and knowing we are not alone in fear

Dec. 21st, 2014 10:37 am
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I did not manage a nap yesterday, but I did beta 5 different yuletide stories AND revise mine to a state where I'm like 95% happy with it, PLUS I started a treat and scouted out a possible second treat, so I feel good about that. I hope my recipient likes it!

Today's December talking meme post is about writing, too, so let's just segue into that:

December 21: [livejournal.com profile] flaming_muse asked, Is there a story you'd like to write but can't, for whatever reason? Tell us about it!

Ahahaha, right now it's all of them!

But no, aside from the 5000 words of the MCU/DCU crossover that even with help I can't seem to finish because plot, I would really like to write the Veronica Mars/DCU crossover where Veronica, on the trail of what turns out to be a serial killer, comes to Gotham because she begins to suspect Bruce Wayne is her guy (he has the same taste in women, apparently), and Batman is just like, ugh, tiny blonde detective go away! And he sends Dick out to distract her (...yes, exactly like that) because he's so close to finding out who the killer is! But the story requires a killer and a plot smart enough to keep both Bruce Wayne and Veronica Mars guessing for a while and I am not that smart or that good at mystery plots. So it remains unwritten, but glorious in my head. I probably should just find a good serial killer movie and steal the plot from that. *hands*

Writing is hard!

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So yesterday I sat down and watched the final *sob* three episodes of Legend of Korra. Outside the cut, I will say that I liked the first two seasons more than a lot of people did, though they're definitely flawed, but if you stopped watching then, please do yourself a favor and check out seasons 3 and 4, because they are simply MARVELOUS. I mean, some things were still rushed and some things never got quite the nuance I was hoping for, but overall, I would rate them very highly indeed, up there with AtLA season 3, which is the second best season, because nothing will ever match the heights of AtLA season 2. The Ba Sing Se arc is among the best arcs of television I've ever watched, but really, the whole season from "The Blind Bandit" through "Crossroads of Destiny" is brilliant.

ANYWAY.

spoilers )

So some people might consider that full of fan service, but if so, it was fan service done right for this fangirl! And the future is wide open for many more adventures, even though the creators have said they're done with the Avatar universe.

(Funnily enough, after all the Clone Wars watching I've been doing - I've finished the series and kind of want to just start rewatching it right away, and I'll be posting a lot of thoughts, because, well, I'm very impressed with what they managed to do on that show (they made me feel really bad for Anakin! Even though he is the king of bad decisions! I don't know what to do with these emotions!) - but anyway, in the Korra opening, when Tenzin is like, "Earth. Fire. Air. Water. Only the Avatar can master all four elements and bring balance to the world," I keep thinking he's going to say "bring balance to the Force" now. And that just makes me want a Star Wars/AtLA crossover somehow. Not just because Iroh needs to talk some sense into Anakin AND the Jedi Council, but just because now I'm thinking about the avatar world and benders as people who connect with the Spirit World (in essence, the Force) differently from the Jedi and how they'd respond to that. Like, with the avatar world being off-limits until they have spacefaring technology of their own, but then joining the Republic and how the Jedi would dismiss the Avatar because they don't use the Force in the approved Jedi way [not even the Air Nomads anymore, who would be closest, pre-genocide, to the Jedi way of life], but they're not - Unalaq aside - using the dark side. Someone should totally write this for me.)

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Ugh, I woke up at 4:45 with some verbiage to add to my yuletide, and I have been up ever since. I'm waiting for CVS and the laundry place to open so I can go run my errands before everyone else is awake, and then I can continue revising, and also do the betas that are waiting for me.

L. and I had a really nice dinner last night, with much less wine than usual, so I probably could have written when I got home? But instead, I chose to do this:

December 20: [personal profile] ladyscribe said, tell me about Henrik Lundqvist, your goalie boyfriend.

Henrik Lundqvist... How do I begin to explain Henrik Lundqvist?
Henrik Lundqvist is flawless.
He has a Vezina trophy and a restaurant in Tribeca*.
I hear his glove hand is insured for $10,000**.
I hear he does underwear commercials in the US ... and shampoo commercials...in Sweden.
He's the best-dressed hockey player in New York.
One time People Magazine voted him one of the sexiest men alive.
One time he played "Sweet Child o'Mine" on Jimmy Fallon***.
One time he sprayed Sidney Crosby in the face with his water bottle... It was awesome.

*(Sadly, he has yet to raise the Stanley Cup, but I hope he gets there someday soon. ♥LET'S GO RANGERS♥ NB: I don't know if he's still part-owner of Tiny's.)

**(This is completely made up. Well, the photo is real.)

***(He apparently does actually play the guitar. Man, how are you even real? HAIL TO THE KING, BABY.)

Seriously, though, he is an amazing goaltender, and he is on my team! And I hadn't had a goalie boyfriend since John Vanbiesbrouck, and the Rangers keep trading away my favorite position players, so why not ride the hot goalie? Ahem.

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Do you know where your Yuletide is?

Dec. 19th, 2014 09:46 pm
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Fifteen hours or so until the deadline. :D

I turned in my assignment in late November, a treat in early December and a pinch hit earlier this week. I wanted to do more, but I'm not really feeling it, but I'm also not going to feel guilty about it. I've picked up a few non-Yuletide fics today and gotten some mileage out of them. Most notably, I am starting on the second chapter of Assault to Abjury, aka that one fic where Maedhros times his rebellion wrongly (or is it rightly?) and is forced to schlep across the Grinding Ice. That story. I've gotten five hundred words out of it. It's possible that I might finish it before the end of the year! The chapter, I mean. I have no hope to finish the story this year.

Anyway, this year's total word count is OVER 9000! (sorry, couldn't resist) spread over three fandoms and so on. If any of you guess what story is mine, you will have the warm knowledge that you are a pretty good, but by no means a very good guesser. I hope you can live with that.

My writer managed to squeak by yesterday, to my delight. I shook my present and thought I knew what it was, but today, I'm having second thoughts! Either possibility is delightful. I'm looking forward to the collection opening. (So, so much.)

The Charioteer has eight stories in the main collection, plus one in Madness. Isn't that wild?
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My bosses are gone for the weekend (well, one is gone until January), and I just wrote the world's dullest action scene. I put myself to sleep with it. But it can be fixed in post! Er, after the deadline, with judicious editing! 1900 words and on to the emotional climax!

(Whoever is writing for me, since I don't have a gift yet, take heart! We're all in this together!)

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ETA @ 5pm AND POSTED. WHEW. I mean, it's still in need of a lot of polishing, but I wouldn't be embarrassed completely if the archive were to go live tomorrow. Editing commences tomorrow. Whew. /eta

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Today's December posting meme:

December 19: [personal profile] escritoireazul asked, what do you look for when choosing new recipes to try?

There are a few things, I guess:

-whether it's something I would like to eat (or give away)

-whether I have all the ingredients on hand or can easily get them (or substitute)

-whether it requires equipment I don't have

-whether it requires space I don't have (I would love to bake pies, but I have nowhere to really roll out pie crust. the cutting board over the sink is not really satisfactory.)

-how fussy it looks - I have baked things that require a lot of bowls and a lot of fussing, but I have yet to find something that really felt worth it at the end, and again, it's an issue of space. If I had a dishwasher, I might not mind using every bowl and spatula in my arsenal, but having to wash them all by hand and either dry them or find a space for them to dry - not worth it.

Having conquered baking with yeast a couple of years ago (and meringues last year; well, sort of), there's not a lot that intimidates me from a baking perspective (cooking, otoh - I have no desire to learn to spatchcock a chicken, for example), but I understand the limitations of my space right now so I haven't ever tried, say, macarons (also, I am bad at making things pretty, so that is also a consideration there), but I would like to!

I also don't make fried things very often, because the smell lingers in my apartment, but I will be making riceballs on New Year's Eve, scent of stale grease and all. *hands*

Now I have to work on yuletide, because L. and I are having our annual Christmas dinner tonight, which usually involves a lot of wine, so I won't be able to work on it when I get home.

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he is half my soul by Emily Palermo

Dec. 18th, 2014 11:17 pm
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what remains once the war is won?

fame.
songs.
a kingdom of corpses.
his name too heavy in my mouth.

what do we become in death?

shadows.
longing.
regret,
regret,
regret.

what do we keep once we are ghosts?

the blood under my fingernails.
his crooked teeth.
searching for happiness in the threads of his hands.
a love that burned alive.
a love that is still bursting in my hollow chest.
a love that was never enough.

what do you do when you’re alone in the darkness?

wait for him,
i’ll wait forever if i must.

were you ever able to name one hero who was happy?

no.


Source.

Yes, I know the poet says it's about Achilles/Patroclus, but consider: Fingon/Maedhros.

Except the crooked teeth part, obviously Elves wouldn't worry about that.
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1100 words on yuletide! Not a complete story yet, but at least I'm over the minimum and I know where I'm going. Whew.

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Today's December posting meme topic is:

December 18: Comics 101 (what you think someone completely new to them should know or try; good entry points, etc.) for [personal profile] akamarykate.

I feel like on the one hand, I'm so not the person to answer this, since I've only been reading superhero comics since 2010 (though I've been reading other comics since probably 2000? I think that's when I first read Sandman?), but on the other hand, I've only been reading superhero comics for four years, and I got into it after avoiding it for such a long time (it only leads to heartbreak, kids! Don't do it!) so I do know what kinds of things are easy to find, easy to get into, and don't require a lot of other knowledge.

So. If you are looking to start reading non-superhero comics, the answer is very easy: Sandman by Neil Gaiman. Still his best work to me (and probably will always be his best work), it's one of the few things I've found that actually does live up to the hype. If you enjoy stories about how stories are shaped and how they shape us, and how one immortal anthropomorphic being can learn to change and grow, you should totally read Sandman. If, like me, you're not big into horror, power through the first few issues in volume 1, until you hit "The Shadow of Her Wings," wherein you will meet Death, and everything will just keep getting better from there.

When you're done with Sandman, read the spinoff, Lucifer by Mike Carey, which follows Lucifer (yes, that Lucifer) and his demonic consort Mazikeen and a host of other characters on a different journey. I don't think Lucifer is quite as spectacular as Sandman, but it has some pretty brilliant moments of its own and I found it well worth reading (and rereading).

If you're looking for something a little less cosmic, but no less trippy, I also recommend - with a HUGE caveat - Brian K. Vaughan's Y: The Last Man, which is the story of Yorick, the last man left alive on earth, and his pet monkey Ampersand, who also managed to survive the die-off that killed all the men. This is a globe-trotting roadtrip story with pirates, lesbians, monkeys, Shakespeare, and spies (the Culper Ring!), and it's highly enjoyable...until the end. DON'T READ THE END. THE END IS TERRIBLE.

All three are all self-contained, complete stories, which I think makes them a good place to start, since you can get used to reading comics (I still am terrible at parsing the art, personally, but doing one reading for the text and then another, slower run through paying close attention to the art has helped) and also find some closure in the stories. I am very big on stories having endings, so even some of the superhero comics I'll be recommending are limited runs with defined endings.

If you enjoy Brian K. Vaughan's writing and want to take a chance on Saga, it's ongoing right now and it's about a pair of starcrossed lovers who refuse to accept that their story should end in tragedy, and how they go about making a life and raising a daughter while their two planets (planet and moon? I should go back and reread and then get caught up - I am very behind) are at war and are hunting them both down as traitors. Given Vaughan's history with terrible endings (see above), I don't know that I trust him to make this all end in a way that doesn't ruin everything, but it's a highly entertaining ride along the way.

In terms of superhero comics, remember that this is all based on what I've read, and I only read things I enjoy, so it's going to be heavily weighted towards the characters I like. I can't claim to give a broad overview of either Marvel or DC, because there's so much I'm just not interested in (let alone the things I actively avoid).

So I would start a superhero comics newbie with Blue Beetle vol. 3, written by Keith Giffen and John Rogers (with art by Cully Hamner). Yes, John Rogers, the dude from Leverage. It's the story of a teenage boy who finds what he thinks is a rock but which turns out to be a piece of sentient alien weaponry, and it welds itself to his spine and gives him a bunch of powers. It also starts out in the midst of some DC crossover event you don't have to worry about, because Jaime gives you a little summary of it at the beginning. All you have to know is, he went to space with the Justice League and somehow got stranded there, and when he gets home, his whole life has changed.

The thing I love about Blue Beetle - about Jaime - is that he is the sensible kid. He doesn't try to hide his secret identity and come off like an asshole to his friends and family because ~they must never know~. Which means instead of being ~forever alone~ he has a support network he can call on when aliens invade and he has to kick ass.

The series is a lot of fun, with some real heart-clenchy moments and some fabulous kickass action.

Next, I would start you off with that newly beloved tradition of FORMERLY DEAD SIDEKICKS, and have you read Batgirl vol. 3 by Bryan Q. Miller, since it also is finite (*shakes fist at DC editorial*) and features a character that I love but DC Editorial hates: Stephanie Brown, the fourth Robin (and former Spoiler), and third Batgirl. Steph's dad was a second-tier Batman villain and her mother was an addict, and she got knocked up at 15 (16?), but when she overheard her dad's evil plans, she decided she was going to spoil them (hence "Spoiler"), and put Batman and Robin on his trail. Except it didn't quite work out that way. Batman never wanted her around, and she ended up dating Robin (Tim), and because of Batman's distrust and poor treatment of her, she ends up taking a deadly beating from Black Mask. Except she never got a memorial in the Batcave the way Jason did (even after he came back, the case still lingers, waiting to be knocked over in the next over dramatic Batfamily brawl) and this was a whole cause celebre on the internet back in 2005, long before I was into comics. ANYWAY.

As with other dead sidekicks, it turns out that Steph was not so much dead as terribly injured and so she was sent away for a year to recover in the care of Dr. Leslie Thompkins, and when she comes back, through a series of circumstances, she becomes the new Batgirl. She's also a (poor) college student trying to have a life, and an inspiration to people in the city of Gotham. If Batman is about fear and Nightwing is about justice, Batgirl, in Steph's hands, is about hope. It ended too soon with a wrapup that made me sob like a hungry baby.

Anyway, this is another fun series about a girl who decides to stand up and do something to stop crime and despair from taking over her city.

To be honest, these are also the two DC series I've found to be most Marvel-like in their feel, which could be why I enjoyed them so much.

If you come away from Batgirl interested in more Batfamily shenanigans, I'd recommend the pre-reboot Birds of Prey, Bruce Wayne: Murderer/Fugitive, and Batman: No Man's Land. The latter two are very strong storylines that come to conclusions instead of trailing off into new stories.

My other very highly recommended, read this if you don't read anything else from DC recommendation is Gotham Central, which is a police procedural comic that's about 25 issues long (iirc) by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka, and it's about the Gotham City PD's Major Crimes Unit (MCU, just to confuse things for everyone), which is the unit of detectives handpicked by Jim Gordon so he can trust they're not corrupt, and they handle crimes involving costumed villains and metahumans. Yes, they are the police who have to deal with the Joker et al. And sure, Batman occasionally drops by with a clue or a criminal wrapped up tight, but the cops are not really thrilled about his involvement. SUCH A GOOD SERIES. And also brilliantly pays off a storyline begun in No Man's Land, and gives us Renee Montoya and Crispus Allen, one of the great police partnerships in fiction.

If you've discovered you have a taste for superhero comics after this (or at least a taste that matches mine), next I would recommend you read Young Avengers vol 1. and 2. There you will meet the divine Kate Bishop, aka Hawkeye, as well as Eli Bradley (BABY COME BACK), Tommy Shepherd, Billy Kaplan, Teddy Altman, and Cassie Lang, and you will have some background as to what they all went through before you re-meet some of them in volume 2. I would also recommend reading Kieron Gillen's Journey Into Mystery run, which is the closest I've come to finding something like Sandman in the Marvelverse, and which is concerned with the adventures of Kid Loki, who has 1000x the charm of his adult 616 counterpart, and only about 1/4 of the murderousness.

And once you know who Kate is, you must read Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye, which is fantastic in many different ways, and which is coming to a close shortly (or has already come to a close? I am so behind). It's more of a Clint Barton hangs out and fights mob thugs in his spare time comic than a superhero comic, but Kate helps out and he has an awesome dog and some lovely neighbors in the apartment building he owns, and it's a good read.

If you are interested in other Marvel ongoings that are pretty easy to hop on board with right now, there is Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson, about Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teenager in New Jersey who gets superpowers and decides she wants to be like her hero, Captain Marvel, and fight bad guys, but who also has to deal with being a teenage girl whose parents want to protect her. Delightfully charming. Definitely recommended. As is Kelly Sue DeConnick's Captain Marvel, about Carol Danvers. I personally liked the first volume better? But now Carol's having adventures in space, which is also super cool (and I still need to catch up on this as well.)

And if you have a very specific interest that I've taken too long to get around to, I would definitely recommend that you read Captain America vol. 5, which contains the Winter Soldier storyline in issues 1-14 (skip issue 10, iirc, it's the House of M crossover and means nothing). That's not the full story, but it will give you the start of how Steve discovers the Winter Soldier is Bucky Barnes, and what he's going to do about it. The whole of volume 5 is a good read (with the exception of issue 15 - skip it - it's 20 gross pages of Crossbones torturing his girlfriend) because you get to see Bucky and Natasha's reunion and Bucky Cap and the Sam saves Bucky from his terrible plans show (though Sharon's storyline is best left undiscussed, because ugh). I also enjoyed the first Winter Soldier solo book through the first couple of arcs, but the ending of "Widow Hunt" is just untenable (and given Sharon's earlier storyline and what happens to Sin in issue 15 as well, I admit to giving Ed Brubaker the side-eye with regard to female characters' agency). I haven't read the new Winter Soldier solo book, but I have heard good things, and Daisy Johnson is in it, which is probably relevant to people's interest if they're watching SHIELD.

If you just want STEVE ROGERS AND ALL HIS BUCKY FEELS, I cannot recommend Mark Waid's Captain America: Man Out of Time strongly enough. It's the one where Steve is willing to break the space-time continuum and live out the rest of their lives as hobos if it will allow him to go back and save Bucky. It's also the one where the whole "visit the Grand Canyon" thing comes from.

If you choose only one book to read off this list, let it be Truth: Red, White or Black, which is the story of how the supersoldier serum was derived by experimenting on black soldiers, and how the first Captain America was a black man named Isaiah Bradley (Eli's grandfather), and the terrible things he suffered at the hands of the government. The art is terrible - I don't know who decided the art for such an important story should be so cartoony and ridiculous - but the story should be required reading.

I hope this helps! There's so much I haven't read, so this isn't as complete as it could be, but I can try to make more specific recs if you have something in mind.

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It Was The Best Night Ever (Never Would Forget How We Moved) a mix for The Super Date



Eric Paslay - Friday Night // Avalanche City - Sunset // The Kooks – Junk Of The Heart (Happy) // Fourth & Coast – Hopeless Romantic // The Ready Set – Give Me Your Hand // Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance // Taylor Swift – Starlight // The Weepies – Be My Thrill // Andy Grammer – Fine By Me // At Sunset – Glad You Came (cover) // Matt Nathanson – Love Comes Tumbling Down // Stefanie Scott, Ft. Spencer Sutherland – Everything Has Changed

fic: The Super Date

Dec. 18th, 2014 01:39 am
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Title: The Super Date
Series: TF2
Character/pairing: Scout/Miss Pauling
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 11242
Summary: After over a year of waiting for her next vacation day, Scout finally gets Miss Pauling out on a date with him. He decides to try and pull the best date that ever was.
Author's note: for Medacris as a treat for the TF2promptfest secret santa. Here's a mix for it

this inspired some parts, also How I Met Your Mother's episode Super Date.

and some more Tom Jones Dancing and the famous Carlton scene which inspired that part of Expiration Date.

The fur / glass debate is actually very lively. I personally heard it in a course I was taking at the time. here for debunking and other theories

Guns and Sensible Haircuts magazine is a magazine Soldier is canonly subscribed to as of the WAR! Comic.

Thanks to Multiversecafe for betaing.

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Title: Epic Challenges Of Destined Rivals
Series: TF2
Character/pairing: Saxton/Mags
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 1184
Author's note: Post-final thing for Multiversecafe.

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fic: Dutch Courage

Dec. 18th, 2014 12:31 am
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Title: Dutch Courage
Series: Team Fortress 2
Character/Pairing: Sniper, Demoman
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 1400
Author's note: for toothandclaw in the 2014 Secret Santa. They asked for Request 5) Sniper depressed, needs cheering up. Gen or porn both good. Betaed by Multiversecafe. Polish Vodka, or Spirytus is up to 190 proof.

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Woop woop woop.

Dec. 17th, 2014 02:52 pm
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I got done with my pinch hit. It needs ... more, but at least the fear of bears has gone. So here's a fic meme thing! Stolen from various people around the DW flist...

Comment with the title of one of my fics and a number, and I will tell you:

1) What was my inspiration for this fic? How did it come to me?
2) What’s my favorite part of the fic?
3) What’s the part of the fic I’m most proud of?
4) What part of the fic was the hardest for me to write?
5) What part of the fic am I still dissatisfied with?
6) Who’s my favorite character in the fic?
7) Were there any major decisions I made about the fic that could have made it go a whole different direction?
8) Was there anything I only learned about the fic after I had finished it? (themes, motifs, symbolism, etc)
9) Did anyone in the fic surprise me by doing anything? If so, what?
10) If I had to sum up this fic in a sentence, what would it be?
11) If I were to rewrite this fic, what would I change?
12) Did any thing about this fic’s reception surprise me?
13) What were my beta’s major comments about the first draft of this fic?
14) If I were to write a sequel to this fic, what would it be about?
15) Any other question about the fic!

My fic lives here.
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Oh man, I totally missed posting yesterday. Even after a full 9 hours of sleep on Monday night, I was still out of it yesterday and I went to bed at 9:30 again last night, and slept a lot less well, but I feel a lot more awake. *hands*

Monday night, [personal profile] innie_darling and I went to see Marlon James and Salman Rushdie at NYPL. I thought it was going to be James interviewing Rushdie, and I was a little sad I hadn't gotten around to the rereading I'd planned, but then it turned out that no, Rushdie was interviewing James, and it was all about his book A Brief History of Seven Killings, which is a fictionalized account of the assassination attempt on Bob Marley in 1976. It was a very entertaining talk, I thought (not least because the closed captioning was TERRIBLE and came up with some real 'damn you autocorrect' type doozies), and I now definitely want to read the book, so I think it was successful as well.

Speaking of books, somehow it's time again for What I'm Reading Wednesday:

What I've just finished
I finished The Maker's Mask by Ankaret Wells, which I enjoyed a lot - it's sci-fi that's dressed up as fantasy at first (kind of? they live in grounded spaceships but no longer know how they truly work, except for a class of people called Makers, and they've got kind of a medieval setup with the former spaceships as keeps held by the head of the family) - though it definitely needed another editing and formatting pass, because there are dropped words, and formatting and punctuation errors in the ebook I have.

What I'm reading now
But it was entertaining enough that I'm about halfway through the sequel, The Hawkwood War, now. Of course, The Maker's Mask doesn't actually end so much as stop in the middle, so I would definitely recommend having the second one on hand if you're enjoying the first.

What I'm reading next
The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway by Doug Most just became available from the library, so that will be next.

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The December talking meme:

December 16: [personal profile] d_generate_girl asked me to talk about Life and [personal profile] grimorie asked me to talk about Crews and Reese.

Life was such an interesting and entertaining show (even in its less interesting/more conventional second season). On the surface it sounds like all the other "lone antisocial genius herded by woman partner" shows that have proliferated over the last decade, but it really wasn't. Because Crews wasn't antisocial by choice, and he wasn't cranky or superior, and Reese certainly didn't indulge him when they started partnering. I think that the slow growth of their partnership - both of them having trusted and been betrayed before - was a huge draw for me. They're both broken in similar but not the same ways, and seeing them learn to work together, to accept (if not indulge) each other's foibles, was fascinating. Like Crews pulling a knife on a suspect and Reese taking it from him, because she needs to know he's a cop, not a con. But then giving it back to him and not turning it into Lt. Davis when he proves to her that he is a cop and she can trust him to have her back. And I love love LOVE that Crews asks Reese in the beginning of the very first episode "has anyone ever loved you that much?" (re: the dog that took the bullet for the kid and bit the hand of the killer), and Reese is like, "...no" but then in the series finale, the answer is a resounding YES. Plus, the music was awesome. I still haven't bought the dvds because the music isn't right (it was surprisingly jarring when I did a rewatch via Netflix last year).

December 17: [personal profile] vonniek said, Talk to me about Arrow and The Flash! What are some of your hopes and concerns about where they're taking their respective season arcs in the back half?

Broadly, without spoilers, I will say that I have been very pleased with the first half of The Flash's first season. I think nearly everything has worked exceptionally well, there was only one real dud of an episode that I mostly still enjoyed anyway - the casting has been good to excellent for the main and recurring cast, and the villains' casting has also mostly been on point, the special effects are surprisingly good for a CW budget, and oh, the music. I really love what they've done with the music. The score, I mean, and the Flash's theme, not the occasional strummy pop song that gets played over a montage. Gustin, Martin, and Cavanagh are knocking it out of the park, and they've even made me like Cisco, which was in doubt at the beginning. (CURSE YOUR DOPENESS, VIBE. (I never get tired of saying that!)) I enjoy reading the speculation about who the Big Bad is, and who the Man in the Yellow Suit is, etc. etc., and I'm willing to go wherever the show takes me on this, because I'm so charmed and delighted by 98% of it. The one thing I do not like, and that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later, is Barry and Joe keeping the secret identity from Iris. This is a writing problem, not a character or actress problem. I mean, I think choosing to make Barry and Iris step-siblings was not the wisest choice if they're your endgame pairing, and I say that as someone who has shipped actual sibcest pairings! but they can't undo that so they have to fix this end of it! Because not knowing has not only not kept Iris safe, it's actually put her in more danger (because knowing Barry is Flash means she could CALL HIM FOR HELP, for example). I would like to think the writers learned from the mess they made with Laurel on Arrow, but so far, not so much.

Speaking of which, as for Arrow, spoilers all the way down )

I do really like that Barry is positioned as the Superman (light/hopeful) to Oliver's Batman (dark/dour), and I really enjoyed the crossover and hope that they can manage to do that again, and that the shows can also reach those heights individually.

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So I have 600 words on my yuletide story and it's only about 1/4 of the way done. I guess this panicky feeling is what people mean when they talk about BEARS? I have never been this late with it before. I know I can do it, but...Eek!

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should i cool it or should i blow?

Dec. 15th, 2014 04:39 pm
musesfool: bucky/natasha (is it in the fire that we collide?)
[personal profile] musesfool
This is going to be shorter than usual because I only got about 4 hours of sleep last night and I'm completely brainfreid, but here goes...

December 15: [personal profile] ranalore asked about a character detail of comics!Natasha you would love to see worked into MCU!Natasha.

That Bucky trained her in the Red Room. I know all the various reasons this is probably not going to happen - or at least not be explicitly made canon onscreen - but I really love this retcon, how it ties them together, and how they found something good and hopeful during such a terrible experience, even if they can't really remember it at first. And as I said yesterday, I'd really like to see that similarity play out in the movies - Natasha understands better than any of the others what he's been through, and what it takes to recover from it, and I think it's a rich character vein to mine for both of them.

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saying something about a queen

Dec. 14th, 2014 01:31 pm
musesfool: Natasha Romanova aka Black Widow (i came to win to survive to prosper)
[personal profile] musesfool
I have 190 words of my yuletide written! Most of it will have to be deleted as terrible and unnecessary exposition, but at least I've started! And have already worked in two terrible jokes? I feel like once the roll of terrible jokes has started, it's all downhill from there. I'll probably make another, locked post once I've got some sort of draft finished to ask for a beta.

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The December posting meme:

December 14: [personal profile] endeni asked about personal headcanon for MCU Bucky and Natasha's relationship.

I don't have a lot of hard and fast head canon for anyone? I kind of use whatever I think will be best for the story I'm working on at the moment? But I admit that I had totally been importing their comics backstory into the MCU prior to Winter Soldier's release, because I love their relationship in the comics (aside from the ending), and having it not be included in the movie as such really threw me for a loop. I had to spend some time getting my head around the idea that maybe Natasha didn't really know him before he shot her in Odessa, and that that was okay. But I still choose to believe that 1984 as a birthdate was a cover story, or perhaps that Natasha's memories have been altered as well, so that she doesn't remember that she knows him. in fact, now I kind of want the story where HE remembers HER and she's like, "no, I don't know what you're talking about" but then she starts having nightmares that are really memories and she learns that she was born much earlier and also given some variation on the serum to keep her from aging, and to help her heal from the memory wipes and personality implants. I would totally dig that story, tbh.

I guess if there's one bit of head canon I tend to carry from one story to another, it's that Natasha is always going to be the one who understands best what Bucky's going through, having been remade over and over and then having to choose to walk away from being a bad guy or a tool for bad guys, and that while she might not warm to him immediately (he did try to kill her on a number of occasions, and also her friends), she understands that it wasn't always of his own volition, and she knows how to deal with him and his recovery and has confidence that he can do it, because she did, and she didn't have a Steve (let alone her own Natasha) to do it with, nor did she have an ethical adult personality to recover or live up to.

I just think about how Natasha was trained from so early on to be a killer, to be a spy, and she's still a killer and a spy, but on her own terms now, how she's made herself a person with a moral code (flexible as it might be), without the advantage of having grown up with a loving family or a best friend like Steve or anything but the Red Room, and I love her so much, you guys. SO MUCH.

Because okay, she had Clint and Fury and Hill and Coulson and May, but I don't think any of them ever offered her the unconditional love and support that Steve is willing to give Bucky right out of the gate. Sure, Clint made a different call, and Fury backed that, and clearly held her in some esteem by the time we meet them, but still not enough to trust her with the knowledge that he was alive, and you can see how much it hurts her, even as she understands it, and that's why it means SO MUCH that Steve is like, "yeah, I trust you, you're my friend" because now she has rock solid evidence of what exactly that means.

That kind of wandered off on a tangent, but Natasha Romanoff, guys. SHE IS THE BEST, NO LIE. And I'm still angry about how her relationship with Bucky ended in the comics, because that was some serious bullshit, and I'd like for the movies to not do that to her ever.

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musesfool: Peggy Carter is gunning for you (your heart is a weapon)
[personal profile] musesfool
Ugh, I have a terrible headache that even caffeine has not helped with, but I also have ...I hesitate to call it an outline, but some notes for my yuletide story? I mean, it's basically the thing I was planning to write since I got the assignment, but with some fine tuning involved. Now just the writing has to happen, but I think I can manage it in a week. I hope.

I was going to ask you all for easy/tasty appetizer recipes, since I was going to be co-hosting a New Year's Eve party, but now it looks like all the plans are falling apart, so it might just be three of us drinking sangria and eating rice balls at midnight. Which is also fun, and less depressing than spending it with my family, I think, but I had a lot of plans that I'm sad I won't get to enact.

For the December posting meme:

December 13: [personal profile] ignipes asked me to talk about your hopes and dreams (if you have them) for the Agent Carter TV show.

Agent Carter! Please don't suck! That is my first hope. I really want to see Peggy kicking ass and taking names, but also I want to see her having interactions with other lady characters - as I said to [personal profile] siria, I don't need it to be The Bletchley Circle (though that would be AMAZING), but I also don't want other women to be reduced to one line characters in the steno pool or whatever, and I don't want Peggy to be the one exceptional women in a band of men, which is what happens all too frequently in these kinds of things. I want to see her dealing with post-war realpolitik and the compromises she'll have to make in order to achieve what she wants to achieve. I want to see her weigh the sacrifices she's made and will have to continue making in order to get ahead in the field she's chosen. I also want her to be fabulous and smart and courageous when she loses as much as when she wins. I want fight scenes set to big band swing, and Peggy touching up her lipstick after she's kicked ass or told off bullies. I want to see her acknowledge what Steve meant to her, but also move on with her life.

Most of all, I really want to be entertained rather than irritated or enraged. I don't think that's too much to ask.

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these colors make my eyes hurt

Dec. 12th, 2014 09:57 pm
musesfool: Kermit the Frog (can't look clowns will eat me)
[personal profile] musesfool
Possibly I should start my canon review for yuletide, and then, oh yeah, the writing. Usually I'm done by now.

*facepalm*

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