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A Broken Vessel (Julian Kestrel Mysteries, #2) Ross, Kate

Moar Regency murder mystery? Moar Regency murder mystery!

 
Sally Stokes, a bold and bewitching Cockney prostitute, picks up three men one after the other and nicknames them Bristles, Blue Eyes, and Blinkers. From each of them Sally steals a handkerchief--and from one she mistakenly steals a letter that contains an urgent plea for help from a distraught young woman.

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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why Wilson, G. Willow
 
Who is the Inventor, and what does he want with the all-new Ms. Marvel and all her friends? Maybe Wolverine can help! Kamala may be fan-girling out when her favorite (okay maybe Top Five) super hero shows up, but that won't stop her from protecting her hometown. Then, Kamala crosses paths with Inhumanity for the first time - by meeting the royal dog, Lockjaw! Every girl wants a puppy, but this one may be too much of a handful, even for a super hero with embiggening powers. But why is Lockjaw really with Kamala? As Ms. Marvel discovers more about her past, the Inventor continues to threaten her future. The fan-favorite, critically acclaimed, amazing new series continues as Kamala Khan proves why she's the best (and most adorable) new super hero there is!

 
PRECIOUS BEYOND THE DREAMS OF MORTAL MEN. I <3 Kamala Khan so much.

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Captain Marvel, Vol. 2: Stay Fly DeConnick, Kelly Sue *
 
Captain Marvel’s space adventure with her pet cat, Chewie, continues! But when they have an unexpected alien visitor, Carol learns that Rocket Raccoon was right: There’s more to Chewie than meets the eye! Chewie is a Flerkin…and a mom to hundreds! Is this the end for Carol and her pet? Then, Carol has her hands full with a special guest-star from the X-Universe: rock and roll maven Lila Cheney! And Christmas comes to the Carol Corps as we celebrate 100 issues and nearly 50 years of Carol Danvers’ high-flying adventures!

But after tracking Captain Marvel and Tic for weeks, the Haffensye Consortium has finally caught up to them both! Carol was barely able to survive the last time she squared off against the Haffensye — will the astronomical Avenger be so lucky again?


 
There are at least two Captain Marvel series done by Marvel NOW - this is the one without the dinosaur punchings and time travel and cancer, I think. This IS the fluffier one with GOTG and space adventures! Including the many many not-cats featured in the cover art :3

Lord of the White Hell (Lord of the White Hell, #2) Hale, Ginn *

Part two of the interlibrary-loaned series about the land on the edgeo f the industrial revolution and our son of a candy magnate protag at culturally unfriendly boarding school. And also pining. Shit goes DOWN in book two. Totally dug it. Reading the sequel series where our protag couple get a sizeable cameo appearance now!

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When Gods Die (Sebastian St. Cyr #2) Harris, C.S. *
 
Brighton, England, 1811. The beautiful wife of an aging Marquis is found dead in the arms of the Prince Regent. Draped around her neck lies an ancient necklace with mythic origins-and mysterious ties to Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin. Haunted by his past, Sebastian investigates both the Marchioness's death and his own possible connection to it-and discovers a complex pattern of lies and subterfuge. With the aid of his lover, Kat Boleyn, and a former street urchin now under his protection, Sebastian edges closer to the killer. And when one murder follows another, he confronts a conspiracy that threatens his own identity...and imperils the monarchy itself.

 
I think the Sebastian St. Cyr books maaaay be more my jam than the Julian Kestrel books but it's not like it's really a CONTEST. The more regency mystery, the more I win. And guys, this was SO MY JAM. Not trope-wise, really. But writing-wise? SO EASY, SO COMPELLING.

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Dragon Age: The World of Thedas Volume 1 Gaider, David

I totally thought this would be more of a concept art/ behind the scenes book! It's more like the dragon age wiki and codicies turned up to 11 with bonus artses. I really enjoyed spotting what I could think of as forshaddowing for DAI and I'm totlaly interlibrary-loaning volume two when its a bit less new and the request will be allowed.

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Champion of the Scarlet Wolf Book One (Champion of the Scarlet Wolf, #1; Cadeleonian Series, #3) Hale, Ginn * 4.35
 
Five years after abandoning the Sagrada Acedemy (Lord of the White Hell universe), Elezar Grunito has become infamous in the sanctified circles of noble dueling rings for his brutal temper and lethal blade. Men and women of all ranks gather to cheer and jeer, none of them knowing Elezar’s true purpose. But a violent death outside the ring marks Elezar as a wanted man and sends him into hiding in the far northern wilds of Labara.

There, creatures of myth and witchcraft—long since driven from Cadeleon—lurk in dark woods and prowl the winding streets. Soldiers and priests alike fear the return of witch-queens and even demons. Elezar soon learns that magic takes many forms, some too alluring to resist, others too terrible to endure. But just as he begins to find his place in this strange new country, the past he left behind along with his school days returns to challenge him once again.


 
I read this in one night and stayed up MUCH TOO LATE. it's hard to judge with ebooks sometimes, but I think this one would have been a 500 pager if it were a book-book. And still one more to read! Dueling and political intrigue and trolls and shapeshifter witches and demons and secrets and the underside city society, yay!

Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1) Winspear, Jacqueline * 3.91
 
Maisie Dobbs isn’t just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence—and the patronage of her benevolent employers—she works her way into college at Cambridge. When World War I breaks out, Maisie goes to the front as a nurse. It is there that she learns that coincidences are meaningful and the truth elusive. After the War, Maisie sets up on her own as a private investigator. But her very first assignment, seemingly an ordinary infidelity case, soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

 
This was far more historical fiction than I expected, though it IS about a private investigator in the twenties, it is also heavily about WWI and its aftermath. Jeeves and Wooster this is not. I respect it, and read it readily, but UNEXPECTED.

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further updates

May. 27th, 2015 10:58 pm
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...Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell continues to be very good indeed! And I cannot wait for Strange's adventures in Portugal and Spain, which were one of my favorite parts of the book.

...I have realized that my problem with this season of Game of Thrones can be boiled down to: too much rape, not enough cannibalism. I just want my Frey pie, is that too much to ask?

...Also, my internet gave up the ghost (or rather, ground to a crawl) about 40 minutes into this week's episode of Penny Dreadful. Which was less gripping than last week (a really great hour of television), but had plenty of amusement to it.

And if two people do it —

May. 27th, 2015 02:47 pm
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[personal profile] theleaveswant reminds me that it is Bruce Cockburn's birthday.

Come, let us glory in his talent together:

Last Night of the World (lovely live version with good sound).

When it's Gone it's Gone (Audio only)

I don't know why I can't get the embedding code on the iPad, and I have to Do The Things and don't have time to chase it down, but if anyone grabs them for me I'll edit the post. *looks cute*

ETA: dep't of Be Careful What You Ask For — here is Bruce Cockburn, in Afghanistan, being presented with a rocket launcher.



Weirdly, this was the second time somebody tried to give him one. The first time was apparently from the trunk of a car at a show in Washington state. He declined politely.

daily gratitudes

May. 27th, 2015 09:53 am
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  1. the fifteen minutes of solitude this morning while I was eating breakfast
  2. the library gave me a DVD of Leverage
  3. my continuing ability to fake cheerful when all I want to do curl up on the couch and read comfort fic
  4. alliums
  5. the pleasure I get from reading well-written source code
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The reason America is the only country in the world that can indict FIFA officials on corruption is We straight don’t give a fuck about soccer.

ATL says some other things but seriously, that's it. We straight don't give a fuck about soccer, so FIFA has no power here.

conversations with small children

May. 27th, 2015 04:49 pm
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CHILD: What are you doing?
ME: Knitting a cardigan.
CHILD: Oh, who for?
ME: Well, maybe myself.
CHILD: Oh, you must be making one for everybody!
ME: Uh, no, there wouldn't be time for that, it takes quite a long time...

#and not even if you paid me but it would cost like a hundred bucks

Wednesday

May. 27th, 2015 08:12 am
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So, Tanith Lee passed away this week. This was terrible news. Her novel The Birthgrave was a huge influence on me.

There's an article on IO9 about her:
Tanith Lee, who died on Sunday, was one of the most prolific and influential authors of fantasy and horror. Everyone seems to know her for something different. Some people are obsessed with The Silver Metal Lover, while others devoured her fantasy series. And then there are the Blake’s 7 episodes. She left a huge bounty.

and one on the Advocate.com Remembering Tanith Lee, Celebrated Author of Queer Science Fiction

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We've been having tons of flooding all over the middle part of the state, with a bridge washed away, a dam washed away, houses flooded or knocked off the foundations, some people killed and some still missing. We're okay, though some of the major streets near us were blocked with flash flooding on Monday night. Our friends all seem to be mostly okay, though some have had some flood damage. The amount of lighting Monday night was just incredible. We've got rain in the forecast for the rest of the week, so keep your fingers crossed for us.

If you want to help, Hays County was hit very hard and the Food Bank needs donations. To help animals, you can donate to the TAMU Veterinary Emergency Team. Shalom Austin is collecting for the Texas Flood Relief Fund. The Houston Food Bank could probably use some help too.

***

And I had a question from Veronica:

Will the newest Raksura novella be offered in an audiobook?

Yes, and it has the same reader, Christopher Kipiniak. I know it's been recorded but I'm not sure when it's being released.

5

May. 27th, 2015 04:25 pm
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or the benefit of those living out of Western Australia, there’s a move to defund services to remote Indigenous communities. The Government is pointing out that it is impossible to provide adequate services to people so far away from anyone else. As a bureaucrat myself, I do have some sympathy with this argument, but there are elements to their argument that are definitely not ‘reality based’.


There’s a talking point which says that the average size of the communities being shut down/having services removed is 5. This may be true, but it also includes those with larger populations.


Kiwirrkurra with 165 people, Warralong with 155, Burringurrah with 150, Jameson/Mantamaru with 115, Karalundi with 106, and Tjuntjuntjara with 102. This list seems really concentrated in the central deserts – looks like it will wipe out even the ‘big’ communities in the Western Desert. That means no one living between, say Balgo and Laverton and the border, which is fairly much all an area with a strong cultural connection to the land. The people in the Western Desert did not come off their land til the 1950s and 60s when the Laverton mission made a concerted effort to bring them in. One family just decided not to follow and stayed out there, on their own, til the 1980s. People began leaving the missions and going back to the lands pretty much as soon as it became legal for them to do so (when their movements were no longer controlled by the Department of Native Affairs in the early 1970s).


I don’t know what the solution is to this. There is never going to be a massive employment boom in the central deserts and it will always be expensive to provide electricity, water, housing, education. But it is important to people to live on their own land. And I can bet that if there were a community of 165 white people in the middle of nowhere, the Government would find a way to fund it. Look at what happened at Wittenoom – the town was shut down in 1966 (because it was an asbestos mine) but those residents who chose to stay kept getting services like water, electricity, etc until 2006.


I am trying to be fair handed in my comments, but I cannot help but suspect that part of the motivation to remove people from the central desert is a hope that one day it will be possible to mine the vast reserves of uranium under there. Breaking cultural contact with the land would mean no native title over it, which would make it easier for future miners. Anyway, that is speculation.


What I can say with confidence is that the average of 5 people talking point is rubbish.
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I'm fond of happy Christmas stories, and this was especially lovely. It's warm and heartfelt, and such a lovely slice of holiday joy. There's such a wonderful sense of affection and acceptance in this story. Eggsy and Harry know each other so well, and genuinely care and respect each other. I gives me all the warm, gooey feelings.


God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (14506 words) by missbecky
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harry Hart | Galahad/Gary "Eggsy" Unwin
Characters: Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, Harry Hart | Galahad, Roxy Morton | Lancelot, Merlin (Kingsman)
Additional Tags: Christmas, Fluff, Romance, Background Relationships, Roxy/Merlin, Shower Sex, Anal Sex, Blindfolds
Summary:

Eggsy has spent weeks trying to plan the perfect Christmas for Harry. And even though he still doesn't know what to get for Harry, it's all coming together wonderfully. He's thought of everything -- except for the fact that Harry has been making plans of his own.

Vividcon-related post!

May. 26th, 2015 11:41 pm
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I recalled, um, yesterday, that I'm in charge of the Due South hour at Vividcon this year. Yay, due South! But I need help figuring out how to shape it. Here are my three ideas:

1. Fraser & His Rays - An hour talking specifically about Fraser, Ray, and Ray, and how vids about them differ, both in subject matter and visual/aural cues. Discussion & sample vids.

2. The Three Fannish Waves (So Far) - due South fandom seems to have come in three waves so far: the initial fannish run including the Ray Wars; the first revival in the 2000s' where polyshipping really took hold; and the current revival that is exploring and expanding on the world and the secondary characters. Vids from each "era" as well as discussion about the subjects people focus(ed) on in vidding and where to go in the future. Discussion & sample vids.

3. Best Of - dS has an impressive history of vids, and this is an hour to hit fannish favorites! Suggestions will be gathered and I will curate a show consisting of as many as I can fit in 45 minutes. Vidshow only, possibly will provide time after each vid for a minute of squeeing if there's interest.

SO. Which of those three would you like the due South timeslot to focus on? Please vote!

Poll #16722 due South at Vividcon Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 20


I am going to Vividcon and I think the panel should be

View Answers

Fraser & His Rays
3 (25.0%)

The Three Fannish Waves (So Far)
7 (58.3%)

Best Of
2 (16.7%)

I am NOT going to Vividcon but I think the panel should be

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Fraser & His Rays
1 (12.5%)

The Three Fannish Waves (So Far)
5 (62.5%)

Best Of
2 (25.0%)

Daily Happiness

May. 26th, 2015 11:25 pm
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1. I got a lot done at work today.

2. I may have to work overtime a bit tomorrow to get everything done that I need to get done, but I don't think I'll have to go in on Thursday.

3. I got some translating done this evening and even posted some manga!

Scanlations: Himegoto ch. 39-40

May. 26th, 2015 08:00 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. Audrey + Krim
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: This is the story of three college freshmen with secrets: Yuki, aka Yoshiki, a boyish girl who gets off on wearing her old high school uniform skirt; Mikako, who acts innocent around her classmates, but at night pretends to be a 15-year-old and has sex for money; and finally there's Kaito, who's obsessed with Mikako to the point of dressing up like her.

Chapter Summary: Mikako invites Yoshiki over to visit, but first she has to get rid of Sho!



Chapter 39: Temptation
Chapter 40: Falter

daily gratitudes

May. 26th, 2015 12:30 pm
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  1. I no longer have to log into my work email in an incognito window
  2. sunshine seeping in the window next to my desk
  3. therapy this afternoon was really hard and my therapist is so good
  4. tea
  5. toast with grapefruit marmalade
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We tried a few new-to-us shows last night.

First there was Safe House, in which Diana Barrigan and the Ninth Doctor are married and running a safe house in the Lake District. It's a bit gloomy, and Diana doesn't get enough to do, but the Marquis De Carabas is in it, and we're probably going to proceed... cautiously.

Then Galavant, which I enjoyed more than I expected. I've seen a lot of people reacting delightedly to this series, so I probably shouldn't have been surprised. I'd describe it as the tongue-in-cheek lovechild of The Princess Bride and Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

We rounded the evening off with the pilot of Jane the Virgin. I usually recoil from voiceovers, and male narrators describing female characters is at the least appealing end of the spectrum (*glares at Vicky Cristina Barcelona*), but this was bright and charming, with an original premise and complicated but likeable characters, and I immediately went and tried to buy season 1 on DVD. (It's not released yet.)

So. No spoilers for any of those, please!!

And since I'm listing recently consumed media, I have to thank whoever recced Courtney Milan's historical romances to me. ([personal profile] teaotter, was it you?) I read The Duchess War and The Heiress Effect over the weekend, both from the Brothers Sinister series, and I'm planning to pounce on The Countess Conspiracy next, but not until I've cleared out my to-do list a bit. The novels have much to recommend them: female friendships, characters with complex agendas that go far beyond who they'll end up marrying, women being active in a variety of interesting ways, political sensibility. Very satisfying.

I've run out of Will Smith films I want to see: we watched Hitch, and it was cute and fun, but I think it might be time for something different now.

And in Kdrama news, J and I finished Dating Agency Cyrano last week. It was good, though it seemed to jump genres in the final couple of episodes, when it turned unexpectedly dramatic -- kidnappings and so on. Never mind. Min Young, the heroine, became ever more determined and awesome as the show progressed, and Gong Yoo's cameo in episode nine is something I will carry in my heart for a while. (I loooove him!) This week we're re-starting Empress Ki, a sweeping historical girl-undercover-as-a-boy drama. I'll be the one trying to keep all the political machinations and hordes of minions straight.

No.

May. 26th, 2015 06:14 pm
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Will the Charter-Time Warner Deal Benefit Customers?

This has been an installment of easy answers to easy questions.
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1. I am back from weekend at SCA event! I did a lot of stuff including throwing knives for the first time, re-learning how to card-weave, speaking in a bardic circle, acquiring a lot of fabric I did not need, and freezing my feet off for two nights. Completely failed 90% of my "socialize" rolls but whatev.

2. There are cats at my house now. small fuzzy purry things that meow at you until you cuddle them it's so great.

3. [community profile] invisible_ficathon is running Lost Library - last year it ran an exchange for fanfic for fictional fandoms mentioned in other works; this time the exchange is for people to create the fictional canon itself. (I like the *concept* of the fanfic version better but I think a lot of people were confused about it last year and a bunch of stuff was nominated that really didn't work with that conceit, this version is probably going to make more sense.)

Anyway I am definitely nominating Dogcopter (my chances of a Dogcopter/Dog Cops crossover are slim to none, but I live in hope) and the lost song Breq sang in Ancillary Sword about that one time Anaander Mianaai had a really bad breakup.

I'm not sure what else though? You can now have multiple things under one fandom that count as one request so I'll probably put in some more Radchaai stuff and some more Steven Universe stuff but beyond that I dunno. I'm still really excited about all the stuff I nominated last year, but none of it got offers, so. On the other hand as it works this year, if I understand, it'll match on the actual source canon rather than the fictional canon, so surely at least the XF ones would have a chance? :/ Maybe I'll nom The Complete Poems of Jean Prouvaire or sth. Does anybody have any suggestions for other stuff I should nominate....

(I probably shouldn't sign up because will be super-busy in July, but eh, 500 words min, and I'm currently feeling good about my Remix assignment.)

4. I bought a Hugo vote. I figure between using the voting packet and nominees to fulfill my "read recent short fiction" resolution and all the joy that following seventy years' worth of grade-A fandom wankery has given me over my lifetime, forty dollars to Worldcon was cheap, and I have the money right now. Of course that means I have until the end of July to read, at minimum, The Goblin Emperor and The Three-Body Problem. Life is hard.

(PS I read Ancillary Sword last weekend! :D More to come on that later probably but now I really really really want Breq/Seivarden/Mercy of Kalr conduitfic/identity porn/kinkfic/roleplay/threesome/you know what I mean, where Seivarden plays ancillary for both Breq and Ship. Because yes ok.)

5. My class is over! Which means that a, I have days off again!!! and b, I am now officially a Maryland Master Naturalist Intern, w00t.

I can't even get into the details but

May. 26th, 2015 06:02 pm
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I swear to God, in 100 years, the history books will be describing the astonishing lack of respect granted to our first black president by other branches of government.

Also, I really hope Obama says fuck you, I'm doing it anyway, because that's exactly the problem with the court's decision. I.e., his administration chooses who to prosecute, and what the hell is Texas going to do, go case by case and sue INS for not bringing an action?

Obama should do what he wants and fuck the Fifth Circuit, seriously.

but mostly you just make me mad

May. 26th, 2015 03:44 pm
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I've seen some really lovely Raven Cycle photosets on tumblr that racebend Ronan, but has anyone actually written a story like that? Because wow, that is a whole extra set of baggage for that kid to haul around.

mainly spoilers for Ronan's storyline )

Someone with a better grasp of the subtleties should write that.

***

Things that don't work as advertised

NSFW May. 26th, 2015 03:19 pm
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Tomorrowland

May. 26th, 2015 09:43 am
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I was on vacation, and the one movie theatre in town had only two options. It was this, or Pitch Perfect 2. I have not seen Pitch Perfect 1. Also, I like George Clooney. Tomorrowland it was!

Oops.

If one of those old-school sf fans who keeps trying to make teenagers read Heinlein juveniles was hired to make a big-budget movie as propaganda for optimism, they might well have created Tomorrowland.

The plot, as best as I can summarize it without too many spoilers, is that a little boy tries to build a jetpack in 1964. He is encouraged by a mysterious little girl, Athena, who tells him to hope and keep trying and to believe in optimism and the future. Then the movie jumps ahead to Casey, a genius teenage girl who believes in hope and trying and optimism and the future. We know this because most of her dialogue early on consists of stuff like, “Keep trying! You can’t give up hope! Believe in the future! Cynicism is bad! Optimism is good!”

Then she gets a magic button that transports her to a cool future straight out of Analog circa 1950. (In one of the few actual cool bits in the movie, her physical self and surroundings in the current world continue to affect her self in the future; when she moves, both her selves move, so if she walks into the wall of her present-day house, she smacks into an invisible barrier in the future. Sadly, not much is made of this.)

And then she meets Athena, who proceeds to direct her on a plot coupon collecting adventure. There are random killer robots. And also George Clooney, the idealistic little boy, now grown up and bitter. Casey lectures him on optimism, in case you missed her speech the first time. But even if you missed it the first two times, it’s okay; she gives it about six more times. And if you miss those, you still won’t miss the speech, because other characters give it too. Repeatedly.

I liked the girl who played Athena. She had a surprising amount of technical skill. I did not like the girl who played Casey, but I think that was at least as much the fault of the script as the actress. Clooney had the advantage of playing the bitter guy, which meant he had the least number of paens to optimism.

I appreciated the message – you can change the world, but first you have to believe that change is possible; optimism is not stupidity and despair is not wisdom; the future might be pretty cool – but I did not appreciate that about 50% of the total dialogue consisted of explicitly stating the message. After about the twentieth time some character robotically recites something like, “Optimism is good! Despair is bad! Believe in a bright future!” I started feeling like I was in the Brave New World. Which is not at all what was intended.

Also, considering that the entire movie was about the idea that the future is cool… the future was not actually that cool. It had robots, jet packs, floating swimming pools, and floating trains. The swimming pools were neat, but by now kids have seen lots of movies depicting cool futures, and pretty much all of them have a more comprehensive and appealing vision of future coolness than “things that float.”

And also, the future was not actually the future. It was a pocket dimension. I think. It was explained several times, collecting additional plot holes and confusingness with each iteration.

This was by no means the worst movie I’ve ever seen. It had some good bits. And it was at least bad in a different way than big-budget kids’ movies are usually bad. I normally find Disney movies highly competent but slick. This was not slick. It was a hot mess. I suspect that there was so much interference from so many people, many of them probably trying to make sure the audience could follow it, that it ended up simultaneously convoluted and simplistic, over-explained and confusing. And while it was not the worst movie I’ve ever seen, it is very possibly the most anvillicious.

No Vividcon for me this year. ):

May. 26th, 2015 09:08 am
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The finances just won't work, alas.

I will miss you all!

Obituary notice

May. 26th, 2015 10:53 am
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Ah shit, Tanith Lee died

I haven't read all her books (who could? the woman was damn prolific) but in the early eighties Ardath Mayhar pressed a copy of short stories into my hands and she was right, I loved them. I can see the criticism; one person's exotic and lush wording is a critic's overwrought and purple prose, but man, when we were dressing up to see The Lost Boys, Lee was to the baby goths in semi-rural East Texas a literary angel swathed in black velvet with a touch of sci-fi chrome.
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Those east of here, brace yourselves. You've got weather coming.

I can't bring myself to wish for an end to the rain -- this is a land where we water house foundations through the summer to keep the concrete from breaking, after all -- but I'll admit to a yen for sunlight. Just an hour, maybe two, then it can cloud over and drop water on us again. I haven't had to water my garden yet, which is good, because the air is so full of mosquitoes it looks like smoke from a smudgy campfire.

The lakes are full and the spillways are open. I giggled at the folks who brought cameras out to gawk at the Trinity River overflow but (a) the Trinity river doesn't overflow often (ten years, ish) and (b) no one looks askance at tourists gawking at Niagara, after all.

Our plans for the weekend were rained out, so I wet finished and hung up (rather than blocking flat, as I should have) the sweater of the wonky sleeves and yay! they did relax and block into less wonkification. There's a book on wet finishing for weaving called Magic in the Water and yeah, it is magic. Or physics, technically, but as I often have reason to say at work, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" and for me, the bar is pretty low.

Anyway, so what would have been a few hours under the sun in August was instead two days of blocking under a fan right now, impatiently, today, and so now I have a sweater with beautiful cables. And a weekend that should have been spent camping out past Lake Bridgeport was instead grilling in the back yard between showers, but I slept in my bed, so yeah, I'm calling that one a win, too. 8-) Camping's good, too, so that glass is half full either way.

apartment woes

May. 26th, 2015 09:08 am
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I look forward to the day when I resign myself to never ever having my living situation figured out long term.

Meanwhile, I'm having a dilemma about an apartment. Don't think there's any advice anyone can really offer, but writing it out might help me sort through it I guess.

6 month lease )

daily gratitudes

May. 25th, 2015 08:46 pm
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  1. ibuprofen
  2. suggested donation for admission to the Cloisters
  3. the benches in niches off Stan Michels Promenade
  4. the M4 bus
  5. the jar of grapefruit marmalade I found the cupboard which I will devour
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So. Much. Rain.

So, Record storms in Texas and Oklahoma is a thing. Hays County is adjacent to Travis to the southwest; most if not all the bad weather is coming from the west-southwest, so they're getting hit even harder than Travis county is, where I live.

For those playing the home game, Texas, like California, has been a drought state for several years; that was a key reason for the massive Bastrop fires a few years ago that could literally be seen from space.

As most of you can guess, getting rain is awesome; we need it. Getting it at this intensity and this fast isn't. On one hand, it's raising our lake water levels, which is super important; on the other....I'm going to give a very mild, non-drama example of the problem that places that are in danger are having.

I live on what's called a hundred year flood plane (this includes about a full third of Austin, btw). We have to get flood insurance, but actual flooding simply doesn't happen unless a lot of very specific conditions are met (I mean, usually its has to be the perfect storm of shitty luck). A few years after we moved to Austin, they remodeled the gully out back (Austin is filled with these) from a muddy dry creek run-off to a limestone-and-rock quarry that would be fucking awesome to intertube and it goes for miles in our neighborhood (and the equivalent exists in many others). So when rain hits, it looks cool--seriously, I'll put up video if needed, its awesome--and we can enjoy it because the highest it gets is stil about ten to fifteen feet below our backyard.

However, we've reached saturation of the ground at this point; it's not just not dry, it's wet as in squelch even after twenty-four hours of no rain (which has happened like, once in the past couple of weeks, maybe twice).

Rough measurements:
Patio: 12 feet from door to edge by about 18-22 ft; it's wet I'm not measuring now.
Yard: 20-26 feet from patio edge to the back fence.
Back fence: one foot before drop off to watershed.

So when it rains now--and it comes down hard and fast then slow and eh then hard and fast, break, repeat--the water is immediately in puddle form and from my understanding of physics and engineering, it's still running off to the back but not fast enough. Most recently, I watched in fascination as standing water crawled about four and a half inches up the patio to quiver there before the rain let off and it slowly withdrew back to the (already soaked) ground. Right now, it's standing just short of the patio, which is about three inches above dirt level at that point and one half inch from the top of the water standing there.

Here's what I didn't even know about flooding because where I grew up--rural--we were on top of hill and everything rolled down fast: your entire backyard does not have to be flooded and your watershed does not have to be overflowing and gravity and elevation sometimes work against you when speed is involved. My backyard right now has several high spots which are just mud that are higher than my patio, but right now--the rain just started again--the water just went over the lip of my patio again at the four inch mark and is crawling toward me.

However, math! The patio--due to age and dirt and maybe God--has a slight downward inclination due to settling over the years, so the water does have to work to get to me. And it's only like, maybe a quarter inch of water right now edging toward me like very shallow doom. So most of it's running back to the yard to supersaturated dirt and I need more geometry to work out how long it might take with x hours of rain and y amount of rain per x to get to my back door (which is about three inches above the patio) or possibly wonder why I'm trying to do the math of flooding right now.

Also, I'm resenting that little island of perfectly unflooded dirt (wet, granted) a few feet from the patio right now. Seriously, what's up with that?

link me to Mad Mad reactions?

May. 25th, 2015 08:55 pm
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I was finally convinced by the general sense of squee in my online circle to give it a chance and watch Mad Max: Fury Road.

Before I had only skimmed reactions to avoid being spoiled too much, so now that I've seen it, and indeed enjoyed it quite a bit, I'm looking to read these. So if you have made any posts or have enjoyed someone else's meta, please point them out to me?

females are strong as hell

May. 25th, 2015 02:36 pm
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[personal profile] musesfool
teevee:

Orphan Black
spoilers ) that was exciting!

And I've spent the past few days marathoning Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and being earwormed with the theme song. It's funny, though it'd be funnier/better without Tina Fey's typical ironic/hipster *isms littering the joint. I also really came to care about the characters despite their utter loopiness.

*

Temba, his arms wide…

May. 25th, 2015 08:35 am
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A while back I did a series of posts about how technology has shaped – and continues to shape – our fandom culture: here,  here and here.   The short version: We do not use technology, technology uses us.  And I am not alone in blogging about this.

I came across two interesting posts discussing fandom’s migration to newer platforms and think they both fit into my belief that fandom needs to recognize the larger social and technological forces shaping our community.

 

First up, a fan discusses how twitter hinders fan communication

The mix of locked and public accounts, trying to follow multi-branching conversations when sometimes you can’t see what half the people are saying, and of course the character limit are all huge obstacles to good fandom discussion.....Twitter has the extra wrinkle of locked accounts, especially in RPF fandoms where harassment from “mainstream” fans of the sport/movie/musician/etc is a very real possibility. It’s understandable, but since locking is a binary, all or nothing situation, it has the effect of first isolating a locked account and then, when they’ve become a sufficiently big presence in a circle of fandom Twitter accounts, isolating newcomers from that portion of the discussion.

 

Next up:   a fan argues that Tumblr benefits both visual and text based fan whereas LJ mainly benefited text base fans (as a text based fan I can say that – for me – Tumblr does not work as a method of discussing with other text based fans. But that is a side point to her main point.)

 

“……what I mean by that is, I see a lot of posts, primarily from writerly types, talking about how much they miss LJ and how much better it was and how the friends from LJ are the best friends they’ve ever made and stuff like that, which is fine, as someone who cut their teeth on LJ myself, I understand where they’re coming from, but I don’t think they realize that tumblr—for all its many, many flaws—has made fandom participation much more accessible to nonwriter types than LJ ever was. if you didn’t write on LJ, you didn’t get noticed, you didn’t get the attention and the lifelong friends and people caring about your not-fic writing, because you just didn’t get that exposure. the same is true of tumblr, to a degree, given the creation-based nature of fandom in general [and there’s a whole other meta post to be had about fandom culture’s dirty little secret of not caring about people unless they produce content, but I’m not going to go into that here], but the difference is, on tumblr, if you can’t write creatively [like me /coughs], there are a far wider variety of entry points; gifs were functionally unknown on LJ, but on here gifmakers get a fuckton of attention, as do graphics makers, meta writers, and [admittedly to a lesser extent] vidders, and fanart has a wider platform on which to reach people…..

……this obviously has a great deal to do with the nature of the platform on which fandom conducts its activities;
 LJ was text based, so text-based content creation was king, and tumblr is image based, so image-based content gets more attention this way, but the main difference, in my view, is that LJ only had text, which resulted in written content dominating to the point of near total exclusion of nonwriters… I suspect the people singing LJ’s praises didn’t experience how isolating it could be if you didn’t produce the kind of content favored by the platform at the time. Meanwhile the relationships I’ve made on tumblr as a result of a major form of fandom interaction finally shifting to something I’m capable of doing are just as longlasting as the relationships made between writers on LJ, and I bristle a bit at the implication that they’re not.”

My thought:  when we use platforms designed by commercial entities for their own purposes, we end up absorbing some of their cultural DNA – this is not necessarily a bad thing and has been going on since the early days of Fandom Dodos (fanzines and mimeo machines oh my!) through the early days of UseNet and bulletin boards across mailing lists and into today.  But until we own the platforms; until we design them to meet our needs, we are influenced by these commercial forces in ways we often fail to examine or understand. And because we fail to understand how external forces are shaping and reshaping us, we tend to lose sight that we, as a community, do have agency. We also run the risk of losing the ability to both talk about ourselves and to ourselves in ways that bring us together.

 

Which is why AO3 (Archive of our Own) speaks to me on so many levels. “We own the servers” is not just a slogan – it is philosophical world view that peers into our future and says:  “Oh shit, that’s one big tidal wave coming down on us. Let’s build a boat. And if we get wet, we’ll get wet together.“  

 

And which is why I wish that we had better tools to communicate with our fellow fans – ones that did not encourage us to limit and self-segregate us or force us into creating artificial divisions. I am a text based fan – but I am also a vidder and can communicate visually.  I like having more privacy controls  – but I may, or may not use them, understanding that with every “locked” tweet or post I am locking myself away. I like to blog about fandom – but also about art and music and politics and social change and kittens. I love it when people tag their posts (easier to find what I want when I want it), but I don’t object to tagless posts.  I see myself as a media fan while also acknowledging that many fans who are part of my community do not identify themselves that way.

   

In conclusion:  

Source.


Comicpalooza Report Part 2

May. 25th, 2015 10:04 am
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Link to Comicpalooza part I

Saturday started early, with an 8:00 am to 9:00 am mini press junket for bloggers and podcasters and other reporters. I did a bunch of interviews with really fun people that I only got to talk to for five minutes. The Comicpalooza staffers and volunteers were all absolutely great, too.

After that, I went back to the hotel room to get the rest of my group and force them to take me to breakfast because I was starving. (When we were waiting for the hotel restaurant, we saw Stan Lee go by.) Then we headed over to the con, because I had a panel at 11:30, signing at the Barnes and Noble booth at 1:00 (and if you're still at the con, I signed stock for them so they should have signed copies of The Cloud Roads, The Serpent Sea, and The Siren Depths), and then another panel at 2:30.

I didn't say enough yet about how incredible the costumes were. Here's a picture of one:



Those wings actually snapped out when she pushed a button.

The panel at 11:30 was the worldbuilding panel, in a packed room. (The panel programming for the literary track was awesome, and the writing panels were well-attended, often standing room only.) The other panelists were P. J. Hoover, Steve Bein (M), Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Rachael Acks, Kerrelyn Sparks and we had a great panel with a lot of good questions from the audience.

The panel at 2:30 was tips for aspiring writers, also in a full room, with Patrice Sarath, Rachael Acks (M), Rachel Caine, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon. We answered a lot of questions and had a fun time. Then I found my husband and our friend and we went to lunch (yes, at 4:00 pm) with Patrice. Between the panel and the lunch I was so tired I thought I was going to die, then after I ate, I had this weird false burst of energy again, so we went back to the con and did a more thorough walk through the Artists' alley section of the room.

Oh, and we got to see Peter Mayhew at his booth, and Henry Winkler. Henry Winkler was kind of awesome. He would walk around and go down the line of people and chat with everyone, and hug people, and generally act like he had invited you to a party he was having in his booth. It was just a fun place to walk by as everybody in line always looked so happy.

By about 7:00 I started to fall over again, so we went to the room and rested a bit, then met up again with Patrice at 8:00 for more food and deserts. We went back to our room at about 11:00 and collapsed.

On Sunday we were leaving in the late afternoon, so we went ahead and packed the car and checked out of the hotel after breakfast. We had a huge bout of bad storms and flooding through the central part of the state, including a bridge washed away, but luckily it wasn't near Houston. Though there was some rain and storms early in the day.

We did the floor for a while (no light sabres, no) and then I did another signing at Barnes and Noble, talked to some friends, and then did my last panel at 2:30. It was business tips for writers, with Jonathan Maberry, Kimberly Frost, and K. M. Tolan. I was the moderator (the program coordinator had emailed me earlier and asked me to do it when the other moderator had to cancel). We answered a ton of questions from a great audience, so it was fun too.

After that, we had to leave. I kind of didn't want to, because we kept running into friends and the con went on to Monday and I didn't get to see robots fight, but we had to go.

We got out of the downtown area without rain or traffic problems, but on highway 59, there was a slowdown merging onto 290, and someone almost rear-ended us. Like, I heard brakes squealing long enough to say twice "Please don't hit us." Looked back and there was a white car with smoke coming from the brakes. I think she must have stopped with inches to spare and I would like to thank her very much for being able to do that, because yeah, I can't afford to get another car. So we were very, very awake at that point and drove the rest of the way home with no problems.

Comicpalooza Report Part I

May. 25th, 2015 08:47 am
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So through a haze of heavy traffic, we got to Comicpalooza on Thursday afternoon. We got checked in to the hotel, and I headed over to get our passes. (Walking the length of the large hotel, then half the length of the large convention center, when there aren't a lot of people yet but you can hear movement and distant voices echoing through, is a very Bioshock experience.) I found a small outpost of civilization, got the passes, walked back without being eaten by zombies. Then I went to a press interview thing the convention was holding and did a couple of quick interviews. We went down to meet up with friends for drinks (including Diana Dru Botsford whose books you should check out), and then went out to dinner. (Luckily we knew people who would fight the traffic to come to the hotel to pick us up, because once you get parked in the hotel garage it's better not to leave it.)

Friday we went up to the pool on the 23rd floor and went swimming and sat in the hot tub. It was a gorgeous pool, really nice, and I'm glad we went that day because we had no time to do it the rest of the con. I didn't have a panel until 5:30, so we were able to do the con floor.







The con is basically three stories of giant convention center, with the entrance and skyway from the hotel on the second floor, where a lot of people were walking back and forth, etc, and the third floor, where the gaming, the panels, NASA, the celebrity q and a sessions, the wrestling ring, the roller derby (not kidding) and the bands and other events. The first floor was registration and the dealers' room, artists' alley, maker faire (3d printers, robots, science!, laser tag, virtual reality game booths, etc), food court (barbeque, stir fry, Cuban sandwiches, deli, etc. The pulled pork sandwiches at Southern Lady Barbeque were delicious) and the celebrity signing booths.

The con was bigger this year, and had the entire convention center, which allowed them to (I think) make the aisles bigger and not crowd the front of the room with the dining tables and the kids' play area, so there was far less crowding. The crowd flow seemed to work pretty well, as far as I could tell.

And it's a very diverse crowd. Houston is a very diverse city anyway, and you saw every kind of people, often in costume, and every age from 60s and 70s down to babies. Lots of women, lots of teenagers, lots of families with young kids. (Often in costume.) The con has a very exciting, vital feel, and you see a lot of people smiling and just having a great time. I think this is the future of fandom, and I like it a lot.

(Oh, and despite all the kids (day passes for kids were $10.00 and there was a programming track of kids activities) there are cash bars scattered through the dealers and artists areas. And a roving bar on a bicycle. And a booth for Virus Vodka giving samples in test tubes.)



We shopped a lot but didn't buy much, because after paying for hotel and food there wasn't a ton of money left. I did get a Doctor Who t-shirt, a couple of comic books, and SGC and Stargate Atlantis uniform patches. There was some beautiful original art, which was very tempting. And the light sabre booth. Oh god, the light sabre booth.





(Conversation I had with my husband: "No, no, no, you can not have something that expensive that's just a pretty toy."

Him: "If I get one I'll get one for you too."

Random man: "That's the way to do it."

Me: "No, no, (picking up a gorgeous silver and blue thing labeled Azure Reaper) no, no matter how pretty and wonderful and absolutely perfect toy it's-- No!"

We did not get light sabres even though he threaten to whine about it in the car all the way home.)

There weren't many celebrities on the floor yet, by Joel Hodgson from Mystery Science Theater 3000 was there, and I am a huge fan. But I have a weird phobia where I am terrified to speak to them. So my husband went and got a picture with Joel Hodgson, who asked why his wife was hiding twenty yards away by the pillar, and my husband told him why, and he pointed at me and called me cute and adorable. So that was my idea of a happy celebrity encounter, where I can have it at a safe distance.)

I did my first panel, Fifty Shades of Fae, about fairy in books, media, etc, which went really well. By then it was 6:30 and we and the friend who was staying with us went across the street to a nice restaurant for dinner. We're sitting there, eating, and I suddenly look up and coming in to be seated is George and Brad Takei. So that was pretty enormously cool. (We also saw Stan Lee coming out of the hotel restaurant the next morning.)

This is getting long, and I still have a lot more to tell, so I'll continue in another post.

(The rest of my photos are on my tumblr in the comicpalooza tag.)

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

May. 25th, 2015 09:46 am
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Saw this movie late, after unfortunately consuming quite a lot of hype despite avoiding clicking on spoiler cuts, and now writing my review late, after most people have written theirs.

you will be shiny and chrome )

Finally, outside the cut, for anyone who enjoyed Furiosa in this film, allow me to strongly recommend Kameron Hurley's book God's War, the protagonist of which is extremely similar to Furiosa. My favorite non-spoilery quote about her is:

The world could burn around her, the cities turn to dust, the cries of a hundred thousand fill the air, and she would get up after the fire died and walk barefoot and burned over the charred soil in search of clean water, a weapon, a purpose. She would rebuild.
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I need to do a Comicpalooza report, but wanted to say real quick that Stories of the Raksura I: the Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud is on sale now for $1.99 on Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Stories-Raksura-Falling-World-Indigo-ebook/dp/B00KK6BJJU/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 and Nook http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stories-of-the-raksura-martha-wells/1118533919?ean=9781597805636

So if you wanted it in ebook and hadn't gotten it yet, now is a great time. I have no idea how long the sale is going to last.

MY BOOK DROUGHT IS OVER

May. 25th, 2015 11:37 am
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[personal profile] roga
Seriously, HALLELUJAH, I am actually reading a book for reaaaaaaal this is so exciting. I started Uprooted over the weekend, and I have definitely reached 'hooked' (='dammit-this-will-make-me-late-for-work') status.

In fact, I was almost late for work this morning because I was gonna get ready and then chapter 11 happened, so of course I had to read that the whole way through. My reaction through that: spoilers )

I'm pretty sure I've seen some posts by people here who've read the book; I have skipped them all for spoilers so I don't remember who wrote anything now, but if you've read it, please lmk so I can hit you up when I'm done :-)

Daily Happiness

May. 25th, 2015 12:20 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. Not only is tomorrow my day off, but Memorial Day is one of the company's paid holidays, so I get paid to not go to work. Woohoo!

2. I had some nice cuddle time with Heidi in my sweater tonight while watching TV.
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We watched Galaxy Quest the other night, which I think I've only seen once before. I'd either forgotten or didn't know that Enrico Colantoni is the head alien. AWWW! It gave me C6D/Flashpoint feels just to see his face. (I kept thinking the hair must be fake, but it was 1999; maybe he still had hair then!)

Blahs. )

So: the first episode of Borgen was excellent; I'm hoping it won't get too dark. Penny Dreadful is still not for me, partly because I use up all my trauma tolerance on Orphan Black. Today was sunny and freezing. I hope to get back to writing again very soon; I just need to finish this book I'm reading first... and somehow refrain from starting the next in the series.

Locals: for some effective armchair activism, try Action Station. They have several campaigns running atm, including child poverty, climate change, and the TPPA. From time to time, they poll their members to see what issues are important and how to address them. It's the low-energy, low-time-investment end of grassroots campaigning, but they/we are making a difference. I recommend getting on their mailing list.

and that pass misfired too

May. 24th, 2015 09:38 pm
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Since I've been stuck resting my ankle, I took some prompts on tumblr last night, and here are the results, posted here for ease of finding them in the future. I might also post to AO3 as a collection or series, but then I'd have to come up with titles, so I'm not sure if that's going to happen. I guess we'll see. Anyway!

steve/peggy, little red dress? for zekkass )

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Steve/bucky, something with one or both of them taking a bath? for nekare )

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Oliver/Felicity: Felicity brings a kitten down to the Foundry? for shirokou )

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Liv/Ravi: two weirdos who fell in love for angelgazing )

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steve, bucky, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden? or the New York Botanical Garden for tygermama )

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Steve/Natasha, teaching Natasha how to use his shield for blackestglass )

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Jake/Amy, breathe for kasuchi )

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Dick/Jason, truth or dare? for consistently-unsure )

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Bucky/Natasha, surprise for allofthefeelings )

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Nick/Cassie, after the war? for thanbooksmightmean )

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Nyssa/Laurel: Laurel FINALLY pins Nyssa to the floor during training. for anonymous )

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Steve/Peggy for thatgirlnevershutsup )

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Steve/Bucky/Natasha. First kisses for chujo-hime )

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As always, let me know what you think.

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daily gratitudes

May. 24th, 2015 09:10 pm
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  1. sunny weekend!
  2. the lamb-and-yarn people at the market are a permanent fixture!
  3. rambling walk through the UWS
  4. re-reading an old favorite Star Trek fix
  5. Karen Gillan's face

sketches daily

May. 24th, 2015 12:44 pm
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I finally got a drawing app on my phone! It's called Procreate, because someone thinks they're funny. And I'm drawing more! Because I always have my phone with me, you know? And the challenge of learning to use this app is fun. Also basically learning to fingerpaint. It's funny the things that provide motivation. Anyway, I'm trying to take 15 minutes a day to do the @sketch_dailies prompts. I've started posting them at my public twitter and my tumblr. Dunno how long I'm going to keep it up, but I've got 3 so far!

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