azurelunatic: Jago guarding Bren, captioned "man'chi". (Cover art from C.J. Cherryh's Foreigner series.)  (man'chi)
[personal profile] azurelunatic
It turns out that I have some unprocessed emotions from the final months of LiveJournal volunteering. I found this out due to a superficially similar thing adjacent to me triggering those emotions last night. Once I identified it as both having tripped off some stored-up trauma, and also (thanks to a timely comment from [personal profile] sithjawa) affecting my man'chi, it was easier to cope.

Easier didn't mean actually easy. I still started out my morning in a right state. I was underslept a bit, so I was a bit woobly, and the main thing keeping me from hiding under somebody's desk with some fairly terrible raspberry vodka was that it would be unseemly. So I didn't do that. And then Fishie said something on Twitter which struck my funny bone, and I laughed a lot about it and then I was basically okay. And then my Overlady called me into her office for some advice and a pep talk, and that was good.

And then it was time for an A-Team training session on some in-house software made by the same team which makes my participant database tool. Of whom I have grown increasingly fond in contrast to the everloving helpdesk software, which is out-house. (Which also explains why I could not find anything online when searching up the name of the tool.) The thing is a front end for the awkward automated coupling of Mailman with arguments against certain fields in the company directory, via a nightly cronjob. The highlight was the awkward attempt to not explain boolean logic when explaining some of the less intuitive settings. The dev also wasn't sure quite what the Bugzilla category was for it.

I did catch the tail end of lunch with Purple, which irrationally pleased me (as he'd put off going to lunch as long as possible in order to possibly overlap with me, as I'd told him my schedule).

After that there was a team meeting. The grandmanager has returned.

Researcher Carmageddon was surprised to see me in early. He wasn't having the greatest of days either, due to having parked the previous evening inside what later became a crime scene due to the discovery of some explosives or something, just in time for him to not be able to drive in search of dinner. This did not start his morning off the best.

Later in the evening, I was poking at the mail tool to see what lists there were in the live version. Within about twenty minutes, I found myself raiding Bugzilla, because I'd discovered a bit of a little UI bug. This touched off a rediscovery of how strong a case of impostor syndrome I actually have, with concurrent pep talk from Purple. It is apparently patently obvious to anyone within looning distance of me how much delight I take in finding these things. The surprise to me this time was how easy the first one was to find. I do this. I'm good at this. I should stop being surprised that I'm good at this. It does help to have someone who knows exactly what kind of pressure cooker filled with dry ice DeVry was.

Tomorrow will be an utter zoo.

Tonight, I'm putting a few more touches on the costume. It's going to be very hot, but I think it's worth it.
gwyn: (yuletide lights)
[personal profile] gwyn
When I arrived in Washington DC, it was torrentially raining, and when I arrived home in Seattle, it was torrentially raining. We hates it. Yesterday it rained here so hard I actually couldn't hear the TV at one point.

The rest of my trip was fun, if tiring. On Sunday, we took the train back to DC and then wandered over to Georgetown to get some dinner before calling it an earlier night than normal. Monday morning, [personal profile] kerithwyn drove over from Baltimore to spend the day with me, and we walked all the way down to the Spy Museum, past the White House and the lunatics in front. the Spy Museum was fun, and I wished I hadn't been quite as tired as I was by then, because I probably could have spent at least another hour there if I'd been feeling a bit stronger. On the way we stumbled on a grilled cheese bar, which was rather spectacular, and then afterward we went back to my hotel, which had a tea cellar -- yes, curated teas much like a good wine cellar. That was fun.

Then we met up with [personal profile] dorinda and my friend for dinner at Founding Farmers, which was good but I confess I liked the other places I ate at in DC more. But we had a lot of fun, good conversation and drinks and just very pleasant all the way around, and after 'rith took off for home, dorinda hung around and we talked for a couple hours, which made a super pleasant end to my trip. I met up Tuesday with Keith for a quick tea break before walking back to my hotel, where I waited a few hours to go to the airport. It was a gorgeous day out despite them saying it was going to be rainy, but by the time I was almost at the airport, I saw the rain coming in. Looking at the Washington Monument out the window made me sad, because I have this feeling I might never get back there again. I mean, I don't know that for sure, but if Keith moves back here, it's probably more likely that I wouldn't. Although I know the city pretty well, so I suppose there's nothing to stop me, especially if I get obsessed with another movie fandom where they film something in the city. ;-)

I now have too much work to do and I want to write, too, because all the ideas I had rattling around in my head for Winter Soldier stories got even more compelling by rattling around in both the cities Steve is attached to. I don't know how I'm going to carve out this time, but I feel like I have to -- and then there's also Festivids and Yuletide coming up, so I'm stressing, that's for sure.

Speaking of Yuletide, I have a question I can't seem to find an answer to. Last year, I noticed quite a few stories where the YT-eligible fandom was crossed over with a huge fandom that wasn't eligible. I remember being surprised, but I wonder if that's actually legal or not. It may be for all I know. I can't seem to find it being addressed, but I'd love to know -- can you in fact cross over characters in an eligible fandom with characters from an ineligible one?

Daily Happiness

Oct. 23rd, 2014 11:32 pm
torachan: devil boy from sinfest with his arms thrust up victoriously (yatta)
[personal profile] torachan
We stopped in the cheesecake shop this evening and I got a slice of green tea guava ube cheesecake. *_* It was so good! Green tea cheesecake with chunks of ube in it and a guava glaze on top. It's over $6 for one slice, so it's not somewhere we go often, but I definitely want to try and get that again at some point.

They had a lot of other stuff that sounded really good, too. I wish I could try more of them out! (But right now if I were going to splurge for another piece, I would definitely get more of this than try something else new...)

Yuletide Placeholder

Oct. 23rd, 2014 09:40 pm
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[personal profile] norabombay
Consider this the placeholder for my Yuletide Letter.
the_shoshanna: stick figures walking wheelbarrow-style. Or having buttsecks. (buttsecks)
[personal profile] the_shoshanna
[vaguely watching the Doctor Who world tour]

Geoff: You've got to figure there's a Dalek sex toy out there somewhere.

Me: "Nubbed for your pleasure"?


In Good News...

Oct. 23rd, 2014 05:16 pm
jetpack_monkey: (Martha & 10 - HUGZ!)
[personal profile] jetpack_monkey
This just went up on the Vividcon website, so I feel comfortable properly announcing it here: I was asked to join the staff at Vividcon on the technical team! I think it was mostly to increase the average height of the staff, but I accepted and I'm super-excited to be a part of one of my favorite cons.

Home from surgery

Oct. 23rd, 2014 04:57 pm
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[personal profile] malnpudl
All went well. When I woke up, headache was much worse than nose-related pain. Sore throat also kind of a loud mouth; apparently I'm "difficult to intubate." All righty, then. Now all flavors of pain have been knocked down to a tolerable level; yay meds. Aside from facing the next few days as a mouth breather, I'm pleased all around. Now? Sleep, broken at intervals to change out ooky "gauze mustache" pads. This is my life for the next 48 hours. I'm okay with that.

Tweet Exchange O' the Day

Oct. 23rd, 2014 06:34 pm
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[personal profile] giandujakiss

(via Wonkette)

Diwali 2014

Oct. 23rd, 2014 11:15 pm
raven: image of India on a globe (politics - india)
[personal profile] raven
Happy Diwali to you and yours, my friends. It's been an exceptionally long day, so I'm just going to give you the usual image, and three short stories.

[image description: a darkened room, with several candles and a candelabra in this window, and an orange lamp

That's from last year: but we're still here.

dancing in the dark
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Rosa/Amy.

in the middle of all the yelling )

always one last bell to ring
Imperial Radch, Breq, Seivarden, Tisarwat & co. [NB re: spoilers for Ancillary Sword - they're minor, but to be honest this won't make sense without it!]

hanging the lights )

two drifters off to see the world
How I Met Your Mother, Tracy and Robin

moon river )

... new fandom?

Oct. 23rd, 2014 06:17 pm
sanj: "I probably need an icon for this, don't I?" (need an icon)
[personal profile] sanj
Guys, where's all the Arrow fic? AO3 is not rolling in it, neither is the Pit of Voles.

...please say it's not all on Tumblr.
kass: I am slinky (sleek flapper girl) (slinky)
[personal profile] kass
I wore my knee-high shiny black patent Doc Martens today for the first time this fall. Today has been gloomy and rainy, but the boots totally helped me weather the weather, as it were.

Mr. Kid is having a surprise sleepover tonight, which means I get to go out to dinner. Which I suppose in theory I could do any time, but hiring a babysitter seems both expensive and a lot of work, so it pretty much never happens. Beer and burgers, here I come!

I scanned some photos from our honeymoon today and am deriving great pleasure from that fact. Both from the photos themselves, and from the fact that I am digitizing them.

The laptop on which I spilled half a cup of kiddush wine last Friday night seems, thankfully, to be surviving. (Granted, it could still go kablooie, but so far, so good.) The keyboard's action is all screwed up, and I have to work a lot harder to type, which is annoying, but hey: computer still working, against all odds, so I'm calling it a win.

I'm fooling around with a bit of what is basically gen fic (Doctor Who, set after the most recent episode), which is rather unlike me, but I'm having fun.

How are y'all?

Blind Item

Oct. 23rd, 2014 02:07 pm
jetpack_monkey: (Susan - Apparently (run for your life))
[personal profile] jetpack_monkey
I had a friend email me out of the blue and tell me that they "continued" to not want anything to do with me. Which is the first I've heard of it. We used to be close, but drifted apart, and I hadn't heard from them in over a year prior to this. I can't ask them what this is about because they specifically requested I not attempt communication or contact of any kind and I'm respecting that. I can only guess.

The memory goblins are compiling a litany of every potential offense or slight I've ever committed within a five-mile radius of this person. I thought I'd been really good about not being a total asshole lately, but maybe I just got cocky.

now I'm just a forgotten name

Oct. 23rd, 2014 04:43 pm
musesfool: Oliver, Diggle, & Felicity from Arrow (proved things i never believed)
[personal profile] musesfool
Ugh work! Stop being busy!

I've sort of been off tumblr this week because of being brainfried, but I was glad I checked in last night because the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer was leaked/released. spoilers for the trailer )

So I guess we'll see how that turns out.

Meanwhile, over on Arrow, spoilers )

So I enjoyed that tremendously.

Almost time to go home. One more day and then Boss1 is heading out of the country on vacation and my days will hopefully get less hectic.


Dear Yuletide Author

Oct. 23rd, 2014 12:53 pm
kouredios: Calvin and Hobbes, ready to go sledding. (Yuletide!Calvin and Hobbes)
[personal profile] kouredios
Hello, and welcome to my Yuletide letter! First, as always, let me thank you, dear author, for being willing to write something for me. If I am a fan of anything, I am a fan of Yuletide. Thank you for participating.

Archer, Clash of Clans, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels )

Kinky November!

Oct. 23rd, 2014 11:44 am
beta_vulgaris: Two feet bound in red and natural hemp at the ankle (Default)
[personal profile] beta_vulgaris
This is just a head's-up! I want to get into the habit of posting frequently and I'm also in a place right now where I'm reflecting a lot about kink and BDSM in my life and in various kinds of art.

I'm going to try to post something to this blog every day in November. It may be a personal reflection or discussion of some kind, it may be an exploration of some event or venue of my local scene, it may be a piece of art or fiction, it may be a recommendation for a fanwork or original work that centers on some aspect of kink, it may be a book review. Heck, I'm open to hosting guest posts if anyone would like to DM or email me to discuss!

If you are interested in doing something similar, let me know and I can signal-boost your work.

A Miscellany

Oct. 23rd, 2014 11:39 am
lunabee34: (disney hair by phchiu)
[personal profile] lunabee34
1. Not to be a prescriptive grammarian, but I'm sorry, Project Runway. I do not think the meaning of chic has shifted so far as to mean "might actually show vagina." I realize that I have grown ever more prudish in my dotage, but damn those are some short skirts.

2. Try to say Rowen Ravenclaw out loud five times fast. *waits* Wavenclaw, indeed.

3. I am loving Gotham. SPOILERS )

Thursday Stuff

Oct. 23rd, 2014 08:25 am
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[personal profile] marthawells
I got sick yesterday afternoon, like a mild IBS attack, so did not get much done yesterday besides email. I feel better today, so hopefully I can catch up.

Couple of things:

* If you missed it yesterday, I did a post for Black Gate on Fanfiction and Me. The editor's daughter is into fanfiction and he was getting tired of seeing nothing but negative articles about it.

* Stories of the Raksura I got a great review from SF Signal:
The worldbuilding and characters in these stories are asw wonderful as the novels and I had no difficulty immersing myself into Wells’ world and societies again. The Three Worlds is a world rich with sentient humanoid and semi-humanoid species. While a D&D or Pathfinder world has humans, elves, dwarves, and others, sometimes in a vibrant mix, the Three Worlds has dozens, perhaps hundreds of species and races, both present and past. Walk along the Long Road from Kish to the Gulf of Abascene, and one will meet communities of all sorts of beings on the way. These species often have mistrust and conflicts, but the rich diversity allows Wells to explore psychology and social structures among very different races. And I haven’t even mentioned the astonishing non-sentient biodiversity found in her world.

* The Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy was mentioned on a Mind Meld on fancasting:

* A couple of people asked Raksura questions on Tumblr: here and here

* Interesting article on Black Gate by Sean McLachlan: World War One: An International, Multiracial Conflict
With the centennial of World War One in full swing, there’s a lot of press repeating the received truths about the war. If one listens to the UK media, it sounds like the British dealt with the Germans almost single-handed, saving Brave Little Belgium with a bit of help from the French and of course the Commonwealth allies. American media coverage, such as it is, stresses the American role while glossing over the first three years they missed. Neither of these national media spend much time on the wide diversity of people involved in the conflict.

Okay, that was more than a couple.


Stories of the Raksura II: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below is available for early preorder in paperback on Amazon US and Barnes and Noble.

PSA for Reviews: If you liked a book or didn't like it, it really does help to leave reviews. This is especially important on Amazon where the number of reviews control how often the book shows up in searches and suggestions. Reviews on Barnes and Noble, other retailers, and GoodReads and LibraryThing, or just on your own blog, twitter, FB, tumblr, etc help too.

PSA for Libraries: You can also look for my books at your local library, and if they don't have a book, request that they buy it for their collection, or see if they can get it through interlibrary loan. (Remember that some libraries let you check out ebooks now too.)

Daily Happiness

Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:28 pm
torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
[personal profile] torachan
1. There is an amazing new live version of Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf.

2. We went down to the Promenade this afternoon to look at the new retina iMacs. The difference wasn't as immediately noticeable to me with a large screen as it is with a phone or tablet, but it definitely looks pretty spiffy.

3. We had Trader Joe's pumpkin ravioli tonight for dinner and it was so great! (Sadly, Irene didn't like it, but on the other hand, that means more for me!)

4. I went out to lunch with my mom today and went back to her house afterwards to help with her husband's computer, which turned out to be a much larger/more annoying job than I was expecting. BUT, since it ended up taking so long, she gave me $100 off next month's rent for helping out. (And I did get everything fixed, so yay.)

Wednesday Reading

Oct. 22nd, 2014 10:22 pm
torachan: karkat from homestuck headdesking (karkat headdesk)
[personal profile] torachan
What are you currently reading?
Still reading the Levi backstory, Kuinaki Sentaku. I'm about halfway through the second (and final? I don't think it's ongoing) volume. I'm...enjoying it less than I thought it would? I mean, it's okay, but I just feel like it's not really doing anything. I had planned to read Before the Fall as well, but I wonder if the reason it feels like there's not much there is that Isayama didn't write it and so they can't really dig into anything interesting. If that's the case, Before the Fall will probably be the same...

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished reading the main story of SnK up through the most recent chapter and DAMN THIS IS GETTING SO GOOD.

What do you think you'll read next?
As I mentioned the other day, Irene's rewatch of Akira had me wanting to check out the manga, so I might read that next! Although last time I checked, my phone was pretty full, so I'm not sure that I've read and deleted enough stuff that was on there to have space... ^_^;; I should probably read more of what's already on there.

la la la...

Oct. 23rd, 2014 05:01 pm
china_shop: text icon that says "age shall not weary her, nor custom stale her infinite squee" (age shall not weary her)
[personal profile] china_shop
Having visitors this weekend, but taking a break from cleaning to say:

- Flat 3 is a New Zealand webseries about three women flatting together in Auckland. Funny, well-scripted and -characterised. Episodes are mostly ~7 min long.

- The Boxtrolls was beeeyewtiful.

- Kim Sam Soooooooooon!

Wednesday night post

Oct. 22nd, 2014 10:22 pm
umbo: (lazarus forever head shot)
[personal profile] umbo
I have a cold and it is interfering with my squee (as well as with my work, but let's keep our priorities straight here).

In the past approximately 26 hours we have had:

1) A great new episode of Agents of SHIELD

2) New issues of WicDiv (very good, although I was not as surprised as I think I was meant to be), Secret Avengers (Ales Kot you weird, wonderful dude, I can't wait to see what you do next month, when, oh, by the way, HAWKEYE AND COULSON ARE FACING OFF ON THE COVER IN THE RAIN), Lazarus (great to see what Michael was working on when I met him, and looking forward to further developments), and She-Hulk (have not yet read), plus the trade for Secret Avengers (which you should all be reading, because see above with Ales Kot the weird and wonderful).

3) The Age of Ultron trailer (OMG IS IT MAY YET?)

Unfortunately, I have also spent that time going from yeah, I definitely have a cold to crap, I really do have a cold and it SUCKS. Which has definitely interfered with my ability to enjoy the items above, and also made it difficult to do my job to my usual level of, uh, doing my job (I am also not doing well in the brain department—see: cold, I has one). And I have a busy work day tomorrow as well.


But I have to buy some more kleenex first.

This is one of those times when I really wish I had a partner so that I could send them out to buy me kleenex (the really soft kind) and Mucinex (I think that's what I used when I was in Michigan?) and soup.

Reading Wednesday

Oct. 22nd, 2014 09:53 pm
watersword: Keira Knightley applying lipstick and looking in a mirror, with the words "a work in progress" nearby (Writing: work in progress)
[personal profile] watersword
Things I have recently returned to the library and can remember: Du Maurier's VANISHING CORNWALL, which has some lovely photographs and is a charming if sentimental book; Nesbit's BOOK OF DRAGONS, which is delightful and much smarter than it seems; Block's THE NOVEL FROM PLOT TO PRINT, which may or may not be a reorganized/re-edited version of his TELLING LIES FOR FUN AND PROFIT, itself a compilation of his columns for Writer's Digest, which I loved as a kid and am vastly amused to see how it's influenced me over the years (Block was the first person to tell me it was okay to write genre fiction and that if I loved reading a particular kind of story, it was probably a good idea to try writing something like it); Beckham's THAT EXTRA HALF AN INCH, which is honestly pretty delightful, her ghostwriter did a damn good job, and while it 100% buys the gender binary it's a lot less shamey than I was expecting.

Currently: Cohen's BOOK OF MERCY, which isn't quite what I was expecting but is interesting anyway; Runyon's GUYS AND DOLLS, which is fascinating in terms of structure and narrative voice; Collingwood's TECHNIQUES OF TABLET WEAVING, which is incomprehensible; Merkel's ODYSSEUS AND PENELOPE: AN ORDINARY MARRIAGE, which I'm not loving even if it is technically innovative; Bear and Monette's COMPANION TO WOLVES, which I only got so I could have more context for [personal profile] dira's extraordinary Generation Kill series, Every Marine a Wolfbrother, which honestly I like a lot more, so I'm not sure I'll push on to book 2 of the canonical series (is book 2 worth it? I know some of y'all love the Iskryne books).

Next: David recommended Mitchell's THE BONE CLOCKS, so I'll give it a fair shot; Kizer's death last week prompted me to get her COOL, CALM & COLLECTED out of the library; Finney's THREE BY FINNEY, which I am excited about, I loved his work as a kid and I'm hoping the Suck Fairy hasn't visited; Lynn's DRAGON'S TREASURE, because dragons; and I seriously don't know what the hell prompted me to put SWORN ALLIES on hold, so it will be interesting to see wtf it is.

....I swear I do things other than read.

Updates on previous post

Oct. 22nd, 2014 10:04 pm
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
[personal profile] melannen
[personal profile] sophia_sol has posted an attempted interpretation of Oolon Colluphid Was Right! You should all go there and join the conversation so that I can continue to cackle unhelpfully in the corner.

Also, the breakaway hit from the list of bunnies in the previous post (which I am continuing to add things to, btw, as the odds of me actually winning the challenge go down....) was "Avengers Go To A Drag Ball", because apparently for some reason people think I, would, like, do it justice? ahah. ahahaha. hahahaha.

Here, for you edification, is 100% of everything I have done with that idea in the past three years, since I first came up with it (file last edited Jan 2013):

IIRC Tony's drag name was going to be Lady Natasha Touchamy, because he enjoys living dangerously. (and the Natasha is canon of course.) (Natasha's was, uh, something like Tony Tinydick? I think.)

Dear Yuletide Author

Oct. 22nd, 2014 09:12 pm
lunabee34: (yuletide: is it yuletide yet by liviapen)
[personal profile] lunabee34
Dear Yuletide Author 2014:

(The beginning of this letter is a C&P from previous letters because my fic preferences and feelings about Yuletide in general remain the same.)

Let me say upfront that I will be pleased with anything you choose to write for me. We are all busy people with other engagements in our lives, and that you took the time out of your busy schedule to write something expressly for me is enough to make my Yuletide a very happy one. Although I'm sharing with you here the things that grab me about these fandoms, please feel free to go where the muse takes you. I want you to write the story that best pleases *you* and your vision of these characters and this fandom rather than worrying about whether I'm going to like the story. I will. Trust me. :)

I have no squicks. Character death, violence, mpreg, what-have-you, all five by five with me. I love gen, het, and slash equally. No taboo story elements for Lorraine. I do not particularly care for the We're Not Gay slash trope (I find it irritating on multiple levels), but I have on occasion read stories with that trope that I have enjoyed despite it.

In terms of general preferences for fanfic, I most often write and like to read stories that are canon-compliant, stories that live behind the scenes or in missing moments, stories that tell us what characters were doing before they showed up on our screens and where they are going once the credits roll. However, this does not mean that I would not be delighted with a college AU or a fic that shows the effects of changes in canon. I am a huge fan of peripheral characters and love to see the action through their eyes. Finally, I am never so happy as when I am crying, so feel free to bring on the weepy. :)

Rome, Keeping up Appearances, Penny Dreadful, Gotham, and Deadwood )

And don't forget the slashcrobats!

Oct. 22nd, 2014 08:54 pm
dorinda: Mike and Tino silently clasp hands, their gazes locked. (From "Trapeze".) (Trapeze_clasp)
[personal profile] dorinda
I knew I forgot to mention something that struck me in the Yuletide tag set: someone who isn't me nominated Trapeze (link to my picspam/recap), the Technicolor emotional gorgeous sla-ha-ha-haaashy movie with Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster in a tempestuous circus romance! \o/

Dear Festividder

Oct. 23rd, 2014 11:54 am
littleheaven: (Festivids Projector by littleheaven)
[personal profile] littleheaven
 Hello, dear Festividder!

Thank you so much for signing up to make a video. I couldn't be more delighted, so relax, the rest is easy :o) Whatever you make, I will love. I've provided some thoughts and suggestions (and some cases just general rambling) in case you're after some inspiration or prompting, but feel free to ignore all of it and vid whatever feels right to you.

In regards to song choice - I'm pretty open to most genres, so I'm not going to make any specific song requests, but I do have a few things I prefer to avoid. I'm not particularly fond of country, opera or metal. Other than that, you're pretty safe.

And now, to the fandoms:

Don't Trust The B**** In Apartment 23 )

The Flight Of The Conchords )

Game On )

MacGyver )

Morganville: The Series )

Paul Soares Jr Minecraft Let's Plays )

Twister )

Two Guys, A Girl, And A Pizza Place )

So there you have it, eight equally-loved fandoms to choose from, and one already-happy recipient :o) Please, above all else, have lots of fun, vid what feels right, and Happy Festivids!
musesfool: baby Terry from Batman & Sons (it's always time for hugs)
[personal profile] musesfool
I was tweaking my yuletide signup - I had to re-add Mr. Butler to my Miss Fisher's request - and I was hit with sudden confusion. Say I only offer two out of a possible 8 characters for a fandom, and someone requests Any. Can I still be assigned to write for them? That is how it used to be, and I don't want to deal with that again.

I guess what I'm saying is, I feel a need to be more conservative in fandoms I'm offering this year. A couple of my perennial offers weren't nommed (also, no Max in Batman Beyond *sadhair*! And yet Bruce Wayne is in. How even did that happen? I guess there's always one - like Wolverine last year), so I can't offer them, and I almost never say Any because I know how easy it is to be surprised by a request that unexpectedly hits the DNW button.

I still have a couple more days to think about it, I guess.


Work was busy from end to end today, and will be tomorrow as well, but just two more days and then Boss1 is leaving on 3 weeks of vacation. And yesterday when I told her I was nervous about her retiring and being replaced, she said I was valuable to the organization and while she couldn't promise anything she was pretty sure they could find a place for me if the new CEO didn't want me. So there's that. I mean, I'm still going to be anxious about it, because hello, have you met me? But it was nice to hear.


Wednesday reading meme:

What I've just finished
Arctic Rising by Tobias Buckell - a near-future eco-thriller that I wanted to like more than I did. I feel like it spent a lot of time info-dumping in ways that bordered on lecturing sometimes without providing a full cast of fully rounded characters - Anika, the protagonist, was cool, and Roo, the Caribbean spy, was interesting, but I feel like everybody else was flat.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, only a year after everyone else. I liked it, though I don't really have thoughts, per se, beyond how ancillaries are kind of like Cylons? Except worse, because they were people first, not clones engineered and grown in vats. And I guess more like Centurions than skinjobs? Also, I guess there are occasions when I'm supposed to know someone's male, but because of the default 'she' in the narration, I'm just always picturing everyone as women, and I'm okay with that.

What I'm reading now
Ancillary Sword, of course! Though I've just started it so I have nothing to say.

What I'm reading next
Why do I even keep this question on here?


The Flash
spoilers will take Things You Can't Outrun for $500 Alex )


Dear Yuletide

Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:42 pm
jamjar: Slurp! (Default)
[personal profile] jamjar

Fanfiction and Me

Oct. 22nd, 2014 01:35 pm
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This is a link to an article I wrote for Black Gate on how I found fanfic and early Star Wars fanzines: Fanfiction and Me:

The editor's young daughter is very much into fanfiction and he was getting tired of seeing negative articles about it.

Excerpt: I was introduced to fanfiction after The Empire Strikes Back came out in 1980, when I was around fifteen. This was long before the internet, and fanfic was printed in fanzines, fan-produced magazines that were mimeographed or xeroxed, or if the editor could afford it, offset printed. But finding them, if you didn’t already know someone who knew about them, was nearly impossible.

As a lonely, feral, anxiety-ridden, teenage fan, my only connection to the fandom world at all was Starlog magazine. Back then, Starlog was a lifeline for me, and it not only featured articles and news about TV shows, movies, and books, but also fan groups and conventions. (I chose the university I went to because Starlog had an article that mentioned its student SF/F club and convention, but that’s another story.)

The magazine also had a section of small cheap personal ads in the back for fan-related merchandise. One issue a fanzine called Facets, dedicated to fanfic about Harrison Ford’s various characters (mostly Han Solo and Indiana Jones) bought an ad, and I sent my money in (I don’t remember how much, probably less than $10) and bought a couple of small fanzines.

I was hooked. The back of each fanzine was filled with ads and flyers for other Star Wars fanzines, and I dived in and ordered more.

Step 1: done, Step 2: wait

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Interview with Naomi Ko

Oct. 22nd, 2014 12:50 pm
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Dear White People is out, and I really want to talk about with people, and it's really good, so Americans, go see it (nationwide on October 24, major urban areas for now). Nothing in the trailers or in the title will set you up for the story it is, which follows four characters closely, so everyone else -- of any race -- plays a narrative role without rich development. It's an artistic style that works well for this framework and lets the film explore a lot of different ideas about blackness -- and though it's called Dear White People, it's more inward facing than that. The four main characters (black students at an elite, mostly white university) may be neogitating a white-run world but, as should happen in a story about young adults, the culmination of the story has them learning about themselves.

Anyway I bring this up because Colorlines ([syndicated profile] racewire_feed, great source, I recommended trying it out) linked to this interview with Naomi Ko, who has one of the roles I loved an wished had been more developed. (Mostly she's there to deliver one liners or horrified facial expressions.)

Ko is quick to point out that the same millennial qualities that make the generation so creative bleed over into a new type of racism, a subtler, less conscious kind. And no, don’t call it a “microaggression”—she hates that term because it downplays the fact that the acts are still aggressive and racist, regardless of whether the individual performing the act is aware of that fact or not

Question Answer, Appearances

Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:22 am
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Sorry for the delay in answering! One of our goddaughters came to visit this weekend and we went to a great wedding. It was very fannish, with table centerpieces from all different fandoms (we sat at the Stargate table) and lots of delicious food. I think they said the bride made the curry, which went really well on top of the barbequed brisket.

Yesterday was also my 19th wedding anniversary, so we went out to dinner and had way too much food. There has been wacky publishing news I can't really talk about yet, though some of it (dealing with the Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot disaster) is mostly not good. I am really looking forward to being able to show off the cover of the next Raksura collection, because the sketch was looking pretty gorgeous. I'm also going to be involved in a couple of kickstarters that are coming up.

[personal profile] kalinara asked I've been rereading the Raksura books (which are lovely) but I'm finding myself confused a bit about how Raksura age. I had gotten the impression that Jade and Moon were fairly young for Raksura. However, I remember reading that Tempest was (or appeared to be) about the same age as Jade, and she already has an adult child. On the other hand, characters like Lithe and Shade still seem very young.

I was hoping you might clarify: how long do Raksura remain fledglings? Approximately what age do Raksura reach adulthood?

Thank you!

Aeriat Raksura basically have a long period of adolescence, even after they leave the nurseries. The Arbora do as well, but it doesn't last quite as long. Once Raksura reach adulthood, they don't change physically or show signs of aging until they get into what would be the equivalent for a human of their late 60s, early 70s, when they start to lose the pigmentation in their skin/scales. So Tempest looks about Jade's age, but is older. (You also have to remember the descriptions are from Moon's perspective and there's a lot he doesn't know or realize yet.) Lithe and Shade are both younger than Moon, but have also been sheltered quite a bit in Opal Night. (Because of Moon's experiences, most if not all of the Raksura his age that he meets are going to seem younger, just because they've spent their lives protected by a court.)

Moon's been alive about forty turns, but as far as Raksuran aging/maturity levels go, this would be the equivalent of being in his early twenties.

I hope that makes sense!


Upcoming signings

* I'm doing a signing Saturday November 8, 2014, at 1:00 pm for Stories of the Raksura Volume I and the paperback edition of Star Wars: Razor's Edge at Murder by the Book, in Houston, Texas.

If you can't be there, you can use this page to order a signed book from the store. They can also order The Cloud Roads, The Serpent Sea, and The Siren Depths from them to be signed and shipped to you also, so if you wanted a signed set of all the books, say as a Christmas or other winter holiday present, this would be a good time to do it.

* I'l also be doing a signing for Blade Singer with Aaron de Orive, at the Barnes & Noble Arboretum in Austin, Texas, on Saturday November 15 at 2:00. Hopefully they'll have some of my other books, too.

* On February 13-15, 2015, I'll be a panelist at ConDFW in Dallas, TX. This is one of my favorite cons, so if you're nearby, check it out.

Ancillary Sword

Oct. 23rd, 2014 01:02 am
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I finished reading it on Tuesday, and have more thoughts that can be contained on one post, and they're all getting in each other's way so I can't decide what to write first.

In the meantime, I started assembling a reaction gif post, which has turned into an illustrated chapter by chapter recap. /o\ This is going to take forever.

a brief, only mildly spoilery example )
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vass ~$ su
vass # apt-get update
vass # apt-get upgrade --what-the-hell-is-up-with-bash
vass # apt-get upgrade -f --no-seriously-it-is-trying-to-upgrade-to-4.3-9.2
vass # apt-get check --but-the-current-stable-package-is-4.2+dfsg-0.1+deb7u3
vass # apt-get update --so-where-is-it-getting-4.3-9.2-from

vass # vim /etc/apt/sources.list

# wheezy is not trying to break your system
# please do not give wheezy a sock
deb wheezy main contrib non-free
deb-src wheezy main contrib non-free

vass # apt-get dist-upgrade --wait-is-this-the-problem
vass # cat /etc/debian_version

vass # asdfkjsad;lfjk

vass # shutdown -r now

adventures in the voice recognition

Oct. 22nd, 2014 02:00 am
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Settings > my device > language and input > google voice typing > settings > uncheck block offensive words.

Mother fucker.

Daily Happiness

Oct. 21st, 2014 11:06 pm
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1. Day off tomorrow! I might go in to work for a couple hours, but I haven't decided for sure, and even if I do, it would be midday and I can still sleep in and have a lazy morning. :)

2. We got tasty burritos for dinner.

3. The other day Irene was watching Akira and it made me want to read the manga (I've never read it before, though I saw the movie several times back in the day). The only site I could find raws on uses a file hosting site that allows you to download one file every six hours, so it's been taking what feels like forever to get these, even though there are only six volumes, but I'm downloading the final volume right now, yay.


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