So, I have news.

Mar. 26th, 2017 10:57 pm
lea_hazel: Typewriter (Basic: Writing)
[personal profile] lea_hazel
I realized that I tweeted about this but didn't post it anywhere else yet, so:

I'm going to be published in Capricious's gender diverse pronouns issue.

*throws confetti*

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!
umadoshi: (LOK - Korra smiling (sugarplums))
[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.

Fanmix: Dragon Age: Solavellan

Mar. 25th, 2017 06:25 pm
theharlotofferelden: http://lost-in-arts.deviantart.com/art/Lost-in-Arts-HTGAWM-Text-Icons-591732620 (Ship - Solavellan trainwreck)
[personal profile] theharlotofferelden
I ironed out this playlist sometime last year, but held off on posting it because I found I was lacking in songs from Solas' POV. Realized recently that this is likely because I've headcanoned the shit out of this ship to where Solas is no longer IC (Idk if it's apparent in my writing but I've upped the douchebag factor considerably). Which makes it difficult to find songs I can relate to him. 

Eufemia OTOH is instantly relateable on a number of levels (naive + insecure + unrequited love + Solas dickbaggery =  reclamation of self). Therefore I'll only label the songs that aren't related to her.

Alli Simpson - Notice Me 
Lady Gaga - Dancing In Circles
Avril Lavigne - Give You What You Like
Layla - Oh My Love
Kanye West ft. Sia, Vic Mensa - Wolves (Solas)
VersaEmerge - Stranger
Rachel Taylor - Porcelain
Maria Mena - Secrets
Phidel - The Wolf
Lady Gaga - Perfect Illusion
Snow Patrol - Lightning Strike (Solas)

Honestly could remove the 2 Solas songs as it's a pretty cohesive playlist with or without. But anyway, let me explain 2 u my passions.

Read more... )

spindizzy: (*blinding realisation*)
[personal profile] spindizzy
(Q: Susan, aren't you like seven chapters and 60 levels into the game?
A: SHHHH.)

SUDDENLY why Noctis is so protective of the fucking junkpile of a car makes sense! There are points in the game where I'm just like WE HAVE SIXTY THOUSAND GIL, WE CAN JUST BUY A NEW CAR but now it makes more sense.

I am enjoying FFXV but god I wish some of the characterisation from the side-stories made it into canon.

Videlicet

Mar. 25th, 2017 08:27 pm
astolat: lady of shalott weaving in black and white (Default)
[personal profile] astolat
Reader, I am really fucking tired. *insert long tedious explanation of the past week involving hospital, fainting, copious vomiting (different days, different family members), family visit, 3 playdates, and ending with my current location in hotel room in Disneyworld*

Everyone is okay now but OMG.

HOWEVER I am actually here to share this vidding zine what lim made, which I was so thrilled to participate in:

Videlicet

I think it is really quite awesome and full of interesting and joyful and fannish thought in the very best way. My own contribution was to rave on about [personal profile] sisabet's vid Bad Romance, which spoiler alert is one of my most favorite vids and if you want to know why GO LOOK AT THE SHINY.

<3

Some Short Fiction Recs

Mar. 25th, 2017 11:36 am
forestofglory: Glasses and books (books)
[personal profile] forestofglory
"Extracurricular Activities" by Yoon Ha Lee A fun twisty story with spies and secret missions. It's set in the same world as Ninefox Gambit, but stands alone. I just love how the author sketches characters and societies with a few key details.

"And In Our Daughters, We Find a Voice" by Cassandra Khaw creepy dark little mermaid re-telling (content note: a human character with ambiguous gender traits is referred to as "it")

That was easy

Mar. 25th, 2017 02:23 pm
nanslice: ([FFXV] a prince and his retainer)
[personal profile] nanslice
Well piss, a random stranger in the NaNo facebook group managed to talk me into doing the April camp. XD I'm going to sign up for time durations rather than word counts. I'm thinking fifteen hours? That's a half hour of writing a day. :\a

Anyway, I dunno what I want to focus on, probably this magical realism piece that I need to write for English class. Who wants to read about a novice druid learning about his True Sight? XD

Queries

Mar. 25th, 2017 09:10 am
elainegrey: Inspired by Grypping/gripping beast styles from Nordic cultures (Default)
[personal profile] elainegrey
I'm going to a meeting of Quakers today where we will discuss all our concerns for the current state of affairs and how to address them. I've written queries that i'm not sure will be used. So, to share my morning's reflections, here they are:

2017-03-25 The Carolina Friends Emergency Consultation,
Spring Friends Meeting, Snow Camp, NC

Concerns and Callings are both valuable and necessary as we manifest Light in the world. How have you discerned the difference between the two in your life? Have you experienced a group being Called to action?

We have an abundance of gifts among us. Sometimes the abundance can look more like trouble and constraint than gifts. Have you witnessed the creative transition of gifts into solutions?

The root of "Emergency" is emerge, bring to light. As we gather, what concerns are you led to bring to the Light in this gathering?
umadoshi: (Winter Soldier - Steve & Natasha)
[personal profile] umadoshi
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.”".

(no subject)

Mar. 24th, 2017 08:05 am
nanslice: ([sherlock] chiaroscuro)
[personal profile] nanslice
I am still dead this morning and instead of spreading germs (like oh, I dunno, my advisor, the head the the art department, my graphic design professor, other students) I'm going to be responsible and courteous and stay home with my sickness. It's a terrible time because there are so many things due next week but I don't know, guys, I just can't find it within me to care.

I made a 94/100 on my introduction speech in public speaking. My only downfall was that I said "uhm" too many times, haha. I hope that my entertaining speech does as well (my topic was "Top Five TV Detectives (And Their Sidekicks) and in no particular order, I talked about: Shawn and Gus from Pysch, Adrian Monk from Monk, Jessica Fletcher from Murder, She Wrote, Munch and Fin from Law and Order: SVU, and of course, Sherlock and John from Sherlock. It was a pretty big hit with the class, I got some laughs and a lot of discussion afterwards, so that's nice.

Today's going to be spent catching up on DW (sorry I've been so absent, guys) and listening to the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack (I bought the deluxe edition, it has something like 52 tracks and they're all wonderful). Maybe, just maybe, I'll get a little something written for one or two of the super short prompt communities I'm a member of.

(no subject)

Mar. 24th, 2017 06:13 am
elainegrey: Inspired by Grypping/gripping beast styles from Nordic cultures (Default)
[personal profile] elainegrey
Old moon rises in the trees, thin crescent barely seen.
Starshine: the big dipper in the crest of pines.
The rush of pre 6am shipping flights above.
A raspy hum from US 64, a mile to the south.
The roar of commuters on RCC Road.
I finally hear ... frogs! Despite the near freezing temperature, frogs sing.
Then an owl..

Time for tea

(no subject)

Mar. 23rd, 2017 07:52 pm
nanslice: ([ffxiii] fuck this shit and that shit)
[personal profile] nanslice
I spent most of the day with a slight fever, a major headache, and an upset stomach. I'm now pretty dang familiar with the inside of the toilet bowl, let me tell you. :\

(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 )

March 2017

S M T W T F S
    1234
5 67 891011
121314 15 161718
19 202122232425
262728293031 

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Mar. 27th, 2017 08:35 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios