Yuletide and fanfic writing

Sep. 26th, 2017 06:19 pm
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The Yuletide tagset is open! My nominations all got through, so now I have loads of fandoms to choose from.

Obviously my own nominations:
Gwendolyn Courtney - Elizabeth of the Garrett Theatre
H. P. Lovecraft - The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
Elizabeth Kostova - The Historian

But then I have to narrow these five down to three:
4. The Mummy Series
5. The Borgias
6. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
7. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
8. Deadwood

The Mummy series is pretty given as I considered nomming those myself, but the rest will be tricky to decide on. Versailles was nominated, but not the characters I’m interested in, so that one falls away, at least.

There are also plenty of fandoms nominated I have written in; The Mummy, Penny Dreadful, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and Peter Pan, even if I don’t know if I want to write in all those this year. There are also a few I haven’t written in, but can imagine doing so for, so I predict no problems in that area.

Apart from that I went down with autumn’s first case of bronchitis on Sunday, and feel very much under the weather. Tomorrow I need to get my act together when it comes to The Darkest Night-fic if I’m to have it done my the 30th. I have felt much too sick to sit in front of a computer up until today. Very annoying.

The Yuletide Tag Set Is Open

Sep. 26th, 2017 10:11 am
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The Yuletide tag set is open, so everyone can see what was nominated this year. I am genuinely surprised that someone else remembers Escape To Witch Mountain (1995). And all incarnations of The Tomorrow People (I’ve only seen the 90’s American version) tv shows made it in, too. There are so many things that I need to rewatch or read again before I can confirm what I would love to offer to write or what I want to request. I probably need to locate the Holmes and Watson 1975 tv pilot with Robby the Robot.

These are all the ones that I have a particular interest in after looking—including the ones I nominated, somewhere among them:

The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter (Mostly going to read this soon)
Carmilla - J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle
Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles - Kim Newman
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
The Real Ghostbusters
The Company of Wolves (1984)
Count Dracula (1977)
Crimson Peak (2015)
The Haunting (1963)
Horror of Dracula (1958)
The Innocents (1961)
Laura (1944)
The Mummy Series
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
Sherlock Holmes (Rathbone films)
The Shadow (1994)
Van Helsing (2004)
Dark Shadows (Big Finish Audio)
Dark Shadows (1966)
Dark Shadows (1991)
Dracula (TV 1968)
Dracula: The Series (This is the 1990 version)
She-Wolf of London (TV)

I need to read Nine Coaches Waiting, by Mary Stewart. Tanz der Vampire - Steinman/Kunze is one that Youtube keeps recommending I watch, due to my interest in Dracula musicals. I spotted My Two Dads, which currently airs in reruns on Sunday nights on Antenna TV. Poltergeist: The Legacy is on daily on Comet TV.

I have She-Wolf of London, and the 1991 version of Dark Shadows on DVD, along with Dracula: The Series when it comes to the tv shows section.

Music Monday Meme

Sep. 26th, 2017 03:54 pm
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It's Monday if I say so. Shh.

12. A song from your pre-teen years
Girls Aloud - Something Kinda Ooh

Admittedly, I'm not sure if this is pre-teen per se – might be early teens as well – but I don't recall having an independent taste in music before getting into Girls Aloud. (I also don't recall how I got into them.) I liked the active, bouncy rhythms. Like most music popular with the preteens, it's ... kinda adult, actually. Partying at clubs until 3 am and one-night stands and such are more popular with the 18+ segment than the under-13 one, in my experience. Perhaps some sort of lure of adulthood thing goin on – the real marker of the child/adult transition is going from lusting for adulthood to wistfulness towards childhood.

In other news, Yuletide has a tag set! I went through with the bookmarklet, and now have a list of things I should look at again. I know 5 requests, and might add a 6th one, depending on what I feel. I have some clue about offers, but shall have to read one more book, look at the letters for one fandom, and ponder characters.

sing we now of yuletide, dear author!

Sep. 26th, 2017 07:27 pm
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Loves:
- female characters driving the action, doing the stuff, getting things done
- respectful romantic relationships
- slice of life, action adventure, drama
- AU fusions into Pacific Rim or Black Jewels universes
- happy or positive endings

DNWs:
- Christmas/Yuletide themes (unless specifically occurs in canon)
- PWP
-

dear author (presently just nominations and notes) )

whispering into the ear of the void

Sep. 25th, 2017 10:42 pm
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I was bad at working this morning, but good at working this afternoon. This afternoon I was outside using the flotation machine, which was cool. I'd taken it apart to clean it before, but never actually used it. We found a tiny triangular point, which is not the sort of thing you expect to find in a flotation sample! But still. It happens.

I had a chill weekend of mostly tag stuff but also Wererogue made a beef wellington and it was soooo gooooood! And Diablotin on Sunday which was also sooo goooooood! Plus lots of working on yuletide.

Tonight was more yuletide, and I made some eggs for my lunches this week. Friday I'm going to Toronto for the weekend with Nary, so that will be nice :3

I'm slipping on these. I'll try harder. Probably.

OMG MH

Sep. 26th, 2017 04:41 am
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The assignments are out @ [community profile] merlin_holidays And OMG!

I am

1) so freaking scared!! I have to do a thing I've never done before and I'm so nervous and I feel like I need to practice and do stuff to prepare myself... I'm not sure I am ready but I am going to try and it's going to be such a trip! *starts downloading reference images like Neo downloading kung-fu moves in the Matrix*

2) so freaking excited!! One of the prompts has literally a thing I considered asking for??? Which is... wow, what are the odds? So I think I'm doing that depending on how my inspiration strikes :)

3) already worried for the deadline XD



If you are participating, how are your prompts? How are you feeling?
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I was written for by [personal profile] geckoholic who wrote me some delightful smut:

It's Gotta Be Better Than Waiting (1378 words) by geckoholic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Maria Hill/Steve Rogers
Characters: Maria Hill, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Showers, Cunnilingus, Quiet Sex, Returning Home, Coming Untouched, POV Female Character
Summary:


“Welcome home,” he mumbles into her skin. Evidence for his joy at her return presses against her thigh and she reaches back, wrapping an arm around his neck to keep him close.

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Sep. 25th, 2017 05:25 pm
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I'm not making it to Spanish tonight but I got in touch with psychological resources requesting an evaluation, so that's something. I've never talked to mental health professionals before but better late than never, right?

FAKE Ficlet: Going Somewhere?

Sep. 25th, 2017 08:06 pm
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Title: Going Somewhere?
Fandom: FAKE
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Dee, Ryo.
Rating: PG
Setting: After Vol. 7.
Summary: Dee hates Ryo leaving in the middle of the night.
Word Count: 695
Written For: [personal profile] oneill’s prompt ‘Any, Any, being woken up by someone's attempt to sneak off in the middle of the night,’ at [community profile] fic_promptly.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.



Going Somewhere?.. )

Ficlet: Poetic Justice

Sep. 25th, 2017 07:52 pm
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Title: Poetic Justice
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Jack, Ianto, Gwen.
Rating: G
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: Jack’s vanity takes a bit of a knock.
Word Count: 643
Written For: [personal profile] m_findlow’s prompt ‘Any, any, it takes a lot to look this good,’ at [community profile] fic_promptly.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters. They belong to the BBC.




Poetic Justice... )

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Sep. 25th, 2017 09:34 am
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Yesterday was my dad's birthday and Cut for attempted suicide )

Why is life so much?

EDIT: Okay so that ended up being really dramatic. She's fine, physically, and she's willingly talking to both her mother and the therapist.

I finally found a Nintendo Switch and immediately put it on layaway. It's the Splatoon 2 edition bundle so that's exciting; I've never played Splatoon, having never owned a Wii U, but I've heard it's pretty great so I'm excited. And of course, I also got Breath of the Wild. My mom thinks she's going to pay for of this and it be my Christmas present but there's no way I'm letting her pay for it all.

And Spanish tonight, which I'm already anxious for, although that may be just because of everything else.

Find and Replace

Sep. 25th, 2017 08:49 am
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...is truly a blessing. Thank you, Microsoft Word.

- Any version of Mycroft other than "Mycroft" makes me want to die inside. (My, Myc, Myke, Croft. WTF. I'm just waiting to come across "Ycro". LOL.)

- Also, who is Noah? Sheriff Stilinski's name is John, dammit. :b

So what are *your* favourite "Find and Replace" words in fic?

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Sep. 25th, 2017 07:42 am
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I Am A: True Neutral Elf Wizard (7th Level)


Ability Scores:

Strength-13

Dexterity-11

Constitution-11

Intelligence-18

Wisdom-14

Charisma-11


Alignment:
True Neutral A true neutral character does what seems to be a good idea. He doesn't feel strongly one way or the other when it comes to good vs. evil or law vs. chaos. Most true neutral characters exhibit a lack of conviction or bias rather than a commitment to neutrality. Such a character thinks of good as better than evil after all, he would rather have good neighbors and rulers than evil ones. Still, he's not personally committed to upholding good in any abstract or universal way. Some true neutral characters, on the other hand, commit themselves philosophically to neutrality. They see good, evil, law, and chaos as prejudices and dangerous extremes. They advocate the middle way of neutrality as the best, most balanced road in the long run. True neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you act naturally, without prejudice or compulsion. However, true neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it represents apathy, indifference, and a lack of conviction.


Race:
Elves are known for their poetry, song, and magical arts, but when danger threatens they show great skill with weapons and strategy. Elves can live to be over 700 years old and, by human standards, are slow to make friends and enemies, and even slower to forget them. Elves are slim and stand 4.5 to 5.5 feet tall. They have no facial or body hair, prefer comfortable clothes, and possess unearthly grace. Many others races find them hauntingly beautiful.


Class:
Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard's strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.


Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)



P.S. According to the details of the survey, I could just as easily have been chaotic neutral.

Come a Stranger (Voigt)

Sep. 24th, 2017 09:35 pm
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Come a Stranger is the most positive book in the Tillerman Cycle (which, in a series that takes on abandonment, death, failure, racism, and emotional abuse of a couple different kinds, is maybe not saying a whole lot, although the themes of all the books involve growth and compassion and optimism and healing so that I never really noticed until this read-through how relentless they are) — this is the book about a family that works from the very beginning, and with themes that involve an existing strength, and growth mediated by that strength (as opposed to, say, Dicey's Song and Solitary Blue, which are about fractured family that has to figure out how to work, and growth from what started as dysfunctionality).

This one, I think there are two major themes woven throughout the book. One is community: what does it mean to be part of a community? This is almost a background theme — if I were to tell you the major events that happened in the book, none of them would really shout out "Community!" And yet the strong, vibrant community Mina belongs to is so integral to this book that it wouldn't exist in the same way without it. The other books are about individuals; this one is about the individuals as part of a community where they all help one another, all lift one another up. There's no character like Miz Hunter in any of the other Tillerman books.

I mean, I've never read these books thematically before, and on this reading it jumped out to me that the first chapter is basically the thesis statement. In the first chapter we meet Miz Hunter, Kat, Kat's family, and the church where Mina sings in the choir. That's a lot of people that Mina is a part of — not just her family itself, though they're also a community unto themselves, but also friends, friends' families, a whole church community evoked — and a community that takes care of each other. The first chapter almost makes it explicit:

"People you don't know are strangers."
"Are you afraid of strangers?"
"There aren't any strangers I've noticed around here, are there?"
"No ma'am. My poppa, he doesn't let people stay strangers."

And —

Poppa's little church didn't have a fancy altar, just a heavy wooden table with a fresh cloth on iton which the ladies had embroidered words and pictures. A silver cross stood up on top of that. They didn't have proper choir stalls, nor pews, except for half a doen somebody had picked up at a flea market sale in Cambridge… What happened was, whenever they were having a drive, saving up money for something particular, like more pews so the whole room could be filled with them and not be part pews and mostly folding chairs, something always came up. There would always be some family that needed the help, or some one person in some kind of need. The deacons would empty the church pockets to help out. Like Miz Hunter, when the church took a mortgage on the little house she lived in and rented it to her for what she could afford. Nobody minded that, and nobody seemed to miss the fancy touches.


Which brings me to the other major theme of this book: love.

This book is a little bit the counterpoint of Solitary Blue, which was about finding a community one by one (and so is Dicey's Song, for that matter), and about the damage that love does, both knowingly and unknowingly, and how to get beyond that damage. This book is about the next step: the responsibilities to one another in a community; and the positive side of love, how love shows us the way to our truest selves; and how those things interact. Mina loves Tamer Shipp, and that love shows itself in no destructive way, but constructively, in the way she helps Tamer's wife, and in the way that she finds Samuel Tillerman for him as a gift — but the real, true gift is the interaction between Gram and Tamer — it's not about Shipp himself, really. I don't know, I don't think I am making a whole lot of sense here; I just feel really strongly about this, okay? :)

But there's a minor theme (though more explicit) too, a theme of race and racism — and it's so interesting and awesome what Voigt did here: Runner was all about what it looked like from Bullet's white, racist point of view, and that was a valuable discussion and viewpoint; well, here we see what it looks like from the other side. And I feel like Voigt just does it well — Mina thinking black everything is kind of lame, to the betrayal when Mina realizes how she's been set up as the token black at ballet camp (and, tangentially, she gets it so right how you can bounce around and then find the place where you belong — in my case also summer camp — and the relief and amazingness of it — and I didn't think about it until this time through, but just thinking about that memory being sullied by betrayal of some sort is just — my whole mind flinches from it), the swinging to considering racism in everything, including her of-course-I'm-not-racist-but-I-don't-like-uppity-blacks teacher and also Dicey's reaction to her which is clearly (from Dicey's perspective in Song) not race-related at all (that being said, when you look at it from Mina's point of view it looks pretty damning for Dicey for a while — I mean, what are you supposed to think when a person keeps ignoring your friendship overtures?). The conversations she has with Shipp and with her parents seem to get it right to me… the way her parents are just worried for her because it's hard to be a black woman. And I love the part where Shipp tells Mina that "colored" is a good word for what they are. ("They," in the end, meaning all humans.) Because, of course, it's the word Bullet used and Tamer rejected. And I side-eyed the part at ballet camp where Mina is cast as Tash, and then was surprised and pleased to find that (of course) Voigt was right there with us side-eyeing it too, with Kat calling it out explicitly.

I don't understand at all how Voigt is able to interweave all these themes among all the books and still find time to have things actually happen. I don't get it at all.

It's so interesting to me that the Tamer Shipp of this book is noticeably an older version of Tamer Shipp in Runner. That is to say, he's not at all identical, he's clearly been through a lot and learned a lot and matured a lot (and changed his mind about some things, like the word "colored"), but still you can see the Tamer-who-was in him.

More quotes. This one is on the community theme:


Charlie and Isadora started telling stories about old relatives of their parents who had gone into nursing homes, or retired to places where there were a lot of old people gathered together. Mina didn't say anything, because her one living set of grandparents lived with her mother's brother in Georgia, and the grandparents who had died when she was still a baby had lived just around the corner. She thought of Miz Hunter, but didn't mention her either.


I really like the treatment of Mina's friend Kat, though I wouldn't have appreciated it when I was a kid (good thing I didn't read these books until I was an adult) -- I like that she's presented as not liking Narnia, and that's OK!

"And trying to make me different too, make me read books and listen to your music. And they're boring and dumb — the Narnia books. It's just pretend, fairy-tale stuff, with magic, and if I don't like them, you look at me as if I'm stupid. I'm not stupid."


I could go on and on about this book, but I think I'm going to post it since it's already taken forever for me to get this far.

Oh, okay, one more thing: I have never liked what we're told about Tamer's sermon on Miss LaValle's suicide attempt -- it has always struck me as rather victim-blamey. But on the other hand we're seeing all this filtered through Mina's eyes, and she doesn't know about the suicide at the time; afterwards Mina's mom says she thinks the sermon was about helping Miss LaValle even though she isn't part of their church, and not gossiping about it, which is not at all what I got from Mina's POV, so it is very possible this is a case of incomplete-POV rather than being as victim-blamey as it seems.

No, two more things. This time around I kinda shipped Mina and Tamer's son Samuel, not right then of course, but sometime far in the future when they've both grown up — it seems like Samuel has inherited his father's propensity for thinking about things, and I could totally see Mina and Samuel, as grownups, understanding each other in the same way that Tamer and Mina do, but without the barriers to a romantic relationship. Speaking of fic ideas :) (Would that be weird? I feel like the way Voigt has structured it, it wouldn't be weird.)

writing for the next 3 months

Sep. 25th, 2017 01:23 pm
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Goals for 12 Days Of Ficmas 2017, in order:
- complete sedoretu: definitely complicated
- finish off Fire And Ice: MCU Jaeger AU series
- finish off 30 days of Steve/Maria series
- finish off Neighbours AU series

I mean, I'd also like to write the sequels to 'Between Destiny And Love', (currently titled: 'Destiny Is Overrated' and 'Paved With Good Intentions'), write that Black Jewels AU, and finish off 'a practical acquaintance with bees', but, eh. Even I have limits to how much I can write while simultaneously holding down a job, managing a house, and having a social life...

crow drawing

Sep. 24th, 2017 08:04 pm
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Title: As the Crow Flies
Prompt: As the Crow Flies
Made for: [community profile] allbingo 's pirate fest
Summary: a crow flying
Artist's Notes: Colored pencil on mixed media paper 8.5 x 11 inches


remix pinch-hit

Sep. 25th, 2017 07:43 am
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Once again, I didn't sign up for Remix. I did, however, pick up a pinch-hit at the end:
title: My God, It's Full Of Nerds (the It's Sci-Fi All The Way Down remix)
summary:Do not argue with nerds, for you are unschooled in knowledge and taste delicious with pedantry. (Or: "Steve Rogers and the Science-Fiction of the Twenty-First Century")
rating: G
characters/pairings: Steve Rogers, Maria Hill, (cameo Pepper and Tony)
tags: Humor, Geekery, Friendship, Fluff
notes: inspired by The Ultimate Question (a.k.a. Steve Really Needs New Friends) as a pinch-hit for [archiveofourown.org profile] LadyMerlin in the [community profile] remixrevival.
I'm pretty happy with this one.

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