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Rogue One sent me into a daze. Here be spoilers, but I’m not putting things under a Read More.

The movie had its issues with characterization and storytelling, but I enjoyed It a lot. I’m looking forward to (friendly. FRIENDLY!!) discussion about gray morality and the meaning of martyrdom and so on with people, but at the end of the day, everyone died and I went home with my belly full of Feelings because ASIAN WARRIOR MONKS! IN SPACE!!

Chirrut and Baze made this movie for me. I love them both, I love their dynamic, I love how two men are allowed such a close and gentle and loving relationship when they are the characters they are. They’re played by a Hong Kong and a mainland Chinese actor respectively! That part of the world isn’t known for its openmindedness to queerness! And I definitely see Chirrut and Baze in a queerplatonic relationship. Mostly because I’m not sure if Chirrut made any vows of celibacy and if he did, whether he’d actually keep them.

(Probably not, lbr.)

But yeah, I had a nice screechy shouty discussion with my mom (who, bless her, is more than a little homophobic) and she totally 100% agreed with me that Chirrut is Baze’s entire reason for living and LEMME JUST TELL YOU I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS ABOUT THEM RIGHT NOW.

It’s even better because Chirrut is the subversive laughing monk (which does show up in Chinese dramas) and Baze is the stereotypical silent-Shandong-BAMF-warrior type. Like. These dudes are the epitome of traditional Chinese masculinity. There is famous Chinese classic literature wholly based on these guys. But Chirrut and Baze play so well off each other and have their quietly devoted relationship that absolutely resembles that of a married old Chinese couple.

I think I’ve found a new OTP.

right now the impression rogue one gave me is that it was a more “realistic story” if something like this is possible in a universe with space monks and laser swords. it’s clear intention is to show a different side of the rebellion, a more rough and tough side, cause of course it’s a war. don’t let the cool jedi characters or aliens or jokes fool you into thinking people aren’t out there literally giving their lives for a cause, for hope they won’t have to live in a fascist government, and their children too. rogue one is brutal, it doesn’t get any soft for your confort; the characters have their flaws and their stories - so different yet they converge into something good: the rogue one team. they’re there because that’s the only thing they have, because they want to help, because they want to have a second chance, because they believe in something with such faith that they’re willing to risk their lives for it. everytime they did a reference to something i jumped outta my seat of excitement, it felt so good to feel like i’m in the star wars universe again (not that TFA didnt do it, its cuz its been a long time) and i loved the characters and got attached to them and got so fucking sad everytime someone died. yet, i couldn’t help but to feel proud of  them. they helped save, everyone in their own way, millions and millions of lives. they’re the biggest mf heroes i’ve seen this year. rogue one is a reminder that war demands sacrifice, that isn’t something 100% always right, that we don’t need to go that far to see something like this - we live in a planet where there’s war in a lot of places. even tho i’m devastated they died, i feel warm inside somehow. anyways this movie got me fuckin emotional and i’m back in star wars hell

I got caught up in reading a bunch of the SW novels (read the Catalyst novel, you guys, it’s DELIGHTFUL and I think it really helped get me ready for Rogue One!), so this week I’m doing another compliation set on a theme: STAR WARS MODERN AUS.

NO WAIT COME BACK!! I had a hell of a time getting into them at first, I mean, what’s Star Wars without the laser swords and aliens and space ships and people being space monks?? But then I realized, oh, it’s a chance for these assholes to maybe be happy in a different universe or a chance to examine them from another angle. I wouldn’t suggest starting here, get your fill of more canon-based fic first, then come back when you’re hungry for more of this kind of thing, because it’s pretty amazing when you’re in the right headspace for it! (Fic recs every Wednesday.)

STAR WARS FIC RECS:
Dear Fellow Traveler by Glare, obi-wan/anakin, NSFW, human au, 17.4k
   When strangers Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker both miss their flight, they become unlikely partners in the quest to get home. A modern road trip AU.
Plot Twist by skywalkersamidala, obi-wan/anakin/padme & ahsoka & cast, human au, 10.1k
   The supposed love triangle between Mr. Skywalker, Ms. Amidala, and Mr. Kenobi is all their students (and even their fellow teachers) can talk about. The only thing is, no one at Coruscant High School can figure out exactly which of them are together.
Negotiation by Glare, obi-wan/anakin & ahsoka & cast, nsfw, modern au, serial killer au, 30.4k wip
   Over a year ago, Coruscant Police Detective Anakin Skywalker vanished without a trace while hunting the prolific serial killer known within the media as “The Negotiator”.
i could teach you (but i’d have to charge) by pdotschuy, obi-wan/anakin/padme & ahsoka & cast, modern au, school au, 7.1k wip
   ( aka: that high school teachers au that literally no one was going to ask for, but needed to be done. featuring: anakin and ahsoka terrorizing the entire school, the clones as secretaries, and obi-wan, who definitely deserves a raise. let’s not even talk about dooku. )
A Sky Full of Stars by rubberbird, obi-wan/anakin, NSFW, 15.7k wip
   True love never did run smooth.
the comfort of this house by FoxGlade, obi-wan/anakin/padme & luke & leia & cast, 3.9k
   seven excerpts from a life where everything went right
Master by ARightCharlie (nerddowell), obi-wan/anakin & padme & quinlan, NSFW, human au, dom/sub, 6.6k
   “You know, it’s not kind to play with your food,” Quin told Obi-Wan as he glanced between his friend and the undergrad Obi-Wan was currently toying with.
let me photograph you in this light by QueenWithABeeThrone, obi-wan/anakin & ahsoka & padme & han & luke & leia, human au, 14.4k
   Obi-wan Kenobi and eight things he learns about Anakin Skywalker after Anakin comes to work for him. (alternatively: Obi-wan and Anakin make it work, amidst vigilantes, terrible tea, and kidnapping attempts.)
ghost coast by bloodonyrsundress, obi-wan/anakin & ahsoka & padme & barris & cast, NSFW, human au, supernatural au, 19.6k wip
   chapter six features more magic hand-wavey garbage, a supernatural #squad meeting in a graveyard, and ambiguous sandwiches.
In Color by Glare, obi-wan/anakin/padme & qui-gon & shmi, modern au, soulmate au, 13k wip
   Anakin Skywalker is six years old the first time he marks on his skin with intent. His classmates whisper to one another about soulmates on the jungle gym at recess or over toys during free time. They smear colorful paints on their skin and delight when, sometimes, there’s an answer. First graders do not understand the intricacies of the concept, but they know that soulmates are a good thing to have. Another person, who is a perfect match to you. What more could a lonely child want?

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I waver between being so angry vs so disgusted vs so incredibly sad and heartsick, I just cannot believe that this is the world we live in, and I’m terrified of what’s to come.  It feels so hard to find any reason to get up and keep fighting, what’s the point, when this is where we ended up, but every hour I get a smidgen of it back, every hour I get a little bit more sure that we can’t just lie down.  I don’t usually talk about politics on this blog (partly to due with separating my life, partly because of how my anxiety works) and I’m still going to keep this primarily as a space for being escapism when I need it, because I can’t let my fear and disgust and anger overwhelm me, I need to have a buffer against those feelings to get back up again.

Some do need that space, some do need to look at cute animal gifs or magical girls or space monks with laser swords, to not collapse out of sheer despair. The push for a better world just got a lot harder, but that doesn’t mean giving up on it and sometimes that means I need good things to remind me why I keep voting, why I keep caring, why this world is still worth it.  I have so much anger about all of this and I’m going to use it irl, I hope that others take this and remember it (because, goddamn, apparently nobody fucking remembered 2000) and use it and keep going, but if you need a brief break, sometimes it’s okay to go look at Skyrim gifs or talk about which fictional characters you want to fight each other and/or kiss.

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Saint Bede the Venerable, Saint Isidore of Sevilla, Saint Abbo of Fleury - Cosmography, 1100s.

Created in 12th century England, this manuscript was intended to be a scientific textbook for monks, designed as a compendium of cosmographical knowledge. The complex diagrams that accompany the texts help to illustrate this knowledge, and include visualizations of the heavens and earth, seasons, winds, tides, and the zodiac, as well as demonstrations of how these things relate to man. Most of the diagrams are rotae, or wheel-shaped schemata, favored throughout the Middle Ages for the presentation of scientific and cosmological ideas. Moreover, the circle, considered the most perfect shape and a symbol of God, was seen as conveying the cyclical nature of time as well as the logic, order, and harmony of the created universe.

1. Diagram of the zodiac
2. Diagram of twelwe winds
3. Diagram of the planetary orbits and zodiac
4. Diagram of the planet cycles
5. Diagram of the solstices and equinoxes
6. The planetary orbits
7. Diagram of the harmony of the elements, seasons, and humors
8. Diagram of the harmony of the year and seasons
9. Tidal diagram
10. Diagram of planetary courses in the zodiacal signs

I almost held off on this post for another day because I’ve almost finished up a few more fics and was going to try to group them together better and also rec ones I’d just finished reading but that is what gets me in trouble with wanting to post monster lists, especially because my brain is so full of space monks and laser swords that, honestly, I’m reading like three novels a week worth here sometimes. God bless SW fandom for providing a crapload of fic to read. \o/ (Fic recs every Wednesday.)

STAR WAR FIC RECS:
Negotiation by Glare, obi-wan/anakin & cast, modern au, serial killer au, 18.9k wip
   Over a year ago, Coruscant Police Detective Anakin Skywalker vanished without a trace while hunting the prolific serial killer known within the media as “The Negotiator”.
Clarity by anecdotalist, obi-wan/anakin & anakin/padme & cast, 60.1k wip
   Anakin’s jealousy leads to the start of something new between him and Obi-Wan and a lot of frank discussions about things they should have talked about but didn’t in canon.
The World Undone by lilyconrad, obi-wan/anakin & ahsoka & maul, nsfw, sith!obi-wan, 99.4k wip
   Anakin Skywalker, proud symbol of the strength and purity of the Jedi Order, is the target of a strange and handsome Sith named Obi-Wan, whose only goal seems to be pulling Skywalker down into the dark with him.
Tumbling Star Wars by esama, obi-wan & anakin & qui-gon, 11.2k
   Various Star Wars snippets. Some crossovers.
The Teacher Learns Twice by Magical_Destiny, obi-wan & anakin & qui-gon, 4.5k
   Early in his apprenticeship, Obi-Wan learns an important lesson. The words of Qui-Gon Jinn become a legacy in the most surprising of ways and the most unorthodox of settings — Dex’s Diner.
Just a Little Bit of History Repeating by victoria_p (musesfool), anakin & leia, 3.7k
   “I’m in charge of security, Your Highness,” Vader said, haughty and automatic, and had to shove away a sudden onslaught of memories. It was this building, he thought, and the presence of a small brunette senator with a smart mouth. That was all.
She sidesteps by tyrantmoves, ahsoka & cast, 3.8k
   Maybe she’s still the selfish, lost soul she’d been so proud of becoming. Maybe that’s who she has to be, to face him again. Glimpses into Ahsoka’s life after leaving the order, up to confronting Vadar.
Lineage VI by ruth baulding, obi-wan & qui-gon & cast, 66.2k
   Master and apprentice undertake a risky undercover mission to expose conspiracy in a far-flung sector; a comedy of manners abruptly transforms into a nightmare when their cover is blown; and a desperate escape gambit strikes deep at the foundations of trust.
Three Kisses and other cliches by deaka, luke/mara, 1.3k
   Luke & Mara one shot AU, following the Thrawn trilogy
Cruel by Bablefishmouse, obi-wan/anakin/padme & luke, sith!obi-wan, 1.2k
   Luke grew up in the Great Empire run by his three parents, Sith Lord Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala. But now he’s nearly an adult, and he wants to learn.
shall we go again? by luckyjak, obi-wan/anakin, ~1k
   “I had a dream,” Obi-Wan said, quiet and thoughtful, like he wasn’t quite there anymore.
Heart by Bablefishmouse, obi-wan/anakin/padme, 1.7k
   The night before a big battle, Obi-Wan finds himself brooding over what is to come. Padme and Anakin have other plans.
Reemerging Daylight by Pandora151, obi-wan & anakin & bant, 7k
   Obi-Wan, still struggling with the death of Qui-Gon Jinn, collapses under the pressure of being a new Knight as well as a Master to an unusual Padawan. Anakin watches him fall and begins to understand his new master so much more. Set two weeks after the events of The Phantom Menace.
untitled by letslipthehounds, obi-wan & anakin & dooku, 1.1k
   Anonymous asked: Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus runs into Obi-Wan and Anakin several years prior to AOTC, and decides that they are Qui-Gon’s legacy and he is going to make sure they do well.
I have nothing I can give by MirandaTam, shmi & obi-wan & anakin & siri & beru & jango & cast, 15k wip
   The transition from Jedi to General is a hard one - and the Clone Wars are full of unexpected enemies.

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