musesfool: (shakespeare got to get paid son)
The Rangers once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, and everything is terrible. Sigh.

Have a poem:
They Lied

They lied, my friend. They injected
their despair beneath your skin
like a parasitic insect laying eggs
in the body of another species.

Nothing they said is true,
everything about you is honorable. Every pore
that opens and closes—a multitude
along the expanse of your body, the
follicles from which hair sprouts
emerging again and again like spiders' floss
spun from a limitless source.

Your feet with thickened nails. Your anger
like the wisdom of elephants. Your
omnipresent fear, like mist off the sea.
Your neglected breasts and the sober practicality
of your anus. Your elegant neck and
quick smile. Your small hungers,
each a song.

You wait, huddled. Or carry yourself from
place to place like a burden. As if
you would stash yourself, if you could,
in a bus station locker, or somewhere smaller.
You don't really hope, but
you can't give it up completely.

Some stubborn nugget
is lodged like a bullet in bone.
Though each breath stings with the cold
suck of it, you can know the truth.
Every cell of your body vibrates with its own intelligence.
Every atom is pure.

~Ellen Bass

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29 Apr 2017 11:36 pm[personal profile] such_heights
such_heights: a figure in white against the sky (stock: the blue blue sky [subjunctively])
I don't have it in me at present to post properly about either of these things, but I made a DS9 vid for Equinox Vids, and Doctor Who was once again lovely this week.

Thank you all very much for your comments on my last post. <3
shirebound: (Piglet signature)
Wheee, I'm writing! May 6th is my 15th anniversary of posting LOTR fanfic, and I want to have SOMEthing to post next week to celebrate. My gosh, 15 years. And I'm just as much in love with gentle, happy-making hobbit-fic as ever. I distinctly remember thinking, in 2002 when I was writing "Avalanche", that I probably wouldn't be able to think of another story after that and I'd better enjoy every second of it. And I did. And... well, it turns out there were a few other stories after all. That still blows my mind.

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In 'A Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o Movie Would Be the Best Thing Twitter Has Ever Done' for Vanity Fair, Yohana Desta wrote that a tweet went viral, quickly inspiring fan fiction.

In 'Short and Sweet' for The Hindu, Archana Thomas wrote Fan fiction stems from people’s interest in a particular series or film and serves as an exaggerated figment of their imagination.

From an interesting Jia Tolentino piece on Ms. Marvel for The New Yorker by G. Willow Wilson: One Friday night, she’s stuck at home writing Avengers fan fiction; her father disapproves of her going to parties as much as he disapproves of her unemployed, pious brother praying all the time.

In a piece about the POTUS that I can’t be bothered to sort out, The Washington Post’s Matt O’Brien assembled the phrase Ann Coulter fan fiction.

In a New Statesman review of Luke Kennard’s Cain, Paul Batchelor wrote The poems tell the story of a character, "Luke Kennard", preyed upon by the mysterious Cain, "Tutelary spirit of the fugitive and/heavenly advocate for fan fiction".

Mac DeMarco, Sequels and remakes, Fargo, The Fate of the Furious, Star Wars, Marvel )

In a piece about American Gods for Los Angeles Times, Meredith Woerner wrote that the show’s creators proudly point to the show’s introduction as their Monty Python fan fic moment.

In a review of CNN’s United States of America, Variety critic Maureen Ryan wrote that, in one recent episode, host W. Kamau Bell tells [professional asshole Richard] Spencer he’s going to home to write fan-fiction in which James Bond is a black man. Both of them laugh, but Spencer adds that he finds that idea “horrifying.”

The Daily Tar Heel’s Nicola McIrvine wrote about the performance of some RPF the Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers wrote about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck but the web site is horrible so I can’t tell what the piece actually says but I really hope the play’s slashy as hell.

In a review of David Bellos’s The Novel of the Century for The Sydney Morning Herald, Judith Armstrong observed that Les Miserables has engendered sequels, adaptations for radio, stage (with or without music), television, and graphic novels; it proliferates on the web, unpoliced, as "fan fiction". What [Victor] Hugo would have thought of these concessions to mass audiences is not in doubt. "I wrote it for everyone," he insisted. At all levels, for all time.

In a Fiji Times piece examining what lessons Fijian society as a whole can take from the training regime of its rugby team, Dr. Joseph Veramu wrote We also need to encourage a culture of reading. Many people are preoccupied with social media and do not have time to read. Two parents complained to me that their teenage children were preoccupied with reading from Wattpad. Wattpad is an online storytelling community where users post written works such as articles, stories, fan fiction, and poems, either through the website or the mobile app. The parents' concern was that the stories were low quality. I argued that at least they were reading something. After tiring of ephemeral literature, I am sure they would graduate to quality works.

Finally, from CNN’s Stephanie Gallman: This theater will pay you $25,000 for your Shakespearean fan fiction. I’ve got one!

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Hugo voting!

29 Apr 2017 06:49 pm[personal profile] rmc28
rmc28: Rachel standing in front of the entrance to the London Eye pier (Default)
I got the email that my ballot was open a few days ago, and I have just entered my votes-so-far into it, based on what I've already managed to read / watch / otherwise consume.  Ballots can be edited right up until the deadline, but this seems like a good way to make sure even the limited preferences I have right now get recorded.

My intention is to make brief posts about how I'm voting and what I think of the finalists, as I complete each category.  As a general rule, I pay no attention[1] to stuff by Vox Day or his publishing company Castalia House.  For this Hugos, I intend to pay no attention to Puppy nominations unless I also see buzz about them from elsewhere​, so some of my Hugo posts will list five finalists, and some six, and that is why.

[1] wording deliberate: attention is probably my most limited resource and I've a lot of other things I'd rather spend it on

So far, I have managed to read all the non-Puppy finalists for Short Story and for Novelette, and while in each category I have a clear favourite, ranking the remainder is proving something of a challenge, but in a good way.

ratcreature: RatCreature as grey alien (alien)
I watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2 today, and overall it was fun, though it did hit my embarrassment squick a couple of times. And as in the first part, Marvel's space mythology and setting is confusing.

Also it's not like I especially needed another daddy issues story. It's not that I dislike them as such, but more variety for the heroes' issues would be nice.

BTW, has this opened in the US this week too? I haven't seen any posts about it.
torachan: (koi-iji)


Title: Koi-iji: Love Glutton
Original Title: こいいじ (Koiiji)
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Kiss
Genre: Josei
Status in Japan: 5 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: 31-year-old Mame has been in love with her childhood friend Souta ever since she can remember. Despite multiple rejections, her love has stayed constant. It's become a habit more than anything, but is it one she'll ever be able to break and get on with her life?

Chapter Summary: Souta and Yume attend an old friend's wedding.



Chapter 16: An Education
umadoshi: (kittens - sleeping)
Lilac approval: obtained!!! I've tweeted at Halifax Seed to ask what varieties they'll be selling this year/when it'd be best to put one in. If they have Bloomerangs, we might as well get ours there instead of ordering one.

Despite what I said last night, there are other things I'm hoping to get done this weekend besides work.

I'm so close to the end of The Obelisk Gate that it'll just be embarrassing if I don't get it finished, on top of annoying, as I'm enjoying it. I would've finished last night if I hadn't been tired enough that I fell asleep something like 50 pages from the end. >.<

The other thing is that I need to reupload my website. I got a note from Merrow (kinda)recently saying that the domain host had found a script and isolated the whole domain. We've both been busy, so it took a while before I got my temp login info, and now it's been another while and I haven't actually made this happen. I haven't touched FTP since whenever I last updated the site (2009? 2010?), so it feels intimidating even though I expect it'll be easy and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose is around to help as needed.

This happened right around when LJ was imploding, too, and right around when I was seeing a couple of people mentioning that AO3 just isn't as robust as we'd like. What a combination. o_o

In an ideal world, I'd take this opportunity to finally upload the last couple of Fruits Basket fics that never quite made it to the site and have only ever been posted here and to LJ, but that is so not happening this weekend.

(For those of you who're like "...you have a website???", my personal site has the dual purpose of hosting both my manga/anime-based fic [see also: life before Newsflesh] and my info/analysis pages for Rin and Haru from Fruits Basket; I started the latter early on in my time in the fandom when I hit my breaking point for People Being WRONG on the Internet about Rin. [So many people. So horribly wrong. >.<])

And a week or so ago someone messaged me on Tumblr to ask about my site and if it was down for maintenance (and/or did I know it was down), because they still go to it regularly to reread fic after all this time. So that made my day. ^_^

But right now, I really need to get to work.

She came to stay...

29 Apr 2017 04:02 pm[personal profile] oursin
oursin: Brush the Wandering Hedgehog by the fire (Default)

It's just over two years since I wrote these three sentences, intended to be an entire one-off, for 3 weeks for Dreamwidth; and that turned into a world and nearly a million words, still going.

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And in other business:

As someone who is not a grandparent, but is a retiree, I somewhat resent this suggestion that we are a 'reserve army' that can be despatched about the matter of revivifying villages and rural communities:

He would mobilise the “reserve army of grandads and grannies and retirees” and put them to work on “the cutting of grass, the repair of roads, the feeding of elderly residents, the maintenance of schools, the lopping of branches off dangerous trees”.

One of the by-products of having a fair number of years under one's belt is a tendency to sigh 'what, not another one?', when a book inspired by some famous case or person comes along: I had this sensation myself re a new novel about Lizzie Borden, and Kathryn Hughes rather wearily makes a similar point about latest work on the Victorian mesmerist Elliotson.

I think there is some middle ground between that feeling I sometimes have that 'surely everybody knows that already' about some subject with which I am overfamiliar but which is less well-known to the generality, and that thing I have whinged about before in which 'forgotten' actually means 'I hadn't heard of this/them before'.

Mix tape!

29 Apr 2017 10:55 am[personal profile] jadelennox
jadelennox: A tiny duckling climbing a vertical curb many times its height (Duckling)
I made a snarky aside about cassingles in the poll on my last post, and then [personal profile] cnoocy and [personal profile] sanguinity got into a conversation about how you actually could fit a mix on a cassingle.

So [personal profile] cnoocy did it. No repeat bands, with a solid mix tape musical arc. It's got three girl punk bands and three tracks from musicals -- and, [personal profile] minoanmiss, one track "from an album of settings of Mesopotamian texts in translation and in the original language."

"Nice Glass": a cassingle mix. Complete with cassette-shaped cover art.

Follow the Money

29 Apr 2017 11:55 am[personal profile] lynnenne posting in [community profile] thisfinecrew
lynnenne: (politics: there are no words)
Update on the Russia story from The Guardian:


The December memo alleged that four Trump representatives travelled to Prague in August or September in 2016 for “secret discussions with Kremlin representatives and associated operators/hackers”, about how to pay hackers secretly for penetrating Democratic party computer systems and “contingency plans for covering up operations”.

Between March and September, the December memo alleges, the hackers used botnets and porn traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs and steal data online from Democratic party leadership. Two of the hackers had been “recruited under duress by the FSB” the memo said. The hackers were paid by the Trump organisation, but were under the control of Vladimir Putin’s presidential administration.

(emphasis mine)

highlyeccentric: A woman in an A-line dress, balancing a book on her head, in front of bookshelves (Make reading sexy)
Currently Reading: Nothing gripping. A lot of fanfic. The usual.

Recently Finished:

CS Pacat, Captive Prince trilogy. I haven't edited my 2016 review, and my plot-related issues with the series have only exacerbated.

The Summer Palace (Captive Prince Short Stories #2)The Summer Palace by C.S. Pacat

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This solves exactly none of my political-world-building problems with the series, but it's pretty cute.



Meanjin Summer 2016 (vol. 75, no. 4)Meanjin Summer 2016 by Jonathan Green

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I liked this volume a lot. Alexis Wright's cover article was weighty, and absolutely worth a read.

Other highlights included:

Matthew Sini's The Marx of Queerness, a fascinating survey of the myth of "cultural marxism".

Arnold Zable's biographical essay on Sonia Lizaron, Holocaust survivor and founding member of 'The Concentration Camp Theatre'.

Andrew Ford's God and I, on writing liturgical music as an agnostic.

Fiona Wright's The Everyday Injuries, which. Wow. The woman can write. (CN: eating disorder)



Up Next: I want to get back to the Ben Aaronovitch audiobook I started on the flight back from Aus. Some audiobook time might be goood for my overall levels of chill.

Music notes:

Since last I posted re music, I have discovered that the Internet is right about Harry Styles: his new solo track is awesome. So is the new Paramore track, and I've pre-ordered that album.

I've been listening to a lot of The Black Sorrows lately, and bought the 'Hold Onto Me' album to go with the two I already have. That lead me to looking up Vika and Linda Bull, so I have a 'greatest hits acoustic' album of theirs as well.

Other music acquired:
Electric Six, 'Fire' - a pretty fun album but wow, I am not comfortable with its most successful single, 'Gay Bar'.
Eva Cassidy, 'Songbird' - a good purchase.
Chris de Burgh, 'Spanish Train and other Stories' - also part of the quest to legally acquire music I grew up with. Uncertain if this will turn out to have been worth the effort.

Daily Happiness

29 Apr 2017 01:59 am[personal profile] torachan
torachan: sakaki from azumanga daioh holding a cat, with the text "I like cats" in Japanese (sakaki)
1. I get to sleep in three days in a row!

2. I had to fire someone today, which was unpleasant, and just generally made the day really emotionally draining, since it was on my mind all day leading up to it. But at least now it's over. And hopefully the store will be a more pleasant environment with them gone.

3. I finished up some more manga tonight, so it looks like I will manage to squeeze in one more chapter to post before the end of the month for sure. (And maybe another if the typesetter gets back to me.)

4. Look how big this Jasper is getting! He's six months old today.

daughter of the sea, oregano's first cousin

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