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Apr. 22nd, 2019 10:37 am
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[personal profile] nestra
The problem with catching up on my CW shows is that every ad break has the promo for Tuesday's Roswell season finale, which I am stressed about. And honestly, I'm tired of being stressed by my media. I didn't even watch The Magicians, and I'm really kind of upset about it. I 50% just want Avengers to be over so I know who's going to die and I can go ahead and be disappointed and mad. I will probably pre-medicate myself so I don't sob in the theater. Is that healthy? I don't know.

I don't think Roswell will kill off either of the guys in the m/m pairing, but there's no guarantee that the show will treat them well. And I think I have a pretty broad opinion of what constitutes well! But one of them literally just came out as queer, and the example The Magicians has set this week has me on edge.

Star Trek Discovery's treatment of its queer couple has hardly been ideal, but I will take it.

Mostly, this means I am watching all of the Schitt's Creek extra stuff on YouTube. They're all adorable.

Notes from 3AM, A List

Apr. 22nd, 2019 02:50 am
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[personal profile] templemarker
  • I have a sleep disorder that basically means my body is always trying to be awake during the nighttime hours and sleep during most of the daytime hours; and usually I'm awake for like twenty-thirty hours at a time, and then sleep for 8-11. Its -- challenging? Is that sufficient to convey the situation? It's more or less equivalent to being eternally jet-lagged. It affects .13-.17% of the population -- so pretty rare -- and is probably genetic in origin. The upshot is that I am usually awake when most people are asleep; if I'm lucky the folks in GMT will be waking up only a few scant hours after the folks in PST go to sleep. Mostly though I am alone with my thoughts. 
  • I cannot stop thinking about The Magicians, which I guess is no big surprise, but I've been in analytical mode for the last five days; and right now there is no more Magicians information to process, but I can't get my brain out of analytical mode. Which -- I can't write, despite wanting to write; and I can't read because I'm in the wrong processing space for fanfiction; and I can't (easily) shift out of thinking and wanting to think about The Magicians to finish off my library books. It's like -- my brain is the spinny beach ball you get on a Mac when a process hangs up. 
  • But seriously I have so many things I want to be writing. 
  • Alternatively I wish I could be talking to someone because sometimes that can be sufficient to get me out of one mode or another, but see again, 0300 PST. 
  • I have exhausted Twitter, Tumblr, and Dreamwidth. 
  • Regardless, I have a doctor's appointment at 0715 PST, four hours from now, so -- somehow I gotta get through. 
  • I hope you are all having a restful night's sleep.

Well, this all seems horrible...

Apr. 21st, 2019 11:04 pm
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[personal profile] mollyamory
... but mostly just with regards to timing. The week before Endgame is no time to be showing up to wave your big red, gold and purple Bruce/Tony flag, right? Could I have picked any worse time for a fannish renaissance? I am literally in hiding from the internet this week, and yet here I am, posting on what would seem to be the internet.

So essentially this post is like "Hi, here I am again! BTW it's the week before Endgame and if you spoil me I WILL FUCKING CUT YOU, I SWEAR TO GOD."

The entire past month or so has been me watching Avengers movies, and then pausing to write, and then saying "wait I need to go back a bit," and then watching them again. My housemates refer to this as living in Avengers Boot Camp. Though, because it's me, it's really more like Bruce/Tony boot camp. I don't know, man. The heart wants what it wants.

If anybody wants to talk about my favorite science boyfriends (or science bros, I'm bifictional) in a totally spoiler-free environment, please feel free to abuse my comments section. I would LOVE to talk about them. It's a week till Endgame, and I am laser-focused on my pairing and not much the hell else till then. :)
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I made a comm for casual MCU discussion! No srs bsns, no content aggregation, just homegrown grass-fed USDA-certified organic shitposts.

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people in exile write so many letters

Apr. 21st, 2019 08:43 pm
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I had a request for Anne Carson, before I even started the month, but the problem I always have with posting Anne Carson during National Poetry Month is that her stuff is so difficult to excerpt, and I like her long things—Autobiography of Red, the Oresteia translation, the Glass Essay—more than her short things, a lot of the time. I'm also in a weird place with Anne Carson right now because the show we saw last night was...her id on stage? And I love her work, but I'm not sure the stage is the right place for her id. On the other hand, sometimes she does short really well. The line breaks on this poem are pretty arbitrary and (as far as I can tell) somewhat dependent on the printing, but as prose poetry it does work for me, which prose poetry rarely does. Maybe it's the Ovid.

I see him there on a night like this )

Recent fic on a general theme

Apr. 21st, 2019 03:52 pm
sholio: A box of chocolates (Chocolates)
[personal profile] sholio
But first, a very important question: This Ward gifset - which Iron Fist episode is that from? It's gotta be season one, but I can't figure out who he's talking to. That smile tho'.

ETA: Figured it out based on the visitor badge! It's from 1x08 in the boardroom scene (and yes, it's Joy he's talking to.)

It looks like the poll leaned overwhelmingly towards linking and/or crossposting fic, so I will start doing that again! I don't even remember why I (mostly) stopped. I think it was just pure laziness.

So here is a roundup of the recent Iron Fist hurt/comfort ficpocalypse, which is mainly the result of me finishing up several fics I was writing for various prompts/requests. Posted in the last week or so:


So Little Space, So Much Time (3000 words, gen)
Tumblr prompt fic, for the request "Ward and Danny, restraints and bad memories." Set post-S2.

Breathe In, Breathe Out (4100 words, Danny/Colleen + Ward)
Danny mistakenly thinks Colleen is dead. Set post-S2.

Truth or Consequences (3400 words, Danny/Colleen)
Danny on truth serum is pretty much normal Danny, just chattier. Set between seasons 1 & 2, after Defenders.

Postcards from Asia (2300 words, Danny/Colleen + Misty)
Danny's sprawling handwriting sent a jolt of familiar bittersweet pain through her chest, the way so many things around the former dojo did these days.

Takes Its Course (9500 words, Danny + Ward)
After escaping from imprisonment, Danny goes through drug withdrawals; Ward is along for the ride, and forced to deal with certain aspects of his past.

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Apr. 21st, 2019 04:43 pm
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Time Enough
by Dennis O'Driscoll

The tally of years
added up so rapidly
it appeared I had
been short-changed,
tricked by sleight
of hand, fallen victim
to false bookkeeping.

Yet when I checked
my records, each
and every year had
been accounted for,
down to the last day,
and could be audited
against old diary entries
(client briefings,
dental check-ups,
parent-teacher meetings,
wedding anniversaries),
verified with credit
card statements
(multi-trip insurance,
antibiotics, concert bookings,
mobile top-ups).

And, although
nagging doubts
remained—an
inkling that I had
been ripped off
in some way,
given short shrift,
made to live at an
accelerated pace,
rushed through
my routines with
unseemly haste—
nothing could be proved,
no hard and fast
statistics adduced.

I had, it seems,
unknown to me,
been living my
life to the full.

"Time Enough" by Dennis O'Driscoll, from Dear Life. © Copper Canyon Press.

Game of Thrones!

Apr. 21st, 2019 05:06 pm
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[personal profile] trelkez
I've had this post sitting in drafts all week, so now in order to get it posted before episode 2 airs, I'm sitting here in a corner at family Easter furiously typing on my sticker-covered nerd laptop.

(I just lost half an hour to Game of Thrones discussion after I said out loud, “is this on brand?” And then had to explain to my cousin that I'm trying to catch up on Game of Thrones “blog posts” before the episode. I'm not the only one here mentally plotting how to get home in time for the new episode!)

This post is ... not brief? My word processor clocks it at 4,716 words. I have a lot of Game of Thrones thoughts. Apologies if I'm overlooking anything or have forgotten any key details -- I did a partial rewatch to get ready for this season, but not a full one, and it's been a while since I've opened the books.

I've seen the trailer for the season and I know when in the season events in it take place (mostly because it has been very, very widely discussed in media). That partially informs this post, so if you skipped the trailer, this will spoil you for part of what was in it.

So with that, I'll jump right in:

Who, if anyone, wins the game of thrones? )

Who makes it to the end? )

Questions I would like answers to before the series ends )

Things I would like to see happen before the series ends )

There are probably a lot of other things I've forgotten that I want to know or see – there's so much in the source that it's hard to sit here and try to come up with every bit of possible foreshadowing, every possible seeded story or dropped thread. And that's part of what I like about Game of Thrones: there are so many things that could turn out to be important, it's almost impossible that we won't be surprised at least a few times as the show winds to a close.

I'm excited! Bring on episode 2, so that all of my speculation can immediately be proven wrong.

Dear Not Prime Time writer

Apr. 21st, 2019 11:04 am
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[personal profile] sholio
Not Prime Time is taking signups 'til the 30th if you want to join in! Details at the link.

Dear writer: thank you for writing for me! I love all these canons and if you loved writing it, I'm sure I'll love reading it. All my prompts are merely suggestions; if you have a different idea, go for it.

General likes: hurt/comfort (tropey or understated, both are good!), fluff, angst with a happy or at least hopeful ending, found family, curtainfic/domesticity, characters hanging out together (getting drinks, playing games, etc), casefic/action, presumed dead, missing scenes, futurefic, loyalty, enemies to friends, bickering/banter, AUs, ultra tropey tropes (e.g. bodyswap, soulmates, amnesia, etc)

DNWs: character death (death fakeouts are great, though), incest, unrequested non-canon pairings (including canon pairings is always fine), A/B/O, tragic or hopeless endings.

Fandoms:

Iron Fist )

Defenders )

Agent Carter )

Punisher )

She's Like A Sunset

Apr. 21st, 2019 11:09 am
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[personal profile] rachelmanija
I've had a hell of a year. I broke my foot and was wrongly told that I'd had a heart attack in the same week - and that was a typical week. So, now that I have learned that my heart is fine, and also that I do not have breast cancer and am not in fact likely to have a stroke (you see what kind of year it was), I decided to get my hair touched up to celebrate.

Since enough had washed out or grown out to switch up the colors a bit, I went with "sunset." Tea Cup, the stylist, literally used a photo of a sunset to choose the shades.

Ta-da!



I told Tea Cup that I'd wanted to have rainbow hair ever since I was eleven, and I'm finally fulfilling my dream. All the stylists were thrilled to hear that. It was a really fun atmosphere in the salon, as everyone was just so delighted to be there and be getting truly amazing hair.

Tea Cup said, "It's funny to say this, since obviously these aren't natural colors, but you really seem meant to have this kind of hair. Sometimes people come in and get looks that they thought they wanted, but then they have second thoughts and then the hair doesn't look right on them. But when someone's really happy and confident with what they want, then it always looks good on them. And that's what you got. It's a very bold look, but you're wearing it - it's not wearing you."

More below cut. Read more... )
petra: Text: Eternal Quest - See Quest, Eternal. Quest, Eternal - See Eternal Quest. (DWJ - Eternal Quest)
[personal profile] petra
Gnomic utterances (5 drabbles) by Petra
Fandom: The Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Diana Wynne Jones, Dogsbody - Diana Wynne Jones, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland - Diana Wynne Jones, Magids Series - Diana Wynne Jones, The Magicians (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Quentin Coldwater, Julia Wicker, Eliot Waugh
Additional Tags: Crossover, Drabble Sequence
Summary:

What would The Magicians be like if Quentin had loved Diana Wynne Jones instead of Christopher Plover?

Gratitudes

Apr. 21st, 2019 11:42 am
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[personal profile] kass
1. Two sedarim -- one with family, one with the shul. So many melodies and words, songs and flavors, that connect me -- in to myself, up to my Source, through to the generations.

2. My kid's glee at whacking [personal profile] sanj and me with a scallion last night at the second seder.

3. Matzah brei for breakfast. I am firmly in the savory camp (this is matzah chilaquiles, basically, not French toast) and mmm, so peppery and good.

4. Iced coffee on my mirpesset. And I put the screens back in four of the downstairs windows and have opened them! because it feels like spring today!

5. A few precious hours of post-seder downtime before the workweek begins, hallelujah.

Take heart

Apr. 21st, 2019 11:02 am
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[personal profile] goss
“Optimism is radical. It is the hard choice, the brave choice. And it is, it seems to me, most needed now, in the face of despair — just as a car is most useful when you have a distance to close. Otherwise it is a large, unmovable object parked in the garage.

...History and fable have both proven that nothing is ever entirely lost. David can take Goliath. A beach in Normandy can turn the tide of war. Bravery can topple the powerful. These facts are often seen as exceptional, but they are not. Every day, we all become the balance of our choices — choices between love and fear, belief or despair. No hope is ever too small.”

- Guillermo Del Toro

Still mad about The Magicians

Apr. 21st, 2019 11:04 am
petra: Text: Eternal Quest - See Quest, Eternal. Quest, Eternal - See Eternal Quest. (DWJ - Eternal Quest)
[personal profile] petra
ETA: The only trouble with doing this as a drabble sequence is that I couldn't get both Magid-Babylon and Quentin vs. the Thornlady into the same story.

Never say you'll never write The Magicians + Diana Wynne Jones, if you're me, or else )

This week in writing, 4/21

Apr. 21st, 2019 09:17 am
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[personal profile] dira
 This was... kind of a weird week. And also possibly the most fic I’ve written in a single week ever? Certainly since I started keeping track. Soooo. That happened. Not to the benefit of anything I was writing or even planning to write before this week, but yay! writing! 

Words written this week: 21,997 (I KNOW RIGHT)

WIPs that got words this week:

Born in the Blood: 401

Underage Geralt/Original Witcher Characters: 649

Emhyr/Geralt Story I Really Wasn’t Planning On Writing Until I’d Seen More Than Three Minutes of Emhyr Canon But What Can You Do: 20,947, which, uh, is all of it, give or take revising (and sequels, shut up, this situation is completely under control). WHAT HAPPENED IS, I hadn’t written anything Monday or Tuesday of this week due to Life Stuff and on Wednesday I sat down and started working on some tricky stuff with my current werewolf book which turned into just being Stuck pretty quickly, so I was like “you know, this week has been stressful, I’m not getting anywhere with this, I’m gonna just let myself write down some dialogue for this Emhyr/Geralt bunny that I’m definitely not writing but can’t stop thinking about” and then what I actually did was start writing the actual story from the beginning and just... keep going for 6,000 words, after which I grabbed some dinner and went home and ... wrote another 4,000 words before going to bed. (I... don’t know if I’ve ever written 10k of anything in a day before? Ever?) And then I just... kept... going over the next few days until it was finished. So. That happened? :D?

Also in my defense the three minutes of Emhyr canon I have seen consist of (Emperor of the North and South, conquering (anti)hero) Emhyr a) getting in Geralt’s personal space to make intense eye contact and talk about how insolent he is and b) asking Geralt to track down his (Emhyr’s) daughter and sole heir, who is also Geralt’s daughter (and who likes Geralt better) because reasons, and Geralt refusing to take Emhyr’s money for the job because this is about protecting Ciri. What more canon does a pairing need, I ask you.

Oh Happy Day

Apr. 21st, 2019 07:33 am
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[personal profile] goss
Yesterday was fun! To celebrate the long weekend, we had a family kite-flying day. :D



Pics and more... )

HTP bookmark collections

Apr. 21st, 2019 06:16 am
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[personal profile] tenlittlebullets
By the way, this may not be a shitpost but it is going to be a bunch of drive-by links: I've been using the slightly-worrying number of Hydra Trash Party fics in my AO3 bookmarks as guinea pigs to play with the Archive's bookmarking features. In particular, "bookmark external work" for kinkmeme fills and Tumblr ficlets, and "add bookmark to collection" to create... I refuse to call them rec lists if I can't pick what order they start in. Subcollections of interest. IDK. Picking the order would be nice because the ones I bookmarked first--usually the ones I most wanted to hang onto--are now at the end by default.

All the usual HTP noncon/torture/abuse/mindfuckery warnings apply, bookmarker is not liable for mental scarring should you click on something you can't unsee, etc. Totals may change as I trawl the kinkmeme archives.

HTP bookmarks parent collection (84 works)
All-time best/worst faves (17)
Fics that aren't in the canonical HTP tag or aren't on AO3 (45)
Terrible things happen to Steve Rogers (32)
Terrible things happen to the Winter Soldier (29)
Terrible things happen to some Hydra fuckface or other (8)
Steve/Winter Soldier and other unsavory variations on Steve/Bucky (18)

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Apr. 20th, 2019 11:17 pm
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[personal profile] summercomfort
woop, and with that, spring break is over. I spent a LOT of time playing Stardew Valley, but now that I'm done with Year 1, and have upgraded all the farm buildings and have all the animals, I feel like I'm at a good stopping point. Will try to quit it cold turkey (except for when Hoosband wants to play co-op)

I got some good work done on Quest and some ideas jotted down for Rutabaga, so I'll call that a win.

Yesterday we went on a hike. While it wasn't particularly more exciting than a normal walk with the Hoosband, he was like "I need nature on a more regular basis." So we'll see if we can do more of this on the weekends. Maybe as part of Saturday, if we reduce taiko.

Stuff to get done by Monday:
- read rbb fic wip!
- write email to comickers about anthology and Aug 1
- prep Monday's lesson (maybe start with brainstorming questions re: human condition and cosmology?)
- make the google sheets tutorial and get the check-in set up
- possibly have some comic layout drafted by the comics meetup tomorrow???
- make Patreon post! :D

I miss LJ comm culture

Apr. 20th, 2019 09:46 pm
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Was thinking earlier about why I read my Dreamwidth friends list regularly but never seem to participate. Part of it is that I have some notion I'm supposed to post, like, life updates and "things I accomplished this [time period]" roundups and mini-review catalogues of Things Read/Watched/Played. Which seems to be what most other people on my flist use theirs for. But Christ that sounds like homework to my brain, and also a great way to kick off a depression spiral even though RL is going fine right now, so I lurk rather than show my face without having done the homework.

I realize, rationally, and also in my gut now that I've written it out, that that is dumb. Blogging is freeform. I could hit-and-run with random shower thoughts every two weeks, say nary a word about life or activity roundups, and pass it off as ~maintaining my mystique~ if anyone says anything, which they won't. But the other thing I'm realizing as I haunt various platforms in the wake of the Tumblrpocalypse is that the culture of a platform matters. You can post whatever the hell you want, but you get more out of the space if you use it in dialogue with what the existing userbase is doing there.

Back when the Tumblr exodus was still actively underway, I found myself in various Discord servers trying to Explain Dreamwidth to stressed-out Tumblr users. These were smart people who were happy to explore the features, but unsure how those features translated into norms of interaction, content discovery, and what-to-post-where. And I remember being baffled by how intimidated many of them were about posting to communities. To them, friending individual blogs was the natural first step, but comms were A Whole Fucking Thing they were wary to intrude on, like submitting yourself for the approval of judgemental classmates. And I was going "?!?!?!" It's a complete inversion of how seriousness and intimacy worked on LJ, right? Your journal was your combination front porch/living room/blanket fort in the bedroom, a personal space with varying degrees of privacy and choosiness about audience, because it was About You. One of those degrees was "public," but a version of "public" that rude guests would still be intruding on. A "public" where introductions weren't really required, but it still wasn't uncommon for random strangers who'd stumbled across your post to preface their comments with "Hi, I found you through X, hope it's not creepy that I'm butting in," and in fact friendships were frequently made that way. Comms were where you slapped your fandom shitposts and casual discussion about topics of common interest, where random people with no prior acquaintance could interact with it on the basis of shared interest alone. Where it wasn't About You, it was about the thing everyone was there to talk about.

But then the shitposts, and memes, and shower thoughts, and reactions to newly-released canon, and casual discussion threads... moved to Tumblr. And the people who were attached to LJ-style fandoming moved to Dreamwidth. And trickled away by attrition as more and more fans sucked it up and moved to where the center of gravity was, no matter how hatefully obtuse Tumblr-as-a-platform was for their (okay, our) purposes. The more this happened, the more overwhelmingly DW got skewed towards people and activities that relied heavily on the LJ features Tumblr lacked. And the more that happened, the less DW actually resembled old-school LJ in the ways it was functionally used. Which I didn't notice, or didn't see the full implications of, even as it happened under my nose.

So those stressed-out Tumblr refugees were reading the room way better than I was. If all the low-friction, casual fan activity has migrated to Tumblr, what's left in Dreamwidth communities? Mostly things that Dreamwidth has the infrastructure to support and Tumblr is iffy for:
- Events with lots of logistics and participant-wrangling: fests, bangs, exchanges, etc.
- Structured mod-run activities like weekly prompt challenges and roundup newsletters.
- "Submit stuff on a particular theme in a specified format" communities like [community profile] fandomsecrets and [community profile] scans_daily that had built their momentum in the LJ days.
- (Kinkmemes and anon memes, which depend on unorthodox use of a very specific set of comment features. And also need to be checked on their own rather than having their activity integrated into your feed, so even though they're major activity hubs, they don't really function as comms.)
- And promos. Promos for comms, for events, for fic and fanart and graphics, for friending memes, always for ways to find and produce content somewhere else than the comm they're posted to.

Dreamwidth comms are a communal noticeboard and sign-up sheet for structured, supervised activities. Of course Tumblr-native fans were intimidated and clocked them as a formal, official Thing. I missed it, because LiveJournal comms skewed more towards rowdy after-school sci-fi clubs. But the culture of a platform resides in how it's used.

I don't know where I'm going with this, except that I miss LJ comm culture and it doesn't exist on DW. The features exist, but the critical mass of people using them that way doesn't. And the old LJ norms of public/private, intimacy, openness to public comment, what to post where, and where to look for what... just don't apply anymore. They haven't for a long time, thanks to modern social media. It's seductive to assume DW is a holdover version of oldschool LJ culture because it looks and sounds familiar, but the surface continuity masks huge changes in the norms of everyday usage.

My point here is not that any particular group of fans--Tumblr natives, DW holdouts, LJ-to-Tumblr migrants, Tumblr-to-DW migrants--is "to blame" for the most off-putting differences between the various platform cultures. People went where they went, and usage was most heavily shaped by platform features in combination with what kind of activity was concentrated there. I guess it's more... wistfulness, that LJ along with forums were my native mode of fandoming, to the point where following the center of fan activity over to Tumblr and adapting to its alien methods of interaction was extremely painful and frustrating. And now the DW mode of fandoming that evolved away from the center of activity turns out to be just as alien to me.

I can't do activity round-ups and regular mini-reviews of my Recently Read/Watched list. I'm not up for RL updates that are actually meant to keep anyone up-to-date. I can't do structured fanwork exchanges. I'm not wired for it--it's the most efficient way to turn what I do for fun into one massive stress/guilt/inferiority complex. Yeah, blogging is freeform, be the change you want to see, etc, and believe me if I end up with a project burning a hole in my head that's suited for Dreamwidth, I'll be delighted to post it here. If half a dozen other people want to make a DW comm just for fandom shitposting and casual discussion, I'll give it a go.

But I'm starting to accept that there's a reason I don't post here anymore. I don't like that that's so--I want a fandom home. Discord as the emerging hub of casual discussion is an ephemeral, undiscoverable nightmare, even though it's a really good chat system. Dreamwidth is open-source, self-funded, somewhat interoperable with other sites, has both personal and moderated-communal spaces, balances discoverability with privacy controls, is fantastic for durable threaded discussion... but I can't do fandom the way it seems to be done here right now. And I'm not sure how hard I want to swim against the tide.

(Comments welcome, you are not butting in, etc. But bear in mind that this is more personal musing than any kind of coherent declaration about fandom cultures. If it gets linked to as meta, so be it, but indignant attempts to rebut whatever axe you imagine I'm grinding will be accorded exactly as much patience as they deserve.)

Spring Equinox brought me presents!

Apr. 20th, 2019 11:35 pm
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[personal profile] trelkez
Spring Equinox is up and I got two vids! 

Ultralife | Star Trek: Voyager, Harry/Tom/B'Elanna - A Voyager OT3 vid! For me! Someone said to me (jokingly ... I think), "are you sure you didn't make the Voyager vid made for you?" This vid is so perfectly everything I love that I'm surprised I didn't make it for myself. Just an A+ job of making me happy.

Mykonos | Highlander, Joe/Methos - That's right, I got a Joe/Methos vid and now feel like I win at Highlander fan life. Today I am truly fulfilled as a Joe Dawson slasher.

The exchange is brimming over with awesome stuff this year and I won't try to rec it all (everything is good! I haven't watched all the vids yet but I know this to be true), but here are some I still have open in tabs because I keep going back to watch them again: 

Bad Influence | Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Canyon | Xena: Warrior Princess
Come Away with Me | Northern Exposure
Ice ice baby | Demolition Man
My Hero | Batman movies
Send Me On My Way | Wishbone
Sound of Her Wings | The Sandman (comics)
Take Over | The Craft
This Time's Everything | The X-Files

this is a torch song

Apr. 20th, 2019 10:56 pm
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[personal profile] oliviacirce
And, on the third poetry-and-theatre night of this week, a poem at least somewhat in keeping with the show I saw tonight—Norma Jeane Baker of Troy at The Shed—about which...I have some mixed feelings. Content warning for discussion of rape in this poem.

Helen of Troy Does Countertop Dancing )

On the Magicians season finale

Apr. 20th, 2019 06:42 pm
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[personal profile] sholio
So, the show that I vagueblogged a couple of weeks ago about following via reviews/reactions when I haven't actually watched the show is The Magicians. The season finale aired this week, and basically blew up the fandom a la that Tumblr gif of Troy on Community going for pizza and coming back to find everyone running around screaming and the room on fire. I now have way more thoughts and opinions than I ought to, considering that I've never seen even an episode of this show.

It's also led me to a lot of thinky thoughts about storytelling and how we engage with fictional characters, so I'm going to natter about that under the cut. Loads of spoilers for the current season of The Magicians. Warning for (not personal) discussion of suicide. Also, this post is LONG.

The spoiler-laden background info )

The actual thinky bits )
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[personal profile] petra
Me wan go home (100 words) by Petra
Fandom: Schitt's Creek
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Moira Rose, Jocelyn Schitt, Ronnie (Schitt's Creek)
Additional Tags: Women's Chorus, Drabble, Earworm
Summary:

"Of course we'll need someone strong on the solo for this one," Jocelyn said, and smiled at the Jazzagals.

Fandom things

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:33 pm
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[personal profile] sholio
1. The Spring Equinox Vidding Exchange archive is now open. Their theme: "Sources from the 90s." (I had other things I was going to do with my afternoon than watch vids, but you know how it goes ...)

2. The Space Swap archive is also open for reading! I have a fic in there, because I picked up a pinch hit for it awhile back.

3. Signups for Not Prime Time, a midsized-fandom exchange, are open. I am probably going to sign up for it, but haven't gotten there quite yet. All the Netflix Marvel shows, Agent Carter, Stranger Things, Umbrella Academy, and Schitt's Creek are all eligible and have tags in the tagset, just to name a few.

4. I have not yet stopped being completely gone for Iron Fist, as my latest fanfic offerings no doubt reveal.

Me in chat to [personal profile] sheron earlier: "I SWEAR the next thing I write in this fandom is a) going to have a plot other than "random goons kidnap people for h/c purposes", and b) is going to involve characters other than Danny and Ward."

... You wouldn't think getting tired of h/c would be a thing for me, but I'm really starting to get the urge to write something with an actual plot that's not just 5K of feels. That being said, I think the last fandom that made me go this head-over-heels for just writing endless words of h/c and feels was White Collar. I'm also slightly amazed that in just 6 months, or so, this fandom has jumped up to #3 on my AO3 stats page for most fics written. (Though technically it should be #4, because I haven't ever gotten most of my SGA fic onto AO3 and there is A LOT OF IT.)

Since I linked someone to this on AO3 today - for anyone who wants to be dragged kicking and screaming into this fandom join me in my current shiny place, allow me to refer you back to my so you wanna watch Iron Fist? post from last year, a.k.a. a guide to getting past the first few episodes for people who bounce off them. (I understand that not everybody likes or is going to like this show. I don't expect you to. But you know, just in case you were interested ...!)

Incidentally ... over the last year or two, I've mostly stopped crossposting fic or even fic notifications here, unless it's for an exchange, and just putting it on AO3 with notifications posted at [tumblr.com profile] sholiofic. I am writing a lot more fic than you'd know from reading my journal. I think I kinda just got out of the habit during a time when I wasn't writing a whole lot, but I've been fairly prolific lately. Lately it's been largely focused on Iron Fist and/or the Marvel Defenders shows, with some Agent Carter, Stranger Things, and various other stuff I'm into. Should I start posting those here again? Actually, because everyone loves clicking little boxes ... let's do a poll.

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 64

When I post a new fic on AO3, what should I do about it on my DW journal?

Crosspost the entire fic, like in the old days.
3 (4.7%)

Post a notification that links to AO3, but not the whole fic.
41 (64.1%)

I would feel a bit spammed, honestly. I can follow you on AO3 if I want the fic.
1 (1.6%)

It's your journal; do what you like!
18 (28.1%)

My answer cannot be contained in a mere radio button! See comments.
1 (1.6%)



There are no right or wrong answers here, and I'm not going to feel bound by the poll results. I'm just curious if there is still interest in reading fic here or not.

Update on various aggravations

Apr. 20th, 2019 10:39 am
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[personal profile] rachelmanija
1. Chef Nourish refunded my money (minus $23 for the two gross meals I already received.) Also, my Yelp review is still up. I'll take that as a win.

2. The bookcase saga continues. To refresh your memory, one of a set of two matching bookcases arrived without the unique bolts needed to put them together. The seller refused to send replacement bolts. Amazon said they were a third party and not their problem.

I finally got the seller to tell me the name of the manufacturer of the bolts, and inquired with them. They promptly replied to tell me to take it up with Amazon. I told them Amazon wouldn't help, and got this reply:

Yes, they are a third party and we do not sell products to Amazon. They sold it to you, so they take responsibility. They should send you a new bookcase.

ARRRRRRGH. I sent them an email repeating that Amazon told me to take it up with the seller, and the seller told me to take it up with the manufacturer. At that point, either taking pity on me or wanting to stop getting messages, they promised to send me more bolts. We'll see if they ever arrive.

3. In the meantime, I gave in and ordered a replacement bookcase from the same people (I know, but it's a matching set). They sent me the matched set (i.e., two).

While attempting to drag them inside, Alex bolted between my legs and was down the stairs in literally seconds. In a panic, I rushed after him.

I should mention at this point that it was late at night and I wore only a very skimpy nightshirt with nothing underneath. Also, since I'd been in my chair at that moment, I did not have my crutches with me, something whose implications only dawned on me when I was at the bottom of the very dirty stairs I had just literally slithered down bare-assed.

With no other choice, I slithered to Alex, who luckily hadn't gone far and was lurking under a nearby bush, grabbed him, and then levered myself back up the dirty stairs, still bare-assed and now with the additional weight of a cat. Let's just say it was not the most fun thing ever.

Goddamn cats! Anyone got any ideas on how to keep Alex from bolting again? Other than locking them out of the living room every time I open the outside doors, which is not remotely practical due to the layout of my apartment. I live near an extremely busy street, so I really don't want them escaping.

The bookcases are still outside my door, so I have no idea whether or not they came with the bolts.

I found a Deadpool vid song

Apr. 20th, 2019 11:46 am
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[personal profile] petra
I'd heard it before, but never with quite the same ears as today: Title of the Song, da Vinci's Notebook.

It might be a little too sincere, but then again Celine Dion only goes to eleven and there she was.

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Apr. 20th, 2019 10:35 am
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[personal profile] nestra
And then I got distracted again and never posted the second poem on yesterday, so I'm still one behind, so I'm posting two right now.

Everyone Sang
by Siegfried Sassoon

Everyone suddenly burst out singing;
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom,
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark-green fields; on—on—and out of sight.

Everyone's voice was suddenly lifted;
And beauty came like the setting sun:
My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
Drifted away ... O, but Everyone
Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be
      done.

"Everyone Sang" by Siegfried Sassoon, from Collected Poems: 1908-1956.



Thunderstorm in Dorset, Vermont
by John Updike

It needs green hills to host a thunderstorm;
this grumbling giant needs a place to hide
and break his kindling into splinters,
one stick at a time, and then in bundles,
compacted threats that issue forth from where
an oily darkness reigns beyond the ridge.
The sizzle in our brains is overruled
by such triumphant voltage overload.

We witness vast concussions; something falls
down sets of stairs the bottom step of which
cracks open wide enough to show a strip,
a vein of naked light. All goes soft—
the rain unfurls in supple gusts, the leaves
flash pale, then limply steep themselves in green.

"Thunderstorm in Dorset, Vermont" by John Updike, from Endpoint. © Knopf, 2009.

a deathless, inexhaustible wine

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:10 am
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I didn't post a poem yesterday because it has been a hell of a week and I was too exhausted; but yesterday I watched the season finale of The Magicians, and today I went to see Hadestown on Broadway, and you know what that means? That means it's time for Rilke. Here are two sonnets from Sonnets to Orpheus, one for yesterday and one for today; normally I post the German as well as the translation, but I'm tired and I don't want to type it up, so I'm going straight to the excellent Stephen Mitchell translations. (I recommend his editions—they're usually bilingual and very good.)

Simple, for a god. )

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Apr. 19th, 2019 09:14 pm
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I was stuck in a car for six hours today, since I'm joining Pat on his monthly trip to see his kids. I spent most of that time writing up a post on history and culture explaining why white people smile awkwardly and say nothing when someone commits a social faux pas. I've gotten some pushback on how I'm only describing the behaviour of a small subset of all white people, whose experiences get generalized to everyone in the same ethnic group, but that's... kind of a feature, IMO, not a bug. The sooner we can demonstrate that racial constructs are artificial bullshit, the better.

I feel so tired though. I worked the two days before this, and did other important stuff like decluttering my stuff in preparation for packing and applying to a job I really want.

The newspaper headlines in southern Alberta are all jubilant. The UCP won the election and the Flames are in playoffs; what more felicity could be demanded from the world, this early in the year?

Decluttering Drawers: Bedroom

Apr. 19th, 2019 03:11 pm
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[personal profile] rachelmanija
Learning how to fold things so they are in horizontal rows rather than vertical stacks is definitely the point where this tipped over into "hobby." However, it does make stuff WAY easier to find.

These are before-and-after aerial shots of my T-shirt drawer:



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A delightful middle-grade novel about a girl who acquires a flock of chickens with superpowers.

I feel like that’s really all that needs to be said. Either this is something you immediately want to read, or not. But a few more things I liked about it…

- It’s epistolatory, told completely in the form of letters, chicken quizzes and pamphlets, to-do lists, etc.

- There are a lot of completely accurate chicken facts.

- The superpowers are used the way that actual chickens would use superpowers if they had them. They’re not superintelligent chickens, just regular chickens with unusual abilities.

- The heroine, Sophie, is biracial (white father, Mexican-American mother) and while this is relevant to the story, it’s not what the story is about. Are you or do you know a Latina girl who wants a book where someone like them is the heroine and it’s not about Issues? Do they like chickens and/or The X-Men? Then they are the perfect reader for this book.

- Honestly though anyone is the perfect reader for this book. I guess unless they hate and fear chickens.

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

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[personal profile] petra
This essay by [personal profile] greywash says what I've been feeling. Spoilers all the way down.

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Apr. 19th, 2019 09:19 am
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[personal profile] nestra
Whoops, got distracted by fandom yesterday and missed the daily poem.

Dark Charms
by Dorianne Laux

Eventually the future shows up everywhere:
those burly summers and unslept nights in deep
lines and dark splotches, thinning skin.
Here's the corner store grown to a condo,
the bike reduced to one spinning wheel,
the ghost of a dog that used to be, her trail
no longer trodden, just a dip in the weeds.
The clear water we drank as thirsty children
still runs through our veins. Stars we saw then
we still see now, only fewer, dimmer, less often.
The old tunes play and continue to move us
in spite of our learning, the wraith of romance,
lost innocence, literature, the death of the poets.
We continue to speak, if only in whispers,
to something inside us that longs to be named.
We name it the past and drag it behind us,
bag like a lung filled with shadow and song,
dreams of running, the keys to lost names.

"Dark Charms" by Dorianne Laux, from The Book of Men. © Norton, 2011.

TV and Nonfiction

Apr. 19th, 2019 09:34 am
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[personal profile] rivkat
Unpopular Magicians opinion (not the big one, probably): Read more... )

Looking forward to Lucifer returning. It's too much to hope that it will be like that one J2 story where SPN got moved to HBO and everything got very hot and heavy, isn't it?


Michael Pollan, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence: trippy )
Anand Giridharas, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World: the charitable is political )Pete Buttigieg, Shortest Way Home: he's a mayor )
Bradley Hope & Tom Wright, Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World: the banality of evil )
Jeff Kosseff, The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet: section 230 )

Jared Diamond, Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis: oy )

Larrie D. Ferreiro, Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved Itworld historical )David W. Blight, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memoryhow the lost cause was won )

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Apr. 18th, 2019 11:32 pm
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[personal profile] sholio
I have the sort of completely bonkers writing question that is incredibly hard to google for: would cell towers in 2001 or 2002 work with a modern smartphone? Assuming you went back in time to 2002. Which is what has happened to this character in the thing I'm writing. That is, would your modern smartphone have bars and be able to place calls, or would it just act like there were no cell towers around?

Or would it depend on whether your service provider was compatible with the local companies providing towers?

Or is that a total "WTF, just make something up" kind of question?

Ideally, I would prefer it to not work, but this character is in New York City, so if it's going to work at all, it would probably work here.

ETA: I have a number of great answers and I think I'm set; see comments for details! General consensus seems to be that the phone would technically be able to use the network but wouldn't be able to authenticate without a local SIM card/service plan, which sounds good to me and I'm going with it.

Is there a TV Trope for this?

Apr. 18th, 2019 06:26 pm
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[personal profile] sholio
Why is it so common for so many series (TV shows, books, movies) to have a strong opening installment and then put their most dismal one as the second one? Whether it's merely bland and boring, or actively offputting in some specific way, I can think of so many that do this.

I expect some of it is narrative drop from the usually higher-budget and more action-filled opening installment, and some of it is the writers wanting to try something a little more daring after a crowd-pleasing opener. BUT STILL. Maybe you might want to wait a little while before dropping the book in which everyone dies gruesomely of yellow fever (Ben January) or the episode in which your only female character is sold into sex slavery (SG-1) or the episode that is every 80s mental hospital cliche ever (Iron Fist) or just the most comparatively generic and boring episode in the entire season (White Collar and so many others).

(This post brought to you by me getting so bored with the second episode of the show I'm watching as background-arting-TV on Hulu that I went and found an episode guide and skipped ahead to the next one that looked interesting. So far it's a lot better.)

Quick question for wheelchair users

Apr. 18th, 2019 05:42 pm
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This is for something I'm writing. The character uses a manual wheelchair. She's visiting an office and is impressed by how accessible it is, unlike pretty much the entire rest of the world. What features can it have that she'd notice?

It's a New York security agency which she's visiting as a client, but she can also notice ways in which it's accessible for anyone who works there as well. None of the current employees are physically disabled, so she'd be seeing the potential rather than noticing someone else navigating it in a wheelchair.

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Apr. 18th, 2019 02:21 pm
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Thought through some stuff on the personal blog. [x]. Here's the distilled bits:

- I will stop hating tumblr because what they did to my blogs is merely machine algorithms run amok and there's no human there, so why waste my own emotional energy on it? That said, I will never trust tumblr ever again.

- All my creative fandom stuff will be centered on AO3. I'll play with using various social media to disseminate my fan works, but the overall goal is to do a better job signing things and linking back to AO3.

- I'm going to slightly revamp my Patreon. Patrons will get a first look at content and in-process posts, that will then be posted either on AO3 or here, depending on whether it's fandom vs. non-fandom, and creative work vs. process stuff.

- I'm going to focus on wrapping up The Rutabaga Project for a while... probably until June/July.

- I'm bad at reaching out to people and staying in touch, so... reach out to me??? I love email! It's my ideal asynchronous, long-form conversation platform. My email is potofsoupyfeels at gmail. That said, my Discord is potofsoup#8889 , so if you want the equivalent of texting, that's the thing to use.

- I have many mixed feelings about the coming of Endgame.

Expansive thoughts

Apr. 18th, 2019 01:35 pm
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On day 4 of Spring Break, I've finally hit the point where my brain feels like it can think expansive thoughts.

- I feel like I have a good grip on the entirety of the Rutabaga Project. As in: I think I will wrap it up with volume 3, tentatively entitled "Personhood", and finish it off with the fact that Rutabaga is now newly age 3 and I can reason with her and she's her own person, and therefore no longer part of the universal-ish baby experience. The rest of her life is about her, and so I think that's a fair stopping point. I should probably also add a few comics to the very beginning, the pregnancy times, and then... I'll be done!

- At five months post-tumblr-deletion, I still struggle to think about tumblr without bitterness at there cavalier deletion of my entire account, but I think I'm ready to start making my peace with it. Or at least, derive what I want to do with it based off of some First Principles (I'm probably using that wrong, but I like the idea of clarifying my core objectives/premises and then figuring out what I should do about it.)

To whit:

- There are 3 things that I love seeing on tumblr, sorted by what I'd tag them: #humans, #ilearnedsomething, and #qualityshitposts . Right now my likes are clogged up with a bunch of these that I haven't really reblogged, but since reblogging is the only way of sharing these on tumblr, I should probably do that.

- I want my fanwork to be based in AO3, but I haven't decided whether I want to post to tumblr, twitter, etc. And if I do, do I post its entirety or just the first page? Maybe notes and likes and reblogs don't actually matter. So lemme call it here: I'll post the entirety, but with each page signed (nope, I haven't been signing any of my stuff), and with a note saying that I'll only respond/interact on AO3.

- I don't... really interact with fandom anymore??? Or rather -- fandom-related tumblr posts are funny but don't always fall under the 3 categories listed above. I really don't have time to spend 2-3 hours a day interacting with fandom, be it via scrolling through tumblr, twitter, DW, Hubzilla, or various Discords. So the thing I'm uncertain about is ... is there a fandom interaction that I still can and want to do? I'm good at modding, but tbh, that "get shit organized" energy really needs to be put towards Chinese School. I want to read good fics and draw pictures for them. Do I still want to draw my own fan comics? Or write my own fanfiction? I find it harder to figure out fan comics that I want to draw -- the impetus seems to be missing. I don't know whether it's because, 5 years into this, there's really nothing left except AUs? Or is it that, without spending 2+ hours on fandom each day, I no longer have the stream of inspirational source material? I think I'm happiest when I'm having cool convos with fandom creators, but let's be real -- these are all aspirational. When it really happens, I'm probably going to hide in a low-social-energy black hole. So... I dunno about that. (Maybe just get people to send me emails, b/c that's still my favorite asynchronous conversation system.) There's always stuff that I wanna start, but maybe it's good to let myself lay fallow for a while.

- What I really like about Patreon is its subscription system for highly interested followers. As in, whatever content I push to Patreon, those people have opted in to, and will easily receive it in their email. And part of how I can tell that they are highly interested is because they've put their money on the line. But are they only interested in my fandom stuff, or in my other stuff, too? As I dial back from fandom stuff, what should I put there instead? I feel like it should be a place where I show what I'm currently working on, and share process stuff and/or tutorials. Should I post nsfw stuff on there? (maybe have a tier for that?) Should I maintain the monthly model? (I feel like if I don't, I'll never post...) Should it be a centralized place where I crosspost everything? How is it different from DW or AO3? (Different from AO3 because I can talk about process there and have more methods of interaction. Different from DW because DW is a small, closed system that is hard to opt in to.) There's all this talk about "Build My Audience", but what is "My Audience?" Do I want to build an audience? Who are they? Going back to my original goals, maybe I should use Patreon to be a place to be meditative about my creative projects once a month. And if I have anything that I'm going to post to AO3, I can post to Patreon a day early. And any process posts I post to Patreon, I can cross-post to DW a day later.

- As Rutabaga becomes more of a person I need to start thinking of how to integrate a third person's own desires into our family unit. It's less "childcare" and more "what interactions/activities do I want with this person?"
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Being on crutches, in an apartment up a flight of stairs, has certainly made decluttering more challenging. I cannot take anything to trash/recycling, but have to get someone else to do it for me (and I live alone). Also, it's a lot more difficult to carry things from room to room.

Nevertheless, I persisted!

KonMari has completely changed a lot of household chores for me, from things I hate and avoid to things I actively want to do as a combination of relaxation/meditative activity and geeky hobby. (I still hate washing dishes though). Sherwood and Layla, who have both seen my apartment in various stages, can attest to how much this has changed how it looks.

Here is a set of shelves in my kitchen which had not been decluttered in twelve years. There's a huge space in the back of them which is very hard to reach into. Consequently, when I stash anything there, it tends to drift toward the back, where I can then neither see nor reach it. Otherwise I only opened it to grab a tool from the tool box.



The other day, having hired someone to run some errands for me and also take out the trash, I parked myself on the floor and pulled everything out, a task which at times involved lying flat on my stomach and using a tool to sweep things toward me. I really wish I'd photographed the floor once everything was out, because it was a hair-raising mound of trash and weird junk. I found a half-drunk bottle of Kahlua which had probably been there for twelve years. I found paper towels so old that they shattered like glass. I found a bag of birdseed that was at least ten years old, dating back from when I thought birds would come if I put out food. (They wouldn't.)

I dumped the trash in trash bags and sorted the rest. Here is the end result:

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Ben and Rose have just gotten married when they receive a letter from Hannibal saying that he's being held prisoner in a Gothic mansion in Mexico where he's forced to play the violin for the delusional owner of the mansion who has regular hallucinatory conversations with Aztec Gods; he can't flee because, among other obstacles, the police want to hang him as the believe he poisoned the owner's son. Ben and Rose to the rescue!

This had a lot of very thought-provoking and sensitive stuff on the historical treatment of mental illness, legal slavery vs slavery in all but name, religion, and Ben's dilemma of never having a place where he can both feel at home and not have to deal with racism. This was all neatly married to a solid murder mystery, a family drama, and tons of adventure and bonding. Hambly is really good at writing established couples who are still madly in love, and I really enjoyed all the Ben/Rose moments as well as the Ben/Rose & Hannibal. The supporting characters were vivid and interesting, as was the new setting.

The climax didn't rise to quite the batshit heights of the last one, but not for want of trying.

Read more... )

Grimness quotient: Low, all things considered. There's a visit to an asylum which is awful and tragic, but the man running it is compassionate; it's mostly about how people just had no idea what to do about mental illness then. Some people stuck in miserable nunneries. Poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, but also lots of people just living their lives and managing to make pretty good ones despite it all.

Days of the Dead (Benjamin January, Book 7)

The Magicians season 4 ending

Apr. 18th, 2019 01:44 pm
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[personal profile] petra
Spoilers )

pictures from our trip

Apr. 18th, 2019 01:06 pm
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Geoff took more than eight hundred pictures, and I took twenty or thirty. One of my post-trip jobs is to go through and weed our pictures down into something feasible for showing to family members and interested friends, and I thought some of the people reading might be interested in seeing a few, too -- so here they are! Uh, more than a few.

The photos themselves are in Dropbox, and I'm just linking to them here; clicking the links will take you to them.

At Waitangi Treaty Grounds:
The gorgeously carved Treaty House
A closeup of the carvings over the doorway Remember I said "prominent genitalia"? (But SFW because of cultural and artistic importance.)
The gorgeously carved and paneled interior
The opening of the challenge/welcome ceremony An armed warrior approaches us.

The Bay of Islands:
The view from the top of the island we had lunch on, when we went kayaking Honestly, New Zealand is spectacular.

Caving:
The mouth of the first glowworm cave we visited Remember I said the big touristy one was glowworm Disneyland, and this one . . . wasn't? Yep.
Inside the first cave This was the one with lights and a pathway built through it.
Glowworm web strands hanging down With a light shining on them, you can see the individual threads and the droplets of sticky liquid on them, like tiny jewels.
Closeup of a glowworm
Inside the for-real unimproved cave that afternoon, with wetsuit, gumboots, and helmet
There were some rude cave formations in there 🍆

Our big hike: The Tongariro Alpine Crossing
A long view of where we were going and what we were climbing
Early in the hike, just after dawn Not so challenging yet!
Then we started climbing
And climbing
Until we reached the top Steaming ground is a warm place to sit to have lunch!
The steep descent down the other side You can see how crowded the trail is getting as the day goes on.
The view as we came down the far side
Taranaki Falls, our slowing-it-down hike the next day

Orekei Kurako Thermal Grounds:
The grounds as seen from across the water The ferry is at the dock on the right, and you can see the safety rail along the start of the pathway. Note the flat rock face slanting down to the water.
What that flat rock face looks like close up
The pathway built over the boiling groundwater
Looking down at the "artist's terraces"
Closeup of more multicolored silica deppsits and extremophile algae
VIDEO of a bubbling mud pool
VIDEO of steaming ground (at the Craters of the Moon)

Whakarewarewa Village:
Dancers performing
One of the natural geothermal pools in the middle of the village
Village kids in the community baths that that pool drains into

Our last day:
Gorgeous scenery from the top of Rainbow Mountain, our final hike
Looking in another direction from Rainbow Mountain Look, there's a lot of gorgeous scenery in New Zealand, okay.
Inscription at the mountaintop, honoring the local iwi
The start of the suspended Redwoods Treewalk
On the treewalk, high enough to look at tree ferns level-on . . .
. . . and from above

In conclusion, glowworms are cool.

Life takes funny turns

Apr. 18th, 2019 11:52 am
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[personal profile] petra
I didn't expect to be distracted from rage at one of my fandoms (loosely defined) by long-awaited new material in another (ditto).

Or, "Thank goodness I can stop fuming over The Magicians' season finale and read the Mueller Report!"

New Fic: A Good Man (Steve/Thor)

Apr. 18th, 2019 06:57 am
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[personal profile] hafital
Guys, I finished! With a week to spare before the new movie. *falls over dead*

With this final story, the total word count for this series is over $119k word say what. That's ridiculous lol. 

eta: I owe big thanks to killabeez! You ever need a beta, hon, i'm there for you. (Don't know why the user tags decided to delete my post. weird)

A Good Man (49720 words) by hafital
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Thor (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Thor
Characters: Steve Rogers, Thor, Brunnhilde | Valkyrie (Marvel), Original Characters
Additional Tags: Thundershield - Freeform, Post-Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 (Movie), Not Avengers: Endgame (Movie) Compliant, steve rogers to the rescue, Mild Hurt/Comfort, Canon-Typical Violence, An Excess of Epilogues, Happily Ever After
Series: Part 3 of Starborn and Stormbreaker
Summary:

Thor is in trouble. And their daughter is threatened. Will Steve find a way to rescue them both?


~*~


Steve looked down at his hand. It was unblemished, no broken skin. The stone he had punched lay broken in pieces, nearly pulverized.

A choice lay before him, and he teetered on the edge. Right on the very edge. His anger almost shoved him over, the urge to let his emotions rule overpowering.

to reach the limits of ourselves

Apr. 17th, 2019 10:05 pm
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I went to see Cradle Will Rock at Classic Stage Company tonight (the first of three shows I am seeing this week). It was an amazing production, but I totally didn't realize how well I still knew the show from my obsession with the 1999 Movie and the Patti Lupone recording of the musical (I know it...really well?!). Anyway, there are a shortage of poems about unions and labor organizing and the Federal Theatre Project. But I've been sitting on this poem since the beginning of the month, and although it's not directly related, it seems appropriate to me, in a sort of two-steps-sideways kind of way.

I lived in the first century of world wars )

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