In lieu of a real post, linkspam.
I've yet to read or see any of The Expanse, but for those who have, kayim just launched rocinante.
Fox is bringing us another round of The X-Files (ten episodes this time). I... I don't think I can do this again. I'll keep an ear out and see what those who do watch it think, and I'm willing to be pleasantly surprised, but after how appallingly awful last year's new eps. were, I doubt I'll be touching this without some strong recommendations.
From that link, I skimmed through "Fall TV pilots 2017: The full list". Let's see. I assume I'll give Inhumans a try (barring Iron Fist levels of nearly everyone recoiling in horror as soon as the advance reviews/reactions started); S.W.A.T. doesn't sound like my thing, but FYI for Criminal Minds fans, Shemar Moore's headlining it (and EW staff writer, your blurb is literally two sentences. How did no one notice that the first sentence begins with "Inspired by the film of the same name" and the second sentence, in its entirety, reads "Inspired by the film of the same name"?); Alan Cumming being the lead in Instinct could be enough to tempt me into giving that a shot, although it likewise doesn't really sound up my alley; Untitled Marvel Action-Adventure Series stars Amy Acker, so that's a no-brainer for me; and Reverie has Sarah Shahi and sounds potentially interesting (Sendhil Ramamurthy is in the cast too, if that's of interest).
"Mike Colter Describes Jessica Jones Season Two As “Dark And Heavy”".
Via the link above, "Kevin Feige Doesn’t Know If The MCU Will Get A Phase 4".
Via sovay, a website of photos of naked actors (mostly British) posing with fish. Here is Gillian Anderson wearing an eel.
"PHOTOS: Your Pics of California’s ‘Super Bloom’".
"Colourised Pics Of Russia’s Female Snipers Who Terrorised Nazis, Including “Lady Death” With 309 Kills".
"The Snarling Girl: Notes on—and against—ambition". [Elisa Albert on Hazlitt] Wow, I really liked this.
"EFF Releases Spying on Students Ed Tech Report: EFF Survey Reveals Gaps in Protecting the Privacy of K-12 Students Using School-Issued Devices and Cloud Apps". [Electronic Frontier Foundation] (Note: I haven't read the actual report, just the overview here.)
"Trans Singer Records Duet With Himself Pre And Post Transition".
"Londoners’ delight as world’s first crow café comes to capital".
"I ATE THREE EGGS EVERY SINGLE MORNING FOR A WEEK - HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED".
Via cofax7, "31 Vintage Posters That Demand You Pick Up a Book". [LitHub]
"How to Become a Deadly Misandrist Fairy Vampire" [Autostraddle]
"A dad took his 2-year-old's most memorable words and illustrated them beautifully".
Reblog if it’s okay for your followers to leave you an ask telling you what the one thing is they remember you for as a writer. Is it a scene or a detail or a specific line? Is it something like style or characterization? Is it that one weird kink they never thought they’d be into, but oh my god wow self-discovery time?
2. My laundry is done. Also, I bought some new underwear. So! Thrilling!
3. I spent most of Saturday lolling around, napping and reading fanfiction. But I also did a smidgen of cleaning up. Elderly cat was pleased with my lolling.
4. I cheered up a friend who was having a really hard day. We can't do much about her ongoing stress (aging, ill parent) that she isn't already doing, but at least I got her out of the house and delicious food and chocolate into her.
5. I cuddled Adorable Tots and fed them oatmeal.
--Another link: for the YOI fans, yurionicefans is a shiny new community.
--Becca_Smash, who's a longtime manga/comics editor and rewriter as well as one of the fine folks behind Sparkler Monthly/Chromatic Press, is currently looking for freelance comic copyediting work. If you have any interest, check out her thread of info here.
--Casual Job starts back up on Tuesday, and I haven't done any work at all to psych myself up for it; the odds of it being extremely (and for my wallet, painfully) short are very high, so I'm...sort of bracing myself for the financial shortfall this year (especially since we can't count on the fall session being very long) by telling myself "Well, the lack of income will obviously SUCK, but at least your routine won't get terribly disrupted."
--For lunch today, scruloose, Ginny, Kas, and I went back to Happy Veal, the hotpot place we tried last weekend, in order to try their only-available-at-lunchtime dumplings. Verdict: the dumplings are very tasty; I think our conclusion overall was that this place and the dumpling spot in the downtown core have different strengths in their dumplings. Happy Veal, though, is only the second place in town I've had green onion pancakes, and they are so good; also, at some times (maybe when the weather's warmer?) they have bubble tea, and I tell you, if the bubble tea is good, just going in for that and green onion pancake would seems like an excellent life choice to me.
--I'm in serious need (which I'm only reluctantly acknowledging) of pruning my manga collection, which should include trying to finally figure out something sensible to do with the Japanese editions of series that I've finished working on (and which don't, AFAIK, have sequels or anything for which I might want to keep them on hand for reference in case of any future licensing). I have some tankos that I want to keep entirely for my own sake--especially the full runs of Fruits Basket and X--but generally speaking, the Japanese volumes are of no use to me once the respective series are finished in English.
A couple of garden things!
I keep adding to my Pinterest board, and I keep rummaging around the Veseys site (which apparently doesn't have a wishlist feature! I made an account entirely because I was hoping for a wishlist!), and among the countless things I'm unsure of, I'm not entirely sure what to do in terms of planning. I'm going to try to avoid being overambitious this year, and I really don't want to get carried away and start ordering a ton of stuff online, so I think the best thing to do is probably to mostly wait and hit up Halifax Seed when they start having plants in for the season, and see what comes together from that. But since I don't have any sense of what they'll have, that drastically limits my planning options. :/ (Plus if there're perennials that don't bloom until their second year and I can't get them there this year, waiting until next year to get them sounds frustrating.)
Dreams of lilacs have made me want to check in with our neighbor on the side where we don't have a lilac and ask how they feel about lilacs. If they're neutral or positive, then we could go back to the board and ask about putting a second one in on that side of our little patch of ground. For lo, Veseys is tempting me with this Bloomerang (!) variety. The color is lovely, and the description brags that it "not only blooms in the spring - it 'blommerangs' with new flowers from mid-summer right up until frost." *grabby hands*
(Dear heaven, these people need a copyeditor for their site. Think I could trade my skills for plants?)
I've started to keep a log of when my Internet connection checks out and when it comes back, since noticing there seemed to be a pattern. It's not precise, but since the problems began early this month, the long dropouts happen in midmorning to early afternoon and the connection comes back in the late afternoon/early evening. Every day since about 16/4, when the connection began checking out for most of the day, and we're now at 23/4.
So. Is it something to do with the installation of the NBN cables in this suburb? Or is it a problem that happens at a certain temperature, which could explain the fluctuation between, say, yesterday it came back at 5.50pm and today, a cooler day with even a bit of rain, it came back at 5.24pm.
Given that my modem is new and manages to work all night (or at the points when I woke up and looked, and I had insomnia badly last night) I don't believe it has a problem. Everything is plugged in that ought to be and has been tested according to instructions from Iinet support. There's already been a line check and I was told a fault had been found and fixed. Uh uh, I don't think so. Second check happens on Wednesday. Whatever else they are, Iinet and Telstra are at least prompt in responding to wails from the populace, or such has been my experience this time. The first check was done on Easter Sunday, no less, with the guy saying; well, they didn't have much work so they were doing it early.
Folk are free to check my logic, but I feel weirdly reassured that I am finding a pattern. It suggests there is something wrong there to be found!
Then again, not sure how reliable my logic is. I'm the person who spent about two hours last night trying to print a PDF attachment that wouldn't. Thought my printer was out of ink until I worked out that Windows 10 apparently has a problem with letting you print out such things. And yes, I eventually hammered through to finding out how to do it. It was my acknowledgment from the Sokos Pasila in Helsinki that I had a room booked for Worldcon, btw.
Also; my shower head fell off in my hand on Friday while I was trying to superglue a crack where it met the wall. The lesson for today is that Selleys superglue does not work on showers, and you will get a lot of water sprayed in your face if you are an idjit who forgets to turn off the water first.
Thank Whatever for bathtubs. I'll sort that problem out next week!
I myself have a cat sleeping on my head in Habitica. And in real life, a dog the size of a cat who would like to be sitting on my body, whenever he sits.
Another dog who doesn't see why it shouldn't get cat privileges: https://www.instagram.com/p/BF5QWB8Po-
Every spring I think about starting a gardening blog. I never do, because I don't have the energy, but every year I think about it. I take a lot of pictures of my garden but they are not the kind of pictures that are interesting to people who don't garden. Still, now that DW has image hosting, I think about how easy it would be to blog about gardening here. Would you be interested?
# of stories: 503 (with several to upload. Having a regular day job has cut down on my computer-noodling time considerably) from 1974 to now (with some number of the older things still to be digitized) in 158 fandoms. Lots of one-off drabbles there. Also some umbrella fandoms (Star Wars, Doctor Who, Tolkien)
Total word count: 493863, which works out to an average of 982 per fic, which is certainly higher than I would have thought. I guess the handful of long things balance out the many many short ones. 7 pieces between 46k and 15k words, three of which were co-written, so properly speaking only about half the words are mine, though I did all the editing. Longest piece: 46657; longest entirely by me: 29701; shortest: 11 words.
Breakdown by word count, not part of the meme but because I am a nerd, ( behind the curtain )
Total number of fandoms: 158, counting the list on my dashboard. Collapsing the 'umbrella fandoms' (Tolkien (11 total, 8 Middle Earth + 3 non-M-E, reducing it down to 4), Star Wars (6 down to 1), Doctor Who (5 to 1), Star Trek (3 to 1), Adam Lambert (3 to 1), sundry other duplications that all add up to 25 'extra') brings it to an only slightly more realistic number of 133. There are a fair number of crossover and multi-fandom things, but also a great many Yuletide and Yuletide-esque one- and two-offs. (90 one-fic fandoms, 15 two-fic, 10 three-fic, of which 125 fandoms 16 I am the only person to have written.)
Top 5 fandoms by fic count
Middle Earth: 99 ( Umbrella for: )
Original: 73 (I am not counting this as a fandom per se, so there are 6 in this list.)
Society for Creative Anachronism RPF: 47 ( Poetry )
Star Wars: 47 ( Umbrella for: )
Doctor Who: 45
The top 5 by absolute AO3 count are:
Highlander: The Series (86)
The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien (76)
Original Work (73)
The Hobbit (Jackson Movies) (71)
Society for Creative Anachronism RPF (47)
Top 5 by Hits
1. Three Views of a Pier (Adam Lambert (Musician), Glam Rock RPF). Written for Astolat for Purimfest. She liked it, and posted about it, thus the hit count. at 989 words it is amusingly close to average wordcount.
2. Fire Dreams (North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell | UK TV). Drabble (100 words) written for Yuletide madness. I think the fact this was written the same year The Hobbit came out, and Richard Armitage became known, accounts for some of this one.
3. The Favourite (Omar Rayyan - Works). Another Yuletide madness drabble, based on a painting.
4. The Good Sex Song (or, the Art of Negotiation, Nursery Rhyme Remix) (Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold). Written for Philomythia for Remix Madness. This is mostly a poem/song with a smidgen of story around it.
5. Jessamy (Frederica - Georgette Heyer). Yuletide assignment fic.
Top 5 by Kudos
1. Let there be Spaces (Lawrence of Arabia (1962)) Yuletide pinch-hit with poetry in it.
2. The Good Sex Song (or, the Art of Negotiation, Nursery Rhyme Remix) (Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold). Written for Philomythia for Remix Madness. This is mostly a poem/song with a smidgen of story around it.
3. Jessamy (Frederica - Georgette Heyer). Yuletide assignment fic.
4. Archiater in Noctem (or, the Singular Experience of Dr. Adam Pierson) (House M.D., Highlander: The Series) Remix written for Taz. Work #2109 on the Archive. Not quite the first thing I ever posted there (That would be The Seven Virtues, work #250) but within the first 20.
5. Spinning Back Around (Highlander: The Series). Written for the Highlander 20 year fest.
No piece of mine (yet) has broken 100 kudos, though the top one there is close.
Top 5 by Bookmark
1. Archiater in Noctem (or, the Singular Experience of Dr. Adam Pierson) (House M.D., Highlander: The Series) Remix written for Taz.
2. Winterlight (Highlander: The Series, Adam Lambert (Musician), Glam Rock RPF). Written for the Adam Lambert Big Bang. Co-Written with Auberus.
3. Let there be Spaces (Lawrence of Arabia (1962)) Yuletide pinch-hit with poetry in it.
4. Need and Discovery (Star Wars Prequel Trilogy). Long. Originally written for the zine I did called Rituals and Meditations. (These last three are all numbered the same because they have the same number of bookmarks)
4. Champagne (Highlander: The Series, Iron Man (comics)). Written for the Highlander 50 challenge, prompt 'Champagne', well before the MCU movies came out. Remixed at one point.
4. The Good Sex Song (or, the Art of Negotiation, Nursery Rhyme Remix) (Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold). Written for Philomythia for Remix Madness.
Yuletide man, Yuletide. And other fests. Need and Discovery I am pretty sure is there because of the resurgence of Star Wars as a Thing. Champagne because it got remixed.
We're not actually sure how Starfleet funds anything, but what are some viable, functional alternatives to capitalism that *are* well explained in SF&F? And how do societies using them interact with capitalist societies?
One of the panels I was worried about has acquired other panelists, one has not. So, even though I am just the freelance moderator, I've got to prepare thoroughly for this one. Do you have any suggestions for SF that examines alternatives to capitalism?
Do you think Iain Banks's Culture belongs in this panel, or is it so post-capitalism that doesn't make sense to call it an alternative?
Also, I have five pink and five black "Fight Fascism" stickers, from here: https://studentactivism.net/ If you are going to Wiscon, and you would like one, call dibs here.
I finished John Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire and liked it for the variety of POV characters (Cardenia and Marce are my favorites), and for the “collapsing empire” set-up, which is a great story driver. Plus I love stories about rulers who end up on a throne they didn’t want and for which they’re unprepared. So I’ll definitely be reading the next in the series.
Scalzi’s not one of my top favorite writers, but I enjoy how he works out his ideas, and he has this way of stealthily making you cry over his characters before you quite know what hit you. So I’ve somehow ended up reading most of his novels. Old Man’s War is my favorite, and the only one I’ve read more than once.
I’m in the market for a new smoke/carbon monoxide detector, because I killed one the other night. I was awakened by a repeating electronic chirp around 2 AM, so I got up and wandered the house, trying to figure out which smoke alarm had a low battery. (Whyyyy is it always in the middle of the night?) It beeped every 30 seconds, so I kept having to stop and wait. I eventually tracked it down to the basement and pulled the battery from one smoke alarm (not it!) and then a second smoke alarm, the one that's hard-wired into our electrical system. I put a brand-new battery in and—nope! Still chirping!
So I got a flashlight and climbed up to look at the tiny instructions on the underside of the alarm while it hung from the wires in the ceiling, and found that it was the “end of life, replace me now” chirp. I could see NO WAY of stopping it short of cutting the wires. So that’s what I did. It’s a good thing the wire cutters have rubber handles, because I saw a tiny puff of smoke and sparks when I cut the wires. I was maybe not thinking very clearly? Two in the morning! And then I went back to bed and lay there worrying that the loose wires would set the house on fire.
On the bright side, this story made my mom laugh very hard when I told her later, so at least there’s that.
Today I clued in that right now I have the books and translations for the next two volumes of Yona of the Dawn past the one I'm working on. I can just...read them. *starry eyes*
*I'm pretty neutral on the topic of scans in general, but for series I'm working on, I especially try to steer clear of anything that might influence my own phrasing in an adaptation. I don't think it's actually a huge risk, but between my own anxiety and the worry of readers ever thinking "Hey, these two versions of [line/thing] sound similar! Someone MUST HAVE COPIED!", I'm just not up for it. That latter isn't something I've seen much of, but I have seen it, albeit usually in contexts where someone's amazed, just AMAZED, that two people might phrase something similarly. [As you might assume if you actually think about it, similar wordings often aren't surprising at all. A lot of simple lines really have one or two basic/obvious phrasings.]
Related tangential note: I still haven't read the Crunchyroll version of Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer, which I've been meaning to do ever since I finished the Seven Seas adaptation. Biscuit Hammer is one of my favorite titles that I've ever worked on, so I'm really curious! And someday I'll be in a position to read the Crunchyroll version of Arpeggio of Blue Steel, which is an interesting thought on two levels--the same curiosity, and the fact that a friend is doing that adaptation. (She hasn't read my version either, AFAIK.)
Totally different note: I personally steer clear of reviews of things I haven't read/seen (in general, I mean; that's not a professional comment), which also means I don't tend to link to reviews of things I've worked on unless it's for a first volume, but I really enjoy seangaffney's reviews at Manga Bookshelf. (He's a friend, if you don't know.) And the beginning of his review of Yona 5, which I quite like, gives a bit of thematic info about the series, if any of you are curious. (This paragraph isn't what you'd call spoilery, but I'll quote it under a cut anyway.) ( one paragraph under here )
--I have two small batches of pics to upload to jinksyandthebrain. (Noting for "self, post the damn cat pictures already!" accountability purposes.)
--Since I've been talking about garden things: do the gardeners among you all know that gardening exists? It's not super-active, but of course it could always be made more so. ^_- (And there've been a couple of posts this week!)
--I forgot to mention this last night: when we were talking with the condo board president, I told her about my dreams of
--This evening was completely lost to another round of "sat down on the sofa to read and instead fell asleep before even opening the book". Crap.
First, not one but two trailers for things I'm excited for:
Oh, hello there, MERMAID SHOW. "Freeform Greenlights Mermaid Drama ‘Siren,’ Movie Series From Karlie Kloss". YES PLEASE.
"MARVEL’s CLOAK & DAGGER Series Gets Its First Drama-Packed Trailer". (Mostly the trailer, which is also in the article above, but a bit of commentary too.)
This lengthy look at Kirk in Star Trek: TOS and who he really was vs. the perception/reinterpretations of him has been linked all over the place, and rightly so: "Freshly Remember'd: Kirk Drift".
"StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War are now free" [and patched]. This is still the original, pre-remaster versions of the games.
"A Love Letter to Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!’s Incredible Representation". [The Mary Sue]
"Issues in Comics: A retailer’s perspective on “diversity” in the news". [Orbital Comics]
"Women of Star Wars Get Highlighted in New Series of Animated Shorts". [io9]
"Chris Evans to Make Broadway Debut in Kenneth Lonergan's 'Lobby Hero'".
"We Went to the Yuri!!! on Ice Celebration in Namja Town". [ANN]
"New One Piece Magazine to Serialize Novel About Ace". [ANN]
alexandraerin gets shared a lot on Twitter because of good political talk (and is well worth checking out!), but I'm gonna link you to this thread on writing. It begins with "So, here's a thing about the craft of writing and tropes, particularly ones we associate with romance", and is about the potential gaps between "the story you want to write" (as in the advice to "just sit down and write the story you want to!") and the story you're actually writing.
There's a Humble Bundle of unicorn books available at the moment.
"Watch: incredible dance routine by dog and woman". [Boing Boing] (It really is.)
"On Fearless Girl, women & public art; or, no, seriously, the guy does not have a point".
Baking Bites reviewed the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino.
"Dwayne Johnson Dressed as Pikachu is What You Need Right Now".
"Chrome and Firefox Phishing Attack Uses Domains Identical to Known Safe Sites".
"The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black".
"Love & breadsticks: There was a knife fight at Olive Garden". The first tweet of this widely-shared Twitter Moment reads "I went on a date last night and the guy meekly shared that he used to be THE GENERAL MANAGER FOR THE TIMES SQUARE OLIVE GARDEN."
Between the Devil and the Dust (7296 words) by sevenofspadeIn which Rey, Anakin and luke go on a roadtrip through the desert because The Force.
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, Star Wars Original Trilogy
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Rey (Star Wars), Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker
Additional Tags: Time Loop, Time Travel, The Force
Summary: Tatooine is not Jakku is not Tatooine. And yet.
Origianlly I started writing this as an experiment in characterisation: "Compare and contrast the protags of the Star wars trilogies!" Specifically Anakin and Rey; they're very similar but they do have their differences. When I decided to use this as the starter for the remix, I did so because the involvement of all three of them made it easy for the fic to be remixed in a lot of directions/the remixers wouldn't be stuck in one trilogy. I deliberately left some of the Luke stuff obscure as a hook for remixes, actually -- which nobody used. Luke never says he forgot any of it!
It's an odd fic to describe.
On a surface level it is about a roadtrip and about 50% landscapeporn by volume. On a slightly deeper level, it's about all of them acting as each other's -- spirit guides isn't quite the right word -- catalyst to a shift in their connection with the Force (for Rey it's her "Awaken[ing]", for Anakin it's "the first step [he] took on the road to being Darth Vader").
On an even deeper level it's about what the Force actually is. This fic wouldn't look the way it does without Rogue One and the way everyone just starts dying as soon as their part is done -- the Force doesn't need them anymore.
Rey said, "Did you really expect the Force to be kind?"
"Does the desert care about the grain of sand? Does the ocean care about the wave? Does the night sky care about the star? No. Why then should the Force care for any individual life?" Rey spoke, and the words tumbled out of her mouth without her knowing where they came from. "Some are brighter or best beloved or chosen, but in the end the storm comes, the dawn rises and the wave must break."
I should also thank lunikus for letting ramble at length about this and helping me solve some of the issues with it.
It's a good thing, too, because my arms and wrists had been achy all day, though I don't know why. Maybe I slept funny? Tension because of my afternoon dayjob performance review? (It went okay.) I had too much coffee, and finally gave in and took an ibuprofren. Singing improved things, as it always does.
Next Wednesday is "Ascension" and the end of our season focused on Bach's cantatas performed 1734-1735. I need to rest up this weekend for the Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday Bach marathon, but the Science March is Saturday. We'll see how that goes. I will probably skip the music and speeches part, but I need to make a sign.
I am skipping the gym and indeed everything this evening in favor of a hot shower and an early night. I might eat ice cream for dinner. I might even skip the gym tomorrow.
This is a book about survivors, that is to say, those who continue to live when others have died. Looked at from one point of view this is very positive, in the sense that anyone who has a brush with death is lucky to survive. However, looked at from another point of view it is profoundly negative, in that one need not have had a brush with tragedy anyway.
It reminds me of the immortal Suicide by Cop: Committing Suicide by Provoking Police to Shoot You.
It is an old story (circa 2004), and I would do some things in it differently if I wrote it now, but bits still make me laugh. I made some minor cuts for the recording (textual jokes that didn't translate and some narrative colour that, in my contemporary opinion, didn't.)
It was a challenge to record at this length, and I can hear where I start to struggle -- where I lose the specific rhythm of the narrative, or start to lose volume. I made some edits, some of which are almost seamless, and some, yeah, not.
Anyway, it was worth the attempt to learn more about the form.
The story (about 11 minutes long) is here.
Any genre of pairings is welcome. Thanks!