On the naming of Briards

May. 25th, 2017 06:07 am
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Given how his brother Fautus turned out, I ought to have just gone with Fenris. Maybe if I get a black "P" year puppy (if I end up with a tawny one in an "F" or a "P" year, it's going to be Fizzgig).

Reading recs?

May. 24th, 2017 08:40 am
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Looking for stories about, "I did the Thing. Now what?" Any suggestions?

ETA: My 2004 Hat Full of Sky review touches on what I'm currently seeking in a story. There has to be a better ending than "We thought we were going to die, but we didn't, and now we don't know what to do with ourselves" than Frodo leaving the Grey Havens with the elves. Or rather, there has to be a way to begin again as a survivor even if what you survived is your own heroic triumph. What I want is stories about people finding that new beginning and having a purpose that's more ambiguous, and paradoxically more ambitious, than "saving the world." How do you live in a "saved" world, especially if saved still equals broken? How do you do the Rogue One thing if you don't die at the end? The single hero/savior is a great dramatic myth, but there's a toxicity to it as well.  

The superhero answer is that the world simply doesn't stay saved so you have to do it all again tomorrow. Which is true, constant vigiliance and all that, but what if you are not in fact a superhero or even a regular old hero? (Oh, dear, I'm headed into the world of Literary Fiction, aren't I?)


Life Update

May. 24th, 2017 12:54 pm
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I feel like yesterday was somehow several days rolled into one, and in general this week so far feels like there has been a lot of it. So I am doing very little of today. I will go out grocery shopping at some point because I don't even have cornflakes and milk. I have some emails and messages I intend to respond to. I am working hard on tamping down the anxious instinct to mentally recite all the things I "should" be doing Arya Stark style. I am reading a review of Daughter of Mystery, which I've been meaning to read since the dawn of time, give or take (actually September or thereabouts).

I wrote yesterday and I wrote on Sunday, and I have a plan for how to go on, so on the whole I's say that I'm capital-O Okay.

Which is all I can really ask for.

procrastinating stuff

May. 23rd, 2017 09:14 pm
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I have some things I should be working on and I'm procrastinating because stuff is daunting.

I've had graham crackers for dinner. Not entirely convinced it is a good choice but at least I'm not hungry anymore, and it was easy.

Okay, okay...I'm going to give the things a go.

The Last Line Meme

May. 23rd, 2017 12:29 pm
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Because I think we all need some mindless stuff at the moment, have a meme that I took from [personal profile] musesfool.

Cite the final line of five of your fics – your favorites, or the most recent ones.

1. There was still happiness yet to come...for both the living, as well as for the undead. Wrap The Cloak Of Night Around His Shoulders. Dracula (1968), following the wedding between Seward and Mina.

2. With this bittersweet chapter concluded, they would see to the rest of their lives. Let The Shadows Become Your Shroud. Crimson Peak (2015). That’s basically Alan and Edith limping off to see to their wounds, mourn Thomas, and just live, in the aftermath of a massive exorcism of a ghost from reality itself.

3. There was solace in the shadows, for both young and old vampires alike. Give Your Soul To The Night. Fright Night (1985). Jerry is revelling in winning as quietly as he can, while settling down for a nap, surrounded by turned teenagers, in his coffin in the basement.

4. Only the dead remained. Blood Begets A Curse Anew. Legend (1985). It probably is as grim as it sounds, as Darkness basically teleported a changed Lili (help me; I keep writing Lucy) out of the dining hall, after teleporting the goblins away to somewhere presumably unpleasant. Oh, and should anyone be curious about this story, do beware of a bit of animal sacrifice at the beginning, and references to torture in the middle.

5. And we gladly feast on those that would subdue us. Because We’re Addamses. Wednesday Addams is thinking, and thereby reiterating a statement made in the first Addams Family film.
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This is not in order of importance, but in order of how recently I heard of it.

1. Sir Roger Moore has passed away at the age of 89, following a “short but brave battle with cancer.” He will be best known for his role as James Bond, over the course of seven films. Sherlock Holmes fans may also remember that he was Holmes in the film Sherlock Holmes In New York (1976).

2. My condolences must also go out to Zack Snyder, his wife, and the rest of his family in the wake of a family tragedy. Snyder will be stepping down as the director of Justice League as he mourns the loss of his daughter, and requested that Joss Whedon direct additional material for him.

3. And lastly, but certainly not least: as the numbers confirmed to be both dead and injured continue to rise, my thoughts are with the families affected by the suicide bombing at Manchester yesterday. It just didn’t feel right to post condolences and not mention this one as well. Here’s James Corden’s message to Manchester.

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May. 23rd, 2017 10:30 am
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I'm making steady progress in Upside Down again. I set it down for a while, partly because of depression, partly from being very busy and stressed over other things. And partly because I read Alyssa Wong's story and it was absolutely-- beyond description.

Box o books cont'd

May. 22nd, 2017 10:50 pm
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Last call for cheap books, kind of an eclectic lot, Shakespeare and Beatles and random SFF anthologies. Most of these are pretty well used, cover wear, etc. Let me know your zip code and I'll calculate media rate shipping from that and book weight.

Let me know before Friday night if you want any of these, because on Saturday they're going to Good Will.

For the Shakespeare, I am including publisher/edition for those who care; most of them are perfectly readable modern editions but I feel I should note that the "new hudson" editions were printed circa 1910 and while they have the same kinds of notes I tend to expect, they are visibly old. Merrills is 1910 as well, and Arden is good gracious, 1898.

Hardcover - $2
Skywalking: the life and films of George Lucas by Dale Pollock (1983, so no current or prequels)
Aliens from Analog (anthology, contents)
Reel Future (anthology, contents)
Pendragon Chronicles (anthology, contents)
Hal Leonard Guitar Method, books 1-3 (this is actually comb bound not hardcover, but it also includes CDs, so I'm tossing it in this list for pricing.)
America, the book, from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart
I Me Mine by George Harrison
Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now by Barry Miles
Blackbird: The Life and Times of Paul McCartney by Geoffrey Giuliano
McCartney: The Definitive Biography by Chris Salewicz
The Baby Train and Other Lusty Urban Legends by Jan Harold Brunvand

Trade Paperback (or larger) - $1.50
Save the cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting you'll ever need by Blake Snyder
How to Write for Television by Madeline DiMaggio
Writing Scripts Hollywood Will Love by Katherine Atwell Herbert
Science Fiction: a historical anthology (contents)
Henry the Fourth, Part I, Shakespeare, Norton
King Lear, Shakespeare, Kittredge
Hamlet, Shakespeare, St Martin's Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism
Classical Mythology by Mark Morford and Robert Lenardon
Completely MAD: A History of the Comic Book and Magazine
MAD about the Eighties: the best of the decade
MAD about the Seventies: the best of the decade
MAD about the Sixties: the best of the decade
MAD about the Movies
The Birth of the Beatles by Sam Leach
Brothel: Mustang Ranch and its Women by Alexa Albert
Dante, the Divine Comedy, Inferno, Italian, English translation by John Sinclair
Star Trek: Q's Guide to the Continuum
Cowboy Slang by Edgar R. "Frosty" Potter
All I really need to know I learned from watching Star Trek by Dave marinaccio
Quotable Star Trek by Jill Sherwin

Paperbacks - $1
Teach Yourself Film Studies by Warren Buckland
Twelfth Night, Shakespeare, signet
Othello, Shakespeare, folger
Tempest, Shakespeare, new hudson
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare, folger
Anthony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare, Kittredge
As You Like It, Shakespeare, new hudson
Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare, Arden
Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, Merrill's
Macbeth, Shakespeare, folger
Midsummer night's dream, Shakespeare, folger
Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare, folger
Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare, bantam
Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare, signet
Second Shepherd's play
The Fantastic Adventures of Robin Hood (anthology, contents)
Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Curses (anthology, contents)
Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Ghosts (anthology, contents)
50 Short Science Fiction Tales (anthology, and with nothing so tidy as a table of contents, here's the list of reprint permissions)
UFOs: A Manual for the Millennium by Phil Cousineau
Anne Frank's Tales From the Secret Annex
Dutchman and the Slave: Two Plays by LeRoi Jones
House of Desires in a new translation by Catherine Boyle
The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder
Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Everyman and Medieval Miracle Plays
Life is a Dream, Calderon
Beowulf, trans Burton Raffel
I Owe Russian $1200 by Bob Hope (resisting urge to make political joke here)
Strange and Amazing Facts About Star Trek by Daniel Cohen
Separated at Birth? (Meme of a bygone era, this is a collection of photographs of celebrities that look like other celebrities)

Things I want

May. 21st, 2017 11:49 am
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A koi pond. ETA: inside a conservatory to protect the fishes from predation.

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Canon: Avatar: The Legend of Korra
Pairing: Varrick/Zhu Li Moon
Canon Level: Married

Hah, I didn't even know I shipped Varrick and Zhu Li until Varrick asked her to do the thing forever and my reaction was "Yessss!" It snuck up on me! Much like Varrick's redemption arc in general. But, aww, Varrick does appreciate Zhu Li and everything she is to him. And they make a nigh-unbeatable team when they're on the same page.

Suggested reading:
Oblivious by [archiveofourown.org profile] DoubleL27
Another Train by [archiveofourown.org profile] JuliaJekyll
5 Times Varrick Kissed Zhu Li and the 1 Time She Kissed Him by [archiveofourown.org profile] bisexualnikiforov
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[community profile] transandnonbinary is a new add me & social/resource community for anyone who identifies on the trans*/nonbinary spectrum.

Cisgender allies who want to discuss trans/nonbinary issues are also welcome provided you can be respectful. :)

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May. 21st, 2017 08:32 pm
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For some reason, I've always been interested in the ant life cycle (how long is a queen's lifespan, how long is a male ant's lifespan, does a colony ever die out, etc.).
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
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Canon: Free!
Pairing: Matsuoka Rin/Nanase Haruka/Tachibana Makoto
Canon Level: Friends

So here's the thing about this trio in my eyes. Makoto and Haru get each other in a way no one else does because they've known each other for forever. They can find understanding and stability in each other, but the things that make their relationship so important to them also make it difficult for them to change their relationship. Rin, on the other hand, inspires large emotions in Haru and has for as long as they've known each other even when they weren't in contact with each other. I think Haru is drawn to Rin's energy and Rin is drawn to Haru's single-minded passion, so it's easy to see how something could develop between them. But I also think that they'd have trouble finding a workable balance to make something long-term actually work. So if you combine Rin and Haru and Makoto, you actually get something that might work surprisingly well. Rin brings energy and a refusal to let either Makoto or Haru get stuck in a rut, Makoto brings levelheadedness and a calming influence for Rin and for Haru, and Haru brings the determination to wholeheartedly commit to both Makoto and Rin and have their relationship work.

Suggested reading:
Happy Household Club by [archiveofourown.org profile] trixiechick
Language Arts by [archiveofourown.org profile] caffeinekitty
Taking the Plunge by [archiveofourown.org profile] doxian

age

May. 20th, 2017 06:50 pm
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Hard to believe I'll be 2^6 years old soon. It's the highest power of two I expect to live to see.

The First Five Lines Meme

May. 19th, 2017 12:28 pm
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List the first five (or so) lines of your last 20 stories (or however many you have altogether. WIPs count). See if there are any patterns.

Beneath the cut, have the openings for five posted stories and two WIP’s. )

Ships that I Ship: Day 139: Dave/John

May. 19th, 2017 01:07 pm
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
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Canon: Homestuck
Pairing: John Egbert/Dave Strider
Canon level: Friends

Aww, teenagers in love. John is such a doofus, but a good-hearted one who just wants his friends to be happy, that it's hard not to be drawn in. And while John doesn't quite see through Dave's cook kid facade to his squishy underbelly, he also isn't intimidated or put off by said facade and is pretty good at discombobulating Dave with his earnest playfulness. So the end result of Dave and John together is pretty hilarious to read while also being awkward and sweet.

Suggested reading:
Gotcha! by [archiveofourown.org profile] Miko
Marvelous Things by [archiveofourown.org profile] JumpingJackFlash
Lessons in Smooth Motherfuckology by [archiveofourown.org profile] Cephied_Variable
Unavoidable Misunderstandings by Anonymous

Voltage Lovestruck: Speakeasy Tonight

May. 19th, 2017 04:28 pm
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I tried out the prologue for the new Voltage game. It’s technically a period piece, which is mildly interesting, and it’s prohibition-era, which under different circumstances would probably intrigue me more. Except that there’s already The Blind Griffin, and while it’s very short and has no female love interests, I enjoyed it tremendously the three or so times I played it through. Plus, the heroine of TBG is just fantastic.

Anyway, the new game. Only the first few routes have made their appearance, but the prologue handily introduces all the many, many (many!) love interests. A little clumsily, but at least it’s super clear on what’s going on. There are about seven or eight male love interests, and one woman.

This is the story of a brash and outgoing girl of indeterminate age (if I had to guess I’d say no older than twenty) whose overprotective mother was worried about her hard-partying ways. So she sent her to live with her stern uncle. In Chicago. Which is clearly the best place in which to protect a young girl from the seedier aspects of life, such a good place that they even named a musical after it.

The MC is full of vim, and is meant to be quite clever and qualified. She doesn’t super sell it, though. It takes her the entire prologue to figure out what was immediately obvious to me as a reader, which is that her temperance campaigner uncle is secretly running a speakeasy under his shop. But anyway, she’s a lively and strong-willed girl, and that has its appeal. Runs a little close to “feisty” for my tastes but it’s hard to tell from such a short sample.

Verdict: I don’t know if I’ll get into it. Then again, it’s definitely better than L&L and I read almost a dozen episodes of that before I gave up. The background art is beautiful. The sprites are nice also, a style much more favorable I think than L&L’s had. It also remains to be seen whether there’s an overarching story to the different routes. Bottom line is, Astoria is still the best. If you can’t get more of that, fanfic is the only way to go.

Crossposted to Tumblr.

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