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Jun. 12th, 2016


Ahhhhh. This interface is ALL DIFFERENT.

Hi. Is anyone still out there? It has literally been years. YEARS. Um. I know everyone has tumblrs and stuff now, so if anyone wants to tell me where they are so I can come find them, I would enjoy that greatly.

Also, yes, I am once again thinking about fic. Is anyone here into MCU? <3

Oct. 19th, 2013


dear yuletide author

dearest yule-writer,

Compliments of the season and I'm so sorry this letter is late. I am perennially late (of late). But this is no reflection of my sincere admiration and excitement: I missed Yuletide last year, but am thrilled to be participating again... and am so pleased we've matched on a fandom. Anything you write will warm the cockles of my heart--if you have a vision that brooks no compromise, by all means, go for it! Should you desire some prompting, however, here are my particular things:

I love complicated, screwed up relationships, in which the parties have differing, even incompatible goals that nevertheless do not diminish their affection for one another. I like villains and antiheroes and shades of grey. I love long, plotty stories; I likewise love sharp character vignettes. I am fond of all the characters in the fandoms I've chosen, so please no character bashing, even if infidelity etc. are involved. Dramedies are where I live: either serious with a bit of humor, or humor with a serious or dark edge, everything mixed up, like life. I am catholic (not in the Borgias sense, except in that anything goes!) in my tastes: you may work with any flavor of slash, het, kink, gen, poly, incest etc. that you fancy. If you enjoy writing it, I am certain I will enjoy reading it.


The Borgias: this is the fandom of my heart, and I'm so sad that it's over. Anything: history, AU, Cesare & Lucrezia ruling the world for a 1000 years as god-kings of the universe, Micheletto back, whatever happened to Giulia Farnese, anything at all will make me happy. I love all the major and minor characters, angst, happy endings, whatever.

Rush: RIVALRIES! this movie is such fanbait. I like 'em slashy, I like 'em as frenemies, I like it all, basically. Also, that barefoot on a bicycle story intrigues me! I also love process stories about competence, so anything about genius and prodigy and racing also works. Or good old fashioned slash. Whatever makes you happy.

The Sherwood Ring: I adore this book... timeslips are awesome, and Pope's writing and characters are the best. Please don't break anyone up here, but I'd love to see more with the ghosts... Is Peggy a ghost now too? What about Pat? Do they all hang out? Did the original four have any other exciting adventures? How do Eleanor and Barbara get along? How do Dick and Peaceable, after the war? Do they visit anyone else?

Mahabharata I put any characters here, and that is what will please me, but I confess to a great burning curiosity about the Kauravas. What's it like for Dushala being one girl with a hundred brothers? Duryodhan and Karna's relationship, what's up with that? Did the Pandavas and the Kauravas EVER have any fun with each other?

Thank you so much for playing, dear Yule-writer. I hope you have as much fun writing as I will reading!

<3 kali

Feb. 19th, 2013


...her six year mission, to explore strange new worlds...

Well, it's official. I got the job, and today I got the contract... As of Aug. 15th, I'm an assistant professor of English literature specializing in children's literature and the digital humanities. I've got a 2/2 teaching load, and a "research focused" (i.e. not teaching or service) tenure calendar of six years, for those of you to whom that means anything. It's a pretty good gig. If CODENAME: SOUTHERN STATE, URBAN CENTER (I've got to come up with a better codename, really!) was located in a small city-state off the coast of Brooklyn, I would have nothing for which to ask. But alas.

It is all extremely odd. My feelings are... mixed. But among them are certainly gratitude and incredulity: I am very, very lucky. It is really rough out there.

Jan. 9th, 2013

gunslinger, neverending story, reading

To boldly go where no Kali has gone before...

Okay, that's not true. I'm sure there's has been many a Kali who has gone to CODENAME: SOUTHERN SWING STATE before, just not this one. And anyway, it was never true on Star Trek either: it's pretty hard to seek out new life and new civilizations where no one has gone before, if you get my drift... Wow. It never occurred to me before this moment how very privileged that whole opening is, not even considering the whole no man/no one issue.

(I've been watching Next Gen for basically the first time, and loving it, btw. Worf! Ensign Ro! Data! SAREK!!!!! We've just got to the one where Spock shows up. If androids dream of electric sheep, then I dream of space opera. I'm aware this makes no sense, but move along, nothing to see here.)

ANYWAY. I am off to CODENAME: SOUTHERN SWING STATE on Sunday to give a job talk at CODENAME: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN SWING STATE, URBAN CENTER. I now have to write this job talk. So clearly I am doing the optimal thing: posting on LJ. I am utterly terrified and paralysed: at the thought of moving, at the thought of two uninterrupted days of being judged, at the idea of making a fool of myself, at the thought of coming really close to getting a job, and then not.

Meh. This whole process SUCKS. I'm going to get back from CODENAME: SOUTHERN SWING STATE (they're paying! for a hotel room! and a plane ticket! I recognize this is customary, but I am wowed, and did I mention, terrified?) and embark on a campaign of debauched laziness, frantic posting about fandom, frantic posting about triviality, and you know, alcohol.

I leave you with this, just to bring the whole thing back around:

Kirk Hadfield

Captain Kirk tweets to Cmdr. Hadfield on the International Space Station.

Happy New Year and welcome to the future!

Dec. 24th, 2012



It is distinctly odd not playing Yuletide this year. Oh well, maybe I'll get it up to write a treat for Madness tomorrow (um, later today?) But probably not. I FEEL WEIRD. Never again, people. Never again. This was a one-time only yuletide absence, because instead, I wrote a dissertation.

How are you all doing? I am baking miniature pies: the return for Christmas... and wrapping presents.

Nov. 22nd, 2012



I am so thankful for so many things this year, and if you've been following along, you know most of them.

And also, for getting to do this:

Thanksgiving, or Piepocalypse, 2012

It was all delectable. I wish all of you equal deliciousness today and every day!

(Oh, and this is awesome. "Happy Thanksgiving, You Buckle-Hatted Jackasses," indeed. Give it a read.)

Nov. 21st, 2012

not sorry


So, D. and I decided to give the greater family a miss this holiday season. What with dissertation-finishing, we haven't had a lot of time for just us...

And we're celebrating Thanksgiving this year with a series of miniature pies!

1. lamb, chestnut, cranberry pie.
2. steak and Guinness pie.
3. assorted poultry with leeks pie
4. apple pie with cheddar
5. pecan pie.
6. pumpkin pie with whipped cream
7. sour cherry pie.

(Also salad, not in a pie. I considered briefly encasing it in puff pastry, but decided this was madness.)

Today we are composing all the pie-guts. Tomorrow we are baking and eating said pies, whilst drinking bourbon-laced spiced cider, and watching all of the Lord of the Rings movies.

Indeed, there is much for which to be thankful.

PIE. MINIATURE SAVOURY AND SWEET PIES!!! What could be better????


Nov. 18th, 2012


Thank you all so much for your good wishes!

"She laughed suddenly, and for the first time, felt confident.
'They can't take this away, at any rate. Whatever I may have done since, this remains. Scholar; Master of Arts; Domina; Senior Member of this University (
statutum est quod Juniores Senioribus debitam et congruam reverentiam tum in privato tum in publico exhibeant); a place achieved, inalienable, worthy of reverence.'"

-Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

Thank you all so much! I really appreciate your good wishes, and feel phenomenally fortunate to have such excellent friends!

Dr. Kali

Nov. 16th, 2012

gunslinger, neverending story, reading

Wish me well, f-list

I shall come back with my doctorate... or upon it. ;-)

See you on the flip side.


Nov. 12th, 2012


*taps microphone* hello? anyone still here?

So, you may have noticed that I disappeared. Again.

BUT. I am back now. For serious. And the reason is: I've finished my doctoral thesis, Neverending Stories: Unauthorized Continuation, Fictional Realities, and the Long-Form Narrative from 1590 - 2011. I defend on Friday, Nov. 16th at 2pm. I'm assured the snake to be battled will be tiny, a grass snake, if you will.

I literally could not have done it without you, f-list, and I thank many of you specifically, and all of you generally in the Acknowledgments. You have all the grateful thanks of a Dr. Kali of the future, my friends.

I missed you guys sooooo much. But I'm back now. What did I miss???

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