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haha, I don't know how this keeps happening to me. Is it a function of writing in a large ship? Is it just because I'm unclear? I write what I think is dub-con, and it's dismissed as too fluffy. I write what's very clearly a character's rape fantasy, and I'm criticized for not including *aftercare*. I write what I assumed was a cheerful threesome and apparently it's *dub-con* because one guy wasn't AS into it as the others.

I know the answer is to stop caring but I've yet to figure out how to do that.


Oh, hey, I can do Wednesday reading!

Stones, Timothy Findley. I'm about halfway through theses stories. I haven't read any Findley in *ages*, which I regret. His style is nearly translucent, so clean, yet the subject matter invariably somehow squirmy and dark. I love this. I'd forgotten that short stories can be as surprising and full of unexpected turns as any novel, but I really needed the reminder.

Up next, new novels by my two favourite living lesbian authors - The Cosmopolitans by Sarah Schulman and Heyday by Marnie Woodrow.

how do they rise up?

May. 25th, 2016 12:54 pm
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[personal profile] musesfool
So yesterday I dreamt I got up and went to work when I didn't, and today I dream that I woke up late for work (at 7:47 am!) and missed my meeting entirely. Which I didn't. Ugh, anxiety, you are terrible.

And then I had one of those ocular migraine thingies which made trying to do any kind of work super annoying (I mean, more annoying than working is anyway). Two thumbs down, do not recommend, would not like to try again.


The Flash
Well that certainly was an episode of tv. spoilers )

And it's Wednesday so I guess it's books, and also comics, and whoo boy do we have some shit to rant about there, because it wouldn't be comics if everything weren't terrible. And I won't be cutting for spoilers on this one particular thing, either. so. I'm sure if it's relevant to your interests, you're already aware.


What I've just finished
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
I enjoyed this, though I'm annoyed that it's not a one-and-done book but a trilogy (or duology?). It's a retelling/remix of One Thousand and One Nights, though Sharzad's nickname being Shazi made me feel like she was Babette from Gilmore Girls' pomeranian or something. I just kept hearing it my head as Sally Struthers saying "Shotzie." *hands* My brain is a scary place sometimes.

Call Her Savage by Marjorie Liu, which reads like some intense fanfiction of a steampunk AU series I haven't read, where the Chinese settled the Pacific coast of North America and teamed up with the Native Americans, and helped the American Revolution succeed against the British and now the British and Chinese are at war. I would have read a whole novel set in this world, tbh.

Grayson #20
Oh, Dick. With the nu52 coming to an end in rebirth, this wrapped up Grayson, which I would definitely recommend if you enjoy spyjinks and Dick Grayson, and really, why wouldn't you? There's a musical issue, Midnighter pops up a lot to flirt, Helena Bertinelli kicks ass and Dick wears a tux. Does the plot make sense? I don't really know, but I also don't really care. *hands* spoilers )

Star Wars #19
spoilers )

Obi-Wan & Anakin
Since the fifth and final issue came out today, I guess I will post about it. It was fine? I didn't love it? The art was decent, though as usual, I often had trouble following fight scenes. Obi-Wan was pretty. Palpatine was creepy. Everybody made choices they thought were good but which turned out poorly in the long-term. So, you know, Star Wars. *hands* I do want the AU where spoiler ) You should totally write that for me.

What I'm reading now
Well, I have been working at The Nameless City but because of technical issues with it only loading in 2-page horizontal mode, it makes it very difficult to read and almost impossible to parse the art, which is a shame. Also, I guess using the Avatar font etc. has made me view it as kind of AtLA fanfic? Which is probably not what the author really wants. *hands*

Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011 by Rick Houston, which I didn't realize began in 1986 (that'll teach me not to pay attention) so be warned, it does start with Challenger. I remember it (I was a sophomore in high school; I remember standing outside the lab waiting for double bio when the announcement for the moment of silence came over the PA), though I imagine you don't need to in order to tear up over it the way I did.

It's kind of a haphazard history? I don't know. What I wanted was a book about the transition from Apollo to Skylab to the shuttle and this is not that. This is mostly so far anecdotes from various astronauts about their various shuttle missions. Which is neat, but not what I was actually looking for.

What I'm reading next
I guess I'll put the promised rant here. I'm spoiling it because fuck Marvel, that's why.

I'm definitely not reading the new Captain America: Steve Rogers. I don't care what the 'true story' is or how they retcon this or what the fuck they think they're doing (I imagine it will be some cosmic cube fuckery), MAKING CAPTAIN AMERICA (AND HIS MOM WTAF) A NAZI IS JUST WRONG ON EVERY LEVEL AND I WON'T ACCEPT IT OR GIVE THEM MONEY FOR IT AND I SUGGEST YOU DON'T EITHER. WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK WERE THEY THINKING? CAPTAIN AMERICA WAS CREATED BY JEWISH ARTISTS TO FIGHT FASCISM, MARVEL. WHY ARE YOU SHITTING ON THAT? COME THE FUCK ON. (sources: x | x | x)


Someone should fire Brevoort and Spencer and anyone else who thought it was a good idea to shit on an iconic character in this way. I get that it's comics and in a year it will have been retconned out of existence but it's just WRONG on so many levels that I don't see why I even need to explain them if this braintrust can't see it. I hope it fails spectacularly, not only financially but critically and Disney boots them all out.


Maybe I'll just reread Night Watch next instead.


Catching Up

May. 25th, 2016 07:53 am
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If you're on Twitter or Tumblr or Facebook, you may have seen yesterday that I finished the first draft of The Harbors of the Sun. It needs a lot of revision, and the first and second chapters may switch places, but the principal photography is done, basically. It's the fifth Raksura novel, and the seventh book, counting the two novella collections. I'd take some time off, but I don't actually have time to take some time off.

Also, yesterday I posted the 14th Raksura story for the Patreon, where Malachite meets the Sky Copper clutch:


Coming up on June 17-19, I'll be at Comicpalooza in Houston. It's a comiccon, with actors and media guests, and a huge dealer's room and artist's alley plus a small makerfaire, but it also has a full schedule of literary and writing panels (like 50 of them) and a large number of writer guests.

I'll be on:

- Friday 11:30 to 12:30 Outlandish Others: How Genre Fiction Employs Androids, Elves, and other non-human Races
Carrie Patel, Tex Thompson, Donna Grant, Martha Wells

- Friday 2:30 to 3:30 Young Adult Fantasy
Joy Preble, J.L. Clark, Katherine Catmull, Angela Holder, Martha Wells

- Saturday 11:00 to 12:00 Plotting and Pacing a Short Story
Ken Liu, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, C. Stuart Hardwick, Martha Wells


Con or Bust

Today is the first day of the Con or Bust Fundraising Auction to help people of color/non-white people attend SF/F conventions. There are tons of great items to bid on, like signed books, art, jewelry, flash fiction, and critiques.

My items are here. (A signed set of the two Stories of the Raksura books, a signed copy of The Edge of Worlds, and an audiobook CD set of Wheel of the Infinite.

help me find an English grammar rule?

May. 25th, 2016 02:11 pm
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[personal profile] ratcreature
In English with some verbs you can use their ing-form after go, i.e. sentences like "I go running often", "we are going shopping" etc., but with other verbs this is not allowed, i.e. you don't say "we are going eating"(*) but "we are going (out) to eat".

I think the rule is that the construction is only allowed with movement verbs, like go walking, swimming, dancing, etc. all work, but not with reading, knitting or painting. I'm actually unsure about playing, but I think not? OTOH working and hunting seem okay in the construction?

I tried finding the rule for this in grammar explanations but I'm not even sure whether the -ing is considered a gerund or a present participle here. So I was hoping that maybe the English language geeks on my f-list could point me.

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May. 25th, 2016 05:41 pm
[personal profile] emma_in_dream
1, Having taken the day off to meet with the school psychiatrist about Pearl’s possible ADHD, I had some time to do other things like visit my Mum and pick up some clothes that had been waiting for over a week at a shop on hold for me.

2, I have realised that the perfect song for a vid for *Civil War* is Guns n Roses ‘Civil War’. Lots of shots of the chaos and civilian deaths they cause.

3, Mum may possibly be able to come home at the end of the week or beginning of next week.

As a bonus, I had another thought about *Civil War*. It is the opposite of a feminist film….

Read more... )

Daily Happiness

May. 25th, 2016 12:39 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. I actually got out of work on time! And since the accounting lady is back from her trip to Japan, and we now have an assistant accounting lady, which means that I no longer have to do the accounting on the main accounting lady's day off, I will have an extra hour to hour and a half tomorrow that I would have been doing accounting stuff, so I should probably be able to come home on time tomorrow, too! Tuesday and Wednesday are the days where I almost always end up staying late, so it's always a pleasant surprise to come home on time.

2. I finished another manga chapter. That's it for all the stuff I "need" to release this month, I think. Now to concentrate on other stuff for the last few days of the month. :D

3. I was poking around Amazon trying to think of something to get my mom for her birthday and saw they had the first two seasons of Murder She Wrote for $10 each, so I got her those. Plus they had Prime next day shipping so I ordered last night and they arrived today!

4. I'm trying to stop drinking soda again and today I managed to get through the day without any. Now if I can just keep this up.

5. Molly face!

Following The Hip Around The World

May. 24th, 2016 08:40 pm
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[personal profile] merrily
Hey, who was the fandom friend who used to follow The Tragically Hip around the world? (Shifting from LJ to DW to Tumblr has more or less made me forget everyone's current usernames.)

I read today's awful news and cried a bit, and then I thought of you.

Just wanted to say - my Toronto couch is yours if this ends up being a stop on Gord's last tour, and you'd like to come to the show. (I will probably go too, but we don't have to go together; I was only ever a casual fan, and I don't want to get to the venue as early as is your wont.)
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[personal profile] china_shop
~2400 words, G-rated, gen. Set during 1.01 (contains a mild spoiler for 1.02). For [ profile] wc_rewatch and the Rose challenge on [ profile] fan_flashworks. A million thanks to [personal profile] mergatrude for beta. <3

Summary: “You’re Elizabeth Burke.” The woman shoved her hands into her pockets. “I’m Kate. Kate Moreau.”

A Discreet Intervention (on [ profile] fan_flashworks).

awake as a rumor of war

May. 24th, 2016 01:10 pm
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[personal profile] musesfool
Have a grab bag of thoughts and things:

» This morning I had that dream where you get up and get dressed and go to work but then you wake up and realize that you have done none of that and instead you snoozed it an extra ten minutes and are now running late. Sigh.

» Work continues to be stupidly busy. And irritating. People, why are they?

» I hope to eventually have enough brain to write again, but I've still got a few weeks to go until this event so probably not until mid-June. Sigh.

» Last night was another good sports night for me! Mets beat the Nats 7-1 (and hopefully they will come up with a solution at first base while Duda is out) and the Sharks beat the Blues. I'd never seen anyone score two empty netters before, but it was pleasing to me! Now tonight, I need the Lightning to close out the Pens. I still don't like the Lightning (or, I really don't like their coach), and I still wish Hagelin was on a different team so I could root for him (also, Kessel), and if the Sharks win out, I will be rooting for them all the way, but I would also be pleased for Stralman and Boyle and even Callahan (about whom I have mixed feelings) if they got to the finals and won.

» I enjoyed this discussion of The Raven Cycle (contains spoilers for The Raven King).

» I was thinking this morning about how every fandom has a Casablanca AU, but Star Wars already is kind of a Casablanca AU: Han is Rick (Chewie is Sam), Luke is Ilsa, Leia is Victor Laszlo, Lando is Louis (you know you want to see Billy Dee Williams be "shocked! shocked! to find that gambling is going on here!"), and the Empire is the Nazis. I don't actually ship Han/Luke, so I have no real interest in reading it as fic, but it's a nice thought experiment.

» Have a poem:

Awaking in New York
by Maya Angelou

Curtains forcing their will
against the wind,
children sleep,
exchanging dreams with
seraphim. The city
drags itself awake on
subway straps; and
I, an alarm, awake as a
rumor of war,
lie stretching into dawn,
unasked and unheeded.


Daily Happiness

May. 24th, 2016 01:11 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. I had a nice, relaxing day off.

2. I got another chapter of manga finished, as well as some other stuff. Not as productive as I had hoped to be, but whatever.

3. I finished reading another book! That makes a whopping six this year, but considering how dire the last several years have been for me readingwise, I'm pretty excited about it.

4. I finally got my ballot filled out and mailed. As always, I'm eternally grateful to live in a state where you can vote by mail. It just makes things so much easier.

5. Lately Chloe has been enjoying this box that [personal profile] kiwimusume sent her all the way from Japan.


May. 23rd, 2016 09:43 pm
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[personal profile] celli
was sick Friday, so we went to the vet Saturday.

cat illness details )

Good story - we were waiting for test results at the vet and she fell asleep in her carrier for like 15 minutes. It was SO SO SO CUTE.
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[personal profile] musesfool
I can tell it finally feels like spring here despite - or perhaps because of - the brief showers we had this evening, because I can smell someone grilling meat somewhere in the vicinity and it smells so good. Or I'm just really hungry for a steak dinner. I guess it can be two things

While I was getting my hair done a couple weeks ago, River by Iyebi played a couple of times and it has stuck with me. I like this live version I'm linking here better than the album version. I've listened to it a lot.

And you can laugh, but I've also been listening to "Call Me Maybe" a lot lately. It's a true pop gem. Very peppy for the morning commute.

And on my commute home this evening, Out of the Woods came on and I still would like a Steve/Bucky vid to it. I am just saying, I think it would work pretty well.

And speaking of vids people should make, it recently occurred to me that I finally found the perfect character for a vid to Afghan Whigs' Debonair: Anakin Skywalker. I am just saying. I suppose it could already exist. I haven't gone looking. But if it doesn't, someone should make that.

Also, I'm still waiting for the Ahsoka vid of my heart to "Fight Song." That I have gone looking for, but nothing I've found is quite what I want. [Too much talky-face for some reason. It seems to be a popular vidding choice these days, to include a lot of dialogue, but it rarely works for me.] Sigh.

And I still haven't found a song that's made my ears perk up and say "Rey!" or "Finn!" but I probably have one somewhere in my collection.

Otoh, I bet you could do a great Rex & clones vid to "Drive" by Gaslight Anthem.

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A novelette set in the Chalion world, in which Gods and demons are real, though powerful and supernatural forces rather than representatives of the concepts of good and evil. (People do generally think that Gods are good and demons are bad, but it’s more complicated than that.) It’s set about a hundred years before The Curse of Chalion. (This isn’t obvious in the text, or at least it wasn’t obvious to me; I think I found it in the author’s afterword.) You can start the series here; it’s unrelated to the other books, and a complete story.

A young man on a mission finds both his task and his entire life unexpectedly diverted when he becomes possessed by a demon. In this case, demon possession means having another personality sharing your mind and talking to you, not having your own personality displaced. In the process of learning about his demon in the hope of divesting himself of it, he learns a lot about himself, his world, and what he really wants from life.

The characters and story are likable and engaging, and the magic system and cosmology, which I enjoyed in the other books in the series, continue to be interesting. It’s a pleasant story with a cozy feeling, but a little slight, especially compared to the novels set in the same world. I was unreasonably distracted by a major character having a name that I have previously only encountered in a Shakespeare play, in a world which seems to have no relationship to ours, but this may not bother anyone other than me.

But if you like small-scale fantasy about well-meaning people, in a world in which altruism is neither stupid nor the sign of an approaching cement truck, you will probably like this. It reminded me a bit of The Goblin Emperor, though with a much more down to earth and informal tone. Bujold's Sharing Knives books also have something of this cozy, domestic feel, though they are romances and this is not.

Penric's Demon

WisCon Schedule + About Me

May. 23rd, 2016 02:35 pm
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[personal profile] brainwane
I'll be at WisCon this year, arriving Thursday the 26th and leaving incredibly early on Monday the 30th (to get to PyCon). I look basically like my profile photo, with slightly longer hair; you might recognize me as @brainwane from Twitter. My pronouns are she/her. I eat mostly vegetarian but will eat fish/poultry that has at least one hippie buzzword (e.g. "organic", "free-range", etc.).

I'm speaking in three sessions:

  1. Panelist on "The Fandom Awakens" (on Star Wars): Friday, May 27, 2:30-3:45 pm, Assembly.

  2. Comedy auctioneer for the charity auction benefiting the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award: Saturday, May 28, 7:30pm-probably 8:30pm or 9pm, Capitol/Wisconsin room.

  3. Panelist on "SIX SEASON SERIES BASED ON THE THREE-PART TRILOGY BASED ON THE SINGLE BOOK OF THE NOT ANOTHER F*CKING RACE PANEL" (comedy game show focusing on people of color): Sunday, May 29, 4:00-5:15pm, Wisconsin room.

Also, I will probably drop by the Clothing Swap portion of the Gathering on Friday afternoon to find pieces that suit me and to bask in other people wearing my donated stuff; I would like to drop in on the vid party on Saturday night; I would like to drop in on the Hamilton singalong; I have a Dessert Salon ticket and intend on attending the Guest of Honor and Tiptree Award speeches on Sunday evening.

I am easily lured into talking about Hamilton, Zen Cho, Star Trek, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Mahabharata, Hinduism, and other interests in my profile.

Please ask before hugging; sometimes I'd rather not.

I am often bad with names, and will remember 5 minutes into our conversation that we had an awesome deep conversation one year prior. I apologize in advance. Also, I will probably be a little less intensively social this year, because I am trying to actually sleep enough and thus get to PyCon reasonably well-rested, and because client work for my consulting business may come up; I'll probably be trying to sleep every night from about 11pm to 7am, and aiming to take some alone time on top of that. So if you and I have multiple chances to see each other in person at other times of year, I may choose to make time for other people instead; apologies.

The fact that I am, in a sense, succeeding Ellen Klages in serving as the Tiptree auctioneer is quite a responsibility and I hope to discharge it well. So if you came to the Tiptree auction and raucously laughed at my japes I would welcome your chortles.
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Trances of the Blast is interesting. I'm not sure I like it, exactly, but it's interesting.

Women in Labor

Women who lie alone at midnight
because there is no one else to lie to

Women who lie alone at midnight
at noon in the laundromat
destroying their own socks

Women who lie alone at midnight:
Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates

Women who lie alone at midnight
as the first furl of starlight
purls the moon with nacre

Women who lie alone at midnight
sending a postcard bearing
the face of a bawling infant
who cries I am for the new!

Women who lie alone at midnight
reciting the names of shoes

Women who lie alone at midnight
spurting unjustified tears,
the kind that run sideways
never reaching the mouth,
the kind you cannot swallow

Women who lie alone at midnight
singing breast away the burden of my tender
and afterwards burp

Women who lie alone at midnight
obeying the laws of physics
Women who let their dreams curl at the end
Women in a monastery of flamingos

Women who die alone at midnight
contributing to the end, to
lost time, to the rain and flies,
seeing the bird they saw trapped in the airport
surviving by the water fountain

What's more, try it sometime
It works

— Mary Ruefle
from Trances of the Blast


May. 23rd, 2016 09:20 am
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[personal profile] fox

Shout if you want in on the filter. DW|LJ

3 Things

May. 23rd, 2016 06:15 pm
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[personal profile] emma_in_dream
1, The enormous storm brought down three large trees at the local park, and there were about a million children climbing on them, jumping on the branches, running along the trunks and hiding in the leaves. This was a jolly sight to see.

2, On Sunday we had our first down day for about two weeks, and just lounged about (and cleaned the girls’ room).

3, I read some of Marvel’s *Civil War* which is, of course, vastly different to the movie.

TV things

May. 23rd, 2016 09:57 am
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[personal profile] marina
Man it's so weird to be watching 3-4 shows every week that I actually want to talk to people about. Thank god they all have shorter seasons I guess.

1. Orphan Black

spoilers )

2. Game of Thrones
casting related thoughts )

Daily Happiness

May. 23rd, 2016 12:58 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. Really looking forward to my day off tomorrow!

2. I've been doing some redrawing/typesetting the past couple days and remembering how much I enjoy that aspect of scanlating. It's faster if I just do the translating and farm out the rest to a bunch of people, but I do enjoy it. (The person I was going to work on Baby, Kokoro no Mama ni! with seems to have crapped out on me so I've decided to just do it myself.)

3. I have such cutie kitties.


May. 22nd, 2016 11:08 pm
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I am leaving at 5:30 in the morning for the airport to start a week-long vacation in New York! That means I will probably not be spending much time on the internet for awhile, but I can't leave without posting about the latest Game of Thrones and Penny Dreadful.



Also, almost no trouble breathing today! Yay!

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May. 22nd, 2016 08:11 pm
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[personal profile] nestra
I have never seen the animated Hercules, but it's expiring from Netflix, so we're watching it tonight. I am having to constantly squash "But that's NOT HOW IT HAPPENED" interjections. I mean, we're talking about Disney, fine, but OMG HERA WAS NOT HERCULES' MOTHER. You're telling the story wrong!

Also, Hercules had nothing to do with Pegasus. grumble.

Rainy Sunday

May. 22nd, 2016 07:13 pm
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[personal profile] afrikate
So, I signed up for the Stucky Big Bang (omg how much do I hate that portmanteau). Summaries are currently with artists for claiming and the pics are due at the end of July/early August for a mid-August posting period. I've been working on mine since February, pieces here and there, but this weekend I got serious and [Bad username or unknown identity: painted maypole helped me to determine the best way to go about this, and since yesterday I've typed up nearly 22,000 words that I'd previously written in longhand in a notebook. It feels good to write, and interesting to write this way, where I've got lots scattered about and now I'm putting things in chronological order for the story, and I want to know what happens next. I want more. I mean, now I have to type up the more and at some point I'll have to start writing the more again, but you know what I mean. It's exciting to have this thing I've been thinking about for months, possibly years, turning slowly into reality.]
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[personal profile] laurashapiro
I was going to do this even before [personal profile] thirdblindmouse posted her incredibly useful spreadsheet.

Here follow some pretty interesting vid ideas (song+source combos) which I regret that I will not be making. If any of you feel like taking them up, feel free.

I Smile - Kirk Franklin
Shirley character study

Flesh and Blood - The Waifs
The women of Deadwood all have secrets

Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
where "funky music" = wormhole knowledge, and love of crew. Crichton learns to get his funk on.

Blue Shadows on the Trail - Syd Straw cover from Stay Awake
Aeryn Sun character study. Aeryn starts out afraid of emotions, and particularly of her feelings for Crichton. This is about her growth from Peacekeeper to person. I love the idea of Aeryn the lonesome cowgirl. I can't find this song online anywhere; if you'd like to hear it, ping me.

My Backyard - Erin Brazil and the Brazillionaires
Nina Sharp character study. Klezmer! I can't find this song online anywhere; if you'd like to hear it, ping me.

I Have Become - Mister Tim
Walter character study. I can't find this song online anywhere; if you'd like to hear it, ping me.

Jeremiah or Deadwood
When in Rome - Nickel Creek
How we live in hell. This could work great for either show -- or hey, some kind of post-apocalyptic multi-source vid?

Orange is the New Black
Neptune's Jewels - Mystic
Poussey loves Taystee

The Power of Bhangra - Snap! vs Motivo mashup
Oh god, just LISTEN to it! And for Club Vivid, right? RIGHT???

Six Feet Under
Stay - Jorane
Lisa character study. Within her obsession, she both knows and doesn't know how Nate really feels about her. And she still sees him after her death.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Imagine - A Perfect Circle cover
John Connor knows he's doomed. His destiny is to save the world for everyone but himself.

Fool’s Assassin, by Robin Hobb

May. 22nd, 2016 02:06 pm
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[personal profile] rachelmanija
I read this ages ago, but never got around to writing it up. So I may be misrecalling some stuff. Luckily, however, I read it on my Kindle and made liberal use of the note function, mostly to write stuff like “YOU IDIOT” and “Did you consider asking her, dumbass?” and “WTF! Idiot.”

This is something like the tenth book in a series with sub-series and related series and so forth. I would definitely not start here.

I’m not sure where I would advise you to start, or if I would advise you to start. There are two trilogies (“Assassin’s Apprentice” and “Magic Ship”) in which I loved the first book, had mixed but generally positive feelings about the second, and disliked the third. But they’re not standalone at all, so you can’t just read the first books because they end on cliffhangers.

Also, be aware that part of what I disliked about the third books was that they either failed to resolve mysteries or plotlines set up in the first books, or resolved them in ways which I found anti-climactic or annoying, so reading the third book just to find out what the hell was up with [X plotline you care about] may not result in a happy experience.

Spoilers for Assassin books: Read more... )

And then there’s more books that resolve some things but not others, and are incredibly padded – in one book, Fitz spends something like 300 pages angsting over whether or not to leave his cottage. Every now and then he breaks up the monotony by making some tea.

I felt like a compulsive masochist just picking this book up, but I had managed to get invested in a certain relationship between two characters (Fitz and the Fool) in the very first book, and wanted to know what was up with it despite my near-certain knowledge, based on something like nine previous books, that the book would be incredibly slow, the characters’ refusal to talk to each other or pick up on incredibly obvious stuff going on would drive me batty, and it would probably end with their relationship not having progressed at all. Spoiler: I was absolutely right! Also, if you thought Fitz made some stupid decisions in previous books… you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Whump fans note: If you wondered if anything could top a character being tortured to death, the answer is yes.

Cut for detailed, irritated spoilers, mostly involving weapons-grade stupidity and also tragic yet somewhat hilariously OTT whump. Read more... )

Fool's Assassin: Book I of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy
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I have seen Close Encounters of the Third Kind so many times. SO many times. The first time was when it was originally in theaters! One of my favorite T-shirts as a little child was my Close Encounters shirt.

It was on Turner Classic Movies today, and befitting today's mission to snuggle indoors out of the cold drizzle and reward myself for the few chores I did manage to get done, I watched it yet again.

Man, I get verklempt at the ending every time. In fact, the entire lengthy sequence at the hidden landing pad, all the different people there with their unspecified tasks and backstories, all doing their part, all coming together to be humanity's open and welcoming hand to the visitors, I could watch that whole thing on a constant loop. ♥_____♥

I really thrive on--and lately don't feel like I can find much of--that trope, where humans make peaceful first contact with another species, and work hard to understand and communicate with them, everyone reaching out with gentle good will through the differences.


Scanlations: All Out!! ch. 7

May. 22nd, 2016 12:22 pm
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Title: All Out!!
Author: Amase Shiori
Publisher: Morning Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 8 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Anima Regia
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: Oharano decides to take things into his own hands, but is the rest of the team good enough to keep up with him?

Chapter 7: Good Rugby
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Orphan Black: The Scandal of Altruism
spoilers )

There was a lot going on here, and I'm not sure it all makes sense, but I feel that way about all of OB, so... here's a good layout of the various players in the various levels of conspiracy. I don't think it's any more coherent than X-Files ever was, but hopefully it will end before it collapses under its own weight, and really, I'm watching for the clones and their various friends and family, not for the plot. *hands*

Speaking of clones, I was discussing The Clone Wars with two entirely different people last night, and in addition to encouraging [profile] silveronthethree to possibly write some AU fic, I still have the same two major questions I have always had, which are:

1. Who in their right minds sends a 14 year old to war? (let alone puts her in command of troops!)


2. Who thinks having a 20 year old with impulse control issues supervise her is a good idea? (I mean, okay, Obi-Wan is there a lot of the time, and he is nominally an adult, but it's not like he's not pulling reckless stunts all the time either. He's just better at talking other people around in the aftermath.)

And [ profile] girlinthetrilby was like, "well, the same sort of people who elect a 14yo as planetary ruler," which is a whole 'nother WTF!

I mean, I love the show and I love Ahsoka and her relationship with Anakin (and I do think it was a good thing for both of them despite how things turned out), but that is a super dodgy way to raise children entrusted to you, especially in a supposedly more enlightened/more advanced society. I am just saying.

Anyway! Here are some other links of interest:

= Living Dead Boy: Jason Todd vs. The Culture That Killed (And Resurrected) Him, an interesting look at the second Robin, why he existed in the first place, why he was killed off, and why he was eventually resurrected (though it doesn't really go into why no one at DC aside from Judd Winick seems to know what to do with him; apparently he's "evil" again in rebirth? Which. The whole thing sounds like a big mess, so I'm gonna wait to see what it does with my faves. At least Wally is no longer written out of existence?).

= Markus & McFeely clarify their statements about Bucky. Apparently they were asked about that interview where they said Bucky should be punished for the things he did while he was brainwashed and had been tortured for 70 years and stripped of agency, and their response was: spoilers for Civil War ) So that seems more in line with what actually happens in the movies and also how the character is portrayed than their original flip response that he shouldn't be eating fruit salads with Steve after all the people he killed as the Winter Soldier.


Need 500GB-1TB Storage Space

May. 22nd, 2016 11:07 am
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 I need to find a place where I can backup 500+GB of files. This is not a web host - most web hosts will not allow you to "archive" files unless they are accessible online. The site needs to be secure, support FTP and have robust bandwidth (ex: if I need to use FTP to download some of the archived files, this will be a heavy bandwidth hit).   It also needs to be simple to use because  a few of the people accessing the files are not tech literate. I need to be able to set up a separate  ftp log in for these users - preferably more than one. I do not want to use a proprietary app to download and upload files  because users will be using different platforms

Last, I need this to be a site that will not blink at me storing fan related audio, video or document files.  And one that is not run by one or two people  - this needs to be reliable for the next 5 years.

Cost: I can afford up to $10 per month. I have a account, but I am still uncomfortable storing fan related files in these amounts there. Plus, they charge $45 a month for their 500+GB accounts.

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Against Disaster
Star Wars TFA | Poe/Finn, Poe/Luke; also Leia, Rey, Kes, BB-8 | 30K words, rated mostly PG-13 | contains: ptsd, recovery, wisecracks, & secret missions
When Finn reappeared, the thrill redoubled. Escaping the Finalizer, flying that TIE, that wasn't the height of anything; they were just getting started.

Looks like Poe's spent the time since Finn's reappearance daydreaming and believing in half-formed wishes. He hasn't noticed a goddamn thing.

He's looking now, and what he sees is a lot less thrilling - for him - but realistic - for Finn.

It's complete now. *breathes* I wanted to see if I could write a hurtier, more pining version of Poe than the one I naturally tend toward, and I think I did. Plus, there's stuff with his dad that I'm as proud of as anything I've done in fic or original stuff.

Feedback is adored beyond the telling.

Episode Rewatch: 5.06 Money No Object

May. 22nd, 2016 06:59 am
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5.06 Money No Object
Original air date: November 4, 1996
Director: Rafal Zielinski
Writer: James Thorpe


Synopsis: When Amanda disappears into a van after a robbery, Richie thinks she's been kidnapped and goes after her. He finds her with Cory Raines, an old acquaintance of Duncan's and Amanda's who has always brought them trouble. Unfortunately for everyone involved, the money that Cory stole belongs to a mobster who wants it back.

Episode Transcript: is here.

Please share your thoughts and reactions in comments. The master post for all discussion posts is here.

Needed to be shared

May. 22nd, 2016 10:39 pm
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[quoted with permission]

vassraptor: I have been having a notcope because of the computer stuff
kaberett: I saw some of that yeah :-/
vassraptor: my executive function is a house of cards
vassraptor: and moving it to a different room or table does not work well
kaberett: it is DELICATE and PRECARIOUS and very attached to its niche, ugh
vassraptor: it's a panda.
vassraptor: my executive function is a panda
kaberett: ...
kaberett: that is a brilliant description and I am delighted
vassraptor: thank you! i got it from your "attached to its niche" thing
kaberett: :D
kaberett: flompy, useless, not very good at eating grass
vassraptor: needs to spend a lot of time and energy doing unproductive tasks to (barely) generate enough oomph to do anything else
vassraptor: not good at growing more executive functions

Daily Happiness

May. 22nd, 2016 02:13 am
torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
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1. I slept in this morning until like eleven. Guess I really needed to catch up on some sleep! Usually even on my days off/late days I don't really sleep in that long, so I was surprised. (And now tonight I'm going to bed pretty late again, lol, although this time I have the excuse of staying up to do actual work stuff, rather than just faffing about.)

2. There've been a lot of people sick at work lately, but thankfully I haven't caught anything. I had a bit of a sore throat last week one day and thought maybe that was the start of a cold, but it never went anywhere. Crossing my fingers this keeps up.

3. Look at this Chloe just chilling on the couch.

Maker Faire ho!

May. 22nd, 2016 12:41 am
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* Please wear all of your wearables.
* There is fruit in the kitchen.
* There is ice in the freezer, or at least there should be.
* Please do not forget to put the battery in the camera.
* Please do not forget to wear clothing.
* Check the weather, adjust accordingly.
* Buy a whole-day Caltrain ticket just for funsies.
* A cane is mandatory.
* The extra batteries would be helpful, as it would suck to be without means to find one's Purple.
* The fucking sunscreen is in the box. Wear some.
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1) Today I baked a pie, very very loosely based on one of Yotam Ottolenghi's recipes for a roasted vegetable tart. Said tart, while delicious-sounding, uses lots of flavors I associate with late summer and autumn, like sweet potato and roasted bell peppers, and I wanted springlike veggies. So I used spinach and arugula, artichoke hearts, and chives as well as the onion, garlic, feta, and ricotta called for in the original recipe. It turned out quite nice, especially the pastry (I used Paul Hollywood's shortcrust recipe), though unfortunately I didn't entirely think through the consequences of substituting very mild ingredients for strongly-flavored ones. So, yes, a little bit bland, but not bad. I want to make it again, with its original ingredients, in September or thereabouts. Anyway, I feel a sense of satisfaction at having achieved Proper Cooking--as I define it for myself--for the first time in ages.

I have a little steak thawing in the refrigerator for tomorrow, and I also intend to make an Amalfi-style potato salad from one of Marcella Hazan's cookbooks: small boiled potatoes dressed with anchovies, garlic, capers, and olives. This combines several of my current favorite things, so I'm looking forward to it.

2) I've finished my binge read of (almost) all of Dick Francis's novels. Reactions and such under the cut )
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As we, in company with most of Ottawa, are as yet in no danger of growing tired of the "pick up beer, cider, and crusty buns, make a salad as big as your head, and sit around drinking while you bbq some protein" approach to life the weather has suddenly and triumphantly made possible this week.

And really, I assume you all know how to grill a sausage.

Patio Season Convinces Ottawa Woman She Doesn't Live In Desolate Arctic Hellscape Ninety Percent Of The Year.

Health update

May. 21st, 2016 08:05 pm
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Thank you all for your well wishes. *hugs*

I heard back from the doctor, and both the EKG and the chest XRAY were perfectly normal. The chest tightness and shortness of breath have mostly diminished, and the doctor said if I continue to have those symptoms after about a week, I should follow up with my GP. She said it is almost certainly a reaction to the anesthesia, but it could be something called costochondritis (which is basically chest wall inflammation that has no known cause and goes away on its own without treatment). When I get anxious or upset, the symptoms do get worse, so that's extra incentive to keep calm. LOL

fic: saturday morning

May. 21st, 2016 04:20 pm
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Saturday Morning
Star Trek RPS
300 words

Zach takes a sip of his coffee and pushes his bare toes up against the leg of the table. Chris found it at a flea market in the valley, sent him three pictures of it, and then spent the rest of the day complaining about how hard it was to get home. This is the first time Zach's seen it in person. It's chrome, with a patchy blue and yellow mosaic set into the top. It looks exactly like something Chris would spend all day complaining about. Zach flexes his toes against its leg and accidentally shoves the whole table across the flagstones with a lurch. Chris puts out an absent hand to steady it without looking up from his book.

Zach sighs into his coffee mug. He's going to have to get up soon for a refill. It's cool out, overcast, and the coffee's the only thing keeping him warm.

Across from him, Chris turns a page in his book. He's fully dressed, but his hair's a mess, pushed up in the back, wavy in the middle, pieces of it falling in his eyes. It looked perfect at the event last night, but somehow it looks even better this morning.

Chris wrinkles his nose at something he’s read and reaches behind him to grab his notebook. They're going to be stuck here all day if he gets started with that. Zach gives the table another nudge, intentional this time, and this time Chris looks up.

"Hey," Chris says. "Ready to go?"

"Yes," Zach says slowly, "I was waiting for you."

Chris cocks his head. "But I was waiting for you."

Zach holds up a hand, ready to gesture between his sartorial perfection and Chris's ripped jeans and messy hair, then thinks the better of it. He puts his coffee down. "Then let's go."

{also posted to Tumblr}

after he missed his location

May. 21st, 2016 06:01 pm
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I woke up with a headache this morning and it has not subsided all day, no matter what I've thrown at it, so I wonder if it's just the weather, which is one of those things I can't do anything about. Sigh.

I caught up on some TV though.

Jane the Virgin: Chapters 43 and 44
spoilers )

So that was a great finale.

The 100
spoilers through the season finale )

I still have Arrow and Orphan Black to watch. Maybe tomorrow.



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