Direct link to her GoFundMe.
Direct link to her GoFundMe.
I did remix this year, thus fulfilling a long-held ambition to be the kind of person who can do remix! And as a reward I got a marvelous remix of my story One Warm Line - that one was about how Ray Kowalski from Due South came to Winter; the remix tells Benton Fraser's version of the story. The original was a Dresden Files crossover that brought in that fandom's Winter magic, but the remix (mostly) sticks to Due South sorts of magic, so if you avoided the original just because of the Dresden Files part you should read the remix.
You should also read the remix if you like Due South at all. ^_^
A Land So Wild and Savage (Love Ballad Remix) (1465 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: due South, The Dresden Files - Jim Butcher
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Characters: Benton Fraser
Many years later, Ray would meet the Winter Lady and tell how he fell in love with Winter. This is the story of how Ben Fraser loved her first.
So on Friday I leave for Iceland to visit my sister (And hopefully also some puffins.) It will be my first time outside the US so I hope I survive! I have no idea what sort of internet access I will have while there, or what sort of time/energy I will have to be online as opposed to doing more exciting stuff, but it will be smartphone wifi only either way, so probably not much. Until then I have thirty-six trip-prep todos to tick off in habitrpg...
Before I go, though:
-If anybody wants a postcard from Hella, Iceland, they should PM me their address in the next 48 hours (yes, even if I theoretically already have it, I am terrible at saving those things). It is not guaranteed that I will manage to send them but I will try.
-Somebody should rec me a couple of solid tropey a-t-g longfics I can put on my phone just in case I start jonesing for fic and can't get online.
It opens with a heartbreakingly charming narration by Melanie, a bright little girl who adores her teacher, who secretly slips her a book of Greek myths. Melanie loves the story of Pandora, the girl with all the gifts. But she doesn’t understand why her beloved teacher often seems so sad, or why she and the other kids have to be tied to chairs to attend school. Why is almost immediately clear to readers – it’s after the zombie apocalypse, and she’s the rare intelligent zombie that scientists are experimenting on in the hope of finding a vaccine or cure – but there are many other mysteries that are less obvious.
The first section and denouement of the novel are the best parts; the first because of Melanie’s narration, the last because it’s an absolutely perfect climax, satisfying on the all levels. In between is a more standard but well-done zombie novel. In particular, the mechanism of the zombie apocalypse is pleasingly clever and well-worked out. But the beginning and the end really make the book.
Right from the start, Melanie is explicitly compared to Pandora, so it's clear that in some way, she will unleash horrors upon humanity, but also hope. And all through the book, she does, in ways that change as she changes, learning more about the world and herself. It's beautifully done.
I don’t often like horror. When I do enjoy something marketed as horror, it’s often despite rather than because of the genre. For instance, I love the author’s voice (Stephen King) or prose style (Tanith Lee) or psychological insight (Melanie Tem) enough to get me past that horror is a genre of emotional atmosphere, and the specific emotions of horror – fear, dread, horror, disgust – aren’t ones I usually enjoy.
But there’s another emotional state that horror can evoke, which is something akin to Aristotle’s idea of catharsis. It’s horror as transcendence, where terror and horror are also beautiful and awe-inspiring. It’s probably not coincidental that the authors I mentioned above hit that mark for me – not always, and not in everything they write, but sometimes. C. L. Moore’s stories “Black God’s Kiss” and “Shambleau” are like that, too: creepy and disturbing, but also seductive and full of sense of wonder.
The Girl With All the Gifts hits that mark, off and on, until coming to a conclusion that’s viscerally horrifying but also beautiful and transcendent. The characters other than Melanie are sketched in, plausible types rather than three-dimensional characters, and a late reveal about the teacher’s past is reductionist rather than revelatory. But the beginning is brilliant, the middle is solid, and the ending is haunting in the very best way.
The Girl With All the Gifts
However, the first week's reasonably straightforward project launch has proved to be something of a lie, and work is exploding in all directions. Mr Pink asked me if I felt it was "one step forward two steps back" at the moment, and I said it was more like running full-tilt up the down escalator. Whenever I complete a task, something else goes horribly awry. It will hopefully all come out in the wash! But right now everything is going wrong, while we're supporting all the new users, trying to get the second lot of users onto the system, and preparing for all the rest of the project to be ready in less than six weeks. It's just as well I've not got anything on elsewhere at the moment because it's sucking up all my energy; Mr Pink moved house at the weekend and I have no idea how he is functional right now.
Still, I tell you what, the days go by so fast I don't have time to be bored.
2. Very tasty sushi lunch was consumed before the aforementioned manicure, with kouredios and her kiddo.
3. I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of a book I really wanted to read, and I have now read it, and it is glorious, and I cannot tell you about it yet, but I can't wait until it's out so I can squee all over everything.
4. Diet Polar Pink Grapefruit Dry.
5. I can see clearly now, the rain is gone! (Literally, though I suppose it's fairly true on a metaphorical level too.)
How are y'all?
So this is a quick post to say a few things. First, I'm still here! Offline life is keeping me very busy (starting grad school, mainly, in addition to continuing to be a parent to the dragon and spouse to Mr Creek - some intentional balancing is required to keep school from just swallowing up all my time and energy). But I'm reading DW most days, and sometimes commenting, and you all are often in my thoughts. Texting and Twitter are better than chat or Tumblr for me right now and for the foreseeable future, so if you have my number feel free to text me whatever/whenever (comment if you don't have my number and want to make arrangements to that effect) or @ me on Twitter (wintercreek).
Fannishly, I just fell into omgcheckplease and read ALL of it. (This is familiar from the last time I was in grad school, at which point I abruptly found myself in SGA fandom. :D?) And because Check, Please! is hockey with adorable college students, I think it's turning into a gateway to hockey fandom proper. So, uh, primer and links, please? I need a big new fandom like a hole in the head, but see previous parenthetical re: starting grad school and joining a massive fandom.
Like a lot of the Americans around here, I am simultaneously overjoyed at some of the news and brokenhearted at other parts, and filled with a sense of how very far we have to go. As they say, the world doesn't change unless we make it change. Here I am, trying my best to do my little part, trusting that everyone else is doing the same. Strength and peace to you all as you do your parts, which might simply mean some good self-care today - never forget that taking care of yourself is a radical act. ♥
- He wore a full head of caramel hair and a skintight Metallica shirt that rode up as he bent down, revealing a thin layer of bronze skin.
- Tags: Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski, Scott McCall/Stiles Stilinski, Abusive Relationships, Bad Guy Scott, Domestic Violence, Non-Graphic Violence
Summary: The first time Derek sees him is on the Subway. The fifth time Derek spots him, the boy has a split lip and an angry alpha threatening him. (OR: Where Scott is a really bad boyfriend and Derek ends up being Stiles' hero)
- ***YOU HAVE TO READ PART 1 FIRST. Sorry :(
- Title: Mary
Fandoms: Sherlock (TV), Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
Tags: No Archive Warnings Apply, Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Alternate Universe - Historical, Daphne Du Maurier might be rolling in her grave or loving it we just don't know
Summary: Last night he dreamt he went to Manderley again... Monte Carlo, 1937. While working as the companion to Sebastian Wilkes, a young man becomes acquainted with a wealthy Englishman, John Watson. Rumour has it that Watson, owner of the grand country estate Manderley, is still haunted by the sudden death of his late wife. But as the young man soon learns, not all is as it seems.
- This is going to be a multi chapter story about Fridget after Franky's release.
What I've just finished
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson, which I liked but didn't love. I didn't find it as gripping as I'd hoped. Otoh, possibly that's because I've now done some 101-level reading on WWI and therefore was already familiar with some of the stuff? Everything about Woodrow Wilson's courtship of his second wife was new to me, but not particularly enthralling.
Otoh, I definitely need to get a book about Room 40, since it comes up a lot in both WWI and WWII stuff (some veterans of Room 40 were part of the British counterintelligence/codebreaking/espiona
What I'm reading now
The Good War: An Oral History of World War II by Studs Terkel, which is basically exactly what it says on the tin. It might get interrupted, though - see below.
What I'm reading next
Uprooted by Naomi Novik just came from the library, so I might put the Terkel down and read this, since it has to go back to the library.
I also think I might need to add With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by Eugene B. Sledge (& Paul Fussell (Contributor)) to my reading list. I haven't read anything specifically about the Pacific theater, mostly to spare my own tender sensibilities (and I haven't watched The Pacific, for mostly the same reasons, plus my aversion to Jon Seda), but maybe it's time I did.
I also seem to be reading more exceptionally lengthy fic in not-my-active-fandoms, but I still have not found the Star Wars AU of my heart (or one of them, anyway), where Vader and Palpatine are so focused on Luke that they totally ignore Leia (so far, not so AU), and she totally wrecks them Jedi-stylez (ah, there's the AU part).
Also, the canon-divergence AU where Vader recognizes her, either on the Death Star or at Bespin, and he's like, "wait, TWO kids? PADME TOLD ME THAT EXTRA HEARTBEAT WAS JUST AN ECHO" and then he's like, "you could rule by my side!" and she's like, "ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?" Because let's face it, Leia's totally got his temper, but she's also got a strong enough will to not be taken over by the dark side. I dunno, I think Vader would secretly be delighted that Leia is his daughter even when she's sticking a lightsaber through his chest. (Also, he would be so proud to learn that she'd strangled Jabba with the chains he'd used to bind her - give me the missing scene in RotJ where he finds that shit out. Skywalkers fighting slavery forever!)
Listen, Vader's (Anakin's) sins are many and unforgivable, but I would desperately love to see him interact on a more knowledgeable basis with his kids, but especially Leia, since that never happens in canon.
I think I had more to say but work keeps interrupting. Ugh. I was out of the office for two days! And voicemail and email clearly said I wouldn't be here! But did that stop people from repeatedly emailing me about time sensitive things? Of course not. So now I don't know the status of anything, because nobody is answering my questions about whether anything actually happened while I wasn't here to do it! Ugh.
On the plus side, we're closing early tomorrow for the holiday and have Friday off. Maybe I will get something finished in time for Steve's birthday!
I tried to keep the cats in last night because bear??? But Moj was like HAHAHAH, NO. And he stood up and rattled my door knob for ages until I caved. He will figure out doorknobs one day. ONE DAY.
PS: I made a pie! It is blueberry lime and next time I would put a bit less zest in, but it's pretty great, overall. PASTRYYY.
And today camp nano begins! *\o/* I'm not gonna put off drawing this month though, for 2 reasons: one, I just got this sweet drawing board, and two, I don't want to explode with drawings and projects in August and freak Kelly out again. :P :P
Happy Canada Day! There are fireworks happening tonight; we'll probably go.
Twice so, since this is Dragon Age fic, and not Marvel Cinematic Universe. I think there are three? Two? people who both read this journal and know who Dorian Pavus is. The fandom seems to be on LJ and Tumblr. Given that the first of this series of games is what finally made me sign up for a Deviant Art account, I suspect I may actually sign up for Tumblr before I lose my infatuation with Josephine herding the gleefully destructive cats of the Inner Circle.
(Yes, Varric is my favorite of DA:II, but for DA:Inquisition, I've fallen for Josie. And The Iron Bull, but I don't want them to romance one another; no, I want the Iron Bull pinning Dorian to a wall (over a table, tied to the headboard) and whispering endearments into his ear until Dorian hears them, believes that he is loved and capable of love and Dorian in turn to provide Bull with a purpose beyond the political, to narrow the wide and hostile world to a single loving, trusting, smile. I want Josephine to remind the blood drenched spymaster that there is always time to shop, and break for tea, and remember why we protect the world, and to greet Cassandra at the gate with a rose in her hair and rose petals in the bath, and to accept Blackwall's stammering compliments (though I have issues with Blackwall, or rather Thom), to teach Cole to dance the country dances of her youth, not the formal ornate Orlesian waltzes, with stiff posture and pirouettes slow enough to allow the sway and swing of ballgown skirts held rigid over farthingales, but the country dances, with spins and sharp turns and clapping. Yeah, I multi-ship Josephine. Because everyone needs Josephine, and she is lovable in every way.)
Whoops, that was probably more of a glimpse into my brain than anyone wants, eh?
Spoilers for both Dorian's past as revealed in Last Resort of Good Men (his personal quest) and referencing Bull's Personal Quest, Demands of the Qun. Not really Dorian/Bull, but assuming they will get together because, well, see above. And violence, outward, inward, in flashback and foreshadowing.
The Repetition of Rain (2627 words) by jenna_thorn
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Iron Bull & Dorian Pavus
Characters: Rogue Trevelyan, Iron Bull, Dorian Pavus
Additional Tags: Canon-Typical Violence, spoilers for personal arcs, Last Resort of Good Men, Demands of the Qun
“Right, so … does he look distraught to you?”
They both gazed forward to where Dorian had clearly given up on protecting himself from the rain and was instead standing with his face turned up to it, letting it wash over him.
And under the cut, the actual story:
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* for the folks who enjoy the loops and strings posts:
Dragon Age hat is finished and ready for wearing in October, Black Widow shrug is finished and ready for charity auction in October, the first finished Tiny Princess Hulk is in the mail to her new home as of last week though I don't think she's arrived yet. I'm short of yarn on the brown shawl, so it's going to have one white tip (I'd planned on brown body and white border, but, sigh, planned is the key word here) but that's actually kind of okay, because this shawl has an unusual construction and I think the abrupt color change will highlight that, so I'm claiming it a design feature and not a bug, and I ran out of yarn on the ridiculously cabled cowl and I don't like the way I compensated, but I've figured out a different way, so I'm going to fix my fix, and maybe wind up with a thing, a finished, wearable product, that is good enough to give away and won't make me cranky and jealous when I see all the wonderful beautiful Nennir's that other people have made. And then I'm going to buy two skeins of yarn and make another Nennir the right way and dance a little happy dance everytime I see it. Until I give it away, too, because let's face it, that's what I do. 8-)
A fantasy story about a human culture dominated by a from-birth caste system, ruled by physically strong women who take beautiful, docile male consorts – a culture that lacks a concept of marriage, where all children are raised collectively and which has no taboos against either polyamory or queer relationships, and where both are treated as normative – would instantly read as blasphemous to some or utopian to others; but either way, we’d likely interpret such narrative choices as being overtly political. But because the Raksura are demonstrably a different species to us – and because, just as importantly, their culture isn't presented as secondary to, exoticised by or in direct contrast with a more "normal" human society – it’s much, much easier to accept these elements of the story at face value: as things that just are, instead of things that need to be constantly questioned or remarked upon.
The art pictured is by Matthew Stewart, who won a Chesley Award for the cover of The Cloud Roads.
* In Midnight's Silence by T. Frohock
1930's Spain is the backdrop for the tale of supernatural beings, a dark bargain, and a struggle for autonomy, fatherhood, love, and perhaps the future of the world.
* Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych by N.K. Jemisin
Three brand new short stories by Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award nominated author N.K. Jemisin, set in the world of the Inheritance trilogy.
* Legenda Maris by Tanith Lee
Legenda Maris comprises eleven tales of the ocean and her denizens, including two that are original to this collection – ‘Leviathan’ and ‘Land’s End, The Edge of The Sea’ – which were among the last stories Tanith Lee wrote. In this treasure chest of tales, the author works her beguiling, linguistic sorcery to conjure mermaids who are as deadly as they are lovely, the hidden coves of lonely fishing villages harbouring mysteries, and fantastical ships that haunt the waves. She explores the relationship between the sea and the land, and the occasional meetings between those who dwell above and below the waters – meetings that are sometimes wondrous and sometimes fatal, often both.
* Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke (up for preorder)
The Yiddish Policeman’s Union meets The Windup Girl when a female PI goes up against a ruthless gangster—just as both humans and robots agitate for independence in an Argentinian colony in Antarctica.
* Bone Swans by C.S.E. Cooney
Fabulous story collection: A swan princess hunted for her bones, a broken musician and his silver pipe, and a rat named Maurice bring justice to a town under fell enchantment. A gang of courageous kids confronts both a plague-destroyed world and an afterlife infested with clowns but robbed of laughter. In an island city, the murder of a child unites two lovers, but vengeance will part them. Only human sacrifice will save a city trapped in ice and darkness. Gold spun out of straw has a price, but not the one you expect.
* The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard (up for preorder)
Multi-award winning author Aliette de Bodard, brings her story of the War in Heaven to Paris, igniting the City of Light in a fantasy of divine power and deep conspiracy...
* Court of Fives by Kate Elliott (up for preorder)
In this imaginative escape into an enthralling new world, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's first young adult novel weaves an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege.
2. I don't have to go in at 6.30am tomorrow! Wednesday is usually the produce manager's day off, which is why I have to go in so early (on other days he's the one who opens the store), but he has to do a physical inventory on the first of every month, so that means he has to come in tomorrow even though it's his day off. So since he's going to be in, no need for me to go that early! I'll just go in at 8.30 like I do on my other morning days.
3. I got my manga posted and my lyrics site updated before the end of June!
Original Title: ヒメゴト～十九歳の制服～ (Himegoto~Juukyuu Sai no Seifuku~)
Author: Minenami Ryou
Publisher: Big Comics
Status in Japan: 8 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Audrey + Krim
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates
Summary: This is the story of three college freshmen with secrets: Yuki, aka Yoshiki, a boyish girl who gets off on wearing her old high school uniform skirt; Mikako, who acts innocent around her classmates, but at night pretends to be a 15-year-old and has sex for money; and finally there's Kaito, who's obsessed with Mikako to the point of dressing up like her.
Chapter Summary: When Yoshiki tells Mikako she likes her, it's like Mikako's dreams have come true. But Yoshiki has an ulterior motive...
Chapter 41: Lies
Chapter 42: Staring Point
Are you a fan of science fiction and fantasy novels, short stories, art, movies, TV shows, or meta? Have you heard of the Hugo Awards in the past as a good thing, and heard rumors of shenanigans this year? Do you have US$40 you could spend for the right to vote, and incidentally getting some good e-books out of it? You could be a Hugo voter!
How to become a Hugo voter
The Hugos are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Society, which has a convention in a different city every year. This year's Worldcon is Sasquan and is taking place in Spokane, Washington, from August 19th to 23rd, 2015. You can vote for the Hugos if you're going to attend the con, but you can also buy a supporting membership which allows you to vote this year, and to nominate for next year's awards.
This year's voting closes July 31. You'll get an e-packet of material to help you decide which of the nominees to vote for. This year, the packet includes complete e-copies of: all the nominated short fiction; the complete text of the novels The Goblin Emperor, The Three-Body Problem, and The Dark Between the Stars; complete copies of Sex Criminals, Saga Vol. 3, and Rat Queens; and a watermarked but complete copy of Ms Marvel Vol.1. For the movies ("Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form"), TV episodes ("Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form") and podcasts, you're on your own, though links are provided.
Time is short, and I know the volume of material to consider looks daunting. You don't have to vote in every category! Just pick ones that interest you and give it your best, most honest shot.
I'm particularly encouraging my friends in transformative works and Tumblr fandom to consider voting because you-all are younger than the average Hugo voter (Worldcon members tend to be aging baby boomers, like me), which is good for the future of the award and the fandom, and because many of you have a lot of insights and opinions about visual and audio media: comics, fancasts, TV shows, art.
The voting system
The Hugo Awards use Instant Runoff Voting. There are no more than five nominees in each category, and you rank them in order from first down. This system rewards candidates with broad appeal to all the Hugo voters.
No Award: If you feel, in a given category, that you like Alpha best, Bravo next, and Charlie after that, but you don't think either Delta or Echo deserves a Hugo, your ballot should read:
4. No Award
If you personally would rather see No Award win, but wouldn't be upset if Delta won, then put Delta after No Award:
4. No Award
If you think it would be a travesty for either Delta or Echo to win, leave them both off.
Should you go to Worldcon?
Last year's Worldcon was in London, the one before that was in San Antonio, Texas, next year's is in Kansas City. Because Worldcon moves around, because it's put together by volunteers, and because it has few or no actors attending, it never gets terribly large compared to Dragoncon, much less ComicCon. Currently, Sasquan has about 4000 attending members and 5000 supporting members, from five continents ... plus one in Earth orbit.
Compared to other cons you might have attended, Worldcon runs light on high-gloss movie, TV, and game presentations, but heavy on cosplay and music. Cosplay isn't just in the halls, there's also the Masquerade, a judged costume and stage show that always includes some staggeringly beautiful and complex presentations -- last year's Best in Show Winner, "Aratalindale", for instance, depicted the Valar from Tolkien's Simarillion. Worldcon music includes performances, filking, and many types of dancing. There's an Art show and Artist's Alley, of course. Alas, the deadline for the Writer's Workshop has passed, but there are lots of other opportunities to talk about writing and fanworks.
I'll make another post about this year's Hugo nominees, some historical background, and some possible guidelines about what to look for, but I want to keep it separate from this one. Reblog, tell your friends, think about getting more of us into the structures of SFF fandom. I believe we're the future of the future, and I encourage you to take up that shiny shiny mantle.
I want some stationery, but I am having trouble finding what I want on Amazon. I just want sheets of beautiful paper, maybe handmade looking, maybe some minimal decoration, but something elegant. All I am finding on Amazon is note cards (which I have plenty of) and sheets of paper with old lady flowers or dolphins or some shit like that on it. LOL
I also want some really thick socks I can wear with a pair of shoes that are a smidge too big but am having trouble figuring out how thick the socks are just by searching on Amazon.
So please, rec me some stationery or socks (on Amazon or otherwise) you think I might like. Alternatively, tell me how I should spend my Amazon gift card. Interesting and unusual ideas welcome.
(I know that sounds like it would be a sex dream but my subconscious was WAY more interested in the worldbuilding and backstory required to explain why it made perfect sense that the square-jawed laconic machismo white dude action hero became the demure and cloistered favorite wife of the badass warrior woman who led the desert rebellion, and liked it. We didn't actually get around to the point with the sex. The worldbuilding/plot actually hangs together pretty well as these things go, though.
...also my dream specifically informed me that it had nothing to do with Mad Max, we were watching the new Smokey and the Bandit remake instead. Thanks, brain.)
Anyway, you can assume the day went downhill after that, because it would, wouldn't it. Also the weekend + monday was lost to several things, including me spilling a drink on my laptop and ruining the keyboard such that I don't think I can even replace the keyboard 'cause the socket on the motherboard is borked. (everything else is still fine though? I'm typing this on a USB keyboard, now I have to decide if I want to attempt to fix it or just call it a day and get a new laptop. Or make do for awhile with this computer + external keyboard + ancient eeepc if I really need to be portable.)
Also we went to Beach City for the day Sunday, which was AMAZING, the weather was perfect, the water was perfect, the surf was choppy enough that just standing there up to your knees was an adventure, it wasn't too crowded, I got sunburned all down my back and got something in my eye that inflamed an old injury and left me having to rest with my eyes closed for five minutes out of every twenty all day Monday. (it's better now.) It was great.
Also! I wore my new(est) bathing suit, which was a tankini top and a pair of knee-length marketed-to-men board shorts, and OMG. Why did it take me to this point in my life to realize that board shorts were the platonic ideal bathing suit I'd been looking for all my life and never finding???
Here are some reasons why persons of all genders should just wear board shorts to swim in:
( this was going to be a top ten but I did not stop at ten )
Anyway all of that means there's stuff I should have posted about before and haven't so I will hopefully end up mini-spamming you tonight, apologies in advance!
I kind of can't believe they did that. Now I have to figure out if I should stick it out here one more year despite my unhappiness with certain things, or if I should move ahead with my plans to move. Ugh, life-altering decisions are the worst.
TRIVIA POINT! I did not break my write-every-day streak. It felt important, crucial, even, to attempt to do something routine while so far away from routine.
the pack survives (blood shed and things lost remix) (1118 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: A Song of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Arya Stark & Sansa Stark
Characters: Arya Stark, Sansa Stark
Additional Tags: Sister-Sister Relationship, Future Fic, Remix
Freedom might have been something else, before. Now, freedom is this. Freedom is Petyr Baelish's blood on her hands, on her dress, freedom is this. Freedom is gutting him like her uncle Brandon once did, but finishing the job.
Freedom is watching Petyr Baelish die.
An awsome remix of my fic, The Pack Survives! I’m thrilled that someone took my Sansa & Arya ficlet and expanded upon it. Really nice! Go, read, enjoy!
And then someone remixed ANOTHER fic, for Remix Madness:
Dozens upon dozens of them (Languages Remix) (1731 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Susan Pevensie
Additional Tags: Canonical Character Death, Languages, The Problem of Susan
Susan has always been good with words.
She loves them, words and languages, the simplicity of them, the complexity of them.
This was from a ficlet I wrote for the Three Sentence Ficathon one year, and omg I love how it got expanded and turned into a whole story!
I wrote two (that’s right, two!) stories for this year’s Remix. If you want to guess which ones they were, I will reward anyone who guesses correctly with a ficlet of their choice!
I try not to look at my AO3 dashboard very much, because it's just too fucking depressing to be confronted with that all the time. But when I was posting the last of the kissfics I noticed that in my list of fandoms at the top, which I don't think I've looked at in forever, Marvel Cinematic Universe and Captain America have overtaken Buffy and X-Files as my most-fanworked fandoms. I guess nothing makes a more emphatic statement about how much Captain America has taken over my life than that. (Thanks, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, for eating my brain and ruining my life.)
And I mean, I was never as prolific in other fandoms as many people I knew were (and most of my older vids aren't posted on AO3), but for me, that was a large output of fanworks, especially because I'd given up on my real life writing at some point before I found fandom (thanks, relationship with emotion-sucking partner). And then after sis_r died, even fan writing dried up for me, so outside of Yuletide, I didn't post anything fic-wise until an MCU Avengers little thing with Loki and Pepper hanging out together keeping vigil. I was never into the huge fandoms of the past fifteen years that most people I knew were. With the MCU/Avengers vids, that pushes the Marvel Cinematic Universe up ahead of Captain America, but I always feel like I should tag fic with MCU. Anyway, I still have story ideas, so I guess that number will keep climbing. More than 200,000 words so far, which kind of boggles my mind, considering how long it was in between the Loki & Pepper thing and the Pacific Rim stories, which is when I really got jump-started back into fanfic. (Thanks, Steve and Bucky and Sam and Natasha and Peggy and everyone else, for all those words.)
If only more than, like, ten people were actually interested in the writing. It's hard, sometimes, to feel motivated to keep putting them down. Easier to just leave them in my head.
Out of all of Jo Walton’s strange premises, this one takes the cake. Even more than “Framley Parsonage, but everyone’s a dragon.” But I love that she thinks of ideas like this, has the chops to carry them out, and is supported by a publisher who will publish whatever bizarre book she chooses to write. The Just City is a terrific book that I can’t imagine anyone else writing.
It’s a novel of ideas in the very best sense, full of complex and interesting questions with no easy answers, and populated by three-dimensional characters who care deeply about and are profoundly affected by the issues at play. (The issues include but aren’t limited to consent, free will, nature vs. nurture, whether the ends justify the means, and how idealistic movements and planned communities succeed and fail.) Since I grew up in a planned community, I found the book particularly interesting. It does not escape Walton that one of the most toxic issues in a planned community or progressive movement is the willingness to sacrifice vulnerable members for the supposed good of the whole, nor that the same community can be a utopia for one person and a dystopia for their neighbor.
This is the first of a trilogy, but comes to a conclusion that’s open-ended yet satisfying, shocking but inevitable in retrospect. I guessed where it was going in general, but was completely surprised by the details.
You don’t need to be familiar with or care about Plato’s Republic to read this. The book explains everything you need to know. It’s much more about larger issues of utopia/dystopia than about the Republic specifically, though the actual specifics are from the Republic. Note that it contains rape, slavery, child harm, and other disturbing things, and also characters endorsing all sorts of terrible opinions. This is not a book to read if you want the voice of the author interjecting to assure you that terrible things are terrible. It’s very much a book where many opinions are presented and it’s left to the readers to draw their own conclusions.
If you intend to read this, avoid reviews. There’s several plot twists that will be more satisfying if you don’t know about them in advance. Spoilers are fine in comments.
The sequel, The Philosopher Kings, is out now.
The Just City
James Spears, the Great Titan of the chapter, said the group would be rallying to protest “the Confederate flag being took down for all the wrong reasons.”Hey, I'm all for the rally - it'll only make it that much harder for politicians to resist removing it.
But! I have a place to live! A place where my bed can be and my clothes also and it's next to work and the roommate seems nice and unobtrusive and easygoing and there's a kitchen with a real oven and a washing machine lots of storage space.
Moving is going to be terrible because of course my shoulder is acting up again right now, OF COURSE. And living anywhere in Tel Aviv is no picnic in July-August, so getting used to a new apartment during the worst heat will be a bummer, but. Even a few weeks of heat-induced insomnia and anxiety due to new physical surroundings sound like heaven right now compared to the last 10 months.
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2. I got some freelance work this month! I now have the honor of being a real person who has really been paid for writing fanfiction, and between the different gigs I've made a little extra money this month? It's meant shuffling my schedule around even more than usual but I'm very happy it worked out.
3. I am GOING TO PRAGUE IN AUGUST, with tanndell! I am SO EXCITED about this! She's going to be traveling around Europe and I'll basically join her for the Prague portion. tanndell and I have the best fannish history - we first met when I had 12 hours in London, and she lived there, she took me by the hand and showed me Things English People Do - she's the reason I'm as into Pimm's as I am! Then somehow we both got into hockey, and I stayed with her for like a week and a half when I was in New Delhi, needless to say that was beyond amazing, and now I get to see her again on her European trip :D :D :D
Anyway, if you'd like to meet up with us in Prague, do let me know! Also, if you'd like to meet up with tanndell in Budapest, Vienna or Berlin let me know also and I'll introduce you! She, like me, loves meeting new fan people.
4. I have a real website and a twitter to match (berlin_marina)! This is still making me want to hide under large surfaces a lot, but. The swing of things has already gotten me to work on some original fiction I've been neglecting, so clearly it's doing its job.
5. Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell. THAT'S IT. I watched the finale yesterday and I am still brimming with feels. Will to rewatch it probably - I have so many thinky thoughts. Mostly, it was just so exquisitely done, from the writing to the acting to the set design to the costuming to the music to everything, absolutely everything. Such a high quality show. And it's been so long since a popular work with kind of ending that JS&MN has has been adapted. I'd love to hear from book readers how faithful they think the ending was, but regardless, what was there on screen was marvelous.
God I have so many errands to run now *____* so much bureaucracy and making sure all my shit is gathered from all the appropriate places before the move.
Wish me luck. I started work on a new vid. I'd like to get it done before I head out for home.
Of course, it's not anything that's been in my mental queue for months/years. Of course not. But, hey, whatever, right? It's creative activity. :)
Three days of school left. 16 more classes of primary school. 13 of those are exam classes. Three are just playing a video (I've got Home and a stupid new Tom & Jerry thing. They seem to like Tom and Jerry here.:P) Need to pick out one more thing so I don't have to watch anything twice.
I still have my branch classes with the wee ones. Four more total. Thursday evening and Saturday morning this week and next. Yes, I get to work the day before I leave the country.
Found out today that the school has someone who can be scheduled for airport runs. My flight on the 12th leaves at 9:30am, so I need to leave the house stupid early. Well, not too stupid. Between 6 and 6:30am. Stupid enough, right?
I thought there was something else to share, but I'm coming up blank...
I was interviewed by Australian fantasy blog Smash Dragons! I talk about Sorcerer to the Crown, explain what measures I’d institute as Empress of the Earth, and quote Diana Wynne Jones and S. I. Rosenbaum on historical novels and writing respectively.
A couple of nice mentions of Sorcerer to the Crown in the book press:
It was one of Publishers Weekly’s top 10 SFF picks for Fall 2015, along with such fabulous books as Aliette de Bodard’s The House of Shattered Wings and Fran Wilde’s exciting-sounding Updraft. You need a PW subscription to read the piece, but it calls Sorcerer a “glorious debut”. :D
And it showed up in Kirkus‘s feature on What to Read in the Second Half of 2015. Again, Sorcerer is in fabulous company, cited alongside, among others, Cindy Pon’s Serpentine and Kate Elliott’s two (!) new books this year, The Black Wolves and her YA debut Court of Fives.
An excerpt of Sorcerer will also be included in Apex Magazine’s special world-themed issue this September, guest-edited by Cristina Jurado. There’ll be interviews with me and Escape from Baghdad author Saad Hossain.
Finally, a new pro-rate SFF magazine from the fine folks behind Rosarium Publishing: Shattered Prism will open to submissions in August for its first issue, due out in November. Check it out! Write! Submit!
Mirrored from Zen Cho.
- Harry likes Louis very much a lot and Louis’ a bit of an arsehole.
- It figures that Sidney Crosby, unique in all the ways he is as a kid, would also be unique in his first Pokemon.
- John Watson is the new student at school. He doesn't follow the rules and does what he wants. He's the nightmare of all bullies and scary as hell...And he's also Sherlock's....crush?
- Quinn, Santana and Brittany are girls who grow a penis during that special time of the month.
- Tags: sorry mom, this is the only fic i will ever write, i saved it in my computer as modern romance which is tru, please don't send this to harry styles
Summary: Harry Styles was looking for a love he never had. He never expected to find it in the form of a small green cyclops.
2. I started playing the Lego Movie game and it's pretty fun! Though I have to say, I'm really not a fan of how Lego games these days seem to all have talking and stuff. I liked the wacky pantomime of the earlier games. I don't want movie dialogue and movie cut scenes.
3. With all the computer stuff going on this last week, I was afraid I wasn't going to get my monthly scanlations posted, but I already posted Yasha and will be able to post Himegoto tomorrow!
4. The kittens are super adorable.
Emma has gone off to camp. Fiona hasn't quite realized she's missing yet; she asked for her a few times today, but didn't dwell on her absence. Hopefully she won't be morose tomorrow.
I'm still reading Trigger Warnings, about to start Jane Eyre, and looking forward to Naomi Novik's Uprooted. We've never read any of her published works, but Josh just finished Uprooted and said it reminds him of Patrick Rothfuss and Kelly Link. So much of fandom has what is to me an inexplicable hateboner for Rothfuss but we only have loveboners in this house for Rothfuss, so high praise indeed.
Have a couple recs from this round of remix:
The Pendragon-Gorlois Family Reunion (The Historically Inaccurate Remix)
Good Omens/Arthurian mythology
Aziraphale and Crowley in Camelot? Perfection.
light as a feather [circling all round the sun remix]
There were three (THREE!) stories for me in the archive:
= Like thoughts inside a dream, which takes a few lines in my story, swim in my blood when it's warm and spins them into a sad, creepy Jess POV of Sam and his possible feelings for Dean.
= An Ordinary Exile (Two Stories Remix), a darling Erik POV of my old Charles/Erik ficlet Too Long in Exile.
= Westward Wandering Tramp (The Rome Has Fallen Remix), which is a remix of my BtVS/HP crossover Older and Far Away from Xander's POV that gets his voice just right.
Thank you all so much!
Reported for jury duty this morning. Thankfully there's a coffee cart outside the jury pool waiting room, because I didn't have time to stop for any, and I would not have done well without it. Too bad it was hot only. And I ate the saddest excuse for a bagel it's ever been my misfortune to consume. Tomorrow, I don't have to be there until 10:30, so I'll have time to eat at home and get coffee first.
I was also able to get myself let out of one particular trial that they said was scheduled for 6 to 8 weeks. WTF? THAT IS THE WHOLE SUMMER. Now I just have to get through tomorrow and then I should be done for another 7 years.
After last night, augh. We have a neighbourhood skunk up to no good, I guess - but my first response to horrible oppressive smell will always be first and foremost GAS LEAK!! We're all gonna die! My heart was beating so hard last night. It smelled vile like burnt rubber & chemicals and yeah, kinda skunky & gas leaky. Our house was full of it so I woke up Kelly and we wandered around getting dizzy from inhaling too much. "What's that smell? Is it a skunk? Is it a gas leak? Where are the cats???" AND SO ON. It was just as gross outside, too, though it started to pass after a bit (but was trapped inside.. so that was fun, the full hour after the house just held it). :P
But Kelly reports that there is indeed a skunk. (My second thought, after gas leak, was "Moj is gonna come home drenched in skunk. See: Raccoon Friends.")
Anyway, some Great Things:
♥ on speeding up your comics process
♥ dean/cas fic about dean realizing he loves cas by kate
♥ the small child across the road just yelled “ASSHOLE!”
♥ if you just wanna play the Steven Universe songs @8tracks
( Fannish things: )
(5) Fannish wittering is because job is freaking me out. ( My union is striking. )
(6) I like the new place! But water pressure and internet speed are both kind of iffy. Landlord's working on the water, at least. My computer may also be part of the internet problem, as it's getting on in years. Alas. But the delay is reduced with the phone, and I don't mind reading off of it, so I'm good for now.
(7) Huge family reunion in three weeks with my niece getting married and half of my family, including me, cramming into my sister's house. Should be a hootenanny. I have planned extensive padding on both sides of the trip so I can experience an actual vacation.
(8) How do you get a cigarette smell out of furniture? Vinegar? The adorable new desk I found at a tag sale reeks of stale cigarettes.