Not a month for meeting goals

Mar. 26th, 2017 12:45 pm
owlmoose: (kh - roxas)
[personal profile] owlmoose
Was I really going to post three times a week this month? So much for that. I'm really behind on writing other things, too. I took a brief business trip this week (to a meeting in Southern California), but that's no real excuse since I was back to my hotel room every night before nine. Then again the trip was fairly draining, especially since my flight home got in four hours late.

We did start Mass Effect: Andromeda yesterday and are still on the first set of missions (what feels like the tutorial level). Started with f!Ryder, of course. I feel like it's too soon to have an opinion, really, but it's got promise anyway. There's some housework and chores to finish first, and I have evening plans, but I hope we get a little more in this afternoon. I'll probably be taking a semi-hiatus from Tumblr for the duration; we'll see.

Otherwise not much to say really. We're going to DC and New York for a week next month, so I'm looking forward to that. I hope you are all well!
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[personal profile] umadoshi
"The New Autistic Muppet Could Save People Like Me A Lifetime Of Pain". [Sarah Kurchak at The Establishment]

"Are Straight Women Okay?" [Autostraddle] "But a stroll down the “his and hers” retail section will still have me on some Family Feud Steve Harvey levels of disbelief. [...] When you further investigate this phenomenon, as I did, things get real dark, real quick. The items themselves are worrying enough on their own as they reveal a prison of what women are allowed to be and should want, but then you dive deeper and the culture that lurks just behind these items reveals itself. I’ve seen the depths of this landscape and I need to ask a question: are straight woman okay? Like, not in a joking way — do they need assistance?"

"10+ Pics Proving That Cats Are Actually Demons".

"Earth’s newest cloud is terrifying".

Flaredown is "a free web and mobile app that helps patients track and visualize their illness, treatments, and symptom triggers so that they can understand how their choices affect their health". (I haven't used this. I'm passing along a rec of it being something that might be worth looking into.)

"Smurfette’s Roots: In her original incarnation, the only female Smurf reminds me of all the assumptions I’ve had to navigate about my sexuality and sense of self as a Jewish woman".

"Anorexia Survivor Posts Powerful Side by Side Photo to Instagram". [Teen Vogue] "Instagram user Megan Jayne Crabbe, a body-positive role model who beat anorexia and now uses the handle @BodyPosiPanda, posted a side-by-side image to the social media site to highlight the differences between posed photographs and reality. In both images, she's wearing the same purple lingerie, tie-dye hair, and infectious grin — but that's where the similarities stop." [Content notes: mention of past anorexia, but the photos are not from that time period.]

From last year: "The 'Gay Porn With a Different Ending' Comment, and the Problem With Homophobia in MMA". [Sarah Kurchak at the Fightland blog]

"How Can Jordan Peele Make a Movie Like Get Out & Have a White Wife? Pretty Easily Actually".

"Why do so many male journalists think female stars are flirting with them? A magazine’s profile with Selena Gomez is the latest to have an icky fixation on its subject’s looks. Perhaps it’s time for men to be banned from interviewing women".

"'Mischievous' Jane Austen 'made up' marriage records". [BBC]

"How a study about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was doctored, adding to pain and stigma".

"Pakistani Artist’s Concept Art Of A Sci-Fi Pakistan Will Blow You Away".

"A Journey Into the Merriam-Webster Word Factory". "This month, [Kory Stamper, lexicographer], the author of the new book “Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries,” was more than happy to offer a tour of some of the distinctly analog oddities in the basement."

"2016 didn’t just give us “fake news.” It likely gave us false memories". (This touches on Trump and current events a fair bit, but is mainly about the research into memory.)

"Canadian Literature, Settler Colonialism, and Sex With Vegetables? [twitter.com profile] HeerJeet has some insights". (Storify. Also mentions CanLit that involves sex with animals, which...is apparently a thing?)

"THE POTATO APOCALYPSE: To set off a truly epic rant you have to bide your time and wait until someone you know with Serious Ranting Chops is just a wee bit tipsy. Your patience will be rewarded. As mine was tonight". A Storify of an [twitter.com profile] UrsulaV rant about potatoes.

"Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future".

A general update

Mar. 26th, 2017 01:20 am
umadoshi: (headache (skellorg))
[personal profile] umadoshi
--I keep meaning to post various things here, but then I'm either not at the computer, or if I am, I'm also in a "stare blankly at the screen rather than stringing words together" mode.

--Writing anything resembling fiction is happening even less. I just poked my writing tracker, and I wrote a whopping ~800 words last month, and so far, nothing at all this month. (I'm at under 3000 words for the year so far, which I needed to look up to check in at [dreamwidth.org profile] inkingitout.) My brain feels both empty and sludgy. It's very weird and I actively dislike it, but I haven't even been opening WIP files and staring at them, which is more my usual not-writing MO.

--Casual Job resumes for the spring session in about a month--which is to say, about a month later than usual. We suspect it'll only last for a month or so (presumably followed by our office keeping me and the other seasonal folks on for four additional weeks to clear the inevitable spring-session backlog), which is not wallet-cheering news.

--On the freelancing front, I just recently finished Maid-sama! and am finishing My Love Story!! for VIZ, and I also seem to have two Seven Seas series with only one volume remaining. That doesn't leave me with a worryingly-low number of titles, fortunately (I think I still have eight between the two publishers), but it's a lot wrapping up all at once.

--We're not at the point of booking plane tickets yet, but [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I are starting to work out when we're probably going to be in Toronto next. It feels like it's been forever. (It hasn't. We were there last August.) So that's a thing I'm very much looking forward to.

Then Lose The Jacket.

Mar. 25th, 2017 11:45 am
rionaleonhart: final fantasy xv: ignis smiles inscrutably. (we shall see)
[personal profile] rionaleonhart
I watched some more Elementary a couple of weeks ago, and the end of 'You Do It to Yourself', with Sherlock and Joan waiting quietly together in the clinic, catapulted me straight into 'shipping them. Oh, dear. I think I'm doomed to 'ship Holmes and Watson in every incarnation. The opening of the following episode, with extremely sleep-deprived Sherlock getting into Joan's face and rambling feverishly about the bank's security system, only made things worse.

During 'M':

Sherlock: I have every intention of torturing and murdering him.
Riona: Oh, wow, he just became so much more interesting to me. I mean, not that he bored me before. But now he's much more interesting.

After 'M':

Riona: I thought Watson might be too well-adjusted to let her relationship with Sherlock ruin her life. I'm so glad I was wrong.
Friend: I'm really worried about you, Riona.

Sherlock was punched repeatedly in the gut in the wonderfully titled 'A Giant Gun, Filled with Drugs', and it was great. And then he angrily pinned down another guy, and that was also great! This show is appealing to all of my most unsettling tastes.


I got the platinum trophy in Final Fantasy XV! I've never platinumed a game before. And then I just, er. Kept playing. I can't stop. I'm at over a hundred hours on the gameplay clock. My entire party is level 99. Yes, I've done practically everything, but there's still wildlife to menace!

I defeated a horde of Magitek soldiers. 'Glad that's over with,' said Prompto, exhausted, as an airship above us discharged another twelve.

I'm still constantly discovering new small details in this game. I was sparring with my teammates, and when they knocked me into the 'danger' state Ignis instantly stopped attacking me and moved to shield me instead.

I like Ignis so much more than I thought I would when I started playing this game. Like Élise in Assassin's Creed: Unity, I think I took a while to warm to him because his accent sounded like a parody of mine. If I can't believe in a character's voice, I'll have trouble believing in that character. I also took a while to get to grips with his motivations, I think; I couldn't decide until the game's second half whether he was acting out of duty or out of love.

I love his terrible, terrible puns. (They all make terrible puns, but I feel Ignis takes a particular pleasure in them.) And his habit of occasionally muttering dark things, and how much he enjoys cooking. Prompto is still my favourite (by a long way, if I'm honest), but Ignis is pretty great.

I like everyone, really! Although Gladio is the bro I'm least attached to, which surprises me a little, because I was expecting him to be my favourite. He suffers from the omission, in the full game, of CLEARLY THE BEST PIECE OF DIALOGUE in the Episode Duscae demo:

Prompto: If you could be reborn as anything, what would you wanna be?
Gladio: Easy. I'd wanna be me.
Prompto: Wow, what a greeeeat answer.
Gladio: I know.

At the Game Developers Conference this year, Square presented some charts showing how the Final Fantasy XV characters interact with and perceive each other (there are more legible versions if you scroll down). There are some interesting details in there; for example, Noctis thinks of Ignis as the friend who understands him and Prompto as the friend who accepts him. Prompto thinks of Noct as 'buddy from school who I'd do anything for' (awwwww). But I think my favourite is Ignis's perception of Prompto: 'Expendable comic relief whose company I secretly enjoy.'

Something about Final Fantasy XV that's been playing on my mind: the hotel rooms have two double beds. Always two double beds. Maybe they book two rooms, I thought at first, but Ignis occasionally says that 'the tent lets you stretch out a bit more' when you camp. How is it possible that sleeping in a tent with three other people is less cramped than sleeping in a lovely roomy double bed? Answer: you have to share that bed. Canon.

One of the hotel receptionists says, 'The finest room in the house is available for your... immediate comfort,' and I'm convinced he thinks all four of them are banging. I'm not entirely sure he's wrong.
umadoshi: (Winter Soldier - Steve & Natasha)
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Fannish/Geeky Things

"The Fansplaining Definitions Survey". "This project is a production of the Fansplaining podcast, which is run by Elizabeth Minkel and Flourish Klink. You can learn more about us at fansplaining.com. We're not academics and this is not an academic survey, but we do strive to discuss and learn more about fandom in general. (We're both, by the way, longtime fanfic readers and writers.)"

Fan-made "Deadpool Musical - Beauty and the Beast "Gaston" Parody". [YouTube, ~6 minutes (including credits)]

"Once More With Feeling: On the afterlife of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, what makes a show resonate for two decades, and why we re-watch television".

"Marvel’s Netflix Shows Need to Get More Comfortable with the MCU".


Writing/SFF

I liked Daniel José Older's NaNoWriMo pep talk.

"The SFF Equine: From Companions to Dragons". [Judith Tarr at Tor.com] "Both McCaffrey and Lackey based their magical beasts on a particular horse-human partnership: that of the riders and the (mostly) white stallions of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. The horses are called Lipizzaner or Lipizzans in tribute to the original stud farm at Lipica in what is now Slovenia, and have been bred to much the same standard since the sixteenth century. They’re short, stocky, sturdy, strong, and highly intelligent. And they’ve been bred to favor individuals that bond with a single rider for, in the best case, the life of the horse."

"V.E. Schwab Expanding A Darker Shade of Magic With New Stories, Fan Art". (This is a collector's edition of the novel, not a whole new book.)

"Tale as old as time? We explore spin-offs, reboots and racebending". [[twitter.com profile] readingtheend guest-posting at OxfordWords blog]

"How Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' Became the Darkest Tale of All: Despite the musical numbers, the 1991 Disney film is actually the darkest retelling of the popular fairy tale". [Genevieve Valentine at Vice]

"The Savage Other as a Stereotype in Fiction". [Kate Elliott]


Miscellaneous

Julia sent me this YouTube link: "The Birthday Boys - Gotta Catch My Shows". It's so true. ;_; See also: today's Wondermark.

"How to download a GIF from Twitter?" [Ezgif.com] It's not perfect--I think maybe it's rejecting some file formats?--but so far it's the most reasonable way I've found to nab "gifs" from Twitter. (Scare quotes because Twitter's idea of what to do with a gif is convert it to a video.)

"53 Pictures Only Introverts Can Truly Appreciate". [Buzzfeed] An alarming number of these are accurate for me. O_o

"Chris Evans Is Ready To Fight: His success as Captain America has made Chris Evans one of Hollywood's sure things, which means he can do whatever he wants with his free time. So why jump out of airplanes and get into it with David Duke?" [Esquire]

"This Adorable Pup Named Biden Just Got To Meet Former VP Joe Biden". [Buzzfeed]

"ModCloth Has Been Sold to Walmart—and Their Customers are Pissed". [The Mary Sue]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] cofax7, "A Book of Creatures" is a blog that posts about "entities of myth, legend, and folklore", and notes "WARNING: May contain sex, violence, and divine retribution."

A dress that changes from a simpler ball gown to a butterfly dress. [Facebook video]

"A 130-Year-Old Fact About Dinosaurs Might Be Wrong: New research on the creatures’ family tree could “shake dinosaur paleontology to its core.”".
rionaleonhart: ffxv: prompto is trying to listen but actually thinking about his giant crush on you (prompto has a crush on everyone) (i can be serious)
[personal profile] rionaleonhart
I really need to stop feeling that the things I write for [community profile] ffxv_kinkmeme somehow aren't 'valuable' enough to post elsewhere. Silly, cute writing isn't inherently worth less than serious, tragic writing! It's okay to write fiction with the goal of making people smile; making people smile is actually a pretty great thing.

The original prompt is here.


Title: Education
Fandom: Final Fantasy XV
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Prompto/Gladio
Wordcount: 1,500
Summary: Prompto asks Gladio for advice on flirting. It doesn't really go the way he'd planned.


Education )

(US) Political linkspam

Mar. 23rd, 2017 02:03 am
umadoshi: (Goku grumpy (psychodragon82))
[personal profile] umadoshi
I have to admit I'm glad to not be posting nearly as much US-centric political stuff, although I'm still reading and RTing a fair bit (and more than is comfortable for my anxiety). But here are some of the best pieces I've read over the past couple of weeks. 8 links )

Linkspam: fannish/geeky, misc.

Mar. 22nd, 2017 12:31 pm
umadoshi: (InCryptid - Heroic Stand)
[personal profile] umadoshi
Fannish/Geeky Things

Most of you who'd be interested probably know that [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire has a Patreon, but if you've at any point considered joining up and haven't for whatever reason (unless the reason is adequate funds, which this won't help with), you may be interested to know that her April Patreon story is going to be an Aeslin mice (InCryptid) POV piece.

Geeky catnip toys, anyone? [ETA: [dreamwidth.org profile] sabotabby reports that they don't ship to Canada. ;_; Not sure about the US.]

"Why Fan Fiction Shaming Is A Feminist Issue". (I like this in general, but a Twitter friend quite reasonably burst out laughing after reading it at the idea of fandom being "a place without judgment".)

"Here's the Important Stuff That Happens in Iron Fist So You Don't Have to Watch It". [io9]

"The Year of Living Publicly: Jenny Slate’s got two new films and a new home and, oh, by the way, she’s fresh off a breakup with Captain America".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] telophase, there's this Indiegogo to fund new Moomin animation.

"Here It Is, the Victorian-Era Interracial Lesbian Murder Mystery Movie You’ve Always Wanted". [The Mary Sue]


Miscellaneous

"Ten Pinboard Features You Might Not Know About". [Pinboard blog] This post is from 2011, and I haven't poked at most of the things on the list, so if you happen to know that some of them are no longer accurate, drop a comment?

"Hearing words, writing sounds: examining the author's brain". [2015]

"Eating Toward Immortality: Diet culture is just another way of dealing with the fear of death". [Michelle Allison, February]

"Don’t Plant Those “Bee-Friendly” Wildflowers Cheerios Is Giving Away". [Lifehacker]

"Once the Place for a Paycheck, TV Is Now Where Playwrights Make Great Art".

"The Oxford Belles Present ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun(damental Rights)’". "For International Women’s Day, The Oxford Belles, an all-female a cappella group from Oxford University, released a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want To Have Fun, which they are calling Girls Just Want To Have Fun(damental Rights)."


On Atlas Obscura:

--"‘Da Kine,’ Hawaii’s Fantastically Flexible All-Purpose Noun".

--"The Child Eater of Bern: A nearly 500 year old sculpture depicts a man eating a sack of babies, and no one is sure why".

--"The Mystery of the World’s Least American Cactus".

--"See a 400-Year-Old Book Made Entirely from Feathers".
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[personal profile] owlmoose
We finished Season One last night, and holy forking shirt. I am so eager to see what comes next.

Anyone want to talk about it? Spoilers in the comments, yes please.

Monday morning mishmash post

Mar. 20th, 2017 02:32 pm
umadoshi: (sleeping on a book)
[personal profile] umadoshi
--Happy equinox! Nova Scotia is welcoming spring with a predicted few days (including yesterday and today) of snow and freezing rain. Whee! ([dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose's workplace opened a couple hours late today, so he got to start his first post-vacation day with a bit of extra sleep.)


--The third round of the Unbound Worlds Cage Match is happening! Georgia is up against Suri from Age of Myth. (I've yet to be familiar with any of her opponents.) Vote for my best beloved! If she wins she could be up against Kell Maresh next time. Eep. (Kell is currently in the lead against his third opponent, who I'm unfamiliar with.)

(I may have gotten teary. You can prove nothing. Nothing!)


--It doesn't take much for me to feel awfully behind on my/our current TV. We haven't seen last week's The Americans and I haven't seen last week's The 100, and last night Elementary aired...


--Being tired is so much more annoying after oversleeping. >.< But it wasn't a very restful night's sleep, and the night before last there wasn't enough sleep, so my current yearning to go sleep some more, preferably with kitty cuddles, does make sense. It's also not happening. (So far today I've turned in the second quarter of a rewrite, and now I'm going to start adapting the final volume of My Love Story!!)

Life In Progress While On Hold

Mar. 20th, 2017 09:45 am
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[personal profile] bluemeridian
On the positive side of things, my mother is minus a foot and a half of her colon and healing as expected from major abdominal surgery. Also on the positive side, I'm heading back up north to my own home this coming Wednesday to stay. Really looking forward to seeing Jack and River (fine, and D too I guess ;), less looking forward to the inevitable week of cleaning to set things back to my standards. I don't necessarily think it's going to be a disaster, but D and I grew up with and continue to have very different ideas of 'clean', so even him making an effort will necessitate me jumping through some more hoops that he doesn't understand and wouldn't think of, particularly considering my dust mite allergies.

I'm mostly ignoring the negative side of things today, but I will say I've gotten far, far less pro-fic reading done than anticipated while here. The house has been hooked back into the edges of the internet - more or less, depending on how the well the range extender can connect to my brother's slow and patchy line next door at any given time - but my focus had shredded even before the increased distraction. Instead I managed to finally wade through the email backlog of AO3 update/fic notifications, Twitter fanwork links, and Rec Center newsletters that I'd tagged as having something interesting. It still involved plenty of reading, but was project oriented and more action than passive consumption.

At this point I've descended to repeated games of Solitaire/Freecell alternated with checking Twitter, Pinboard, and Newsblur. Pretty sure the only way I made it through high school was hyperfocusing on reading and the OTT need for sleep because of undiagnosed allergies.

Misc. linkspam

Mar. 20th, 2017 01:33 am
umadoshi: (Kittenbus & Mei (theidolhands))
[personal profile] umadoshi
Want free "Fight Fascism" stickers?

Or do you need pronoun stickers for event badges? [twitter.com profile] ctrlaltjustine's got you covered.

"I Buy Books Without Reading Them". [Book Riot]

"Operation London Bridge: the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death".

"From Seaspeak to Singlish: celebrating other kinds of English".

"How the Internet Is Saving Culture, Not Killing It".

"Towards a True Children’s Cinema: on 'My Neighbor Totoro'". "My Neighbor Totoro is a genuine children’s film, attuned to child psychology. Satsuki and Mei move and speak like children: they run and romp, giggle and yell. The sibling dynamic is sensitively rendered: Satsuki is eager to impress her parents but sometimes succumbs to silliness, while Mei is Satsuki’s shadow and echo (with an independent streak). But perhaps most uniquely, My Neighbor Totoro follows children’s goals and concerns. Its protagonists aren’t given a mission or a call to adventure—in the absence of a larger drama, they create their own, as children in stable environments do. They play."

"Giphy launches library of more than 2,000 GIFs to teach you sign language".

"I Have Traveled Here From the Present to Warn You About Global Warming". [McSweeney's]

"I Googled ‘Intersectionality,’ So Now I’m Totally Woke". [McSweeney's]

"Lists: Product Reviews for Cat Owners". [McSweeney's]

"Despair is Not a Strategy: 15 principles of hope".

"Rabbit hole in farmer's field leads to 'mystery caves'".

"Resistance 101: Basics of Community Organizing for SF/F Creators & Consumers, Volume One: Protest Tips and Tricks". [Sam J. Miller at Uncanny Magazine]

"Ignorant jerks abusing ‘the poor will always be with you’ will always be with you". [Fred Clark/Slacktivist]

"How to talk to your non-tech friends about Net Neutrality".

"Sorry Snowflakes, Fighting Is Political". [Sarah Kurchak at the Fightland blog]

"Unbuilt Los Angeles: the city that might have been – in pictures".

"Experience: I accidentally bought a giant pig: I was told she was six months old, had come from a breeder and wouldn’t grow any bigger than a very large cat".

"Fireproof human skulls for your gas fireplace, barbeque or fire-pit". [Boing Boing]

Has anyone tried the Lucky Iron Fish for supplementing dietary iron? It looks neat. "One Lucky Iron Fish can provide you with up to 90% of your recommended daily intake of iron. It's safe for the whole family to use, and is reusable for up to 5 years. Simply boil the Fish in any liquid or broth based meals to enrich your food and drinking water with iron."

Convert Case does what it sounds like: "Simply enter your text and choose the case you want to convert it to."
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Fannish/Geeky Things

"Atomic Blonde Is the Next Best Thing to a Female Bond".

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a feminist parable for everyone – including me". [Anthony Stewart Head at The Guardian]

"Ms. Marvel: 15 Reasons Why Kamala Khan Needs A Movie". [CBR]

Here's a spoilery-for-season 1 interview with The Good Place's creator, talking about the season finale.

"In Get Out, the Eyes Have It: Jordan Peele’s fantastic film relies heavily on the sense of sight to amplify its racial horror".

"This Is Why 'Get Out' Is Freaking Out White People".

"Two Of The Greatest Comic Book Writers Have Been In An Occult War For 25 Years".


Writing/SFF

"Romance Without Feminism is No Longer an Option". [Book Riot]

"They Love Me Not: How Fictional Villains Saved My Life". [Alyssa Wong at Uncanny Magazine]

Katie Locke ([twitter.com profile] Bibliogato) just posted a series of blog posts called Intersections of Creativity and Productivity:

--"The Productivity Loop".

--"Routine".

--"YMMV".

--"Bullet Journaling".


Social Justice (all from The Establishment)

"Hating Comic Sans Is Ableist".

"I’m Not Going To Be Nice About Ableism".

"As A Trans Woman, I’ve Seen Nerd Culture’s Misogyny From Both Sides".

"Social Justice Must Be Complicated, Because Oppression Is Never Simple".

"I’ll Never Be ‘Low Maintenance’ — And That’s Okay". "I still struggle with minimizing the full implications of the various ways in which my body or my brain doesn’t work because I worry about scaring people off. Most of the people I’ve dated don’t know the full extent of my ulcerative colitis, and even fewer know about the severity of my panic attacks or the trauma that gave rise to them. I’ve tried to be better about disclosing my illnesses early on, but I still feel like I have to parcel out the details slowly."

"The Truth About Sensitivity Readers And ‘Free Speech’".

"Welcome To The Anti-Racism Movement — Here’s What You’ve Missed". "If you are just now feeling the urgency of the need to fight systemic racism, chances are, you are white. I know, I know — I’m starting off with blanket assumptions about you and that doesn’t feel good; you literally don’t have to tell me about it, I’m quite familiar! But seriously, you are probably white or white passing (yes, I’m aware that Ben Carson and Lil Wayne exist and some people of color are capable of holding on to baffling amounts of denial, but I do not have whatever power it would take to break through that level of delusion so let’s just stick with new white folk). I’ve written down this handy list of things that you’ve missed so far that you’re going to need to catch up on, on your own time. This knowledge and preparation will not only make your fight against racism more effective, it will allow us to continue our progress as you catch up."

"White People: I Don’t Want You To Understand Me Better, I Want You To Understand Yourselves".


Cute Stuff

"Farmer Found 4 Orphaned Kittens in His Barn Only to Find Out They Aren't Ordinary House Cats...".

"Literally Just A Bunch Of Photos Of Cats Sitting In Tiny Chairs". [Buzzfeed]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] jimhines, "15+ Puppies On Their First Days Of Work That Will Make Your Day" and "17 Dogs Who Deserve To Be Pet All They Want, Dammit".

"Fish and Chips, Two Adventurous Cats Who Love Exploring the Great Outdoors With Their Humans".
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[personal profile] sarasa_cat
There is a flip-flop challenge for GYWO members -- write what you normally DO NOT write. So, if you write fanfic, do 1500 words of original. If you write romance, try (for instance) horror. Etc

HHHHAAAAALLPP

What do I NOT write that I never knew I needed to try?

i write contemporary lit, espionage, SF, fantasy, fanfic romance, horror, comedy, crack, het, slash, multi, angst, fluff, historical, historiographical, straight genre, twisted meta fiction, slice of life, pastiche, mashup, xovers, pr0n.... 

tell me what you have never seen me write or heard me mention.  Help me flip flop with something DIFFERENT. Promise I will borrow or create haracyers I have never written before.
rionaleonhart: final fantasy xv: prompto, the best character, with a touch of swagger. (looking ahead)
[personal profile] rionaleonhart
My sudden, intense burst of writing for Final Fantasy XV again continues! This is rather less serious than my last couple of fics. Somehow I still haven't written a Noctis/Gladio/Ignis/Prompto fic, but at least this incorporates three of the four. Sorry for leaving you out, Ignis.

In a weird way, my approach to pairings in this game reminds me of writing for Top Gear. Even if there are some pairings I enjoy more than others, I'm happy to write the boys in any combination. Rather than 'shipping anything specific, I just have story ideas and then go 'right, if there's going to be romance in this one, which character combination would work best with the concept?'

(Newer followers: er, yes, I'm afraid there was a time when I wrote a lot of Top Gear fanfiction.)

I use so many italics when I'm writing Prompto. It's like I'm seventeen again.

I should note that I originally posted one of the scenes in this - the Prompto/Gladio one - as a kinkmeme fill, back in January (I was the second filler). It's been slightly tweaked to fit into the wider story.


Title: Well, This Is Awkward
Fandom: Final Fantasy XV
Rating: PG-13/R? Let's just go with the UK rating system and say 15.
Pairing: Prompto/Noctis, Prompto/Gladio, Noctis/Gladio, Prompto/Noctis/Gladio
Wordcount: 3,000
Summary: When you're on the road together, you can end up in uncomfortable situations.


Well, This Is Awkward )
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Fannish/Geeky Things

Signups are open for SSR Confidential, the Agent Carter fanworks exchange.

"Take an emotional, 17-year journey through Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine hairstyles".


Writing/SFF

Humble Bundle is currently offering a women of sci-fi and fantasy ebook bundle.

"My Alien Family: Writing Across Cultures in Science Fiction". [Becky Chambers at Tor.com]

This poem by Cassandra Khaw is amazing: "Protestations Against the Idea of Anglicization".

Marie Brennan recently started a new Patreon-funded series on worldbuilding at Book View Cafe. The introduction post is here, and the first "real" post is also up: "New Worlds: The Shape of the World".


Miscellaneous

"This Lego tape turns anything into a Lego-friendly surface". [The Daily Dot]

"Your old CD-ROMs are probably rotting". [Boing Boing]

"21 Things For People Who Love Black Cats". [Buzzfeed]

Via [livejournal.com profile] browngirl, "15 Lesser-Known Berries You Should Try". [Serious Eats, 2014]

"EFF presents: a guide to protecting your data privacy when crossing the US border". [Boing Boing] "The Electronic Frontier Foundation has just updated its 2011 guide to Digital Privacy at the U.S. Border with an all new edition that covers the law, administrative rules, technological options and potential repercussions of crossing the US border while not undergoing the warrantless seizure and indefinite retention of all of your sensitive data -- in a guide that breaks out the different risks for US citizens, US permanent residents, and visitors to the USA."

"Lack of Oxford comma costs Maine company millions in overtime".

"Act Up, Rise Up". [Elsa Sjunneson-Henry at Uncanny Magazine] "Resistance is not about where you are shouting at the sky, but it is about putting yourself body and soul into the space of asking the world not to ignore you. Demanding from your government the right to be heard, to be seen. This is the core of resistance to me, and it is why the term slacktivism—a term often applied to the kind of resistance people with disabilities have access to—feels so wrong."

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] dine, "Artist Paints Realistically Detailed Animals on Smooth Stones".
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  • A presidential appointee to an EPA leadership position is stepping down because staffers won't play along with his climate change denial agenda. "They’re here for a cause," he said. A cause, like, say, protecting the environment? WHO KNEW.

  • The New York Times and The Washington Post Are at War, and Everyone Is Winning: when two major news organizations are trying to out-do each other in their investigating efforts, there can be no losers (except maybe the Republican administration).

  • I could share a lot of links about the Day Without Women, the strike scheduled to coincide with International Women's Day last week, but I already wrote a whole post about it, so I will limit myself to this New Yorker piece, The Women's Strike and the Messy Space of Change.

  • Ever wonder why the big news always seems to break at night? The Atlantic has a good explainer; the short version is that newspaper publishing deadlines are at night, we're just now getting the stories as soon as they're filed, rather than having to wait for the next morning to read them.

  • Some professors at NYU staged a gender-swapped version of the three Clinton-Trump presidential debates, and did not get the reactions they were expecting from the audience. There's a clip from the rehearsal, which is fascinating to watch. I'd be really curious to see the whole thing.


For your Thursday funny/cute, I commend you to Olly the Terrier have the time of his life at a dog show skills competition. The announcer's affectionate amusement makes it even better.

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