I haven’t come to say I’m sorry

Oct. 6th, 2015 09:28 am
musesfool: Stephanie Brown as Batgirl (can't hardly wait)
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I stayed home yesterday and I'm home again today with this cold. It's just an endless onslaught of phlegm and misery (even with cold medicine), and I would rather not be at work for that. (I'm sure my co-workers would rather I weren't, either.) Plus, to add insult to injury, yesterday I got my period, four days early. Bah, I say. Bah. And also feh.


Two out of my three yuletide noms were accepted (Gotham Academy and We Are Robin), and the one that's left is the one I thought was a surefire okay, so that's good. I'm still fiddling with my requests - I will probably take off the ones that are only "I WANT THIS STORY" in favor of ones where I don't have such an overriding need for a particular story or type of story (e.g., all I want from Uprooted is Agnieszka/Kasia, so I will probably drop that one) - but I've got a third draft of the letter done. It helps that my likes/dislikes don't really change from year to year and most of it is applicable to whatever fandoms I end up requesting. Now I just need to see the final tag set to figure out what to offer to write.


Speaking of comics, which we were obliquely up there, I finished Batman Eternal yesterday. I give it a strong recommendation, if you're willing to accommodate some weird new 52 characterization on occasion, some terrible cheesecakey art in some instances (Selina is the most common victim, but Barbara suffers from it too occasionally. My other issue with the art is Jason's fucking uglyass helmet. He has such a pretty face and we never get to see it; instead he looks like the fucking Red Skull all the time.), and an overly long, overly convoluted plot. There's a whole running subplot about Arkham that is just boring (I guess it set up a spinoff book I have no interest in reading) and it keeps Batwing from interacting with the rest of the Batfam in fun ways. spoiler )

What this story does have is Stephanie Brown's first appearance in the new 52, as Spoiler, and while I was thrilled to see her, I do feel that her characterization was a bit bobbly. One of the overarching themes of this story is fathers and daughters (I know! it's as if they know me! too bad it wasn't as emotionally resonant as it could have been), which is why it's a great place to introduce her, but actual spoiler about Steph as Spoiler, and other stuff )

Huh. While I do kind of spoil the final twist of the plot there, most of it is about Batfamily dynamics, so if you read for the plot, you probably don't know anything more about it now than you did when you started reading. *hands* I HAVE A LOT OF BATFEELINGS OKAY. I DIDN'T ASK FOR THIS.

I also have to say, if you're not into Batman but you like found family stuff, you would probably enjoy a lot of these big Batman event stories, because for a grimdark loner he sure built himself a family of competent badasses. And I guess the thing I really like is that they feel like a family. They fight like families fight, but the stories aren't necessarily built on the heroes fighting each other. *side-eyes both Dawn of Justice and Civil War*

Anyway, Cass is supposed to show up for Batman and Robin Eternal so I will probably end up reading that when it's complete (the first issues aren't even out yet).


Ugh I guess I should drag myself out of the house to get coffee and maybe more tissues.

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Fifty Shades Freed--Chapter Twenty-Two (Part III)

In which Ana’s plan to personally deliver five million in ransom, without any backup, to the man who attempted to rape and kidnap her does not go nearly as well as she’d hoped; we finally find out who the villain’s accomplice has been throughout the book (and spoilers–the accomplice has barely appeared at all); the misogynistic villain continues to be as angry and as abusive as the male romantic lead; ELJ attempts to be suspenseful by omitting information; and Chekhov’s Gun finally goes off.

#warning: abuse (physical) #warning: death/possible death #warning: misogyny #warning: potential triggers #warning: threats of violence #warning: victim-blaming #warning: violence

this is a tough game to win for them

Oct. 4th, 2015 04:28 pm
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Blurgh. I woke up at 6:30 this morning with a cold. Not even DayQuil is stopping my nose from running. This vexes me. I am terribly vexed.

Yesterday, I did make the rosemary olive oil crock pot bread (pics) even though we did not have a hurricane.

It's very easy and it turned out well, except that my crock pot is so small that it rose right up to nudge at the lid and that very top layer didn't completely cook. The rest of it is really good, though! I took a few liberties with the recipe - I didn't fold the rosemary into the dough; instead I crushed it and mixed it with parmesan, salt, garlic powder, and olive oil, and spread it on top. I also used a tsp of honey instead of sugar to feed the yeast. And I didn't bother with parchment paper - I just sprayed the crock pot really well. Anyway, it tastes great, though I will probably go back to the one hour focaccia, mostly because a loaf of bread the shape of my crock pot is not really easy to use/slice etc.

Now I've got French onion soup on the go, and I'm excited about having it for dinner, and using the bread I made yesterday as the crouton in it! I love my crock pot. *g*

In other news, I came up with the first draft of my yuletide letter and discovered for two of my requests I have only one thing I want and that doesn't seem fair so I might be shuffling my requests around. Of course, I have to wait and see if my noms are accepted. That hasn't happened yet.

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Last night, despite the ridiculous amount of rain we were having (farewell, small orange and pink umbrella! you provided valiant service until the wind tore you apart), [personal profile] innie_darling and I went to see The Martian.

I definitely recommend it. I think even if you didn't enjoy the book much, the movie ameliorates the problems (Watney's bro-ish-ness, the clunky writing), plus it's tighter and the visuals are gorgeous and the acting is good and the soundtrack made me very happy. Plus, I would watch Chiwetel Ejiofor read the phone book, istg. Which kind of makes me less angry about them replacing an Indian guy with a black guy in casting Kapoor, but there was NO REASON for Mindy Park not to be Korean(-American). NO REASON. And if they were going to take that away, then surely they should have cast a woman of color as the PR lady, since I didn't think Kristen Wiig brought much to the role that another actress couldn't have (except for that one scene, I guess).

It really is like all the mission control parts of Apollo 13, so if you like watching people be very good at their jobs, despite overwhelming odds and the uncaring nature of the universe, you should enjoy this movie.

spoilers )

Anyway, I enjoyed it a lot though I was afraid I was never going to be dry again, so when I got home, I hopped into a hot shower and then went straight to bed.

Also, if you are ever in need of a meal before seeing a movie at Kips Bay, I totally recommend Rocky's II - their grandma's pizza is excellent.

We also got a ton of trailers before the movie - more than I think is usual - and they all sort of blur together except for Hiddleston in Crimson Tide Crimson Peak, which I have no intention of watching and also it tells you the whole movie in the trailer; Joy, that JLaw+Bradley Cooper movie about a lady who invented something which is escaping me atm, which actually told you nothing about the story; and Concussion, with Will Smith taking on the NFL in a ripped from the headlines/based on a true story way (the only one of the bunch I might actually consider seeing). There was also something about the banking crisis starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, and Ryan Reynolds, which looked pretty dire, and also the Point Break remake. Which. WHY? WHY REMAKE POINT BREAK? The stunts all look super pretty, but the WHOLE POINT of that movie was KEANU REEVES and PATRICK SWAYZE SMOLDERING AT EACH OTHER. The new movie has two unrecognizable guys as Johnny Utah and Bodhi, and WHY? WHY DO THAT?


'stead of kisses, we get kicked

Oct. 2nd, 2015 10:20 am
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We're having a nor'easter today, but it looks like we might dodge Joaquin, so that's okay. I still have ingredients to cook up a storm this weekend, because I won at adulting last night and did my grocery shopping, just so I could say "inb4 panic starts!" Bacon sandwiches for lunch next week!


Steven Universe: When It Rains
spoilers )

Sleepy Hollow: I, Witness
spoilers )

I'll keep watching since I don't have any other show in the timeslot (I don't think?) but it's on a very short leash with me. And I am still earwormed with "It's a Hard Knock Life" (Annie, not Jay-Z).


we could have had it all

Oct. 1st, 2015 12:00 pm
musesfool: Batman + A BABY driving a BUS (just like driving a really big pinto)
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Rabbit, rabbit! (I feel like some extra luck is necessary, given the givens.)

We're all in a tizzy here about the possibility of Hurricane Joaquin hitting hard and other meteorological conditions that could make it even worse than a category 4 hurricane. #file under: times I remember I live on an island. So I laid in some bacon yesterday. *snerk* Maybe today I'll pick up a couple of onions to make French onion soup. And someone on Pinboard linked to a slow cooker bread recipe, so maybe I'll try that, too. *hands* I'd like it to be bad enough that they won't make us commute in it, but not so bad that it destroys people's lives and homes etc.


Two links:

= Genius: A Conversation With 'Hamilton' Maestro Lin-Manuel Miranda. Like many of you, I've been listening to the OBCR since it was released and enjoying it a lot.

= Scott Snyder and Jock on Batman and Economic Disparity - I thought the headline was misleading, because they don't really talk about that? At least not in any way I was expecting. But it's in relation to Batman #44 (which I talked about here), and they do have some interesting things to say about how Bruce Wayne's philanthropy sometimes gets in its own way (i.e., he pays to rebuild Gotham after disaster, but then gentrification happens, and crooked contractors etc.) and also this: that's what Bruce has to learn about Gotham City initially, beyond scaring criminals into the shadows. He knows how to do that. In this story, it's about him learning how to inspire people to be good and better. That's what's wonderful about Batman and what keeps me coming back. I think a lot of Batman writers (and fans) forget that part of it (well, it's more usually attached to other members of the Batfamily), but it can be one of the best things about Batman. (Also, I just really like Jock's art.)


I'm seeing The Martian tomorrow night. The reviews so far have been good, and I enjoyed the book, so that should be fun.


I'm waiting for yuletide noms to close and be approved so I know whether the stuff I want to ask for is accepted because I don't want to write requests for things that are ineligible (and I don't even know if anyone's nominated Middleman, though that request is already written) and I'd like to get started drafting my letter. *impatient* I also am wondering what to offer to write, which is where things are harder for me, since I am trying to do only things I can be really enthusiastic about. Sigh. #fangirl problems


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Oct. 1st, 2015 01:03 am
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Oh fuck, it's October.

Not that anything is happening this month-- that I know of. It's just... October already? Shouldn't it still be July?

Since July, I've managed to write one short story per week, for a total of thirteen so far. Some turned out to be scenes, rather than full stories; others are in-between, and I'm not sure what I want to do with them. At least two are keepers, maybe three.

I'll keep doing this as long as it lasts.

I tend not to talk about this because the last thing I need is someone commenting to the effect that "you should be doing this differently. I won't bother to ask what else you're doing, of course, nor will I ask any other pertinent questions, because you're wrong, and if you're not doing it the way I learned to do it, you're going to fail." While nobody has said it quite this way, it all looks the same from my point of view.

Maybe it's an irrational fear. But I don't need or want any writing advice, and people always seem to want to give it anyway. I'm sure they mean well.

Or maybe they don't. Did I mention that I'm paranoid?

Meanwhile, it takes a really long fucking time to reinstall Dragon Age 3. I bet it wouldn't have taken this long on Steam. :D I still need to finish my first game, but I want so badly to start another one up with a female elf so I can romance Solas! He's kinda sorta the only one I'm interested in. Cullen is cool and all, and I guess Dorian is pretty fabulous... but I don't really trust him, see. And then there's the part where I keep accidentally flirting with Josephine.

I'll admit to having a thing for Antivan accents ever since Zevran, but that's it.

Ralph's alcoholism

Sep. 30th, 2015 01:22 pm
moetushie: Beaton cartoon - a sexy revolution. (Default)
[personal profile] moetushie
Oof. Now there's a heavy title. I just read this thread on FFA and couldn't help but wonder. Do you think we tend to skim over Ralph's drinking problem? Or do we accept Ralph's (and to a lesser extent, MR's,) contention that it isn't a problem?

For myself, I can think of at least two stories that deal with the consequences of this, albeit, one in a comedic manner, and the other.... Well, I didn't tag it in a relevant fashion.
musesfool: kristen bell (put your lips together and blow)
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Even though I feel like yesterday was long enough for two days, the calendar informs me that it is not Thursday, but Wednesday, so!

What I've just finished
Half-Resurrection Blues (Bone Street Rumba #1) by Daniel José Older, which I liked but wish it weren't so focused on dudes. It does a great job of evoking Brooklyn, and I enjoyed the writing a lot, but I really wanted Sasha to be more interesting, and for Kia and Dr. Tijou to have more to do. Still, I'll read the next one whenever it comes out.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Highly recommended. Should be required reading. Also beautifully written.

Grayson Annual #2. Read this this morning on the subway - Clark looks more like Kon in his t-shirt and jeans combo with his Caesar hair cut and his 'supercycle,' but Clark and Dick are always fun together and this was no exception (while I still don't like that they switched Nightwing from blue to red in the reboot, I did enjoy Dick and Clark referring to each other as Red and Blue, and also Dick's Superman fannishness, and Bruce's habitual suspicion [it's why no one likes you, Bruce!], and Clark's explanation of why Batman needs a Robin), though I was surprised they used as weighty (no pun intended) a former Nightwing nemesis as Blockbuster so casually. (On the plus side, this way it didn't end with Dick being sexually assaulted, so yay for that.) Also, I enjoyed the Mad Max: Fury Road-ness of the Fist of Cain people.

What I'm reading now
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. This came from the library (I was surprised at how long the hold list was, tbh) and everything with a due date gets read first, so. It's a cute romance, so far anyway.

What I'm reading next
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine also became available from the library, so that'll be next.


September recs update!

[personal profile] unfitforsociety has been updated for September 2015 with 25 recs in 8 fandoms:

* 13 Avengers + 1 Spider-Man/Fantastic 4 crossover
* 6 Check, Please!
* 2 Batman (comics)
* 1 Harry Potter, 1 Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and 1 Star Wars

Read, love, comment!


September writing roundup:

we travel without seatbelts on (@ AO3)
Veronica Mars/Captain America; Veronica, Bucky, ensemble; AU; pg; 9,115 words
In which Bucky Barnes discovers that Steve Rogers is not the only tiny blonde firebrand who felt betrayed by SHIELD.

Set post-CATWS, is not AOU-compliant and is AU for the VM movie.

I'm still stunned and thrilled with the response this garnered (and I will answer comments soon. ish.). I still can't believe nobody else thought of Veronica Mars: Agent of SHIELD before, but I haven't found one on AO3 anyway. Now if I could only write the "Veronica Mars thinks Bruce Wayne is a serial killer" story. Ah, well, I guess it's good to have goals.

Of course, I haven't written anything since I posted this, so I need to get back to writing, and I think I'm just going to focus on the Sirius-is-Batman AU for now, since it tickles me, and by narrowing its scope, I think I can actually finish it. TBH, since I finished "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen," I feel like anything is possible. I never thought I'd get that thing done, but I did!


decisions will now be ours

Sep. 30th, 2015 12:15 pm
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Spider-Man/Fantastic Four

Tied to the Wait and Sees by [archiveofourown.org profile] Mizzy
Johnny thinks he's in love with Spider-Man, but then he wakes up in the future married to Peter. Oh, Johnny. It's a good thing he's pretty. This is very cute.



Asset Recovery by [archiveofourown.org profile] freshbakedlady
Adorable story about the first time Nick Fury met Sam Wilson.

Everything I ever wanted (and I'm wearing tights) by [archiveofourown.org profile] non_sequential
Bucky likes Steve in the USO outfit. Steve likes that Bucky likes it. Hot, sweet uniform porn.

A History of Skin by [archiveofourown.org profile] CheeseWrites
He would not let anything happen to Steve, not as long as he could reach out, hold something of Steve to him. Bucky would always be reaching for him, and maybe someday, he'd find a way to soothe Steve's aches with the brush of their fingers, the same way it soothed Bucky's worried heart. Lovely look at Steve and Bucky through the years.

The Obloquy of Newness by [archiveofourown.org profile] Niobium
The story of what Jane and Darcy were up to during Age of Ultron.

Rock of Ages by [archiveofourown.org profile] DevilPiglet
Lovely story of Steve getting Bucky back (including hair-washing!).

Sing Me the Alphabet by [archiveofourown.org profile] thesardine
Long, melancholy Bucky recovery story.

(so, come on) Put On Your War Paint by [archiveofourown.org profile] IamShadow21
AU in which Peggy also gets the serum, crossdresses as a member of the Howling Commando, and nobody falls off any trains, though there's still that little matter of crashing the Valkyrie into the ice. Aw heart. (Steve/Peggy/Bucky)

Storm by [archiveofourown.org profile] cadignan
For all his joking, Bucky doesn't know how to navigate this situation any better than Steve does. He doesn't want to fuck things up.

God, what a relief not to be alone.

"Don't look at me," Steve says, holding his hands up. "I don't tell her what to do."

Peggy stalks over to the two of them and puts her hands on her hips. "Of course not," she says to Steve, affronted that he would even bring up the possibility. But then she softens. She comes close enough to touch him, lifts her hand and runs her fingertips down his mud-flecked cheek. Then she raises her other hand and yanks Bucky down by the collar. She kisses him right there, eight inches from Steve's face.

It's better than anything Steve imagined.
Super-hot, sweet, and just a touch sad Steve/Bucky/Peggy.

take off your colours by [archiveofourown.org profile] glitteratiglue
Filthy hot Steve/Bucky porn.

trouble needs a home by [archiveofourown.org profile] paperclipbitch
Sam becomes a safe haven for Natasha.

Upgrade: Advanced Happiness Skills by [archiveofourown.org profile] owlet
If his mission is to enhance Steve's well-being, it is definitely mission-compliant to cause him to smile like that, simply from Barnes wrapping his fingers around Steve's wrist. If his mission is to live a good human life, it must be mission-compliant to let himself touch Steve's hand, to let himself stand close while they put their arms around one another.

Once, hugging felt like restraint and no air. Now it makes him want to give gifts, and maybe even to whistle. Barnes thought he knew happy, but this is a new kind of it. Advanced happiness skills.
Bucky discovers hugging and touching (and kissing) with Steve is A-OK. SQUEE. ADORABLE.

What's That, Lassie? by [archiveofourown.org profile] Siria
Steve falls down a well and has to be rescued by the Howling Commandos. Hee!

you're gonna give your love to me by [archiveofourown.org profile] irnan
Natasha has to ride out sex pollen before she can admit she's in love with Steve and Bucky. Oh heart.

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Gotham Is A Mother by [archiveofourown.org profile] Kieron_ODuibhir
Even when Jason's telling Bruce a few home truths, they can't seem to get past their miscommunications. Ouch.

(nothing new) under the earth or sky by [archiveofourown.org profile] Kieron_ODuibhir
Alfred has a story to tell Jason about how he understands what Jason's going through and how he can make different choices. Oh my heart. I still feel cheated out of a pre-reboot Jason+Alfred reunion, but this story soothes that sting.

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Check, Please!

Au pays qui te ressemble by [archiveofourown.org profile] tropes
Jack pays for the renovation of the Haus. This is adorably sweet, and it's nice to see a version of Jack who's more assured about things.

a big blurry thing like bigfoot by [archiveofourown.org profile] buchanan
Really lovely story of how Alicia and Bad Bob Zimmerman meet and fall in love.

don't cool off, i like your warmth by [archiveofourown.org profile] misandrywitch
Sweet, summery, Jack/Bitty.

not funny by [archiveofourown.org profile] applecrumbledore
Sweet, awkward Ransom meets Holster's family story.

pulling yourself up by the whip by [archiveofourown.org profile] misandrywitch
Lovely story about how Larissa Duan became the manager of the Samwell Men's Hockey team.

with the night falling down by [archiveofourown.org profile] tropes
Adorable and sweet coda to Lardo's art show. Oh heart.


How the hell was I supposed to know?

Sep. 30th, 2015 12:02 pm
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Brooklyn Nine Nine

Think Once, Think Twice by [archiveofourown.org profile] Fahye
Absolutely wonderfully in character, sweet and hilarious story of Jake and Amy waking up married and deciding to make a bet out of it. And then, oh no, ~feelings. <333


Harry Potter

Ocean Above & Sky Below by [archiveofourown.org profile] grandilloquism
Quiet, tender Sirius/Remus set in an AU where there is no war with Voldemort, so Sirius gets to grow up and Remus gets to be by his side.


Star Wars

What the Years Hath Wrought by [archiveofourown.org profile] Suzelle
Obi-Wan visits Bail Organa and 5yo Leia. Lovely.


fanmix: Fight Your Deadlines II

Sep. 30th, 2015 02:30 am
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You defeated enemy procrastination. Level up! You gained +1 Intelligence and +1 Will.

Fight Your Deadlines II
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time - Sheik's Theme // Immediate Music - Translucent //Hyper Light Drifter  OST - Hyper Light Drifter (Foxfalls Orchestral Remix) // Dexter Britain - The War In My Head // Remedios - [Que] // Enya - Tea-House Moon // Ben Folds Five - Birds // Two Steps From Hell - Touched By Her Hand // Jon Schmidt - Love Story Meets Love Story (Taylor Swift Remix) // Toto Ross - Serenade Requited // Lakes of Russia - Like Silver Rain // Circadian Eyes - When We Float // Yiruma - The Sunbeams They Scatter // Nagi No Asakura - Marine Snow // Summer Wars Ost - Happy End // Chrono Cross Ost - Star Stealing Girl // Chrono Cross Ost - Time's Scar // Lana del Rey - Young & Beautiful Instrumental
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Intense instrumentals for that boss battle of deadline.

Study Like Your Life Depends On it
Vitamin String Quartet - Centuries // Balmorhea - Dived // For Orchestra - Harder Faster Better Stronger (cover) // Nintendo Orchestra - Labratory (live) // Opening Orchestra - Shinjeki no Kyojin opening // Two Steps From Hell - Heart Of Courage // Dexter Britain - The War In My Head // Vitamin String Quartet - Bad Romance (cover) // Edvin Marton - Fire Dance // Veigar Margeirsson - Rise Above // John Murphy - Adagio In D Minor (2012 Remaster) // Guilty Crown - κrOnё // Two Steps From Hell - Nero // For Orchestra - Mike Tyson's Punch Out // Tchaikovsky - Overture 1812 The Final Ending

"Oh no, he's hot."

Sep. 29th, 2015 04:37 pm
moetushie: Beaton cartoon - a sexy revolution. (Default)
[personal profile] moetushie
Things I never thought I would say about Aaron Burr.*

Yeah, like the rest of the Internet, I am obsessed over Hamilton. Okay, that's not completely accurate because, well, I haven't seen it and I wasn't able to hear it when it was streaming on NPR. I know it's still available in places, and the cast album is on sale on Amazon. But. Like, it's a musical. And I can only enjoy musicals in certain contexts, mostly seeing them with my own two eyes. But that's going to take a long time! I don't know!

Meanwhile, I am smugly satisfied that the rest of fandom has seen the light, re: the amazing hatesex potential between Hamilton and Jefferson. I've only been talking about it since forever.

Although I ship Laurens/Hamilton, and Jefferson/Adamses. Also, yeah Tho. Jefferson is my problematic fave.

Aaron Burr is the Ann Veal of Founding Fathers. Him? Really? He was almost president? He shot Alexander Hamilton? HIM? Definitely second to third tier FF.

But Leslie Odom Jr, bruv. Let The Toast take it away.



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