Daily Happiness

Oct. 28th, 2016 02:46 am
torachan: palmon smiling (palmon)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I got a lot of stuff done around the house today, including tidying up the living room and cleaning out the fridge a bit.

2. I posted more manga! And I will have more to post tomorrow, and I've got a few more out with typesetters, so with any lunch I might have a chapter to post every day for the last few days of the month?

3. It sprinkled a little today, not even what could be called rain, but it still made it feel more like fall weather and I have just really been enjoying the weather lately! No more heat, please!

4. I played a bunch more Mario today and got my fourth big paint star! This game is so good, seriously. I also started watching a second let's play of it because I need my fix, lol. (Both of the guys I'm watching are quite a bit further behind me, but that's my preference, as I'd really rather not be spoiled unless I'm super stuck, so when I'm playing something and wanting to watch someone else play it, too, I always try not to watch past what I've already played myself, but sometimes it can be hard. But these guys are both so far behind that I don't even have the option of watching further than where I am, since they won't be there for ages and by then I will have moved on, too.)

5. Carla took some really beautiful photos of Chloe the other day. Sometimes I am really jealous of the camera on her phone. It seems to be so much sharper and clearer than mine!

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It's quite poignant to have 100 works uploaded to AO3 (although honestly, some of them are just polished comment- and chatfics that don't really belong there, but it seems even sillier to take them down now they've already been there for a while) and not have written anything in 4 years except Yuletide.

When I was a teenager, I stayed up all night writing RPF more times than I stayed up all night writing essays.

At this point writing 200 words of fiction in a day, like I did yesterday, is an infinite improvement over every day since last Yuletide deadline, but my main reaction is still "This is nothing compared to my high point in 2007-8 when 6000 words a day wasn't unusual."

I think there's a little thread of feeling chuffed under there, but it's hard to feel it.

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Oct. 27th, 2016 10:11 pm
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[personal profile] zvi
As is pretty unsurprising in a fat, middle-aged black woman, my doctor suspects my current physical woes (shortness of breath, tingling of extremities) may be explained by the high blood pressure I displayed in her office this morning. Awesome. </sarcams>

I just want to go back to the gym, but I don't quite have the energy for it. But! She wrote me a script for albuterol which I will fill tomorrow, and that should help. That should help.

I took some of my "lying around, feeling sorry for myself" time to start the Scrivener tutorial and cook two pounds of beans, anyway.


Oct. 27th, 2016 08:10 pm
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[personal profile] kass
1. I put a fuzzy blanket on my bed, between the sheet and the duvet, so tonight I will be extra-warm.

2. Relatedly, I decided this evening that it was time to break the super-soft fuzzy robe out of the closet for the first time this season. I am so cozy right now.

3. While I may have raised an eyebrow at the fact that it snowed here today (only about half an inch, all told, but still -- it's not even Halloween!), my son was unreservedly gleeful. ("SNOW! MOM! DID YOU SEE? IT'S SNOWING! ISN'T THIS GREAT?")

4. I am still unreasonably pleased with myself for figuring out that one more standing lamp would make this much of a difference in my bedroom. Now it is a place where I am happy to be ensconced with laptop after the kid is abed.

5. I have homemade soup in the fridge for Shabbat dinner tomorrow night, and on Saturday I am going to try a slow cooker chicken tagine.

How are y'all?

Scanlations: All Out!! ch. 12-13

Oct. 27th, 2016 04:33 pm
torachan: two boys in rugby uniforms (all out)
[personal profile] torachan

Title: All Out!!
Author: Amase Shiori
Publisher: Morning Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 9 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Azumi-san
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Gion Kenji is short and perpetually pissed off about it. Iwashimizu Sumiaki is tall but timid. Although it's bullies that bring this unlikely pair together on the first day of high school, it's the rugby club that will make them friends.

Chapter Summary: As training camp wears on, fights begin to break out between teammates...

Chapter 12: We Were Kids (10/27/16)
Chapter 13: I Hate You (10/27/16)

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Oct. 27th, 2016 03:54 pm
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So, anyone want to beta Rivers of Ankh-Morpork at ~6500 words?

Mostly looking for a) canon beta for either canon, b) copyedit, c) somebody to tell me if I actually wrote the whole thing.

Also I read the Squirrel Girl And The GLA trade, and - well, if anybody else was wondering, it's not realated to the new ongoing, it's just reprints of all her pre-Ryan North appearances. Most of them are pretty good! Most of the trade is the GLA miniseries, though, and it was just. Super disappointing?

First if you're parodying something, you have to actually be *funny* rather than just *depressing*.

But also - the GLA actually has a pretty great powerset? And the book made absolutely no argument for why it wasn't a pretty great powerset? Like, they aren't really set up to take down Thanos or Galactus or even Fin Fang Foom, but they don't need to be, they have Squirrel Girl. What they do have is, like, a REALLY GOOD covert ops/infiltration team. A character who can shapeshift to play any role as long as it's a white woman (and also serve as a tank in a crisis); a character who can teleport anywhere as long as it's the next room; a character who can change size and shape and be invisible and fit through the tiniest cracks. And one who can talk to squirrels. (....Okay admittedly Mr. Immortal is pretty useless for anything other than distracting the guards.)

They could get into anywhere and retrieve any information! They would be the world's most efficient and terrifying spy team. But all the writers seem too committed to the idea that they are humorously useless powers to actually do anything interesting.

I am headcanoning that they are in fact the Marvel Universe's most terrifying and efficient spy team and all of that "sitting around playing cards" stuff is just a really good cover story.
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the dream of flight persists
Star Wars/Firefly; Anakin/Kaylee, ensemble; AU; pg; 16,740 words
Anakin's never found much serenity himself, despite all the meditation he's been subjected to over the years; maybe working on this ship will do it.

Title from "This Heavy Craft" by PK Page. Thanks to [tumblr.com profile] silveronthetree for hashing it out with me. More of a fusion than a crossover, I guess, with the Firefly 'verse folded into the GFFA.

Or read it on AO3.

The wax has melted / but the dream of flight / persists )


Feedback is adored.


Since I'm blue, and procrastinating

Oct. 27th, 2016 11:44 am
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Stolen from [personal profile] sholio:

Give me a character, and I'll tell you:

First impression
Impression now
Favorite moment
Idea for a story
Unpopular opinion
Favorite relationship
Favorite headcanon

I'm familiar with an awful lot of media out there, but I can't promise all the answers to something I'm not really into--though you can certainly try!

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Oct. 27th, 2016 09:39 am
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Hello friends!

I'm back from my long and pleasant exile from the internet, work, responsibilities and all other earthly attachments.

Well, not really. I did have 2 weeks off work though, for the holidays, and though this is the first year when I haven't traveled anywhere during that time I did try, as one of my friends put it, to "breathe. Just breathe."

I'm still kind of utterly puzzled about how I managed to survive the previous 3 months. People keep telling me I'm so accomplished and amazing for managing to write a thesis draft while working full time, but like, I actually did those things while also being "homeless" and living in a friend's guest room while having 90% of my earthly possessions packed up in boxes, while ALSO being disabled with two herniated disks in my back and going to physical therapy for that.

For 3 months I sacrificed every little thing that brought me joy to fit all of that shit in there, to stay functional, and it's just been... I'm amazed I survived as well as I did. It took about 6 days of being on vacation - complete, utter vacation, with no plans, no obligations, staying with my parents where I basically didn't have to do any chores or cook my own meals, just read fic and watch shows and lounge around in bed, until I felt human again. Until I felt like myself.

And let me tell you what the definition of feeling like myself is, apparently: it's finding joy in little things, utterly mundane, inconsequential things, instead of constantly feeling like the objective of any given day is to not let myself burst into tears.

I've moved into a new apartment, and it's still stressful and new. I'm not used to my new roommate and his schedule/habits, I'm not used to the noise outside my window, I'm not used to my room, and I'm not used to the schedule of getting to and from work from this new place. I'm not used to any of it, and it's uncomfortable, and requires adjustment and experimentation and stressful dealing.

But at the same time - I find joy in the idea of going to the store and buying foods I like to make breakfast with on weekdays. I find joy in the idea of buying little things online that I've really needed, like charging cables for my phone. I find joy in the idea of baking on weekends, and shopping for warmer clothes. Seeing the weird, beautiful tree outside my building makes me smile, as does warm weather and the sea.

It's like I've been... cleansed of some of the intense, to-the-core anxiety about the world, and I can think a little more clearly. I can deal with things instead of feeling crushed constantly. I'm back to being, more or less, myself.

I did use my vacation to do a ton of useful things. I did the yearly check up for my car, went shopping for 80% of what I needed at my new apartment, CLEANED my car which had become kind of like my home base in the last few months and was full of stuff that needed to be thrown out or moved. I also met with a friend visiting from Toronto, saw 2 movies in the theater (a big deal for me), went to the beach at least 5 times (and got an ear infection for my trouble :/) and wrote 10,000 words of original fiction.

There's still so many errands I didn't have time for or that weren't possible to get done because of the holidays: I need to do a blood test, go to the government offices that are open like 3 hours a day to change my address officially, go to city hall and get a parking permit for my new address, go to the post office and send a parcel I was supposed to send weeks ago... and that's just the big stuff that can be done during work hours and I need to wrangle my work day to fit in somehow.

Anyway, these are all the real life updates. The truth is I rarely go for this long without making real posts here, and coming back is a little disorienting. On the one hand I want to update about my RL, on the other RL is boring and I just want to talk about fun, ridiculous things.

OK, let's do a list of things that are currently making me happy.

* In November [personal profile] cesy will be visiting, and she and I will spend a few days up north in a city that's about 5,000 years old. I am SO EXCITED about this \\\o/// Taking the train! Staying at a hotel! Meeting friends from up north on the way back! DAYS OFF WORK DOING FUN STUFF. I was worried about procuring vacation days for this, but so far so good? My former boss told me taking more than two days off would be a problem, but he's... not in charge of me anymore, and the person who technically is didn't bat an eyelid when I said I'm gonna be gone most of the week, so.


* Pitch! I resisted this show for a long time because I ABHOR baseball as a sport, but even though I spent basically the entire first 2 episodes yelling about how it wasn't really a sport I was simultaneously enjoying the show SO MUCH. SO SO MUCH. It's a very Status Quo show, but it manages to bring in a nice dose of liberal values, and honestly even if it got everything else wrong, I'd still watch it for Ginny. GINNY. I don't give a fuck about the sport you've dedicated your life to, but I need you on my screen forever.

* The original fiction series The Slave Breakers, which I've been rereading. Despite the atrocious title, this series is just... endless trauma recovery (without the actual trauma on screen), praise kink, comfort, support, cuddling, kindness, caretaking, etc etc. If you're able to read any kind of slave fic at all (if you were able to read Captive Prince, for example) I recommend checking it out. It's about people who are poly and kinky and emotionally honest and just... the true kink of this verse is kindness. Just... endless kindness. It's so relaxing to sink into, like a bubble bath.

* If you speak Russian: this ridiculous thing (about how to turn someone gay with a spell), and this ridiculous Erik/Charles meme.

* In RL ridiculousness - I've recently been added to a whatsapp group for ex-spies. Yes, you heard that right. My life has definitely leveled up in surrealness. )

Grunt, by Mary Roach

Oct. 27th, 2016 01:15 pm
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Mary Roach’s schtick is breezy, quirky science/history of science nonfiction on odd, often gross subjects (corpses (Stiff), life after death (Spook), digestion (Gulp), in which her investigation is part of the story. Also one-word titles. Her best book, on space exploration (Packing for Mars) is the only one without a one-word title; it’s her funniest, especially the memorably gross chapters on bathing or rather not bathing (NASA’s experiment on exactly how long it takes for your underwear to rot off feels more sadistic than their chimp experiments), going to the bathroom (EWWW), and food (at one point, created by veterinarians until the astronauts rebelled at eating kibble.)

In general, her books are fun but suffer from a lack of depth; she frequently raises interesting questions and then either fails to explore or fails to write about the answers. This is most noticeable when you happen to know something about the subject, which is why Bonk, on the history of sex research, was particularly unmemorable to me.

Grunt is a mid-level Mary Roach book. I know something but not tons about the subject (the science of less-written aspects of war, such as uniforms, stink bombs, shark repellant and vehicular safety), so it was reasonably informative and generally engrossing. In contrast to NASA, which was hilariously uptight about its image and in a perpetual state of horror at Roach’s questions about zero-gravity sex and astronaut toilets, the US military was surprisingly enthusiastic about letting her write about the gross stuff. As a result, she got access to submarines, labs, hospitals, and all sorts of trainings. This part was much more interesting to me than the military history parts, which I generally already knew about.

But the issue of “go deeper” and “and then what?” remained. For example, she mentions that uniforms need to look cool because soldiers won’t wear critical items if they make them look like dweebs. She reports one unintended result of this, which is that the Navy got blue camouflage; when she finally found a Navy commander willing to comment on the purpose of this, he dryly remarked, “It’s so if anyone falls overboard we won’t be able to find them.” And that is the sum total of her reporting on that issue.

To me, this is a fascinating topic that could have been a chapter all by itself. Something she doesn’t mention but which I’ve read about elsewhere is that in a recent war US soldiers were getting a lot of eye injuries due to failure to wear eye protection. When asked, they said it made them look stupid. The Army called in Rayban to consult in designing cooler eyewear, and eye injuries went down.

How did Rayban define cool when designing military hardware? Is it even true that cool value is a significant factor in gear-wearing compliance? Did the dorky eyewear also have some more significant drawback, such as limiting vision? What would soldiers say if you got them in a real conversation over exactly what they’re thinking when they set aside their protective gear, the meaning and importance of coolness, the value of safety, and whether any of this relates to why they’re in the military at all?

The book doesn’t get into any of these questions, instead focusing, in the clothing chapter, on whether bomb-proof underwear exists (not really, but you can design undies to reduce infection in case of below-undie blast injuries) and how uniforms are safety-tested. Interesting stuff, but I’d have preferred more depth and detail. And that was my feeling about the entire book.

A book on war and specifically on the US military in a time of war has some implicit questions, namely “Is it all worth it?” and “What exactly is the point of all this?” Roach doesn’t address these questions explicitly, though the content of some chapters brings them to the reader’s mind, until the very last paragraph, where she does so with pointedness and grace. But it’s literally one paragraph. In Packing on Mars, those questions were central to the book and she asked them of a number of people she spoke to. They’re what gave that book the depth that’s missing from her others. Those are touchy issues in a military context, but they’re touchy at NASA too given that astronauts do die and the space program is constantly at risk of cancellation.

I doubt very much that Roach was banned from asking those questions while she researched this book. Maybe she thought they were too sensitive or people would shut down if she asked or she did ask but ended up deciding the answers would make her book too political for a science book. Who knows. But I wish the larger questions were more present. It might have taken the book from “worthwhile if the subject interests you” to “excellent nonfiction of general interest to anyone who can take the content.”

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

Daily Happiness

Oct. 27th, 2016 01:30 am
torachan: maru the cat peeking through the blinds and looking grumpy (maru peeking through the blinds)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Day off tomorrow! Yesterday and today were super hectic, so I'm really looking forward to it.

2. Hecticness aside, I did actually manage to only work nine hours or so today, which is pretty rare, so that's nice.

3. Carla made some delicious rice and beans and chicken tonight.

4. Molly has rediscovered the decorative wooden bowl out in the living room. It's the perfect spot for a kitty to curl up!

Wednesday Reading Fanfiction

Oct. 26th, 2016 10:38 pm
zvi: Queen Latifah as Mama Morton: fanfiction elitist (fanfiction critic)
[personal profile] zvi
Oh! I didn't read anything today. I downloaded some stuff for New Comics Day without actually reading anything. But!

A fanfiction thing I have been reading to deal with 2016 and everything horrible is The Sweetest Thing series by uena. This is exactly what it says on the tin, a super sweet slice of life series. It's 50 stories/232k words so far.

It's a Three Musketeers (BBC 2014) modern AU, Porthos/Aramis, Athos/Porthos/Aramis story, and it's just about the three of them loving each other very much. That's it! That's the story! They love each other. Sometimes they're sad and then they comfort each other! Sometimes, a third party says something mean and then one of the other two tells the mean person off while the third one gives cuddles! Their parents are lovely. Porthos is a social worker at an orphanage. Aramis makes clothes with Constance. Athos is an artist; he also makes heavenly coffee. D'Artagnan is a bike messenger who is in love with Constance. They adopt some cats. (Later, Porthos will adopt a pregnant lady that he hired to build a playground for his cats, because he is that kind to animals and people and loves children so much.)

Anyway, it is sweetness and light and comfort, which some of us may need badly at this difficult time.

You do not need to know The Three Musketeers to read this fic.

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Oct. 26th, 2016 10:06 pm
zvi: Three Ships: I saw three ships (I saw three ships)
[personal profile] zvi
I feel like I should get started on writing my Yuletide, but I have to complete canon review first. Also, my recipient had some other interesting movies and an interactive fiction, and I could totally read an interactive fiction two or three times and then do a story about it, right?

I don't know, I just don't have a clear idea of what I want to write for my recipient, because of course I was matched with someone who was asking for basically the story I want. Sometimes that goes really well, but other times I feel like, "Oh man, I requested this because I wanted someone else to choose what would happen."

But! I have installed Scrivener, so maybe that will magically transform me into the best writer of all time!

And also! I have signed up for [community profile] holly_poly, but I am afraid that no one is going to offer anything I requested. D: It's my first time trying this particular challenge, but I loved 3 Ships, and this is very similar to 3 Ships, except I do not have to run it. HUZZAH!

Episode reviews

Oct. 26th, 2016 08:10 pm
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[personal profile] lunabee34
1. Emma and I watched the premiere of Dirk Gently which we both enjoyed. SPOILERS )

2. OMG, SPN, this is why I can't truly quit you. Emma and I just watched "Bad Boys," and it was such a perfect episode. SPOILERS )

3. Gotham was brilliant. SPOILERS )

4. Lucifer was also fantastic. SPOILERS )

More light

Oct. 26th, 2016 06:54 pm
kass: the city of Atlantis: home sweet home (atlantis)
[personal profile] kass
The days are getting shorter, which is always a struggle for me. I love the long days of summer. I dread the long nights of winter.

I was putting away laundry in my room and noticed that the room felt gloomy and dark -- because there's only one standing floor lamp, and it doesn't illuminate the whole room. On a hunch, I moved a standing lamp from the dining room into the bedroom and doubled the amount of light. Sure enough, it makes all the difference in the world. Now I can see to put my clothes away, and now the room feels bright and friendly instead of dim and depressing.

Have ordered another lamp (this one, if anyone's curious) to put back in the dining room, because I don't want to leave that room gloomy and dim either. But I am pleased that this simple a solution makes that much of a difference.

The Trespasser, by Tana French

Oct. 26th, 2016 12:00 pm
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[personal profile] runpunkrun
The Trespasser, Tana French: The sixth book in French's Dublin Murder Squad series follows Stephen Moran and Antoinette Conway, the lead characters of The Secret Place. It's a bit of a departure for French to follow the same characters two books in a row, but this time around, Antoinette is the point-of-view character. We still don't know much about Stephen or Antoinette—not like we knew Frank and Cassie and Scorcher and even fuckin' Rob—but the shit she has to deal with as a woman of color is instantly recognizable and immediately put me on her side.

If French's previous books were a teenage ghost story, a psychological thriller, something nasty in the woods, family dysfunction, and deep undercover in a Donna Tartt The Secret History fanfic, then this is Law & Order: Extreme Procedural Unit. It's a very detailed look at how a murder investigation is run, right down to the floaters assigned to the case and each of their jobs. Steve and Antoinette (and I feel like she should have a nickname because that is a lot of name but we don't even know her well enough to know what her friends call her) spend most of their time in the office, searching through paperwork and sending floaters out to track down leads. It's not very exciting, but it is interesting in its own way, and French's writing is so easy to read that, I mean, you'll definitely notice that the first half of the book is spent like this, but you might not care very much.

It doesn't have the same feel of French's earlier books where the detectives are inextricably linked to the crimes they're investigating, and that's okay, that kind of approach makes me uncomfortable for a number of reasons, but mostly because that's not responsible police work. I don't need the investigators to be personally tied to the crime, but the last two books, French hasn't seen fit to develop her detectives beyond the case at hand. Antoinette's background does mirror that of the victim's, and while it informs Antoinette's reaction to the case, it's not overwhelming, and it doesn't send her into a downward spiral of terrible decisions; so that's new for French, too. Stephen's still kind of a mystery, despite being in three of these books now. I like the way Antoinette thinks of him, and looks at him, though. In this book, I learned Stephen has red hair! I feel like I didn't know that! He just doesn't feel like a red-head to me, but then I couldn't tell you what he feels like. A brunette, if you'd asked.

I liked Steve and Antoinette's partnership—which, when will I learn?—and I sympathized with Antoinette's problems, even though she's a tough character. She doesn't give you a lot to work with because she's so busy guarding herself against incursions. She's suspicious, and has every right to be, but it also means she's closed off from most human contact. She says she likes it that way, but we're pretty sure she's lying.

I liked the book. I like the way the case was handled, and while it's full-on Tana French, I even liked the ending and its sense of exhausted hope.

Contains brief mention of animal harm, a single use of the word retard, and of course, murder.

On "guilty pleasures" and joy

Oct. 26th, 2016 10:35 am
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Via [personal profile] liv I learned about Ann Leckie's recent post On Guilty Pleasures. She has (unsurprisingly) really smart things to say about so-called "guilty" pleasures and how frequently we shame people for liking things associated with being young, female, or poor. Here's a taste:

Velveeta? Is mass produced. That mass production makes it relatively inexpensive, and easy to get your hands on. It’s easy to cook with–you basically just melt it into whatever you’re making. It’s salty, it’s filling, it’s cheesy-tasting enough, as these things go. Little kids like velveeta. It’s not exactly a sophisticated taste to have.

That cheese I referred to above? If you don’t live in the vicinity of Bloomsdale, Mo, you’ll likely have a tough time getting your hands on some. Me, I can get a few ounces of it just by heading for the nearest farmer’s market, but it’ll cost me as much as two or three big blocks of velveeta. It’s totally worth it–they didn’t get that gold medal because the goats are cute. (Although the goats are super cute.)

I can like both of these, in different ways, for different reasons, but I’m supposed to feel ashamed of admitting the one. Why is that? Why are my personal preferences, some of them in such viscerally basic areas of my life–the taste of food!–subject to what is essentially a moral judgement? Why am I only supposed to admit liking what’s publicly valorized, and ashamed of liking what’s not?

And isn’t it funny how the stuff that I’m supposed to be ashamed of liking is inexpensive, mass produced, and easy to obtain? Isn’t that interesting?

Isn’t it funny how so much of the music and reading material that’s most heartily sneered at is loved by teenage girls?

The whole thing is really worth reading.

And it made me go back and dig up my post The perpetual-motion joy machine from way back in 2012. (Wow, y'all, remember when I had time to write fannish meta? ::wistful sigh::) It's not as thinky as Ann Leckie's essay -- I didn't draw the direct correlations between the idea of "guilty pleasures" and the gender and class stuff that she draws in her post -- but I think it's a variation on the same theme.

Sometimes bringing joy means cooking a meal for someone, or coming up with an allergy-compliant brownie recipe for a birthday, or sending a postcard, or pitching in to a passed Paypal hat to help someone out of a tight spot. And sometimes it means writing Eleven/Amy/Rory fic. Which I might laughingly disclaim as self-indulgent id-fic, but -- why disclaim, actually? What's wrong with indulging myself? If writing it brings me pleasure, and sharing it with others magnifies that pleasure, then that's a good thing, not something to feel sheepish about or to hide away.
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Went out to dinner last night with L and her sister and M. A good time was had by all. Even D stopped by the restaurant on her way home from work but she's sick so she didn't want to stay and infect the rest of us.


The Flash: The New Rogues
spoilers )


Wednesday! Books! You know the drill!

What I've just finished
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, which I liked - there's some interesting information in it - but it probably works best as an audiobook, because the humor doesn't work as well without his delivery, I think? I don't know, I can't listen to audiobooks for more than five minutes without falling asleep, but that's my guess.

The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher, which is a very enjoyable retelling of The Snow Queen with spoilers )

Star Wars #24. Ugh, I hate the serial format of comics. GIVE ME THE NEXT ISSUE NOW PLEASE. I also don't love the art in this one? But ♥LEIA♥ And Sana continues to be hilarious and on point. Her interactions with Luke are great.

What I'm reading now
I'm rereading Feet of Clay because sometimes you just need comfort rereading.

What I'm reading next


Daily Happiness

Oct. 26th, 2016 01:09 am
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1. Today was one of those ridiculously hectic days where somehow I was at work for like ten hours but didn't get almost anything actually done because there were so many people demanding my attention. But thankfully there wasn't actually much of anything I really had to do, so it's not like all that was keeping me from doing something massively important.

2. I'm really loving this fall weather we're having. I hope that was our last heat spell of the year last week!

3. I posted more manga! And managed to do quite a bit of translating, too.

4. Chloe is so cute when she sleeps!

Scanlations: Himegoto ch. 79-80

Oct. 25th, 2016 08:26 pm
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Title: Himegoto
Original Title: ヒメゴト~十九歳の制服~ (Himegoto~Juukyuu Sai no Seifuku~)
Author: Minenami Ryou
Publisher: Big Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 8 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
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: Sho confronts Mikako and Yoshiki...

Chapter 79: Stirring
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MCU fic: Then the Letting Go

Oct. 25th, 2016 08:51 pm
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[personal profile] dira
Less-belatedly announcing the fic I posted last week (on my birthday!):

Then the Letting Go (3315 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Omorashi, Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot, Dom/sub, Gentle Dom Steve, Kneeling, Cock Warming, Wetting

"I don't want this to hurt. But you're staying where I put you."

Dear Holly Poly Gifter!

Oct. 25th, 2016 09:43 pm
zvi: Ronon in a Santa hat (Christmas)
[personal profile] zvi
Dear Holly Polly giver:

Thanks for making me a thing! I'm looking forward to your thing, and I'm very excited to think you are doing a thing for me. I hope you enjoy making me something (or, if like me, creation is a bitch but you dig the results, I hope you make something you're glad that you made.) I'm going to give you some technical tips that will help you make a thing that I will enjoy the most, but anything I tell you about genre or story is a suggestion so you can figure out what to make for someone who is probably a complete stranger. Story and genre stuff is not a checklist, it's a menu of inspirations for you as you create a thing for someone you probably don't know well.

The only thing I really, really do not want at all is breathplay or choking of any kind.

technical stuff )

story ideas ) Have fun and Thank You for making me a thing!


Oct. 25th, 2016 09:30 pm
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[personal profile] kass
1. I got to have lunch with one of my favorite people today.

2. En route to and from said lunch, I got to see some beautiful road, and hills, and trees alternately bare and copper / rust-colored, which is what happens after the brilliant red and yellow and orange.

3. I made this zuppa toscana tonight and it's delicious. (Assuming that you consider chicken pareve and don't object to combining it with dairy.)

4. Watched an ep of Gilmore Girls with friends, which was delightful.

5. And now I have a nightcap and am curled up in bed in the new PJs I picked up at Target today. Flannel trousers (in a plaid of lavender and grey and white with occasional gold threads) and a very soft and drape-y long-sleeved shirt. Yay.

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Oct. 25th, 2016 09:29 pm
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[personal profile] zvi
I know there's a lot of D: that Dreamwidth isn't busy, but it's actually sort of pleasant to have a social media situation where I can keep up. (My other big social media time is spent on Twitter, and it's endless refresh.)
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
[personal profile] dira
Belatedly announcing this ficlet--Chapter 3 went up a couple of weeks ago and I forgot to post here!

Chapter 3 is a fill for the following prompts from over at Tumblr: Threetoo bathing. Tony washing his hair. Lots of good touching. :) ; BUBBLE BATHSSssssssssssss ; seconding bathing! ; Threetoo getting a bath? Traumatic flashbacks optional.

The Pillow Box: Collected Slave-verse Tumblr Fics (7112 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 3/?
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies), Iron Man (Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Tony Stark
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Tony Stark, Jarvis (Iron Man movies), Stark Robots (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Slavery, Alternate Universe - Dystopia, Master/Slave, Hurt/Comfort, Kneeling, Cuddling & Snuggling, Rewards, Bananas, Robots, Weight Issues, Food Issues, Bathing/Washing
Series: Part 3 of All These Burning Hearts in Hell

Collected ficlets from the All These Burning Hearts in Hell 'verse, starring Tony and Threetoo with Threetoo's pillow nest in a supporting role. Prompts for each ficlet in the chapter's summary.

i won't sit down, i won't shut up

Oct. 25th, 2016 11:33 am
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[personal profile] musesfool
Supergirl: Welcome to Earth
spoilers )

Jane the Virgin: Chapter Forty-Six
spoilers are #anezkatized )

In other news, this story I started as a lark is now over 9000 words long and still has stuff to go, plus I keep going back and adding things in to the earlier parts. I don't know how people post works in progress. What if you realize you need to seed something in earlier or scenes have to change order or be cut entirely or new scenes have to be added? I couldn't handle that.


Book Sale! New Novellas!

Oct. 25th, 2016 10:01 am
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[personal profile] marthawells

I've sold two new SF novellas to the Tor.com novella line, and the first one The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red will come out next summer in ebook and paperback. Yay! I'm really excited about this.
rachelmanija: (Books: old)
[personal profile] rachelmanija
I did end up reading the third book, hastily skimming the animal torture sections. Thankfully, they are clustered toward the end. However, the first part contains a tragic unicorn stillbirth.

This book had similar flaws and virtues as the first, and resembled that more than the incredibly depressing second book: 60% heartfelt and charming tale of vets in fantasyland, 40% torture, OTT tragedy, and whisker-twirling villains who kill people because they’re homicidal maniacs.

It introduced a number of new characters (possibly because so many were killed in book two), some of whom seemed potentially interesting but got little screentime, and some of whom were marvelous. I adored the earnest young griffin and his best buds, who decided to model themselves after the ideals of chivalry and so named themselves Roland, Oliver, and Clark Kent. Everything involving the junior and senior griffins was great. The obligatory incursion of a new genocidal bloodthirsty sadistic tortures-for-fun sociopath was not great.

This one has a happier ending, except that… Read more... )

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Oct. 25th, 2016 09:14 pm
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[personal profile] copracat
I was reading a post about the illegal demolition of a historic building in Melbourne, The Corkman Hotel and the problem of illegal demolition of historic buildings. The ideas the poster talks about - what buildings mean in a community, that their fabric is not the only valuable thing about them - feel relevant to recent discussions around fandom and reportedly, the wish of some that people 'age out' of fandom. Which, of course, is the most ridiculous idea. Did B-99 not just show us Amy and Rosa and the philosophy of the Babysitters Club? (Melissa Fumero is 34 in case you were wondering, Stephanie Beatriz 35.) At what age do you stop loving what you love? When does your community stop meaning anything to you? What does it say about a community that requires that your time in it is limited?

These reports are so contrary to my experience of fandoms where people of all ages just did shit together. Of course, early this century and late last, many young people lied about their ages because some mailing lists required age statements for participation, but by gosh they did a bloody good job of it. These days you can pick some - not all - of the young fans writing in your fandom. Often it is just an obvious lack of knowledge about stuff you may not regularly do until you're older e.g. how jobs work. Because you can write emotionally maturely and still not know stuff that you pretty much learn by working in a job. And I love that. I love that people today don't have to lie to their fan friends in order to be part of fandom. It has always been a joy to me that fans are truly all ages.

Anyway, the argument presumes that 'fandom' is something that can be corralled and gatekept. Which, yeah, heh. ROFL ROFL ROFL.

It all sounds a bit 1 Corinthians 13:11 to me, which is surprising because I'd come to the conclusion that the majority US!Christians didn't read the gospels.

Things that make me happy.

Oct. 25th, 2016 06:20 pm
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[personal profile] emma_in_dream

The girls are now old enough to walk the dog.

Dad has much more energy now he is on dialysis.

Pearl is making marginally less fuss about doing her homework.

There are now choose-your-own-magic *Rainbow Fairy* books, a genre that amazed my children.

I am enjoying *Designated Survivor* and, to my surprise, *Lethal Weapon*.

Ruby shows no sign of the dyslexia which often accompanies NF1 and read me a scaaaary book about the daaaaark, daaaark wood last night.

Cannot think of any work-related happiness….. but the American election will, thank God, be over soon. It feels like it has loomed over everyone for months, years, possibly. And I’m not even American. Every time I open my social media or look at the news I am beset by new electoral lows and frantically implored to vote, which I totally would if I could.

Pre-Code resources

Oct. 24th, 2016 05:12 pm
rydra_wong: Norma Shearer looking sideways, with a velvet dressing gown nearly slipping off one shoulder. (norma -- side)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
(For personal reference and for anyone else considering diving in.)

Mick LaSalle's two books on the subject:

Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood

Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man

Both are very readable and (IMHO) deeply fannish, in the sense of combining deep analysis with utterly geeky enthusiasm and biased love for the topics being discussed. Full of great recommendations, too -- I've found wonderful films via LaSalle's recs that I've never heard of in any other context.

Pre-Code.com: Celebrating Pre-Code Hollywood Cinema, 1930-1934

A website with vast numbers of reviews and useful starting points, e.g. What is Pre-Code Hollywood? and My List of Essential Pre-Code Hollywood Films.

The Toast: Pre-Code Movies Worth Watching (previously linked)

The Nitrate Diva: Pre-Code A to Z: 26 Favorites:

I decided to do a pre-Code A to Z, with a different title for each letter in the alphabet, because I wanted to feature a weird, slightly arbitrary collection of pre-Codes instead of a traditional top ten.

(Great as a sampler of the sheer range, glories and oddities of pre-Code films.)

TV Tropes: The Pre-Code Era (warning for the rabbit hole that is TV Tropes) (includes films from 1928 and '29, whereas a lot of guides count "pre-Code" as starting properly in 1930, when the Code was officially adopted but roundly ignored)

TV Tropes: The Hays Code

Cinematically Insane: Screening Report: The 1933 Pre-Code Festival

Not pre-Code-specific, but relevant to film history interests:

You Must Remember This

Podcast, available on iTunes or your podcatcher of choice, about "the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood's first century" (and skewing fairly heavily towards the first half of that century).

Generally thoughtful and well-researched, with a deliberate focus on telling the stories of women, LGBT people, POC, and others dis-privileged within the Hollywood system -- but that makes it sound dry; instead, as the Guardian puts it, it "sounds like a dreamy mix of film noir voiceover, 1940s gossip column and Pathe news broadcast." Writer/performer Karina Longworth says: "I wanted the show to feel like something spooky that you would hear late at night on a drive through the middle of nowhere."

Assorted articles about it:

The Guardian: You Must Remember This: the woman spilling Hollywood's long-held secrets
Jezebel: A Chat With the Creator of Can't-Miss Classic Hollywood Podcast You Must Remember This
KQED: Karina Longworth Talks ‘You Must Remember This’ Before Going on Hiatus

If you've got links (or recommendations of your own) to add, please add 'em!

Daily Happiness

Oct. 25th, 2016 01:49 am
torachan: sakaki from azumanga daioh holding a cat, with the text "I like cats" in Japanese (sakaki)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I got a lot of translating done today, including finishing up two chapters. And I posted manga and have more to post tomorrow!

2. I got my ballot filled out and ready to put in the mail tomorrow. (So glad California has a permanent vote by mail option.)

3. I made chocolate chip pumpkin muffins and they're sooooo good.

4. I've got sweet kitties.

Dear Festividder

Oct. 24th, 2016 08:45 pm
eruthros: Yoda in Dagobah swamp, caption "slimy? mudhole? my fandom this is!" (SW - slimy mudhole fandom)
[personal profile] eruthros
Thank you for making me a vid in one of the small fandoms that we share! I want you to have fun and do Festivids however you want to do it, and if that means totally ignoring this that is fine by me. I like a lot of detail when I read letters, so that's how I write mine, but please don't feel obligated to read this all or to take any of this letter as a strict guideline - I like all kinds of vids (including critiques) and I like surprises and I like these sources, so you're pretty sure to make something I'll like.

General preferences )

Music )

My requests, including some additional info: Automata, Black Panther (comics), Brother to Brother, Crash Pad Series, Daughters of the Dragon, Different from the Others | Anders als die Andern, The Get Down, and Sleep Dealer )
musesfool: Stephanie Brown as Batgirl (can't hardly wait)
[personal profile] musesfool
I posted this to tumblr last night but I want it here so I can find it again if I ever want to.

I recently had this conversation with [tumblr.com profile] devildoll and I have to get it off my chest, so here is my personal sorting of the Batfamily and I will fight you:

Bruce: the apotheosis of Slytherin

Alfred: Hufflepuff. I mean, he’s badass enough to be whatever he wants but he dedicates his life to service and his loyalty to Bruce and his mission, so, Hufflepuff.

Dick: Gryffindor. I mean, you could argue big brother Dick is Hufflepuff, but this is also a guy who started fighting crime in scaly panties and pixie boots at the age of 10, and before that was a renowned trapeze artist. Come on.

Babs: Ravenclaw. Duh.

Jason: pre-death: Gryffindor, post-death: Slytherin

Tim: Ravenclaw. I would entertain arguments for Slytherin, if I had a sense of what Tim’s true ambition was, except to not be Batman and yet turn into him anyway.

Steph: Gryffindor

Cass: Hufflepuff

Damian: Slytherin. Again, I could entertain arguments for Hufflepuff if you bring up his rapidly accumulating menagerie of Bat pets, but this is a kid obsessed with legacy and being better than everyone who came before him

Kate: Gryffindor.


In other news, how is this story 8000 words long and still requiring four more scenes? How did that even happen?


monday list

Oct. 24th, 2016 12:55 pm
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[personal profile] runpunkrun
  • I'm tapering off my SSRI and
  • I thought I was dizzy before
  • but I am Extra Dizzy Now
  • so much so that all I want to do
  • is read graphic novels
  • (fewer words)
  • and watch Netflix
  • Dear Netflix:
  • You really need to get more seasons of GBBO
  • I can only watch this one season so many times
  • Love, Punk
  • so I watched a documentary on algorithms
  • and one on dogs
  • and I watched Zootopia again
  • and about twenty minutes of Jaws 2
  • but it was so fucking awful I had to stop
  • and I'm not talking about the shark,
  • I'm talking about the sexist misogynistic bullshit
  • that was more pervasive than that cello riff
  • which was also overused
  • fuck you, Jaws 2
  • meanwhile, Tumblr says I should watch
  • the San Junipero episode of Black Mirror
  • because it's wlw with a happy ending
  • I'm there for that
torachan: (koi-iji)
[personal profile] torachan

Title: Koi-iji: Love Glutton
Original Title: こいいじ (Koiiji)
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Kiss
Genre: Josei
Status in Japan: 4 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: 31-year-old Mame has been in love with her childhood friend Souta ever since she can remember. Despite multiple rejections, her love has stayed constant. It's become a habit more than anything, but is it one she'll ever be able to break and get on with her life?

Chapter Summary: A second date with Kawada-san.

Chapter 10: Before Sunrise

And this brings us to the end of another volume, so here's a full volume download for those who want it.


Oct. 24th, 2016 03:29 pm
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[personal profile] lunabee34
I just talked to Mom, and Dad's chemo is not working. They're starting a new kind of treatment and getting the ball rolling to send him to Dallas for a stem cell transplant. He'd be there for five weeks in the hospital.

I know I was all optimistic that he has this treatment option, but now that we've reached this point, I find my optimism is shriveling up to be replaced with a fear that he's going to die out in Dallas or that the transplant won't work and he'll be horrifically miserable and then die. Death seems to be the common denominator in what I'm thinking about right now.

Anyway, I am really angry and scared and sad.

FIc rec!

Oct. 24th, 2016 10:13 am
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[personal profile] sdwolfpup
[personal profile] out_there finished her Michael/Mahone Prison Break Space AU and it's melancholy and sweet and quiet and beautiful and you need to read it!

All We've Left Behind (11190 words) by out_there
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Prison Break
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alexander Mahone/Michael Scofield
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Space, IN SPACE!

For ten times the price, Alex could have been on a better ship with a new stasis system; he could have closed his eyes on Earth and not opened them until they arrived on S0N-A104-5709. But no one with that sort of money ran away to a settlement planet.

PB Fic: All We've Left Behind

Oct. 24th, 2016 11:48 pm
out_there: Alex and Michael from Prison Break (PB:  Alex and Michael)
[personal profile] out_there
This was also known as the PB Space AU and was actually started back in July 2014. No, really. I am so glad to have this done now.

All We've Left Behind (11190 words) by out_there
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Prison Break
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alexander Mahone/Michael Scofield
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Space, IN SPACE!

For ten times the price, Alex could have been on a better ship with a new stasis system; he could have closed his eyes on Earth and not opened them until they arrived on S0N-A104-5709. But no one with that sort of money ran away to a settlement planet.

Notes: Huge thanks belong to [personal profile] sdwolfpup for betaing and spotting where I kind of forgot to write the emotions. Thanks also belong to [personal profile] isagel and [profile] aurora84 who were great cheerleaders, despite the glacially slow pace of my writing. This was started as an answer to a space AU on my bingo trope card, but it’s now over two years late. Title from Gotye’s “Night Drive”, which is part of the playlist this was written to -- youtube links are on the AO3 post. (This is the tale of Alex, the sad space curmudgeon.)

Story here too )


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