Fic updates

Nov. 27th, 2014 02:09 pm
sholio: Elizabeth from White Collar, looking down, soft colored lights (WhiteCollar-Elizabeth colors)
[personal profile] sholio
For anyone tracking my fic on AO3, apologies for this afternoon's ficalanche -- I finally got most of the rest of the Fallen London/White Collar AU fics uploaded. Several of them have never been posted before. There's still one that I haven't uploaded yet (my Jack of Smiles fic, because it's a follow-up to a fic that Frith hasn't posted on AO3 yet) but at this point nearly everything is up, including a few fics that we'd only exchanged in email.

The whole series on AO3.
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[personal profile] snarp
Dubiety the Cat attempted to ruin genocide day by not urinating for over twenty-four hours. I got him to the vet and back before the meal was ready, though. I ruined his plans. We ruined genocide day ourselves, the traditional way - by discussing politics at the dinner table.

(The libertarian cousin said about what you'd expect your libertarian cousin to say. I scolded her from the couch, where I had retreated in the company of the baby, the dog, and $3 wine.)

Foxglove Summer (Rivers of London #5)

Nov. 27th, 2014 12:08 pm
sholio: Berries in the sun (Autumn-berries in sunlight)
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I, um, may have prevailed upon the kindness of friends to read this book, since it's not out in the U.S. 'til January (at which point I shall be buying it promptly!).

Foxglove Summer )
sholio: Darien in prison orange (Invisible Man-Darien in prison)
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Outside of spoiler-cut, I feel compelled to mention that the series doesn't stay this dark, which may be either an enticement or a warning. Actually, by the point I've reached in my own rewatching (late season one) it verges on pure comedy at times. Which is a bizarre mood shift considering how incredibly dark this episode is ...

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Invisible Man 1x02 - The Catevari

Catevari spoilers )

It's a ritual sacrifice. With pie.

Nov. 27th, 2014 12:00 pm
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Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate it! Otherwise, have a great Thursday.

Despite being invited upstairs by the neighbors for dinner, I'm still spending the day cooking. Partly because I already bought all of the food (or started defrosting it yesterday before the invitation arrived), and partly because there's a good chance that -- other than walking upstairs later today -- I won't be leaving the apartment until Monday. Or, at the very least, Sunday. So, you know, food is good. And the roast needs to cook for 4-6 hours, so I'd like to get that out of the way. Reheating is perfect fine.

(Also, just in case something explodes at the last second, I'd like to still have food to eat. There's that too.)

I've got my roast on the stove, and I'll probably try to make that fudge pie to take upstairs in a little while. I probably won't make the baked and sweet potatoes until I actually plan on eating said food (which will probably be tomorrow?), and my corn is the kind that comes frozen in a bag so the same goes for it. I'm not sure about the rolls. I'd already started defrosting them before I was invited, and they don't do that well if they're defrosted for more than 24-48 hours. They might last until tomorrow...

As God is my witness

Nov. 27th, 2014 11:16 am
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I thought turkeys could fly

Happy T-Day, everyone!

mmm.... food

Nov. 27th, 2014 09:06 am
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Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating! I like Thanksgiving because I love cooking, so this is my kind of holiday. (It also helps that I don't work in retail anymore, so there's no reason to dread tomorrow.) This year most of the family was out of town (including my kid visiting his grandparents), so it's just me and [personal profile] hannelore, which is not stopping me from cooking all the holiday things. Well, all the vegetarian holiday things, which turns out to be most of them anyway.

Also, a foot of snow fell overnight, so it's quite the winter wonderland outside. There's no wind, so we've got snow piled up along each individual twig of each tree, as well as along each wire of each power line. Kind of hilarious. Fortunately we're not going anywhere, so I don't have to think about digging out the car.

For any mods who may be looking suspiciously in my direction... my Kinky Kristmas fic is basically done. It needs to be gone over one more time, but I figure it doesn't matter much if it's turned in the day of the deadline or the day before, so I'm letting it be the day of. Boy did I have a hard time with it. It's not often that I have to completely scrap what I have for a fest fic and start over, but that happened, and it made it take a dismayingly large number of man-hours to produce what turned out to be a shortish fic. Oh well.

Hugs to those going through a rough time this holiday. Thinking of you all. ♥

media things

Nov. 27th, 2014 03:04 pm
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1. Has everyone seen the promo stuff for Fan Bingbing's upcoming Empress of China TV show? I feel like I've been hearing about this project for years and with every new still photo I just want it TO BE IN MY EYEBALLS ALREADY. I hope the fansubs arrive quickly.

Meanwhile, have a poster. LOOK AT THIS. LOOK AT IT.

The production stills coming out of this thing have been breathtaking. Basically Fan Bingbing in a trillion gorgeous outfits.

I mean, I know this is meant to be a blockbuster TV show, so the take on Wu Zetian is not exactly going to be super controversial, but. There's that quote from Fan about how "an actress who doesn't want to play Wu Zetian is not an actress" and it's true, it's such an incredible, incredible role. I trust Fan Bingbing not to cheat herself out of the best bits.

Meanwhile this has made me crave Chinese period dramas again :/ I guess I never finished the 2010 version of Three Kingdoms? But if any of y'all have any other dramas/Chinese period films to rec, I'm all ears.

2. I recently read Nimona! The comic by Noelle Stevenson about a young girl who decides to apprentice with a supervillain.

I follow Stevenson on Tumblr and have for a long time (since she first started making LOTR fanart), but I've always stayed away from Nimona because it seems too... cutesy? Like, it seemed like it reveled in action/adventure tropes and PG-13 content and well, basically it looked way too YA for me.

However this impression turned out to be false! Nimona is exactly the sort of narrative I love, with adult themes and relationships. There are a couple of twists in the story that make it hard to review without spoilers, but I loved Nimona's character A LOT and enjoyed everything the narrative did with her and wished the comic had been much, much longer. I'll definitely be buying the book when it's published next year.

3. Speaking of things that are surely delightful but sadly aren't for me: I've started watching the second season of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries because I'm utterly out of things to watch and at least with that show I know there probably won't be any fail to upset me.

It's weird because I wholly support an endeavor like MFMM, a TV show about a woman detective in the 1920s, who has lots of relationships with other women, made by a woman and based on a series of novels by a woman. It's really really great! I'm glad more people have discovered it recently outside Australia.

But sadly the storytelling just isn't for me :/ It's very disappointing. I don't like murder mysteries or procedurals (I make exceptions when there's something else in the narrative that draws me but overall crime shows are an utter waste of space as far as I'm concerned) and as delightful as I find the setting, the show is based on a genre where none of the characters ever develop or change and that kills my interest entirely.

Like, it's wonderful inversion of Holmes or Poirot, who also don't change - or change very, very, very slowly - but the thing is, I read those kinds of detective stories as a kid and wouldn't enjoy them now anyway. I like Elementary precisely because it breaks that mold and actually gives me a Holmes and Watson with an evolving relationship and individual character arcs - and if I could I'd eliminate the case-of-the-week bullshit entirely.

Anyway, I enjoy and support everything about Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, but the protagonist herself, who is absolutely wonderful on paper, is impossible for me to care about once she's a flat character. The only moment of interest in the show, for me, is her "romance" with Jack, the police detective, but I'm afraid they're going to tease that for eternity, just as they have, and never go anywhere with it, so. It's a very formulaic show, and I'd rather be watching it than any other formulaic show that doesn't have this many women in it, but. It's still not my cuppa, alas.

4. Speaking of webcomics! Has everyone read Check Please!? Another comic that was recced to me for a while and didn't seem appealing (the drawing style, like with Nimona, reminded me too much of children's lit) but turned out to be super great. The comic is about an 18 from the US south who gets a hockey scholarship to a college in the north and has to deal with lack of access to baking supplies, an aversion to the one aspect of the sport he loves that's required to stay on the team, and a serious crush on his captain.

I think my favorite part of this comic so far is how it feels so utterly familiar and relatable even though I never went to college in the US (or in the US style), never played hockey, never baked a single cake in my life, etc. For me it manages to tap into that universal feeling of being on a team, whether that's the swimming team or the debate team or just any sort of group of friends you hang out with who are passionate about your hobby. I like that feeling, of friendship and community, even more than the romantic plot. And I also love the really well written lead, who manages to be both vulnerable and confident, nervous and self-assured. I love, especially, that the author shows his slowly developing leadership qualities, because it's such a rare arc to show for a tiny gay dude who's into baking surrounded by giant straight dudes on a hockey team.


Work things!

new work responsibilities I am conflicted about )

Working is the worst.

Nov. 28th, 2014 12:18 am
tyger: Sora grinning ridiculously wide.  Coloured with multicoloured vaguely 'watercolour' effects.  Text: Yup.  Totally sane. (Sora - sane)
[personal profile] tyger
I may have had a semi-breakdown today. Just. So much crazy and so much exhaustion, it's a terribad combination. Having curl-up-inna-pile-and-talk-to-friends time has been super great and I'm feeling a lot better now, but since I have to work again tomorrow I don't know if it'll do much overall. =/

Anyway. Thinking of doing holiday cards this year! Details )
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I have nothing to add to what so many people have already said on Twitter and tumblr and elsewhere about the murder of Mike Brown, and I wish I could be out there with everyone at the protests. I will be at the Tokyo march next Friday. Black lives matter. No peace without justice.

It is Thanksgiving, and I did want to take the time to express my profound gratitude and appreciation, this year in particular, for all my friends around the world. I flew the better part of 100,000 miles this year and didn't find it stressful at all, because no matter where I went, there were people there to hang out, grab a meal, let me crash on their couch, and generally make me feel much more welcome than I would have otherwise. Some of you I've known for years and some of you I'd just met for the first time, or hadn't seen for aeons, or whatever--none of it mattered. The hospitality and kindness people showed me, from the biggest ways to the smallest, was profoundly touching, and I'm very grateful to have all of you in my life. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who's celebrating, and I hope it's far fewer years until we all can meet again. ♥

I know you care.

Nov. 26th, 2014 10:43 pm
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[personal profile] gorgeousnerd
Writing update. )

In other news:

1. I've been following Ferguson events pretty keenly since August, and since there's been an uptick in events, I've been reblogging and retweeting more. (That's one reason I haven't been here in a couple days.) I've been saying it everywhere, so I'm also going to say it here: I support Mike Brown's family and the Ferguson protesters. Edit: Actually, since there have been protests in major cities all over the world, I should just say a blanket "protesters".

Okay, one more edit: I don't support white protesters taking space from POC/talking over them/inciting violence where there previously was none. None of this #alllivesmatter derailing. Black lives matter.

2. December's getting closer. Still plenty of spaces for prompting, if anyone's interested and hasn't/wants to leave more.

3. Winning NaNo has given me a little space to read again, so I actually have something to put for Wednesday reading.

Wednesday reading. )
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[personal profile] st_aurafina
I am a little bit ahead in NaNo, huzzah! This is thanks to Steve telling an old man story about this boil he had one time in Poland. That bit is slated for destruction. Steve, you're a super soldier, you probably can't get boils. (He says "Firstly, I got a boil when other men were dying of septicaemia, so have a little respect, and secondly, it was more of a carbuncle.")

Old man stories. I love writing this fic! [personal profile] lilacsigil will be giving me major side-eye when she reads this, because she had to sit through three weeks of hair tearing and chest beating while I got to this point.

(Also, I'm rapidly approaching the part where I really need to know what happens and I really don't know what happens. Again. Every year. I cannot plan for shit, I really can't.)

I work out twice a week with a personal trainer, and we meet at the local netball courts to do this - lately there's been this super cute blue heeler coming to vist me. She's a chronic escape artist - it's a heeler thing - and she pops across the road to see what's going on, and she has this adorable wriggly dance of "HEY PEOPLE I LOVE YOU IF I APPROACH BUTT FIRST WILL YOU PAT IT?".

This morning, I was doing crunches on the mat, and I had my eyes closed because I was dying. I could hear my trainer giggling, which seemed unusually cruel of her, so I opened my eyes to find doggie standing over me, gazing adoringly into my face.

There's a doggy under this cut, also some discussion of workout goals for this year )

The other thing I wanted to note down so I remember it (because it happened too fast for the phone) was on Tuesday. We were driving along the ridge of a gully, and there was a bird kerfuffle off to the left (my side, the passenger side.) When I looked left, I was eye to eye with an eagle, omg. It was flipping huge, flying through the gully, while magpies buzzed it. It's too late for chicks in the nest, so it must have had a go at the adults? Anyway, wedge tailed eagle, bloody enormous, flying like a boss with those amazing swoops they do, while two magpies about the size of its head chivvied it, fluttering over it and under it, and oh wow. It was like suddenly being in the middle of an aerial dog fight.

Eagle. Very big. (Sometimes they stoop on cars here and damage the roof with their talons.)


The Deep End (8697 words) by emilyenrose
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers/Natasha Romanov
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov, Sam Wilson (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Sex Pollen, Dubious Consent, Humor, Angst

In this story: exquisitely tragic and beautiful Russian romance, James Bond shenanigans, designer drugs with highly specific effects, Steve Rogers’ overactive imagination, a swimming metaphor. Also: a villain has a secret sex room, some assassins join the mile high club, and Captain America punches a shark.

Spy shenanigans, and Natasha/Steve/Bucky, and it's all good.


what you are asking fits with everything on my list (7356 words) by irnan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Natasha Romanov, James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers/Natasha Romanov
Characters: Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov, James "Bucky" Barnes, Sam Wilson (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Fluff and Angst, Crack

Bucky's been trying to set Steve up since 1935. Natasha's been trying to set him up since 2012. What's more logical than that they should join forces?

Bucky would like Sam Wilson to know that that is not actually a dirty joke about him and Nat, thank you and fuck off. (Even though it kinda is.)

I must have been on a bit of a poly bender? This is also Natasha/Steve/Bucky, and also has an excellent villain


A particle, a wave (1068 words) by kvikindi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: Howard Stark
Additional Tags: Manhattan Project, References to Injury of a Child

"My father helped defeat the Nazis. He worked on the Manhattan Project."

Short and very ouchy Howard POV.


Hooked on a Feeling (2901 words) by fmo
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel (Movies), X-Men - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: mildly a crossover with X-Men, Fluff, get-together

Some guy creates a machine that gives everybody in New York mutant powers. Bucky gets empathy, which initially makes him very cranky, but later enables him to figure some stuff out that he might not have figured out otherwise, and ultimately turns out to be the very best power of all.

X-Men fusion, which is always like candy for me - who gets what power? What do they do with it? This is short, not particularly angsty, and very neatly done.

And back to the carbuncle mine I go.

Two very quick things

Nov. 27th, 2014 01:31 am
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[personal profile] umadoshi
There are a few new photos of Claudia and Jinksy (taken by Kas) on their Tumblr, [ profile] jinksyandthebrain.

And [community profile] fandom_stocking is open for business. (I don't currently have a stocking, and probably won't? But you never know, I suppose.)

Got tagged for this, so...

Nov. 27th, 2014 11:48 am
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tagged by [personal profile] amihan~

A. List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
B. Tag seven people to do the same.

tagging → Whoever wants to do it?

This got longer than expected, so behind a cut it goes! )


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