Weekly reading (02/12/16)

Feb. 13th, 2016 12:02 am
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What did you recently finish reading?

I finished rereading Deadline tonight (so that took a week--noticeably less time than the Feed reread, as I suspected) I did not wind up starting another novel alongside it, so that experiment remains untested unless/until I try to read something else alongside Blackout.

The combination of Goodreads/my memory leads me to think I hadn't properly reread the whole book since 2012.

As I just said on Twitter, I'm now seriously tempted to make a post listing all the things in Deadline that I'm just not over yet. Turns out I still have a literal physical reaction to a thing that happens in the middle. O_O (The things on that list bear no relation to the many things I bookmarked as details relevant to fic ideas I haven't written/finished yet.)

We'll see how I feel about the "making a list" idea tomorrow. I may be okay, since I spent the evening periodically messaging [twitter.com profile] megsaysthings to tell her what was happening in the book, which devolved into ALL CAPS FLAIL/SHRIEK/SOB/FEELS BY THE BUCKET at her by the time I stopped. (Please note that Meg actively encourages this behavior.)

(If anyone happens to want to flail about Deadline with me, please hold off on mentioning plot points in comments on this post--but feel free to indicate that you're so inclined, because it'll pretty much guarantee that I'll post separately about it!)

What are you currently reading?

I bought Carrie Fisher's Shockaholic a few weeks ago (?) when the ebook was on sale, and have started reading it on my phone when I have a few minutes here and there. I think I'm at a bit of a disadvantage, not having read her other book(s) and not knowing much at all about her life, but her style is a quick read.

What do you think you'll read next?

I keep thinking I might read something new before heading into my Blackout reread, but I enjoyed the Deadline reread so much that I'm not sure how likely I am to put Blackout off.
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It won't be long before I need to order more Mélange de Chamonix from Upton Tea, so I emailed [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear, Ginny, and Kas to see if anyone wants in on it. The following discussion ensued:

[dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear: If you want to split a large bag for any reason, we can do that; if you need to order a lot, I'll take 500g on my own.

Me: I'm debating between getting two or three 1kg bags for myself.

[dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear: ...right. I'll take 500g, then.

Ginny: I don't need anything from Upton, but I do have to place an order with Murchie's Tea, if anyone needs anything.

Kas: I don't need anything from Upton either, and I'll check Murchie's, but I have to order from Harney & Sons, if anyone needs anything from them.

(We take our tea seriously in these parts.)

Harry Sullivan gets an entire post

Feb. 13th, 2016 01:12 am
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Watched Ark in Space, it is okay but people do go on about how great it is so I feel unusual now for not loving it. Mostly watched it for Harry Sullivan, who is hilarious. I think he ships Sarah/Harry a bit, but that will never happen because she is a feminist and he lives in the 1920s somehow. Old girl. I imagine that Harry ended up marrying a woman who reminded him somewhat of his mother and he started smoking a pipe and wearing tweed slippers a lot. He did not name any of his children after the Doctor, and in fact was not always certain that all that space alien stuff really happened and maybe the navy gave him some drugs and did experiments on him instead.

But I do like to think that Harry met the Doctor once more and the Doctor was a woman at that point and Harry wasn't sure how to deal with that in his head but at least managed not to call her old girl but it was a close thing. I expect they had a marvellous adventure together. Perhaps I should write that story some day.

Anywho, there was like green bubble wrap on a space station. I did like the green bubble wrap. And Harry lost his shoes and Sarah Jane was like possibly going to have to sleep for thousands of years and nobody said "it's cool, we have a time machine." It was all eugenicists in the future and stuff.
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How wrong would it be if you were invited to [an event] and became a tad bored, nicked off with someone else's laptop, and spent the evening capping your new Fourth Doctor toy in front of various images that appeared on the first page of google? #askingforafriend

I decided to post these before I go to bed because I'll probably be too embarrassed tomorrow when I'm no longer under the influence. I apologise to the entire whoniverse for not finding a suitable Sarah Jane photo on google - online fandom has failed to sufficiently aid and abet my image theft and you are all fired! P.S. Also sorry about the lack of witty captions. Please submit your own suggestions in comment form.

1 The Fourth Doctor in the Tardis

Four more images of Four. )
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Remember when I said I missed the Mary Sues? I did and I do. But I had forgotten just how damn much the fandom knew about history and psychology, and just how long-winded they could be when describing all the ways you could break someone, usually a woman.

It's not that I think it's bad, writing these tens of thousands of word long epics about Cassandra or Methos or your OFC. I certainly think that a lot of the stories were really, really good. Because they were. (Tracking them down is a royal pain, though. No longer having Seventh Dimension as a fanfic resource is brutal, and having most of the stories not be on the Wayback Machine makes them hellish to find. Also the loss of Geocities is pretty painful in that we lost some old HL fic too.)

It's not like the stories are torture porn. Because they're really not. They're just a bunch of highly literate, knowledgeable fans taking the admittedly flimsy information in the series and extrapolating history without flinching - and often with the women having the worst possible luck. A lot of stories are damn good. They're just hard to read. You can spend a day or two on an epic and then want to take a bath after. (By "you" I mean "I.")

Honestly, I'm kind of surprised I haven't seen more stories about Rebecca or Cierdwyn being a sort of women's therapist, like Sean Burns, only a healer of women's souls. Which kind of makes me want to write it, but I can't think how many years it's been since I've written Highlander fanfic. Or how much terrible handwritten fanfic I have in a folder at home that will probably never be typed up. (Answer: So much. And I know right where the folder is.)

I'm not sure my reread and recs list will be done in time for halfamoon (I have a big TBR list in Instapaper that only got bigger with my post about missing the Highlander Mary Sues), alas, but if you'd like to see what I've gotten to thus far, you can look at my Highlander tag on Pinboard. I can't guarantee all the older stories are still there. I know Julie Fortune's fic is either gone or has migrated someplace I can't find, but maybe I'll get lucky and she's still at her gmail address to point me to a new site.

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Feb. 12th, 2016 06:24 pm
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Do YOU think that the Tenth Doctor looks somewhat like Harry Sullivan?? I think it's the sideburns and the general colouring?

Harry is magical, I had forgotten how much I like Harry. They are in Scotland with a monster and Zygons. It's all v dramatic. I don't ship Sarah/Harry, but they are quite good as a combo. Benton is in this one too, they keep calling him Mr Benton which is ridic because his first name is Sergeant as anyone knows. Or else has has no first name, I can't decide which.

Scotland is hella creepy and the Scots shoot animals and humans indiscriminately. So it is very true to life.

Is it March 7th yet?

Feb. 12th, 2016 01:08 am
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New Bates Motel trailer! Just what I needed after a crappy day at work.

Not much in here that I find particularly surprising, but I can tell Freddie Highmore is going to slay us with his acting chops this season.

French Hamilton

Feb. 11th, 2016 10:25 pm
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I posted this in a comment to this post by [personal profile] rachelmanija . I'm reposting here, slightly longer.

Here's a language-flipped version of Lafayette's introduction.

Yes yes my friend my name's Lafayette
Le Jeanne d'Arc* de 1777**
Venu de loin just pour vous dire "Hello"
Pour le Roi "Fuck off". Qui est le plus beau?
It's me!

Thoughts on a French production )

*Yes, I know it says Lancelot. That comparaison is wrong.
**Pronounced as "dix-sept cent soixante-dix-sept" to keep the rhyme

Fire and Ice

NSFW Feb. 11th, 2016 08:10 pm
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in conclusion

Feb. 11th, 2016 02:47 pm
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i don't know if i'm romanticizing vegas 7 (pretty sure i cursed it out just as much?), which i used for 6 or 7 years, but despite the fact that everything is quicker on my yoga than it was on my old desktop, the 64 bit compatibility seems to make a huge difference in the operation of the software.

I didn't think i used many effects, but i missed not having the ones i used regularly. Movie Studio STOPPED WORKING when i added two "fancy" transitions (well one, but i ended up using two).

I don't seem to be able to use the credits to their full abilities in this.

Yes, okay, i wish i had photoshop for the beginning, but that's not MS's fault. Also, i miss my thousands of fonts to choose from, boo!

In the plus column however, I think i used the keyboard shortcuts more in the last two projects than I ever did in vegas lol. but that might have been me taking the trackpad into account, since i had to think differently for input.

IDK i have to get like one clip "right" then i may post it, but i'm thinking this weekend.

If two projects, some sound work (for the last project) and about fifteen image alterations are all i used it for, i'd say that the imagination creative suite was 15 bucks well spent. Next stop, attempting a hackintosh.

oh, movie studio...

Feb. 11th, 2016 02:10 pm
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so one feathered Venetian blind transition breaks the preview, okay!
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We're happy to announce that we're welcoming a new contributing editor to Lady Business. Please say hello to KJ!

KJ has been a frequent guest at Lady Business, stretching back to the beginning. She's helped behind the scenes with several projects, included Coverage of Women on SFF Blogs and and Gender Discrimination in SFF Awards. She's written several great reviews for and with us, including The Secret Journal of Beatrice Hassi Barahal by Kate Elliott and Julie Dillon and Cold Steel by Kate Elliott. Plus, she's done data analysis and video game commentary, too! We're thrilled that she'll be sharing more insights into pop culture and video games with us. She'll be posting soon — attention MCU fans — so be on the lookout! :D

Onward to learn more! Read more... )

Yarnbombing in my dreams

Feb. 11th, 2016 07:24 am
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Apparently my psyche combined "knitting groups" and "postapocalyptic society" and I was dreaming about yarnbombing sticks topped with the skulls of our enemies. All right, then.
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In 1853, when the existence of dinosaurs was still a controversial subject, artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins made the Crystal Palace dinosaurs for exhibition to the public. His sculptures were the first attempts at reconstructing full-size dinosaurs. Academic arguments, publicity stunts, and hijinks ensued, including a full formal dinner served in the hollow belly of a model Iguanodon (no, rly [/history]). It was inevitable that generations of children would fall in love with these beasties and that adults would write them into children's literature, although Charles Dickens was the first author to bring a dinosaur into popular fiction in Bleak House, 1853: "Implacable November weather. As much mud in the streets as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth, and it would not be wonderful to meet a Megalosaurus, forty feet long or so, waddling like an elephantine lizard up Holborn Hill."

Dinosaurs in Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins' studio, Crystal Palace, 1853

1 Dinosaurs in Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins' studio, Crystal Palace, 1853

Crystal Palace dinosaurs, circa 1854

2 Crystal Palace dinosaurs, circa 1854

Eight more illos and photos. )

Reflections - January 2016

Feb. 10th, 2016 11:09 pm
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Welcome to Reflections, where we look back at the previous month and our posting accomplishments. \o/ January was a great start to the year, full of media celebrations and lists and project launches from new editors!

Looking back over January 2016 )

It was a great few weeks and we're excited to continue on into February. We hope you'll join us. ♥

I wrote fic!

Feb. 10th, 2016 10:15 pm
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[personal profile] dhampyresa
Mirage (3173 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Rey (Star Wars), Original Female Character(s), Luke Skywalker, Original Male Character(s), Knights of Ren
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Friendship
Summary: This apprenticeship thing is nothing like Rey expected.

Posted for [community profile] halfamoon 's "Friendship" prompt.

Spoilery fic notes )

Shall we play a game?

Feb. 10th, 2016 03:53 pm
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I'm breaking a cardinal rule by posting to my journal when I have fic to write. In addition to my exchange fics, I'm trying to come up with a fluffy drabble for a friend. Guess what? Fluff is not in my nature. Angst is what I do best.

While I'm procrastinating, have a meme:

Give me a fandom and I'll tell you my:

lowkey otp
highkey notp
[softly] don’t notp
highkey otp but i’m scared of saying it because it’s not a very popular choice
highkey otp and everyone knows it

Note, since it's me you might get some weird answers. For example, I believe Kirk/Enterprise to be one of the greatest Star Trek pairings ever.

Also, Festivids is live, go enjoy the awesomeness.

Feel free to yell at me and tell me to go back to writing.

P.S. It is so weird commenting on LJ with only 15 icons.

P.P.S. I got bored and cleaned up my circle on Dreamwidth. Let me know if I unsubscribed/revoked access to you by mistake.


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