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Apr. 23rd, 2019 08:00 pm
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I finished Ann Leckie's The Raven Tower!

As I said on Twitter: massive respect for Ann Leckie's mineral protagonist progression from 'passive-aggressive AI' to 'literally just a very sulky rock.'

I'll admit it took me some time to come round on the sulky rock, but then the rock insisted on being hauled halfway across the continent in a large unwieldy carriage out of sheer bloody-mindedness despite several protestations from annoyed divine friends, and suddenly I loved that rock. We are all what we are.

Technically something that may be a spoiler )

As with Ancillary Justice, I found this a slow build and an increasingly rewarding one as it went on. Things that Ann Leckie clearly likes and is good at, in combination with mineral protagonists:
- unusual and somewhat deliberately distancing narration
- non-human entities moved to action by feelings of affection and responsibility towards specific humans
- very long-game revenge plots
- careful plot-relevant linguistic exploration! MY FAVORITE PART

Some ending thoughts that are definitely spoilers )

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Apr. 23rd, 2019 08:52 pm
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I got my hair cut today. I have a big ziploc full of what was cut off because I'm probably going to donate it. The lady who cut my hair did five or six chunks, each with a small rubberband at the top. She suggested a Michigan specific charity that does wigs for kids. I had started looking online a couple of days ago, but I'd backed away when I realized that I was still dithering about getting it cut to begin with. Deciding what to do with it after seemed premature.

I think I may need to get it cut shorter than where it is now. It's too short to put back, and, really, I can't manage putting anything back any more, anyway, so growing it out won't help. At the current length, just below my ears, it's still long enough to blow across my eyes in a way that makes it very hard for me to see. I can't use barrettes because every type I've ever tried just slides right out.

What do those of you with hair this length do when your hands are full and you need to cross a street?

I walked part of the way to the mall where I got my hair cut. I ended up making a couple of side trips that I didn't plan on and that left me more tired than I'd hoped to be. It's a bad thing to realize that one's on the edge of overdoing when in the middle of a large park that's a very long way from the nearest bus stop (I had to walk another 20 minutes to reach a road that had bus service). I think I kept diverting onto trails I'd never tried because I didn't really want to get to the mall to begin with.

I'm not sure Scott and Cordelia believed that I would do it, but it's done. It needed doing. I just feel weird and not really myself now. I'll get used to it, but long hair has been part of how I view myself for as long as I can remember, and I've always loved my hair, so it's... complicated.
jordannamorgan: Fai, "Tsubasa Chronicle". (Vampire!Fai Japanese)
[personal profile] jordannamorgan posting in [community profile] fan_flashworks
Title: Untitled
Fandom: Seven Samurai (1954)
Rating: G.
Summary: Desktop wallpaper, 1280x720 resolution.
Content Notes: For the "Seven" prompt on my bingo card.

Seven Samurai )

My Baycon Schedule

Apr. 23rd, 2019 05:20 pm
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[personal profile] gridlore
It's a light one this year, which I'm happy with. As a reminder, I probably don't remember you. Please be patient.

Saturday, May 25, 2019
16:00 Connect 4

Baseball fans and Science Fiction fans, our shared obsessions.

Know who likes to gather together, dress strangely, and nitpick details? Baseball fans! Well, we do it as well. Come discuss where the Great American Pastime meets Fandom. As a bonus, Doug will perform his dramatic reading of "Casey At The Bat."

Sunday, May 26, 2019
11:30 Synergy 4

Hidden Disabilities

Oddly, there's no panel description.

Sunday, May 26, 2019
13:00 Synergy 1

Arcade Etiquette

Back when playing video games meant a trip to the mall or the corner market, there were rules on how you acted and played. We remember those rules, and how they were enforced.
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[personal profile] forestofglory
Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 R and I started watching this with the plan to finish it before WisCon. We’ve watched 4 or 5 episodes so far. At this point this season is goofier and lighter than season 1 and feels a bit more like other Treks I’ve watched. There’s more focus on ethical dilemmas and such witch is very Star Trek focus. Also there are many many awesome older women. Some of them are mothers though none of them raising small children. Still it's good to see more fictional moms. I hope some of the awesome older ladies get to interact with each other.

Golden Kamuy up vol 8 by Satoru Noda This all that’s currently been translated into English so I have to stop here for the moment. I’m still really enjoying the historical setting and all food details. However these volumes got pretty gruesome and also spent a lot of time alway form core character hanging out with less nice people. And there were some villainous tragic queers. So that wasn’t great. But I do like the main characters and will probably read more when it is available.

Yotsuba&!, Vols 8-9 by Kiyohiko Azuma Still very cute! I have few more volumes out form the library.

Not For Use In Navigation: Thirteen Stories by Iona Datt Sharma I am working my way very slowly through this. "Akbar learns to Read and Write" was lovely meditation on learning. I have one novella "Quarter Days", left I've read it before so I know its really good. But I’ve gotten sick and this isn’t the kind of thing I can read when sick -- to much detail to miss. So something to look forward to when I feel better.

I also got a couple of the Hugo shortlisted art books out of the library. I wouldn’t have called The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition an art book but it sure is pretty. Makes me want to do an Earthsea reread. Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History is fun to look at for nostalgia but not really my favorite kind of art.

And I’ve read quite lot of Guardian fic. Maybe I need a way to keep track of the fic that I read? I don’t k

Ivory Vikings

Apr. 23rd, 2019 07:28 pm
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[personal profile] marycatelli posting in [community profile] books
Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them by Nancy Marie Brown

A discussion on topics suggested by the famous Lewis chessmen: medieval chess figures carved from walrus ivory.

Read more... )

[ SECRET POST #4491 ]

Apr. 23rd, 2019 06:43 pm
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[personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets

⌈ Secret Post #4491 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 01 pages, 21 secrets from Secret Submission Post #643.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

Not Prime Time sign ups are open

Apr. 23rd, 2019 03:31 pm
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Not Prime Time (AO3 collection)
npt_admin on DW | Not Prime Time tumblr
Frequently Asked Questions

Not Prime Time, is a gen, het, femslash, and slash multifandom secret fiction exchange for medium sized fandoms, including any RPF fandoms with under 20,000 fics. If you usually have fandoms that are eligible for Yuletide, your fandoms may also be potentially eligible for Not Prime Time.

2019 schedule
April 19 to 30 - Sign ups
May 3 - Assignments go out by the latest
May 5 - Madness collection and prompts open
July 3 - Stories due
July 13 - Main collection goes live
July 21 - Author reveals

Sign ups for Not Prime Time are currently open from now until April 30th. Here are the instructions on how to sign up, with nominated fandoms and characters/relationships for the exchange using this tag set. There are plenty of fandoms with characters/relationships of color nominated that I'd love to see requested.

Hope to see you there!


Apr. 23rd, 2019 03:03 pm
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I had my first counseling appointment today, which seemed to go well, and will hopefully help me deal with the various sorts of stress I'm now facing. Speaking of stress, yesterday I made a reservation to see my parents on June 3 - June 7, which pleases me not at all, but seems useful for keeping the peace. I'm considering skipping GenCon this year simply so that I don't have to visit them again.

In happier news, when I was walking to the bus stop, I saw someone walk by with an awesome t-shirt that said "My pronouns haven't even been invented yet", which made me happy and seemed a good omen for the day. I got home and googled that phrase, and found the above link to buy the t-shirt, along with that fact that it's by genderqueer activist, poet, and spoken word artist Andrea Gibson, who I'd never previously heard of before, but looks to write very shiny stuff.

Here's a spoken word piece of their's that I found quite powerful:
Also, in honor of national poetry month, here's one I found online that I quite liked.
click here for poem )

I swear my doctor is actually good

Apr. 23rd, 2019 10:58 pm
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Right, I've been avoiding my coping strategies like the plague for two weeks, so as you can imagine I am in a little bit of a state. I've got deadlines that I was cheerfully oblivious to until about an hour ago and like, a whole 8:45-17:15 shift that I just completely forgot existed until the manager rang me.

("Did you know that you're down to work at [library] today?"
"Am I?"
"That explains why you aren't there then!")

I also went to the doctor's today! [twitter.com profile] hardlyaverage was my responsibile adult, which was good because the plan was to ask my doctor if I could be tested for ADHD, and his reaction was... Pretty mild, but still "Are you sure you want that?"

Read more... )

Anyway, I THINK I've worked out what I need to get done tomorrow (proofreading, frantic reading, somehow trying to find time to swim AND write AND email about a shift I'm not sure I can do anymore, don't let myself get distracted doing the things that require no brainpower). I can do that! See you all tomorrow, hopefully when I've got a bit more done.

Check-In – Day 23

Apr. 23rd, 2019 05:50 pm
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"They told me there'd be days like this." That's how the saying goes. What have you been doing?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

Question: If you could sum up the happiness of writing in a single word, what word would that be?
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[personal profile] delacourtings posting in [community profile] fan_flashworks
Title: Give You A Taste
Fandom: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Rating: Teen
Length: 319 words
Content notes: Sexual innuendo.
Author notes: Also for for prompt 43: teasing on my [community profile] 100fandoms prompt table.
Summary: “Miss Fisher, I can see your undergarments,” Jack hissed.

Give You A Taste )
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Just checking. Does everybody know about "Wild Nights with Emily"?

And, relatedly, that a scholar applied moderning imaging technology to the erased parts of Emily Dickinson's letters to recover what they said, and uncovered that, contrary to Dickinson's dour, spinster, hermit-like reputation, she had a passionate, oh-so-carnal, life-long love affair with a Susan Dickinson nee Huntington? Who married Emily's brother expressly so that she could live next door to Emily for the rest of her life? Happily ever after?

See also: Behind the New, Gloriously Queer Emily Dickinson Movie.

(h/t [personal profile] conuly)
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It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post, and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have only ONE volunteer reccer who has signed up for May with this fandom:

* Machineries of Empire ([personal profile] sigalit)

So while we already have a few recs to look forward to in May, it would of course be awesome if we had some more recs next month. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.

Looking even further ahead so far NO reccer has volunteered for June, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for May, June or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.

Open Rec Posting

The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of April. Since the general prompts don't seem to work as inspiration, I've decided to stop adding them, but to keep the open reccing period in case anyone wants to slip a rec in, without having to come up with three others for a fandom. However the recs do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)

Threadfall by Kirtemor (SFW)

Apr. 23rd, 2019 04:14 pm
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[personal profile] sigalit posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Dragonriders of Pern
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Unnamed Dragons
Content Notes/Warnings: Big fire
Medium: Digital illustration & 3-D render combo
Artist on DW/LJ: N/A
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] kirtemor
Why this piece is awesome: This is a really great representation (IMHO) of an oft-described in canon and roleplaying event: the fighting of Thread. It can be hard to visualize where the dragons are, and this artist did great bringing it to life.
Link: Threadfall at dA
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[personal profile] china_shop posting in [community profile] fan_flashworks
Title: Love Touch
Fandom: Guardian
Rating: R
Length: ~1,570 words
Notes: Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan, established relationship, schmoopy sex, no spoilers. Inspired by Earth Girls Are Easy (if it's good enough for Geena Davis/Jeff Goldblum...). So much thanks to [personal profile] trobadora for beta! No warnings apply.
Summary: Along with everything else Shen Wei is, he’s a scientist, and he’s been accumulating Dixing talents for decades. At least some of them have practical applications far beyond fighting bad guys, but as far as Zhao Yunlan knows, he’s had precious few occasions to really try them out.
Zhao Yunlan is more than happy to be his guinea pig. Really, it’s the least he can do.

Love Touch )

Wed Wabbit, by Lissa Evans

Apr. 23rd, 2019 11:52 am
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Ten-year-old Fidge is dealing with a lot, from her beloved father's death a year ago to being the only practical person in a flamboyant family to her four-year-old sister Minnie's refusal to pronounce Rs because it's cuter that way and frequent demands that Fitch read her favorite book, The Land of the Wimbley Woos, a cloying picture book written in clunky verse about a magical land of color-coded, dustbin-shaped people.

But when Minnie is hospitalized in an accident, Fidge and her phobic-of-everything cousin get trapped in the Land of the Wimbley Woos... which has been taken over by a monstrous version of Minnie's favorite stuffed animal, Wed Wabbit.

An uneven but often extremely funny children's book. The best parts were Fidge's outrage at having to deal with actual Wimbley Woos and their terrible rhymes and hunger for hugs. The parts where it played the story straight, as a more sophisticated version of the picture book's message of love and learning, were fine but a story I've read a lot. The opening chapters, in which Fidge blames herself for her sister's accident and it looks for a while like Minnie's going to die, felt like they came from a different and much gloomier book than the rest of it; the understated way it dealt with their father's death worked much better with the overall tone.

The book was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and has some interesting reviews on Goodreads as a result from people who normally don't read fantasy ever and were appalled at having to read one if they were supposed to read the entire slate. This surprised me as a number of classic children's fantasies were Carnegie Medal winners or nominees, but I guess it's gone more toward realism, or at least very very serious fantasy lately. A couple rather hopefully suggested that the book could be interpreted as Fidge having a nervous breakdown and imagining the whole thing!

(I don't think this reading is supported by the text, as her cousin is also involved and also has objective personality growth as a result; I guess maybe he could have changed as a result of observing her total breakdown or just coincidentally, but that seems unlikely.)

Wed Wabbit

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