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Morgan Parker's There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé is amazing and I can't stop thinking about it. I am looking forward to reading her previous book. I also enjoyed this interview with her in the Paris Review.


Hottentot Venus

I wish my pussy could live
in a different shape and get
some goddamn respect.
Should I thank you?
Business is booming
and I am not loved
the way I want to be.
I am an elastic
winter: sympathy
and shock, addictive
decoration. In the sunlight
my captors
drink African
hibiscus. They tell me
I look regal bearing fruit.
I am technically nothing
human.
I will never be
a woman.
Somewhere in my
memory, I was held
by a man who said
I deserved it.
Now I understand.
No one worries about me
because I am getting paid.
I am here to show you
who you are, to cradle
your large skulls
and remind you
you are perfect. Mother America,
unleash your sons.
Everything beautiful, you own.


– Morgan Parker
from There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé

Star Trek: Discovery: Episode 6

Oct. 23rd, 2017 10:41 pm
sineala: The Enterprise (Star Trek: TOS) flying into the clouds (enterprise)
[personal profile] sineala
Well, that was... a thing.

Spoilers )

Festivids ambivalence

Oct. 23rd, 2017 09:57 pm
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[personal profile] bironic
Aaaah I don't know what to do about Festivids this year. For the first time, there's a full set of sources I want to request -- movies that have been in my Dear Festividder letters round after round -- and almost nothing I'm psyched to offer or have ideas ready to go for or that wouldn't be a lot of work when I'm determined to really dig into the editing of this long-term auction vid over the winter. It's hard to spark new ideas without seeing people's requests, too.

I basically have to decide by tomorrow morning, because after that I'll be offline and/or busy at this out-of-town conference until signups close.

What to doooo? Sign up with a loose list of sources I know and default if necessary, maybe. Or go in knowing the likelihood of producing a mediocre vid. I'd forgo signups and simply treat hunt after people's letters are posted, except I really do want to receive a vid. :/ :/ :/

From the sound of Twitter during the nominations period, I'm not the only one feeling lukewarm this round. True/False for you?

Lambiel vs. Polunin: who did it best?

Oct. 23rd, 2017 09:00 pm
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[personal profile] naraht
Bearing in mind that a fair contest requires you to imagine Lambiel 1) with top-notch high definition camera work and 2) wearing only a pair of ballet tights... I think it's close...

(Though you could argue that Polunin musters up more authentic agony, whereas Lambiel just looks like he's having a lot of fun.)



Mixed bag

Oct. 23rd, 2017 01:08 pm

Gratitudes

Oct. 23rd, 2017 01:49 pm
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[personal profile] kass
1. Being able to take a personal day today when I needed one.

2. Having sufficient supplies on hand to make food without having to go to a grocery store. (Slow cooker chicken curry with potatoes and carrots; later I will make my favorite baked rice with cinnamon and curry leaves and lemon peel.)

3. Laundry, clean and folded and put away.

4. My cat, curled up on my desk beside the laptop.

5. Autumn sunshine and leaves spiraling lazily down through the air.

How are y'all?

HLWW: The Gathering

Oct. 23rd, 2017 09:16 am
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It's been a while since I posted, and longer since I posted anything of significance. Aside from the general chaos and emotional upheaval of our lives these days, we bought a house in August and moved in the middle of September. The house is a total fixer-upper, and it's huge, and I probably don't need to go into the details of the slightly hellish experience that is living in a giant construction zone. Plus, new roommates! and a dog! and a six-year-old! My poor cats. We've been living out of suitcases since May, though, so I suppose this is an improvement? We'll see.

ANYWAY. Thank goodness back in April, before we moved, I'd already bought tickets to the Highlander World Wide convention in LA. It was this past weekend, and it was fantastic! I coerced my dear [personal profile] hafital to come with me, and then figured what the hell—I also planned a road trip with [personal profile] destina for the week previous to the convention. So, the last ten days have been a much-needed balm to my soul, a too-rare opportunity to spend time with two of my favorite people in the world, and a chance to re-awaken fannish loves after nearly two years of putting fandom on hold.

Road trip! )

HLWW: The Gathering )

And with that, I must away to the airport. It all went by too quickly. Thank you, friends!

Fic rec

Oct. 23rd, 2017 12:13 pm
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[personal profile] kass
Deep thanks to [personal profile] shoshanna for sending this to me -- holy wow, it is gorgeous.

*

The Name in the Mouth (20796 words) by Rave
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Jewish Bucky Barnes, War, Bucky Barnes in Bucharest, Non-Linear Narrative, Golems, Epistolary, Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD
Summary:

He was determining his own protocols. It was an ongoing process, and kind of a mess.

Two New & Doubled

Oct. 23rd, 2017 09:51 am
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[personal profile] okrablossom




Sunday we made bread—I'm finally just doubling the yeast to something ridiculous and letting it rise until it's risen, which is turning out great—and meatballs and pickled golden beets with eggs and tried out two new recipes, the Half Baked Harvest cookbook's one pan spaghetti casserole [that's my name for it, not their's] and their slow-cooker butter chicken. So far all has been tasty and looks fancy, even.

As for this month's ink, it has all been pen. I am not an #inktober type, it appears.

Last chance to get your bids in

Oct. 23rd, 2017 02:23 pm
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[personal profile] rydra_wong
Bidding at [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico closes today (thanks to [personal profile] sholio for the heads-up).
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (Default)
[personal profile] bironic
Funny, I had assumed no one would be interested in this one. Should have known better.

contains talk of negative body image, weight and fitness )

Is this weird to post about? It feels weird to post about in a mainly fannish/media space. And this is only the summary version of things.

I'd better do it before I think twice. Or ten times, heh.

D&D

Oct. 22nd, 2017 08:02 pm
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[personal profile] settiai
Wow. This weekend has been an absolute roller coaster when it comes to D&D. Rambling under the cut. )

=^.^=

Oct. 22nd, 2017 07:34 pm
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[personal profile] settiai
So... as those of you who follow me on Twitter know, I accidentally adopted a new cat last weekend. Oops?

Long story short: one of my coworkers has a teenage son who's in college. Said son adopted a cat back in the spring, decided over summer vacation that she was too much work, and left her with his parents when he went back to school. His mom is severely allergic to cats. They tried keeping her for a few weeks, but my coworker's wife ended up in the emergency room unable to breathe because of it, so the cat ended up with me somewhat unexpectedly.

(I'd volunteered to take her, on the condition that WWIII didn't break out in my apartment when I tried introducing a third cat to the mix, but it was something that was tentative and wasn't planned for at least several more weeks. Then I got a phone call last Saturday night asking if my coworker could come by the next morning.)

Anyway...

Everyone, meet Keyleth (also known as Kiki.)











Garrus and Percy have been fine with her from the beginning. They've definitely been more curious than anything else. She, on the other hand, has been a little more wary. At this point, she's just starting to get used to being in a new environment with two much-larger-than-her cats around. (Kiki's approximately two years old, but she's tiny. Even smaller than Tali was, which is saying something.)

So far, so good. I left them alone without shutting anyone up in the bedroom for the first time earlier today, while I played D&D over at the game store near my place, and the apartment was still standing when I got home. Kiki's still somewhat wary of Garrus and Percy, but the worst she's done is hiss and go pout under the bed for a little while before coming back out. And neither of them seems to be taking offense to it, so they're just leaving her be for a bit when she gets to that point.

I have become a podcast addict

Oct. 22nd, 2017 04:02 pm
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[personal profile] mme_hardy
Apart from everybody's favorite (right?) comedy/D&D podcast "The Adventure Zone", I mostly prefer history. 

There are a lot of bad -- and beloved, in some cases -- history podcasts in which the author postures, makes bad jokes, and assumes you don't know much and only want to know a little more.    Two exceptions to this are "The History of the Mongols", which is excellent and clear and takes a fair amount of concentration, and "Revolutions",* which takes an in-depth look to various European revolutions starting with the English Civil War.   I've just gotten to Charles I leaving London for the last time (although he doesn't know it).

If there were ever a more shining counterexample to the Divine Right of Kings than Charles I, it has to be one of the monarchs who was actually insane or intellectually disabled.

* Revolutions' podcaster, Mike Duncan, is known for an earlier history of Rome, which I haven't listened to but hear is excellent.

If you like true crime that is dispassionate rather than overblown, I highly, highly recommend "True Crime Japan".   The podcasters are gaijin living in Japan, and they do an excellent job of explaining Japanese customs and cultural aspects that are relevant to how crimes took place.   These are not crimes that have been rehearsed over and over in English-speaking media -- no Ripper, Bundy, Lizzie Borden -- which makes them all the more engrossing.

All of the above are, of course, available on iTunes and other aggregators; I'm linking to the authors' sites.

10/22/2017 Conlon Loops

Oct. 22nd, 2017 02:27 pm
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[personal profile] mrkinch
I left the car about 8 am under clear skies and wearing just four cotton layers, three of which were stuffed into my fannypacks by noonish. It was glorious weather. I walked up beside The Little Farm, along Loop Road, up Laurel Canyon Road, north on Nimitz Way, down Conlon Trail (graded within an inch of its life; no need for a stick at all), and back on Wildcat Creek Trail. Nothing unexpected, but it was great to hear so many varied thrush, and especially to see one. Oh, and that one baccharis with bluebirds, yellow-rumped warblers, and a male house finch.The list: )

A jerk bicyclist I met on Conlon just had to offer that I looked like I was shipwrecked. Unfortunately it took me too long to figure out what he was (probably) referring to for me to tell him to fuck off, even if I'd had the courage to do so. Indeed, I looked like I was wearing floats. I wear this in the back; it starts out holding two clif bars, two apples, and my stick, but by noonish it contains one clif bar, one apple, my stick, and two layers. In the front I wear an ancient Eagle Creek fannypack to support my bins, but it is remarkable capacious and can hold my neck warmer and a third layer, as well. You can imagine when both fannypacks are stuffed with layers I look very silly, but the alternative is not going out. What an asshole. No passing women would have commented.

It's not a complete solution, I discovered today. In the fifth hour my upper back began to get as tired and painful as ever, which is extremely discouraging, though sitting briefly at Jewel Lake did help. I was fine for five hours on the 11th, perhaps because it was cooler and I was carrying less than three layers in my packs, but that doesn't seem to me a sufficient difference. Still, it beats the two hour limit.

Fic: hockey rpf, Riverdale, comics

Oct. 22nd, 2017 01:14 pm
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[personal profile] snickfic
Ha ha it has been ONE MILLION YEARS since I posted links to any of my fic. So here's a bunch, and I'm eschewing the AO3 share format because it takes up too much space for so many fics. In chronological order:

As Moves the Glacier - Frostbite, Keaton/Victoria, 100 words. A sensation-play drabble, mostly for the purposes of getting the tag canonized.

Desert Flower - hockey RPF, Fleury, 100 words. A melancholy drabble (BUT NOT AS SAD AS FLOWER'S CONCUSSION ;__________;).

A Good Yarn is Hard to Find - hockey RPF, Granlund/Koivu, 1100 words. A very silly fic about Finns and sweaters that I wrote as a gift for fandomgiftbox.

As Lucky as Lucky Can Be - hockey RPF, Olli/Geno with background Sid/Geno, 4900 words. This is the sequel/companion piece to my Sid/Geno exchange fic from earlier this year. Someone mentioned they'd like to see more of Olli and Geno, and it just so happened I had already written several scenes from Olli's POV in order to kind of figure out where he was at. Somehow in September those scenes magically turned into a complete fic in the space of about three days. I'm really happy with how it turned out. I got to write Geno from a totally new perspective, because I've always paired him with other guys from the core before; I got to write Olli (<3); and I also got to show how Olli has no idea of most of what was going on in the original fic and doesn't care. Just dating Geno is quite enough for him to handle. :) :) :)

you touch my wires - hockey RPF, Olli/Tanger, 2400 words. A cyborg AU! This was for the flash exchange that happened last month. I'd been wanting to write this pairing, and then downjune mentioned she liked robot AUs, and suddenly it all came together. What two better guys than these two to angst about their bodies not performing as designed? :\

i feel love - Riverdale, Josie/Cheryl, 1500 words. Fake dating! This was for femslashex, and my recip described the relationship between these two as being almost political, which I found extremely inspiring. In the course of writing this fic I realized how freaking awesome Valerie is and how much I loved writing her.

Sale ends tomorrow!

Oct. 22nd, 2017 01:17 pm
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[personal profile] gwyn
The [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico auction ends tomorrow, just FYI. Is that popular writer too expensive to bid on? There's a ton of us also-rans who are still available with either low or no bids, and it all goes to a very good cause.

I have both a fic writing offering (2k minimum) here, and a vid making offering (1-1/2 minute minimum) here.

There have also been some new offerings like art from Puerto Rican artists, and merch from NYCC with some newly lowered prices. With over 350 creators, there's a lot to choose from! You can also, if you don't have much in the way of money, get together with other fans and bid on creators as a bidding cabal--people do that all the time in the Vividcon auction.

I don't do RPF, but if I did...

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:04 am
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[personal profile] istia
Andy Lincoln/Norman Reedus would be the 1st in line! The Walking Dead returns tonight for S8 & I watched the 800 Special: Behind the Dead, which is the cast & crew talking about the show. Includes clips from actors no longer on the show, which is nice! They all say they're a big family. They have a "death dinner" whenever a main character is killed off because they're going to miss the actor so much. Aww.

In the middle of which, we get another nod to the particularly epic friendship I posted a pic of previously.

Now 3some w/ added JDM! )

♥ ♥ ♥


FFA sometimes provides fun links to stuff I'd never see on my own. Today was a pointer to this twitter gem by Ben Daniels, who plays Marcus in The Exorcist: I can't for the life of me see why people ship these two. LOL! Great pics, Ben, thank you kindly!

Ben's Marcus, btw, is more-or-less canonically gay. He's a defrocked priest. Alfonso Herrera's Tomas is still a priest, but that doesn't really slow him down much. :) And, as Ben points out, it's virtually impossible not to ship these 2!

Book #8 - Jane Eyre

Sep. 2nd, 2017 07:38 pm
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[personal profile] tinny

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bront
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë


I don't think I have to say much about a classic like this. Here's my short summary anyway:

Jane Eyre gets sent to an orphanage by her ill-meaning aunt. After growing up, she applies for a job as a governess. Jane immediately falls in love with her employer, Mr. Rochester. But not all is as it seems at Thornfield Hall.

I hadn't read it before, and when I saw the adaptation with Toby Stephens, I wanted to know how it differs from the book. I threw out another book from my challenge (Mirage by Matt Ruff) and added Jane Eyre instead. It think it's only slightly cheating, since it's been on my bookshelf for ages, so definitely part of Mount TBR in that sense. ;)

cut for rambling, and 'spoilers', if you can call it that, of a 200-year-old book )

Just not my thing. 2 out of 5 stars.



1 - 4 stars - The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet [DW]
2 - 2 stars - The Abyss Surrounds Us [DW]
3 - 4 stars - Neuromancer [DW]
4 - 4 stars - A Local Habitation [DW]
5 - 4 stars - The End of Mr. Y [DW]
6 - 3 stars - The Curse of Chalion [DW]
7 - 5 stars - Ancillary Justice [DW]
8 - 2 stars - Jane Eyre [DW]

due south series 1

Oct. 22nd, 2017 01:32 pm
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[personal profile] aralias
a while ago i wrote some very quick thoughts about every episode of star trek TNG. this is that... but with dS. interestingly, despite star trek being the classic, and being super awesome (obviously), due south is more consistent. there haven't really been any episodes that out right suck. at all. most episodes rock.

so why isn't this show a super classic that we are currently talking about rebooting? it's got everything! heroism, friendship, moral dilemmas, mounties, magical realism - EVERYTHING.

series 1 - in which our hero arrives in the windy city )

costumes, due south, near and far

Oct. 22nd, 2017 12:43 pm
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[personal profile] aralias
having one of the low writing moments of the year. currently trying to put together some words for the new edition of 'the way forward', but even as i'm writing stuff like 'this is so exciting - it's not too late for me to part of a literal apa that comes through the literal post', i'm also thinking - it is too late but because of me, rather than because of the zine. if this was a year ago, or two years ago, i'd be writing you LOADS of stuff about what roj blake thinks about his life, etc. what i have written about instead is fandom, but it's been hard going.

writing this post because i thought there should be some posts on my livejournal. maybe i will write some more thoughts about due south, but in a separate post. we're about mid series 2. it's still good, though paul haggis has stopped writing. a thing that i did not expect at all has happened - but there's less fall out than i would have expected from this show as well.

about a month ago we went to the RSC costume jumble sale in stratford upon avon. if you like the thrill of the chase, shakespeare, and accumulating useless tat, and you get the opportunity to go, you should DEFINITELY go. it was very exciting. three massive rooms of period and modern costumes, all incredibly cheap. we bought three bin bags of stuff (i love accumulating useless tat) and had to lug it around stratford for the rest of the day until the cloak room for the midday matinee blessedly opened. our swag included a doublet, several pairs of shoes (period, and modern), a dress worn by guenievere in a production of the morte d'arthur (although alas, only an under dress - but i was like: i love arthur! i must have), a silk tudor-style dress, some silly hats, and some jumpers. i started to write about this right now, because i am currently wearing one of the jumpers while i sit here, still in my pyjamas, typing this post to you from sunday morning. it's this one from arden of faversham. very sexy, obviously. cleaning lady chic. it's quite nice though.

i only know where it's from, btw, as all the costumes have tags inside them, which is another nice feature. i haven't seen this play.

i've been playing lots of board games, obviously. in the maths trade we received: kingdom builder, brass, lords of xidit, and mottanai. unfortunately brass and xidit need LOTS of people, so not only have i not played them, i dont think we're likely to play them soon.

also - if you are interested in spending money to acquire semi-useful tat (by which i mean board games) you might like to take a look at the near and far: amber mines kickstarter - which closes on the 4th november. i LOVE 'near and far' (my favourite game of the moment) AND 'above and below' and quickly pledged to get all the extras, which includes new stories and cool stuff for both games. tonnes of stretch goals have been unlocked already, including co-op mode, which we've been sent as a print and play to play now! you can also buy the original game through the kickstarter, but then you'd have to WAIT.

anyway - i recommend it.

Orthodoxy in Oxford

Oct. 22nd, 2017 08:55 am
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[personal profile] naraht
One of the things that I loved most about Russia was being able to pass any random church – usually a beautiful Baroque church – and know that it was an Orthodox church. And the fact that there was usually a service going on, which meant that I could go in, light a few candles and stand for a few minutes to enjoy the architecture and the singing before going on with my sightseeing. (There's no expectation that you'll arrive on time, or indeed stay till the end, as long as you know the points of the service during which you're not meant to leave.)

Back in Oxford, I'm really missing it. I would go to church much more if it could be this simple - if I could just pop in between the farmer's market and the cafe as part of my weekend routine. In the week and a half I was in Russia, I went to more church services than I've been to in years. (Not to mention wore a headscarf more than I ever have... it was a good chance to use all the scarves I have lying around.)

Really I shouldn't complain. I know there are places, like in the American South, where you have to drive for hours to get to an Orthodox church. I grew up in a town with one, and I've just discovered that we have four here in Oxford, not two as I'd originally thought.

• the Greek Orthodox/Russian Orthodox one, the oldest Orthodox church in Oxford and the home of Kallistos Ware, which is unfortunately a long walk from my house
• the other Russian Orthodox church (Patriarchate of Moscow), which is also a bit of a hike
• a Romanian Orthodox church
• an Indian Orthodox church (Malenkara Orthodox Syrian)

Whether or not I manage to get off my couch within the next half an hour to go to church this morning, I must definitely plan to visit the latter two sometime - particularly the last, as I've never been to an Oriental Orthodox church before. We shall see...

ETA: I ended up going to the other Russian church, which I hadn't visited before in its new home, and turns out to be only 20 minutes walk. Not too bad.
rydra_wong: Lee Miller photo showing two women wearing metal fire masks in England during WWII. (Default)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
Politico: Young subscribers flock to old media

What's particularly fascinating is the way in which it's directly correlated with people wanting to support news organizations as a way to resist Trump:

“The big boost we saw in subscriptions in the U.S.,” Newman said, “is driven by people on the left and younger people are more likely to be on the left. That is really a lot of what’s driving it: young people who don’t like Trump who subscribe to news organizations that they see as being a bulwark against him.”

Keep up the good work!

Gunpowder 101 (BBC)

Oct. 21st, 2017 09:29 pm
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[personal profile] istia
This new miniseries is so far up my alley that we're rolling around ecstatically together in the blind end!

I'm amused that Kit Harrington both had a hand in creating the show & cast himself in the lead role. Heh. Mark Gatiss is playing a nicely manipulative Cecil. It's bloody & gory & vicious, but, hey, it's early-modern England! That should serve as its own trigger warning.

Only 2 more episodes, but I'm looking forward to the shenanigans on both sides. Whee!

OUAT

Oct. 22nd, 2017 12:24 am
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[personal profile] fenlings
 Ugh, it is just so? bad????

I gave it two episodes, but I can't take this reboot. I might check in what the ep summaries say later on. (Like I do with the Flash, and realize that I cannot handle their craziness.)

Not only does no one have any emotions or relationships that we care about, but the characters that we DO care about have lost their memories (AGAIN) or maybe they're themselves from another dimension or... something...? It makes my brain hurt. And making the Cinderella maid character hispanic was... not a great look.

Henry's actor is definitely better than the teen version, but still not strong enough to carry a show. It was such a relief when Emma was onscreen for a few minutes. I don't really like Emma, but she can carry a show. Also, Henry needs to stop with the writing and the stories. The way he changes other people's lives is creepy. 

see icon: PRIMAL SCREAM

Oct. 21st, 2017 07:58 pm
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[personal profile] yhlee
I asked Machineries of Tarot what my prognosis was for writing today using the Vidona spread:

Deuce of Gears
A cog in the machine. Pawn of powers beyond your control.

AUGGGGGGGGGGGGH

(Yes, Jedao was being snarkastic when he chose it for his emblem.)

Also, I love my catten but...she's not very bright? She likes to sit on the ping pong table and will remain sprawled on it when the Dragon and I start up a game. The ball hits her in the leg, she remains sprawled. It took the next ball hitting her in the snout for her to skitter-kitter off the table. *facepalm*

That's not the part where she's not very bright. The part where she's not very bright is that she was on the ping pong table during a game yesterday and got hit in the snout by a ball then, causing her to skitter-kitter off the table. You would think she'd figure out that ping pong game in progress = don't sprawl on the table waiting to be hit in the snout?

Back to work...

[ObMeme]

Oct. 21st, 2017 07:24 pm
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[personal profile] yhlee
From Facebook.

Four things, etc. Read more... )

Back to work...

Celluloid Hero chapter update

Oct. 21st, 2017 05:07 pm
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[personal profile] gwyn
Celluloid Hero (43914 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 9/?
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe, Golden Age Hollywood Actors
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Steve Rogers, Bette Davis, John Garfield, USO Tour Dancers (Marvel), Original Characters, Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Tierney, William Powell, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Jack Warner, Delmer Daves, Ida Lupino, Hedy Lamarr
Additional Tags: Golden Age Hollywood, Hollywood Canteen, World War II, The Star-Making Machinery, Propaganda, someone's going to get his V-card punched, and by someone I mean Steve, Letters, Minor Bucky Barnes/Steve Rogers, First Motion Picture Unit, Pining Steve, Period Typical Everything


In which Steve has to cope with the terror of his first screen kiss, gets assigned to make sex hygiene films, and finds out his idols have feet of clay.

write stuff

Oct. 21st, 2017 05:25 pm
isis: Write what you're told! (micah wright)
[personal profile] isis
Author reveals have just happened for [community profile] femslashex and were yesterday for [community profile] crossovering, so I can cop to the fics I wrote. The discerning reader will notice similarities. :-)

Footsteps in the Sea (5926 words) by Isis
Fandom: Black Sails
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Captain Flint/Thomas Hamilton
Characters: Captain Flint (Black Sails), Thomas Hamilton
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Rivers of London Fusion, Supernatural Elements, Post-Canon, Genius Loci, Crossovering Exchange
Summary: James and Thomas escape from the plantation, find passage to the islands, are caught in a storm at sea, and make a bargain with Neptune.

When I saw [archiveofourown.org profile] linndechir's crossovering prompt for Ocean God Flint, I knew I wanted to write that. I didn't actually game the system, but there were only two people I could write for, and so I was delighted to get this assignment. My favorite part of the Rivers of London series is the existence of the Rivers themselves, the idea of genius loci who rule over their small parts of the natural world. Plus I had always wanted to tackle James and Thomas's immediate post-canon story.

The beach on which Thomas and James find themselves after escaping the plantation, by the way, is where the Bull River empties into Wassaw Sound. The beach where Thomas awakens after the shipwreck is in the Berry Islands of the Bahamas.

The Pirate and the Mermaid (8628 words) by Isis
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Pirate/Mermaid
Characters: Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Mermaids, Pirates, Supernatural Elements, Cultural Differences, Shipwrecks
Summary: "Of course," said Charlie pettishly. As if she was just a stupid kid, asking stupid questions. "How was I supposed to know? You're the first mermaid I've ever met."

"Well, you're the first woman-with-legs I've ever met!" snapped the mermaid.

Oh, man, this was the most fun thing to write ever. I kind of ignored [archiveofourown.org profile] elstaplador's specific prompts and just keyed off the idea of a (female) pirate and a mermaid, and although I had the (general) ending in mind from the beginning, the story went there in its own way. As I said to [personal profile] sovay it ended up being sort of YA femslash, more of a story about two young women from different cultures hanging out and discovering commonalities than anything sexy or overtly supernatural. It's mostly mermaid worldbuilding, really, and I had a kick doing that. (I actually had a whole sexytimes idea in my head - more worldbuilding, from the physical POV - but that ended up not fitting into the story!)

In other writing news, I've been cheerfully writing lots of little stories and ficlets for [community profile] trickortreatex, but it's about time to turn my keyboard to [community profile] yuletide.

Miman Toshi SP

Oct. 21st, 2017 06:23 pm
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[personal profile] fenlings
I just cannot get over how good this special was. Miman Toshi is one of my favorite dramas, and I never expected a sequel, much less 20 years later! And with the original cast and production team! What a dream come true. The director apparently directed many Kinki dramas, so that's why he was so good with them.

I would say more but then I would never stop squeeing about every single scene. You have to watch it immediately. It's subbed over here.

GIP

Oct. 21st, 2017 05:01 pm
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[personal profile] sarken
At long last, I have a Sharon icon!

Next mission? Make a Roslin icon that I can use for my Official AD&T Business pseud on the Archive. I'm not allowed to use anything from the Baltar interrogation, no matter how hot she looked.

Happy birthday to moth2fic

Oct. 21st, 2017 07:26 pm
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Dearest [personal profile] moth2fic 

We know life hasn't been the kindest for you lately and this birthday is probably not the best you've had. But please know that your friends love you lots and are thinking of you today. So many happy returns from me and [personal profile] pushkin666 . We are in London and raising a glass to you and your awesome as right now.

Love from K&N

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[personal profile] catalenamara
 

I’ve signed up to write a story for the “Fandom Loves Puerto Rico” charity auction. 

 

If you’re not familiar with these sorts of fannish auctions, they’ve been organized many times over the past years as benefits to raise funds for disaster relief.  The first one I was aware of was for the Haiti earthquake. 

 

How it works:  Fans offer various items, such as fic, art, vids, beta services, handcrafted items, etc., which usually include customization of the fic or item for the winning bidder.  Fans are given a certain amount of time to bid for the item.  The winner then donates the bid amount to the charity and emails a screencap of the receipt or other proof of donation to the creator.  Then the creator and winning bidder can discuss further details.

 

The auction went live on October 17th.

 

Deadline for bids is October 23rd.


Once again, I cannot figure out how to make links work in DW, despite reviewing their FAQ, so if anyone has any advice, could you let me know?  Thanks!
 

Here’s the main link:

 

fandomlovespuertorico.dreamwidth.org

 

Here’s a “how to” FAQ:

 

https://fandomlovespuertorico.dreamwidth.org/2412.html

 

I’m offering a 1,000+ word fic with a minimum bid of $10.00.  Go to the bottom of the page.

 

https://fandomlovespuertorico.dreamwidth.org/3482.html?thread=245658#cmt245658

 

There’s lots of fandoms to choose from.  Over 300 people have signed up to create items for this charity.  Here’s the list of fandoms with links to the people who are creating works in each fandom. 

 

https://fandomlovespuertorico.dreamwidth.org/2232.html

 

Here’s the chosen charity:  ConPRmetidos.  I googled and found out:  The nonprofit is based in Puerto Rico, and is accepting donations that will be first be used for the immediate needs of food, shelter and water, and later transitioned to long-term recovery efforts.

 

The organizers said:  “The reason that we've chosen ConPRmetidos is because of their focus on long term, sustained repair of Puerto Rico's infrastructure. They'll be fixing roads, hospitals, homes, and the electrical grid. They're financing local companies and local efforts. They're working with the Puerto Rican National Guard to coordinate resources and fill financing gaps. And they're not going to leave in a couple weeks.”

 

http://www.conprmetidos.org/">ConPRmetidos

rydra_wong: Text: BAD BRAIN DAY. Picture: Azula, having one. (a:tla -- bad brain day)
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which I have been hiding from for nearly a year owing to its close temporal (and partially causal) association with my major mood dip at the start of the year.

Because I am in no way MASSIVELY AVOIDANT or anything, no why would you think that.

I will accept praise and validation.

Shadow Unit: Down the Rabbit Hole

Oct. 21st, 2017 09:25 am
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[A/N: So I wrote this for Lewis Carroll's birthday in 2009. It's an AU (alternate universe) of Shadow Unit, in which one of the main characters, Chaz Villette, is imagining what his life would be like in an alternate reality where he wasn't quite who he is, and since it currently exists only on LiveJournal in Chaz's blog, I'm posting it here as well, so that it doesn't get lost. I'm very fond of it.

[If you don't know anything about Shadow Unit: (1) this stands on its own; (2) go check it out! Buckets of free fiction from me & Elizabeth Bear & Emma Bull & Amanda Downum & Leah Bobet & Will Shetterly & Steven Brust & Chelsea Polk.]
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Oct. 21st, 2017 10:02 am
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[personal profile] twistedchick
I am jumping on the bandwagon for The Good Place with both feet! Philosophical discussion with disasters! Veronica Mars and Ted Danson and a lot of other excellent actors in a whacked out version of the afterlife.
It is wonderful!

[Daily happiness]

Oct. 21st, 2017 12:20 am
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[personal profile] oyceter
1. Was in Berkeley for a conference, and it was nice to be around campus again!

2. Had braised meat rice for lunch, then got pastries from the Chinese bakery and pearl milk tea, yum. And the lunch place was playing Cpop and made me slightly homesick for Taiwan.

3. Watched The Snake Prince, a Shaw Brothers movie, with CB and [personal profile] jhameia and it is... quite a thing. Let's just say there was much more disco music and dancing than I had expected.

5 for Friday

Oct. 20th, 2017 10:44 pm
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[personal profile] istia
Today's [community profile] thefridayfive questions.

1. What book frightened you as a young person?

I'm blanking. I suspect that if a book were frightening me, I'd've just stopped reading it, then wipe it out of my head. I was a big advocate of the ostrich head-in-the-sand method of dealing w/ unpleasant things when I was a kid. Okay, still am.

2. If you had to become a "living book" (ie, able to recite the contents of a book cover-to-cover upon request--reference Fahrenheit 451), what book would it be?

My memory's so bad I probably couldn't retain a sonnet, never mind a book. But pretending I have the recall for such a task, I'd likely go for a Cherryh (to nobody's surprise ever!). Probably Cyteen, Foreigner, or Cloud's Rider.

3. What movie or TV show scared you as a kid?

I always loved The Wizard of Oz & watched it each year when it aired at Xmas, but the flying monkeys terrified me! Oh, my gods. No idea why; the witch didn't scare me or traipsing thru the dark woods. But even though I never watched the monkey parts after the 1st time, I had nightmares about those freaky little buggers. Ack!

4. What movie (scary or otherwise) will you never ever watch?

Bambi. My family spoilt me for the animal death & unhappiness in that movie when I was young--because they knew I couldn't stand that kind of thing--for which I've been eternally grateful at being able to avoid this movie entirely.

5. Do you have any phobias?

I'm a common & garden phobic: Spiders, & other bugs that move fast & have many legs, always make me jump & my heart race, at least when they're in my space. I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say it's a phobia, just that I really don't like to have them near me (inside; I'm fine w/ sharing the great outdoors w/ them).

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