antediluvian: (i know there's something more out there)
Every year I tell myself to use this journal for more than just Yuletide, but I am a) lazy and b) really busy, so my good intentions always seem to crumble. But! I really wanted to write a post about The Raven King, even though I read it so long ago now and thus this post is terribly belated. This post is really going to be my distilled thoughts about it, as my reading was so long ago.

The Raven Cycle has been very important to me. When The Raven Boys came out, I had decided to stay in the UK after two years of living abroad. I had just got a job in a very new company and there were already little warning flags going up about how toxic that office was going to become. When The Dream Thieves came out, that job had deteriorated to the point that I was excruciatingly anxious, unable to sleep and constantly nauseous, but reading The Dream Thieves was the thing that motivated me to get up in the morning. When Blue Lily, Lily Blue came out I wasn't at that job anymore. I had started a new job, in my dream company, and I was seeing a counsellor for the anxiety left behind by the old job. It took time, so much longer than I had expected, but it felt like slowly returning to myself. The Raven Cycle was the first thing I had felt fannish about in ages. I was reading fic regularly. I was writing - though most of it is still sitting entrenched in my laptop. I made friends though it and met some of my absolute favourite people.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that The Raven King had a lot hanging on it when it came out. It simultaneously benefited and suffered from that - the series has been so important to me that I was prepared immediately to love it and to overlook flaws. But I was also hoping for so, so, so much, with years worth of hope.

So here are my thoughts, which I am bulletpointing for ease of reading:

The Raven King - cut for spoilers )
antediluvian: (Default)
I still haven't read The Raven King. I pre-ordered it the moment it was possible to do so, and then two weeks before it arrived I decided to embark on a re-read of the entire Raven Cycle, because this will be the last time I can read it speculatively... and speculating about the end of the Raven Cycle has formed the backbone of my fannish activity for the past year and a half. 

This means I've been dodging spoilers like bullets.

But now it's time. I finished my re-read of Blue Lily, Lily Blue this morning. The sun is shining and a blanket and my neighbour's cat are in the garden outside, so there's where I am going to start my reading of The Raven King. I can't imagine better circumstances! 

I've put some of my speculations and hopes for The Raven King below the cut - there are spoilers for the rest of the Raven Cycle, if you haven't read it yet.

cut for possible spoilers for the Raven Cycle pre-The Raven King )

This series has been incredibly important to me for the past four and a bit years. I've made some really good friends for it and felt fannishly enthusiastic about something for the first time in ages. 

Now I am going to go to my garden and start reading The Raven King.

antediluvian: (she is beauty she is grace)
I've been experimenting with using my phone to write on the way to work, with my new commute.

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Like to princes in their slumbers lie (2029 words) by antediluvian
Chapters: 2/?
Fandom: Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Richard Gansey III/Blue Sargent, Ronan Lynch/Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch & Blue Sargent
Characters: Ronan Lynch, Blue Sargent
Additional Tags: ronan and blue friendship, the sargent lynch adventure, background pairings - Freeform, Cabeswater - Freeform, Platonic friendships, unplatonic friendships, background bluesey, background pynch, no unsolicited concrit please, post blue lily lily blue, gansey goes missing, so does adam, not actually angst
Summary:

"I know what missing means."

Blue Sargent is two raven boys down.

(After BLLB.)

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I say "no concrit please", but seriously if anyone knows how to tag properly on AO3 I would love to hear your thoughts. Someone on my reading list wrote an amazing post about it last year but I can't remember it enough to actually put into practice!

This is a bit of an experiment for me. I haven't tried writing something multi-chaptered before, but I like my idea - and I've outlined! - and my new commute gives me a nice chunk of writing time.

antediluvian: (hey i'm happy here)
Rather belatedly, I wrote numb is an old hat, old as my oldest memories in the Raven Cycle fandom. It was my first time writing for those books and I re-read them all multiple times in the hopes that I wouldn't fuck it up too badly - I'm actually pretty pleased with the result, and my recipient seemed to like it, which is really all that matters! I really enjoyed writing it, in the end, and am hoping to make myself write more in that fandom.

This person wrote a really nice rec for it on Tumblr, and also recs some other gorgeous Raven Cycle fics!
antediluvian: (hey i'm happy here)
I received a wonderful October Daye fic, A Boisterous Storm , featuring Quentin, the Luidaeg, and a zoo full of animals.

I am slowly reading my way through various other fandoms in the collection and thought I'd keep myself a post/rec post here of the ones I'm enjoying. I will add to it as I go...

The Raven Cycle )

The Mummy Series )

My Mad Fat Diary )

Guardians of the Galaxy )

Practical Magic )

The Children of Dune )

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