Just One Thing (29 June 2017)

Jun. 29th, 2017 08:19 am
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!
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Now that the authors/artists of [community profile] nightonficmountain have finally been revealed, I'm able to share my own contribution to the exchange, and also a few recommendations. For those of you who don't know, [community profile] nightonficmountain is a fun, multifandom exchange for fanworks in small fandoms (on similar lines as Yuletide, but on a much smaller scale).

This year, I wrote one gift fic:

Sugar Water by [archiveofourown.org profile] Dolorosa
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Word Count: 3066
Fandom: Six of Crows Series - Leigh Bardugo
Characters: Inej Ghafa, Matthias Helvar, Nina Zenik
Relationship(s): Inej Ghafa/Matthias Helvar/Nina Zenik
Summary: Matthias wants to give Nina a gift. Inej has the perfect idea.

Three exiles in Ketterdam come to the realisation that they have found a home in each other.

Post-Crooked Kingdom. (A canon-divergent AU.)

My gift was a lovely Briseis/Chryseis Iliad fic:

In the Ruins by [archiveofourown.org profile] LadyBrooke
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Word Count: 1168
Fandom: The Iliad - Homer
Characters: Chryseis, Briseis, Chryseis' Son
Relationship(s): Briseis/Chryseis
Summary: Briseis escaped from the camp before the army had left the ruins of Troy, and ran towards it.

Chryseis lived through the ruin of the city and remains within it.

I didn't know many of the fandoms in the exchange, but there were a couple of fics I really liked, so I'll rec them here.

A Meeting of Curious Minds by [archiveofourown.org profile] notkingyet
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Word Count: 1370
Fandom: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (TV)
Characters: John Childermass, Arabella Strange, Lady Pole
Summary: 2 July, 1817

Mr Childermass,

I require your assistance in a matter of urgency and grave importance. Please come to no. 9 Harley-street at your earliest convenience. Mr Vinculus need not attend.

Your obedient servant,

Lady Pole


Smoulder by [archiveofourown.org profile] Merit
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Word Count: 4081
Fandom: Old Kingdom - Garth Nix
Characters: Lirael, Sameth
Summary: Smoke tears through the sky.

I hope everyone else who participated in [community profile] nightonficmountain enjoyed it as much as I did! If you have any recs, feel free to post them in the comments!

the storytelling

Jun. 29th, 2017 12:13 am
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I went to the storytelling. I timed my walk right and got there at the start time, but it was so hot, even at 7 p.m., that I opted to go inside to buy a drink, and miss the start. And so did a lot of other people, so I missed the whole first storyteller.

It was a good turnout:cut for pic )There were more people sitting on a low wall behind me, and people standing at the side.

The second storyteller talked about encounters with coffee-snob baristas, and a visit to a coffee farm in Colombia. You could see that she had had some training, in storytelling or some other theater, when she described the landscape. She showed us how lovely it looked from far away, and then how it felt to walk down a cliff-face to pick the coffee cherries.

The third talked about her relationship with food: how her family encouraged her to be miserly with money and with calories; how boyfriends and their families encouraged her to take pleasure in eating and other indulgences; how food makes memories vivid, and memories of particular meals anchor her important friendships now. When she was describing her disordered eating, I thought, "This needs a trigger warning." Then, when she was describing food really sensually, I thought more generally about what we warn for, and what we should warn for. The point of storytelling is to use our words and our physicalities to put images in your mind.

The fourth talked about how growing up on a farm had made her familiar with birth and death, and affected her understanding of her own inevitable death. She described two corpses very vividly. A beloved horse, who had done "what horses do: lived a long, happy life, and then walked himself to the very back pasture, across a couple of irrigation ditches, and buckled his knees under the buckle of the mountain, and died." Unfortunately, on the other side of that fence was the kitchen window of a brand-new million-dollar home, built by a new neighbor who was not a farmer, who needed the corpse moved. The storyteller's mother explained that she could not get a rendering truck or a backhoe across those irrigation ditches, and she was going to let it rot, though the neighbor was welcome to move it if they could figure out how. The storyteller's mother hadn't liked that neighbor anyway. Those irrigation ditches had flooded, in the storyteller's childhood, severely enough to undermine the century-old tombstones in Bingham Hill Cemetery, which brings us to the second corpse. The storyteller's mother didn't mean to graverob, she just didn't want him to wash away.

This was a very good story.

The fifth talked about being a public radio journalist on the farm beat.

The sixth was a theater guy. He talked about being a city kid and going to his father's cousin's farm on holidays.

I learned something useful from the last storyteller, whose story didn't really have a structure: at the end, he said, "That's my story, thank you!" and everyone applauded. My stories tend to be small and oddly shaped, and leave my audience saying, "Wait, that's the story? You're done?" so I think I will try this tactic.

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Jun. 28th, 2017 10:14 pm
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not in a great headspace right now. deactivated my twitter, hoping that a day or two away from the water-torture of content will help me re-center.
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And so zonked I actually got close enough to touch her, though I didn't because, you know, she's feral. I'm pretty sure waking her like this would not have helped her socialization, and would've gotten me scratched at the very least.

But it was adorable.

VERY ADORABLE.

Assignments en route.

Jun. 29th, 2017 12:31 am
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Sorry for the delay, but after some tweaking it looks like we've got 3 pinch hits and no one without a potential recipient. Assignments will go out in a few minutes and the pinch hits will be sent out tomorrow evening when I get home from work.
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Road Trip Confessional
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 2 of 2, complete
word count (story only): 1434


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, my Mercedes story group, and the Road Trip series. ::


::Pay Special Attention: Cash compares workaday supervillainy to the range of reactions G gets due to gender and misgendering. Joshua hints that he has very, very strong tensions between wanting to acknowledge G as a boy, and wanting to save the things that were part of Gabrielle Bishop's childhood. The matter is not discussed long, nor resolved, but it hints at a deep wound.








“I distinctly heard the phrase, 'cop, catch.” Joshua pointed at himself. “Me cop,” he jerked a thumb at Cash, his face lighting with a merry grin. “You robber.”

“And you've just proven that you're the smartest cop in a half-mile radius,” Cash retorted, muffling his own laughter.

Joshua shrugged. “Works for me. Besides, I thought you'd like to sleep more than two or three hours. Kids at that age are like fireflies, on and off and on again at intervals. Beyond that, there's a significant chance that she'll have a nightmare and wet the bed, and I'm simply more experienced with the cleanup.”
Read more... )

Wednesday reads, politics, woe

Jun. 28th, 2017 08:42 pm
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Oh, it's Reading Wednesday! Cool!

Just Finished: Jackalope Wives and Other Stories by Ursula Vernon ([personal profile] tkingfisher). A nice collection, of which I'd read most of the stories before, but not all of them. I do enjoy Vernon's attachment to women of a certain age as her protagonists; it's a pleasant change from much of the world of fantasy.

Prior to that I read the last Lady Trent novel, In the Sanctuary of Wings, which I enjoyed, and wished there were more.

I also picked up, and put down, Hugh Howey's Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue, because I found the characters intolerably irritating and his portrayal of an 18-year-old girl unpleasant. It was just ... off. Bah.

Currently Reading: Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters for book club. It's long, but I have more than a month, and it's a pleasant read so far.

Next Up: Erm. Probably Tremontaine Season One, although there are some new books coming out I'm interested in. Like City of Miracles, which I will drop everything to read once it comes in at the library.

*

Power in the Absence of Money: Why Trump hates bureaucrats so much. I love this article and the respect it shows to the civil service. [T]hat's what we're talking about when we talk about the federal workforce. We're talking about a whole bunch of people who go to work every day trying to keep us safe, whether they're carrying an M4 and wearing body armor over in Mosul, or manning a computer at the Environmental Protection Agency or the Department of Health and Human Services. The terrible "swamp" Trump has such contempt for sits there every day in drab offices they endured heavy traffic to get to, and they regulate the excesses of the vaunted "market" Trump and his billionaires are so worshipful of.

More on the plan to destroy the civil service. This is a smart, long, well-researched article.

And on that note, here is a report on what it's like inside the EPA right now. It's not good.

Masha Gessen on The Reichstag Fire Next Time: The coming crackdown. Argh, and eeps.

*

ETA: Let's end on a better note, with this ABSOFUCKINGLUTELY AMAZING video of "Immigrants" from the Hamilton Mixtape. So. Good.
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Lindy Mechefske claims to be doing an anthology of trans people's stories [Facebook link]. Of course, it includes this charmer:
We’d love to include some before and after photos.

Noooooooope.

In addition, I left two comments:

The first comment asked if they were planning on paying contributors. The answer was an equivocal "If there's any way to do this, yes." My second comment said that Mechefske ought to include information about the fact of payment (or non-payment) in the submissions guidelines so that people would know what they were getting into; that comment has been deleted. There was at least one other comment asking about payment, which has been deleted.

In conclusion: stay the hell away from this project. It smells rotten.

water-based paint adventures

Jun. 28th, 2017 09:27 pm
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I've been messing around with gouache and watercolor, trying to figure out how to use them, basically. So just been doing studies though I ... cannot find the original sources for the refs I used. Anyway. Actually kinda liked how these two turned out so. Enjoy I guess?


bridge in the forest, gouache

portrait of 'nuwa', watercolor

VID: Stuck to You (Dark Angel)

Jun. 28th, 2017 10:22 pm
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So a little over a year ago I made a Dark Angel vid solely for my own amusement, and it turned out pretty good. There was one clip--an important clip, probably the most important clip--that I just could not get to come out in anything but the most abysmal, muddy quality, no matter what I tried, so I didn't post it, resolving to fix this issue somehow, someday. I now accept that that's never going to happen, so here's the vid, bad clip and all. But the rest of it is pretty good! (Well, the overall quality isn't great because the show is from 2001. But you know. Pretty good.)

Title: Stuck to You
Artist: Nikka Costa
Fandom: Dark Angel
Size: 55 MB
Content notes/warnings: No standard warnings apply. If you need to know about anything else, just ask.
Summary: Max and Alec: best friends forever.

Download here

Also on AO3

streaming and lyrics )
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This is interesting, because technically I have no songs "to drive to" because I don't drive. Haven't had a license in 30 years. I do, however, have a Road Trip playlist on Spotify, which I acquired for my trip to Escapade 2016 when a friend drove me. So I put together a list of several hours' worth of reasonably high-energy high-volume no-deep-thoughts songs. I'm not going to list them all, though.

Highway to Hell | Louie Louie | Blitzkrieg Bop | All Revved Up with No Place to Go | Down Under | Rebel Rebel | Trigger Happy | Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) | Footloose | Sister Christian

Wayne's World gave us the definitive driving song )

Meme list

In Search of New Mod(s)

Jun. 28th, 2017 07:30 pm
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Hi all,

I've really enjoyed co-modding this fest for the past few years. All of you have been really great, and have made it the best modding experience.

However, it's pretty time-consuming, and I've taken on some other responsibilities since last year, so I'm just not going to be able to do femslashex justice this time around. It's been a rough decision, but I'm going to step away from the fest permanently.

Fortunately [personal profile] samuraiter is happy to stay on, but in the assistant capacity as he's taken before, not taking over the lead.

Therefore, we're looking for one or two people to take over primary mod duties on this fest, starting this year's round (planned for early August through mid-October.)

Work would include setting up schedules, answering questions about the rules, making the main posts, doing about half of the tag set modding, monitoring sign ups, running matching, answering more questions, checking posts as the come in (usually split with Samu), and setting up all the pinch hits. There's usually a fair bit of time sunk into set up and tag sets, and then a mild amount of stress and a good deal of time around the due date and reveals.

Experience dealing with fest run on AO3 would be a plus, especially given the troublesome nature of the tag set.

If you're interested, drop a comment here including your mod experience, and if you'd prefer to work with another co-mod, or just run it between you and Samuraiter. Comments are screened. Anon commenting is on.

Regards,

Muccamukk

15 minute closing warning

Jun. 28th, 2017 10:25 pm
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Sign-ups will close at 10:45pm EDT. Once sign-ups are closed, I'll attempt matching. If all goes well, I'll send out assignments tonight. If I run into unmatchables, I'll deal with that in the morning.

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