2016 Hugo discussion

Sep. 1st, 2015 08:50 pm
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I've been following the Hugo discussion for most of the year, ever since the 2015 nominations were announced. It seems to me that the most important thing to come out of all the Hugo brouhaha is that if we care about them as awards (not that you have to! plenty of people don't give a darn, and that's fine!), the most important thing we can do to support them is be more active at the nominations stage as well as the voting stage.

With that in mind, I've been actively reading pro literary SFF for the first time in probably at least five years (other than, like, Mieville). So far, the novels I've been reading are old, but within the next week or so I should be picking up Jo Walton's The Just City and Elizabeth Bear's Karen Memory at the library, which I am looking forward to.

However, I've been reading a lot of 2015 short fiction! You guys, there is SO MUCH short SFF being published these days. Tons of it's free online - Clarkesworld, Abyss & Apex, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex Magazine, Uncanny Magazine, Tor.com - and there's more that costs, like the big three and Lightspeed.

There've been some threads on ffa for this purpose, which has been keeping me motivated. I've tried a bunch of stuff, but so far Clarkesworld is ahead by a mile in terms of producing stuff I like. What I've read there has been at least moderately successful at least 85% of the time, which is already a better rate than I have previously experienced at any short fiction venue ever. In case you're looking for recs for nominating/general reading purposes, here are a bunch that I enjoyed or found interesting, though sometimes with caveats:
* Cat Pictures Please, by Naomi Kritzer - a would-be benevolent AI who likes cats
* A Universal Elegy, by Tang Fei - unreliable, unstable narrator, creeping alien horror
* Three Cups of Grief, with Starlight, by Aliette de Bodard - mind ships! complicated sibling dynamics
* The 3 Resurrections of Jessica Churchill, by Kelly Robson - compelling, creepy aliens, teen Native girl protagonist, am not sure how I feel about inclusion of 9/11 element, beware graphic rape scene

Anyway, this is a post for talking about 2015 stuff you've read, whether or not you have any intention of nominating things for Hugos. Novels you've read or are looking forward to? Short fiction that you enjoyed?

(FYI if you're looking for things to read, [livejournal.com profile] mrissa posts occasional roundup of short fiction she's enjoyed, and someone's keeping a spreadsheet of recced Hugo-eligible works here.)
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Fandom/Geeky Things

[dreamwidth.org profile] ladiesbingo signups are open!

"Andrew Garfield sounds like he was miserable making the 'Spider-Man' movies".

Hannibal links:

--"Exclusive | Bryan Fuller Describes The ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Season of ‘Hannibal’".

--"Hannibal Redefined How We Tell Stories on Television".

--"Bryan Fuller on That Hannibal Finale and the Show’s Campy, Sensual Undertones".

--Vulture.com's episode recap of the finale.

--"Recovering the Mindset". This ~5-minute video at Vimeo "intercuts the three different interpretations of Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon; Manhunter by Michael Mann, Red Dragon by Brett Ratner, and Hannibal by Bryan Fuller."


The Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History has garter snakes, and when [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I went there a couple of weeks ago with friends, one of the snakes was extremely pregnant. At the beginning of this week the museum tweeted that the snake had given birth to 49 babies the day before (with a photo!); alas for me, since I wanted to see them, they were released back into the wild the same day the tweet was made. Bye bye, baby snakes. Live well.

"A Canadian shelter sells older cats like used cars, and it's pretty effective ... and hilarious".

"Two Guys Went Fishing But Ended Up Catching Abandoned Kittens".


"These Stunning Photos Show Life on the Densest City Block on Earth". [The Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong, demolished when Hong Kong was handed back to China.]

Adorable black-and-white cat photography by Monika Małek.

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] telophase, "India's Forgotten Stepwells".

Sign-Ups – One-Day Warning

Sep. 1st, 2015 08:00 pm
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Actually, it's exactly twenty-four hours this time. Go, me! ... *coughs* Anyway! As the subject says, you have one day left to submit a sign-up, since all sign-ups are due by 5 PM (PDT) on Wednesday, September 2. So, if you haven't signed up yet, there's still hope time. Go for it!
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I will never be able to thank [twitter.com profile] KateElliottSFF enough for her Omniscient Breasts essay.

Some recent reading because I've been, as stated mournfully several times, very unconscious recently. Don't even ask how long it took me to stay awake to read some of these books.

Reading detail! )
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[community profile] ladiesbingo -- a challenge for fanworks about relationships between women -- signups are happening! I'm excited to participate although I'm not sure I'll manage to actually get a bingo. But it will be fun to participate and it should help motivate me with vidding.

Yesterday I opened Premiere for the first time since, like, April and dropped my Aeryn Sun vidsong onto the timeline and added some notes (using titles on the sequence itself) about how I'm going to structure the vid. I got warm fuzzies just opening up Premiere! So hopefully the motivation to actually vid will return. But I still need to rewatch that last run of S3 and then see if I can salvage anything from S4 -- I hated a lot of what they did with Aeryn that season.

Also I'm probably going to officially do festivids this year. Between that, [community profile] ladiesbingo , and my goal to finish the Aeryn Sun vid for Wiscon next year, I have a rough plan for getting my mojo back.

Journal Style Issue

Sep. 1st, 2015 10:35 am
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I have noticed an issue with my layout on the Livejournal side of things. After the latest round of upgrades, (presumably, because it was fine until a couple months back, so I assume it was that—I didn’t touch anything to cause this) now I have too much space before you hit the banner. As a result of this, my banner now overlaps the most recent post.

Does anyone know of a way to fix this? If you’re on the Dreamwidth side of things, just follow the cross-post link and go to my journal. You’ll see what I mean. SeanDC confirmed that he sees it, too, along with an extra blue bar.

As a result of this, since it’s on the friends page side of things, too—I just have to guess if the top comment is an rss feed that I follow over on Dreamwidth, or if it’s a post by someone somewhere. If I see it at all.

If it is an issue with S1 and I need to switch to S2, I would hope to get the style to something similar to what I have on Dreamwidth.

ETA: Oh, here’s how it should normally look (as you can see, using my long-abandoned Insanejournal as an example).

August books

Sep. 1st, 2015 11:52 pm
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Miss Marjoribanks - Margaret Oliphant
The Man in the High Castle - Philip K. Dick
The Tragedy of Dido, Queen of Carthage - Christopher Marlowe
Hot Head - Damon Suede
The Locker Room - Amy Lane
Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) 20 - Yana Toboso
Chew 10 - John Layman and Rob Guillory
Baba Yaga's Assistant - Marika McCoola, illustrated by Emily Carroll
Lumberjanes 1 Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke Allen

books, or let me pick up my guitar and write a song about the myriad ways I love Miss Marjoribanks )
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- Gratuitous male nudity (almost): I saw a man, wearing jeans with a belt, get out of his car, take off his pullover-style sweatshirt and then, while he was struggling with his head inside his pullover, his trousers fell down revealing a shapely arse clad in tight grey briefs. I'd disappeared from his line of sight by the time he turned round to see if anyone had witnessed his wardrobe malfunction, because I'm considerate that way, but I see no reason not to share this anecdote with the entire interwebz, obv.

- Lunch: spicy bhajis (cauliflower and paneer) with separate in-between mouthfuls of fresh coconut chunks, yummy.

- Zamorka, by Anton Ažbe, 1895. Ažbe was one of the leading Slovenian artists of his generation. This portrait, Zamorka, is recognised as one of Ažbe's most important works of art, and the artist thought it embodied all his artistic ideals, especially about the use of colour.

Zamorka, by Anton Ažbe, 1895

- Reading, books 2015, 101.

100. A Wrinkle in Time, graphic novel, by Madeleine L'Engle and adapted by Hope Larson. The novel from which this comic book was adapted didn't have a significant readership in Britain when I was a kid so I had no preconceptions about what to expect beyond it being a childhood favo(u)rite of several of my USian friends. I read this graphic novel because I was curious about the story, and was told by fans that this is a faithful adaptation, but I wasn't curious enough to plough through L'Engle's original. (2/5 mostly harmless)

What I learned from this story: the Declaration of Independence will save you provided you're acceptably white and middle class (and not a hook-nosed working class Jewish/Italian single mother with too many children). The magic Declaration of Independence can be used against Blackness (so no change there then!), which is depicted as an amorphous mass, and against commie mind-control, and against inscrutable baldie mysterious Oriental types (especially if they also represent commie mind-control).

The actual overt moral of this story: love will save us all (provided we find people to love who also love us back).

P.S. I don't want to destroy anyone's childhood but when I was trying to explain the plot to a friend, and got as far as Mrs Whatsit and her two colleagues, my friend jokingly asked: "What are the other two called? Mrs Hooha* and Mrs Lady Garden?" /sorry, I'm so sorry

Next novel up: maybe Wicked, by Gregory Maguire, because that seems like a suitable antidote? OR IS IT?!

101. Tina's Mouth, written by Keshni Kashyap, and illustrated by Mari Araki, is a graphic novel about an Indian-American teenage girl in "tenth grade" (so about 15 years old) at a private prep school and writing an existentialist diary for her English "honors" project. I enjoyed the various spins this story gave to the teenage diary genre and Araki's art fitted perfectly with Kashyap's words. (4/5)

* Well, nearly. One of them is Mrs Who, ha!

Orange Is the New Black, 1x01-3x13

Aug. 31st, 2015 10:07 pm
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It's good I've heard so much good stuff about this from various people I trust, because otherwise I would have never made it past episode three and missed out. It is sad that Jenji Kohan felt that she needed to use white, blonde, upper-middle-class Piper as a kind of Trojan horse to get people to watch something primarily about women not seen on TV as often—queer women, women of color, women of various body types, trans women, old women, etc.—but I don't doubt its true.

(On a side note, I love how we've finally gotten a few shows with POC in leading roles and already there have been concern troll-y "But what about the white men?!" articles.)

Anyway, once the episodes stopped focusing on Piper, I started liking the show much more.

Spoilers got time )

Also, the opening song is the best.

Dear Femslashex creator

Aug. 31st, 2015 07:52 pm
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Dear Femslashex creator,

First of all, don't get worried about me or the length of this letter. I'm pretty much going to love what you do because you're writing or arting for one of my f/f pairings and that's a win in my book :-) If you've already got an idea for one of them, and it doesn't hit any of my squicks, go for it! Something coming from the heart is always the best thing. I'm equally happy with fic or art, and generally any rating goes for me.

If you want ideas or more info, read on! I tried to give some prompts for each pairing, just because that's what I find easiest to work from, but optional details are optional.

General likes:

Competent women, plots, case fic, getting together fics, happy endings, all the AUs, all the tropes, cabin fic, fake relationships leading to more, friends to lovers, trope subversion, women geeking out over science, banter, enthusiastic consent, bisexual characters, women being awesome


Death fic, sad endings, BDSM and heavy kink, graphic violence, dub-con/non-con, character bashing, cheating/adultery

Harry Potter )

The Parasol Protectorate )

Uprooted )


Original Work )

Call the Midwife )

Adventures Elsewhere - August 2015

Aug. 31st, 2015 03:28 pm
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Adventures Elsewhere collects our reviews, guest posts, articles, and other content we've spread across the Internet recently! See what we've been up in our other projects. :D

Read more... )

Rest In Peace, Wes Craven

Aug. 31st, 2015 11:30 am
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Wes Craven passed away yesterday, at the age of 76, following a battle with brain cancer. May he rest in peace. Even if I haven’t seen nearly enough of his films, I did enjoy Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994), (which, coincidentally, Syfy aired once more this last Saturday) along with The Serpent And The Rainbow (1988). Deadly Friend was weird, but worth watching once I tracked it down. I loved the opening (Drew Barrymore’s scene) of Scream.

In honor of him, I’ll finally get around to watching one of these: The Hills Have Eyes (1977), Deadly Blessing (1981), or Red Eye (2005).
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How the heck is tomorrow September 1 already!? Where did the summer go? I swear, it was just May yesterday.

(On the plus side, it's almost my birthday. But still, I want more summer! *pouts*)


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