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Maternity Madness #2: AO3 Primer

Maternity Madness #2: AO3 Primer

July 15, 2019

Welcome, friends, to the second installment of Maternity Madness, our miniseries of flashback episodes while Chelsea recovers from bringing a human into the world and Kay cavorts on a series of low-key summer adventures. Today, we're bringing y'all our deep-dive episode into Archive of our Own (AO3), a fanfiction repository and creative fanworks safe haven that we both love and use regularly, and that for the FIRST TIME EVER is eligible for a Hugo Award! So sit back, relax, and get ready to find out all our tips, tricks, and favorite finds on the Archive. 

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This week we’re doing something a little different. We’ll be discussing our current favorite reads, as per usual, but we’re also going to give you an introduction to AO3/Archive of Our Own, our favorite fanfiction/fanworks archive. We’ll share our tips and tricks for finding the perfect fics for you and how to get the most out of the user interface. It’s a lot more fun that it sounds!

TIME STAMPS:

  • 00:00-01:30 – Intro
  • 01:30-14:40 – Current Reads
  • 14:40-46:33– AO3 Discussion/Primer
  • 46:33-47:38– Outro, Upcoming Reads, and Outtakes
Maternity Madness #1: Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson

Maternity Madness #1: Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson

July 1, 2019

Hello, friends, and welcome to the first installment of what Chelsea is lovingly calling Maternity Madness — a series of vault episodes flashing back on some of our favorite moments from the first three years of podcast! Today we’re going back in time to our first ever guest episode, talking with longtime friend of the pod (and return guest) Di, who is not only a badass librarian but is our resident Star Wars expert! This episode originally aired in December of 2017, during what we lovingly called our Star Wars December, and as such covers not just Phasma but a lot of our general fandom feelings! So without further ado…
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Today we are talking about Phasma by Delilah S Dawson with one of our lovely friends, librarian-in-training Di! You can find her tweeting about a wide variety of nerdy and wonderful things @bookishdi and her AO3 account is kerrykhat. We talk about our deep love of Star Wars, the loveliness of The Last Jedi’s cast, and why Brendol Hux is the absolute worst. We also share our current reads and what we’ve got coming up next.

 

TIME STAMPS:

  • 00:00-00:55– Intro
  • 00:55-15:52– Current Reads
  • 15:52-29:17– Discussion of Phasma
  • 29:17-32:50– What’s Coming Up, Outro, and Outtakes
The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

June 17, 2019

In finishing out Pride month here at NNIR headquarters, and as our VERY LAST EPISODE until Chelsea comes back from maternity leave, we're bringing you guys a discussion of Avon's first major f/f historical, The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite. We both enjoyed the book, though perhaps not as much as we wanted, and we have a very great conversation about the dangers of story scarcity and the unfair burden it places on exigent stories! Enjoy, friends, and we'll see you in about six weeks with new content! In the meantime, enjoy the summer and some of our greatest vault episodes!

 

TIME STAMPS:

  • 00:00:00-00:20:27 -- Current Reads
  • 00:20:27-00:42:10 -- The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
  • 00:42:10-00:44:50 -- Outro, Upcoming, and Outtakes

 

Hither, Page by Cat Sebastian

Hither, Page by Cat Sebastian

June 3, 2019

Today, we're kicking off NNIR Pride month by diving back in with one of our favorite authors, who has taken a bit of a detour into a genre we don't read very often here at podcast HQ - a golden era mystery! Mysteries are not some of Chelsea's favorites, and only the queer love story and the beauty of Cat Sebastian's writing managed to save this one from a similar fate. Tune in as we talk about defining genre-crossing books, the hilarity of the small-village British mystery, and just how long Downton Abbey has really been. 

Also, in her excitement to talk about Birthday by Meredith Russo, Chelsea left out content warnings for hate speech, depression, misgendering, suicide and suicidal ideation -- please remember to take care of yourself, friends. 

TIME STAMPS:

  • 00:00:00-00:23:22 -- Current Reads
  • 00:23:22-00:52:32 -- Hither, Page by Cat Sebastian
  • 00:52:32-00:55:14 -- Outro, Upcoming, and Outtakes

 

Game of Thrones: The Good, the Bad, the Fic Recs

Game of Thrones: The Good, the Bad, the Fic Recs

May 21, 2019

We are so sorry for leaving you guys hanging yesterday, our normal posting Monday, but we hope you'll forgive us - we needed the extra time to collect all our thoughts about Game of Thrones and the series finale that aired Sunday night! We go through some of our peaks and pits, wrapping up thoughts on the series as a whole before throwing 10+ mostly novel-length fics your way, just in case you still need to wash the taste of the finale out of your mouth. 

TIME STAMPS:

  • 00:00:00-00:19:23 -- Current Reads
  • 00:19:23-01:00:56 -- Game of Thrones reactions
  • 01:00:56-01:21:08 -- Game of Thrones fic rec list
  • 01:21:08-01:23:50 -- Upcoming, Outro, and Outtakes
Nerd Media Wrapup — Game of Thrones, Endgame, and CBS All Access

Nerd Media Wrapup — Game of Thrones, Endgame, and CBS All Access

May 6, 2019

Just like every other pop-culture aware outlet on the internet, it's finally our turn to talk about the recent glut of pure nerd media hitting the big and small screens! Between reaching the end of the first era of the MCU and squinting desperately through the Battle of Winterfell, we've got all sorts of opinions on Endgame, Game of Thrones, Star Trek: Discovery, and the new reboot of The Twilight Zone. It's a bit of a long one, so buckle in friends, and as per usual: note the timestamps if you're avoiding spoilers! 

TIME STAMPS:

  • 00:00:00-00:20:52 -- Intro and Current Reads
  • 00:21:11-00:30:10 -- Star Trek: Discovery
  • 00:30:10-00:35:39 -- Twilight Zone Reboot
  • 00:35:39-00:48:02 -- Game of Thrones (through S08E03)
  • 00:48:02-01:09:19 -- Avengers: Endgame
  • 01:09:19-01:12:25 -- Upcoming, Outro, and Outtakes
The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker

The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker

April 22, 2019

It feels like we have been waiting for the entire year for this episode, but only because Lucy Parker is a forever favorite here at House NNIR, and she beyond knocked it out of the park with the Slytherpuff family-secrets-and-reputations contemporary romance, The Austen Playbook, the fourth book in her London Celebrities series. Join us as we talk (spoiler- free) all the things we loved about this book, all the ways Lucy can do no wrong, and the myriad of Game of Thrones ships Kay can rec that Chelsea will nope out of like her life depended on it!

TIME STAMPS:

  • 00:00 - 26:49 - Intro and Current Reads
  • 26:49 - 45:00 – Discussion of The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker
  • 45:00 - 47:17 – What’s Coming Up, Outro, and Outtakes
American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera

American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera

April 8, 2019

We know y'all know just how excited we've been to talk about this book, and today is finally the day! We sat down to talk all about American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera, an absolute bombshell of a debut novel that will leave you in a puddle of emotions and starving for Afro-Caribbean food. 

TIME STAMPS:

  • 00:00 – 24:22 – Intro & Current Reads
  • 24:22 – 41:22 – Discussion of American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera
  • 41:22 – 44:09 – What’s Coming Up, Outro, and Outtakes

 

The True Queen by Zen Cho

The True Queen by Zen Cho

March 25, 2019

We're back, friends, and so beyond thrilled this week to be talking about our first ever adult fantasy book, The True Queen, as the tentpole book of the podcast. Bear with us as we take several tangents this week (Grey's Anatomy! The TOR library embargo! Which Gilmore Girls boyfriend is actually the worst?!) all while gushing about just how much we loved this follow-up novel to Zen Cho's Sorcerer to the Crown.

TIME STAMPS:

  • 00:00 – 23:16 – Intro & Current Reads
  • 23:16 – 43:55 – Discussion of The True Queen by Zen Cho
  • 43:55 – 48:53 – What’s Coming Up, Outro, and Outtakes
And Never Been Kissed by thehoyden and twentysomething

And Never Been Kissed by thehoyden and twentysomething

March 11, 2019

Forgive us, friends, but we're mixing things up again! We'll be back in a few weeks with our discussion of The True Queen by Zen Cho (as promised!) but until then, strap in for a whole heaping dose of feelings about hockey, Pittsburgh, and the genre-defying power of transformative work. We're so thrilled to finally be reading a novel-length fic as the focus of our episode, and couldn't think of a better one to start with than "And Never Been Kissed" by the hoyden and twentysomething! 

TIME STAMPS:

  • 00:00 - 03:01 – Intro & Updates
  • 03:01 - 24:31 – Hockey Fic Recs
  • 24:31 - 46:41 – "And Never Been Kissed" by thehoyden and twentysomething
  • 46:41 - 50:24 – What’s Coming Up, Outro, and Outtakes