Song and dance

Jul. 28th, 2016 01:39 am
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I haven't been keeping up with the Democratic National Convention except via liveblogs, which means I'll have a stack of speeches to watch later. I'm looking forward to it; according to all I've heard they've been pretty good. I'm honestly really stoked about Clinton. I'm not fond of much the US has done in terms of foreign policy since before John Foster Dulles was running it, but that's not going to change without a massive paradigm shift, I fear.

Anyway, over in fiction, watched the copy of the stage version of Mamma Mia! I got. Boy, I like that dorky musical. And I like the movie adaptation, for all its flaws. I mean, it's nice to have a recording of the stage version and remember, oh yeah, with professional singers this sounds a lot better, but it's not like the hits of ABBA are even moderately challenging, vocally. Hearing Pierce Brosnan struggle through "S.O.S." isn't nearly as embarrassing as Russell Crowe in Les Mis. But yes, having pro singers rather than just pro actors is nice. Also, I really think that moving "Take A Chance On Me" was a mistake. I understand why they staged it that way for the movie--the dramatic ending to "The Winner Takes It All" was basically worth every penny they spent on it--but it's worse in every respect. (Stage version: Rosie and Bill alone setting up chairs before the ceremony. Movie version: At the banquet after the ceremony in full view of everyone.) I think the movie made some good cuts, but I will forever be resentful that they stiffed "Lay All Your Love On Me."

Ugh, I can't wait for the week to be over. I need more sleep than I've been getting.

Daily Happiness

Jul. 28th, 2016 12:28 am
torachan: ryu from kimi ni todoke eating ramen (ramen)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Long day at work, but I have tomorrow off!

2. I posted manga! There's just one more that I want to squeeze in before the end of the month and I'm hoping to get it done tomorrow.

3. We had some really delicious watermelon tonight. (Actually we've been having delicious watermelon fairly often lately.)

4. We now have two different boxes with crinkly packing paper in them and the kitties love them so much.

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Title: Koi-iji: Love Glutton
Original Title: こいいじ (Koiiji)
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Kiss
Genre: Josei
Status in Japan: 3 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: 31-year-old Mame has been in love with her childhood friend Souta ever since she can remember. Despite multiple rejections, her love has stayed constant. It's become a habit more than anything, but is it one she'll ever be able to break and get on with her life?

Chapter Summary: Mame decides it's time to move out and make a fresh start.

Chapter 7: Love Actually

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Jul. 27th, 2016 07:32 pm
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Marvel is doing another Civil War event and Bendis is writing it again. I guess to tie in to the movie that I haven't gotten around to watching yet. But, I mean, did anyone ever actually LIKE the first Civil War event? All I remember is people hating it, and saw a lot of hate for it again when the title for Cap 3 was announced. What I've heard of this one sounds like it might be even worse.

Somewhat related to this, another recent Marvel thing and a few other things over the years: if you are looking to have a shocking reveal and go "what is the most shocking, awful thing we can do that no one will see coming?" then you're probably already on the wrong track because you're looking for shock value, not story. But if your answer is "take this good guy people have followed for years and maybe decades and make hir evil" then there's about a 2% chance this will actually result in good storytelling and interesting developments, and a 98% chance you're just going to piss off your consumers and have to find a way to backed al out of it at the speed of light.

This kind of villainous fall/reveal can work in movies and books, and even single seasons of TV series, but once you make it years instead of hours, days or even months, you're probably lost. Redemption works better than villainous falls because people either already like the character but want better for them, or their current opinion of the character is more likely to improve than to go down, even iredemption arcs for more popular antagonists tend to be divisive at best.

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Jul. 27th, 2016 05:04 pm
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I actually really love the "Buffy is torn from heaven" S6 plotline, although it's wound around a lot of Spike/Buffy stuff that I'm sorry just squicks me. Her little descending musical line in OMWF is the best bit of the entire set, and one of the top memorable moments from the show for me. It drives home the truth that grief is not for the one lost but for the ones left; you can tell yourself, as Willow does, that your beloved one somehow needs your distress, but you'll be wrong. The dead are fine; it's the living who suffer pain.

Looking for beta

Jul. 27th, 2016 06:23 pm
dancesontrains: Art of Captain America in a body of water, saying 'Avengers Assemble.' (Captain America in water)
[personal profile] dancesontrains
Hello, I need a beta for a Flash CW fic. Can't really specify the pairing or lack of, as it's for a remix, but I'm happy to tell you more in DMs/emails/etc.

EDIT: Beta found, thank you <3
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I look forward to seeing all the Republicans who are so concerned about national security withdraw their support.

It's one of those days

Jul. 27th, 2016 11:51 am
inkstone: Michiko e Hatchin's Pepe asleep at a bar (zzz)
[personal profile] inkstone
The Plus: 75+ people have joined/subscribed to [community profile] pokestop! Thanks for helping to spread the word! And they say Dreamwidth is dead.

The Minus: A water valve and a pressure regulator failed in my basement, so that was...uh...not how I wanted to wake up this morning. Water everywhere and it was the main line for my townhouse! I thankfully caught it before any real major water damage was caused and was able to get someone out right away to fix it (for a price, of course, so ouch) but gosh. That was scary and stressful.

I'm taking a day off from freelance writing. Fuck it. I've had a day and it's not even noon yet.


Jul. 27th, 2016 10:43 am
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I took a vacation day today to get some work done on various art things and OF COURSE I wake up with a terrible headache. It's being slowly driven into submission but I'm not yet at the point where I can sit and focus on a screen for that long.

...I should probably get off the intertubes, in that case.
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[personal profile] musesfool
Things! Also, stuff!

- So I had one of those floating in the pool thoughts that was so perfect that I came back to tumblr and I said, "Someone should write me the story of the time Rogelio de la Vega started a twitter campaign to get cast as Washington in the Miami production of Hamilton." And [personal profile] nestra DID and it's PERFECT. ♥♥♥ #rogelio my brogelio

- [ profile] tavella linked me to this fascinating article about the long-standing community of Muslims in Wyoming, and a dude named Hot Tamale Louie.

- the article above also included a mention of Chief Joe Medicine Crow, which in combination with this book popping up on my daily goodreads update email (he's not involved in this story, I don't believe, but he did steal horses from Nazis in WWII, hence the connection in my brain), reminded me that I would like to read a biography of him, but I only found a kids' book? Idek. If you have any recommendations for books about him, that'd be neat. In the meantime, I'll just get that one, and hope that someday they make a miniseries about him.

- Which I guess is a nice lead in to Wednesday books, since it is Wednesday, and I have indeed read a book:

What I've just finished
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley, which I liked but didn't love, mostly because spoilers )

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, which I enjoyed, though as I said in my goodreads review, it's more of a picaresque meander than a space opera. It's got a lot of Firefly in it, though, without all the racist worldbuilding, though this crew is legit and also has aliens (I enjoyed the aliens a lot), and despite all its issues, I do love Firefly. Kizzy certainly has a lot of Kaylee in her in DNA. It also has some tendency towards info-dumping, but I didn't mind that much.

What I'm reading now
I technically haven't started it yet, but Four Roads Cross, the fifth book in Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence came out yesterday, so I'll be reading that shortly.

What I'm reading next
Again, I loaded my iPad up with stuff, so it could be anything!

- In TV news, of the past few Steven Universe episodes, I liked "Restaurant Wars" best (it even made Ronaldo bearable! How did that even happen?), though I get what "Beach City Drift" was trying to do. I just hate Kevin so much that the whole episode was like nails on a chalkboard. Like, I dislike him in a much more visceral way than Marty, who is also pretty despicable. *hands* "Kiki's Pizza Delivery Service" was cute but slight.

- Lastly, I posted a story yesterday:

The Wild Chance of Living (@ AO3)
Star Wars; Ahsoka/Aphra, Vader, Rex; adult; 4,045 words
"Not like you to use a honey trap, though."

"That was not my intention."

I'm not sure that summary really captures what it's about? But it amused me and everything else felt too on the nose. Anyway! This is the story that was just supposed to be some one-night frenemies femslash between Aphra and Ahsoka, but of course, Vader had to push his way in because I'm never over the Anakin(Vader)/Ahsoka relationship, despite everything. (When I texted [ profile] angelgazing that Vader was taking over my femslash, she was like, "Proof that he truly is evil!") So originally this was just that scene where he bursts in and the sex scene and in reverse chronological order because I thought I was being clever, but then I was like, this is either just a sex scene with a punchline (Vader walking in and being his weirdo self about the whole thing) or it was a story, and I realized it was a story about Ahsoka and her ability to adapt and survive, because she's the best, and how that plays out with some of the mentor figures in her life (Bail, Vader, Rex), with some fun ladyslash thrown in. (I still haven't figured out 1. how to write Obi-Wan, so he's always kind of a mcguffin in my stories, and 2. how to get him and Ahsoka in the same place for a shouty/huggy reunion, so he's like the mentor not appearing in this story.)

Anyway, I realize it's a niche product (you don't really need to know who Aphra is, though I enjoy her a lot in the Darth Vader comic), but the story insisted on jumping to the head of the line to be written, so there it is. I'm pleased with it, anyway.

And now, time to strap on the old bathing suit and hit the pool. Ah, vacation.

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Donald Trump gripes about hotel hot air, says he might not pay bill

And yeah, it's historic that we nominated the first woman to be president, but if she - a talented politician with a lifelong political career - loses to this buffoon, I don't know how we come back from that.

Daily Happiness

Jul. 27th, 2016 12:38 am
torachan: nepeta from homestuck (nepeta)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I did not get to sleep in today at all and in fact was awakened by a work call at 6:30am because the person who usually opens the store didn't show up and other people needed to be let in. D: At least it just turned out he had forgotten to set his alarm, and not something more drastic. And I got to go home again right away and didn't actually have to stay and work. I'm really glad I live close enough that I can do that.

2. Tomorrow is Wednesday but I don't have to go in to work at 6:30 because the person who opens the store on Wednesdays is back from Japan!

3. It definitely felt a lot cooler today. I don't think there was that much of an actual difference temperature-wise, but the house actually feels pretty decent.

4. I finished reading another book! That's nine this year and it's still only July. Last year I read ten, the year before that two (an all-time low), and the year before that only three, and then ten again the year before that. In 2011 I read 24 books, which I don't think is going to happen this year, but I could probably easily do twenty. I've already read more manga than last year, too.

5. These kitties just keep on being so cute!

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Pokémon Go is my first actual experience with Pokémon in any form, so it has zero nostalgia factor for me. It's fun seeing how excited people are about it, though!

My own playing is still really haphazard and confined to bus and car rides, but I've hit level 6 and picked a team (blue) by the simple method of texting [ profile] shiroiko in Toronto and saying "What team are you on?" (If there's a benefit to sharing a team with online friends, I haven't heard about it, so I figured being on the same team as friends I'll see in person was the way to go.) I still haven't technically been to a gym--last night [ profile] scruloose and Ginny and Kas and I went for supper and there was a gym in close enough range of the restaurant that I could click it and choose a team, but after that, it told me I was out of range.

After supper I bounced a handful of questions off [ profile] inkstone, so now more things make sense to me. Yay! (Other things are still confusing, but I think they're probably glitches rather than deliberate interface choices? Although whoever positioned the Settings button so it's hidden under the red "No GPS signal" bar gets a lot of side-eye from me. >.> I was trying to turn the damn music off while I was indoors on the first day or so, and GPS wasn't connecting, and I could not find the settings to save my life. WTF, somebody-somewhere?)

And now [ profile] inkstone has made this happen for folks on Dreamwidth:

PokeStop - a Pokémon Go community

While I'm on the subject, two links:

"If 'Pokémon Go' Freezes While Catching a Pokémon, Here's How to Make Sure You Keep It".

"Future Pokemon Go features include more Pokemon, customizable PokeStops and trading". (Short article about the SDCC panel.)

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Jul. 26th, 2016 06:44 pm
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
[personal profile] melannen
So. Busy. Have had so much to do it seems like there is no time left for anything-- we lost four of our most experienced people at work this month, and several of them were the sort of people who hoard responsibilities, so that's been fun. And then the friends I do comics with decided we were running a kickstarter NEXT MONTH so there's all my non-work free time. And then con.txt is in TWO DAYS and I totally over-extended myself there so we'll see if I get any of the 17 things on my "pre-con panic" checklist done. And then there's what's happening with church...

*shoves the 5,000+ words of new kent parson fanfic under the couch* that's not mine I haven't had time to write haha funny story actually it just blew off this dumpster, I think it caught an updraft from the fire

Plus it was Heat Wave Time so as soon as I get home from work I just want to melt into a 2-dimensional puddle with maximum heat-shedding surface area. Will I get four cosplays finished in the next two days? Stay tuned!

Anyway one of the panels I'm doing at con.txt is for AO3 tips & tricks, so, circle mine, what useful thing about the AO3 do you think I should share (ways to use the archive, docs or help resources, external tools, etc.)
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who announced AZ's votes for HRC. For the first 6 years of her life, women weren't allowed to vote.


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