Tuesday Yardening

Apr. 23rd, 2019 06:11 pm
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Today is cloudy, mild, and calm.

Round One -- We shoveled ash out of the firepit and dumped it in the prairie garden.  Then we picked up sticks from the grass wall in the south lot toward the house.

Round Two -- I dumped out three bags of topsoil in the hollow beyond the patio. It's not really topsoil though, it's full of wood chips in muck.  >_<  Oh well.  I threw down some grass and clover seed; hopefully it will sprout in that mess.  At least the hollow is less deep now. 

The cherry trees are blooming in the orchard.

Me-and-media update (cake edition)

Apr. 24th, 2019 10:07 am
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Very little eyeball reading (but I do need to feedback some fic that I read on my Kindle -- note to self!). In audiobook, the boy and I started Not Forgetting the Whale by John Ironmonger, which is really bringing home to me how much I'm used to inclusiveness in my reading matter (thank you, Ben Aaronovitch, among many others). By which I mean, it seems very straight and white so far. Also, I'm not sure I can actually handle 13 hours of omniscient POV. But two members of my family recced it to me, so we'll forge on for now, if only so I can discuss it with them.

Episode 4 of Black was, if you'll forgive the obvious, SUPER-DARK. Warnings for... ) Unfortunately, the story-telling was a little clunky, which made all the awfulness worse. I'm not tapping out yet, but... maybe I should be.

Thirty but Seventeen, otoh, is really sweet, and very much in the genre of fluffy slowburn G-rated romance, with a dash of angst and several dollops of farce, plus found family, cohabitation, and mistaken identity. It has the distinction of the female lead getting to act immature and mildly goofy (as opposed to other timeslip/bodyswap shows I've seen (or even Chief Kim) where it was always the guys), and I'm enjoying that a lot.

I also recently grabbed The Best Hit because it has Buja the zombie from Hwayugi in it, so that's in the line-up at some point too.

Other TV
We watched the available episodes of Killing Eve season 2 and are now waiting impatiently for more.

I am starting to get flaily and/or slightly horrified by the Amount of Meta I Am Missing! What if there are Important Insights I Need To Know? And yet, trying to keep up and have coherent thoughts at people and absorb All The Knowledge is not a recipe for stress-free fun, for me, so I guess I'll continue on my merry, haphazard way, hope for the best, and continue to be grateful for wonderful betas.

(I mean, I'm not even managing coherent thoughts on, like, regular posts, let alone actual discussions.)

Anyway, the magical whirligig continues, and I love it! And in theory, now I've posted Once Upon a Time in Dixing, I can move on to episode 7 in my rewatch and get stuck there.

We Netflixed the Gina Rodriguez film Someone Great. It was kind of like Russian Doll but 10 years younger, with more focus on friendships, and without the Groundhog Day aspect... if that leaves anything? (New York, parties and drugs, mostly.) I particularly liked the lesbian best friend played by DeWanda Wise though that came back to bite me when [SPOILER] ) Anyway, she was otherwise great and it was charming and yay films about female friend groups. \o/

I managed to earworm myself with an Aaron Neville song just by using really quite an innocuous phrase as a fic title. It's been hanging around for days now!

Writing/making things
Ot1h, I feel vaguely apologetic about how spammy I've been with the fic lately; otoh, no one should ever apologise for fic (except possibly to their betas, who might have other things they want to do with their time *sends [personal profile] trobadora a gift basket of gratitude*)! So I won't. I'm having so much fun -- this is very definitely the steroidal silver lining. In particular, Once Upon a Time in Dixing is my favourite thing I've written in ages, so it's very very happy-making that other people like it too. *chairdances*

Anyway, the steroid-fuelled writing can't last. I'm expecting an equal and opposite reaction when I drop down to 10mg early next week (ie, no words at all for a while, or very few, meep!) so I need to lock myself away in a tower NOW until I've got a complete draft of my 520 Day exchange assignment. Argh. I keep psyching myself out about it.

  1. 520 Day exchange assignment.
  2. Something for the Amnesty round on fan_flashworks (possibly the super-powered smut I currently have at beta because apparently tentacles weren't enough?) Done and posted \o/!
  3. WIP #2 (which I swear is going to be SO GREAT if only I can finish it! you should all be telling me off when I write anything else!)
Korean study
I heard from my favourite language exchange friend and wrote her a long email in reply, and it turns out that's still something I can do, so that was pleasing.

Life/health/mental state things
Quote from email: I was so sure I would get cleaning done once I was on steroids. Instead it's just a firehose of words and/or feelings and/or socially inept mopiness.

I feel like I'm hurtling downhill on a unicycle, while eating a lot of cake.1

1 The unicycle is a metaphor; the cake is literal cake.

Good things
Waterbeds used to be a thing! It seems SO WEIRD in retrospect, right? Like, why would you sleep on a giant water balloon? Why have a bed that's rendered unusable by a power cut? What were people thinking?!

A couple of good friends came to town over the long weekend. I went to the City Art Gallery with one of them, where there were several installations that seemed (to my biased eye) relevant to my fannish interests. For example, the colourful video visualisation of seismic data made me go, "This is absolutely what the inside of Ye Zun's pillar looked like for 10,000 years!" And the video of solar activity looked so much like spaceships and magic Hallows energy and... in the end, it's all Guardian.

(I think I managed to converse with my out-of-town friends without talking all over them and boring them with obscure references to Cdramas? Mostly?)

Also: The boy. Cats. Fic. Cake. The way Zhao Yunlan smiles at Shen Wei.

Poll #21868 The Bed poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 11

What kind of bed?

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3 (30.0%)

box base
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slat base with inner-sprung mattress
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bed of nails
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bed of roses
4 (40.0%)

bed of lettuce
0 (0.0%)

easy chair
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2 (20.0%)

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5 (50.0%)

How many pillows?

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1 (9.1%)

2 (18.2%)

5 (45.5%)

0 (0.0%)

more than 3
3 (27.3%)

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I learned a lot from the presenters at the conference—I hope to post about that real soon now.

In the meantime, here’s what the experience was like.

The high point was volunteering.

I like registration )

Access: physical and intellectual success & failure

the good )

the frustrating )

I guess I belong here )

(no subject)

Apr. 23rd, 2019 05:10 pm
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So, one of the things I realized after last week was that I was isolating pretty badly. I have not been talking to people, venting, or doing any real communication beyond surface level stuff for a long time now. I'm trying to get better but I'm likely going to need to work at it since I've kinda shut down a lot of my ability to talk at people in a meaningful way.

Which is to say I'm going to try and use this journal for more than occasional random updates and Friday posts. I don't know how good I'll be with it but I really want to try and be more communicative.

As I do that, I'm also going to try and make myself more available. So, if you want my Discord is linked below. Feel free to add m and I do the adding thing back. I don't mind being spoken to or poked at, I just am bad at starting conversations sometimes.


And yeah, this is also a note to say that yes, I am still alive and trying to be okay. I had a psych appointment today that went well and therapy yesterday that went...okay, I guess. We'll see how that goes.

I'm trying though, guys. I really am.

What Are You Reading Wednesday

Apr. 24th, 2019 07:07 am
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Currently Reading:
Fiction: NK Jemison, 'How Long Till Black Future Month'. I did not manage to get to feminist book club for this, but I'm enjoying the book. Brian Jacques, 'Redwall', which: wow, that is some mediocre prose right there. Also some incoherent monastic structures.
Lit Mag: Technically still Meanjin summer 2018, but I've not looked at it for a while
Academic: Nothing
Other non-fiction: Laren Elkin, 'Flanêuse', which... is aggravating me. The woman has a PhD, she knows how to analyse, but this is not an example of analysis. It's just... stuff. Mostly stuff about white women. It's not even particularly engagingly written.

Recently Finished:

Nothing, not even podcasts.

Up Next: I need to get to Hand of Knaves, and I bought both 'Educated' and 'Banana Fish v 1' (wild mismatch, much?) in Kino on the weekend.

Music Notes:

I'm listening to a lot of Janelle Monae this week, cut with occasional Alannah Myles, and when I'm at home, Lady Gaga via spotify. I somehow completely missed her 2016 album Joanne (weirdly country turn?), and I like it a lot. I have also listened through Lizzo's entire spotify catalogue, after hearing good things about the new album. New album is indeed good, but I think I like 'Lizzobangers' better.
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[personal profile] delacourtings posting in [community profile] fan_flashworks
Title: Give You A Taste
Fandom: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Rating: Teen
Length: 319 words
Content notes: Sexual innuendo.
Author notes: Also for for prompt 43: teasing on my [community profile] 100fandoms prompt table.
Summary: “Miss Fisher, I can see your undergarments,” Jack hissed.

Give You A Taste )

fannish feels

Apr. 23rd, 2019 01:28 pm
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Internet (and real) friends, do you ever just...bask in your fannishness for a moment? Like, you're in the car, and you have an hour's drive so you put on some music, and you start thinking about how those songs apply to your faves, and how you just love them all, and you love how they love (and hate) each other, and you think about all the things about this character and this canon that make this fandom perfect for you (loyalty, sacrifice, kindness, compassion, doing the right thing because it's the right thing to do, NO YOU MOVE, I'd just cut the wire, your name is Steve, next time you ride with me, he's my friend, I didn't want you to be alone, I do what he does only slower, I could do this all day...oh wait, that's what makes this one perfect for me, yours could be different), and you think about all the possible ways the canon could go next, and you think about how far they've come, and you just...drift along for a while, loving everyone in this bar, and you think about various stories, and how all the many pairings are each excellent in their own way, and you pick over some things you kind of want to write, and vids you're going to go look up and watch again, and it's...such a pleasant space to be in, and you're just FULL OF FEELS and your heart overflows????

That's where I was this morning with the MCU, and let me tell you, it's a lot easier when one is on internet blackout and can't see all the ranting and negativity and stress and anxiety and whatever. But now I'm FILLED WITH LOVE for my faves, and entirely devoid of spoilers, and I will go bravely into Endgame in a few days and I will come out the other side, looking for people who feel these feels, too. *starts building the blanket fort*
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It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post, and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have only ONE volunteer reccer who has signed up for May with this fandom:

* Machineries of Empire ([personal profile] sigalit)

So while we already have a few recs to look forward to in May, it would of course be awesome if we had some more recs next month. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.

Looking even further ahead so far NO reccer has volunteered for June, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for May, June or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.

Open Rec Posting

The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of April. Since the general prompts don't seem to work as inspiration, I've decided to stop adding them, but to keep the open reccing period in case anyone wants to slip a rec in, without having to come up with three others for a fandom. However the recs do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)

Threadfall by Kirtemor (SFW)

Apr. 23rd, 2019 04:14 pm
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Fandom: Dragonriders of Pern
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Unnamed Dragons
Content Notes/Warnings: Big fire
Medium: Digital illustration & 3-D render combo
Artist on DW/LJ: N/A
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] kirtemor
Why this piece is awesome: This is a really great representation (IMHO) of an oft-described in canon and roleplaying event: the fighting of Thread. It can be hard to visualize where the dragons are, and this artist did great bringing it to life.
Link: Threadfall at dA
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Title: Love Touch
Fandom: Guardian
Rating: R
Length: ~1,570 words
Notes: Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan, established relationship, schmoopy sex, no spoilers. Inspired by Earth Girls Are Easy (if it's good enough for Geena Davis/Jeff Goldblum...). So much thanks to [personal profile] trobadora for beta! No warnings apply.
Summary: Along with everything else Shen Wei is, he’s a scientist, and he’s been accumulating Dixing talents for decades. At least some of them have practical applications far beyond fighting bad guys, but as far as Zhao Yunlan knows, he’s had precious few occasions to really try them out.
Zhao Yunlan is more than happy to be his guinea pig. Really, it’s the least he can do.

Love Touch )


Apr. 23rd, 2019 02:49 pm
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 I just saw a bluejay in the forest garden.  :D  There are two robins out there also, bathing in the runoff.

Wed Wabbit, by Lissa Evans

Apr. 23rd, 2019 11:52 am
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Ten-year-old Fidge is dealing with a lot, from her beloved father's death a year ago to being the only practical person in a flamboyant family to her four-year-old sister Minnie's refusal to pronounce Rs because it's cuter that way and frequent demands that Fitch read her favorite book, The Land of the Wimbley Woos, a cloying picture book written in clunky verse about a magical land of color-coded, dustbin-shaped people.

But when Minnie is hospitalized in an accident, Fidge and her phobic-of-everything cousin get trapped in the Land of the Wimbley Woos... which has been taken over by a monstrous version of Minnie's favorite stuffed animal, Wed Wabbit.

An uneven but often extremely funny children's book. The best parts were Fidge's outrage at having to deal with actual Wimbley Woos and their terrible rhymes and hunger for hugs. The parts where it played the story straight, as a more sophisticated version of the picture book's message of love and learning, were fine but a story I've read a lot. The opening chapters, in which Fidge blames herself for her sister's accident and it looks for a while like Minnie's going to die, felt like they came from a different and much gloomier book than the rest of it; the understated way it dealt with their father's death worked much better with the overall tone.

The book was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and has some interesting reviews on Goodreads as a result from people who normally don't read fantasy ever and were appalled at having to read one if they were supposed to read the entire slate. This surprised me as a number of classic children's fantasies were Carnegie Medal winners or nominees, but I guess it's gone more toward realism, or at least very very serious fantasy lately. A couple rather hopefully suggested that the book could be interpreted as Fidge having a nervous breakdown and imagining the whole thing!

(I don't think this reading is supported by the text, as her cousin is also involved and also has objective personality growth as a result; I guess maybe he could have changed as a result of observing her total breakdown or just coincidentally, but that seems unlikely.)

Wed Wabbit

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Title: We'll Like Each Other Better (If We Pretend)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Narcissa Black Malfoy/Molly Weasley
Rating: G
Prompt: 12. So dress me up I'll like it better if we both pretend
Word Count: 154
Summary: Theirs is hidden in a game of pretend emotions.

Title: The Way With Your Kisses
Fandom: Captain Marvel (2019)
Pairing: Carol Danvers/Maria Rambeau, Carol Danvers/Minn-Erva
Rating: T
Prompt: 13. Come, let me kiss you right there wake you up like sunrise
Word Count: 221
Summary: Maria remembers how Carol would wake her some mornings with kisses whereas on Halla, Vers has confusion with her spotty memories.

Title: Dancing Around The Fire In The Forest
Fandom: Legend of Zelda
Pairing: Din/Nayru/Zelda
Rating: G
Prompt: 14. Dance in the trees paint mysteries
Word Count: 132
Summary: In times of peace, Zelda likes to relax as she watches Din and Nayru dance together around the crackling fire.

Title: Resting Together As We Watch The Sun's Changing Cycles
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Pairing: Brunnhilde | Valkyrie/Carol Danvers/Natasha Romanov
Rating: G
Prompt: 15. These eyes long to make you a perfect work of art
Word Count: 143
Summary: The three of them sit on the beach together, watching the sun rise and set on a nameless world.
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[personal profile] cleolinda posted: The Magicians S4 Finale Aired Five Days Ago And I'm Still Mad As Hell

There is still so much I want to say about all of it, but my thoughts won't organize themselves sufficiently. Read [personal profile] cleolinda; lots of commentary and links.

I do, however, want to comment eventually on the less-loaded topic of bad storytelling, which was also a factor here.

But there's also this: any hack on earth can write tragedy. Devastating your audience is the easiest thing in the world.

You know what's hard? Blowing their minds with sheer joy. Shock them by giving them what they didn't even know they could want. I think I can count the times on one hand where a show managed that. To get it, you have to work for it.

I don't get--I'll never get--why anyone on earth would do the second--would manage the fucking impossible--but in the end, only care about, only take pride in, only value doing the first.

A strange plant

Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:30 pm
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A brushy-looking plant growing in a tuft of clover

I love how the local woods contain all these plants that show up for a week or two and then seem to completely vanish.

Not Prime Time exchange

Apr. 23rd, 2019 11:32 am
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Not Prime Time (AO3 collection)
npt_admin on DW | Not Prime Time tumblr
Frequently Asked Questions

Not Prime Time, is a gen, het, femslash, and slash multifandom secret fiction exchange for medium sized fandoms, including any RPF fandoms with under 20,000 fics.

2019 schedule
April 19 to 30 - Sign ups
May 3 - Assignments go out by the latest
May 5 - Madness collection and prompts open
July 3 - Stories due
July 13 - Main collection goes live
July 21 - Author reveals

Sign ups for Not Prime Time are currently open from now until April 30th. Here are the instructions on how to sign up, with nominated fandoms and characters/relationships for the exchange using this tag set. There are plenty of fandoms within the tag set that are also Yuletide eligible.

Hope to see you there!

This Week in Fandom, Volume 108

Apr. 23rd, 2019 12:02 pm
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This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom: fans react to the season finale of The Magicians; the Game of Thrones hashtag #DemThrones; a new meme of ship dynamics; and more: http://otw.news/twif108

all which it inherit, shall dissolve

Apr. 23rd, 2019 01:47 pm
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Being on vacation for 3 days means work is hectic* so let's be cliched and do some Shakespeare today:

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

-William Shakespeare
From The Tempest, Act 4 Scene 1

*cut for more detailed work ranting )


So during my time off, I was reading this long, plotty (and complete!) Bat-fic, which will be recced at some point, and I know this is more about my personal bias than the story, but cutting for spoilers even though I'm not linking to it right now ) It's just interesting to be reminded that we all bring our own lenses to stories and it's not the stories' fault, necessarily, when the author is doing something different from what we thought because of those lenses.

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utterly uninspired. What's everybody else cooking?


Read more... )


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