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Sep. 18th, 2017 11:29 pm
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Re: 15 characters thing: I'm working on it!

Arrrrr!

Sep. 19th, 2017 09:13 am
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What be your favourite pirate movie?

If ye can't be makin' up yer mind,  pick a couple.

I can't be decidin' between Captain Blood and  The Pirates band of misfits at this very moment. 

Ticky Yessy Postie

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:57 am
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Last week the postal survey for the Australian Marriage Law alteration yes/no arrived.
I opened it, ticked yes and took it to the mailbox that night.
I find it hard to understand why anyone wouldn't.
I'd be guessing most of my readers would be in favour of marriage equality.
Let's support this push for equality so that bigotry, hatred and oppression can take a back step for once.
Let's get in there and let people have the same legal rights.
Let's give the economy one heck of a shot in the arm.

Do this
!


(Edited for a momentary lack of yellow and phrased it betterer)

Dear Trick or Treat-er!

Sep. 18th, 2017 08:50 pm
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Dear Creator, thank you very much in advance for making something for me. This is my first time participating in this fest and I am brimming with excitement. I am sure I will love everything that you generously choose to make. Thank you so much for offering to write/draw something in one of these fandoms.

I have made some prompts & suggestions, but please feel free to take things in whatever direction you like and/or include other characters. My strict DNWs are gratuitous violence, abuse and lack of consent (physical, social, sexual, etc.), any sexual situations for characters not of age, on or off-screen. Realism, magical realism & surrealism are all fine. I strongly prefer art with lower ratings; as for fic, wherever the muse takes you.

I like: historical (if appropriate) and worldbuildy detail, scenery porn, what-if AUs, original characters, time travel, ghost/afterlife stories, mythological and supernatural elements, and magical realism. I like gen, het, slash, and femslash. In general I'm not a fan of AU that completely changes the setting, but if you have a brilliant idea, go for it; I would prefer "interesting" to "mundane" AUs, e.g., in SPAAAACE yes, coffeeshop no. (Coffeeshop in SPAAAACE, okay!).

In fic: Themes like quests, journeys, transition, and liminal spaces; reflection, self-improvement, love, generosity, symbols; visual art and statues, micro and macro spaces, and tactile exploration. If you want to create WHAT-IF, go for it! Kudos to human-dolphin joint societies, atavistic tails, shark meritocracy, journeys to the bowels of the earth, inner demons made flesh and taking over, in short, any sort of soft sci-fi philosophical extravaganza.

In art: I like both serious portraits and funny little cartoons, as well as landscapes that tell a story (with maybe a hint of the characters' presence). I love interesting and experimental compositions, unusual perspectives, emphasis on textures such as hair and clothing, and scenery porn (Mountains! Trees! Cliffs with water crashing on them! Brooding ruins of an ancient castle!) and I like line drawings as well as full color. I like historical detail and obscure trivia, nature and architecture, water bodies and forests, colours. I also like woolly mammoths, dinosaurs, and space, so if in doubt, just throw in a velociraptor on a spaceship.

Tricks I would like: ghost stories, supernatural elements, afterlife stories, relationships between living characters and ghosts/spirits/supernatural entities, meddling deities, magical objects that do surprising things. Mildly spooky things. In general I prefer happy endings, but bleak for the purpose of narrative cohesion works, too.

Treats I would like: strong, heartfelt relationships, love for friends, family, life companions, romantic or otherwise, taking care of other people (when one is in charge of them, dependent on them, or in some relationship), loyalty, kindness, doing the good thing and/or the right thing, etc. My all-time favourite is the baroque theatre invisible mistress trope, which is basically Eros & Psyche – one falls for the other while their face & identity are concealed by a mask or disguised in the dark. As the fandom jargon goes, identity porn FTW. Please don't add in any unrequested background non-canonical relationship. Explicit sex okay, non-explicit sex is okay, no sex is okay, but any sex should be in believable language for that era or fandom. UST, gen, all good. I like sex in fic, but I prefer more focus on the emotions than the physical mechanics, and no BSDM or bloodplay or watersports or anything that might get a special tag.

I would prefer not to receive explicit horror (fic or art), any kink you'd specifically tag, or artwork that depicts explicit sex (NSFW R-rated is fine, NC17 showing genitals is not). I do not want any fic focusing on pregnancy, children, or with the A/B/O trope.

Now onto the specific fandoms. (If none of my vague ideas appeal to you, I assure you that as long as you incorporate things I have said I like, and avoid things I have listed as dislikes, I will be happy with whatever you choose to create.)

Frontier Wolf (Sutcliff) )

The Eagle (of the Ninth) (Sutcliff) )

DCU (Movies) )

Burnt (2015) )

John Wick (Movies) )

Person of Interest (TV) )

Spooks (TV) )

Aubrey-Maturin (O'Brian) )

Hannibal (TV) )

Southland (TV) )
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Remix Revival went live today, and I was fortunate enough to receive two gifts in the main collection. Behold the haul:

Sunset (The Tequila Sunrise Remix) (1220 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Draco Malfoy/Rose Weasley
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Rose Weasley
Additional Tags: Age Difference
Summary:Rose grows up hating Draco Malfoy. Then she meets him.

This is a remix of Tequila Sunrise, my vaguely identity shenanigans story about Draco Malfoy and Rose Weasley (mostly Draco's bleak despair, his midlife crisis and low-key femdom needs), and I was super thrilled when I realised it was remixed during the un-revealed period (I skim-read the tags and they pointed pretty clearly to which fic of mine was remixed, you see). The lovely creator made a Rose POV-remix, very tender and Harlequin. You like HP and melodrama? This is your jam.

Pity No More (The Closed Doors Remix) (1140 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Illya Kuryakin/Napoleon Solo
Characters: Napoleon Solo, Illya Kuryakin, Gaby Teller
Additional Tags: challenge: remix revival, Period-Typical Homophobia, No Dialogue, Remix, Soulmate-Identifying Marks, Soulmates
Summary: It hadn’t been an easy thing, growing up with a man’s name tattooed inside his wrist, even if it was in English. Too many people knew English, were learning English -- it wasn’t safe. He faked an accident. Deliberately threw himself off-balance and burned his wrist, alongside a good portion of his arm, in the fire from the stovetop. The words weren’t just unreadable, after that. They were gone.

This is a remix of Pity No More, my second most-popular Man from UNCLE soulmates AU, and YAY lovely, it manages to be even more bleak and claustrophobic. You like soulmate-identifying marks and attraction against the odds? No sweet endings? This is your jam.

Long day!

Sep. 17th, 2017 02:46 am
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Breakfast with partner and metamour Leopard Girl.

Seanan McGuire event in Silverdale. We brought tribute, and were briefly Seanan's favorite. (Diet Dr Pepper and candy corn. Seanan is a being of predictable tastes.)

Mini muffin tin quest!

Partner made a note they should chat with our mutual friend in London about stuff. Hooray, viable communities.

Dinner for the extended polycule, with many dishes thanks to Trader Joe's. (Rice, orange chicken with extra zesty sauce but no carrots since we ran out, BBQ pork buns, pot stickers, spring rolls, and green beans. The rice and green beans weren't pre-packaged, and I do a little customization to the chicken by adding orange peel and scallions. The gyoza and bao steam over the rice, and the spring rolls could bake with the chicken. The green beans start frozen and get gently fried with seasonings. Usually it's butter and Montreal steak seasoning, but Stray Puppy Girl is very lactose intolerant, and Leopard Girl dislikes red pepper. So I went for sesame oil, garlic, onion, pepper, salt, ginger, a packet of soy sauce that needed using, and the excess teriyaki sauce from the other night. It turned out well. To my immense gratification, my partner really likes all the iterations of the green beans that I have made so far. Generally they disappear immediately.)

Club night. Without going into excessive detail, one of the groups near the people I was with were having a hilarious time, and kept setting each other off giggling. That prompted our group to giggle. The glee was infectious.

Everyone is spending the night. We hauled the camping pads out of the alleged guest room (it is currently not in a state for guests as my textiles have exploded all over it) and they're set up next to the futon in case it turns from cozy to crowded in the middle of the night. Things are well set up for breakfast, and there should be cheesecake at some point (thus the mini muffin tins).

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Sep. 15th, 2017 10:33 pm
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meme via [personal profile] lost_spook:

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.


My list is, um, eclectic, so I can't guarantee great results. But wotthehell archy.

So when I was in Finland

Sep. 15th, 2017 12:04 pm
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We kept seeing women in long black velvet skirts here and there. I wondered who they were, so just now I did some research.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_Kale - they're descended from Rom who fled England and they make a decision around 15-20 years of age whether to go for traditional dress for the rest of their lives or not.
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Did you ever wonder what it was like to be John Tracy in International Rescue? Do it for real. You'll be the eye in the sky. Look at photos and get the information to help the rescue teams on the ground. Don't worry, there's a short tutorial to help you!

The details or just go to http://www.planetaryresponsenetwork.org/ )

Wednesday Reading Meme

Sep. 13th, 2017 11:40 pm
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I've been meaning to start this meme for years. What's the point in waiting? The time is now!

What I've just finished reading

I read Wailing Ghosts by Pu Songling, a short story collection from Penguin's Little Black Classics series. This is an author (born in 1640 and died in 1715 in Zibo, China) who wrote miniature tales of soft horror, Classical China-style. There are magic tricks and cryptic events, macabre events, unexpected hauntings, monsters, and Taoist monks ex machina. These are quite delightful - they have very particular structure and style, and what is considered narratively satisfying. The tales are a mix of the mundane and the supernatural, and often have a sort of 'moral' or 'takeaway message' in the end, often unexpected - so it's like a true novella in this respect, the final bit bearing the element of surprise and maybe rearranging the story. And they have such cute titles, like 'The Monster in the Buckwheat' or 'Scorched Moth the Taoist'.

What I'm reading right now

A collection of poems by D.H. Lawrence - it's huge and it will probably take me a while. I love poetry, and I like that this is the complete works collection - not just the good bits or the trendy bits or the highlights. This way you can get a better idea of how the author's style and artistic and/or existential concerns evolved.

what is chaos, my love?
It is not freedom.
A disarray of falling stars coming to nought.


(I have to say, Lawrence's poetry is frequently more readable than his prose. Some of the poems so far are excellent, either in form or function or message.)

What I plan to read next

I feel like Virgil, to be honest. I read a lot of The Georgics back when I wrote my Lucius/Hilarion fic in Frontier Wolf fandom, and now I'm thinking about The Eclogues. I am unable to finish a proper book lately, which is why I am more focussed on poetry and short stories. But some of The Eclogues sounds like a reasonable goal!

Instagram catch up

Sep. 12th, 2017 08:19 pm
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My Take A Breather costume- A remake of my Jem dress 🙂 The belt and shoes were still fine but I also have a glorious new wig. So it needs a really glam dress.


And Ahsoka belt and bracers. I now have the belt wet forming on a dressform.



The horns separated in temperature change, the plastic went up and the clay went down. This necessitated getting the horns able to be worked on more easily and able to be tidied away.



Take the seat off a stool and replace it with the sculpting surface. Perfect height for sitting at 🙂



My back lekku is a little short and the front sit too close so I also had to change how I worked with her.



So I put my old head cast on a dress form. Her neck is so short because I was aligning bust and chin. My shoulders sit much lower and my neck is rather long. This may help exlpain how much work I need to do on patterns to fit them! And why dress forms are rarely helpful.



This is a waratah. It is not supposed to be a standard (long skinny trunk and ball shaped top.) But that is what we have. Also the bottle brush at the back is not a single tree but is doing what the waratah was supposed to.



Finally some of the ducks are back. This one taps on my door for food. And then goes to the other end of the drive to the house to ask for more.

Warring earworms

Sep. 12th, 2017 10:25 am
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Ada Palmer and Sassafras

Ice and Fire   https://sassafrass.bandcamp.com/track/ice-and-fire


Down, down, down, down, down into Ginnungagap 
Down, down, down, down, down into Ginnungagap
Down, down, down, down, down into Ginnungagap
Down, down, down, down, down into Ginnungagap



battling

Spray and Hyperbubble

We're at the very nerve centre of art video cliche
I think it's going to turn out alright
We're at the very nerve centre of art video cliche
We're going to take it right through the night

We'll be
synchronised
We'll be 
hypnotised
We'll be 
paralysed by the sight

of the imagery
of the irony
of the way we captured the light
CAPTURED the light!





So that rib

Sep. 11th, 2017 04:04 am
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Turns out it’s broken, healing but broken. Cartilage does not show up on xrays though and here is weirdness at the jon between bone and cartilage so I will ask for further investigation.


As for what can be done… nothing. Pain relief. But nothing.

Book-a-day: Day Twenty-Eight

Sep. 8th, 2017 10:30 am
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28. Bought at my fave independent bookshop

The first collection of puzzles in nineteenth-century fiction by John Sutherland, Is Heathcliff a Murderer? (I already wrote about its sequel Can Jane Eyre Be Happy?.) This is a book of essays pondering weird bits in English novels and deconstructing / contextualizing / explaining / solving them with historical facts, allusions and deduction. There are thirty-four conundrums and Sutherland treats things we normally handwave while reading as real, serious question, and finds a rationalisation in the text, or an explanation of why exactly the author made a factual error or handwaved something.

For example,
- Why does Dracula come to England rather than neighbouring Germany? (seriously, I always wondered, and I really like Sutherland's interpretation. I still want fanfic for Dracula's German road trip, though)
- How exactly does Victor Frankenstein make his monster? (this should be mandatory reading for all cinema and TV people who have been ruining the book forever with their irresponsible and unsubstantiated display of gory patchwork corpses)
- Who is Helen Graham? (fascinating if you are a fan of Anne Bronte's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall)
- WTF is up with Rochester's 'celestial telegram' and telepathic communication with Jane in the end of the novel?

Fascinating, amusing, many references.

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