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Five things make a post!

1. Another day, another snowstorm. At least we're not Boston? *hands* I don't even know anymore. My period did show up in the middle of this morning's commute, but it (the commute, I mean) was normal and I was prepared so it was no big deal.

II. Last night, tickets for the Thursday night show of Avengers: Age of Ultron were purchased. I'm sure it will be fun, though I admit to being irritated with anything that interrupts Steve's search for Bucky (and also I am not looking forward to Wanda being Joss's designated crazy waif who kicks ass) - spoilers from the trailer )

C. Bar-hopping with Kyle Chandler. He needs to be in more things. *refrains from the obvious joke* Thanks to [personal profile] cofax7 for the link.

iv. Sarah Michelle Gellar is going to be on Star Wars Rebels. I guess it makes sense, since her husband voices the lead character. Will she be Leia? (Can you imagine getting to put Buffy Summers and Princess Leia on your resume?) Or someone else entirely? (Leia's adoptive mother? Mon Mothma? Someone we haven't met yet?) In other SWR news, apparently I guess technically this is a spoiler )

5. While looking for something completely different, I found a recipe for pizza chiena, a dish my grandmother and aunt used to make, which I was never able to find before because I didn't know the real name/how it was spelled (though it turns out that "pizza chiena" is actually pretty close to what they called it, which is why I clicked on the link in the first place, wondering if it was the same thing) - it's a stuffed pie filled with ham and pepperoni and sausage and ricotta. (I don't recall them ever putting hard boiled eggs in.) And that also led to a grain pie recipe that I might have to try someday. (Veniero's used to do an excellent grain pie for Easter, but I haven't had it in years; I made a version of it with rice a few years ago, but it was not a hit with other people.)

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moetushie: Beaton cartoon - a sexy revolution. (Default)
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Some of use.

no one could possibly be interested in this. )

My current writing situation is impossible. I can't write a word, all I want to do is dance literally anything else. I want to get those two B2MeM prompts done, but HOW. The only things I think I can write at the moment is fairly brainless PWPs and no one has asked for that! Except me. I know B2MeM is a fairly sedate affair, so I should put away the glitter and elfhoods. Siiiigh.

In more positive news, I think I am finally making progress on my RenaultX assignment! Not writing it, heavens no, but thinking about, outlining it, thinking of jokes that I could incorporate into it. That sort of thing. But no actual writing, which would be a bridge too far. For some reason.

if you want me, satisfy me

Mar. 4th, 2015 11:52 am
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It took me an hour and forty five minutes to get to work this morning. Thank you, MTA. (in light of that, I did stop in at Starbucks for an iced latte. Sometimes I just need an iced latte.)

And then the printer jammed the first time I tried to print something, and it still is not working.

At least my period didn't arrive during that epic commute, which I was kind of braced for, since it's a couple days late (last month, it was exactly on time, just before we boarded the cruise ship, because of course it was).

But I am so done with today. So done! And apparently tomorrow is going to be worse, since instead of 36°F and raining, it's going to be back below freezing and snowing. After raining all day today. So disgusting. I am so sick of winter. Fuck winter. I hate it so much. Give me all your 95°F days and your heatwaves. I'll even take the stifling, stinking subway over this. I mean, I prefer summer to winter anyway, but this is fucking ridiculous and I'd like to lodge a complaint.

Enough of that. On to bookish things! What I'm reading Wednesday:

What I've just finished
Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor, which is the first in a series of time travel novels, but I don't think I'm going to be reading the rest. The story itself is interesting (though I get the feeling this totally originated as Oxford Time Travel series AU fanfic, whether the author is actually in fandom or not), but there were some things in it that I did not like at all, which dropped it down from "I definitely liked this" to "I mostly liked this with huge caveats that make me side-eye the author a little."

spoilers, also, cw for attempted rape and a miscarriage )

Anyway, if you can't tell, all that really soured me on the book. Thinking about it now, I wouldn't even say I mostly liked it, though there were definitely things I liked a lot, like the premise and the time travel stuff. It's all that character stuff that left me unwilling to subject myself to more. I wish goodreads allowed half or quarter stars so I could rate it properly there.

I also read The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu, which is an aliens-are-secretly-responsible-for-everything (and I do mean everything) in human history thriller. It's fun, and even though it too has lady character issues (there are only three with any major roles and one of them is as a love interest who isn't in on the secret, and spoiler ) at least nobody in it is threatened with rape.

It's the story of Roen Tan, an unhappy, overweight IT guy who comes into contact with Tao, an alien who reveals that the whole of human history has been the cover for a war between two alien factions, and now Roen has been drafted into that war, so he's going to have to get in shape and learn to fight. spoiler )

The author, Wesley Chu, is a martial artist and a gymnast, so his action scenes are kinetic and you can tell he knows what he's talking about, even if I skimmed a lot of fight description towards the end. The book has a fun comic-book feel to it, and I have hopes that the lady problem I mentioned earlier might be redressed in the next book.

What I'm reading now
Technically nothing, as I finished The Lives of Tao last night and was going to start The Deaths of Tao on my commute this morning, but see above. I did not have a chance to read on my commute this morning.

What I'm reading next
So I can actually answer this for once, based on a technicality! I am reading The Deaths of Tao next!

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In other cool news, Tom McRae has a new album coming out in May! Yay! Thanks to [personal profile] umadoshi for the link.

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at night i pray and clean my gun

Mar. 3rd, 2015 11:24 am
musesfool: darth vader saying "He said what about his sister? Gross." (he said what about his sister?)
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It's weird not having my Monday night shows on - I was able to watch the hockey game (I'm so glad they didn't trade Zuccarello) and Star Wars Rebels at its usual time instead of recording one of the many reruns.

Rebels season finale spoilers )

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Fifty Shades Freed--Chapter Eleven (Part I)


In which Christian Grey poses next to a piano, Ana is afraid of him but denies it, Ana’s internalized misogyny is on full display, Grey blames Ana for a bodyguard being in a risky profession, Ana firmly denies that Grey is capable of hurting her (despite Grey canonically having hurt her physically, emotionally and sexually on numerous occasions), Grey drops hints about his adoptive father having some blackmail-worthy secrets, Grey feeds a blindfolded Ana in a way that makes me gag, and Mervin and Ket lash out at the book, blow stuff up and cuddle.

Gratuitous icon post.

Mar. 3rd, 2015 12:07 am
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Oh, OTP.
musesfool: Diane Lockhart is more awesome than you (what she wants you to see)
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Linetti-Boyle Wedding
spoilers )

The Good Wife: Dark Money
toby ziegler would not approve of spoilers )

All in all, not a great return, but I'm still glad to have the show back after such a long hiatus.

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Mar. 2nd, 2015 02:21 am
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Link: Gen Prompt Bingo Round 6 Sign-ups

Description: [community profile] genprompt_bingo is a low commitment multi-fandom, multi-media bingo challenge.

Its aim is to provide bingo cards of gen-style prompts to be used as inspiration in creating fic, images, meta, fanmixes, vids or any other kind of fannish activities. Although the prompts themselves are "Gen" (i.e., no prompts are specifically about romance or sex) fills may be of any genre, style or rating.

Dates:
Sign-ups: March 1st 2015 - May 31st 2015
Posting: March 1st 2015 onwards

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Mar. 1st, 2015 10:17 pm
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Link: [community profile] historyfest

Description: A prompt fest for fanworks of all kinds featuring historical figures. All countries and historical eras welcome!

Dates:
Prompts Open: 1 March
Prompts Close: 15 March
Filling Closes: 30 April
moetushie: Beaton cartoon - a sexy revolution. (Default)
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Originating in Tumblr, adapted for Dreamwidth:

In a new post, list ten FICS that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” works, or even all the same pairing or fandom, just the fics that have touched you or that stuck with you somehow.

1. The first fic I remember reading was in the Slayers fandom. It was fairly explicit het, and the pairing was the clone of Rezo the Red Priest/a one-off female character. I remember being really impressed by the emotional honesty of the works, as well as the quiet comfort and domesticity of it all. I was eleven at the time, so my tastes were pretty suspect.

2. Now We Have A Map of the Stars by zauberer_sirin, The Master/Martha, Doctor Who. Baby's first time following a WIP! Oh, I remember loving the hell out of this fic and out of this pairing as presented by zau's writing. I'm kind of afraid to reread this now. Better to keep the memories, right?

I always wanted to write fic for Doctor Who, but never quite built up the courage to do so.

3. The Water-Horse by Thamiris, Sir Gawain/Green Knight. My first explicit slash I remember reading and really, really liking? I read it back on the old Yuletide archive and I thought Yuletide must be very special indeed, to produce such great writing -- a special event for special people! I've reread it pretty recently and it holds up. Maybe it's a little lilac, but I don't mind.

4. Bakcheios by emilyenrose. A fandom classic for a reason. Again with the Yuletide mystique! I was so intrigued that I signed up the next year.

5. Neither Speak Nor Sing by Darth Fingon, Fingon/Glorfindel, The Silmarillion. Darth Fingon's Fingon is one of the best, most memorable Fingons out there, despite/because of his cousin-lovin', dubious-consent takin' ways. What an amazing buttface!

I guess Glorfindel is also there.

This was also the story that prompted me to finish reading The Silmarillion in 2009. (I had tried in 2000, when I was eleven -- wasn't emotionally ready for it, I guess. I'm going to try very hard not to have the rest of these as Silmfic. (BUT IT'S HARD.)

6. Long Time Falling by Himring, Fingon/Maedhros, The Silmarillion. Reader, I cry every time I read this.

7. Beleg's Doom by Tehta, Beleg/Túrin, The Silmarillion. Every joke lands, every joke is hilarious, I imagine Beleg as having a slight Minnesotan accent.

8. Trembling on with steady aim by gloss, Bucky Barnes gen, Marvel 616. Comicverse Bucky is a second-generation Japanese-American, he serves under Captain America and there are tons of painful ironies.

9. Jason and Me by hradzka. It really distills all of my Jason feelings and my Steph feelings. The author's kind of an ass, but the work stands for itself.

10. Contagious fogs by Naraht, Puck gen-ish, Midsummer Night's Dream. Actually I had to think serious about this, because Naraht's 'A brisk young sailor' and angsty betentacled Ralph. It was a struggle, but I think I made the right choice.


There was a bit of fic discussion on Tumblr on story length versus popularity. My response here, although now I'm starting to doubt myself. Most of the stories mentioned above are fairly short, but completely memorable (to me, anyway.) God, who knows what makes something stick in the human memory? If I knew that, I'd be Shakespeare or something.

then you put your charms around me

Mar. 1st, 2015 07:30 pm
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It snowed again today, so good thing I had bacon! Snowstorms + bacon = best tradition I ever instituted. I made another pot of French onion soup yesterday, and it was just as good the second time around (I finished the last batch during the week). Also, I did not know onions had any nutritional value, but apparently they do, so go me for willingly eating a vegetable! (I still want to try one of the lemon carrot bisque recipes I found after eating it on the cruise - I never would have believed cooked carrots could taste so good, but I guess adding lemon and heavy cream helps a lot. *g*)

I also finished up Ewan McGregor's Long Way Round and Long Way Down, which I'd been watching on Netflix the last week or so. I enjoyed the scenery porn, and he's very charming, which allows the facepalmy bits to slide by a little easier.

Now I'm relaxing and catching up on some fic that was posted while I was away, and later there will be new B99 and TGW to assuage the Sunday night willies. I hope everyone else is having a nice Sunday too.

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Gacked from [personal profile] naraht:

"If you could have me write a fic specifically for you, what would it be like? Fandom, characters/pairing, genre, plot elements, kinks (if applicable)... what's your ideal fic from me?"
musesfool: Korra/Asami (how to make two lovers of friends)
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February recs update!

[personal profile] unfitforsociety has been updated for February 2015 with 15 recs in 6 fandoms:

* 7 Avengers
* 2 Legend of Korra
* 2 Rivers of London, 1 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, and 1 Rivers of London/Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries crossover
* 1 Harry Potter and 1 Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Not bad for not having internet access for half the month.

And the monthly writing roundup for January:

Take This Sabbath Day (@ AO3)
Captain America; Steve/Bucky; pg; 1,480 words
Sundays are theirs to do as they please.

and February:

Have you heard, it's in the stars (@ AO3)
Captain America; Steve/Bucky, Rikki/Anya; pg; 3195 words
Telling the girls he's dating Captain America is the best idea Bucky's ever had.

I've decided to try for one story a month and not beat myself up if writing isn't happening. We'll see how it goes. There was a time I'd have had fic for this week, which was my 13th LJ-versary (and also my 6th anniversary at work), but that didn't happen. Sigh.

I've also started trying to get back on top of answering comments. I couldn't manage it for a few months, but hopefully I'll get it done eventually.

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Avengers

#fuckmestraps by [archiveofourown.org profile] bactaqueen
Steve's new uniform is popular with the internet. Ooh Commander Rogers ooh.

Ghosts Along the Road by [archiveofourown.org profile] belovedmuerto
It's a little disconcerting, but it also makes him think about the way Bucky has been since he showed up in Steve's motel room last week, and how he likes the new, quieter Bucky as well.

None of the ways either of them have changed and been changed makes any difference to the way Steve feels about him, and it's nice to be certain of that.
Bucky crashes Steve's road trip. Quiet and lovely.

here we are, just about the same by [archiveofourown.org profile] noharlembeat
Bucky goes down with Steve on the Valkyrie, and they wake up together in 2012. Oh heart.

It's possible that he wants you too by [archiveofourown.org profile] belovedmuerto
Sweet Steve/Bucky.

Man With a Plan by [archiveofourown.org profile] gwyneth
Super hot Steve/Bucky uniform porn. Because of course Steve's keeping the outfit.

My Blood is Singing by [archiveofourown.org profile] Niobium
Really lovely look at Thor and Jane.

The Spice of Life by [archiveofourown.org profile] Kian
The story of how Pepper Potts and Bucky Barnes become friends. This is really lovely, and I love how it draws out the parallels of their situations.

~*~
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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

don't need you to save me (you already forgave me) by [personal profile] raven
Really lovely look at Jack and Phryne's relationship.

~*~

Rivers of London

Waterloo Sunset by [archiveofourown.org profile] Philomytha
Nightingale gets bitten by a vampire and Peter and Walid have to figure out how to stop him from turning.

The Early Bird by [archiveofourown.org profile] Philomytha
An account of Dr. Walid and Nightingale's first meeting. With dragons.

~*~

Crossovers

Rivers of London/Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

that shall be bright by [archiveofourown.org profile] singlecrow
Nightingale pays Miss Fisher a visit when he's in Melbourne. Lovely.

~*~

as thirsty as you are

Feb. 28th, 2015 10:40 am
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine

The Lobster Tail by [archiveofourown.org profile] shrift
Boyle gestured at the table and his eyes got really big like that time he'd been taking mime lessons. "Jake, you spilled salt. You can't just let it sit there. It's bad luck."

"Whatever, Bad Luck Boyle. I do what I want," Jake said.
This is hilarious, and sounds like it could totally have happened on the show.

~*~

Harry Potter

Achilles at Sea by [archiveofourown.org profile] thistle_verse
Lovely, achy post-war Draco/Hermione road sea trip story.

~*~

Let your lion heart cleave the waves

Feb. 28th, 2015 10:38 am
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Avatar: The Legend of Korra

The Beifong Legacy by [archiveofourown.org profile] jorlau
Su and Lin take the whole crew to Omashu to learn about the Cave of Two Lovers and the SECRET TUNNEL! This is adorable.

Morning Came Twice by [archiveofourown.org profile] RuminantMonk
Really lovely Korrasami.

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- This is a need that must be addressed. Stop arguing over the color of badly photographed dresses and get on it, Internet!

- This has been a gutpunch of a day. I'm sure you've heard the news, whatever news that you've heard. I'm especially anxious about the stuff coming out of Dhaka, not only because it's so horrible and hits (literally and figuratively) close to home, but also because I was on the phone with my mom cancer talk. )

There was one bright spot today, though! Spots, actually. First was this discussion on renaultx, which was as goofy and as free-wheeling as I would have wanted. This kind of discussion would have been impossible to imagine a year or two ago!

Another is this beautiful Charioteer fanart (yes, Charioteer fanart by someone who isn't me!): here. It's so damn great. I'm especially a fan of that Bunny and that Ralph. Perfs.

All right so my mental image of Alec is 'young David Strathairn, but really older David Strathairn,' but you know, that's something I keep mostly to myself.

- So I happened to flip the TV to the Cooking Channel (the Cooking Channel: it's like when Food Network was primarily airred cooking shows rather than increasingly grotesque ways to assault our eyes and taste with Guy Fieri.) And Giada was on! I am ambivalent about Giada. Like anyone, I appreciate boobs. But I don't really like to have boobs on the mind when I'm trying to think about pasta. It might be different for you. As always, Giada was making pasta. And as always, she was adding a metric fuck ton of prosciutto, and offering no substitutes. I remember that she ... used to, didn't she? I mean, way to ignore any Jewish or Muslim members of your audience, I guess. We just get the boobs. :(

I'm usually okay with this -- not a big pasta person -- but my very soul cried out for some spaghetti carbonara and -- well, I turned to Google, and it gave me this. This is beautiful -- I love the story, and I love the alternative. Next time I have zucchini in the house, I am definitely trying it. Or Thanksgiving. Whatever comes first.

Great! I'm going to go now.

Oh wait, I have a meme. Indulge me?


If you could have me write a fic specifically for you, what would it be like? Fandom, characters/pairing, genre, plot elements, kinks (if applicable)... what's your ideal fic from me?


I am actually unable to write a damn word (which is Not Good, since I have an exchange fic coming due at some point), but this sounds fun. And who knows? You might inspire me. :)

And the silence makes me lonely

Feb. 27th, 2015 04:27 pm
musesfool: Death of the Endless, captioned "I was there, too, before everything else" (what everybody gets)
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I'm so sad to hear about Leonard Nimoy. The NY Times obituary is lovely. If he had to go, going surrounded by family and having lived a long, interesting, and fulfilling life seems like the way to do it.

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I had a thought (shocking, I know) when I was commenting to [personal profile] vonniek about this week's Arrow. spoilers )

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I'm so glad it's Friday. But I keep trying to get work done and other work interrupts. That is not on for a Friday afternoon. Luckily, my bosses are both gone now, so maybe I can actually get some things done before I leave for the weekend!

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