2017 Weekly Writing Log, Part 38

Oct. 22nd, 2017 09:18 pm
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- I finished writing the fifteenth chapter of The Legend of the Princess. This chapter got kind of long... almost like an actual chapter in an actual novel orz. It's too late to post it tonight, so I'll post it on Tuesday or Wednesday.

- It's apparently grad school application and job hunting season, and I wrote a ton of reference letters this week, at least one a day. I'm always a little embarrassed when anyone asks me to be a reference, because what do I know about anyone or anything, but I did my best.

- A novella-length translation I put together a few years ago is finally finding its way into print, and this week I sent the second draft of my translator's introduction to the journal editor. I'm starting to get the feeling that this person may not be playing with a full deck, and I'm not entirely sure that this project is actually going to see the light of day, but I guess we'll all find out together.

- I posted a short comic based on the opening of Superstar Saga that strongly suggests Peach and Bowser are fucking. In my defense, the game itself isn't particularly subtle about this either.

- When I scanned this comic on Thursday evening I decided it was too ridiculous to spend time on, so I slapped down some flat colors and called it a day. The next morning, though, I decided that my garbage creation needs more love, so I got started on totally recoloring it. This is going to take a while to finish, but I'll get there eventually.

- I read an article in The New Yorker titled The Land of the Large Adult Son, so I drew yet another shitty picture of my large adult son. It's a little crazy that it's 2017 and I still don't know how to draw Ganondorf correctly, but again, I'll get there eventually.

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Oct. 21st, 2017 03:28 pm
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Is it okay to post here twice? I hope so. I'm having fun on DW and looking for more people to add, especially for a few fandoms in particular.

Name: Jingle
Age: 25
Country: USA
Subscription/Access Policy: Generally speaking, fandom posts and chill irl posts are public, and heavy irl posts are access-only.
Current Main Fandoms: Steven Universe, Disney Descendants, Ducktales 2017/Disney Duckverse, Pokemon (mostly the main series of games)

Other Notable Fandoms: Disney Animated/General Animated Film, Alice in Wonderland (The books, the Burton films, the Disney animated film, etc.), Marvel Cinematic Universe, Gravity Falls, Phineas and Ferb, Wander Over Yonder, 
Fannish Interests: Fanfiction and meta, mostly. I enjoy making icons, too, but don't do it that often. On the RP front, I'm kind of interested in starting some PSLs, too.
OTPs and Ships: I'm a big-time multi-shipper. I have a list of ships here. It probably needs updating, though.

So I made a thing

Oct. 21st, 2017 08:02 pm
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... mainly because I never can quite stop myself, even when I remind myself how many comms I already have:

[community profile] mystery_mansion

It is a comm for all things mystery, crime and detective-related! News, reviews, discussion, links, promotions, fests, fanworks of all kinds etc. etc. You know the drill. (Fictionally speaking, whether TV, book or other.)

I wondered if there was one when I wrote my Daisy Dalrymple ficlet and went looking, and found that, technically yes, but not only had it not been updated in 4 years, it had rules that didn't make it clear what it did and didn't cover, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and make a (hopefully) more general and open one anyway.

I will promote it presently. In the meantime you can feel free to join, and also please tell me obvious authors/detectives/shows I left off the profile (although I can't have them all). Also above is a handy banner for promoting in your own journals and communities (as appropriate).

If anyone is interesting in co-modding, that would be great.

Also there is a new prompt up at [community profile] b7friday! It is the inevitable spooky one, but spooky is good, right?

I immediately regret my life

Oct. 21st, 2017 01:46 pm
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So let's say I was going to make a terrible life choice and try to do NaNoWriMo. This is a bad decision, by the way, because I am trying to recover my house and prepare for hosting thanksgiving, and it's difficult to convince my brain to write words when there are chores to be done. (In my mental hierarchy, writing is only a hobby, and thus becomes optional; whereas keeping up with basic adulthood and cleaning the home are higher priority requirements - which only comes into play because my energy pool is so critically limited.)

The thing is, I have plenty of ideas, and some even in the conception stage, but they're mostly problematic in some way that adds some risk to a project I have only 10 days to prepare for...

- Ausrine (A Poly Pilot, Genderqueer Vampire, and Lesbian Werewolf Explore Space) - I have incredibly amazing and complex backstory, worldbuilding, setting, and a vague semblance of a plot, but not necessarily enough of a structure to keep it from becoming My Giant Infodump about these characters

- Shattering (In Which Sev Plays With God/Goddess Archetypes) - there's some plot, and the entire point of this story was to push forward and let the plot direct itself, but I'm having trouble working with what sort of religious archetypes I can pull and use and where the line of disrespect/appropriation lies, to a point where the writing often stutters

- Feyhaven/Witchhaven (My Self-Insert OC has Cats and Magic) - may or may not share a world with Shattering - promises to be really fun writing, urban fantasy (or rural fantasy, really), but like, what's plot

- Beacon (The Dragomire Family Magnum Opus) - has outlines, plot, everything is ready to go -- but this is nowhere near a 50K word tale, this is my crowning glory project, and even though most everything is ready to proceed I'm not sure if *I* am ready to truly dive in

- Fanfiction - fuck it, anything from Harry Potter to Final Fantasy crossover porn, just write the things

- The First Day of Autumn - has everything it needs to be word dumped, at least; started in a previous year and just got blocked/stumped

- Overflow - another previous NaNo project - same, in terms of things that were started and then blocked themselves

- The Mundane One With The Lesbian Werewolf, The Truth Witch, and Detective Work - needs to be flushed and fleshed out - easy setting, should be simple enough to push a simple plot through and make A Book

I think that's most of what I have sitting in the brainshelves; I'm sure I'll think of "the best one" approximately 35 minutes from now. It's hard to look at these and see which one wants to walk me through 50,000 words to success with a minimum of research/plotting time and a maximum of word dumping time.

Someone just tell me this is a bad idea

Friday Five

Oct. 20th, 2017 05:49 pm
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From [community profile] thefridayfive:

1. What book frightened you as a young person?
I don't know. I can think of TV things that did, and books I didn't like, or that left an unpleasant taste behind, one way or another, but I don't remember being terrified of anything in a book. I was always on the wimpish side in my reading, just in case something would scare me.

ETA: If it counts, when I was 11, our class tutor read us a Sweeney Todd story, and that definitely scared me!

2. If you had to become a ‘living book (i.e. able to recite the contents of a book cover to cover upon request – reference Fahrenheit 451), what book would it be?
I would prefer not to become a living book, as that sounds very uncomfortable for me and everyone else around me, so I'll go for Love That Dog because it's about the shortest book I know. (It's also good, though, and contains bonus poetry.)

3. What movie or TV show scared you as a kid?
The BBC Miss Marple (Nemesis in particular), and I do mean Joan Hickson. She sprayed somebody in the face with insecticide. Also some random thing where a cake was poisoned that I saw when I was four, that I think was some old b&w film comedy and was the worst/scariest thing ever. Also when I was about four, I was scared of the theme music to Doctor Who and when it came on would stick my head under a cushion and yell for someone to turn it off. So, ironically, I put an end to DW-watching in my house for about six or seven years, until I got into it myself. (It only ever scared me in the good way after that.) Also probably, as it turns out, Assignment Six of S&S, and that episode of Bergerac where Alfred Burke was so good he had to murder people. And Fraggles! Fraggle Rock was pure nightmare fuel. I still shudder if I see or hear of a Fraggle. The weasels in the (stop-motion) Wind in the Willows! TV was full of terrifying things when I was small.

4. What movie (scary or otherwise) will you never ever watch?
I am very wimpish about horror! It would be quicker to give a list of things I would watch, although that would still be far too long for a meme. But nothing that's primarily a gore-fest, anyway, unless I had to for some reason. I've been learning lately to be a little less wimpish in my watching, although only a little so far, and it's paid off.

5. Do you have any phobias?
Nothing at the level of a phobia, but I am scared of the future, fish, and over-eating (and poisoned cake, see above). And shop-window dummies.

Fic Roundup

Oct. 20th, 2017 08:48 pm
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I'm behind about a year rounding up all my fic. Looking back, I guess my fandom interests have been all of over the place. Also, lol, I wrote fic for the kinda embarrassing swimming!anime that no one cares about anymore.  Granted, I haven't posted much since I moved to Japan, but here we are:

In Need (FFVII, Reeve & Rufus, Turks, Bonus!Yuffie, T)
Reeve, Rufus, and the specter of the city behind them.
AO3 | DW

against the years (Naruto, Shino/Naruto, M)
Years pass, and Naruto can only love Shino more.
AO3 | DW

we all get there eventually (Free!, Sousuke & Haru, G)
Sousuke is rescued when he gets lost on the way to Makoto's birthday party. Tokyo isn't as scary in pairs.
AO3 | DW

Labor of Love (Free!, Makoto, Haru, Rin, Sousuke, G)
Five people who tried to teach Makoto to cook. (Or: Makoto has always been better at taking care of other people than himself.)
AO3 | DW

without subject (Free!, Sousuke, G)
In junior high, Sousuke has to make a self-portrait during art class. He hates it about as much as you'd expect.
AO3 | DW

a touch of memory (FFXV, Monica & Prompto, T)
When the Prince feels Monica up, it’s really just the start of her problems.
Or: Monica switches bodies with that Argentum kid the Prince likes so much and takes the opportunity to gather plenty of intel.
AO3 | DW

The City (FFXV, ensemble, M)
The City across ten years of Scourge. The taint doesn't come from without, but from within.
AO3 | DW

Due (FFXV, Noctis, G)
The Astrals and the Crystal find Noctis worthy. It begs the question.
AO3 | DW

Ghost, (FFXV, Cor/Iris, M *no underage*)
M. E. 762. Cor and Iris's first time isn't exactly what dreams are made of.
AO3 | DW

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Oct. 19th, 2017 05:06 pm
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why am i considering working this weekend

b&w updates

Oct. 19th, 2017 09:14 pm
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Since I was complaining a few posts ago about the lack of James Maxwell in Subway in the Sky, I should say:

a) That paid off - [personal profile] swordznsorcery pointed me to this Design for Loving campaign sheet from eBay, which has a large pic of Mr Maxwell, plus a synopsis and cast list, and then [personal profile] liadtbunny pointed out that it is up on the BFIplayer here (although only for rental, and I'd have to watch it online and not keep it and rip it and cap it, but still; if lack of JM overcomes me anytime, I could do that). Plus, bonus pic!* (It was 1962, though. I can't remember why I had 1958 in my head. I should know by now there is no 1950s JM, however much I want to make that not be true.)

And b) my other film, The Third Secret, which I will have to talk about properly sometime (it was very pretty and complicated) coughed up a satisfactory cameo. Cut for pictorial proof )

* I don't know why James Maxwell looks like he's in a threesome there, though. Don't these people know that he only ever makes worshipful love to people's hands and would be tragically in the way?

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Oct. 19th, 2017 02:50 pm
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why am i considering doing nanowrimo

Sidetracks - October 19, 2017

Oct. 19th, 2017 09:54 am
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Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag. For more links and commentary you can follow us on Twitter, Tumblr. You can also support us on Patreon.

Read more... )

AlphaGo Zero

Oct. 18th, 2017 10:23 pm
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AlphaGo lost 100-0 against the newest version of itself, AlphaGo Zero. The crazy thing is that Zero had no human input whatsoever--it just learned by playing itself. I am excited but also non-plussed. I can only imagine how pro go players are feeling. This machine leapt over a thousand years of human learning in a few days.


Dark Lord Cares for Wayward Children

Oct. 18th, 2017 07:57 am
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Someone left a kind comment on one of my Wind Waker fics a while ago, and last night I finally got around to putting together a reply, in which I wrote...

Ganondorf's acknowledgment that Link and Tetra are children results in several subtle hints that he cares more about their wellbeing than just about anyone else in the game. Personally I tend to find this narrative dissonance amusing rather than poignant, but that's probably because I'm a terrible person. That, and the dynamic character juxtaposition between savage murder children and salty evil wizards is just not something I get enough of in my daily life. Why is "Dark Lord Cares for Wayward Children" not an established literary genre?
Which made me wonder, if this something that hasn't been done, MAYBE I SHOULD DO IT MYSELF. I mean, actually, maybe I should? Okay, like...

Read more... )

Honestly this is exactly the novel I want to read, and I kind of wish someone else would write it.

ETA: I love Jeffrey Brown's Darth Vadar and Son series of comics, but they are too wholesome. I think that's the point, but I need both the Dark Lord and the child hero to actually be evil and obnoxious.

What I've Been Reading Wednesday

Oct. 18th, 2017 09:52 am
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What I've Finished Reading

I finished up The Castle of Otranto and it continued to be delightfully OTT and ridiculous right to the very last line. I laughed a lot. Especially at the last line. The charm of it is, I think (other than gloomy castles and giant suits of armour and what have you), that it's very hard to tell if the whole thing is some kind of joke, or just bits of it. This seems to have been the question for 250 years, and, indeed, the next book I read, The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve is quite openly The Castle of Otranto, the more rational (and therefore possibly not-truly-Gothic) remix.

As Clara Reeve says in the introduction, certain elements of Otranto, "destroy the work of imagination, and, instead of attention, excite laughter." (Walpole apparently responded that hers was, "So probable, that any trial for murder at the Old Bailey would make a more interesting story." Hmm, wait, a novel featuring a real life murder...? Shame he didn't try it, heh.)

It does indeed tail off into a long, plodding fixit of everything, though. It's rather like a tumblr-recommended fixit version of Otranto where everything is relentlessly put right and all the bad people are punished or grovel and apologise to the good people. I liked the beginning with the locked up haunted wing with the murdered body in it very much, though, mixed with a more recognisable setting. Also its hero Edmund has an amusing tendency to weep over people. (The best bit was at the end where he flung his arms round both his mentors legs at once and they had to stop him and then he still had to hug them and weep over them.)

But, given that it's still only about 130 odd pages and has a haunted East wing, it was readable and fascinating to compare to Otranto. I'm glad the collection had them both.

I also read another Daisy Dalrymple (Dead in the Water), which you could probably tell because fic happened. My friend is coming to see me again this week - I have hopes she might be able to lend me some more, because the only others I've found are quite a few books on from that. (Obviously, I'm looking forward to seeing her with or without books, but with books is always better.)

What I'm Reading Now
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, which, as promised by [personal profile] aralias, is very light and enjoyable and just my sort of thing. I seem to be okay with it, too. \o/ (The only downside is the inevitable comparison to Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, which can do it no favours. It's a shame she didn't set it, say, 20 years later or earlier to mitigate that. Although, of course, I'm only 100 pages in; there are no doubt very good Plot Reasons.)

(I'm still note-taking from A Mad Bad and Dangerous People? and technically sort of reading Desolation Island, but have not progressed far with either since last time.)

What I'm Reading Next
Well, if my friend does bring me some more Daisy, there'll be that. And once I've finished Sorcerer to the Crown, I might try the next Gothic novel in the collection, which is Mistrust by Matthew Gregory Lewis (author of The Monk).

Random Fandom Meme

Oct. 17th, 2017 09:35 pm
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Randomly memed from [livejournal.com profile] dimity_blue:

Choose five series fandoms (no peeking before you choose them), list them, and then answer the questions behind the cut.

1. Once Upon a Time
2. Blake's 7
3. Doctor Who
4. Dracula (1968)*
5. Sapphire & Steel

Cut for questions and answers )

* Yes, I did fail to read the instructions when I made the list. *handwaves*


Oct. 17th, 2017 09:25 am
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In the wake of the widespread acknowledgment that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed a number of young women (and the publicization of the various attempts to silence these women), this weekend a whole host of female-gendered people on Facebook and Twitter posted status updates and tweeted with the hashtag "ME TOO," which was meant to signify that they have also experienced sexual harassment from a male colleague or supervisor.

As much as it pains me to see that so many of my friends have been harassed, I'm happy that people are speaking up about this. This is a good step in the right direction, but the problem is that it only reinforces the accepted narrative of sexual harassment without critically addressing it.

Namely, no one is particularly surprised if a man in a position of power sexually harasses or assaults a woman. "Men are trash," the narrative goes, which is not particularly fair to (what I would assume is) the majority of men who are neither powerful nor particularly misogynistic, nor to the women who were harassed presumably because they were not constantly defending themselves against the sort of behavior that they should have expected from men. Saying "ME TOO" with no context only reiterates the narrative of men as aggressors and women as victims.

What I would therefore like to accompany "ME TOO" is a loud assertion that women who do report serious incidences of sexual harassment will be listened to and supported instead of alienated and dismissed. This is not a nice or happy thing to say, but I feel that, for every crapsack man who engages in overt harassment, there are a dozen women surrounding him who would rather be shitty to another woman than to risk offending him.

I have a number of "ME TOO" stories, but one of the most upsetting involves me being ostracized by my peer group for publicly calling out a man who had been sexually harassing me and several other women in our cohort for more than half a year. None of the women in the group benefited from protecting him (quite the opposite, in fact), but the misogynistic counternarrative of "If a woman complains about a man then she just wants attention" was so strong that it persisted even in the face of clear and obvious evidence of sexual assault – and even in a group that primarily consisted of women who, to add insult to injury, WERE GETTING GRADUATE DEGREES IN SOCIAL WORK AND GENDER STUDIES. (For the record, it was a straight white cisgender man who eventually ended up shutting this asshole down, which was an A+ exercise of straight white cisgender male privilege.)

This is just a personal anecdote, but I think it illustrates a less accepted but still important aspect of sexual harassment, which is that it's often not a secret. It's not that people don't know that a certain man is being gross and hurting women, but rather that they silence any woman who tries to say or do something about it. "Men are trash" is all too often canceled out by "But women are crazy." Meanwhile, the harassment itself often serves to create power imbalances within female peer group by reinforcing stereotypes of female physical and emotional weakness that many women (understandably) don't want to be associated with.

"ME TOO" is a good start, then, but I'd really like to see it transform into a call that demands a response: "I SUPPORT YOU."

ETA: OKAY GOOD, WE ARE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION NOW. The relevant hashtag is #IBelieveYou. Although that's still not enough. As I wrote earlier, everyone already knows that this sort of thing happens all the time, and "believing" that a woman is telling the truth has never been enough to make it stop happening, unfortunately.

Ficlet: Fatal Error

Oct. 17th, 2017 01:40 pm
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Title: Fatal Error
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 693
Characters/Pairings: Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswald
Notes/Warnings: None.
Summary: Letting the strangers go had clearly been a mistake…

For [personal profile] persiflage_1 in the 500 Prompts Meme: 12. Why didn't we detain them? - Twelve & Clara Oswald (DW)

Here @ AO3 | Also @ the Teaspoon
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Authors' Note: This review was written before either of us had watched the second season. It is chock-full of major spoilers for S1, so proceed with caution!

Spoiler alert: we love, love, love this show. )

2017 Weekly Writing Log, Part 37

Oct. 16th, 2017 05:12 pm
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I haven't been feeling productive lately, but here we go...

- One of my longer book reviews just got published last week. It generated some buzz on Facebook, which people tagged me on and I did my best to keep up with. My review was fairly standard in that it highlighted the strengths of the book while merely hinting at the rough patches, but it turns out that people really dislike the author. To be honest, I once followed her for a year or two on LiveJournal. She was kind of rude to me, and I'm not a huge fan of her work either. That's no reason to be mean to her, but I am not above watching other people rip her to shreds.

- I sent in the (hopefully) final proofs of a piece that I'm publishing in an essay collection that will (hopefully) hit the market in December. The book's page just went up on Amazon, and it looks great.

- I submitted an essay on a short indie horror comic to a Halloween-themed special series hosted by a feminist pop culture blog. It should go live later this week.

- I put up a new post on my video game blog. Posting once a month isn't bad, right? I also polished some of the blog's auxiliary pages.

- I posted a three-panel comic based on the opening of the recently released 3DS remake of Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga on Tumblr. This is the first thing I've drawn on a full-size sheet of Bristol board paper, and now I can't go back. I should probably go ahead and finish the last few things I started on photocopy paper, but I'm also aiming to get another Superstar Saga comic out this coming weekend. After that, I'm going to need to devote a few days to watching Photoshop tutorials, because the process I'm currently using to color these things is extremely inefficient and time-intensive.

- I set up an art only blog on Tumblr, because why not. It still needs a lot of design work, which I guess I'll get to eventually.

- I paid for and downloaded a copy of InDesign, and this week I want to try to learn to use it.

Fake Show #1: Coffee & Curses

Oct. 15th, 2017 05:35 pm
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This has taken me so long to do, I feel almost embarrassed to post it, because unlike some of the more detailed ones I've done, this one was straight-forward, but it was lingering just because I couldn't work out who to cast as one character. (I'm still not sure who it was I must have had in mind, but I found a suitable stand-in. After, er, nearly all year...)

From the [community profile] isurrendered meme, [personal profile] john_amend_all gave me this prompt. If I had remembered that he threatened to do this several years ago, I would have tried to ward it off, but I didn't, so here we are:

One of those obscure centuries-old cults has a ritual: Once every hundred years, on the night of the winter solstice, the chosen one must stand at a particular place (where ley lines converge) and will become an inspired bard and prophet.

... Except that since the last ritual, an office block has been built on the site, and the mystic powers end up being bestowed on the coffee machine. Hilarity, as they say, ensues.

Which is coming to an LJ near you some time soon as:

Coffee and Curses )

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