Accomplishments This Week

Mar. 23rd, 2017 08:31 am
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[personal profile] oracne
1. Sent emails to my reps every weekday (via their websites).

2. Went to the gym twice, as planned, though I did a little less than planned last night due to some knee pain, possibly a result of Monday's workout. Planning to go a third time on Friday, and I'll be walking around a lot on Saturday.

3. Called the dentist, went to the dentist, forked out cash for a custom mouth guard I'm supposed to wear at night so there will be no/less incisor chipping in the future. I pick up the guard in two weeks.

4. Compiled my deductions and tax documents, and sent them to my tax preparer. *fireworks*

5. Made good progress on reading my review book.

question re. Arthur C. Clarke

Mar. 23rd, 2017 01:50 am
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Does anyone know why Clarke never sold more stories to Campbell and Astounding? Particularly given that Clarke started writing fiction professionally post-WWII, with Heinlein having moved on to better things, it seems like Clarke would have been tailor-made for Campbell's needs.

(US) Political linkspam

Mar. 23rd, 2017 02:03 am
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[personal profile] umadoshi
I have to admit I'm glad to not be posting nearly as much US-centric political stuff, although I'm still reading and RTing a fair bit (and more than is comfortable for my anxiety). But here are some of the best pieces I've read over the past couple of weeks. 8 links )

Linky linky

Mar. 22nd, 2017 03:31 pm
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[personal profile] sholio
SSR Confidential signups are still open - the signup period ends Saturday evening, March 25. You know you want to! :D So far we've got 18 people (not including me - I haven't gotten mine done yet. BAD MOD) - fic, art, and vids are all accepted. Since I'm running this, just ask me if you have any questions.

ETA: Also, if whichever anon promoted it at ffa is reading this, thank you! <3

FK_ficfest (Forever Knight fic exchange) is currently taking signups as well. This is a really pleasant, small-fandom fic exchange with a great mod.

Another thing currently going on is Muse Fusion at Torn World, a shared-world SFF project. Participants in Muse Fusion leave prompts for writers/artists to make a creative work in the shared world setting.

Linkspam: fannish/geeky, misc.

Mar. 22nd, 2017 12:31 pm
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Fannish/Geeky Things

Most of you who'd be interested probably know that [ profile] seanan_mcguire has a Patreon, but if you've at any point considered joining up and haven't for whatever reason (unless the reason is adequate funds, which this won't help with), you may be interested to know that her April Patreon story is going to be an Aeslin mice (InCryptid) POV piece.

Geeky catnip toys, anyone? [ETA: [ profile] sabotabby reports that they don't ship to Canada. ;_; Not sure about the US.]

"Why Fan Fiction Shaming Is A Feminist Issue". (I like this in general, but a Twitter friend quite reasonably burst out laughing after reading it at the idea of fandom being "a place without judgment".)

"Here's the Important Stuff That Happens in Iron Fist So You Don't Have to Watch It". [io9]

"The Year of Living Publicly: Jenny Slate’s got two new films and a new home and, oh, by the way, she’s fresh off a breakup with Captain America".

Via [ profile] telophase, there's this Indiegogo to fund new Moomin animation.

"Here It Is, the Victorian-Era Interracial Lesbian Murder Mystery Movie You’ve Always Wanted". [The Mary Sue]


"Ten Pinboard Features You Might Not Know About". [Pinboard blog] This post is from 2011, and I haven't poked at most of the things on the list, so if you happen to know that some of them are no longer accurate, drop a comment?

"Hearing words, writing sounds: examining the author's brain". [2015]

"Eating Toward Immortality: Diet culture is just another way of dealing with the fear of death". [Michelle Allison, February]

"Don’t Plant Those “Bee-Friendly” Wildflowers Cheerios Is Giving Away". [Lifehacker]

"Once the Place for a Paycheck, TV Is Now Where Playwrights Make Great Art".

"The Oxford Belles Present ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun(damental Rights)’". "For International Women’s Day, The Oxford Belles, an all-female a cappella group from Oxford University, released a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want To Have Fun, which they are calling Girls Just Want To Have Fun(damental Rights)."

On Atlas Obscura:

--"‘Da Kine,’ Hawaii’s Fantastically Flexible All-Purpose Noun".

--"The Child Eater of Bern: A nearly 500 year old sculpture depicts a man eating a sack of babies, and no one is sure why".

--"The Mystery of the World’s Least American Cactus".

--"See a 400-Year-Old Book Made Entirely from Feathers".

Wednesday Reading

Mar. 22nd, 2017 08:50 am
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[personal profile] oracne
This week, I've mostly been reading a book for anonymous review. And I read an issue of Time and one of Entertainment.

I am unsure whether I will ultimately be recommending the fanfiction story I'm reading right now. It's not bad, but I'm not desperate to get back to it, either.

I want to read a lot of things, but am apparently not doing so right now.

Sacred and profane speech

Mar. 21st, 2017 07:12 pm
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[personal profile] radiantfracture
The things I do when I can do little else include doodling pictures on my phone; lately, pictures of monsters uttering wordless speech. They seem to belong.

Cut for vaguely disturbing rectangular images )

Agh Yargh Gyaahh

Mar. 21st, 2017 08:16 am
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[personal profile] oracne
I could not tolerate political anything I tried to read this morning. I'm still going to send my daily emails to my reps, though. Not sure of the topic - such a bounty to choose from!

I email letters (through their websites) rather than call because 1) I am at dayjob in a shared work environment; 2) I feel much more in control of my message when it is written; and 3) I can easily edit past letters to make new, even more enraged letters.

I want an app that always replaces the face of Jeff Sessions with a giant poo emoji.

Good things:

1. I finally made a needed dentist appointment for a chipped incisor. Appointment is tomorrow.

2. I saw the Adorable Tots both Sunday and last night, and introduced them to pumpkin in hot pot, which they liked a lot.

3. I gymmed yesterday, after taking Friday off due to sleep deprivation.

4. Saturday, I am meeting friends for dim sum, followed by a WWI art exhibit at PAFA, followed by my other birthday orchestra ticket, Britten's War Requiem.

5. Ms. 8 liked the way I wrapped her 5 pound dumbbell: encased in a fuzzy medium blue sock, tied off with a sky blue ribbon with a tiny dark blue squishy frog semi-concealed within the bow.

6. I am making good progress on reading my review book.
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So this is either the best discovery ever (for writing purposes) or absolutely terrible. I'm not sure.

In one of the White Collar Werewolf Peter AU stories, it is mentioned that Elizabeth keeps ketamine on hand to sedate him in case he gets out of hand as a werewolf. (His idea, not hers. SHE doesn't think he'd ever do anything. He feels better if she has some way of stopping him in case of werewolf attack.)

I mentioned ketamine because I'd looked up veterinary tranquilizers and needed a fast-acting one. Unfortunately for Peter, it appears that I missed a few side effects. There was a post today at ScriptMedic (a resource Tumblr for writing medical stuff) that talks about ketamine, and apparently, um, well:

In low doses, ketamine can relieve pain. It can also make people feel very “stoned”.
In medium doses, it can cause hallucinations. This is what the drug using community refers to as “falling down the K-hole,” and ketamine is indeed known for its illicit uses.


But it actually gets EVEN WORSE:

If the patient develops distress shortly after an initial dose, the patient is not fully dissociated and the best maneuver is usually to give more ketamine. [...]

In high doses, ketamine works as an anesthetic, specifically a dissociative anesthetic. It shuts the brain off from outside stimulus completely. Basically what ketamine does is it shuts the brain off from outside stimuli. That means that even though someone’s eyes are open (and possibly twitching, medically referred to as nystagmus) their brain isn’t processing information from them.

Think of it like this: with most anesthetics, the brain is temporarily turned off. With ketamine, the brain isn’t turned off – it’s just disconnected from the outside world.

However, if someone is unprepared for it, those hallucinations can seem like a nightmare. And there is a portion of patients who get ketamine and, as it starts to wear off, they start screaming uncontrollably. This is called an “emergence reaction,” as they emerge from anesthesia and slip into the K-hole.

Someone who has been sedated/anosthetized with ketamine, especially if it’s against their will (used as a “knockout drug”), will likely have very negative hallucinations. To an outsider they’ll be lying on the floor, eyes open and blinking, unable to move or react to anything. It’s a great moment for a horror scene, or a horrific element to an action plot, especially if they have an emergence reaction and come back to reality screaming.


Monday morning mishmash post

Mar. 20th, 2017 02:32 pm
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[personal profile] umadoshi
--Happy equinox! Nova Scotia is welcoming spring with a predicted few days (including yesterday and today) of snow and freezing rain. Whee! ([ profile] scruloose's workplace opened a couple hours late today, so he got to start his first post-vacation day with a bit of extra sleep.)

--The third round of the Unbound Worlds Cage Match is happening! Georgia is up against Suri from Age of Myth. (I've yet to be familiar with any of her opponents.) Vote for my best beloved! If she wins she could be up against Kell Maresh next time. Eep. (Kell is currently in the lead against his third opponent, who I'm unfamiliar with.)

(I may have gotten teary. You can prove nothing. Nothing!)

--It doesn't take much for me to feel awfully behind on my/our current TV. We haven't seen last week's The Americans and I haven't seen last week's The 100, and last night Elementary aired...

--Being tired is so much more annoying after oversleeping. >.< But it wasn't a very restful night's sleep, and the night before last there wasn't enough sleep, so my current yearning to go sleep some more, preferably with kitty cuddles, does make sense. It's also not happening. (So far today I've turned in the second quarter of a rewrite, and now I'm going to start adapting the final volume of My Love Story!!)


Mar. 20th, 2017 08:37 am
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[personal profile] oracne
I really like this: Despair is Not a Strategy.

"There is a difference between our actions being worthless and our actions not accomplishing what we hoped they would."

Misc. linkspam

Mar. 20th, 2017 01:33 am
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Want free "Fight Fascism" stickers?

Or do you need pronoun stickers for event badges? [ profile] ctrlaltjustine's got you covered.

"I Buy Books Without Reading Them". [Book Riot]

"Operation London Bridge: the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death".

"From Seaspeak to Singlish: celebrating other kinds of English".

"How the Internet Is Saving Culture, Not Killing It".

"Towards a True Children’s Cinema: on 'My Neighbor Totoro'". "My Neighbor Totoro is a genuine children’s film, attuned to child psychology. Satsuki and Mei move and speak like children: they run and romp, giggle and yell. The sibling dynamic is sensitively rendered: Satsuki is eager to impress her parents but sometimes succumbs to silliness, while Mei is Satsuki’s shadow and echo (with an independent streak). But perhaps most uniquely, My Neighbor Totoro follows children’s goals and concerns. Its protagonists aren’t given a mission or a call to adventure—in the absence of a larger drama, they create their own, as children in stable environments do. They play."

"Giphy launches library of more than 2,000 GIFs to teach you sign language".

"I Have Traveled Here From the Present to Warn You About Global Warming". [McSweeney's]

"I Googled ‘Intersectionality,’ So Now I’m Totally Woke". [McSweeney's]

"Lists: Product Reviews for Cat Owners". [McSweeney's]

"Despair is Not a Strategy: 15 principles of hope".

"Rabbit hole in farmer's field leads to 'mystery caves'".

"Resistance 101: Basics of Community Organizing for SF/F Creators & Consumers, Volume One: Protest Tips and Tricks". [Sam J. Miller at Uncanny Magazine]

"Ignorant jerks abusing ‘the poor will always be with you’ will always be with you". [Fred Clark/Slacktivist]

"How to talk to your non-tech friends about Net Neutrality".

"Sorry Snowflakes, Fighting Is Political". [Sarah Kurchak at the Fightland blog]

"Unbuilt Los Angeles: the city that might have been – in pictures".

"Experience: I accidentally bought a giant pig: I was told she was six months old, had come from a breeder and wouldn’t grow any bigger than a very large cat".

"Fireproof human skulls for your gas fireplace, barbeque or fire-pit". [Boing Boing]

Has anyone tried the Lucky Iron Fish for supplementing dietary iron? It looks neat. "One Lucky Iron Fish can provide you with up to 90% of your recommended daily intake of iron. It's safe for the whole family to use, and is reusable for up to 5 years. Simply boil the Fish in any liquid or broth based meals to enrich your food and drinking water with iron."

Convert Case does what it sounds like: "Simply enter your text and choose the case you want to convert it to."
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Fannish/Geeky Things

"Atomic Blonde Is the Next Best Thing to a Female Bond".

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a feminist parable for everyone – including me". [Anthony Stewart Head at The Guardian]

"Ms. Marvel: 15 Reasons Why Kamala Khan Needs A Movie". [CBR]

Here's a spoilery-for-season 1 interview with The Good Place's creator, talking about the season finale.

"In Get Out, the Eyes Have It: Jordan Peele’s fantastic film relies heavily on the sense of sight to amplify its racial horror".

"This Is Why 'Get Out' Is Freaking Out White People".

"Two Of The Greatest Comic Book Writers Have Been In An Occult War For 25 Years".


"Romance Without Feminism is No Longer an Option". [Book Riot]

"They Love Me Not: How Fictional Villains Saved My Life". [Alyssa Wong at Uncanny Magazine]

Katie Locke ([ profile] Bibliogato) just posted a series of blog posts called Intersections of Creativity and Productivity:

--"The Productivity Loop".



--"Bullet Journaling".

Social Justice (all from The Establishment)

"Hating Comic Sans Is Ableist".

"I’m Not Going To Be Nice About Ableism".

"As A Trans Woman, I’ve Seen Nerd Culture’s Misogyny From Both Sides".

"Social Justice Must Be Complicated, Because Oppression Is Never Simple".

"I’ll Never Be ‘Low Maintenance’ — And That’s Okay". "I still struggle with minimizing the full implications of the various ways in which my body or my brain doesn’t work because I worry about scaring people off. Most of the people I’ve dated don’t know the full extent of my ulcerative colitis, and even fewer know about the severity of my panic attacks or the trauma that gave rise to them. I’ve tried to be better about disclosing my illnesses early on, but I still feel like I have to parcel out the details slowly."

"The Truth About Sensitivity Readers And ‘Free Speech’".

"Welcome To The Anti-Racism Movement — Here’s What You’ve Missed". "If you are just now feeling the urgency of the need to fight systemic racism, chances are, you are white. I know, I know — I’m starting off with blanket assumptions about you and that doesn’t feel good; you literally don’t have to tell me about it, I’m quite familiar! But seriously, you are probably white or white passing (yes, I’m aware that Ben Carson and Lil Wayne exist and some people of color are capable of holding on to baffling amounts of denial, but I do not have whatever power it would take to break through that level of delusion so let’s just stick with new white folk). I’ve written down this handy list of things that you’ve missed so far that you’re going to need to catch up on, on your own time. This knowledge and preparation will not only make your fight against racism more effective, it will allow us to continue our progress as you catch up."

"White People: I Don’t Want You To Understand Me Better, I Want You To Understand Yourselves".

Cute Stuff

"Farmer Found 4 Orphaned Kittens in His Barn Only to Find Out They Aren't Ordinary House Cats...".

"Literally Just A Bunch Of Photos Of Cats Sitting In Tiny Chairs". [Buzzfeed]

Via [ profile] jimhines, "15+ Puppies On Their First Days Of Work That Will Make Your Day" and "17 Dogs Who Deserve To Be Pet All They Want, Dammit".

"Fish and Chips, Two Adventurous Cats Who Love Exploring the Great Outdoors With Their Humans".


Mar. 17th, 2017 02:41 pm
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[staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
Thanks to everyone who let us know that Photobucket images were not loading properly on some pages. The problem seemed to be mostly limited to HTTPS requests; Dreamwidth maintains a list of known high-traffic image sites that support HTTPS, so that our secure content proxy service doesn't cache them unnecessarily. Unfortunately Photobucket seems to have recently changed their site configuration such that HTTPS requests aren't being served as expected, and we've now taken it out of our list of "proxy-exempt" sites.

If you continue to have issues, make sure you're not using HTTPS Photobucket links. It's a bit counterintuitive, but if you use HTTP instead, it will be automatically transformed on our end to an HTTPS link that uses

Hope that clears everything up for now! Let us know if it doesn't...
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Not because I'm upset at anyone, and not because of any negativity in any recent online conversations, but because occasionally people get kind of weird about my cooking abilities. I brought bread to work and got several surprised comments from the newbies in my department about my being able to bake and how early I learned how to cook.

Just because I learned to cook and bake from my Mom the ex-hippie (who learned from my Grandmother the ex-farm girl who grew up in the rural wilds of the Midwest during the Great Depression) when I was in the young single digits doesn't mean I think ANY LESS of anyone learning to cook or bake at twenty, thirty, or seventy. Or who never learned to cook or bake. Or who never wanted or cared to.

Or anyone who uses boxed brownie mix instead of busting out the Dutch process cocoa or painstakingly chopping baking chocolate. (So do I sometimes!)

Or anyone who orders Blue Apron or some other meal service and cooks with prepackaged ingredients and directions. (That's what it's there for!)

Or who's getting a list of ingredients and learning to cook on their own via YouTube or with a cheap cookbook. (Good for you! I'm impressed!)

Or who buys a bag of tasty-looking sauce and dumps it in a slow cooker with a hunk of meat that was on sale at the store. (That's what they sell it for. Go for it!)

Or who nukes a frozen dinner in the microwave. (Microwaves are useful.) Or slaps some peanut butter and jelly on two slices of bread. (PB&J is a staple in many places for a reason.)

Or who just calls for carryout and/or opens a bag of chips for dinner. (I've done it. Some days we all do it.)

Or whatever works for you.

I enjoy cooking and baking, and feeding other people is my way of sharing something I derive pleasure from. It's a creative art that's meant to be shared with as many people as possible, and cooking and baking things from (some variety of) scratch* is what I've decided works best and is most healthy for me and my family.

But that's me.

You make the choice that's best for you, based on your history and your current needs! I'm perfectly happy for you to do that! My talking about what I like for me is not a judgment upon your decisions. :)

*I mean, let's be realistic, I'm not a professional chef who stands around and gets paid to do this sort of thing, I'm a full time working and commuting woman who doesn't pay someone to clean her house, tutor her child, or do her laundry, and who would also like to have hobbies and a social life. I don't have fucking time to painstakingly process and peel tomatoes for 100%-from-scratch pasta sauce or to make clam chowder with actual clams that need to be cooked and shucked (those being the last two dishes I made), or stir, stir, stir, STIR the risotto (it's a holiday dish for a reason) because I don't have an extra ten hours in my day, and, let's face it, if I did, I'd probably spend at least 80% of it reading or dancing or writing, not cooking or getting shit done around the house.

Friday at last!

Mar. 17th, 2017 08:31 am
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Tomorrow morning I can sleep in! I have been having a hard time getting to sleep since the time change.

I have seen Itzhak Perlman live! I would happily see him again.

I eavesdropped on the people behind me before the concert and in the intervals. They had a long conversation after the first piece, a Bach violin concerto, about how the different musicians sat differently, in particular how one violist had her leg out to the side and it was a good thing she was on the end or she would have bumped into someone. ????? Okay, then. Maybe they didn't know each other and it was labored small talk? Why not talk about whether or not they liked the music?

One thing I noticed was that almost all of the orchestra women have switched to wearing trousers instead of dresses/skirts. I think this change has been happening over the last decade or so.

I always forget how annoying I find it when people cough several times loudly during a piece instead of leaving the room and coughing somewhere else, and when people (say, that guy two seats down from me) wave their hands around in my peripheral vision. Pro tip: the orchestra is not following you if you do this.

I sort of clumsy-dance in my seat sometimes, so I can't actually criticize, yet I just did it anyway.

Also, my seat was terrific because I had picked it and paid for it to be so - balcony, on the side with the soloist, front row - but the little wooden arms dug into my fat thighs very painfully if I sat wrong. I recall this happened even when I weighed less. Even in the astronomically expensive seats down on the floor. But the sound in the Kimmel is exquisite, so I deal with it. The sides with the loose chairs are better - the chairs have a little more room, and you can shift them a little if needed.

It sounds like I didn't have a good time but I did! I was just a little anxious, and small things get to me more then.
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Fannish/Geeky Things

Signups are open for SSR Confidential, the Agent Carter fanworks exchange.

"Take an emotional, 17-year journey through Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine hairstyles".


Humble Bundle is currently offering a women of sci-fi and fantasy ebook bundle.

"My Alien Family: Writing Across Cultures in Science Fiction". [Becky Chambers at]

This poem by Cassandra Khaw is amazing: "Protestations Against the Idea of Anglicization".

Marie Brennan recently started a new Patreon-funded series on worldbuilding at Book View Cafe. The introduction post is here, and the first "real" post is also up: "New Worlds: The Shape of the World".


"This Lego tape turns anything into a Lego-friendly surface". [The Daily Dot]

"Your old CD-ROMs are probably rotting". [Boing Boing]

"21 Things For People Who Love Black Cats". [Buzzfeed]

Via [ profile] browngirl, "15 Lesser-Known Berries You Should Try". [Serious Eats, 2014]

"EFF presents: a guide to protecting your data privacy when crossing the US border". [Boing Boing] "The Electronic Frontier Foundation has just updated its 2011 guide to Digital Privacy at the U.S. Border with an all new edition that covers the law, administrative rules, technological options and potential repercussions of crossing the US border while not undergoing the warrantless seizure and indefinite retention of all of your sensitive data -- in a guide that breaks out the different risks for US citizens, US permanent residents, and visitors to the USA."

"Lack of Oxford comma costs Maine company millions in overtime".

"Act Up, Rise Up". [Elsa Sjunneson-Henry at Uncanny Magazine] "Resistance is not about where you are shouting at the sky, but it is about putting yourself body and soul into the space of asking the world not to ignore you. Demanding from your government the right to be heard, to be seen. This is the core of resistance to me, and it is why the term slacktivism—a term often applied to the kind of resistance people with disabilities have access to—feels so wrong."

Via [ profile] dine, "Artist Paints Realistically Detailed Animals on Smooth Stones".

Stuff and whatnot

Mar. 16th, 2017 11:56 pm
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[personal profile] dhampyresa
.It's that time of the year again! As readers of this journal may know, I mod several fanwork exchanges. The biggest of those, [community profile] nightonficmountain , just opened nominations. There may be venting (most likely under-lock) because let me tell you, I have not missed the ao3 nomination approval interface and especially not its tendency to throw 404s at me when I've just validated a bunch of noms, aaaaaaaargh. /the glamorous life of a fandom mod

I've seen a bunch of movies lately I haven't talked about on here -- and should -- Arrival (Hollywood scifi), Patients (French slice-of-life/biography) and Hidden Figures/Les Figures de l'ombre (US Historical) all of which were good.

I also saw Logan. Look. I have been for X-23 on the big screen for literally over a decade. I cannot overstate this: the very first time X-23 appeared, in a season 3 episode of X-Men:Evolution, I was sitting in front of my TV going "SHE IS THE GREATEST AND HER FEET CLAWS ARE THE COOLEST". Based on that, you'd think I would have had high expectations for this movie, but the thing is, I didn't, mostly because I didn't believe it was actually real. Like. There's an X-23 movie????? Is this the real life? But I have to say this was an awesome X-23 movie. Also SHE IS THE GREATEST AND HER FEET CLAWS ARE THE COOLEST.

Sleeping Beauty and the Black Mercy (1507 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Finn/Rey (Star Wars)
Characters: Rey (Star Wars), Finn (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Black Mercy, Changing Tenses

Finn dreams.

Rey investigated.

Finally wrote a thing for [community profile] starwarsflashmeme ! The prompt was "Love" and I started thinking about real love's kiss and Sleeping Beauty!Finn, but couldn't figure out how to make sense of the vines and then boom! Of course! The Black Mercy!

Hugo nominations, final thoughts

Mar. 16th, 2017 10:32 am
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[personal profile] cahn
Just realized we have only one more day, ugh. Some things that have come up:

-[personal profile] skygiants reminded me (which I had totally forgotten) that she wrote some stories in 2016. I'm going to nominate these:

“Further Arguments in Support of Yudah Cohen’s Proposal to Bluma Zilberman”, Rebecca Fraimow, Diabolical Plots. Short story. This one is my favorite. It may be my favorite short story I read in 2016. I just love Yudah's distinctive, cocky voice, the sense of a very rich world in terms of underpinnings of relationships, the multiple twists that happen in a short letter. Just really, really highly recommended whether or not you are nominating.

Shaina Rubin Keeps Her Head Under Circumstances Nobody Could Have Expected, Rebecca Fraimow, PodCastle. Novelette. Sequel to "Proposal." Okay, I might love this one as much, actually. The greater length makes it less dense than "Proposal" in terms of twists, but it's similar in terms of the sketching in of rich characterization and relationships in relatively few words (plus plot!), and Yudah and Bluma are like old friends when they show up. My favorite part is how Shaina's voice has similar qualities to Yudah's (given that they're both Jewish inhabitants of Vilna) but is also completely different.

It stands alone from "Proposal" but also spoils it, so read "Proposal" first, okay?

-I am nominating Octavia E. Butler (Gerry Canavan, University of Illinois Press) in Best Related Work. I haven't actually gotten very far, and usually I would not nominate something I haven't actually read all the way through, but I like it so far and I really want to encourage people writing works on people like Butler.

-I am nominating Chuck Tingle for Best Fanwriter (with his twitter as the example). I could not see my way to voting for him for Short Story last year, but in my opinion his Hugo-related meta last year totally deserves nomination in some form, and I figured this was better than Related Work (since the form explicitly says "cannot be eligible in other category" -- I was totally planning on nominating "Space Raptor Butt Redemption" as Best Related Work, but it is also eligible in Novelette so I can't.)
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[personal profile] havocthecat
Did you ever watch Forever Knight, the tale of an 800 year old vampire police detective seeking redemption for his previous sins and looking to regain his lost humanity?

If you haven't, and you've enjoyed all those angsty vampire stories that have shown up in the media since the 90s, what's stopping you? You can join the fun and the fandom, to watch along with the, okay, kind of over the top plots at times and 90s special effects, but also the top notch historical research and costuming, alongside breathtaking characterization and the kind of acting that made any flaws fall to the side as we watched these actors sell every. single. moment.

Do you like stories of excessively Catholic former Crusaders and those around them? How about 1100 year old French women with a soft spot for the downtrodden of the world, but who will never admit it?

Or terrifyingly vulnerable mortal coroners who stand up to vampires that can break them like toothpicks?

How about human cops that doggedly and ruggedly solve crimes in a slightly less fashionable yet no less goodhearted way than the aforementioned nigh-invulnerable protagonist? There are many of them of varied ranks and backgrounds, some of whome have wives and children at home, one who has a husband and child, and others of whom have Daddy issues like you wouldn't believe. All are wonderful and just as good - if not better - at their jobs than the aforementioned former Crusader, who loves to be around these people who put themselves in harm's way and don't have his advantages.

How about 2000 year old Roman generals who creep and stalk on their objects of obsession for their own good? (He promises, and you wouldn't distrust a Roman patrician, would you?)

Or 500 year old ex-Conquistadors who, uh, maybe have a thing for adorble blonde cops with Daddy issues? (Also adorable blondes in general. This is the fandom that had a pairing name for every possible permutation of pairings, after all, and fans of every single character. We love them all, and we love our fellow fans.)

Or even a whole host of secondary characters, many of whom ended up on the Stargates, in a richly populated world of Canadian television filmed in Toronto and actually set in Canada, for once! No generically-named "Seacouver" for this show.

Would you like to revisit that lost era of 90s television? (You would, wouldn't you?)

You too can be a part of this fandom, if you would like follow the link to provide either art or fiction based on a slate of prompts you sign up to receive. Your mod, [personal profile] brightknightie, spends plenty of time hand-matching participants and eagerly awaits your response to her invitation to join her in fictional, vampire cop-themed 1990s Toronto.

You could do so if you sign up for [community profile] fkficfest! The 2017 Rules and Sign-ups Post: "You will watch life begin, and end, and begin anew."
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