emma_in_dream: (Brookes)
Naomi Novik Termeraire 2006

Mary Gabriel Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution 2011

Paul Jenkins Captain America: Theater of War

Laurie King Dreaming Spies 2015

Robert Holden and Jane Brummitt May Gibbs: More than a Fairy Tale 2011

Matteo Pericoli London for Children 2008

Ashley Ormond How to Give Your Kids $1 Million Each! (And It Won't Cost You a Cent!) 2006

Family Guide London: Where to Play, What to See, Where to Stay 2016

Carolyn Schonafinger Europe with Kids: How to Travel Europe the Easy Way 2012

William Gray Travel with Kids 2016

Mary Grant Bruce A Little Bush Maid 1910


Nov. 28th, 2016 05:56 pm
emma_in_dream: (Lotr)
People have been writing fanfic forever. Check out the letter written to Kate Douglas Wiggin, the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903) who resisted marrying off her heroine.

In a1905 interview that appeared in the Ladies’ Home Journal, Kate Douglas Wiggin pulled out a letter written to her by a ten-year-old girl that includes a “sequel” to Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. In less than a page of script, the child writes that Rebecca is visited by Adam Ladd, engaged, and married the next day. She revises the ending of the first novel by having the title character tell her new husband, “I was thinking that I’d have a chance to change a sentence I once said. Instead of ‘God bless Aunt Miranda God bless the brick house’, It is ‘God bless Aunt Miranda God bless the brick house and God bless my dear husband’”.

It reminds me of the deluge of correspondence directed to Louisa May Alcott asserting that Jo should have married Laurie.


Nov. 25th, 2016 08:47 pm
emma_in_dream: (Lotr)
I have just been rewatching *Andromeda* because I got the new DVD release. It would be more accurate to say I'm watching it as I only saw the first season and a half the first time around, back when the way Australian fans watched new releases was by having kind American fans post video tapes over.

I would love to do a rewatch, and I propose we start one episode a week, starting next week.

Is anyone interested?
I was impressed by my kids this weekend. Pearl went on her first sleep over. She behaved well and did not freak out, to my impressed surprise.

I had thought Ruby would be jealous when Pearl left but she was actually heart broken. She kept hugging her and telling her how much she loved her. ‘One more hug, one more kiss.’ Of course she has no memory of not sharing the room with Pearl, except when she has been in hospital, and she was very anxious that Pearl might not come back. ‘What if our car breaks down and Baby_Elvis’ car breaks down and all the taxis break down? What would happen then?’
emma_in_dream: (Guardians)
Random fact: The first May Gibbs Gumnut Babies were made on bookmarks that promoted an Ethel Turner novel.

the week

Nov. 14th, 2016 05:17 pm
So, what a rollercoaster this week has been.

On the bad side: the American election, the triumph of hatred, racism and misogyny, and the inevitable effects on Australia’s drift to the right. We finally got to go to the incontinence clinic and they think that Ruby has two to five years to go until continence. We also got to see the orthopaedics people who said that there is nothing that can be done to relieve the pain in her feet, knees and hips. She just has to live with it. The lion at the zoo died unexpectedly.

On the good side: The thirteen month wait to get into the incontinence clinic is over. I was so depressed that I went to the beautician and pampered myself (for the first time in eight years). Ruby likes her new pet fish. Hilary won the popular vote. Because Americans don’t have compulsory voting, it’s not 50% of the population who voted for hatred but only 25%. Because I had the day off to go to medical appointments with Ruby, I also got to go to the school excursion to see *Snugglepot and Cuddlepie* which was surprisingly good. I particularly liked the way they made the Banksia men still scary but less racist. Here’s a picture for non-Australians, with bonus Snugglepot and Little Ragged Blossum.


Yep, that’s about it on the good side, a less racist Banksia man than was envisioned in 1915.


Nov. 10th, 2016 08:28 pm
emma_in_dream: (Sound of Music)
hope to attend the rally against the privatisation of Western Power on Tuesday. I'm feeling that now is a good time to send a strong message to Government to resist the trends shown in America.



Nov. 9th, 2016 06:25 pm
emma_in_dream: (BTTF)
Entirely by coincidence, I was today completing a biography of Marx. William Morris wrote: 'It does not matter a rap, it seems to me, whether the robbery is accomplished by what is termed surplus value, or by means of serfage or open brigandage. The whole system is monstrous and intolerable.... It is enough political economy for me to know that the idle class is rich and the working class is poor, and that the rich are rich because they rob the poor. That I know because I see it with my eyes.'


Nov. 7th, 2016 05:48 pm
emma_in_dream: (Leia)
Have the Americans had a Federal election in the last generation where the results were generally accepted? My memory is 2000 – Bush was accused of stealing the election by refusing to count the Florida votes (because he did). 2004 – Bush was accused of stealing the election with dodgy electronic vote counting machines made by a Republican who promised to ‘win’ him the election. 2008 – Obama undermined by a whisper campaign that he wasn’t really an American. 2012 – ditto.

2016 – I am pretty sure the results will be contested again and some people will not accept the new President has due authority.
19th century reading...

I found the 27th report of the Canadian Female Compassionate Society at this site: http://eco.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.40120/2?r=0&s=1

I am charmed by the language. 'The Ladies... have only a brief but satisfactory report to present to the subscribers, on this the close of the 30th year of its formation, a period during which its utility has been sufficiently tested by the continued support of the public to render any further observation on that subject superfluous.'
emma_in_dream: (bucky)
Is it the season of Halloween with mellow mists and fruitfulness or it is the season of spring with racing and hats? Which is it, people?
emma_in_dream: (Leia)

The girls are now old enough to walk the dog.

Dad has much more energy now he is on dialysis.

Pearl is making marginally less fuss about doing her homework.

There are now choose-your-own-magic *Rainbow Fairy* books, a genre that amazed my children.

I am enjoying *Designated Survivor* and, to my surprise, *Lethal Weapon*.

Ruby shows no sign of the dyslexia which often accompanies NF1 and read me a scaaaary book about the daaaaark, daaaark wood last night.

Cannot think of any work-related happiness….. but the American election will, thank God, be over soon. It feels like it has loomed over everyone for months, years, possibly. And I’m not even American. Every time I open my social media or look at the news I am beset by new electoral lows and frantically implored to vote, which I totally would if I could.

daily life

Oct. 21st, 2016 05:03 pm
My children had an argument yesterday, sparked by the *Lord of the Rings* soundtrack – about whether Boromir’s death was the sort of thing that grown ups like or not.

Obviously they have not seen it, but have heard my retelling while listening to the soundtrack.

Pearl has a visceral fear of death. It is hard to know how to address this. Yes, death does suck and mostly we adults just ignore its inevitability.


Oct. 13th, 2016 05:10 pm
Congratulations to the Upper House of NSW which has unanimously called Donald Trump a ‘revolting slug’ unfit for public office.

‘It is clear that all reasonable and decent people find Donald Trump’s behaviour obnoxious and that the world is hoping American voters reject his politics of hate.’

3 Things

Oct. 10th, 2016 06:23 pm
emma_in_dream: (steve)
1, On the weekend we went to the zoo and took the opportunity to feed a giraffe. It was so cool, because he twisted his tongue around the leaves and pulled them into his mouth. As Pearl said, it was like his tongue was a hand. A slightly slimy feeling, blue hand.

2, Ruby did some woodwork and created what she calls a musical instrument. With help she nailed random nails to a block of wood and then strung elastic bands over it to strum. Her Pop is incredibly impressed.

3, Inspired by a fanvid, I have been rewatching *Leverage*. Perhaps I will finish it this time.


Oct. 8th, 2016 12:03 pm
emma_in_dream: (steve)
Hello and thank you, Yuletide writer! Thank you so much!

Read more... )
3.13 Noriko Matsubara, Bocchi + Pocchi and the Bird, 2014

It's a kid's story about two socks going for a walk. What my children liked the most was the photos of the author knitting models of the socks at the end. She wrote it! She illustrated it! She made the socks!



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