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- Art for a collab with partner in crime [personal profile] geckoholic, a Kate Is The First Hawkeye AU. Such a great concept.
(I already produced a fancast and a banner. I still have to read the last draft of the fic she sent over but now that I'm done with my Vala meta, I'll have time to get on that too, yay!)
- Another collab with [personal profile] geckoholic: art for a Mako Mori in space AU.

My WIP folder keeps expanding. (Why can't I just finish what I started and then move on to the next thing? Or, alternatively, why does it take me so long to write anything?)
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Art for a Illyria&fem!Loki ficlet [livejournal.com profile] kikimay wrote me: Girls Never Stop Playing Dressing Up. (I know what I want to do. And, boy, I really need to get to it. it just seems like there's never enough time for anything.)
Plus a sequel/remix/answering ficlet which is mostly finished and I just have to fix up.

- I really have to post another "Things I've been enjoying lately" post. I have most of that stuff typed up already, I just need it to wrap it up and start posting.
- I also committed myself to a new Talking Meme.

Talking Meme

Nov. 28th, 2015 07:17 pm
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I see that people are once again putting up posts for the December Meme thing, I did it too last year and it was great fun except my answers ended up getting spread until the July of the next (this) year, so I clearly failed the December part. :D
Which was probably just poor planning on my part since December always ends up being one of the busiest month for me, and that's without taking into account all the other fannish stuff I've been working on lately and that I really need to finish (!), thank goodness I already wrapped up my Vala meta. 
Anyway, I thought this year I'd do something different. As per [livejournal.com profile] tamsinwillougby's suggestion, I think I'll just expand the December Meme to the rest of next year from the start.

So, give me a fannish question/topic? *g*
I promise I'll try to answer all of them in the new year. ;)

BTW, here's an up-to date list of all my fannish interests, if you want to check where our interests overlap. - LOL and why wouldn't you? I'm having a hard enough time remembering if I forgot to include something myself. Being so multifannish is hard, people. :D
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I've been meaning to do this for a while. Here's a list of my favorite fandoms/characters/ships/fannish preferences. (Well, more or less, I bet I forgot to include something or other LOL). Mostly copied&pasted from my last [community profile] fandom_stocking list and updated with my latest fannish obsessions.

favorite fandoms )
favorite characters, ships, friendships )
my fanworks preferences )

I give up

Nov. 28th, 2015 09:35 pm
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Sleep now, hospital tomorrow (nothing serious, just a thing that's been hanging around too long for my liking).

(Also, I have a thread at the love meme.)

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As a consequence of her connection with Daniel, Vala forms ties with the people around him too: the rest of the team, the SGC, Earth itself, in a way. At the beginning of series 9 she's still the “back-up singer” but she'll reveal herself to be the hero we all knew she had the potential to be with her heroic sacrifice at the Supergate, and, once back from the Ori galaxy, she'll get to join her new family properly and become a fully-fledged member of SG1 (even if only after enduring being put to the test again and again by the SGC).
I adore Vala's friendship with the team and all the physical displays of affection those friendships entail, like hugging Sam after her misadventure in “The Road Not Taken” (10x13), or Vala and Teal'c hip-bumping and arm-wrestling and Vala jumping into Teal'c arms at the end of “Line in the Sand” (10x12), or Vala and Cam casually patting/grabbing each other and the tension between them that's half sexual and half hilarious siblings rivalry.
I love Vala calling Teal'c “muscles” or seeing Vala bond with general Landry over their respective father-daughter issues.
Also, focusing for a moment on Vala and Sam's relationship, I'm really, really delighted by the fact that they were allowed to develop a strong friendship of their own, up to the point when they're casually hanging out during their free time, just like we see in “Family Ties”. It's so refreshing to see two women of such different backgrounds and personalities get along well instead of displaying any of the usual rivalry nonsense. Which, as I found out from an Amanda Tapping interview, is something the actresses actively worked for: “What Claudia and I have decided to do is just try to find moments where it’s just a look, an acknowledgement of each other, a subtle nuance that connects us in some way. What we do not want, like so often happens, is the women become bitchy adversaries and the guys are buddies with secret handshakes and the whole bit. The guys are buddy-buddy and the women don’t like each other. We said from the outset we do not want that.
They’re two very different women, but there’s no reason why they can’t work together and actually kind of have fun doing it.”

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Which brings me to Vala and Daniel's relationship.

I love the fact that, yes, both Daniel and Vala are a bit broken but they don't let that stop them or bring them down. Instead, they are still capable of looking at the future with hope: Daniel still proves himself to be a hopeless idealist and, no matter the bad things that happened to her, Vala is always smiling.
They both had troubled childhood. Daniel lost his wife Sha're to the Goa'uld, while Vala lost her own body to them.
In fact, in a way Vala functions as a mirror to Sha're: she was taken as a host just like Sha're was. Only, while Daniel ultimately lost Sha're, Vala survived that ordeal and she may be able to find a happy ending with Daniel in the future.
They may be broken but together they may fit just the right way.
Talking about Sha're, I find the moments when Daniel mentions his wife to Vala, in “Counterstrike” (10x07) and in “Unending” (10x20), to be the most touching ones. Daniel never talk about his wife and for him to open as much to Vala, just to try to bring her some comfort, it means a lot. I'm especially moved by their conversation in “Counterstrike”, how they share the experience of feeling both relief and guilt at their sort-of-evil family being dead.

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Now, I'd like to talk a bit about Vala's personality.

There's a great meta/picspam by 65pigeons that, among other things, poses that Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black's character in Farscape, for the uninitiated) wears the same outfit as Han Solo, besides being a badass pilot herself.
Well, Vala did her one better: she actually is a smuggler with a heart of gold, just like Han Solo, only with added tragic backstory. And, of course, she's a woman to boot. What's not to like, I ask you?

Also, while we're on the subject of Aeryn Sun, I'd like to point you (those of you who didn't read/look at it already, that is) to cartography's terrific Aeryn Sun & Vala Mal Doran comparison picspam/meta.

Now, back to Vala... her arrival introduces a whole new level of humor and color to the show, so much so that if you then get back to earlier seasons you probably find yourself missing it a bit (I certainly do).
Vala's character also function as an excellent bridge between the Goa'uld storyline (what with her past as a host) and the Ori one (with her ties to Adria and Tomin and the Ori galaxy). In a way, she is the emblem of the evolution the show underwent in later seasons.

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The kitchen sink is clear!

Nov. 28th, 2015 12:17 am
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Thank you to everyone who sympathized and suggested things I could try in lieu of paying $400 for a plumber. Things seem to be working! Between several days' worth of repeated alternating infusions of baking soda and vinegar, boiling water, a whole lot of enzyme treatment, and more boiling water, not to mention half an hour to an hour's worth of plunging the sink, it seems to be clear. I did spend a fair amount on plumbing supplies, but it's still cheaper than a plumber. Also worth it for the feeling of personal accomplishment and DIY-ishness.

We had to leave Thanksgiving at Mom and Dad's house early, but it kept Dad from insisting that he should just start cutting pipes and it'd all be fine if we'd let him, which it might have been! But this was the easier solution. Also not relying on Dad. Who is definitely shakier on his plumbing skills than he used to be.

Also I finally got around to buying the 10" pipe wrench which I've been meaning to pick up for a couple months so I don't have to keep borrowing Dad's instead.

Anyway, I just thought I'd thank everyone who said anything. I really appreciate it! The encouragement was definitely helpful, and the advice even more so.

Then I used my newly working kitchen sink to clean up the mess from making gluten-free, dairy-free peanut butter cookies. Now all I need is some kind of vegan replacement for eggs that also works as a binder and I can make them vegan too for my vegan friends.
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Now that my Great Vala Re-watch is complete, it's finally time for my Vala essay, which I'll be posting in five chunks (five!) for readability's sake and because it turned out to be freaking long and, seriously, I can't believe I'm finally done with it and ready to post it, yay!
Anyway, this essay is a place for all my thoughts and speculations about Vala, her relationship with the Daniel and the rest of the crew and her ties to the Ori arc. Plus a few graphics here and there, because I can't resist them and a picture is worth a thousands words, right? :D

Let's start with her backstory, shall we?

One of the most interesting thinks about Vala is that she lies about her past, she obfuscates and embellishes things (most consistently early on in her stay on the series, when she wasn't close to the rest of the team yet), so much so that in the end you can never be sure when she's telling outrageous lies, when she's telling the truth and when she's doing a bit of both. Which is probably the point.
So let's try to piece together what information we have about Vala's life prior to her first meeting with Daniel and her introduction to the series.

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By popular demand!

Nov. 27th, 2015 07:34 pm
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(FYI, I am answering a bunch of old comments (including on Ao3) right now, so be warned.) (I really really need to stay on top of comments, omg.)

Anyway, I posted the Iron Man 3 Maya Hansen fix-it fic I mentionned yesterday.

Ab Irato (1461 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Iron Man (Movies)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Maya Hansen, Pepper Potts
Additional Tags: Fix-It
Summary: Maya Hansen blows up half the building when she comes back to life.

And the Foxface fix-it fic.

Fire burns (813 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hunger Games Series - All Media Types
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Foxface (Hunger Games)
Additional Tags: Fix-It

Foxface has a plan.

More fic coming soon, hopefully.
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- "Sing in" to Wordery, screencap taken yesterday. Typo or clever marketing ploy?

"Sing in" to Wordery, screencap, 26-11-15

- SPACE JUNK WILL KILL US ALL!!1!! Because I haven't had an opportunity to type that for ages: supervillain Elon Musk bombs British Isles with GIANT space rocket... but misses, luckily for us, or maybe he was aiming for his secret undersea lair in the Atlantic?

- Units of measurement: in Britain we have the "football pitch" and the "size of Wales" as standardised units of size but what is the measure of (scrap) paper? The Ikea catalogue, or the Argos catalogue, or something else? It used to be the BT phonebook when I was younger but they haven't exist in popular consciousness for a whole generation now. Anyway, I just recycled an epic amount of useless paperwork and I want to know how best to boast about it!!1!!

- Reading, books 2015, 149.

143. City of Spies, by Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan, and Pascal Dizin. From reading this book I learned that it is possible to make a boring children's (?) graphic novel about a Jewish American girl hunting Nazi spies in 1942. It's also surprisingly, erm, inclusive at the beginning with Our Heroine imagining herself saving an airship full of Nazis from disaster. Then there's a sexual harrassment "joke" on pg11. And all the adults are pathologically narcissistic, even the secondary heroine and hero. Oh, and the adult secondary heroine falls in love with the adult secondary hero immediately after he repeatedly negs her and reinforces her low self-esteem. Maybe Kim and Klavan were aiming this book at adults who were ten, like the protags, in 1942 and this is actually a story for 68 year olds in their second childhood? P.S. I blame none of these faults on the artist Pascal Dizin who appears to have done as well as could be expected with the substandard script. (2/5 one point for having a very basic grasp of storytelling and a second point for using the phrase, "Plant you now, dig you later!")

145. Dorothy Wordsworth's Christmas Birthday, by Carol Ann Duffy, poem in a chapbook with lovely wood/lino cut style illustrations by Tom Duxbury. Reread. (4/5)

146. Legends of Zita the Spacegirl, by Ben Hatke. Reread. Children's fantasy graphic novel. Second book in a series of three (so far) and probably best read in order as part of that series. Good storytelling in both the script and the art. Also cute. (4/5)
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Fandom/Geeky Things

At Tor.com, "(Almost) Every SFF Adaptation Coming to Television and Movie Theaters!"

"20+ Gifts For Miyazaki Lovers That Will Spirit You Away".

A Kickstarter: "Hatoful Boyfriend Official Plush Project".

A couple weeks old, but io9 posted "Behold The Awesome Origins Of Spider-Gwen's New Female Captain America".

A first round of Jessica Jones links:

Spoiler-free, timestamped list of possible triggers related to rape/sexual assault in Jessica Jones; includes a link to a similar post re: scenes of domestic/familial abuse.

"Jessica Jones Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg on Season 2 and Women in Hollywood". [The Mary Sue]

An interesting read on the history of Patsy Walker in comics, with some minor spoilers for the first few episodes of Jessica Jones. [Polygon]

"Why Krysten Ritter Hated the Idea of Jessica Jones". [Slate interview]

"'Jessica Jones' showrunner Melissa Rosenberg talks rape, adaptation, and female sexuality". [LA Times]


"What Goth Culture Looks Like Around The World". [slideshow, annoyingly]

"An Ancient Chinese Ginkgo Tree Drops an Ocean of Golden Leaves".

"After 6 Years And 720,000 Attempts, Photographer Finally Takes Perfect Shot Of Kingfisher".

"20+ Reasons Why Being A Nature Photographer Is The Best Job In The World".

Unsorted (all via Facebook)

"How Contemporary Hairstyles Affect Historical Costume Movies: The 1920s".

"Ever Wondered Why Americans of the 1930s and 40s Spoke with an Accent?" [links to a short Brainstuff video]

"Why living with friends doesn’t make you a bad adult". [The National Post]

"Why I Never Tell Anyone My Age".

"22 Times The Dedication Page Was The Best Part Of The Book". (Amusing read, but the headline is definitely inaccurate in terms of Hyperbole and a Half, and doubtless so in the case of many of the other books. Dear headline writer: yes, it's a clever, but not clever enough to keep me from rolling my eyes.)

"Cats Experience Less Stress When They Have Access To Boxes: Study".


Nov. 26th, 2015 07:46 pm
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So... remember how, back in 2012, there was a short video released about an android named Kara? I requested it for Yuletide last year, and got a lovely story based on it?

That one?

They're making a full game out of it! It's for PS4 only, which means I'm not sure when and if I'll actually get to play it (since I'm a PC gamer), but still!


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