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fics what I have posted

Apr. 29th, 2016 10:25 pm
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I participated in a "flash fiction" exchange recently, with no minimum and three days to write. The scare quotes are because in those three days I wrote 3600 words /o\ But the result is the "our NHL with bonus magic" kind of AU, with pining and minor nature porn.

Almost as Bright (3619 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
Characters: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin
Additional Tags: Nature, Pining, Fantasy

Last night Zhenya was in a club in Moscow. This morning he's lying naked on the beach of a lake he doesn't recognize. This has never happened to him before.

And today someone asked for Tanger/his temper/Sid, and this is what came out. I had a lot of fun writing a looser, wilder voice than my usual for this fandom. I couldn't keep it up for a longfic, but for 1k, it was fun.

in line (1043 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Kris Letang
Characters: Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang
Additional Tags: Shower Sex, Semi-Public Sex

Tanger’s laugh this time is real: temper past. “You gonna reward me? Keep me in line?”

Nominations Query II

Apr. 29th, 2016 03:37 pm
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We've had some questions pop up in the last couple days re: nominations, and they are ones which require participant input. If you are likely to request or offer any of these fandoms at sign-ups, we would greatly appreciate your comments. As always, mods will have final say, but we want to make informed decisions.

  1. The Hunger Games: Currently, there is a nomination for "Hunger Games Series - All Media Types." If we accept this as-is, then anyone who has written a combination of book-based and movie-based stories which meet our matching criteria is eligible to use this fandom for requests. However, anyone who offers to remix this fandom must be prepared to write a remix for stories which may be based on the books or may be based on the films.

    Neither of the mods are familiar enough with the books or films to know whether there are significant differences between the two media types that would make it difficult-to-impossible for someone familiar with one to remix a story based on the other. If there are not significant differences, we would be amenable to accepting the nomination as-is rather than requiring separate nominations for "Hunger Games Series - Suzanne Collins" and "Hunger Games Series - Movies."

  2. Star Wars: At this point, the only Star Wars film currently nominated is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, we had a query about whether the films would be taken as solo films, as separate series (IE, prequels, original trilogy, new series), or as a single umbrella fandom. We are leaning toward accepting these as separate series, with The Force Awakens as a one-off since the challenge will end before any more films are released. We would also be willing to accept the films as an umbrella fandom if there is a consensus among participants.
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It was a fine but cold spring day for my annual pilgrimage to the Severn Valley Railway. The river Severn was sparkling in the sunlight, there were an abundance of yellow primroses by the trackside, the bluebells were beginning to raise their heads in the leafless woods, and the elephant family in the neighbouring safari park were ignoring the six steam locomotives chuffing past. I also saw a rhino, two types of deer, and a diesel locomotive, with the Class 50 diesel being the rarest out of those three! :-)

When I arrived at Kidderminster my chariot, the Erlestoke Manor to Bridgnorth, awaited in clouds of smoke and steam.

01 Erlestoke Manor, 7812, in steam, Kidderminster, SVR 04-16

02 Erlestoke Manor, 7812, Bridgnorth, SVR 04-16

At Bridgnorth I visited the engine shed to see the alleged future locomotives being worked on, and was disappointed to see my favourite SVR regular, the 2857 (built 1918) in steam but with a Not To Be Moved Sign due to problems with her injectors (?).

Eight more small images of engines and signalling. )

Fanwork Recs - April 28, 2016

Apr. 28th, 2016 11:09 pm
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Fanwork is awesome and sharing fanwork is even more awesome. Join us as we keymash and squee over our favorite fanwork, from fic (both written and podfic) to art to vids and meta and back again.

Recommendations included:
  • Ace Attorney — fic (1)
  • Avengers Academy — art (1)
  • Captain America — art (1)
  • Captain Marvel — art (1)
  • Crossover: Carmen Sandiego/Where's Waldo — comic (1)
  • DC Comics — art (1)
  • Final Fantasy VII — art (1)
  • Hamilton — art (1)
  • Hawkeye — art (1)
  • Mass Effect — cosplay (1)
  • Saga — vid (1)
  • Sailor Moon — art (1)
  • Star Trek — cosplay (1)
  • Star Wars — art (2), fic (1), vids (2)
  • Xena: Warrior Princess — art (1)

On to the recs! )

Miscellaneous linkspam

Apr. 28th, 2016 11:04 pm
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"How to identify any language at a glance". (By which it means languages written in the Latin alphabet.)

"These Gloves Translate Sign Language Into Text or Speech". [Mental Floss]

"Top 10 Grammar Myths". [Mental Floss]

"The Best Board Games for Developing Valuable Real-Life Skills". [Lifehacker]

"Food Photographer of the Year 2016". [BBC]

"10 Fascinating Facts About the Evolution of Dating and Courtship". [Mental Floss]

"Watch a Japanese Man Play 'Amazing Grace' on a Cabbage: Junji Koyama makes musical instruments out of vegetables." [Atlas Obscura]

At Everyday Feminism:

--"5 Ways to Maintain Your Queer Identity in a Relationship People Read as Straight".

--"5 Assumptions Behind the ‘Fear of Missing Out’ That Are Actually Really Ableist".

--"Sociopaths, Borderlines, and Psychotics: 3 Mental Illnesses We Must Stop Hating On".

--"6 Ways I Was Taught to Be a Good Fatty (And Why I Stopped)".

On The Toast:

--"“Everyone But Cis Men”: Creating Better Safe Spaces for LGBT People".

--"People In Tiny Houses Can’t Have Sex".

--"As A Father Of Daughters, I Think We Should Treat All Women Like My Daughters". "It didn’t always used to be this way. I used to only have sons. Things sure were different then. How merrily I used to drive down country lanes in my old Ford, periodically dodging off-road to mow down female pedestrians (you must remember I had no daughters then). Was what I did wrong? How was I to know? I had no daughters to think of."

--"“Yet I’ll Speak”: Othello’s Emilia, A Rebuke to Female Silence". "Coleridge may have argued, in praising the docility of Desdemona’s death, that Shakespeare knew it was the perfection of a woman to be characterless, but Shakespeare himself contradicts this assertion in his depiction of Emilia. In fact, the strength of Emilia’s rage loomed so large in the Victorian imagination that her part was severely cut in most productions, for fear she would overshadow the title character in the last act of the play."

On RocketNews24:

--"Interactive online map of Kyoto lets you toggle between modern day and the 9th century".

--"JR East to introduce numbering system at all stations in Tokyo".

--"The women’s wrestling league in Japan is way more intense than WWE".

--"Every Yu-Gi-Oh! card ever, all in one place at awesome Tokyo train station display 【Photos】".
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Started watching some S8, realised I had no current patience for the "ooh he cares about nothing and is super-rude" thing because really what would be the point of him if he didn't care about stuff? So, most recent thing I have on DVD.

last christmas )

Anyway, it were good in places but Clara is getting to be a bit much.

FUCKING HELL + April poem

Apr. 28th, 2016 10:59 pm
dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
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I had to do the exact same bullshit to my computer to restore internet today that I had to do this time last week. This had better not have become a weekly occurrence, I have better shit to do with my time than spend 1h+ fixing this. And now I don't have time to do anything >:(

Here, have a poem. (I found it while I was looking for titles for the Stephanie Brown as Blue Lantern canon-divergent AU.)

The Old Astronomer to His Pupil (by Sarah Williams)

Reach me down my Tycho Brahe, I would know him when we meet,
When I share my later science, sitting humbly at his feet;
He may know the law of all things, yet be ignorant of how
We are working to completion, working on from then to now.

Pray remember that I leave you all my theory complete,
Lacking only certain data for your adding, as is meet,
And remember men will scorn it, 'tis original and true,
And the obloquy of newness may fall bitterly on you.

But, my pupil, as my pupil you have learned the worth of scorn,
You have laughed with me at pity, we have joyed to be forlorn,
What for us are all distractions of men's fellowship and smiles;
What for us the Goddess Pleasure with her meretricious smiles!

You may tell that German College that their honor comes too late,
But they must not waste repentance on the grizzly savant's fate.
Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.

I love this poem, especially the last two lines, so fucking much. I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. Look at that, that is perfect.

Fanfic as a force of nature.

Apr. 28th, 2016 03:23 pm
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"In a purely literary sense, fanfic doesn’t exist. There is only fiction. Fanfic is a legal category created by the modern system of trademarks and copyrights. Putting that label on a work of fiction says nothing about its quality, its creativity, or the intent of the writer who created it."

A quote from a piece by Teresa Nielsen Hayden on fanfiction and storytelling.
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Superhero Time

Apr. 28th, 2016 12:14 am
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Regarding Civil War, is anyone else annoyed by the constant, "Whose side are you on?", promotions. In my opinion, it's not going to be an effective movie unless both sides have a point. Also, Mild spoilers )

Spoilers for the X-men trailer )

I saw the trailer for Dr. Strange and it made my head hurt. Did they really have to hire Benedict Cumberbatch?

On the DC side, I've heard Batman vs Superman is terrible but I intend to watch it for Wonder Woman. Suicide Squad looks fun. Go Harley Quinn!
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--I think I'm finally resigned to the notion that 2D Civil War tickets won't be on sale until next week, just like most movies opening that weekend. (Resigned, but not pleased. >.<)

--In happier ticket-related news, Metric are playing the Halifax Jazz Festival in July and [ profile] scruloose and I decided to go. (I waffled, because I don't know if/how much I'll like their music live, and more significantly, being out among throngs of people in Halifax, specifically, often sets off my anxiety. But I figured I'd rather go and risk not not loving it than skip the concert and regret it afterwards. So.) My familiarity with Metric's catalogue is extremely erratic--I know Fortunes pretty well, and some of Synthetica and some of Pagans in Vegas, and that's about it. Guess I should brush up.

--Sometimes one needs a little happy place to retreat to while at work (other than KittenCam, which may go without saying). Today mine was having this pic from [ profile] StitchersTV open in a tab at work and blithely ignoring that it's Stitchers because Scags is wearing a perfectly lovely Georgia Mason-appropriate expression in that shot. *wistful*

--On the gleeful-dorks front, Ginny, [ profile] wildpear, and I ordered Murder Squash Song shirts from Maggie Stiefvater's Society6 page. (And we really lucked out with the timing, because yesterday I reminded Ginny that the shirts existed and weren't black-only [alas, not black at all, nor rich colors, which would've made me and [ profile] wildpear much happier; neither of us were able to find a color we loved, but wanted the shirts anyway], and then it turned out that, yesterday only, the shirts were on sale and had free international shipping.)

Fic Recs

Apr. 27th, 2016 08:32 pm
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As I mentioned in my last post, I've been doing a lot of reading lately since things have calmed down at Unnamed Nonprofit. (On my phone, if that wasn't clear.) While, for the most part, it's been books that I've been reading, there have been a few fics that I've read (or, more specifically, re-read) recently, that I wanted to mention.

The first is a Dragon Age fic, the first in a series (although hopefully the next one will be posted soon?) It's written by [ profile] omphalos and [ profile] wolfling.

... that got people's attention, didn't it? :-P

In all seriousness, if you're a Dragon Age fan, then you should go read A Drum Sounds. It's the first in their AU series that explores a world where (purple! male! mage!) Hawke is Inquisitor, and it's utterly delightful. This first story is 115519 words and ends with the attack on Haven, to give you an idea of just how epic this series is going to be in the long run.

The next rec is one that I've mentioned before, and it's still a WIP. The author posts semi-regularly, though, and it's getting close(r) to the end, so I thought that I'd mention again. Mainly because at 443705 words so far, you've got a ways to go just to get through what's already posted. If you're a fan of Middle Earth, and don't mind either of the main pairings of the fic, I highly recommend it.

So. Sansûkh. This part of the fic's summary pretty much sums it up, so: In which recovery takes time, the dead members of the Company take to watching Gimli as though he's a soap opera, the living struggle with being left behind, Legolas is confused, Khuzdul is abused, and Thorin is four feet and ten inches of guilt and anger.

It's a delightful story, featuring Bilbo/Thorin and Gimli/Legolas (among many others). It's very dwarf-centric and explores their culture a surprising amount over the course of the story. It's a bit of a mishmash between book and movie canon, taking the best parts of each one. I'd say that it starts out more movieverse, but by the midpoint it's decidedly moved toward more bookverse although there are still some parts based more on the movies. Plot-wise, the Ring has just been destroyed and the most recent chapter covered the direct aftermath of that, to give you an idea where it's at right now.

There are more fics that I've been reading lately, so I might do some more fic recs at some point. Or I might just point everyone in the direction of my Pinboard. I've enjoyed both of the ones mentioned in this post enough for them to warrant special mention, though.

Still alive?

Apr. 27th, 2016 08:12 pm
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Oops. I completely disappeared for a while there, didn't I?

The trip to Chicago for work earlier in the month went well. It was time-intensive and very draining, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. And, hey, I got to add "ride in a stretch limo" to the list of things I've done (trust me, don't ask). Plus I managed to meet up with [ profile] thievinghippo in person for the first time, which was great, as well as get some pizza from Giordano's. (And if you were curious, the TSA at O'Hare apparently have no issue with you carrying a box of pizza on the plane with you.)

Other than that, work has been work. I keep putting off finishing my hours for Part-Time Job, which means I'm settling for something like eight hours of work as soon as I get home on Friday afternoon most weeks. I'm trying to, uh, fix that, but I keep getting distracted by the gorgeous weather we've been having.

Over at Unnamed Nonprofit, things have pretty much slowed to a crawl. That's common for this time of the year; we have a few weeks of it being almost dead, after renewal season ends and before the May grads start contacting us. It will probably pick back up shortly, but for now it's giving me time to catch up on reading.

On that front, I've been doing a surprising amount of reading the past few weeks, a combination of reading new-to-me books and re-reading ones that I've read before. So far, I've finally read the Captive Prince series for the first time, which I enjoyed a great deal. I've also re-read all of the Numinous World and Order of the Air books, and it surprised me - reading through them all, back-to-back - just how tied they are. I mean, I've always known that they were set in the same universe, but it's really striking when previous books are fresh on your mind.

I'm thinking that I'll re-read the Lynes and Mathey series next, since it's been awhile since I read them. After that, well, I'm open to suggestions? My first thought was to go through the Temeraire series again, but if anyone has recommendations I'm open to them.

Reading Wednesday

Apr. 27th, 2016 09:40 pm
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I have spent a not insignificant amount of time searching through the online database of recipients of the Légion d'honneur. There's an alphabetical by last name list and a search function. (Fyi, I did find the person I had originally gone looking for.)

In case anyone wants to see if they have any ancestors/namesakes who got the Légion d'honneur.

Even though the people in the database are only those deceased before 1977, it does have everyone awarded from 1802 on and it's possible to get more recent records if you have a specific query.

It's super interesting! The oldest person I saw in the database was born in 1768. 1768! And sometimes when you input an uncommon last name they are all from within 50km of each other -- birth places are listed -- it's pretty hilarious.

The Légion d'honneur (Legion of honour) is the highest French honour for military and civil merits. It's got five levels of distinction, the lowest being Chevalier (Knight) and the highest Grand Croix (Grand Cross). Most of the recipients are French, some are not; some are famous, most are not. All are listed in the database (supposedly, I haven't checked individually).

Simone Veil is Grand Cross and I mention her because she's a badass. She's the main driving force being the legalisation of abortion in France, a survivor of Auschwitz and a member of the Académie Française*.

* When you get elected to the Académie Française (French Adacemy), you get given a sword and called an Immortal. THAT IS SOME HIGHLANDER SHIT RIGHT HERE.


Finished reading

Books read )

Lucifer v1 (Vertigo comic) by Mike Carey (writing) and Peter Gross, Dean Ormston and various (artists) (1999 - 2006): This is not to be confused with the current Lucifer ongoing (writing by Holly Black, art by Lee Garbett).

I reread this recently because after the TV show was announced I decided to offer this for yuletide and I got matched on it. (The fic I ended up writing was The Devil's Party, ~3k of post canon gen.) Issue 1 of the new run came out Dec 16 2015 so I was afraid I might be Jossed at the last minute by a canon formerly closed for almost ten years, but I wasn't, entirely -- in fact, I may have gotten some stuff right.

All text, no pictures )

Anyway, A++ would totally reccomend.

Still reading

Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne
Le Déchronologue by Stéphane Beauverger

Partial list of comics I am following, which I will add to as I remember them:
Scarlet Witch
The Wicked + the Divine (sort of. When I remember it exists)

Reading next

Adding: The Library at Mount Char - Scott Hawkins (via [personal profile] netgirl_y2k), The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (via [personal profile] isis ) and Anna Cowan's Untamed (via [personal profile] skygiants ).

To read list )

TV I'm watching tomorrow, probably.

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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena

In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.

Renay: Continuing its tenuous relationship with history and mythology, Xena: The Warrior Princess reaches into the Christianity grab bag again and pulls out the story of David and Goliath. Oh, writers, never stop telling your wild Bible fanfic! I am vaguely familiar with this story from my aborted adventures into Sunday School, but I have more of a secular background with David as the teeny underdog and Goliath as a tough adversary David has to defeat to show the even the little guy can triumph! So it was neat to see the show embrace the part of the story that I came to later, that the fight between David and Goliath was more about David's divine right to become King. Predictably, a lot of the religion stuff went over my head! Read more... )


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