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I'm on a bit of a Twitter tear right now, after the DNC was gaveled out. Hillary made it! We've got our first woman officially nominated as a candidate for a major political party! And in a sane world, she would win. In this decidedly insane world, I hope and pray that she does.

Despite my shameless boosterism on Twitter (which is in part a reaction from some pretty stubborn Bernie or Bust behavior I see on my TL and also on Tumblr), I don't agree with Hillary with everything. (Her full-throated support of Israel for one -- which, of course, is par the course regular American political discourse, but seems at odds with some of the things the Obama administration wants to do with that country.)

However. As Michael Bloomberg said last night -- she's sane and competent. I think the world would be very much safer with her as president than it would be with Trump. I will do my damnedest to help get her there.

Now! The important part. Who spoke best at this convention? My own top five ranking is thus:

1. Michelle Obama
2. Barack Obama
3. HRC
4. Joe Biden // Bill Clinton
5. Rev. William Barber // Tim Kaine (would've been higher w/ a harmonica solo)

What's yours?
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Ugh, I think I have swimmer's ear. Or some kind of ear infection anyway. It seems awfully quick (4 days) to be from getting water in my ear and I don't have itchiness or -ugh- discharge. If it continues to hurt (and be muffled hearing-wise), I guess I'll go to the walk-in clinic when I get home on Sunday and have it checked out. Ugh. I guess I'll limit my pool time? I just. don't want to do that. I wonder if they sell ear plugs in the 7-Eleven, since that is the only store within walking distance.

Anyway, I meant to post this yesterday when I was talking about the story, but the post got so long and I was distracted, so here is the poem that helped me figure things out since it seemed very much relevant to both Ahsoka and Vader, and provided both the epigraph and the title:

Another Spring
by Denise Levertov

In the gold mouth of a flower
the black smell of spring earth.
No more skulls on our desks

but the pervasive
testing of death—as if we had need
of new ways of dying? No,

we have no need
of new ways of dying.
Death in us goes on

testing the wild
chance of living,
as Adam chanced it.

Golden-mouth, the tilted smile
of the moon westering
is at the black window,

Calavera of Spring.
Do you mistake me?
I am speaking of living

of moving from one moment into
the next, and into the
one after, breathing

death in the spring air, knowing
air also means
music to sing to.

***
musesfool: darth vader saying "He said what about his sister? Gross." (he said what about his sister?)
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Things! Also, stuff!

- So I had one of those floating in the pool thoughts that was so perfect that I came back to tumblr and I said, "Someone should write me the story of the time Rogelio de la Vega started a twitter campaign to get cast as Washington in the Miami production of Hamilton." And [personal profile] nestra DID and it's PERFECT. ♥♥♥ #rogelio my brogelio

- [livejournal.com profile] tavella linked me to this fascinating article about the long-standing community of Muslims in Wyoming, and a dude named Hot Tamale Louie.

- the article above also included a mention of Chief Joe Medicine Crow, which in combination with this book popping up on my daily goodreads update email (he's not involved in this story, I don't believe, but he did steal horses from Nazis in WWII, hence the connection in my brain), reminded me that I would like to read a biography of him, but I only found a kids' book? Idek. If you have any recommendations for books about him, that'd be neat. In the meantime, I'll just get that one, and hope that someday they make a miniseries about him.

- Which I guess is a nice lead in to Wednesday books, since it is Wednesday, and I have indeed read a book:

What I've just finished
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley, which I liked but didn't love, mostly because spoilers )

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, which I enjoyed, though as I said in my goodreads review, it's more of a picaresque meander than a space opera. It's got a lot of Firefly in it, though, without all the racist worldbuilding, though this crew is legit and also has aliens (I enjoyed the aliens a lot), and despite all its issues, I do love Firefly. Kizzy certainly has a lot of Kaylee in her in DNA. It also has some tendency towards info-dumping, but I didn't mind that much.

What I'm reading now
I technically haven't started it yet, but Four Roads Cross, the fifth book in Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence came out yesterday, so I'll be reading that shortly.

What I'm reading next
Again, I loaded my iPad up with stuff, so it could be anything!

- In TV news, of the past few Steven Universe episodes, I liked "Restaurant Wars" best (it even made Ronaldo bearable! How did that even happen?), though I get what "Beach City Drift" was trying to do. I just hate Kevin so much that the whole episode was like nails on a chalkboard. Like, I dislike him in a much more visceral way than Marty, who is also pretty despicable. *hands* "Kiki's Pizza Delivery Service" was cute but slight.

- Lastly, I posted a story yesterday:

The Wild Chance of Living (@ AO3)
Star Wars; Ahsoka/Aphra, Vader, Rex; adult; 4,045 words
"Not like you to use a honey trap, though."

"That was not my intention."


I'm not sure that summary really captures what it's about? But it amused me and everything else felt too on the nose. Anyway! This is the story that was just supposed to be some one-night frenemies femslash between Aphra and Ahsoka, but of course, Vader had to push his way in because I'm never over the Anakin(Vader)/Ahsoka relationship, despite everything. (When I texted [tumblr.com profile] angelgazing that Vader was taking over my femslash, she was like, "Proof that he truly is evil!") So originally this was just that scene where he bursts in and the sex scene and in reverse chronological order because I thought I was being clever, but then I was like, this is either just a sex scene with a punchline (Vader walking in and being his weirdo self about the whole thing) or it was a story, and I realized it was a story about Ahsoka and her ability to adapt and survive, because she's the best, and how that plays out with some of the mentor figures in her life (Bail, Vader, Rex), with some fun ladyslash thrown in. (I still haven't figured out 1. how to write Obi-Wan, so he's always kind of a mcguffin in my stories, and 2. how to get him and Ahsoka in the same place for a shouty/huggy reunion, so he's like the mentor not appearing in this story.)

Anyway, I realize it's a niche product (you don't really need to know who Aphra is, though I enjoy her a lot in the Darth Vader comic), but the story insisted on jumping to the head of the line to be written, so there it is. I'm pleased with it, anyway.

And now, time to strap on the old bathing suit and hit the pool. Ah, vacation.

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musesfool: Ahsoka Tano (my power's turned on)
[personal profile] musesfool
The Wild Chance of Living
Star Wars; Ahsoka/Aphra, Vader, Rex; adult; 4,045 words
"Not like you to use a honey trap, though."

"That was not my intention."


Let's imagine Aphra was working for Vader pre-ANH. Set post-Rebels s2. Title from Denise Levertov. Read it at AO3.

The Wild Chance of Living )

~*~

Feedback is adored.

~*~

fic: Head Over Heels

Jul. 26th, 2016 01:00 am
bonnefois: ghost_factory @ LJ (Default)
[personal profile] bonnefois
Title: Head Over Heels
Series: Fire Emblem: Awakening
Character/Pairing: Henry/Sumia
Word count: 1174
Rating: PG
Summary: Sumia breaks something priceless, but dark magic can fix even the most dire situations.
Author's note: [community profile] hc_bingo: Falling. I had a Sumia moment, leading to this.... for [personal profile] sarajayechan as I realized I owed her fic from a ways back.

(Samuraiter's portrayal of Sumia apparently affected me more than I thought, haha)

Read more... )

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Jul. 25th, 2016 03:00 pm
bonnefois: ghost_factory @ LJ (Default)
[personal profile] bonnefois
Contest Week is here again. And again, I'm wayyy too busy to take part. Cheers for anyone who does take part, though.
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[personal profile] bonnefois


Fifteen Minutes To Harvard Square, an instrumental fanmix for Something Newsworthy
Balmorhea - If Only You Knew The Rain // Nils Frahm - It Was Really Really Grey // Goldmund - As Old Roads // Helios - West Orange // Yiruma - He Knows My Name // Keith Kenniff - Resolve // Jean-Yves Thibaudet - Your Hands Are Cold // Dustin O'halloran - Star Kiss // July - Remember Me // Parachutes - Maybe // Goldmund - My Neighborhood // Explosions In The Sky - Hello, Is This Your House? // Helios - Paper Tiger // Kerry Muzzey - Looking Back // Yiruma - I'm Just A... // Jóhann Jóhannsson - The Spelling Board // Dexter Britain - Simple Things // Christophe Beck - Paperman // Dexter Britain - On My Way Home // Jóhann Jóhannsson - Cambridge, 1963 // Andrew Bird - The Bridge // Keith Kenniff - Home Again // Lullatone - Kitty Koda Extended Lullaby Remix
musesfool: Wonder Woman against a backdrop of flames (walk through the fire)
[personal profile] musesfool
I made it to Dom's easily enough yesterday, though I did pack and repack a couple of times and then I had to schlep all my stuff up the stairs and down the stairs when the Port Jeff train came in on the other track at Huntington. Sigh.

But I'm here and I spent most of today in the pool, which is basically how I plan to spend most of the week. I am a huge fan of being in the water, and the pool is the best water to be in - not trying to knock you down like the ocean and not too cold like a lake, though let's not kid ourselves, the water was not bathtub warm today despite a string of 90° days recently. But it was so nice. The mingled scents of chlorine and Coppertone is one of my favorite smells - I would smell like that always if it were feasible.

So far my only problem with staying here is that everything I own is now covered in dog hair, even the things I haven't yet unpacked. Tuck is mighty that way. He sheds a lot (he's a pitbull/shepherd mix; very sweet tempered, mostly [he tends not to like men] but oy with the shedding), all over.

Meanwhile, there are exciting things happening in San Diego:

Most importantly, the Wonder Woman trailer. GIVE IT TO ME. PLEASE DON'T SUCK. (Please tattoo this gif set on the inside of my eyelids #ladies with swords #always be wonder woman)

Also, the Justice League trailer looks promising. AQUAMAN. BRUCE AND DIANA LIKE THE DANNY AND RUSTY OF THE DCEU. DEAR DC: PLEASE GIVE ME THIS ONE THING. PLEASE. #otp: i'm a rich kid with issues I'm also enjoying their characterization of Batman, though we all know that Lego Batman is the best, truest movie Batman characterization.

And while the Flash in the JL trailer is okay, Grant Gustin will always be Barry Allen to me now. Season 3 looks pretty amazing. CISCO!!!!!! CURSE YOUR DOPENESS VIBE!!!!

Hopefully there will be an ALL SINGING, ALL DANCING FLASH EXTRAVAGANZA. I am just saying.

And though I haven't seen a trailer or footage, I am definitely enjoying looking at Melissa Benoist and Tyler Hoechlin, though I'm a little sad he's shaved the beard. I really want soft-bro Clark and beardy Superman. #actual superfamily (also will this be the first time ever I tag something #cousins unironically? I guess we'll see!)

And in the universe next door, LUKE CAGE Y'ALL. POWERMAN. (This sounds amazingly cool: The song for the trailer, like what appears to be most aspects of Luke Cage, was carefully chosen. According to Variety, the show's executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker claims that music was pivotal in the creation of Luke Cage. Every episode is named after a song from '80s hip hip duo Gang Starr, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of the iconic '90s trio A Tribe Called Quest will help compose the show's score. Coker even claimed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the show has a "90s hip-hop vibe." At this year's Comic Con, he added, "It's what I call the Wu Tang-ification of the Marvel universe".)

And also, the cast of BLACK PANTHER. HELLO BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE. PLEASE PUT YOUR MOVIE IN MY EYEBALLS SOON. (Also please tell me that Florence Kasumba will also appear in it.)

And now it's the time when I switch from coffee to wine. And I have to go heat up some chicken cutlet parm for dinner, so I'll leave you with visions of superheroes dancing in my head.

***
teland: Young brown girl looking replete. (I am a satisfied brown fan.)
[personal profile] teland
not my old hard-pressed grin, but his own smile
by Te
July 22, 2016

Disclaimers: Nothing here is mine, except for what is.

Spoilers/Timeline: AU-ized mentions of various storylines. Takes place pre-series.

Summary: "What *are* we doing, amant...?"

"Well, I was planning on a *bit* of carousing..."

"A bit...?"

"Perhaps a trifle —"

"Hmm," Jason says, and taps his lip thoughtfully. "Might there be a hint of *whoring* in your plans?"

Ratings Note: Sexual content which does and does *not* dovetail neatly with the content some readers may find disturbing. There's some violence here, folks. More and more spoilery warnings in the tags on AO3.

Author's Note: I no longer remember where the bunny for this one came from, but it's a safe bet that Pixie was involved, ahahaha. Seriously, though — this was started before the various revelations of S3, so don't expect any kind of *direct* compliance there. Also, this *really* wasn't the story I intended to finish first... but times are still kind of rough over here, and I'm just glad to have finished *anything*.

Acknowledgments: Absolutely nothing over here gets done without a crowd of well-wishers, helpers, cheerleaders, and nannies. *Heartfelt* thanks go to Pixie, Spice, Melly, Houndstar, Sergei, Greyandgold, and, of course, my Jack for everything they do to keep this cart rolling.

Length: 45K

Sto-ry! Sto-ry! Sto-ry!
musesfool: LION (bring back naptime)
[personal profile] musesfool
Steven Universe: The New Lars
spoilers )

I just want to see Connie and LION. Is that too much to ask?

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Sigh. It's hard out there when you want to read fic in a pairing* that is not just not popular but almost non-existent. I understand why but still. Why does fandom not cater to my whims? There's hardly any fic and most of it is terrible, which means I'm going to have to end up writing some myself and ugh, that's so hard. I just want to read it, okay.

*Yes, I'm still bemoaning the sad lack of Anakin/Ahsoka floating around the internet. Listen, the heart wants what it wants, okay.

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I suppose I should start packing for my vacation. I did make a run to CVS for toiletries and medication at least. And I need to take the recycling and the garbage out before I leave.

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ain't nobody does it better

Jul. 21st, 2016 05:25 pm
musesfool: Garnet (i am a conversation)
[personal profile] musesfool
The day before going on vacation always makes for a really hectic day at work and today was no different. Because I'm awesome, I got done everything I'd hoped to get done by 5 pm, so now I'm just hanging out waiting for [tumblr.com profile] chickletgirl to arrive so I can meet her for dinner, as she is visiting our fair city but is unfortunately stuck in traffic atm.

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Steven Universe: Too Short to Ride
spoilers )

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Jul. 20th, 2016 10:46 pm
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[personal profile] bonnefois
Today is the day I officially pulled [personal profile] rosage​ into S-U, and maybe Ta/ngled and watching Unde.rtale LP if they can remember?? (Do it for the fish lesbian and lizard bi, em) Rather than watch from the beginning, I showed them The Answer, A Story For Steven, We Need To Talk, Warp Tour, and Mr. Greg. They wanted to see more Periot (which I def approve of) but the arc was so long, I suggested after Warp Tour they went on their own. And I’m going with them to the Art fair tomorrow.

We did not have as good luck as @hopperbot​ had with Pokem0n G0.

“We’ll go through this hell together. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back.”

(The hell is the fandom)

bold, precise, experimental!

Jul. 20th, 2016 12:50 pm
musesfool: Garnet (i am a conversation)
[personal profile] musesfool
I figured out the issue with that story I was wrestling with, and as usual, it wasn't working because I was trying to be clever. I need to stop doing that. Either it was just the one scene with the surprise ending or it's a story about a character, and well, it works better as a story than a joke, so. *hands* Writing. It is the worst, except for those few moments when it's the best.

As usual when I have these kinds of problems, I started reading some poetry - new to me, this time, not just old favorites - and that's when I realized how to fix it. Poetry! It's the best for making me think in new ways.

Also the best? Steven Universe: Mr. Greg
spoilers )

And now, the reading meme:

What I've just finished
The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer by Skip Hollandsworth, which was interesting as a history of Austin, TX, but less so in terms of the serial killer, since they never found the murderer (it's nonfiction and history so I'm not counting that as a spoiler). It's also brutal in terms of what the killer did to the women (and of course, it's only women) he killed, and that's not glossed over at all, nor is the awful racism of the white people of the time. It's sad to see how little has changed in a some ways.

Star Wars #21
Is anyone else reading this as it comes out? spoilers, I guess? )

Darth Vader #23
I still kind of have no idea what is going on in some ways? spoilers ) What even is my life? As I recently said in various conversations, I know he's a garbage space fascist, but sometimes you end up liking a real dumpster fire of a character. *hands* Just leave me alone. #i hate that i have ~feelings about darth vader now

What I'm reading now
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley, which I'm enjoying, but spoilers )

What I'm reading next
Next week, I'll be on vacation so I will have a ton of stuff to choose from!

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Jul. 20th, 2016 01:01 am
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[personal profile] bonnefois
Iddyiddybigbang sign ups are on until the 31st.

Dateline: Hell

Jul. 19th, 2016 10:07 pm
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[personal profile] moetushie
The first 21 lines meme:

Below. )

What is this meme even supposed be about, man? What does it mean? What does anything mean? You know my last posted fic on AO3 was dated May 28, 2016? Shocking, when you think about how much I used to post before.

but not a word I heard could I relate

Jul. 19th, 2016 03:55 pm
musesfool: LION (bring back naptime)
[personal profile] musesfool
Man, I hate when I'm writing a story and I think it's about one thing and then it seems like the characters think it's about something totally different. And then I have to figure out how much of it is a bait and switch and how much of it I can keep from when I thought it was about A instead of B. Like, this was supposed to be pwp with a funny/shocking ending, not about a totally different relationship (i.e., not the two people having sex). I guess it's what happens when you try to justify the shocking ending instead of just letting the punchline land? Or maybe it's just that when you have two characters who have a lot of history, that overwhelms everything else? Idk. It's going to make for an odd story unless I figure it out.

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Boss1 took me out to lunch today for my birthday and we had steak frites (and I had a root beer float for dessert) and I just want to sleep now. At least I don't have to figure out dinner? I'll just have ice cream or grapes or something.

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Steven Universe came back last night, and I don't understand why CN doesn't mark the second one as new so my DVR will record it, yet it records all the reruns they show. Luckily, I was watching in mostly real time, so I only missed the first couple of minutes of Drop Beat Dad, which I am okay with. I enjoyed both episodes though they were kind of slight. I would like to see Connie again, and LION, soon. I guess it's likely, considering they're showing episodes every week night for the rest of the summer (whatever that means). I will never understand their scheduling practices.

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Jul. 18th, 2016 07:35 pm
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http://voltronexchange.tumblr.com/

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I'm your eyes while you're away

Jul. 18th, 2016 11:01 am
musesfool: boxing!Kara (but you can see the cracks)
[personal profile] musesfool
So that first lines of your last 21 stories thing is going around again. Far be it from me to not do a meme when the chance arises:

21 first lines from most recent to older )

I guess we're supposed to look for patterns? 12 of the 21 are from a woman's POV, several involve a character waking up - which is a thing a lot of writing advice tells you not to do - and only two are in past tense. The two book fandoms, as a matter of fact, though I've certainly written a ton of HP fic in present tense, so that's not the reason.

I'm not really that great at first lines? They sort of happen as I try to feel my way into the story, and I rarely spend a lot of time trying to make them hookier. *hands* They very much seem like establishing shots - here's where we are, here's whose POV we're in - rather than anything more interesting. I should start more stories with dialogue. I'm not sure why I don't. It's my favorite thing to write.

I dunno. What do you think?

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In other news, the Star Wars Rebels s3 trailer looks pretty nifty - spoilers ) - though I don't like Ezra's new hair cut. it makes him all nose. *hands* I do like Sabine's new look and it looks like she's going to get more development, which is great because I love her. More stuff about her and Hera, less annoying Chopper hijinks, please. Also, spoilers )

More seriously though, spoilers )

Having rewatched some TCW yesterday while setting up BB-8, I can say that my aesthetic is definitely Ahsoka decapitating four dudes in one go. I'm also very interested in the idea of her and Bo-Katan working together after that particular incident, per the info revealed at the Ahsoka panel this weekend. (I'm also sad Katee Sackhoff never got to do more with Bo-Katan.)

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