Dear Yuletide Writer...

Oct. 21st, 2014 08:44 am
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 Nothing to see here either...

Dear Festividder Placeholder!

Oct. 21st, 2014 08:43 am
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 Move along, nothing to see here...

Odds and ends

Oct. 21st, 2014 01:48 am
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--I keep basically forgetting that I have a fic that's been ready for posting for over a week now. >.> I'll try to get that posted before heading to work tomorrow. La?

--Here's a photo [ profile] ginnikin took of me and Jinksy!Bear being snuggly while she was visiting. ^_^

--Successful Adulting of the day: went to a dentist's appointment and got a flu shot. (Downside: these combined to take up more time than expected, so I got nowhere near as much rewriting done today as I needed to.)

--Tonight was my last "regular" Monday workday at Casual Job for...let's say "the foreseeable future". Possibly ever, although "regular" is undoubtedly the operative word there, since there are still several circumstances that can/will bring us back in for some Mondays here and there. But maybe those as-yet-distant Mondays will involve starting our workday before 7 PM. That'd be nice.

--Reading people's Yuletide letters is awesome. *^^* (And my gosh, if In the Flesh were my zombie fandom rather than Newsflesh, there would be SO MANY OPTIONS for writing treats for people. o_o)

--I'm more acutely aware of being behind on all of my shows than I am of being "behind" on my reading (which isn't measurable in the same way), but I'm much itchier to sit down and read a book than I am to sit down and catch up on All The Television.

--My wallet would very much like Casual Job to continue for another couple of weeks, at least, but the rest of me is ready to be done. Which is a bit sad, because as Casual Job stints go, this one's been pretty easy overall. And I know I'm nowhere near the level of burnout I hit sometimes, which theoretically Should Mean I'm Fine, you know? But my deadlines are frazzling me. *sighs* (Note: I have no idea how much longer this is going to last. Because...we never know. ^^;)

--Sarah Rees Brennan has created a master post for The Turn of the Story, including ordered links to each chapter, info on how it came about, and links to extra bits of writing or explanation. Oh, and a bonus story!

Happy Birthday!

Oct. 20th, 2014 10:30 pm
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Happy belated birthday, [personal profile] dira!

And happy birthday, [personal profile] chaila, [ profile] lilly_rose, [personal profile] lizfu, and [personal profile] van!

Damn You, TV Tropes

Oct. 20th, 2014 05:52 pm
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So, now I'm super into a trope that doesn't seem to even exist on the AO3. It's called Sudden Game Interface and I am jonesing so hard for more of it, in all the fandoms. For example, I would read the FUCK out of Allison Argent wakes up early/mid-season one and discovers the supernatural via accidentally entering combat with Scott (they belong to opposing factions!) instead of making out with him as intended. Alternately, Stiles munchkining everything would also be amazingly good for me.

Anyway, most of the fics I've read have been Naruto or Harry Potter, so y'all are getting recs today. All WiPs, and all gen thus far.

Naruto: Ramen Days by Rathanel - "After dying at the end of the Sand-Sound Invasion, Naruto finds that his life is governed by a strange set of rules that he is still trying to figure out. VideoGame!Naruto"

The fic that got me into this! There's a recruitment mechanic that's pretty amazing (accidental Hyuuga conscription!) and I have to give Rathanel a lot credit for making the discovery of a savepoint heart-rending instead of a way to cheat over certain stations of the canon.

Naruto: The Gamer Files by Maxfic - "Naruto has always had video games to fall back on growing up while the rest of the village pretty much treated him like garbage. What happens when Naruto wakes up to find his life has become one of the video games he loves so much. Naruto/The Gamer crossover."

There are so many stats in this fic, guys, but I love it so much anyway. I get excited every time I see the "A special skill has been created through a special act" thing - Maxfic mixes canon and original skills in a way that feels very organic and realistic.

The Adventures Of Harry Potter, the Video Game: Exploited by michaelsuave - "Harry Potter catches Voldemort's AK to the noggin only to find out that his life is a video game and he forgot to save. So what does he do? Does he return on Hard mode and work for the challenge? Heck No! Harry uses every exploit, grind, or underhanded tactic he can get his hands on. His life may be a video game, but nobody plays Harry Potter; Harry's going to exploit the system."

This is very much a comedy fic and I heart it. There's a cat battle arena featuring the terrifying Mr. Tibbles! I am looking forward to Hogwarts so fucking much, you guys.

Dear Yuletide Author 2014 - linked

Oct. 20th, 2014 02:58 pm
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I've stickied my Dear Yuletide Author letter for 12/24/14 so it shows up easily. Linking it here in case anyone is scrolling friendslists/circle reading lists for letters.
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Someday, a letter will be here. Until then, have a placeholder and an empty cut tag.

Dear Yuletide Author )

A Doctor Who Question

Oct. 20th, 2014 12:15 pm
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I've really been enjoying this season of Doctor Who, you guys. (Which is why I haven't been posting about it, actually. Better to not have to deal with squee-harshers and their Wrong Opinions. Which says sad things about the fandom, I suppose, but there you go.) I do have a question though. I'll put it behind a cut in case it's spoilery:

Read more... )

The Raven Cycle Discussion

Oct. 20th, 2014 08:06 am
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Covers for The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Tomorrow will see the release of Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the highly anticipated third title in Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle series. It's a bit of an understatement to say that all three of us here at Lady Business are fans: love for this series spread among us like wildfire after Renay reviewed The Raven Boys last year, and we've been counting down the days until the next book is in our hands. To celebrate its arrival, I've invited a few of our friends — Aarti, Jenny, Memory and Teresa — to come discuss the series and speculate wildly about what Stiefvater might have in store for us. Please feel free to join in in the comments! Needless to say, spoilers for the first two books will abound.
— Ana

Ana: Jenny, you recently told us on Twitter that your "frequently prescient" mother had a theory about the series. Mind sharing what that is with everyone?
Spoilers for the first two books ONLY )

Dear Festividder 2014

Oct. 19th, 2014 03:02 pm
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I'll try to keep the pre-amble short this year, because the requests themselves tell a story. This is a Festivids request list that is as much for my mom as it is for me, as we'll see in a second.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 )

Gamera (Shōwa series, 1965-1980) )

Rocky Jones, Space Ranger )

Ed Wood's Kelton Trilogy (Bride of the Monster / Plan 9 from Outer Space / Night of the Ghouls) )

Manos: The Hands of Fate )

Space Mutiny (1988) )

Danger: Diabolik (1968) )

As for music: go with your heart. Or your head. Or your spleen. Whatever you feel works best. Nothing is off limits.
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It's been ridiculously slow at Unnamed Nonprofit the past few weeks. As in, work starts at 9am and by 10am there's basically nothing to do except answer (very occasional) phone calls and reply to e-mails/process orders/enter transcripts/etc. that arrive throughout the day. (Which takes 5-15 minutes at a time and come very sporadically.)

None of us are too worried, because it's common for things to slow down in October and November. Once we hit December, things will start getting busy again, and by January we'll be lucky if they don't have us coming in on Saturdays like they did last year. But, still, there's a difference between things slowing down enough to give us breathing room and... well, being this dead.

To give you an idea how slow it's been? I've ready 650,000+ words of Mass Effect fic since last Monday.

... yeah.

That said? I'm really starting to wish that Mass Effect fic writers would make more of an effort to specify whether "Character Death" in long, epic-length fics is referring to "the characters who can't be saved no matter what you do in the game die" or "the Suicide Mission in ME2 ends with almost everyone dying". Because, you know, sometimes you're not in the mood to be reading a seemingly awesome fic that suddenly kills off everyone when you're not expecting it.

And the tags aren't always helpful, since there are some canon deaths that are expected so there's no way to know whether those are the deaths being referred to in the tags or not. :-/

ha ha there have been things

Oct. 19th, 2014 07:12 pm
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1. Further dog health shenanigans. I don't really want to talk about it, because I'm kind of at my limit of receiving advice, but good vibes are appreciated.

2. I saw the Gerard Way solo experience on Friday night. Very nice, energetic show. My feelings about Gerard will always be complicated in some ways, but watching him on the stage... you know, he is who he is, no more and no less, and being annoyed with him for being utterly himself makes about as much sense as being annoyed with a steak for not being cheesecake. Be free, GWay. Be your weird little self. (So goddamn weird.)

The Way parents were there, which was nice, and he gave the speech he's apparently been giving at most of the shows, about the power of young women and how the old white men in charge of things are scared of the coming generation of young women, and it was very nice and will-to-power-y and if he sticks with that and doesn't take one of his sudden sharp veers into problematic, that will be good.

The crowd really lit up for "Brother." It's a showstopper. Suck on THAT, reviewers who said it was out of place and should've been cut from the album.

3. Tomorrow I have a dental appointment for the second half of a deep cleaning. The first half, I wasn't expecting it or prepared and all of my dental trauma kicked in at once and I screamed and cried the entire time. That was super-humiliating. This time I am going to be at least quasi mentally prepared and I have a ride home so I can take xanax. I will still probably cry. I hate this.

It's a good thing it's tomorrow, because I've had pain and swelling between two teeth since I ate popcorn last Tuesday, which brushing/flossing has not budged, and I'm really looking forward to that not being the case anymore.

4. Last night I watched all of season 5 of Archer. What they did with the season was a bold move and I'm very curious to see if they pursue any of it in s6 or just reset-button everything.

5. Signed up for Yuletide. Requests:
Project Runway RPF
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
You're The Worst
This Is Where I Leave You (movie)

No letter this year because I put it all in the actual sign-up. Old-school.

Waiting to find out if bandom_holidays is happening again. If not, I'll do holly_poly with a collection of random fandom requests and offers from the metaphorical fannish junk drawer.

I guess that's it.

*All* the sign-ups! \o/

Oct. 19th, 2014 03:52 pm
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Well, it's officially that time of year. And all of the holiday exchanges seem to have come up with the same idea when it comes to sign-ups.

First of all, for the vidders, Festivids sign-ups have now started.

For those of you who are interested in poly relationships of the fictional variety, you're going to want to over to Holly Poly.

On the rare fandoms front, sign-ups for Yuletide are open as well.

And on the "ending" rather than "beginning" side of things, don't forget Femslash Exchange. The due date for assignments was yesterday, but golive isn't until the end of the week. There are still pinch hits being worked on, and there's still time to write (or draw) and post treats.

Dear Festividder,

Oct. 19th, 2014 03:26 pm
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Just to note: this year's requests include Barney Miller, Father Goose (1964), The Land Before Time (1988), Prince of Egypt, Roseanne (1988), seaQuest, Victor Victoria, and X-Factor (v3).

You're making me a vid! Seriously, there is absolutely no way you can possibly go wrong, because you're making me a vid. ♥

Now, the first thing you've probably noticed about my requests (other than, wow, my tastes are eclectic) is that I gave you almost nothing to work with when it comes to music. Um, sorry? I have a really hard time trying to figure out what song to use when I'm vidding myself (which is why almost all of my vids have involved someone shoving a song at me and saying "Steve Rogers FEEEEELS!" "make me a vid about so-and-so!"). Let's put the rest of this under a cut, shall we? )

And... that's about it.

Like I said, you're making a vid just for me! Don't worry about anything I've said if it doesn't spark any ideas for you; listen to or ignore this whole post to your heart's content. Believe me, I'm going to love whatever you come up with, so don't worry in the least bit. ♥

Yuletide Sign-Ups Are Open

Oct. 19th, 2014 01:37 pm
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Yuletide sign-ups are now open. I signed up a little while ago--and between now and when sign-ups close I am rewatching Dark Shadows (1991) and a few other movies (like Without a Clue (1988), been a while since I saw it) to see if I want to offer anything else.

A few Yuletide letters persuaded me to try out (and likely offer to write, unless I change my mind) a few movies I hadn't seen before now--like Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters, and The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec.


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