Partial Eclipse

Aug. 21st, 2017 04:57 pm
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I took this photo at 3:53pm today:

From my house, this is as covered as the sun got during the solar eclipse. My dad has a special sun filter that he uses for surveying, so I took a bunch of video and pics during the event today. Though not a total eclipse, it was really cool to look up in the sky and see this in real time. :)

Beach | Eclipse | The Defenders

Aug. 21st, 2017 09:41 am
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  1. Beach

    Since my mom's abroad right now, I took my dad to the beach this weekend, with a couple other relatives for company. Saturday was a wonderful, sunny day, driving through the rainforest mountain. I was a bit worried during the week, since a tropical storm was headed to the Caribbean and there'd been a landslide on road along the coastline. But luckily, the storm missed us entirely and went further north. Also the effects of the landslide were mostly taken care of, so the road was clear.

    Here's a pic I took on Saturday, of the view from the house. As you can see, we got lovely, clear skies.

    And at nightfall it was just amazing to see thousands of stars per square inch in the sky. I mean, I know they're always there, but where I live we never see them all, due to the bright lights.

    On Sunday, the weather was a bit more overcast, but it was nice being warm and dry, while still having that lovely view despite the rain. I did a little bit of sketching of the rain falling on the deck. It was oddly mesmerizing watching the raindrops making circular patterns in the pool.

    Pencil Sketch: Raindrops )

    Glad the skies cleared up in the afternoon for the long drive in our return journey back home. Here's one more pic of the coastline on that part of the island. Gorgeous as usual. *___* Photo )

  2. Eclipse

    Hey, I hear there's gonna be a complete solar eclipse over the U.S. today. I think here in the Caribbean we'll be able to see a partial eclipse at around 2:30pm, a few hours from now. So I'm looking forward to that. :)

  3. The Defenders

    EEE! I didn't realised the series came out over the weekend. I see everyone on Tumblr and DW seems to have seen in. EVen my own *brother* has seen it. Where was I? At the beach. lol. Need to watch before I get spoiled somehow. /o\

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    Aug. 21st, 2017 05:22 am
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    Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

    Ways To Give:

    Sarah is raising funds to help save her family's house, where they are facing eviction. They are dealing with her mother's illness and recent unemployment, and they are trying to raise $100K to cover hospital bills and mortgage payments. You can read more and support the fundraiser here.

    Anon linked to a fundraiser for the legal fees for protestors in Durham, who pulled down the Confederate statue. You can read more and support their legal defense here.

    [personal profile] spasticat has been unemployed since October of last year, and while she's been actively looking for work, her benefits and savings have run out; she's raising funds for utilities, medication, and rent. At the end of September she is also moving back home, and needs funds to cover the move. You can read more and support her YouCaring here.

    [ profile] rilee16 is struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and has a fundraiser running to cover living expenses, previous medical bills, and a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.

    Buy Stuff, Help Out:

    [ profile] magpiesmiscellany has a selection of tree-of-life pendants in various shapes, colors, and sizes for sale, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood, Lambda Legal, the ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, and the National Immigration Law Center. You can read more and purchase them here.


    [personal profile] in_the_bottle is looking for a new housemate in London, in Fulham SW6, bordering Hammersmith. Two professional females, at least one fandom friendly. You can read more and get in touch here.

    And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

    oh, good, it's a to-do list

    Aug. 19th, 2017 02:07 pm
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    * finish picking up & taking out garbage & recycling (you're so close! you can do it!)
    * dishes, dishes, dishes
    * play with cat
    * finish first draft of PODSA/SGA fusion

    * write more PODSA mpreg
    * review Star Wars OT3 and brainstorm last scene
    * declutter
    * put up CAT TREE OMG - skipping
    * laundry - skipping
    * pack
    * litterbox

    Marvel/DC ship

    Aug. 16th, 2017 08:35 pm
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    [personal profile] goss
    So I had this weird, random dream the other night. A college AU, featuring Deadpool and...Harley Quinn.

    Deadpool and Harley Quinn, you guys! ♥

    The more I think about it, the more I feel like they would be PERFECT together. Screw Joker, man. Deadpool's brand of insanity is a way better (healthier?) fit for Harley.

    And now I want, like, all the shippy fic and fanart. I wonder what their portmanteau would be? Dead...ley? Hee.

    But seriously, can we make this a thing? For real? I NEED IT TO HAPPEN.

    Make That Change

    Aug. 16th, 2017 12:45 pm
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    In these dark times, what can we do that will have the most positive impact?

    Someone on my flist posted about feeling like they're not doing enough. But they were speaking with family and friends and trying to understand their views.

    I actually think this is the MOST IMPORTANT THING that we can do.

    It's sometimes the hardest thing to do, but I strongly believe it's the one thing that will have the most impact in the long run.

    I have found that being courageous and speaking up when you are around relatives and loved ones who make racist, sexist, fear-driven comments - creating a dialogue about the issue, reasoning with them, challenging them, correcting inaccurate beliefs, etc. - that's the key.

    Do not sit silently by and let their way of thinking go unchecked.

    Sure, it's the easier thing to excuse it, or to not want to make a scene at a family gathering. It's safer and more comfortable to reblog your opinions in a virtual environment of strangers, but it will never make as much impact as confronting your own near and dear ones, and trying to effect change from the home, you know?

    I now call out my father's sexist thinking, my mother's racial prejudices, my friends' sometimes off-colour, gossipy comments. If you don't do it, who will? You will be amazed how your intolerance of this sort of thing can make them think twice about what comes out of their mouths. Maybe even question their own bigotry and open their eyes to another way of thinking.

    World Fantasy 2017

    Aug. 16th, 2017 11:57 am
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    The World Fantasy Convention ( is November 2-5, 2017 in San Antonio, TX this year.

    Headliner guests are Tananarive Due, Karen Joy Fowler, Gregory Manchess, David Mitchell, Gordon Van Gelder and the toastmaster is Martha Wells (me!)

    The con has posted the preliminary list of program topics:

    Alternate Africas: The Growing List of Fantastic Alternate and Secret Narratives Set in Africa
    Beards and Intrigue: Queering the Historical Fantastic
    Calamity Jane Defeats Conan: The Persistence of American Folklore in Fantasy Literature
    Exceptional Characters in Horrible Times
    The Fiction of Mildred Clingerman
    Gender Fluidity in Fantasy
    History — Secret, Hidden, or Otherwise
    Keeping Texas Weird
    Kitsune and Dragon: Thoughtful Approaches to Alternate Eastern Asias
    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: Still our Modern Prometheus
    Metaphors and Metadata: Libraries in Fantasy Literature
    Molly Weasley Was a Bad Ass: Aged Protagonists in Fantasy
    New Twists On Traditional Myths & Archetypes : What are the Pitfalls?
    The Old West: Not Entirely Wild but Always a Fantasy
    Once More Around the Bloch
    The Other in Fantasy when Everyone is an Other
    Place Matters: Geography’s Influence on Fantasy
    Pulp Era Influences: the Expiration Date
    Putting Historical Persons into your Fantasy
    Religions of the African Diaspora: Beyond Zombies, Ancestors, and Giant Apes
    Research, Research, Recherchez: History is Easy to Get Lost In
    The Role of the City in Fantasy Settings
    Small Presses that Open their Doors to the Unusual: Past and Present
    Urban Legends in the Age of Fake News
    What’s the Difference Between Dark Fantasy and Horror

    The list of Award Finalists is here:

    The convention rules state that it can only sell 850 memberships, and right now there are only about 140 or so spots left.

    I feel like I should say

    Aug. 16th, 2017 12:02 pm
    bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (Default)
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    U.S. politics has (have?) washed over my head again, as it does periodically, rising from the baseline fear and disappointment that mounted during election season and spiked in November.

    I don't talk about it much here. This blog, and [ profile] bironicwastaken, are my dedicated fannish spaces online. It looks like we all understand that media consumption, fannishness and other creative pursuits are permissible hobbies, community building in an environment of divisiveness, necessary breaks and even artistic acts of resistance as we struggle with current events. Still, I sometimes (1) worry that fannish-oriented posts strike the wrong tone in wider context, such as yesterday's, and (2) feel a defensive urge to point out that I'm doing things "in real life" to fight what's happening, even if they may not be enough and even though no one has said anything.

    When I get down on myself about not doing enough, I focus on things like these, in addition to thinking through how I can have a greater impact:
    - Since November, every feature article I’ve written at work has made an explicit or strong implicit political statement
    - This auction vid not only raised money for a good cause but is also about celebrating many characters of color in current genre sources, and that's not for nothing these days
    - Every month, I donate to activist, investigative journalism and/or minority-support organizations
    - I talk to people, including family and friends who voted in ways I am trying to understand
    - etc.

    That is all. It's a[nother] tough day. ETA: Not least: Event & dream involving anti-semitism )

    Book Recs on Tuesday

    Aug. 15th, 2017 10:11 am
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    (If you've been following my book rec and new book listing posts for a while, you may have noticed this already, but while most book lists emphasize books by popular straight white men, this one emphasizes everybody else. I include books by straight white men, but in about the same percentage that other book lists include everybody else. I also try to highlight books that are less well known.)

    (I only link to one retail outlet in the book's listing, but most books are available at multiple outlets, like Kobo, iBooks, international Amazons, Barnes & Noble, etc. The short stories are usually on free online magazines.)

    * The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
    The earthshaking conclusion to Jemisin’s powerful postapocalyptic Broken Earth trilogy (after The Obelisk Gate) finds the fate of a damaged world in the hands of a mother, who wants to save it, and her daughter, who wants to destroy it. Essun believes she is the only person left alive who has the power and skill to open the magical Obelisk Gate and wield its power to save her cataclysm-rocked planet, the Stillness, which is being torn apart by an ancient experiment that got out of hand. But she is caught between that duty and her need to find Nassun, her 10-year-old daughter. Nassun’s father killed her brother and took her away because both children shared their mother’s dangerous talent; he hoped to “cure” her, but instead she has become incredibly powerful. Essun’s search grows urgent when she learns that Nassun is being guided by a dangerous mentor with plans of his own. Jemisin draws Essun and Nassun perfectly, capturing a mother’s guilt and pride and a daughter’s determination to survive on her own terms. The Stillness, where ancient science is powered by magic, is unforgettable. Vivid characters, a tautly constructed plot, and outstanding worldbuilding meld into an impressive and timely story of abused, grieving survivors fighting to fix themselves and save the remnants of their shattered home. PW review

    * Biketopia edited by Elly Blue
    This is the newest volume of the Bikes in Space series: A highly imaginative collection of sci-fi stories with a feminist bent.

    * Noumenon by Marina J. Lostetter
    The journey will take eons. In order to maintain the genetic talent of the original crew, humankind’s greatest ambition—to explore the furthest reaches of the galaxy— is undertaken by clones. But a clone is not a perfect copy, and each new generation has its own quirks, desires, and neuroses. As the centuries fly by, the society living aboard the nine ships (designated Convoy Seven) changes and evolves, but their mission remains the same: to reach Reggie’s mysterious star and explore its origins—and implications.

    * Volatile Bonds by Jaye Wells
    When the Magic Enforcement Agency is called out to the scene of a dirty magic lab explosion, a body with a bullet wound is found in the smoldering ruins. As Detective Kate Prospero and her partner, Special Agent Drew Morales, hunt down the killer, they uncover evidence that a dangerous new coven may be operating in the Cauldron.

    * Ex Libris: Stories of Librarians, Libraries, and Lore edited by Paula Guran

    * Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett
    Dayna Anderson doesn't set out to solve a murder. All the semi-famous, mega-broke black actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. After witnessing a deadly hit-and-run, she figures pursuing the fifteen-grand reward isn't the craziest thing a Hollywood actress has done for some cash.

    * Vanity in Dust by Cheryl Low
    In the Realm there are whispers. Whispers that the city used to be a different place. That before the Queen ruled there was a sky beyond the clouds and a world beyond their streets. Vaun Dray Fen never knew that world. Born a prince without a purpose in a Realm ruled by lavish indulgence, unrelenting greed, and vicious hierarchy, he never knew a time before the Queen’s dust drugged the city. Everything is poisoned to distract and dull the senses, even the tea and pastries. And yet, after more than a century, his own magic is beginning to wake. The beautiful veneer of the Realm is cracking. Those who would defy the Queen turn their eyes to Vaun, and the dust saturating the Realm. From the carnivorous pixies in the shadows to the wolves in the streets, Vaun thought he knew all the dangers of his city. But when whispers of treason bring down the fury of the Queen, he'll have to race to save the lives and souls of those he loves.

    * In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
    Sometimes it’s not the kid you expect who falls through to magicland, sometimes it’s . . . Elliott. He’s grumpy, nerdy, and appalled by both the dearth of technology and the levels of fitness involved in swinging swords around. He’s a little enchanted by the elves and mermaids. Despite his aversion to war, work, and most people (human or otherwise) he finds that two unlikely ideas, friendship and world peace, may actually be possible.

    * A Song for Quiet by Cassandra Khaw
    Deacon James is a rambling bluesman straight from Georgia, a black man with troubles that he can't escape, and music that won't let him go. On a train to Arkham, he meets trouble — visions of nightmares, gaping mouths and grasping tendrils, and a madman who calls himself John Persons. According to the stranger, Deacon is carrying a seed in his head, a thing that will destroy the world if he lets it hatch.

    * Buried Heart by Kate Elliott
    On the run from the murderous King Nikonos, Jessamy must find a way for her beloved Kalliarkos to take his rightful place on the throne. Only then can he end the oppression of the Commoners by their long time Patron overlords. But Kal's rise to power is fraught with manipulation and shocking decisions that make Jes question everything they promised each other. As their relationship frays and Jes's family and friends beg her for help, will she cast Kal and her Patron heritage aside? Will she finally join--even lead--the rebellion that had been burning among the Commoners for years?

    What’s up, August edition: vidding

    Aug. 15th, 2017 10:46 am
    bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (Default)
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    It's periodic crunch time at work, so a proper post / con report will have to wait a bit longer. For now:

    [community profile] vividcon was lovely. I had some good conversations with a few people I'd expected to catch up with and a few I had not; went to most of the panels; saw only a fraction of the vids screened but still came away with several favorites; stayed on an even emotional keel the whole weekend; and returned with renewed vigor for creative pursuits…

    …most notably this extensive auction vid that's been in progress since the spring. After VVC I finally processed all the DVD footage I've been collecting, figured out how to get a bunch of MKV files into Adobe Premiere (tried [personal profile] absolutedestiny's FFmpeg tutorial for format conversion but gave up in favor of DirectShowSource in the more familiar Avisynth), and skimmed two seasons of American Horror Story with [personal profile] drglam's guidance. I'd been putting that off along with The Walking Dead & Z Nation because horror TV is not always my thing, but it went fine. Forging onward.

    Meanwhile, I made the mistake of perusing [community profile] equinox_exchange requests on the AO3 and ended up with a vid idea that I don't have time to make, except I started making it. *facepalm* I don't even go here, as they say, but I think the concept is beautiful, and the draft is making me have an emotion. Fortunately, what at first seemed like an intimidating endeavor is coming together faster than expected.

    Still, my primary focus needs to be the auction vid, and I'll be away three of the six weekends between now and Equinox go-live, so we'll see if this other vid gets done in time or if the DS9 vidlet began a tradition of posting treats three months late.
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    1. Through Time and Space

      I just saw my mom off at the airport. Right now she's on her way to London - 11 hour flight. But she's so happy and excited to visit her brother. She loves travelling abroad, and she also loves all that girly stuff (that I'm not too into). I indulged in her trying on every single item from her closet, and spent time helping her choose and put together outfits for her trip. I could see the years dropping from her face as she started packing her suitcase, getting her hair done, nails etc. It feels so good to see her looking ten years younger and youthfully enthusiastic, throwing off the ever-present stress of daily living. Makes it worth every penny. <3

    2. Fanart Rec

      For my Captain America/Wonder Woman fanart rec at [community profile] fanart_recs, I ended up going with the Captain America and Wonder Woman against nazi army by [ profile] hamletroman out of all the choices. Thought it was wonderfully (and sadly) apt, especially with the goings on of this week.

    3. Drawing: Quantity vs. Quality

      Weekly Challenges at [community profile] drawesome are coming along nicely. I'm trying to develop a routine of taking an hour or so for drawing over the weekend, the same way I might use an hour for relaxing watching tv. The trick though is to exercise my creativity, but not stress too much over the results. Not as easy as it sounds. Being a perfectionist, I'm having to undo YEARS of firm believe in outputting something at 100% effort or not at all. I've come to realise though, that with art, quantity might actually be the key to eventual quality. And sometimes that quality isn't even the point of art. :b

      Case in point, for last week's challenge, I did a simple torso study (Teen Wolf, Derek Hale, G) and enjoyed it immensely, even while knowing there were a lot of things I would go over and correct or change given the chance. But it was incredibly satisfying, just spending time messing around with charcoal, which I haven't done in ages, and actually getting something out on paper.

      Looking back at 2016, I *CANNOT* fathom how I went almost a whole entire year without producing any fanart/art. I remember at the time it seemed like such an insurmountable task to get going. I have no idea why I was waiting for some sort of perfect moment or for Inspiration To Strike. Setting goals and "homework" is in no way romantic, but surprisingly it's been working wonders for my artistic creativity. :)

      This week's challenge is a Word Prompt: HEAT. I'm thinking fire, flames, anger, passion maybe? We'll see how that one goes...

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    Aug. 14th, 2017 08:12 am
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    Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

    Ways To Give:

    Anon linked to a fundraiser for Mike "Mictlan" Marquez, one of the MCs in the rap co-op Doomtree (featured several times on Welcome to Night Vale's weather reports). He was recently diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes and like many artists is uninsured; he's expecting significant expenses for treatment he's already had (an ER visit and Diabetic Ketoacidosis) as well as ongoing treatment. You can read more and support his medical fundraiser here.

    [profile] demond119 is raising funds with husband Jeremy to help with after-care costs of his heart transplant; he's currently on the waiting list at the Mayo Clinic, and once he has the transplant, he will need an extended stay at a transplant house (Gift of Life) for several months. You can read more and reblog here and support the fundraiser here.

    [profile] emeraldonyxdragon is raising funds to support herself while studying in London this fall. She was accepted to a graduate program there but her savings have gone to help her parents with debts; in joining the program she would also be able to escape an abusive household. To help raise awareness, she is holding a contest -- reblogs and likes on her fundraising post could win you a fanfic of your choice. You can support the fundraiser directly here.

    [ profile] rilee16 is struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and has a fundraiser running to cover living expenses, previous medical bills, and a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.


    We're all aware of what happened in Charlottesville this weekend; there are some concrete ways to take action here and orgs to support here and just in case you need a little encouragement here is Asiatic Clam Man to remind you that you can do it.

    Buy Stuff, Help Out:

    [ profile] magpiesmiscellany has a selection of tree-of-life pendants in various shapes, colors, and sizes for sale, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood, Lambda Legal, the ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, and the National Immigration Law Center. You can read more and purchase them here.

    News To Know:

    Leverage Big/Mini Bang signups are open! I ran RFM items letting people know about the Bang for a few weeks, and now you can register to participate. You can read more and sign up here (sign up links are at the bottom of the post -- at least on my screen they don't actually look like links but they are, I promise!)

    And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

    Art (Teen Wolf)

    Aug. 13th, 2017 01:40 pm
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    Title: Triskele
    Artist: [personal profile] goss
    Rating: G
    Fandom: Teen Wolf
    Characters/Pairings: Derek Hale
    Content Notes: Created for the [community profile] drawesome Weekly Challenge #5: Squiggle No.2 (Spiral). For me, the spiral shape immediately brought to mind one Derek Hale. I thought charcoal pencils would work nicely for a little torso study. I included some pics from the process as well. :)


    Click here for entire artwork and WiP pics )

    Book Recs and Hugo Results

    Aug. 13th, 2017 08:26 am
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    (If you've been following my book rec and new book listing posts for a while, you may have noticed this already, but while most book lists emphasize books by popular straight white men, this one emphasizes everybody else. I include books by straight white men, but in about the same percentage that other book lists include everybody else. I also try to highlight books that are less well known.)

    (I only link to one retail outlet in the book's listing, but most books are available at multiple outlets, like Kobo, iBooks, international Amazons, Barnes & Noble, etc. The short stories are usually on free online magazines.)

    * Hugo Award Results from WorldCon 75 in Finland.
    This is the first year after the two-year rules change process which minimized the interference of the white supremacist puppy groups, and women swept most of the categories.

    * Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng
    Victorian missionaries travel into the heart of the newly discovered lands of the Fae, in a stunningly different fantasy that mixes Crimson Peak with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

    * Women and Monsters by J.M. McDermott
    The women and monsters of Greek mythology rarely get to speak for themselves. This collection of stories embraces the surreal and hallucinatory to tell the stories that are always absent from the official books of history. There are as many versions of the myth as there are grandmothers in Greece. There are always more myths, more variations on the song. Sing muse, for yourself.

    * Winter of Ice and Iron by Rachel Neumeier
    With the Mad King of Emmer in the north and the vicious King of Pohorir in the east, Kehara Raehema knows her country is in a vulnerable position. She never expected to give up everything she loves to save her people, but when the Mad King’s fury leaves her land in danger, she has no choice but to try any stratagem that might buy time for her people to prepare for war—no matter the personal cost.

    * The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
    The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie’s every waking thought. But when she discovers she’s a celestial spirit who’s powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven with her fists, her perfectionist existence is shattered. Enter Quentin, a transfer student from China whose tone-deaf assertiveness beguiles Genie to the brink of madness. Quentin nurtures Genie’s outrageous transformation—sometimes gently, sometimes aggressively—as her sleepy suburb in the Bay Area comes under siege from hell-spawn.

    Short Story: Fleurs du Mal by J. Kathleen Cheney

    * Vanguard by Ann Aguirre
    Since the war ended, Tegan has dreamed of an epic journey, so when she has the opportunity to sign on as ship's doctor, she can't wait. It's past time to chart her course. Millie Faraday, the kindest girl in the free territories, also yearns to outrun her reputation, and warrior-poet James Morrow would follow Tegan to the ends of the earth.

    * Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn and Molly Knox Ostertag (Illustrator)
    It is eight years after Colleen Cavanaugh's home world was invaded by the Derichets, a tyrannical alien race bent on exploiting the planet's mineral resources. Most of her family died in the war, and she now lives alone in the city. Aside from her acquaintances at the factory where she toils for the Derichets, Colleen makes a single friend in Jann, a member of the violent group of rebels known as the Chromatti. One day Colleen receives shocking news: her niece Lucy is alive and in need of her help. Together, Colleen, Jann, and Lucy create their own tenuous family.

    * Preorder: The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander
    In the early years of the 20th century, a group of female factory workers in Newark, New Jersey slowly died of radiation poisoning. Around the same time, an Indian elephant was deliberately put to death by electricity in Coney Island. These are the facts. Now these two tragedies are intertwined in a dark alternate history of rage, radioactivity, and injustice crying out to be righted. Prepare yourself for a wrenching journey that crosses eras, chronicling histories of cruelty both grand and petty in search of meaning and justice.

    * Preorder: Shadowhouse Fall By Daniel Jose Older
    Sierra and her friends love their new lives as shadowshapers, making art and creating change with the spirits of Brooklyn. Then Sierra receives a strange card depicting a beast called the Hound of Light -- an image from the enigmatic, influential Deck of Worlds. The shadowshapers know their next battle has arrived.
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    I am home! 

    I broke camp around six this morning, and when I started the hike it was 6:35 exactly, because I for once had the presence of mind to log it. Just getting to the trailhead was a couple of miles, due to some unforeseen obstructions (I did not get lost, there were just two unexpected fences, and also a long stretch of “closed” road that was a weird little detour through a post-apocalyptic landscape), so while I had planned to do about six miles, I ended up doing a little over eight and a half in three and a half hours, which considering I was carrying a 40lb pack I think was pretty good. 

    I missed the 9:49 train to Chicago by two minutes. I literally saw it pulling away from the station as I arrived. The next train was at 1:15, but it’s just as well I was delayed, since it meant I got to rest my feet for a while and also got to help at least a half dozen people figure out a) how the train worked, b) how much tickets were, and c) which train to get on. 

    So, I think the trip was a success. I worked out how the camp-reservation system at Dunewood functions, I tested out all my equipment (all remarkably functional, though I think I need to work on sleeping comfort issues), and I measured my endurance limit for hiking with a weighted pack. 

    It is about eight miles. That last half mile nearly killed me. 

    Also I got to return the Diane Mott Davidson book to the donation rack so someone else can enjoy it, and I added a book or two as well, which is a good thing since someone just offloaded a shitload of Clive Barker and it’s nice to have a little variety. 

    Now I am going to sit on the sofa, possibly order a pizza, and deliberately not empty out my pack until tomorrow. 

    from Tumblr
    via IFTTT


    Aug. 12th, 2017 10:36 am
    goss: (*fangirls* - Starfire Raven)
    [personal profile] goss
    This month, I'm reccing Captain America fanart at [community profile] fanart_recs, but with different crossover fandoms. I absolutely *LOVE* all the Wonder Woman/Captain America mash-ups I've been seeing floating around Tumblr since the WW came out especially. Sadly, like 80% of them were lacking in links to the original artists, so I had to do a fair amount of detective work to track all of these back to their original sources. But glad I was successful! \o/

    These ones listed are all drawn art (and SFW), but there are some wonderful Peggy & Diana manips out there in fandomland. You know, I don't know if I want Diana to be bigger bros with Bucky or with Steve. *g* Or like, now I kind of want to ship Diana *with* Steve.

    Wonder Woman/Captain America Fanart:
    1. Peggy Carter and Diana by [ profile] baneme
    2. Wonder Woman and Captain America by [ profile] lyndraws
    3. Yours a self-sacrificing idiots too? by [ profile] lightningstrikes-art
    4. If your name is Steve... by [ profile] rizurin
    5. Nice Shield! by [ profile] mintmintdoodles
    6. Commission of Cap and WW by Gerald Parel
    7. Cap's Wonder Kiss Commission by [ profile] despop
    8. Captain America and Wonder Woman against nazi army by [ profile] hamletroman
    9. America's Secret Weapon by [ profile] theamat
    10. Avengers at Halloween by [ profile] dilfosaur

    These are all amazing, one way or the other. I am having a hard time choosing one to rec. Which one do you think I should go with?

    VividCon Premieres - Part 1

    Aug. 12th, 2017 01:16 am
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    Links to vids should eventually appear here:

    Battleflag by gwyneth (Star Wars)

    "Got a revolution behind my eyes"
    "Stand Up and Organize"
    Comparison to SG vid to same song. Fits great with Star Wars. Whatever happened you keep fighting.
    Surrender to a higher cause / the force.
    Song choice
    Powerful excitement
    Great first vid to to Premieres
    Have to set aside the personal in all these movies
    Moved well between eras, they were treated the same. Cohesive.

    Monsters of the Cosmos by CherryIce (Thor)

    Beautifully edited
    Cherry = Jane (knows science)
    Gives Jane more of a character by leaning into her as a scientist
    Knows MCU, has a view of this corner of MCU -- deep dive -- unique perspective.
    Loves Jane as a character, Jane learning - becoming part of it.
    Black holes are terrifying. Jane = black hole.
    Thor science is ridiculous, so good match for song (which fetishizes science).

    I Took a Pill in Ibiza by beerbad (Wynonna Earp)

    Hard to be her
    "I know a sad song"
    Great musicality for movement. Lyrics in opposition, not sure if ironic intent.
    Wynona - PTSD, not "trying to look cool" as said in song
    Accessible to someone who doesn't know the show, couldn't hear the lyrics so not bothered by mismatch. Contrast to other vid for the show.
    Amazing recruiter vid.

    Spell by hollywoodgrrl (Carol)

    Jarrow has no chill. Spiral motion, smoke of cigarette.
    Gloves as a metaphor
    Smoke clouds thoughts
    Vidder made it look different / new with zooms & closeups
    Eli likes the sex
    Awesome imagery and metaphors. Pulled in, under their spell.
    Anoel also has zero chill
    The magjc of when they're together. In betwen, they aren't as connected. Finally get their happy ending.
    Rare use of audio done perfectly, vidders take note.
    Saying it with such reverence.
    Great POV shift.

    Blood on Blood by feedingonwind (Hannibal)

    This vid is about A, could follow her journey.
    Visual parallels with Will, repeated imagery is strong
    Every Hannibal vid feels like it is about a different show, this vid had a different feel
    Can't go there in general for Hannibal but this one grabbed her and kept her watching
    *Will* has to keep watching her die over and over
    Vid caught her before she could close her eyes

    Is It Safe Now? by Kitty aka Winterevanesce (Eyewitness)

    Double meaning. Learning how to be safe with each other.
    Not sure if murderer knows that they saw him
    Surprising to see guns after la, la, very gay.
    Thanks for telling me how show ended (gave up after a few episodes)
    Effective at getting her interested
    Clear story telling told all. Filters to create closeness, intimacy.
    Very sexy. Appreciated!
    Gorgeous. Beautiful colors. Enjoyed transitions / zooms.
    Really complete story. Is it a movie?
    Good job with story.

    Haunting by Rhea314 (Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu)

    Context would have been helpful (hadn't seen anime)
    It is S1 and S2 of dame source, despite variation in titles
    Hand imagery throughout, push-pull
    Meeting halfway, pulling away, meeting again
    Good job of jumping through time, helped by snapshots from different periods
    Pulled along in the current of back and forth
    Pinky fingers connected, repeated with only one hand, and empty hand w/o match (loneliness)
    candle imagery
    song choice helped to explain a lot of context

    Birdie by Lola (Mad Men)

    BUILD (Yes!)
    SHIFT in tone after the shotgun
    (murder spree?)
    (I was reminded of a recent line from Orphan Black. Who hurt you? ALL OF THEM)
    Metaphor of birds, nickname is Birdie
    Trying to fly free
    Sick of playing house
    Use of stillness. Violence feels amped up because of the contrast.
    Scary. Emotions under the surface.
    Betty is trapped. First time really saw her, saw the effect of HOW trapped, sympathy.
    Most fantastic revenge of the Hitchcock heroines.
    Loved Betty, love the feeling of tension, claustrophobia, pressure, everything.
    Tension never really resolves, leaves you still feeling it.
    Never let you rest, never gave you peace.
    And *that's* why valium was known as mother's little helper.

    Wild by tbm (Xena)

    Super gay.
    Callisto is super pissed!
    Looks great on big screen.
    Callisto is literally gay for Xena.
    Oh yeah, that was really frickin' gay.
    Song choice!
    Good use of Callisto's madness.
    Callisto's arc is all over the place.
    Early 90s effects FTW, nostalgia.
    FPreg craziness
    Tarot imagery, AU image of Callisto

    HandClap by elipie & kuwdora. Power Rangers (2017)

    Pimp vid. Made our hands clap.

    She Keeps Me by kiki_miserychic (Inside Out)

    Cheerful one / Grumpy one ship vid.
    Song choice A+
    A lot of feelings
    Vid makes her super happy.
    Intertwinedness, how much they need each other.
    Someone has a friend who cosplays these characters together.
    1st time no sobbing. Very sweet vid.

    Clean Light by skygiants (Steven Universe)

    made for the source, wouldn't be surprised if it showed up in the show.
    pure joy.
    focused on warmth of family and friendship.
    architecture - background --> expansiveness & joy.
    mini character arcs
    remarkably cohesive for so short.
    each time the same lyrics felt different.
    did a lot with a large ensemble cast.
    super cute.

    Stray Italian Greyhound by Butterfly (Yuri!!! on Ice)

    Super cute. Awesome.
    Many vids are cute but "baby's 1st vid." This one is cute and sweet but a much more thoughtful take on the Relationship.
    Not sure I wanted this, but oh shit I've fallen in love with this person.
    Great song choice -- did some heavy lifting.
    Punch to feels, still sense of anxiety that gets resolved at the end.
    Assumption that Victor would be the stray italian greyhound but not the first time! Layers.
    Loved editing. Huge kudos. Doesn't usually like boyslash.
    Yuri claiming desire, sex, gold, being a great skater.
    Tentative approach: can I admit to myself that I want it.
    Repetitive. Coming together/away relates to Yuri's anxiety.

    White Flag by Trelkez (Timeless)

    Not!Dido song
    Family feels
    get up & get moving
    pimp vid. already OT3-ing it
    Confidence and strength in each other
    Vid didn't forget that the black man going back in time would have different experience
    Most effective recruiter vid of the night. I am so here for all of these people.
    Teamwork and resistance to power (topical!)
    Very big vid, featured multiple characters

    Vid Review Part 2

    Incredible Thoughts by pipsqueaky (Multi)

    Cat baby universe?
    Ballerina - poodle - irony
    his vid is purrfect
    Haven't laughed so hard at his face
    Great job combining disparate sources
    Like an extended Bill & Ted's Adventure
    This vid is transcendentally beautiful
    Then cat -> exceeded expectations
    The two Keanus are one and the same

    This is a Trent Reznor Song by rhoboat (Star Trek)

    Stunning vidshow curation, placing it after Incredible Thoughts
    Our love of formulaic things
    We see that they are formulaic but love them anyway (because of it)
    Guitar riff = swoopy
    Entire song/vid as metaphor
    TITLE CARD helped clue audience
    Sickest JJ Abrams burn since AO3 fic jerking off to lens flares
    Comment on vidders range (Lateralis) (But also Castiel vid!)
    Vidders are smart
    The movies don't feel like Star Trek, but they are fun. Can enjoy and still critique.

    She Said by here's luck (Supergirl)

    I miss S1. Hard same!
    Nicely balanced aspects of life w/o getting bogged down in romance -- she is more
    Expected chorus to be all Supergirl but it was also Kara. Kick-ass as Kara as well, both aspects of her life are awesome.
    Optimism, awesome women.
    Great thematically for this year.
    Moment that hit hard: stronger than Superman showing message of Clark supporting her, gives her confidence
    Great use of literalism but vid didn't rely on it. Icing on top of a great vid.
    Focused on women: sister, boss, president
    Kara brings with her awesome woman power into the world.

    Wake Me Up Before You Go by sisabet (New Girl)

    Vid caught me up on what I missed
    He tries super hard
    The jar. He's always going to be *exactly* this terrible, but still worth loving.
    Eli kept hearing "douche jar" in the song.
    Effective at bringing me into a fandom I'm not in. Sold them as a couple, the charms of the show.

    Overture to Folly by Franzeska (Rivers of London)

    Jarrow is not sure if he's supposed to read the text bubbles or not. Got more from the vid by blocking them out. Eli found it harder to read them as they sped up.
    B. wanted more internal movement, cue where the eye is supposed to go (if not to comics).
    In MMVs (manga music videos) they block out the speech bubbles unless they are needed.
    J. liked the song choice - instrumental - liked the feel of it.
    Y. - Still source but vid still felt like it had motion and flow.

    Everything Stops For Tea by Valoise (Multi)

    This person has strong feelings about Tea Fandom.
    Stabbing each other -- oh, let's stop for tea.
    Withnail and I clip.
    Brits will love it.
    "I am possibly in Tea Fandom!"
    Simple but vital. Now my life is more fulfilled!
    Jarrow: You're going to watch this every day at 4pm!
    Everything stop for tea, always.
    Noted that vid was placed at "tea time" in the vidshow.

    These Days Are Dark (But We Won't Fall) by bessyboo and queelez (US Politics)

    Need a break from politics but important to see hope.
    Long but it took a long time to get through history of all the protests. It took time -- that's part of the point.
    Well made but not ready to laugh about Voldemort parallels.
    Made her cry. Vid had to begin There but it made her nauseous.
    "It ripped me apart. Thank you."
    Appreciated the energetic quality. Neither "everything is terrible!" not self-congratulatory but "You can do it, so go do it!"
    Ending with fans felt personal, hand held, people we know are out doing stuff.
    Learning from actual history but (dyo??) the stories we *tell* each other
    (Punched in the feels and I hate you but I love it -- could be for next vid)

    Bad Blood (Never Ever) by fiercynn and scribe (Multi)

    They make great multi vids
    People who love each other punching each other
    Wicked! broadway
    Such angst!
    You suck, and we're done! Finality. N_E_V_E_R getting back together.
    The song itself was fighting each other, mash-up worked well.
    90% queer, inverse of "usual"

    Shape of You by Butterfly (Multi)

    This is So. Gay.
    I like the sex (again)
    Diversity! Femslash!
    Making its point and keeping you there. (despite some source issues)
    A lot of nostalgia for queer movies that haven't seen a lot of recently (Velvet Goldmine)
    It was a recruiter vid for the gay.

    Wolves Without Teeth by Dar (Sense8)

    Blew me away!
    Taken in by group shots and sense of togetherness and them all working together.
    So protective of each other.
    I care so much!
    Not a traditional recruiter vid but good representation of experience watching the show.
    Condensed beautiful emotional. Not very plot driven.
    Encapsulates experience of the show.
    Hit me in the feels with no source knowledge. SO beautifully edited.
    Song choice!
    Never before understood what the show was about or why people love it so much.
    Good job balancing the different relationships / pairings.
    Ensemble vids can be hard, tech of equal airtime. Vidder skills deftly done.
    Wolfgang feels hit hard - bittersweet.
    Show choreography of the 8 - vid elevates it. Modern dance.

    Gold Dust Woman by AurumCalendula (Xena)

    The show is So Gay, not just Xena & Gabrielle.
    50 Shades of Gold.
    This one had more modern effects, made the show feel current and not so 90s.
    Effective use of lyrics - silver spoon, put your kingdom up for sale
    What do you do with this extra layer of orientalism? Do you just make the vid? Can't change the source (See Xena panel)

    Farewell Ride by Destina (Tombstone)

    Songchoice totally fit. Can tell vidder cares about source.
    Movie tried to make these actors look the same (thank god I'm not face blind)
    So happy because I love the movie -> most magnetic Val Kilmer has ever been even sweaty and dying of consumption)
    Why "I'm your huckleberry?"
    Key line Val Kilmer says when he's going to kill someone. Very gay.
    It's more gay, that's what I needed to know.

    When Sorrows Encompass Me 'Round by AurumCalendula (Wynonna Earp)

    Almost made me care about Willa
    "What a hard life, I wish she sucked less"
    Synchronicity. Earp follow Earp in vidshow order.
    Sold on fandom now.
    I care about her now! Got really drawn into this character.
    Resident Willa apologist claims she's the best!
    Not the main character and her story is obscured both TV and her life. Vid took us into *her* perspective on things.

    Desire by Kitty aka Winterevanesce (Heartless)

    Taken on a JOURNEY y'all
    Kinda rapey, then she SET him on FIRE. She lit him on fire with her MOUTH.
    Emotionally exhausted by the end. On journey with you.
    Great song choice.
    This isn't what I remember Lost Girl looking like!
    Avril Lavigne ... starred in Lost Girl?

    Winter by scribe (Killjoys)

    (I talked about this in vid review and apparently didn't take any notes. Sorry! Loved it!)

    Overcome by sweetestdrain (Rogue One)

    New Hope shots - visually completing the journey. Deeply satisfying.
    Sacrifice has weight, meaning, purpose that will be fulfilled (especially following on the Killjoys vid)

    Carry That Weight by Anoel (Star Wars vids)

    Build super strong, a lot of feelings
    Winter -> Overcome -> Weight. Arc of vids. Had to start dark.
    Hopeful chills.
    Can be jarring but transition to RL footage done very smoothly.
    *Carrie* that weight
    Expectation of Beatles but this cover choice perfect for the vid
    Real World icons
    Han killed - crossfade into Lea's heart
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    So I got my new temporary crown put on my molar today.  

    Me before the procedure: So are you taking off the old one and putting on a new one, or just like, remolding the old one?

    Dentist: We’re putting on a new one. Unless we can somehow fit your head in an eight thousand degree oven.

    Me: Don’t do that. I sunburn easily. 

    At which point the dental assistant lost her shit and let out the loudest cackle I’ve ever heard in a dental office. 

    They put the temporary crown on and told me to bite down to affix the glue, but when I bit down I cracked the damn crown in half. Apparently it was a defective crown, but many jokes were made about my jaw strength and how maybe I should fuckin’ relax a little if I can bite through a crown while off my face on nitrous. 

    Even with insurance it ran me $400 for the temporary crown, the permanent crown, and a surcharge for nitrous (because fuck having dental procedures without nitrous). That hurt worse than my tooth does. Fortunately for my pocketbook I have a medical flex-spending card, but I used up the last of it today, so let’s all hope I don’t break any limbs between now and January. I’ve gone over a year without having to have surgery upon my insides or a cast affixed to my person, so I think we can keep the streak alive. Traditionally I only get seriously injured in the summer months at any rate, so there’s that at least. 

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    People Having Fun Without Us

    Aug. 10th, 2017 07:50 am
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    I'm still sad I couldn't go to WorldCon 75, which is in Finland this year, but it's been so popular that the fire marshals are being strict about too much crowding in program rooms and they've had to stop selling full con memberships. They're limiting day passes to 100 per day and selling out of those, too. And this started on Wednesday, when most of the attendees usually arrive on Thursday and Friday.

    I'm still jealous of the people who are getting to see Daveed Diggs there.

    Here's some links:

    Opening Day:
    Croatian Party:
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    I am going CAMPING this weekend, I am DETERMINED, and I take it as a sign that after having bought a whistle and promptly lost it, when repacking my backpack tonight I FOUND IT AGAIN. (It was, for some reason, in the very bottom of the bag. Why would I put it there? Nobody knows.) 

    I have the third Diane Mott Davidson book from the library, ready for reading, and also I’ve packed the second book and an additional book to leave at the Dune Park train stop, to repay the world for the joy I had from reading Dying For Chocolate. 

    I have spent all summer doing recon and building up my supply stash, and now I AM READY. 

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