PRIEST: “Today, Jesus urges us to live a worthy life. And what better gift to give him than that of a marriage between a man and a woman? But… marriage as an institution is under great pressure today. No two men or two women can become one flesh. We weren’t designed to be homosexual. Any electrician will tell you you can’t get power if you use two same-sex electrical sockets. They.. simply won’t spark. And if you consider a magnet.. two positives come together and they repel. Yet, when the opposite sources are used, they weld to one another tightly, like a man and wife in holy matrimony. Homosexual sex is dangerous and destructive to the human body. Homosexuality is a sin.”
Tommy put on his coat before opening the door to head out. Just a quick trip, and surprisingly for once it wasn’t business. Still, he stopped in his tracks to find you on his doorstep in the middle of the night, ready to knock on the door when he had opened it.
“Going somewhere?” You said with a smirk.
He huffed before looking you in the eyes. “Y/N, what are you doing here?”
“I couldn’t sleep.” You shrugged, slipping in past him.
“Again?” Tommy said, closing the door and turning back around to watch you make yourself at home, pouring a drink and sitting on the couch.
oooh, miranda for the fic recs thing? this is a great idea!
OH ANON THANK YOU I’M SO GLAD YOU ASKED FOR MIRANDA <333
literally every single goddamn thing@sea-changed has ever written because they all star miranda and she is a spectacular miranda. the prose is always so precise; there’s a fierce emotional clarity to everything that sea-changed produces. book of days is 9k of heart-wrenching post-london james/miranda angst. a more rational burning is a lovely, pensive character study set in london, delving into miranda’s thoughts in that canon scene where she’s sitting by the window holding The Book.
The Thing Is by @drivingsideways33, a series of two fics containing ENDLESS MIRANDA FEELINGS. pri writes such a gorgeous miranda. part 1, May it happen to me (all), is the imagining of miranda and thomas’ courtship that i’ve always wanted, terrifically nuanced and smart, and part 2, A Savor of the Heart, comprises three non-linear snapshots that will probably make you cry your damn heart out; reading them is like standing in a waterfall of light.
whalebone, rigged to stem the floods by @squid-inspiration, exceedingly lovely introspective james/miranda CORSET PORN, with blindingly cute moments of happiness and thought-provoking explorations of power dynamics and gender roles. squid’s lush, sensuous descriptions are the best and it’s so easy to immerse myself in her stories.
so many of @shirogiku’s fics! Let There Be Time is the miranda groundhog day AU, so beautiful and incredibly satisfying. What Is Best is a delightful thomas/miranda pegging fic where they sneak off at a party and quote poetry while they have sex and it’s fantastic!! The Captain’s Wife, or Dangerous Liaisons is the AU where miranda’s married to james, not thomas, and it’s so much fun, it’s absolutely exhilarating and i think about this fic all the time.
Hell Hath No Fury by @flintsredhair, a FABULOUS series where miranda survives charles town and becomes flint’s partner in piracy. i love that miranda gets to finally grow; she gets to rage and relate to flint, at last, and they both start to heal themselves and each other and the connection between them. and most of the stuff meg has written features miranda and it’s all brilliant, so <3
Vain Empires by @st4rlings: miranda goes to church on new providence and thinks about her life. painful, moody introspection with really stunning prose, and i ALWAYS appreciate mentions of domme!miranda!
Time Covers All Things by lilithilien: once upon a time there was a sad dearth of miranda’s fics and i considered this fic the essential miranda fic; it’s 12k and a pretty comprehensive look at miranda’s life, written with sharp, compelling emotional honesty. now there are a lot more miranda fics out there, but this fic is definitely still worth a read. it’s searing and heartbreaking and feels very very true.
How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens, forthcoming March 2015, explores the immigrant experience in a science fiction setting, with exciting fiction and poetry from some of the genre’s best writers.
Table of Contents:
Dean Francis Alfar, “Ohkti”
Celia Lisset Alvarez, “Malibu Barbie Moves to Mars”
R.J. Astruc, “A Believer’s Guide to Azagarth”
Lisa Bao, “like father, like daughter”
Pinckney Benedict, “Zog-19: A Scientific Romance”
Lisa Bolekaja, “The Saltwater African”
Mary Buchinger, “Transplanted”
Zen Cho, “The Four Generations of Chang E”
Abbey Mei Otis, “Blood, Blood”
Tina Connolly, “Turning the Apples”
Indrapramit Das, “muo-ka’s Child”
Tom Doyle, “The Floating Otherworld”
Peg Duthie, “With Light-Years Come Heaviness”
Thomas Greene, “Zero Bar”
Benjamin S. Grossberg, “The Space Traveler’s Husband,” “The Space Traveler and the Promised Planet” and “The Space Traveler and Boston”
Minal Hajratwala, “The Unicorn at the Racetrack”
Julie Bloss Kelsey, “tongue lashing” and “the itch of new skin”
Rose Lemberg, “The Three Immigrations”
Ken Liu, “Ghost Days”
Alex Dally MacFarlane, “Found”
Anil Menon, “Into The Night”
Joanne Merriam, “Little Ambushes”
Mary Anne Mohanraj, “Jump Space”
Daniel José Older, “Phantom Overload”
Sarah Pinsker, “The Low Hum of Her”
Elyss G. Punsalan, “Ashland”
Benjamin Rosenbaum, “The Guy Who Worked For Money”
Erica L. Satifka, “Sea Changes”
Nisi Shawl, “In Colors Everywhere”
Lewis Shiner, “Primes”
Marge Simon, “South”
Sonya Taaffe, “Di Vayse Pave”
Bogi Takács, “The Tiny English-Hungarian Phrasebook For Visiting Extraterrestrials”
Bryan Thao Worra, “Dead End In December” and “The Deep Ones”
During the Interregnum period (1649-1660), following the
execution of King Charles I, the theatres of Britain were closed by Oliver
Cromwell. However, upon the restoration of Charles II as king in 1660, they were
re-opened and theatre managers, Thomas Killigrew and William Davenant,
specifically, were issued a royal charter to set up a theatre company.
Subsequently, the King’s Company and the Duke of York’s Company became the
major duopoly of the Restoration theatre scene.
This was also the first time that women were allowed on the
stage. Previously, female parts had been played by young boys or men but the
King had experienced the phenomenon of the actress during his exile on the
Continent and was highly impressed. The King’s Company was one of the first
theatre companies to feature actresses in the plays it staged and they were a sensation.
There is some debate as to who the very first British actress, as we would define
it today, was, although many say that the first female role to be played by a
woman was that of Desdemona in Shakespeare’s Othello on 8th December
1660. Male members of the audience, especially, flocked to see these talented,
charismatic ladies perform in a way that had never been seen before.
Pictured are the Restoration era actresses Nell Gwyn (who
later went on to become the most famous mistress of King Charles II), Mary
Saunderson, Anne Marshall and Margaret “Peg” Hughes. Other female actresses of
the era included Elizabeth Barry, Mary Knepp, Elizabeth Boutell, Katherine
Corey, Rebecca “Beck” Marshall (sister of Anne Marshall: occasionally, the two
performed as a pair), Hester Davenport and Mary “Moll” Davis. These women were
among the first ever celebrities and professional career girls.
It wasn’t all glitter and glamour for these girls, however.
Beck Marshall, especially, on several occasions, had to petition the king to
make sure she was protected against boisterous male audience members.