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My bosses are gone for the weekend (well, one is gone until January), and I just wrote the world's dullest action scene. I put myself to sleep with it. But it can be fixed in post! Er, after the deadline, with judicious editing! 1900 words and on to the emotional climax!

(Whoever is writing for me, since I don't have a gift yet, take heart! We're all in this together!)

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Saw Annie

Dec. 19th, 2014 02:12 pm
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Mostly harmless, probably entertaining for kids, and certainly for representation alone it's important.

That said, the movie didn't have the courage of its convictions. By which I mean, I feel like in some ways the movie wanted to be kind of like what The Wiz was to the Wizard of Oz, but it wasn't really willing to add that kind of edginess in its desire to appeal to a wide audience, so it ended up coming off bland, and the changes made to the original music did not do much to modernize its appeal - instead, the changes were kind of unnecessary and mostly were for the worse, I thought.

Additionally, the movie lost a lot of what was appealing about the original - the very real poverty of the orphans, contrasted with a conspicuous wealth of Daddy Warbucks. That's a common theme for Depression-era pop culture and which I think the play - and the 80's movie - really do well, but in this case, the movie somehow managed to flatten everything.

The music was ... pretty not good, considering. I guess they had the actors do their own singing, and they aren't particularly good singers, so everything was synthesized to hell with the instrumentals at high volume, to compensate. They weren't fooling anyone.

They clearly didn't want to mimic standard Broadway dance styles but they didn't go all out for anything edgy or modern, which left them doing ... very little, dance-wise.

Absolutely no one can compete with Carol Burnett's virtuoso performance as Miss Hannigan in the 1982 movie. No one.

Also, I saw a preview for Pan, and all I can say is - the Hook/Peter slash will commence about 5 minutes after that movie opens. Peter's a child so they'll find a way to age him, but. Five minutes.
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STILL SICK.

Have been staring blankly at the last sentence for about five minutes. More to write (my overall writing speed is glacial in general these days, but does speed up a hell of a lot with an external deadline), but I think I need to soak myself in hot water until I feel human so that the last third (I think I'm about 2/3s done) doesn't devolve into Dick and Jane language.

See protagonist. See protagonist and other character talk. Talk, characters, talk!

i can do this

Dec. 19th, 2014 01:08 pm
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[personal profile] fox
Christmas concerts with the big chorus are done. Work is at a manageable dull roar for the moment. Well, except this one work thing. ) I got my work Secret Santa present on time and my Secret Santee was very pleased with it, including my make-do wrapping job (masking tape inscribed with "THE SCOTCH TAPE IS HIDING" (block print, you see, so nobody could recognize my writing)--because our scotch tape must be in a box somewhere and there wasn't time to go out and buy more. I got presents for my side of the family ordered and shipped. We don't have presents yet for each other or for Himself's side of the family, but that's all a much less fraught prospect because my side is the only one with a four-year-old. I booked our hotel for New Year's, so a road trip is in our future.

My Yuletide is on 1069 words (yay over the max) and I swear I will finish it this afternoon JUST POSTED, WHOOP WHOOP.

I'm up in the Catholics' choir loft twice on Sunday, three times next Thursday (well - midnight Wednesday and then twice Thursday morning), twice next Sunday, and twice the Sunday after that, so that'll be a nice bundle of stipends. Mama's got to pay the contractor: our house addition plans have been approved (although not yet issued) (and just issued this afternoon, whoop whoop) and I am long past ready to roll. The place where a great deal of our stuff is in storage has been acquired and we're not sure we like the new ownership's terms of service, so we might be getting our stuff back and cramming it into the rooms we're not using ... which will make the building work more exciting, but hey, excitement's what it's all about, right? We'll see.

In any case: I'm this close to having made it through December. Bring on January.
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Wow, this is amazing, and super cool. Check it out: Free SFF con memberships available now to fans of color/non-white fans. Escapade is eligible! This is awesome.
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Today's December posting meme:

December 19: [personal profile] escritoireazul asked, what do you look for when choosing new recipes to try?

There are a few things, I guess:

-whether it's something I would like to eat (or give away)

-whether I have all the ingredients on hand or can easily get them (or substitute)

-whether it requires equipment I don't have

-whether it requires space I don't have (I would love to bake pies, but I have nowhere to really roll out pie crust. the cutting board over the sink is not really satisfactory.)

-how fussy it looks - I have baked things that require a lot of bowls and a lot of fussing, but I have yet to find something that really felt worth it at the end, and again, it's an issue of space. If I had a dishwasher, I might not mind using every bowl and spatula in my arsenal, but having to wash them all by hand and either dry them or find a space for them to dry - not worth it.

Having conquered baking with yeast a couple of years ago (and meringues last year; well, sort of), there's not a lot that intimidates me from a baking perspective (cooking, otoh - I have no desire to learn to spatchcock a chicken, for example), but I understand the limitations of my space right now so I haven't ever tried, say, macarons (also, I am bad at making things pretty, so that is also a consideration there), but I would like to!

I also don't make fried things very often, because the smell lingers in my apartment, but I will be making riceballs on New Year's Eve, scent of stale grease and all. *hands*

Now I have to work on yuletide, because L. and I are having our annual Christmas dinner tonight, which usually involves a lot of wine, so I won't be able to work on it when I get home.

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Favourites meme

Dec. 19th, 2014 05:56 am
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Nicked from [livejournal.com profile] fannishliss, because it looked fun.

Favourite main character of 2014: Hmm, tough one. I'll go with Athos (The Musketeers). Also Clarke Griffin (The 100) and Henry Morgan (Forever)
Favourite villain of 2014: Viktor Chlodwig zu Schellendorf von Konigsburg (Grimm), Cardinal Richelieu (The Musketeers), Milady (The Musketeers)
Favourite other character of 2014: Abe Morgan (Forever), Trubel (Grimm), Bobbi Morse (M:AOS), Alphonso Mackenzie (M:AOS)
Favourite M/F couples of 2014: Haymitch/Katniss! (Technically they predate 2014, but I had a huge resurgence after seeing Mockingjay.) Ditto Jody/Sam and "Hibbing 911" (SPN). A nod to Claire/Jamie (Outlander). Athos/Ninon (The Musketeers).
Favourite F/F couples of 2014: Juliette/Rosalee/(Trubel). Grimm has been a big fandom for me this year. Simmons/Morse (M:AOS).
Favourite M/M couples of 2014: Athos/Porthos, Athos/d'Artagnan, Aramis/Porthos—you see where this is going! Also Bobby/Stigman (2 Guns). I'll add Ragnar/Athelstan (Vikings) because although Vikings predates 2014 for me, I wasn't that interested in the slash pairing until this year.
Favourite 3 or moresomes of 2014: Juliette/Rosalee/Trubel (Grimm), Juliette/Rosalee/Monroe, The Inseparables(+d'Art) (Musketeers)
Favourite Crossover couples of 2014: Trubel/Amanda(HL) ;) Lagertha/Tamsin(Lost Girl).
Fandom that you never expected to get into: 2 Guns, omg.
Most recent fandom of 2014: I think it's clear, that's The Musketeers.
Favorite Actors of 2014: Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey (for True Detective, not Interstellar), Tom Burke, Howard Charles, Luke Pasqualino, Judd Hirsch,
Songs I got Fannish About in 2014: So many! Most of them silly. "Follow the Leader" by Wisin & Yandel (feat. Jennifer Lopez), "Come with Me Now" (KONGOS), "All About That Bass" and "Redemption Song" (Anita Antoinette, The Voice), "Two Against One" by Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi (feat. Jack White), "Cry Me a River" (Chris Jamison, The Voice), Someone Like You (Damien, The Voice), "Burning Bridges" (Chris Pureka), "Glad I've Done What I Did" (honeyhoney), "Timber" (Pitbull feat. Ke$ha)

Wrapping up the year

Dec. 19th, 2014 08:16 pm
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This is a crosspost from Chez Skud. You can comment here or there.

It’s a cliche to blog about how seldom you blog, so I won’t. Instead I’ll just take the opportunity to reflect a bit on 2014 in terms of my home life.

It’s been a dog of a year. It’s been difficult to focus on anything much, let alone communicate about it. The first half of the year I was buried in personal stuff, and the second half of the year had more of that and then a lot of travel and busy-ness piled on top.

Most days I’m happy if I eat regular meals. I’ve had some great food this year, but mostly it just seems like a slog, trying to balance my body’s need for fuel, my inner self’s food-related hangups and issues, and the logistics of having food in the house, and having space and time to prepare it. I’ve had to cut myself a fair bit of slack on convenience foods and on food waste. Sometimes it’s better to buy a pile of fruit and vegetables just so I have them as an option, even if in the end I don’t eat them all and some of them wind up in the compost. Or to open a jar of something perishable so I can eat well now, even if I’m going away tomorrow or the next day and know I can’t finish it.

When times are hard I just keep trying to slog through it, do what I can, and remember nobody’s standing over me with a clipboard awarding points or writing down criticisms in red pen.

Some things I cooked/ate this year and didn’t post to the blog:

broad beans and leek from the garden, with ham, on homemade sourdough

broad beans and leek from the garden, with ham, on homemade sourdough

salad with red rice, sprouted lentils, tomato, kale, fetta, olives, and marinated artichoke hearts

salad with red rice, sprouted lentils, tomato, kale, fetta, olives, and marinated artichoke hearts

nettle soup

virulently green nettle soup with potato and ham

nachos

nachos with black beans and fresh jalapeno peppers from the garden

birthday lunch of ethical pork and beef ribs, corn bread, and coleslaw (eaten in a blanket fort! best birthday lunch!)

birthday lunch of ethical pork and beef ribs, corn bread, and coleslaw (eaten in a blanket fort! best birthday lunch!)

I’ve been doing a lot, a lot, of knitting and other crafts. Not least because I’ve had periods where all I can do is watch soothing TV and do something calm and repetitive. I’ve not been good at posting about it, though, nor updating Ravelry, and I have to admit that I’ve been casting on an awful lot of things for the “whee!” feeling of a new project, and not completing them. By my count I currently have at least 17 WIPs, most of which haven’t yet hit the “half done” mark.

I’ve instituted a kanban board on the wall of my living room for my craft projects (with an extra, innovative “> 1/2 DONE” column, because casting on and then putting it aside is a big issue for me) so I can see how many I have to finish. Sadly, it doesn’t work all that well to stop me casting on new things, because I just conveniently “forget” to add a sticker for the new project. Sigh. Oh well, at least every so often I can bring it up to date and it helps me remember what I have going, better than a pile of mystery project bags in the coffee table drawers ever could.

A week or so back I decided to try and reduce my WIPs considerably. My new rule (and let’s see how long I stick to it) is to have one large and one small/portable project out and work-on-able at any time, choosing the easiest to complete at any given time, according to the debt snowball method. Right now I’m working on a pair of fingerless mitts made from the tail ends of two colours of Mountain Colors Bearfoot, and a deathly dull product-knitting slog: a black hoodie in Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 8 ply and in mostly stocking stitch. Both are made-up patterns, the hoodie being vaguely EPS-based, and the mittens basically just tubes with thumb-trick thumbs.

half-finished black hoodie

boring hoodie of boringness

red and brown striped fingerless mitts in progress

slightly less boring, but only just

My only escape from the “get through some bloody WIPs” effort is that I’ve told myself that I can knit hats for charity using wool from my charity-knitting basket, which I gathered up from all the odd scattered places and put in one pile last week. A hat usually takes about 2 evenings and is a quick distraction if I really must cast on something new. There’s at least a dozen hats worth of wool there, or roughly one for each reasonably-finishable project on the WIP list. (Some of the WIPs aren’t reasonably finishable, as they’re things like a mitred sock yarn blanket that will take years to gather odds and ends to make, or are super low priority, like the charming half-finished Scandinavian cross stitch table runner I found at a craft swap day — I have no qualms about that sitting quietly where it is for a long time.)

As for the garden… it’s a mess, and I’m late with planting everything, and that’s okay. I’m eating from it if not every day, then definitely every few days, and I have tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant coming along nicely for later in the summer. No clipboard, no red pen, right?

One thing that has been going well for me is that I’ve been making a pretty steady practice of getting rid of stuff. Somehow I’ve got to a point where it gives me a good, clean feeling to finish something and not have it any more, or to put something unused in the pile for the op shop (which seldom gets bigger than I can carry in my bike basket). Yesterday I had a momentary bout of “what if I applied for this amazing job and had to move house again?” and it made me think even more about how much stuff I have that I don’t need. I’m not going to apply for the job, but it did give me a kick in the pants about all my stuff.

A friend’s recently been talking up a decluttering guru who talks about getting rid of things that don’t spark joy, and it’s been good for me to think of my excess stuff in that way. It makes it much easier to say “no”. I don’t think I’m anywhere near Japanese minimalism (lol, no) but it does make it easier to get rid of things I’m keeping out of a sense of “ought”.

Finally, today I got a cleaner in, and she’s going to be coming regularly. I’ll be interested to see how much it changes my sense of overwhelmedness and whether it helps me get back on a more even keel with some of the other stuff I want to spend my energy on. I’ll give it a few months and then evaluate the costs/benefits; it’s a big chunk of my fairly tight budget, but I hope a worthwhile one for my mental health, which in turn is good for my so-called “actual” work.

I’m not going to make any new year’s resolutions, because they don’t work well for me. But here’s hoping 2015 is a good one!

December meme #10

Dec. 18th, 2014 07:41 pm
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[personal profile] gwyn
Yuletide story posted! And now I really need to focus on the Festivid I have been haphazardly unfocused on.

Today is the two-year anniversary of my dad's death. It was weird, because I ran into my former neighbor today, and she worked at the retirement center my dad lived in until his death, so she asked after him. I might not have felt as down about it if that hadn't happened, it had a strange effect on me. I'm going to spend Christmas with my cousins I haven't seen in nearly two years, as well, and I'm trying not to be weirded out by that.

Memage today: [personal profile] dine asked: I'd love to hear about a vid idea you have, but will probably never actually make (and why not)

Well, I mentioned the Lord King Bad Vid I wanted to make for Veronica Mars and Weevil earlier this month, so there's that one. But for different reasons, I'll probably never make a constructed reality vid I always wanted to do for Stacker Pentecost, Herc Hansen, and Chuck Hansen in Pacific Rim. I gathered all kinds of other work done by Idris Elba, Max Martini, and Rob Kazinsky, and all this footage such as planes from the RAAF (because Herc was an RAAF pilot), landscapes of Australia, and so on, and every time I listen to the song I think of this vid. I wanted it to be a mood piece that sort of showed them outside the film, existing, in a way, beyond the universe of the Kaiju War. But also kind of melancholy, in that Chuck and Stacker are gone, and Herc would be remembering those good times afterward.

But for various reasons, largely because I don't know how to make what I see in my mind because I'm not a very good technical vidder, I may never make it. I don't know. Maybe if at some point, my pain is lessened and I can sit in front of the computer and try to figure out what I want to do, I will still make this, but I don't think there's even an audience for it at this point, so it seems foolish when I have so many other vids on my plate. I saw a fantastic constructed reality vid for the Kaidonovskys someone did right after Pacific Rim came out, and they were only in the movie for like 90 seconds, but weirdly that vid kind of gave me such a happy that I almost feel like I don't need to do mine. On the other hand, if I do the VVC auction next year and someone buys me and wants me to make it, then I will. ;-D

Weekly Reading

Dec. 18th, 2014 10:17 pm
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[personal profile] torachan
What are you currently reading?
Still reading vol. 1 of Kurage Hime. Because I'm now reading manga on my phone only when I'm at work, and reading on the ipad before bed, I'm not reading Kurage Hime very much at all.

On the ipad I've been reading quite a bit more. I'm back to my Kindaichi reread, which I abandoned about a year ago after reading the first twenty volumes. I've read a couple more now and am totally hooked.

What did you recently finish reading?
Just those couple volumes of Kindaichi.

What do you think you'll read next?
M-more Kindaichi...

Tell Lorraine I love her.

Dec. 19th, 2014 12:07 am
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I love you, too, Stephen.

Because I'm red hot like pizza supper.

What a way to end a show, Mr. Colbert. Thanks for nearly a decade of satire and fun.

<3

December meme #3

Dec. 18th, 2014 06:26 pm
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[personal profile] torachan
[personal profile] chagrined asked if I collect anything or have ever collected something. Well, now I don't collect anything, but I certainly have in the past! I don't know what flipped the switch from collecting to not collecting, but I don't really feel the urge to collect stuff now.

When I was really into Digimon, I collected a lot of Digimon stuff. I bought toys and CDs (there was so much Digimon music) and any magazines that mentioned Digimon. But my biggest collection was my Digimon cards. I really wanted a complete collection and I managed it up to a certain point (when I stopped collecting, there were still new packs coming out, but I had a complete collection as of the point where I stopped). Not only did I use auction sites to get rare cards from regular decks, but I also got a bunch of rare cards that were given out at special events and stuff like that. And these were all Japanese cards. I got a lot of them off of Yahoo Auctions Japan and later I got a bunch from this guy who ran a site with scans of all the cards. I guess I must have just contacted him and asked him if he could get me any? I can't even remember now, but I bought a lot through him. I can't seem to find the pictures I must have taken when I sold the lot, but I had hundreds of cards, and since I didn't know anyone local who spoke Japanese and was interested in playing Digimon cards, they were just for collecting, not playing. :p

As a kid, one thing I really loved collecting was Disney figures. These were small plastic figures, maybe an inch and a half to two inches tall. I do have a picture of these that I took when I sold the collection. I kept them all in a big plastic jar and liked to take them out and line them up in various configurations. Because this was back before there was such a thing as the Disney store, and before Disney merchandise was as ubiquitous as it is today, I mostly bought these either at Disneyland or at the Hallmark store, and I was always excited to find a new one.

Post from Michigan

Dec. 18th, 2014 11:28 pm
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[personal profile] umbo
At my mom's house. She does not know her wifi password. Catch y'all later, when I'm not typing on my phone.

Welp

Dec. 18th, 2014 07:48 pm
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I got defaulted on in Festivids. Unfortunately, I put all of my request notes in my Dear Festividder letter, so the pinch hit post seems suuuuuper-empty.

I called in sick to work today for separate reasons. I'm distracting myself with LEGOs and the D&D Monster Manual.

[Yuletide] WORD COUNT: HALFWAY!

Dec. 18th, 2014 06:54 pm
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Livin' on a prayer with this one, apparently.

TAKE MY HAND, STORY! WE'LL MAKE IT, I SWEAR.

Punchy, btw. I am puuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuunchy. Oh yeah.

Hopefully, I can get it done tonight and put the draft in, the focus on going back and improving it after I'm no longer dealing with chills and thrills (well, chills--there are no thrills involved).

blather (waiting)

Dec. 19th, 2014 03:29 pm
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[personal profile] china_shop
Today is the last day of White Collar. Last episode ever, soon soon soon. I've never done this before with a fandom; closed canon was so much less of a rollercoaster. I don't know how to feel except "waiting". I don't know how much this final chapter is going to affect my feelings about the show as a whole. La la la... *distracts self* (Please don't tell me ANYTHING! I am wonderfully deliciously unspoiled, which is really the only upside of falling out of the fannish loop!)


There are some movies showing I want to see, including The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, which stars Callum Keith Rennie in a role where he's married to Helena Bonham Carter. Thankfully, if the trailer is anything to go by, this is supposed to be a jarring clash of disparate universes, because it totally is in my head.

Also on my list are Paddington, Love is Strange, Obvious Child, and oh, that Hobbit movie if we can find a 2D session. *casual handwave* :-)

December Daily: seasons

Dec. 18th, 2014 07:53 pm
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[personal profile] resonant
[personal profile] sage asks: What's your favorite thing from each season of the year? (Optional: least favorite?)

That's a fun question!

My favorite thing about summer is fresh tomatoes, but I have many least-favorite things about summer, chief among them being heat, humidity, and mosquitoes.

My favorite thing about fall is -- hm. I love so many things about fall. But I think maybe migrating geese, and the sound they make. Or maybe the color of the sky in October? My least favorite thing about fall is knowing winter's coming.

My favorite thing about winter is Christmas, and my least favorite thing about it is cold weather.

My favorite thing about spring is the smell of dirt when it's finally thawed. Fresh asparagus comes in a very close second. I can't think of any least favorite thing about spring, actually, except being braced for hot weather coming.

December posting meme - ST: TOS

Dec. 18th, 2014 06:32 pm
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[personal profile] kass
[personal profile] larissabernstein wrote I'd be happy to read something about your Star Trek TOS experience.

I've been trying and trying to figure out when I first encountered Star Trek, and I honestly can't remember. I think I first caught a glimpse of it on tv when I was a kid? but I can't recall. I know that when I was twelve I had a friend who was a huge James Doohan fan, and she went to a con to get his autograph, which I thought was totally cool. (I mean. Totally cool in the geektacular way that everything I liked was cool. Like Piers Anthony novels and Renaissance Faires. Oh, y'all, I was such a cliché of a baby geek girl, I cannot even. ♥) I know I remember going to see Star Trek IV in a movie theatre -- though I'm pretty sure that was the first Star Trek movie I ever saw. I remember reading, and loving, Uhura's Song when I was about thirteen.

TOS wasn't my formative Trek. The Trek I watched regularly with friends in college (well -- my first year of college, anyway, until it ended), was Star Trek: Next Generation. By then I'd absorbed a fair amount about classic Trek via fannish osmosis (though I didn't know to call it that, at the time, because that was six years before I would first encounter what I now know as fandom!) I knew enough to know that I was a Spock fan because he was brainy and so was I. And of course TOS was the forebear of TNG, and without TOS, the version of the Enterprise and the characters I knew best wouldn't have had a chance to exist. So I have always kind of loved it by extension, from a distance, because it gave rise to so much that I loved.

When the first reboot movie came out in '09 (I still haven't seen Star Trek: Into Darkness, because it seems to have annoyed people so much, but I did see the first one) -- I had this amazing experience, which I know a lot of y'all had too, of sitting in the theatre and hearing the theme music play and honest-to-God welling up with tears. Seriously, I was verklempt. Seeing the Enterprise on the big screen like that again! Because it's so -- big and so epic, and the yearning for space and for boldly-going is so engrained in me (that's definitely at the heart of why I loved SGA) -- I don't know, it's hard to put into words. (Also I love what felt to me like Quinto's and Pine's homage to the actors who had first brought their characters to life -- that felt very respectful to me, not like parody but like honor, in some way.)

Anyway. Most of my fannish experience of TOS over my 15 years in fandom has been via vids! Some of my very favorite vids have been classic Trek vids. ([profile] killa and T Jonesy, I am looking at you.) "Dante's Prayer" (which I first saw at an Escapade vid show, surrounded by fans, and omg, it blew me away) -- "Closer" (ditto -- wait, no, it was the Angel version I saw in an Escapade vid show, so when did I first see the TOS one? I have no idea now) -- "Knights of the Round Table" (was that on a WOAD society disc? I think it was) -- "Razzle Dazzle" (Killa, T Jonesy, and [personal profile] hafital) -- the vids feel to me like the most intense and crystallized form of encountering the show, because they are so lovingly made. They're like mainlining the show through a fannish lens, and I love that, always. ♥

Want to ask me something? You still can!

year in music

Dec. 18th, 2014 05:15 pm
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It's nearly time to make the year-in-music mix I give my Dad every Christmas Eve. I didn't listen to a lot of new music in 2014, and most of it came from my husband adding songs to our shared iTunes library. His workplace has music piped in, so he hears a lot more of the popular songs than I do.

One song that really stuck to me this year was Hozier's "Take Me to Church." My daughter made up her own version that she sings along to the actual song, but with lyrics almost entirely of her own creation. They're mostly sort of phonetic, made-up words that resemble the actual lyrics, with some real words mixed in.

My favorite lyric she's ever made up was to Katy Perry's "Roar." The line that goes, "'Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar," my daughter sings "'Cause I am a genius..." which cracks me up every time.

What's the song (or songs) you couldn't live without in 2014?

The awesomeness of fans

Dec. 18th, 2014 06:13 pm
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[personal profile] kass
I'm pretty accustomed to Chanukah being a gift-giving holiday for kids, not so much for adults. That's what my family of origin has always done -- Chanukah gifts are for kids under 13, and adults exchange cards if anything.

But thanks to the awesomeness of fandom, I have had things to open for the first three nights of the holiday! A beautiful print from [personal profile] sheafrotherdon, a Doctor Who t-shirt from [personal profile] nyssa23, and tonight a wee talking Doctor Who (Eleven) doll from [personal profile] grammarwoman!

♥ ♥ ♥

You are all marvelous. Thank you so much for brightening my holiday.
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I'm afraid I'm going to have to mostly bail on [personal profile] liv's question, asking me to talk about "when mainstream feminism goes around reproducing lots of other hierarchies and oppressions", because I've been turning it over for a few days and I'm really not sure what to say.

I guess the short answer is: this is something I've been learning about and working on for the past 5 years, and I've been trying to improve my own practice around it, and to speak to people when they do faily things and I think I can usefully help out as an ally. The other thing, I suppose, is that I don't really engage much with "mainstream feminism" if by that you mean the sort of institutionally established liberal feminism that's out there; my feminism is Internet feminism, informed by fandom and geekdom and twitter and tumblr, and I'm not very involved in the stuff that actually gets covered in mainstream media or gets funding from mainstream bodies or whatever. And the feminism I am involved in is pretty aware of "other hierarchies and oppressions" most of the time, I hope.

Anyway I think this answer crosses over a bit with what I wrote for [personal profile] transcendancing under how my feminism has changed over time so I'll just point you there as well.

Sorry I couldn't write more :(
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This vid was made for another vid project being run by [personal profile] silly_cleo (see "Landsailor" and Aims.) This time around, each vidder is making a vid for a song on Taylor Swift's new album, 1989. This vid is - well, you'll see. I'm very grateful to [personal profile] purplefringe for her kind commentary and help with it.

[vid] This Love (alive back from the dead) [Pushing Daisies]
by Raven
"Stop saying that! I'm not a murderer!" A Pushing Daisies AU.

music: "This Love", Taylor Swift, from 1989
content notes: some canon-typical deaths and silly body horror; no outside source
stream at tumblr; nothing else works right now! / download from mediafire, 75MB

lyrics )
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Dude, writers, I like your stories, but I don't want to read your life story or your polemics and you KEEP STICKING THEM IN YOUR AUTHOR'S NOTES.

THIS IS WHY WE USED TO DO DVD COMMENTARIES ON REQUEST, BACK IN THE DAY!

I should be typing my Yuletide, but OMG, I am sick and I feel like a truck hit me and I just want to go back to bed, and this is the WORST FUCKING TIMING to get sick.

I think this happened to me in '08? I'll need to check my Yuletide history to figure out how I powered through the last time my Yuletide writing was interrupted by illness.

Gronk.
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1100 words on yuletide! Not a complete story yet, but at least I'm over the minimum and I know where I'm going. Whew.

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Today's December posting meme topic is:

December 18: Comics 101 (what you think someone completely new to them should know or try; good entry points, etc.) for [personal profile] akamarykate.

I feel like on the one hand, I'm so not the person to answer this, since I've only been reading superhero comics since 2010 (though I've been reading other comics since probably 2000? I think that's when I first read Sandman?), but on the other hand, I've only been reading superhero comics for four years, and I got into it after avoiding it for such a long time (it only leads to heartbreak, kids! Don't do it!) so I do know what kinds of things are easy to find, easy to get into, and don't require a lot of other knowledge.

So. If you are looking to start reading non-superhero comics, the answer is very easy: Sandman by Neil Gaiman. Still his best work to me (and probably will always be his best work), it's one of the few things I've found that actually does live up to the hype. If you enjoy stories about how stories are shaped and how they shape us, and how one immortal anthropomorphic being can learn to change and grow, you should totally read Sandman. If, like me, you're not big into horror, power through the first few issues in volume 1, until you hit "The Shadow of Her Wings," wherein you will meet Death, and everything will just keep getting better from there.

When you're done with Sandman, read the spinoff, Lucifer by Mike Carey, which follows Lucifer (yes, that Lucifer) and his demonic consort Mazikeen and a host of other characters on a different journey. I don't think Lucifer is quite as spectacular as Sandman, but it has some pretty brilliant moments of its own and I found it well worth reading (and rereading).

If you're looking for something a little less cosmic, but no less trippy, I also recommend - with a HUGE caveat - Brian K. Vaughan's Y: The Last Man, which is the story of Yorick, the last man left alive on earth, and his pet monkey Ampersand, who also managed to survive the die-off that killed all the men. This is a globe-trotting roadtrip story with pirates, lesbians, monkeys, Shakespeare, and spies (the Culper Ring!), and it's highly enjoyable...until the end. DON'T READ THE END. THE END IS TERRIBLE.

All three are all self-contained, complete stories, which I think makes them a good place to start, since you can get used to reading comics (I still am terrible at parsing the art, personally, but doing one reading for the text and then another, slower run through paying close attention to the art has helped) and also find some closure in the stories. I am very big on stories having endings, so even some of the superhero comics I'll be recommending are limited runs with defined endings.

If you enjoy Brian K. Vaughan's writing and want to take a chance on Saga, it's ongoing right now and it's about a pair of starcrossed lovers who refuse to accept that their story should end in tragedy, and how they go about making a life and raising a daughter while their two planets (planet and moon? I should go back and reread and then get caught up - I am very behind) are at war and are hunting them both down as traitors. Given Vaughan's history with terrible endings (see above), I don't know that I trust him to make this all end in a way that doesn't ruin everything, but it's a highly entertaining ride along the way.

In terms of superhero comics, remember that this is all based on what I've read, and I only read things I enjoy, so it's going to be heavily weighted towards the characters I like. I can't claim to give a broad overview of either Marvel or DC, because there's so much I'm just not interested in (let alone the things I actively avoid).

So I would start a superhero comics newbie with Blue Beetle vol. 3, written by Keith Giffen and John Rogers (with art by Cully Hamner). Yes, John Rogers, the dude from Leverage. It's the story of a teenage boy who finds what he thinks is a rock but which turns out to be a piece of sentient alien weaponry, and it welds itself to his spine and gives him a bunch of powers. It also starts out in the midst of some DC crossover event you don't have to worry about, because Jaime gives you a little summary of it at the beginning. All you have to know is, he went to space with the Justice League and somehow got stranded there, and when he gets home, his whole life has changed.

The thing I love about Blue Beetle - about Jaime - is that he is the sensible kid. He doesn't try to hide his secret identity and come off like an asshole to his friends and family because ~they must never know~. Which means instead of being ~forever alone~ he has a support network he can call on when aliens invade and he has to kick ass.

The series is a lot of fun, with some real heart-clenchy moments and some fabulous kickass action.

Next, I would start you off with that newly beloved tradition of FORMERLY DEAD SIDEKICKS, and have you read Batgirl vol. 3 by Bryan Q. Miller, since it also is finite (*shakes fist at DC editorial*) and features a character that I love but DC Editorial hates: Stephanie Brown, the fourth Robin (and former Spoiler), and third Batgirl. Steph's dad was a second-tier Batman villain and her mother was an addict, and she got knocked up at 15 (16?), but when she overheard her dad's evil plans, she decided she was going to spoil them (hence "Spoiler"), and put Batman and Robin on his trail. Except it didn't quite work out that way. Batman never wanted her around, and she ended up dating Robin (Tim), and because of Batman's distrust and poor treatment of her, she ends up taking a deadly beating from Black Mask. Except she never got a memorial in the Batcave the way Jason did (even after he came back, the case still lingers, waiting to be knocked over in the next over dramatic Batfamily brawl) and this was a whole cause celebre on the internet back in 2005, long before I was into comics. ANYWAY.

As with other dead sidekicks, it turns out that Steph was not so much dead as terribly injured and so she was sent away for a year to recover in the care of Dr. Leslie Thompkins, and when she comes back, through a series of circumstances, she becomes the new Batgirl. She's also a (poor) college student trying to have a life, and an inspiration to people in the city of Gotham. If Batman is about fear and Nightwing is about justice, Batgirl, in Steph's hands, is about hope. It ended too soon with a wrapup that made me sob like a hungry baby.

Anyway, this is another fun series about a girl who decides to stand up and do something to stop crime and despair from taking over her city.

To be honest, these are also the two DC series I've found to be most Marvel-like in their feel, which could be why I enjoyed them so much.

If you come away from Batgirl interested in more Batfamily shenanigans, I'd recommend the pre-reboot Birds of Prey, Bruce Wayne: Murderer/Fugitive, and Batman: No Man's Land. The latter two are very strong storylines that come to conclusions instead of trailing off into new stories.

My other very highly recommended, read this if you don't read anything else from DC recommendation is Gotham Central, which is a police procedural comic that's about 25 issues long (iirc) by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka, and it's about the Gotham City PD's Major Crimes Unit (MCU, just to confuse things for everyone), which is the unit of detectives handpicked by Jim Gordon so he can trust they're not corrupt, and they handle crimes involving costumed villains and metahumans. Yes, they are the police who have to deal with the Joker et al. And sure, Batman occasionally drops by with a clue or a criminal wrapped up tight, but the cops are not really thrilled about his involvement. SUCH A GOOD SERIES. And also brilliantly pays off a storyline begun in No Man's Land, and gives us Renee Montoya and Crispus Allen, one of the great police partnerships in fiction.

If you've discovered you have a taste for superhero comics after this (or at least a taste that matches mine), next I would recommend you read Young Avengers vol 1. and 2. There you will meet the divine Kate Bishop, aka Hawkeye, as well as Eli Bradley (BABY COME BACK), Tommy Shepherd, Billy Kaplan, Teddy Altman, and Cassie Lang, and you will have some background as to what they all went through before you re-meet some of them in volume 2. I would also recommend reading Kieron Gillen's Journey Into Mystery run, which is the closest I've come to finding something like Sandman in the Marvelverse, and which is concerned with the adventures of Kid Loki, who has 1000x the charm of his adult 616 counterpart, and only about 1/4 of the murderousness.

And once you know who Kate is, you must read Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye, which is fantastic in many different ways, and which is coming to a close shortly (or has already come to a close? I am so behind). It's more of a Clint Barton hangs out and fights mob thugs in his spare time comic than a superhero comic, but Kate helps out and he has an awesome dog and some lovely neighbors in the apartment building he owns, and it's a good read.

If you are interested in other Marvel ongoings that are pretty easy to hop on board with right now, there is Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson, about Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teenager in New Jersey who gets superpowers and decides she wants to be like her hero, Captain Marvel, and fight bad guys, but who also has to deal with being a teenage girl whose parents want to protect her. Delightfully charming. Definitely recommended. As is Kelly Sue DeConnick's Captain Marvel, about Carol Danvers. I personally liked the first volume better? But now Carol's having adventures in space, which is also super cool (and I still need to catch up on this as well.)

And if you have a very specific interest that I've taken too long to get around to, I would definitely recommend that you read Captain America vol. 5, which contains the Winter Soldier storyline in issues 1-14 (skip issue 10, iirc, it's the House of M crossover and means nothing). That's not the full story, but it will give you the start of how Steve discovers the Winter Soldier is Bucky Barnes, and what he's going to do about it. The whole of volume 5 is a good read (with the exception of issue 15 - skip it - it's 20 gross pages of Crossbones torturing his girlfriend) because you get to see Bucky and Natasha's reunion and Bucky Cap and the Sam saves Bucky from his terrible plans show (though Sharon's storyline is best left undiscussed, because ugh). I also enjoyed the first Winter Soldier solo book through the first couple of arcs, but the ending of "Widow Hunt" is just untenable (and given Sharon's earlier storyline and what happens to Sin in issue 15 as well, I admit to giving Ed Brubaker the side-eye with regard to female characters' agency). I haven't read the new Winter Soldier solo book, but I have heard good things, and Daisy Johnson is in it, which is probably relevant to people's interest if they're watching SHIELD.

If you just want STEVE ROGERS AND ALL HIS BUCKY FEELS, I cannot recommend Mark Waid's Captain America: Man Out of Time strongly enough. It's the one where Steve is willing to break the space-time continuum and live out the rest of their lives as hobos if it will allow him to go back and save Bucky. It's also the one where the whole "visit the Grand Canyon" thing comes from.

If you choose only one book to read off this list, let it be Truth: Red, White or Black, which is the story of how the supersoldier serum was derived by experimenting on black soldiers, and how the first Captain America was a black man named Isaiah Bradley (Eli's grandfather), and the terrible things he suffered at the hands of the government. The art is terrible - I don't know who decided the art for such an important story should be so cartoony and ridiculous - but the story should be required reading.

I hope this helps! There's so much I haven't read, so this isn't as complete as it could be, but I can try to make more specific recs if you have something in mind.

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eyes under the prize

Dec. 18th, 2014 07:52 am
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Okay, [personal profile] gabbysilang has got me concerned. Eyebrows? Of all the bits of my body that I have wasted my life fruitlessly wishing were smaller, higher, smoother, less painful, more functional, less hairy or stronger, eyebrows are like the one thing it never occurred to me to wish were otherwise than they were. They...uh, do their job, I guess? They sit on my forehead between my eyes and my hairline. I can raise the left one by itself, sort of! Is that not enough? Should I be demanding more of them? Is there a way to get them to pick up wifi?

I SOLD MY BOOK!!!!!

Dec. 18th, 2014 03:49 pm
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[personal profile] qian

I tell a lie. My agent Caitlin Blasdell sold my book to Ace/Roc Books in the US, and they sold it to Pan Macmillan/Tor in the UK. I didn’t do any selling myself, just fingernail-biting and jumping around in excitement. The book’s called SORCERER TO THE CROWN, and I’m to write two more in the same world.

The book

SORCERER TO THE CROWN is set in London in the early 1800s and it’s about Zacharias Wythe, England’s first black Sorcerer Royal. (As in, he’s a black guy. Not as in black magic. Zacharias is very virtuous!) But his life sucks. England is running out of magic, his colleagues are mean and racist, and everyone thinks he killed his predecessor.

When ambitious (and inconveniently magical) orphan Prunella Gentleman demands that he take her away from the school where she’s drudged all her life, Zacharias refuses, of course. But Prunella’s stumbled upon English magic’s greatest discovery in centuries, and things are about to get a whole lot more complicated for the both of them.

This is, of course, postcolonial fluff for book nerds (made-up genre of my heart!). It’s what happened when I mashed up Wodehouse and Heyer and my childhood puzzlement about people in books who were described as “dark” when they were clearly white. It’s got secret dragons and schoolgirl hijinks and confrontations at balls and bossy witch aunties. It’s even got pontianak, because why not.

My feels

What can I say about this?

It will be my first published novel. It’s due to release in autumn 2015.

It feels like I’ve worked harder on this book than I’ve worked on anything else in my liiife, but that’s probably not true. I probably worked harder in Chinese school. (Nothing in my life so far has managed to beat Chinese school. If you wish to make your children traumatised strong, send them to Chinese school!)

Anyway, I am SO READY to do more of this work. I was thinking about something I saw on my dwircle yesterday — “the reward for good work is more work” — and gosh, if I could be so lucky! The best thing would be to be able to work hard on dragon hijinks forever.

To be able to share those dragon hijinks with other people is the next best thing. I hope the book comes out. (I am of course convinced that the Earth is going to be hit by an asteroid just in time to prevent actual publication.) I hope people read it and like it. :O

My new release mailing list

If you would like to receive an email notification when the book is out, you can sign up to my brand spanking new mailing list! I’m planning only to send out emails when I’ve published a new thing that you can buy and/or read. So you’ll get an email when this book is out, and also when other projects I’ve got in the works are published.

I’m also considering possibly sending out mailing list extras in future — the occasional free short story, say, or deleted scenes from the book. But otherwise I will be silent! I won’t spam you or give your address to anyone else, and you can unsubscribe at any time.


The official press release(s)

ETA: Press releases from the publishers!

Ace Books to publish an all-new historical fantasy trilogy from John W. Campbell nominated author Zen Cho

Pan Macmillan buys new trilogy in the tradition of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

(Though I should say that my book can only suffer from juxtaposition with the incomparable JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL. Clarke was definitely an influence (and Stephen Black and Arabella Strange, MY FAVOURITES), but SORCERER is, let us say, an homage. Though it’s also a lot of other things!)

Mirrored from Zen Cho.

Rain, with a side of DISCO!

Dec. 18th, 2014 01:48 am
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Tuesday:
I remain un-Wham!ed.

I had grand ideas about how early I would get up. Then they met with my sleep schedule. I did arrive at work for the emergency lunch, which was enjoyable. One of the dudes there thought he recognized me from FOGcon. I mentioned a few people I knew via my professional life who were involved with organization. "And X, who is doing such notable work on [the helldesk software]!" I said.

The Emergency Class Clown (the clown from the emergency class, not the class clown who gets called in case of clown emergency) noticed that I said "helldesk software" in the same tone of voice which I'd said "Kipper/Llama", and remarked that "notable" is not the same as "good". Well-spotted.

Something in perhaps the ventilation system is squeaking. I filed a ticket.

Twitter introduced me to http://joshmillard.com/endlessjingling/ which I inflicted on various places, including #adventuresofstnono and #VirtualH, as well as passing it along on Twitter. Autoplay audio, which may be disturbing to some, although it matches up better than random snippets from 37 Christmas carols rightfully ought to.

Aside from that, it was a quiet day. It had started to rain harder when Purple came over, so we said a very brief and rained-upon goodnight. My car took him by surprise; he wasn't quite sure why I was stopping. Heh.

Wednesday:
I got up with the early alarm, with no real idea of why I was getting up, just that it seemed like a good idea. I remembered while getting dressed: oh, today was the breakfast! I arrived to find that the food trucks were still there, and had been asked to stay another half-hour for the stragglers.

Rosemary potatoes in hand, I commenced on my inbox. The font vendor thing was going okay, and I sent various updates on that. The Stage Manager emerged from "our" conference room with a chairful of cruft: namely, a large box of mixed DIMM boxes and other rubbish. Most of it looked recyclable, albeit different kinds of recyclable. He declared that local-helpdesk had used the conference room as a war room some time ago, and that they hadn't cleared up their junk, so it was time to do that, and all this stuff was now my problem. So I shelled the manuals out of the DIMM boxes and put things in places. In between that, I had a delightful chat with a colleague also from Alaska who had worked in the shadow of the big blue dish antenna, and had almost certainly seen me, due to my association with the Duct-Tape Sword Guys. ("I was the girl.")

The bagel guillotine in the new building is also a "Smushy", and I should file a ticket.

The helldesk dev team has been inquiring on a number of tickets which have to do with the terrible "Portal" green and black UI, whether the proposed "Self-Service" view in the horrible blue and white UI will suffice. Some, yes. Some, on the other hand ... the phrase "Unless the Portal view is expected to be retired, this should remain a planned enhancement to it" was deployed. I shared the conversation with my manager, who had a many few things to say, and many of them less tactful than mine.

On one of them, however, the specific one which had nearly sent me sobbing under somebody's desk with vodka, my response was the politest possible under the circumstances:

"No."

Anything more elaborate than that would have run the chance of the out-loud swearing making its way into the text.

Later in the afternoon, I inquired as to the best place to hang the disco ball. There were a variety of responses. The best one involved the long bar of fluorescents above my head. (There's a diffuser; it's not just naked tubes.) Some shenanigans later, the unit was assembled and hung. The Stage Manager, whose superpowers include being tall, helped route the little power cord. I captured the switch in a fixed location and put up a little sign, reading "DISCO!" My variously amazed and amused co-workers gathered around. The Stage Manager threw a lightswitch rave. My manager looked at it in (slightly wobbly) giggly delight.

I went and fetched dinner. When I came back, I read my email. Separate entry to follow. Locked.

Daily Happiness

Dec. 17th, 2014 11:44 pm
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1. We got the tapeworm pills in the mail today. When she had worms before, we took her to the vet and they gave her the pill, and also gave us a second pill to give her a month later. I crushed that one up and put it in her food, but it must have tasted bad because she refused to eat it, even when I mixed a second can of food in. So this time I didn't want to even bother trying it in her food, but was also nervous about trying to give her a pill. It went just fine, though! She didn't seem upset during or after, so that's good.

2. There's this iOS game called Oceanhorn that I've been interested in ever since I saw a preview ages ago and it finally went on sale for $4.99 (I think regular price was like $9.99, so not too expensive even then) so now it is mine! And it's just as cool as it looked. It's a Zelda-type game, which is probably my favorite genre, and while I'm not super fond of touch screen controls, it is pretty easy to play.

3. It rained all through the night, but wasn't raining this morning when I had to go to work. I don't mind riding my bike in light rain, but don't want to get to work soaked, so if it's raining hard, I usually take the bus, but today I had to be in by 6.30 and the buses aren't really running very frequently at that hour. But thankfully I was just able to ride to work as usual.

4. Tomorrow is supposed to be my day off but my manager has to do something so I have to go in. But it will be overtime, and I don't have to stay the full day, so that's good! I might also take an hour or two off Friday if I get everything done that needs to be done.

5. Two cashiers called out again today, but at least it was one in the morning and one in the evening, rather than both during the same shift. I still had to be up at the register a lot, but not as bad as yesterday. (And since I got there 2.5 hours before the store opened, I was able to get a lot done then at least.)

app theory

Dec. 17th, 2014 10:40 pm
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I've discovered an odd side to using apps for everything now -- it makes the different social media sites feel like they're in entirely different universes to me. One button gives me Facebook, which is RL friends and family and all the random people I've encountered online and off over the years, and another gives me Twitter, which is baseball and hockey friends and friends from the Hairpin and the Toast and also where I get all my news of the world these days, and another button gives me Tumblr, which is mainly new hockey acquaintances but also a smattering of friends I've known for more than a decade (though my tight blacklist means I miss a lot of posts from them because I'm violently disinterested in MCU). And then there's LJ and DW over here via my Safari button, and I don't always remember to come over here because it's not updating as fast.

Splintering my online social life by platform and by audience leads to me feeling splintered as well. Twitter is so good for passing thoughts and quips, but the character limit really cramps my style and my audiences there are a mix of fannish and non fannish people, so I censor myself a lot or try to keep fannish things to @ replies to relevant people so I don't freak out the mundies. I censor myself on Tumblr too, where I'm so conscious that I only really know a tiny fraction of my 200+ followers and also that my words can be reblogged and travel far beyond my own blog without me having any control over them. Plus I can't lock anything, so I have to be careful with personal stuff (I have a bad selfie habit on Twitter now, but I delete within 24 hours.) And Facebook doesn't get anything from me but funny baby stories and cute baby photos and shared articles.

So often I have a thought, and I don't know where to put it. I made a couple of tweets about this "apps feels like different universes" perception the other day, but that place is shit for long form discussion. FB doesn't care, and Tumblr is just weird for meta -- comments are truncated, reblogs are clumsy, and I don't think the people following me are interested in that side of me either (which is a damn shame since it used to be a major interest and speciality of mine). I still write emails and it's not like I'm totally incapable of long form writing like this now, I just have a hard time with audience and purpose. Do I still have a LJ/DW for the purpose of a personal journal, keeping in touch with friends, or to use it like I used to, for discussion and communication?

Part of the problem is that my fandoms are firmly baseball and now hockey RPF, both of which have zero presence on this platform. Hockey fandom can make me so sad, because people are always running up against the shitty limitations of Tumblr but nobody seems to know what to do about it. Today I got involved in a conversation that was several reblog chains long, and most of those included copy-pasted tags from the previous posts because, per dumbass Tumblr convention, the previous poster's thoughts were continued in breathless little hashtag-punctuated clauses, so if the next person wanted to respond in full, the tags had to be copy-pasted for context. And obviously the whole thing should have been hosted in one place, with the rest of us replying in comments to each other, but there's also this shitty semi-hiding aspect of the whole thing, like the people who like or reblog the chain without adding anything, because they don't want to get fully involved.

Pause to be stunned, absolutely shocked, that there is an anon troll in the fandom who makes hateful personal attacks in the now-shuttered anon meme, sends nasty anon asks, leaves scathing anon comments on stories she doesn't like, and basically makes everyone paranoid and miserable. I do not think the rise of anon activity in larger fandom (people send me the most innocuous questions or thoughts anonymously on Tumblr!) is a coincidence.

Anyway, I hang out on Twitter most comfortably now (even though the anon flame I received made it clear the troll either follows me now or used to follow me). The constant flow of posts makes it so whatever you say is just ripples in the stream, which probably ties nicely in with that "semi-hiding" strain I'm seeing so much of in fandom now. I actually do not want to do that most of the time, which is why I write fic, but it's restful for my daily online socializing to just be quietly mumbling in my corner to whoever happens to be listening. It also feels the most up to the moment of all my networks (FB used to, but all the algorithm updates have made that site nearly unusable now), which as a mom stuck at home with a rambunctious toddler all the time is a life saver. What did SAHMs do before the ability to read baseball trade news, slightly more important world news, and snark with their friends all day was shrunk into a pocket-size computer? I boggle.

As [personal profile] lodessa was saying to me today, it would be nice if 2015 was the year fandom found a less terrible alternative platform to Tumblr. I'd argue that Dreamwidth, the platform specifically built for and catering to fandom's needs, might be the best choice, but I guess let's not get crazy here.

Archive of Our Own

Dec. 18th, 2014 02:33 pm
[personal profile] emma_in_dream
How would I insert photos into text I am posting as a Yuletide story?

DSL - G6047

Dec. 18th, 2014 01:38 pm
[personal profile] emma_in_dream
So I may have discovered the source of our dodgy internets - the router used to have an antenna and now does not. Does anyone have such a thing as a spare?

Wednesday night post

Dec. 17th, 2014 11:06 pm
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I need to go to sleep, but I've been posting every day, so here I am posting again! Leaving tomorrow for Michigan. Thankful for friends who will be driving me to the airport, picking me up from the airport(s), and taking care of the kitties. Hopeful that I may make it through the next week plus without a complete meltdown.

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