so anyway, here's wonderwall

Aug. 27th, 2016 11:55 am
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Saturday morning randomness:

= so I'm at Dom's again dad-sitting since it's move-in weekend up at Oswego and they're spending the weekend up there and won't be back till Sunday evening, so I'm on dad and dog patrol. Last time the puppy stayed with friends and I just had Tuck, the old shepherd-pitbull mix to take care of, and Tuck is very mellow. the puppy - an adorable Havanese-Pomeranian mix, is, you know, a puppy, so there's been a lot more yapping and jumping than I'm used to. Luckily, he's tiny and easy to handle as necessary.

= I walked here from the train station yesterday afternoon and missed the second turn after the 7-Eleven and ended up walking in a big loop back to the main road, which I was most displeased about since I was schlepping my overnight bag and it was hot as balls out. I went back to the 7-Eleven but they were like, "No, we've never heard of that street" when I asked where it was, and then I realized I'd missed the turn DIRECTLY BEHIND THE 7-ELEVEN, and it is literally two blocks away. Ugh, stupid suburban developments where everyone drives and everything is curving cul-de-sacs instead of proper gridlike streets.

= Bartolo Colon! His second 2-hit game of the season! (I don't mean he threw a two-hitter, because he didn't. I mean he had two hits! Amazing!) #delightfully nimble

= For years I have tried and failed to get my hair up into a bun. It shouldn't be that hard! L. mocks me when I tell her this, but no clips can hold my hair! You can't stop it! You can't even hope to contain it! Even the hairdresser ends up using five or six of those huge banana clips to move it around and even then, they don't hold for that long. I keep looking at tutorials for long/curly/thick hair but I guess I'd need a million bobby pins to hold it up, and I don't have the patience for that.

= someone reblogged a joke about Wonderwall on tumblr and now I'm earwormed.

= 'Gotham' Boss Says Superheroes 'Don't Work' on TV, Is Wrong. I just don't even know why DC hires people who want to run away from the comics rather than embrace them. Aside from Berlanti, who clearly gets it. Or maybe I'm just forever bitter that we could have had a live-action Gotham Central and instead we got a crappy show about tween Bruce Wayne. Idek. I stopped watching somewhere in the first season.

= Otoh, there's this hilarity about Steve during his time as Nomad. Comics, everybody! As I said in my tags there, even with all his issues - and he does have them - Steve is way too mentally and emotionally healthy to be Batman! I mean, seriously.

Okay, that's 7 things, I guess that can make a post.

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After watching the Mets game - every game a rollercoaster! - I went to bed and fell asleep right away. And then was awake from 2:30 - ~5 am. Blergh. Why?

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Steven Universe: Mindful Education
spoilers )

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There's Still Time to Change the Road You're On (at AO3)
Star Wars; Anakin, Leia, Luke; AU; 3,690 words
"Time travel? Are you kriffing kidding me?"

As I said yesterday, once I gave myself permission to not have to figure out (let alone write!) the alternate timeline created when Anakin goes back to his own time, this story basically wrote itself. I mean, I'd been stuck at like 200 words for a couple of months, and then I was like, "eh, I don't have to show what he does when he goes back" (or, more euphemistically, I leave it up to the reader to decide what he does) and suddenly I'd written 3000 words in two days.

Once the writing started happening, there were two main questions I asked myself (and [tumblr.com profile] angelgazing) and those were:

1. How much drama is too much? I mean, there's a reason #the skywalkers have no chill is a tag that exists; and
2. Can I really have Anakin Skywalker say, "Don't call me Shirley" or is that too self-indulgent?

And the answers were:

1. Slightly less than there was in the original draft (Leia was a lot meaner before revisions; taking out some of her scathing remarks was like removing that one extra thing before leaving the house) and
2. It's self-indulgent but it made me laugh so what the hell.

On the other hand, I think that while he probably does avoid some pitfalls and maybe doesn't become Vader (someday later) this time around, he's still Anakin Skywalker: walking catastrophe, so he probably fucks up some other things along the way, and I'm sure he's not able to defeat Palpatine, so the Empire happens anyway. But maybe Alderaan doesn't end up blown up twenty years later, and Leia would certainly see that as a net win, I think.

It was also fun (and easier) to write from his POV since even though Luke and Leia don't actually know very much, he knows even less at this point (in my head it takes place between Mortis and Umbara somewhere, probably after the Padawan Lost arc, which is where Anakin is at his most mature, really; even Yoda's pleased with how things are going with him), but I also didn't have to write Luke and Leia arguing over what he should be told, if anything. And I keep switching back and forth in my head over who would be more adamant about protecting the timeline, but for real, Leia is always going to try to save Alderaan if she can, so she's the one who goes "fuck the timeline!" in the end.

So yeah, I guess that's my entry into the time travel fix-it genre in this fandom, though really for me, it's all about people yelling at Anakin to look at his life! Look at his choices! I could read (and write) millions of words of that and never be bored of it.

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Aug. 25th, 2016 02:55 am
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MyWriteClub. Or to quote the site: Write in your browser.
Work alongside your friends.
Watch everyone's word counts, live.


Sounds fun!
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There's Still Time to Change the Road You're On
Star Wars; Anakin, Leia, Luke; AU; 3,690 words
"Time travel? Are you kriffing kidding me?"

Once I realized I only cared about the family drama, I figured I didn't need to worry about the mechanics or results of time travel. Let's just pretend it makes sense! *hands* Title & cut-text from Led Zeppelin.

Or read it at AO3.

Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run / There's still time to change the road you're on. )

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FFT: Chapter 6--Ugly and the Beast

In which Walker hates merchants, beautiful women and transformation stories, the female lead is hideous and has no self-esteem, her family expresses little for her but ridicule, the grotesque Beast loathes his ex and claims to fear the female lead’s ugliness, the story winds up with the most broken of Aesops, and one of the sporkers goes politely thermonuclear.

#if you love batb you will hate this #feminist fairy tales #which aren't
musesfool: safety first, victoria! (safety first!)
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This morning, the bus pulled away as I was coming up on the bus stop, but then there was another bus behind it that was also going to roll through without stopping, so I had to wave my arms frantically to get it to stop, but it did. Whew. That usually doesn't happen! I thanked the driver profusely.

So I missed the bus but also caught the bus. I guess it's a net positive? especially since it was a much less crowded bus.

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Last night, I did watch the new pilot for The Tick from Amazon. I didn't love it? I didn't laugh nearly as much as I'd have liked to, considering that 1. it's The Tick and 2. it's supposed to be a sitcom. Peter Serafinawicz is fine - he's no Townsend Coleman or Patrick Warburton, but he's channeling some Adam West in his portrayal, so that's all right. I can definitely imagine him saying, "Egads, you can't blow up the earth! that's where I keep all my stuff!"

Arthur, otoh...This is a tragic backstory and origin story for Arthur and I just...don't feel a need for that? spoilers ) But also, I feel like instead of satirizing the idea of angsty backstories turning people into heroes, it's succumbing to it. I don't need a dark and gritty version of The Tick, you know? Hopefully if it goes to series, they'll find a way to fix that.

I also watched the Mets last night and oy. Can they stop it with the injuries already? Otoh, [tumblr.com profile] laporcupina linked me to this delightful article about the Mets' broadcast team (it's the WSJ, so it's behind a paywall, unfortunately). they are so delightful that there was actually RPF about them vs. the zombie apocalypse written one Yuletide (it was like the one exception to my no-reading-RPF rule I've made), and I'm glad to see other people realizing it. The little slideshow of their various tangential conversations is gold. I remember most of them, too, though I missed the javelin one and the Mirkwood one. Let's just say that they are the very definition of "we make our own fun," especially during bad or boring games.

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Wednesday reading:

What I've just finished
Sabriel by Garth Nix, and you all were right. Once Touchstone shows up, things start moving much more quickly! So the pacing is weird - and what was up with how the romance was handled? I was settling in for a nice long pining session but no! they were abruptly declaring their love! - but I enjoyed it enough to immediately get the next book from the library (the trials of which I talked about the other day, re: the NYPL's "SimplyE" app).

Star Wars #22 was a lot of fun. Luke being the daring pilot of the Rebellion! Luke mediating between Han and Leia! Sana wondering if everyone she knows is insane! spoiler ) I enjoyed that a lot.

What I'm reading now
Lirael by Garth Nix, which I'm enjoying (I am especially pleased at the addition of the Disreputable Dog), but yeesh, both Lirael and Sameth need to leave off with the self-pity already. Possibly because I am totally guilty of those same flaws I find them really difficult to read about at length, so while I understand intimately why they are the way they are, please stop!

Unfortunately, because of the way the reading app works, I cannot tell how far into the book I am, except roughly. I've just gotten to part three, so who knows how much more there is to go? There are no page numbers on the table of contents either. *hands*

What I'm reading next
Well, I still have both The Obelisk Gate and Poisoned Blade awaiting me on my iPad, but depending on how Lirael goes, I might put them off again to read the next Abhorsen book. Who can say?

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leathery footballs of hope

Aug. 23rd, 2016 12:54 pm
musesfool: !!!! from Middleman (!!!!)
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So Amazon did a pilot of a new live-action Tick. I will have to check it out, though honestly, I don't believe anything could top the cartoon. I mean, Patrick Warburton was perfectly cast in the first live-action version, and I enjoyed Batmanuel, but the cartoon was the best! I used to get up on Saturday mornings to watch it, despite being in my 20s! And make my niece and nephew watch it too, but as they were 4 and 1 at the time, they didn't appreciate the meta or the humor very much. Sigh.

Anyway! File under things I quote often:

"Everybody was a baby once, Arthur. Oh, sure, maybe not today, or even yesterday. But once. Babies, chum: tiny, dimpled, fleshy mirrors of our us-ness, that we parents hurl into the future, like leathery footballs of hope. And you've got to get a good spiral on that baby, or evil will make an interception."

"You know, gang, when you're a superhero, you never know where the day will take you. You may find yourself halfway around the world in the shark-infested waters of true-to-life living. Or you may find yourself going down to the store for a lozenge. You can't know, can you? No. You gotta ride that wave, you gotta suck that lozenge. 'Cause if you don't, who will?"

"You know, evil comes in many forms, be it a man-eating cow or Joseph Stalin. But you can't let the package hide the pudding. Evil is just plain bad. You don't cotton to it. You gotta smack it on the nose with the rolled up newspaper of goodness. Bad dog! Bad dog!"

"And so, Arthur, we learned that gambling is bad and yet in a certain sense, isn't life itself a gamble? You can never be sure of anything. Like who would have thought that dolphins could go bad and that fish were magnetic? Not me, no sir, not me."


I don't see how a new show will top the cartoon (and my fondness for Ben Edlund has waned somewhat over the years), but I'll give it a shot and report back! And I may have just given myself a yuletide fandom to ask for (the cartoon, I mean. the Amazon thing is strictly a pilot for now.).

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FFT: Chapter 5--The Frog Princess

In which a frog finds out that it’s not easy NOT being green, the author writes the one story in the anthology that isn’t horrible…and we dread Thursday’s upcoming adaptation, because it’s all downhill from here.

spent a week in a dusty library

Aug. 22nd, 2016 07:15 pm
musesfool: coach & mrs. coach (marriage of true minds)
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Bah work. By 9:05 I was already 1000% done with everything, but it was so busy that there was no chance to slow down and complain. At least not out loud.

Then I came home and BB-8 wouldn't turn on! It worked fine last night before bed! Maybe it was overheated? There's no AC on in here during the day while I'm out, but usually I set it to start running on the timer before I get home, and I didn't do that this morning. I waited about ten minutes and it finally turned back on with a message that it had turned off for what basically amounted to ~reasons, but at least I don't have to take it back to the Apple store tonight and demand a replacement? I don't want to do that!

In other news, I used the NYPL's reading app "SimplyE" to download Lirael and while on the one hand, it's convenient, on the other it is a terrible app. First of all, half the time the pages don't load (usually upon beginning a new chapter), and you have to exit to My Books and reopen the book to get the next page to load. There's no bookmarking function that I can find, nor is there a search, and it doesn't list page numbers or percentages or anything so there's no way to know how far into the book you are. Plus, I can't read it on my computer instead of my iPad and it doesn't appear to connect to my account (at least, the NYPL website should list that I have an ebook checked out when I'm logged into my account, but it does not). I dunno.

These all seem like perfectly reasonable expectations to have of an ereader app - Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iBooks all do them in some variation, as do Overdrive and the 3M app also favored by the library - so I'm not sure why they launched this in such a bare bones version. Unless the stuff's all there and I'm missing it? I admit, my five year old iPad is slow as hell and barely manages since I updated the OS so I could load this particular app, so I suppose it could just be my own faulty technology causing problems, but it does okay with Kindle and iBooks!

Sigh.

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Aug. 22nd, 2016 04:43 am
bonnefois: ghost_factory @ LJ (Default)
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Anyways, a few nice points:

-I got the last of my Christmas shopping done, more or less. I mean I may still have one or two things from the Steam sale, but that'd just be for online people. I had gotten the majority of it done around February, but I was having a hell of a time getting things for my grandma, dad and mom.

BTW, this is a good time to opt in for wintery gifts! I used to try and get everyone done. If we talk a lot, I probably already had you on there. Obviously Carrie, Dove (books) and Sarajaye are already on my list, though if anyone else wants to exchange things, go for it. (I tried to get Samu something on Steam once, and there wasn't anything I could find that he didn't already have! Would you just prefer some f/f?)

-Good thing I cleared out so much room on my bookcase, considering I bought quite a few books. And most of these, save the Hayes and Grimsley, which are LGBT, will be kept.

The total haul:
Grimsley, Jim - Comfort and Joy (second Christmas reading. First is Eight White Nights by Andre Aciman)
Order in the Court : A Writer's Guide to the Legal System by David Mullally (1999, Paperback)
Montana Feathers by Penny Hayes
Fashionably Late by Beth Kendrick
Exes and Ohs by Beth Kendrick
The Bake-Off by beth kendrick
Citizen Somerville: Growing up with the Winter Hill Gang
Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob
Mackenzie, Edward J.;Karas, Phyllis;Muscato, Ross A
Inside Hollywood : A Writer's Guide to the World of Movies and TV by John M. Wilson
Malicious Intent : A Writer's Guide to How Murderers, Robbers, Rapists and Other Criminals Think (The Howdunit)
Deadly Doses: A Writer's Guide to Poisons (Howdunit Writing)
Just the Facts, Ma'am: A Writer's Guide to Investigators and Investigation Techniques (Howdunit)
Rip-Off: A Writer's Guide to Crimes of Deception (Howdunit Writing)
Modus Operandi: A Writer's Guide to How Criminals Work (Howdunit)
Amateur Detectives: A Writer's Guide to How Private Citizens Solve Criminal Cases (Howdunit Writing)
Scene of the Crime: A Writer's Guide to Crime Scene Investigation (Howdunit Series)
Body Trauma: A Writer's Guide to Wounds and Injuries (Howdunit Writing)
Police Procedural: A Writer's Guide to the Police and How They Work (Howdunit)
Murder One: A Writer's Guide to Homicide (Howdunit Series)
Cause of Death : A Writer's Guide to Death, Murder and Forensic Medicine (Howdunit Series)
Armed and Dangerous: A Writer's Guide to Weapons (Howdunit Writing)
Missing Persons: A Writer's Guide to Finding the Lost, the Abducted and the Escaped (Howdunit Writing)
Private Eyes: A Writer's Guide to Private Investigating (Howdunit Writing)
The Constant Outsider: Memoirs of a South Boston Mechanic Hardcover
by Thomas M. Cirignano (abebooks)


and the aforementioned "how to write a romance novel." I think I generally have a good handle on writing romance, but I've been running into structural issues when trying to do novel sized work, so I was hoping to find something to help me figure out what I keep tripping up on. In fact, the only Howdunit series I don't order is one which seems to
just be a retread of the earlier works, so I skipped it.
I got outbid on all the video games I tried to get (Zero Time Dilemma, Azran Legacy) so I just decided to be a responsible adult(tm) and buy more research books instead.

I wanted to go hard for two weeks, but it looks like I'm just going to get one. Annoying. Oh well, I guess I'll have to split my 14 in 14 into two weeks, or up it to 14 in 7.

I will probably be very scarce for a while. I have two big deadlines coming up fic wise.
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I asked this on tumblr, but posting original stuff to tumblr feels like posting into a void most of the time, so, has anyone made an Anakin Skywalker vid to Eminem's "Lose Yourself?" A cursory Google turned up nothing, but that doesn't meant it doesn't exist somewhere, so if you know of such a thing, please link me. Otoh, if it hasn't already been done, someone should do it.

As I said in the tags on my tumblr post, I thought maybe it could be a dual Padme/Anakin POV, if you used the Vienna Teng Ain't No Sunshine/Lose Yourself mashup, but that might muddy the themes? Idk. I'm not a vidder nor am I vid-literate.

I also remembered I wanted a Faith/Buffy vid to "Prove It All Night," so there's another throwback idea free to good home!

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I just finished watching The Little Prince on Netflix. I liked it but didn't love it, mostly because of choices they made with the framing story. The animation of the original story is amazingly beautiful. The CG animation of the frame is nice. I liked the little girl and the mom, but I found some of the other known voice actors intrusive - I didn't need to hear James Franco as the fox or Paul Rudd as, well, I guess that's a spoiler. spoilers for the movie; you already know what happens in the book )

So I'm glad I saw it and I cried at all the parts you'd expect to cry at for The Little Prince but I'm also kind of glad I didn't end up paying for it, since the last half hour or so felt unnecessary and tacked on to me.

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I've been keeping myself awake

Aug. 19th, 2016 05:57 pm
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I posted a story yesterday (the day before? technically? on AO3 anyway):

The Only Way Through (at AO3)
Star Wars; Ahsoka & Obi-Wan; g; 1,465 words
The past isn't done with Ahsoka yet.

I do this not just in case you missed it, but also because it makes it much easier for me to do the monthly roundup at the end up the month, which makes the year in review post that much easier to do as well. *hands* I code as I go, so I don't have to do it all at once. I know some people find the relentless self-promotion obnoxious, but I do have other reasons.

In other news, I can't believe Yuletide noms are almost upon us. I have given it no thought whatsoever this year, so now I don't even know what I should nominate! I am much more fussy about what to offer to write than what to ask for, so I usually focus my noms there, but I've been kind of blank about the whole thing, which is unusual. Maybe I'll bring back old faves I haven't asked for in years, e.g., Earthsea, Middleman, Alexander Trilogy, Ocean's 11? Queen's Thief? Gentlemen Bastards? The Iliad? Rivers of London? Amelia Peabody? I could do that. There's also iZombie and Jane the Virgin, which are probably still small enough.

Do we think Ghostbusters will be small enough? I could go for some Patty/Holtzmann.

I should be done with the Abhorsen books before then, maybe I'll want fic for those? And I can always nom old movies I'm pretty sure I could write for (The Philadelphia Story, Singing in the Rain, Roman Holiday, Heaven Knows Mr. Allison...). And there's always Blue Beetle and Gotham Academy.

Okay, making a list like that makes me feel a little better. I now have some grasp of things. Baby steps, I guess. Every little thing helps.

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musesfool: Ahsoka Tano (my power's turned on)
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I wrote a thing yesterday! I like the story, but hate the title. Please forgive how uninspired it is. I just wanted to post! I don't usually have this problem anymore. Sigh. Stupid titles.

Anyway!

The Only Way Through
Star Wars; Ahsoka & Obi-Wan; g; 1,465 words
The past isn't done with Ahsoka yet.

Or read it at AO3.

The Only Way Through )

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