Stuff I'm reading

Feb. 21st, 2019 09:04 pm
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I finished re-reading Le Carre's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy the other day, and I'm currently working my way through Ben's Macintyre's A Spy Among Friends and Miranda Carter's Anthony Blunt: His Lives, both of which are very interesting.

This is partially for the Atomic Blonde and TTSS fic I'm working on. As a side note: I suspect Bill Haydon's character (considering his interest in art) may have been partially based on Blunt, as well as Philby.

FanWorks registration reminder!

Feb. 21st, 2019 09:24 pm
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FanWorks registration opens this Saturday! Registration should open at or shortly after 5pm EST; delays aren't anticipated but may happen, so please be patient if the updated website isn't available right at the stroke of five.

Our full website update including registration pricing, a sample schedule, and evening events will also launch at that time!

Fic: Visiting Paradise

Feb. 21st, 2019 05:36 pm
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Title: Visiting Paradise
Author: [personal profile] dhamphir 
Fandom: SG-1
Pairing: Sam/Janet
Rating: G
Word Count: ~740
Summary: Janet desperately needs a break.
Spoilers: None. AU, set @ season 9-10 but O'Neill is in command of the SGC.
Disclaimer: Not mine. They belong to B.W., J.G., MGM and Gekko. No copyright infringement intended and no money being made. 
A/N1: Written for [community profile] fluffbingo, prompt: veg out, and [community profile] 100prompts, table 1/prompt 18: beach
A/N2: Special thanks to my wonderful beta [personal profile] jazwriter! All mistakes are my own.

Visiting Paradise
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I don't even go here, as they say, but [personal profile] toft & J. & [personal profile] marginaliana & I were talking about this rectangular livestock meme popularized by The Museum of English Rural Life, and one thing led to another. Happy early birthday, [personal profile] toft.

Title: Squares Are Everywhere (AO3)
Fandom: "Absolute unit" livestock meme
Music: by StoryBots (edited)
Length: 41 sec.
Content notes: Improbably shaped farm animals, brief ram genitalia
Physical notes: A few slide/push transitions
Credits: Images mostly via [ profile] TheMERL, with some from Ars Technica, Medium, eBay, etc. Info about the meme here; warning for fatphobia at top.

Embed & lyrics )

Podfic Fest: Out of the Auditary

Feb. 21st, 2019 07:39 pm
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out of the auditary promo banner

Out of the Auditary is a new, hopefully recurring fest for podficcing works that don't fit into the "standard" fiction format, such as meta, not!fic, epistolary and chatfic, video game codes entries, fake scientific articles, poetry, and many more! Rules and details are here on AO3; submission deadline is March 23rd!

If you want to promo the fest, just copy & paste this code:

what else could i write

Feb. 21st, 2019 11:40 am
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This meme was going around the old flist last month and I did it and then forgot to post it, it is:

List the summaries of your own top 10 stories by kudos:

10 stories, alike in dignity...wait )

No surprises here - all Avengers, 8 Steve/Bucky, 1 Clint/Darcy (fake Christmas boyfriend!), and 1 Darcy + team fic (the one with the crayons). The latter two were both written when LJ/DW was still a primary fannish hub, and both got recced around then, which accounts in part for their kudos counts. And obviously, Steve/Bucky became a juggernaut pairing, but a few of these were written prior to that and then got swept up in the post-TWS wave.

I think we all know how much I hate writing summaries. They are the worst. I have in fact occasionally just gone "the one where..." which I think is a perfectly fine formulation (and also how I tend to think of not just my own stories, but other people's as well). I also do like an "In which" summary, usually when hijinks ensue. But mostly I just pick a quote from the story that I feel represents the story in some way. I know that method doesn't work for a lot of readers, but it's the one that works for me as a writer, so...*hands* (I will say that "It's like the oblivious leading the clueless." is both one of my favorite lines I've ever written and one of my fave summaries, because it exactly encapsulates what is happening in the story.)

As a reader, the summary is one element that helps me choose what to read, along with the tags and, of course, the characters and pairing and fandom and author, and sometimes a good one will overcome my qualms, or a bad one will keep me from clicking, but really it is only one element.

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Though I bought Andrea Smith's Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide about a decade ago, it took me long enough to actually read it that there is now a reprint edition. The colonialism, racism, and gender disparities contributing to violence against indigenous women (and men) described in this book are sadly still extremely relevant, and though details today might be different, the systemic problems are still present and still harming people; but people are also still fighting those systemic problems.

Into the Drowning Deep by Seanan McGuire features killer!mermaids and a large cast of scientists and other interesting people, some of whom get their faces eaten, alas, so I had to stay braced for that. However, I loved the worldbuilding of the siren creatures and their physiologies and hunting techniques, the sort of thing that would have likely been left out had this been a disaster movie instead of a book.
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[ profile] 20muses started up again to run a new challenge, and a lot of old icon makers came back to do it, and I jumped in too because omg inspiration post so pretty. Went with two fandoms, and tried my very best to not be my lazy, basic self :p Really helpful to shake some more of those cobwebs off, textures are slightly starting to make sense again, and playing with curves has been a lot of fun.

Not having any caps from Killing Eve, my brilliant plan revolved around "oh I'll just dip in, scrub through to scenes I want, and get some images". Obviously I fell into a full rewatch, which I aparantly thought was avoidable? IDK. (you're all laughing at me right now, and I deserve it)

But as a result, I only have icons from the first three episodes whups. And the only Disco eps I had were s2, so equally limited there *cries about Mirror!verse aesthetics* But I did finish the challenge yay! Making more than double the icons before I was somewhat happy but hey, more icons :DDD

01-20 star trek discovery & killing eve
21-37 disco
38-51 killing eve
52-53 elseworlds event
54-64 hellblade senua's sacrifice
65-65 horizon zero dawn
67-72 comics


It's such a thrill to be in full fannish gear again, and with two current shows at that! Funny thing, I actually posted another batch of icons, oh, about a week ago? And I've had the post open in my tab here since, because I had ~things~ I wanted to write about Disco 2x04 - ESPECIALLY SARU THINGS OMG SARUUUU - and predictably, that completely stalled ahaha.

So, belatedly, some Voyager icons of our most beloved Captain!


The Umbrella Academy

Feb. 20th, 2019 09:09 pm
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The Umbrella Academy - Netflix. 10 episodes

I loved this, but I also have some complaints and reservations. So, spoilers, pros and cons, below the cut.

Read more... )
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Here is the teenager story, because the other TFP one decided it was NOT finished after all. :P

ao3 story blurb

The Parent Trap (17924 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Transformers: Prime
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Megatron/Optimus Prime
Characters: Megatron, Optimus Prime, Arcee, Ratchet, Original Cybertronian Character(s)
Additional Tags: Teenagers, Cybertronian Parenting, Sparklings
Series: Part 16 of Transformers works

“Oh my God, are you saying that Megatron had Optimus’s baby?” Miko shrieked piercingly.


Feb. 21st, 2019 12:00 am

Fic: Alex

Feb. 20th, 2019 06:09 pm
dhamphir: jasminago (sam and janet smiling)
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Title: Alex
Author: [personal profile] dhamphir 
Fandom: SG-1
Pairing: Sam/Janet
Rating: G
Word Count: ~675
Summary: Someone confesses their crush.
Spoilers: None.
Disclaimer: Not mine. They belong to B.W., J.G., MGM and Gekko. No copyright infringement intended and no money being made. 
A/N1: Written for [community profile] fluffbingo, prompt: first kiss, and [community profile] 100prompts, table 1/prompt 4: puppy love
A/N2: Special thanks to my beta extraordinaire [personal profile] jazwriter! All mistakes are my own.

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It seems that what I'm reading Wednesday has rolled around once more!

What I've just finished
Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw, which starts out slow and clunky, but picks up once the plot kicks in for real. I enjoyed it, and I'll probably read the next one eventually, but it didn't grab me (see again, my lack of interest in vampires).

The Armored Saint by Myke Cole. Which was a free Tor ebook download, and I almost always download free books without looking to see whether I'll actually be interested in them. I recognized the author's name - I thought he wrote military SF, but this is straight up fantasy and didn't imo, live up to the cool cover image. It wasn't what I was expecting and that is on me, so it's probably says more about me than the story that I didn't enjoy it much.

I also read a very long fic that I ended up not caring for because the initial premise was super interesting, but there were some serious off notes in the characterization and then it got to the climax of the story and I was like, "who even are these people?" because the characters I know and love would never do this*! So that was a lot of time spent reading something that just made me go WTF? and not in a good way. Sigh.

*Not to go into a big long thing on characterization, but I can believe a multitude of different things for many different characters but some things for some characters I just can't believe, and at the climax, this story hit that point for multiple characters.

What I'm reading now
Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie, which was recommended by one of you? I think? I'm enjoying it so far. Cooking and the mafia and bantery romance! Three of my favorite things to read about!

What I'm reading next
It is, as always, a mystery. But not necessarily a genre mystery? Just...I don't know okay. I don't know why I leave this on here every week!

In other "File under: Cool things" news, Lightsaber dueling is now an official sport in France. C'est incroyable! En garde! (and that is about the limit of my French.) Thanks to [personal profile] tsuki_no_bara for the link!



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