triggers, but I do have a strongly visceral negative response to a couple things I'd really rather not see and right now I can't filter them out at all, which is a problem for me. (also, protip, asshole: it's not the m/m part of your story that I don't like so much as it's THE NONCON WHICH IS INHERENT IN THE DAMN PAIRING I WANT TO EXCLUDE and also isn't listed in the warnings.)
Ugh, if I could even do one of them it would be fine, since it's the noncon one that is popping up right now, right on top. I find this so frustrating. I didn't think I'd miss the days when I was lucky if there were five new, complete, relevant-to-my-interest stories a week in the Steve/Bucky tag, but sometimes I do. I really, really do.
Also, if it's my dumbassery that is screwing things up, please let me know! But I've tried everything that has worked in the past and none of it is working now and it's making me cranky. *hands*ETA: snakeling
suggested adding // @grant none
to the script header in Greasemonkey, and lo and behold, it worked! /eta( filter_ids for my own future reference )
In more encouraging news, yesterday I wrote about 700 words of post-CATWS Bucky/Natasha. *hands* Only three more sections to go!
In the meantime, that book meme from all around the internets:Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the "right" or "great" works, just the ones that have touched you.
Obviously there's way more than 10, but these are the ones that came to mind first, in no particular order:Lord of the Rings
by JRR Tolkien - so fucking formative.The Tombs of Atuan
by Ursula K. LeGuin - also supremely formative, plus ♥TENAR♥A Swiftly Tilting Planet
by Madeleine L'Engle - this, even more than A Wrinkle in Time
or The Arm of the Starfish
, has stayed with me over the years, despite its various issues. Absalom, Absalom
by William Faulkner - I was tempted to say Light in August
, simply because that's the one I read that finally made me go, hey, now I get why Faulkner (neither The Hamlet
nor "The Bear" had managed it previously, though I did like The Hamlet
better on rereading in college), but Absalom, Absalom
blows my mind every fucking time. I remember the first time reading it, when I was like, Professor T, WHY DIDN'T ANYONE GIVE THIS TO ME SOONER? (I was a senior in college.) Poor Quentin. Poor Shreve.Catch-22
by Joseph Heller - for some weird reason, one of my friends and I would quote this to each other all the time: "The bombardier, the bombardier!" "I'm the bombardier and I'm all right!" and "Where are the Snowdens of yesteryear?" "The spirit gone, man is garbage." and of course, the subject line of this post. Oh, Yossarian. "You have deep-seated survival anxieties. And you don't like bigots, bullies, snobs or hypocrites. Subconsciously there are many people you hate." "Consciously, sir, consciously. I hate them consciously."A Separate Peace
by John Knowles - Gene/Finny was not my first m/m pairing, but they were pretty close.To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee - Do I even need to list a reason?I Capture the Castle
by Dodie Smith - oh Cassandra, how do I love thee?Foucault's Pendulum
by Umberto Eco - another one that rewards multiple rereads; I have pressed this book on any number of people I know, most of whom stopped speaking to me afterwards (except my dad - he just grumped about it). My advice is just go with it, and somewhere around page 50? 100? it starts to work (I won't say it starts to make sense, but...it builds up enough momentum that the first time I kept going to just to find out what the hell was happening).The Things They Carried
by Tim O'Brien - "Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can't remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story." For fiction being truer than truth. For all of it, really.