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Jan. 30th, 2015 12:51 pm
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Festivids opens tomorrow! So today I will post about [livejournal.com profile] holmestice, which had its reveals a month ago. I’m nothing if not timely, me. :-P

[personal profile] language_escapes wrote a lovely Beth Lestrade Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century story for me: “let my name not be forgotten.”

22nd Century doesn’t get a lot of attention among the other Holmesian fandoms, and possibly deservedly so: as much as I hate the phrase “just a kid’s show,” it’s fairly apt. (22-minute adaptations of canon stories — some fairly tight adaptations, some loose — set in a distant future with ray-guns, brain-wiping, floppy disks, and flying cars. Character development is shallow, but I still enjoy their versions of Lestrade, Watson, and Holmes. The show tends to skim lightly through the plots, but overall, it’s very strongly rooted in canon, moreso than many higher-profile adaptations.) I’m not passionately fannish about the show, but speaking as a fic writer, and especially as a fic writer who tends toward fic-as-meta, it’s a brilliant ‘verse to play in, as good as custom-made for people who want to explicitly engage with the adaptive tradition and its fall-out.

After all, the backstory for 22ndC is that Victorian Holmes and Watson actually lived, and then their stories became a cultural phenomenon to the point that the Holmesian legend has become a motivating force for the characters. A geneticist with criminal ambitions cloned the reputed greatest criminal mastermind of all time, Moriarty. In response, Inspector Beth Lestrade — a current member of Scotland Yard, direct descendent of G. Lestrade, and the literary heir of Watson’s journals — stole Holmes’s corpse and re-animated it. Her robot sidekick then read Watson’s journals and was so impressed by them that he adopted Watson’s personality for his own. Canon not only exists within this ‘verse, but exists with a weight that shapes and warps the characters’ world. It’s an excellent ‘verse for wrangling with the cultural legend of Sherlock Holmes as a thing in its own right. (Which is exactly why I turned to 22nd Century for my summer Holmestice story, “Persistence of Memory,” when I wanted to talk about the way that Elementary S2 had been sidelining Joan Watson and my frustration with the way that some had been defending it with “because canon.”)

[personal profile] language_escapes wrote a story that plays very nicely with mine (technically they’re not in the same continuity, but there’s only a distance between the two), in which she explores what it means to be a Lestrade in a world where everyone knows that Lestrades are always wrong. Additionally, we get plenty of what I love about Beth Lestrade: obstinance, optimism, and gratuitous kicking-in-of-doors. It’s really a lovely story, and it made me very happy.




My Holmestice contribution this last go-around was ACD!canon femslash: “So Keen a Sympathy,” Mary Watson/Kate Whitney, interstitial to “The Man with the Twisted Lip.”

…and you know, I thought I was going to have scads to say about it, but most of what I’d have to say is in the fic itself. But [livejournal.com profile] violethuntress’s meta about missing and secretive husbands in Twisted Lip was foundational, and the story taps hugely into my own feelings about how patriarchy creates very real differences in the lives of lesbians and gay men. But mostly it’s a story with a happy ending, because I’d rather spork my eyes out than write about unhappy historical lesbians.

Speaking of, I did a ton of background reading for this. (As is my wont. I even did substantial research for Holocene Park, and that was all ridiculous shit about genetically engineered dinosaurs killing people under the streets of New York. The actual world is always richer than my imagination.) I posted some of my favorite quotes on tumblr — diaries, letters, poems, and stories by Gerogian, Victorian, and Edwardian lesbians — but because booklists are always fun: “sources” )

I remarked on Tumblr

Jan. 30th, 2015 02:58 pm
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I've been watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, and I keep having this dissonance over seeing people in 20s-style wardrobe openly drinking - publicly - even in front of police.

I keep having to remind myself that Australia didn't have Prohibition. And it makes me realize how, as an American, 20s costumes are inextricably linked in my mind with concealed flasks, speakeasies, and jokes about bathtub gin.
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[personal profile] musesfool
I'm 98% packed. I will need to remember to bring my phone charger, since it's a different cord now from my iPad charger, and I was undecided about my cab situation - I knew I didn't want to have to schlep to a corner and hail a cab, because the corners are disgusting with ice and slush, and also I am not going to wear a heavy coat or boots and tomorrow's supposed to be the coldest day we've had so far, and I just want to wait in the vestibule and have the car pull up. Nothing I've read about Uber or Lyft made me feel comfortable, and the traditional car service companies (666, 777, etc.) have terrible reviews (I mean, I'm sure they're no worse than regular taxis? But I do need to actually get to the airport, so...). So I went with Go Green Ride, which has a $32 flat fare to LGA (not including tolls and tip), so hopefully that will work out. They have shockingly good reviews on Yelp. (Please don't share any horror stories if you have them. I repeat, I need to get to the airport tomorrow somehow.)

Meanwhile, Boss2, who isn't even here today, is being a pain in the ass. No, Boss2, I can't order your lunches on Monday, BECAUSE I WILL BE ON A BOAT. So I sent the menu to the person designated to do the ordering on Monday, and she's like, "We can't order from here, there's no turkey sandwich like Boss2 wants." IT'S A DELI. I'M PRETTY SURE THEY CAN SLAP SOME TURKEY ON SOME BREAD WITH SOME MUSTARD. (The first item on the menu is a turkey club! IJS)

Man, I will be so happy to be away for a while. Because people! How do you even function in the world like this?

In other news, I can only imagine that if Joe Manganiello is cast as Deathstroke, the incidence of Deathstroke/Nightwing will suddenly increase (especially if you imagine Matt Bomer as Nightwing). I don't ship it (I didn't ship Slade/Oliver either), but I can see why some people would (in both cases).

(I am not even capable of contemplating Jared Leto as the Joker. I don't even know, guys. I don't even know.)

Speaking of the DCU, Joan Watson is totally Batman, right? I had such a strong feeling she was going to say something like, "Criminals are a superstitious and cowardly lot!" in last night's episode, while she was all dressed up at that fundraiser.

Elementary
spoilers )

Lastly, [personal profile] unfitforsociety has been updated for January 2015 with 21 recs in 4 fandoms:

* 17 Avengers
* 2 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
* 1 Legend of Korra and 1 Pacific Rim

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I may post from sunny Florida tomorrow, via my iPad, but if not, arrivederci miei amici, and I'll see you on the other side. Try not to blow up the internet while I'm gone.

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Friday~

Jan. 31st, 2015 02:11 am
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[personal profile] tyger
Today kind of sucked. Slept through my alarm by an hour and a half (!!!), and woke up ten minutes after I try to leave for the station. /o\ Luckily Mama was able to give me a lift so I made the late train and was on time for work with like two or three minutes to spare but STILL omg. /o\

Things kinda continued in that vein at work, for both me and KA. A twenty minute discussion with IT trying to make them understand that no, we really do need a filtering search in emails, because we often have to re-find emails and sometimes that's one email in a folder full of 100+, something that highlights the word but does nothing to indicate where it did that is not, in fact, fucking functional omg. (There was an email server upgrade. Given they didn't upgrade the software on the PCs, I'm not sure why it broke this, but it did. Luckily they've only upgraded the server KA's computer connects to, not mine, so we can use mine to search for things still. But uh yeaaaaaaah.)

Anyway, despite all that my afternoon/evening's been pretty great; watched Riri stream for a while and had chicken nuggets for tea, and then finished off another hidden object game. Which is why I'm up later than I meant to be - I was so close to finishing, you know? - but eh, it's Saturday tomorrow, I can actually sleep in without omg adrenaline when I wake up, hahaha.

Daily Happiness

Jan. 29th, 2015 10:42 pm
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[personal profile] torachan
1. Got my scanlations posted for the month, and with a couple days to spare! :D

2. I had a nice day off today. I didn't actually do much, because my arm was hurting a lot, but we took a little walk and watched a bunch of old Simpsons episodes and just had a relaxing day.

3. I got new shoes today. My old ones were really falling apart and have been for a long time, but I'm always resistant to getting new ones. Carla's folks gave me money for Christmas to get new shoes, though, so I felt I should probably follow through and not just use the money for other things (it's taken me this long to get over to the shoe store, though).

4. Speaking of Christmas, I also finally used my See's gift certificate from my mom and got myself a box of candy. (It's right by the shoe store!)

I HAVE A TIMELINE

Jan. 30th, 2015 02:18 am
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Well, my brain tried to hare off and do everything else it could think of rather than focus on writing the timeline that I really need for my psychic wolves fic, but via the judicious application of tea too late at night (around 12:30 AM) and [personal profile] wildpear letting me cry at her on Twitter while I worked on it, I finally have a timeline written out (and emailed to her).

And gloriously, the time frame leading up to where the story actually starts overlapping with Feed is less of a probable clusterfuck than I thought, in terms of Georgia and Shaun's age and wolf lifespans and reproductive cycles and whatnot. (I've been looking up numbers for gray wolves and will blithely adjust them as needed for trellwolves--it's not as if the circumstances in the Bear/Monette books make for an ideal lifespan for the wolves or anything.)

Alas, things get fuzzy as soon as it reaches the overlap point, which is kind of funny since about half of the current 23,000 words are after that point.

It's a good thing I'd thoroughly let go of the idea of finishing the fic for the fest next month, since the act of assembling the timeline added a whole potential subplot that will likely take quite a lot of words to deal with. I'll see what [personal profile] wildpear thinks. Mostly I'm pleased by the Potential Subplot, but I do want to get this done so I can get back to my mermaid AU.

...remember when I wrote fic that actually fit into canon? Me too. I also really want to get back to that. (But I love my mermaids. And I love Georgia's wolf in this one.)

urghhh

Jan. 29th, 2015 08:00 pm
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[personal profile] gorgeousnerd
Not feeling particularly well today. Good thing I don't have to get a long fic to a certain point of completion by tomorrow or anything. (Sigh.)

A couple quick things:

1. Bandomy people have probably already seen the post gauging interest for a new round of [community profile] no_tags, but there it is in case they haven't. (I love no_tags, and I really enjoyed the year I took part, but prompt-claiming processes are too stressful for me. /o\ It's still fun to be a spectator, though!)

2. I previously linked to Joy of Painting episodes. It occurred to me that, if I was going to watch, there was no reason I shouldn't give speedpainting a try in Photoshop (I did get a tablet for my birthday, after all). I probably can't do it every day - fifteen minutes of the episode translated to a little over an hour of work, and episodes usually run a little over thirty minutes - but I really enjoyed what I did last night:

What I managed. )

Scanlations: Himegoto ch. 30 & 31

Jan. 29th, 2015 05:12 pm
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[personal profile] torachan
With Audrey on board as cleaner, we can hopefully start to catch up on this series. And I've already read up through volume seven, so I know how exciting those later chapters are and I want to get to them as soon as possible!



Title: Himegoto
Original Title: ヒメゴト~十九歳の制服~ (Himegoto~Juukyuu Sai no Seifuku~)
Author: Minenami Ryou
Publisher: Big Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 7 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Audrey + Krim
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: This is the story of three college freshmen with secrets: Yuki, aka Yoshiki, a boyish girl who gets off on wearing her old high school uniform skirt; Mikako, who acts innocent around her classmates, but at night pretends to be a 15-year-old and has sex for money; and finally there's Kaito, who's obsessed with Mikako to the point of dressing up like her.

Chapter Summary: Soaking wet from the sudden downpour, Mikako and Yoshiko rent a room in a love hotel to dry off...



Chapter 30: Love Hotel
Chapter 31: Separation

/o\

Jan. 29th, 2015 07:30 pm
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I made it into work today, but my head was pounding by mid-afternoon for a variety of reasons so I left an hour-and-a-half early. Then I went home and went straight to bed.

Let me state, for the record, there is nothing more disorienting than waking up a little after 7pm when you're used to waking up around 7am every day. It took me a minute or so of panicking before I realized, no, I hadn't slept through the entire night and still had plenty of time to actually do things. Like poke at Tumblr and do work for Part-Time Job.

Also? I'd like to know what on earth caused that dream about me driving to New Zealand (presumably from Maryland so, yeah, I don't even know?) in four hours to meet fannish friends (no idea who they were -- they didn't look like anyone I know in person from Vividcon or the DC scene, and I don't remember names), having my car towed, and then them not giving it back because of "green reasons" such as the fact that the ice machine only produces water (wtf, brain?) and that the brake lines were obviously cut years ago (seriously, wtf?).

On the positive (negative?) side, I looked up the conversion rate between the US dollar and the New Zealand dollar after I woke up, and apparently that part of my dream was scarily accurate.

Crossword help?

Jan. 29th, 2015 05:55 pm
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Not in filling one out. In making one. :) A couple of years ago I bought a copy of the Crossword Compiler software, for whatever reason, and remembered it recently. So I created a science fiction word list, and finally managed to coax a completed word grid out of the software, albeit without too many SF-like keywords,* that I can make available at ConDFW o announce the 2016 guests of honor (along with an ad in the program book and announcing it publicly at the con, of course!),

Anyway, so I need to put as much of a SF/F/H/genre spin on the clues as I can. So is there anyone out there willing to attempt to contribute a clue or two if I supply the word list? I'd like to do it by email--I'm not sharing the solution publicly at the moment because the GoH names need to remain under wraps until we announce it at the con.

Alas, I have already written the BEST clue of the lot, which is "My hovercraft is full of them." So sorry, you can't write it. I did. :P (All right, if I decide it's too easy I'll change it to "Hovercraft inhabitants," but that depends on how easy or hard the rest of the puzzle seems to turn out.)


*For best results you need word lists that are thousands of words long, not hundreds, like I bodged together from various sources...I need to start compiling lists of authors, titles, and characters in my spare time if I'm going to continue this.
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--The suboptimal stuff first: it's been a not-great couple of days here. My current rewrite is going slowly (it's very text-dense), which is a bit stressful, and poor [personal profile] scruloose was home today because he slipped on a badly-cleared icy patch when going in at work yesterday and wrenched his back. :/ We're really hoping it won't cause any problems when he goes in (again) for his tattoo tomorrow.

--We have another winter storm warning, with the forecast calling for it to hit late tomorrow night and carry over into Saturday.

--For anyone who's sad about Porn Battle not happening this year and who hasn't heard, there's going to be a "golden oldies" round at [community profile] pbam from February 15-25th, using prompts from prior Battles.

(For other Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant fans, yesterday I posted a consolidated list of all of the prompts for her books over at [community profile] aftertheendtimes. Most of the prompts from those previous Battles are for the Toby books and Newsflesh, but there are also a few for InCryptid and Velveteen vs.)

--As my "WHO NEEDS SLEEP?" brain reminded me the other night, I really do need to do up a timeline for the Newsflesh psychic wolves AU (which also really needs a title, because surely the title would be shorter than writing that out). Part of me is resistant, though, and I think it's because an actual timeline, even a draft version, will probably drive home how fast and loose I have to play with the time frame to make the story work, and "fast and loose" isn't exactly one of my strengths. I may post separately about this at some point and seek input (general fannish/fanfic circles sorts of input, not series specific, I don't think) while I try to nail down a bit more of it.

--As I mentioned a few days ago, [personal profile] wildpear does this magical thing of assessing a story or draft that's a tangle in my head and sifting out what I'm actually doing and what impressions she has about what I'm trying to do, which is a lifesaver when I'm messed up about something. She did that for my psychic wolves last week, and this morning I woke up and found an email where she'd written it out for me, and just having that to look at helps. ^_^ (My conscious feelings re: this fic are along the lines of "Ack, this whole thing is a mess and traumatic and characters are hurting and What Does It All Mean? And why is it so fucked up?" [The answer to "Why is it so fucked up?" really does just start with "...take a moment to consider the canon you're drawing on for the wolves."])

What did you recently finish reading?

Most recently, Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl and Attachments, with Holly Black's The Darkest Part of the Forest in between. I really enjoyed all three, although I'd say Fangirl worked best for me. It and Attachments are very different books, which fortunately I knew going in. And where I bonded with Fangirl almost immediately, Attachments took a lot longer. The premise there is inherently skeevy, and self-aware about it, and deals with that as well as possible, I'd say. I did wind up clicking with it fairly strongly about halfway through. But I think I'm far more likely to revisit Fangirl. As for The Darkest Part of the Forest, I'd say it hasn't dislodged The Coldest Girl in Coldtown as my favorite of Black's books, but it was a good read, and I was unsurprisingly pleased by the Newsflesh nod. (It'd be pretty obviously a Newsflesh nod even with no outside context, but lest anyone think I simply see it everywhere, she confirmed it on Tumblr when someone asked.)

What are you currently reading?

Nothing!

What do you think you'll read next?

I'm not sure. I have some graphic novels out of the library (vol. 1 of Velvet and three Marvel volumes, including vol. 1 of Ms. Marvel), so I need to read those fairly soon. I was vaguely planning to pick up The Goblin Emperor next, but right now I'm feeling a bit more like reading something set closer to our own world, so I'm going to have to look over the to-read bookcase. (Reading from my shelves of purchased books for a change is turning out to be quite lovely.) Maybe I should tackle Sinner. Or maybe none of these things will be next!

(I don't own either of Rowell's other two books, so while I want to lay hands on them reasonably quickly--especially since [personal profile] wildpear read Eleanor & Park last week--they're not high contenders for the immediate future.)

trade in these wings on some wheels

Jan. 29th, 2015 01:48 pm
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[personal profile] musesfool
Ugh, scheduling! The bane of my existence. I was so busy/distracted by work yesterday that I forgot to do Wednesday reading!

What I've just finished

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge, which I enjoyed a lot. I wasn't too emotionally invested in anyone but Neverfell (though I did really like her friendship with Erstwhile), but the writing is gorgeous, and the world is so inventive I loved it anyway. I think as a kid I would have been totally enchanted. And for real, Neverfell needs to meet Tiffany Aching.

The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes, which is an Oceans 11-style heist story in a fairly generic fantasy setting. Gentleman Bastards it's not. But it was fun. I liked that the main character was a black lady who's a former soldier, and I like that almost everything was part of the con. The characterization for the large ensemble is fairly thin and the worldbuilding didn't really work well for me (so there's an Empire and a Republic plus elves and some folk who were been banished by the Ancients and want back in? Okay then!) because it felt very ...80s in a way. The whole thing actually reminded me of some of the more fun genre-typical fantasy stuff I read in the 80s (but somewhat less faily). I don't know if I liked it enough to read the second one but it was fun. I did like the puppet shows as news broadcasts though. That was clever.

Huh. A Face Like Glass also has strong caper elements to it. I do love a good caper.

What I'm reading now

Verdigris Deep - apparently also titled Well Witched? - by Frances Hardinge. I'm only about a quarter of the way through so far, but three kids steal coins from a wishing well and things start to get weird. Protip kids: never steal coins from wishing wells! You are stealing people's hopes and dreams! It never ends well! I am just saying. Of course, they are middle-school kids, so they aren't genre-savvy yet. But I have a feeling they're going to learn.

What I'm reading next

I loaded the rest of Frances Hardinge's books on my iPad, and also the Georgian Era Romance Novel Batman book, plus a bunch of other stuff, so I don't know what I'm reading on the cruise, but it's bound to be something.

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Arrow: Midnight City
spoilers )

So I am interested to see where this is going. Has it been as good as last season? No. Has it made some missteps this season? Yes. But I think some of that was 1. how do you top Slade Wilson? and 2. the producers focusing on The Flash. Hopefully they're going to pull together a strong second half.

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re: work: on the plus side, free lunch today, thanks to the people catering the lunch meeting. They sent me a free sandwich!

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[personal profile] celebratinguniqueness posting in [community profile] fan_flashworks
Title: Time Jump
Fandom: Torchwood/Doctor Who
Rating: G
Length: 2641
Characters/Pairings: Jack/Ianto, mentions Doctor and Clara.
Warnings/Spoilers: No spoilers! Rated for content!
Author notes: This is the first thing I have ever done with Doctor Who so please PLEASE forgive me. I have a bad habit of never doing characters justice. Also well I have never done anything like this-crossovers I mean so again I am sorry! This was supposed to be funny but it kind of took another turn! Oh well I hope you enjoy it! Also just to clarify, the little yellow people are supposed to speak how I have written it haha I am not that rubbish ;) for [community profile] fan_flashworks 

Time Jump... )

STILL SICK.

Jan. 29th, 2015 01:58 pm
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[personal profile] marina
I am so outraged by this. WHY. WHY AM I STILL SICK. With this useless fucking cold! I don't have a fever, just a haze over everything including my brain and my energy levels, ugh it's the worst :/

In other news - I continue to enjoy the fuck out of Empire.

no brain for meta, but spoilers ahead )

Fucking Thursdays.

Jan. 29th, 2015 11:30 pm
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[personal profile] tyger
Even though Thursdays are, allegedly, quiet, today was super busy too. BLUH, we say. BLUH. (Actual conversation: KA: Now, where's my motivation gone? Me: Home for a nap.)

One of my stupid clickygames updated, and now my cows all have hats. It's so great, I don't even know why but it IS.

Friday tomorrow whoooo!!

Agent Carter

Jan. 29th, 2015 04:06 am
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I've seen a lot of panic (mostly on Tumblr) about how the show isn't getting very high ratings, and everyone should spread the word and tune in so that we can show Marvel our support.

Leaving aside the fruitlessness of that kind of campaign, the basic problem is, I don't think Agent Carter is a very compelling show. I'm watching, I'm mildly enjoying, but it's not very good. And if it had more time it might - like a lot of shows - hit its stride, but it really isn't there yet.

Mild spoilers for the general arc, nothing more )

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