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I was tweaking my yuletide signup - I had to re-add Mr. Butler to my Miss Fisher's request - and I was hit with sudden confusion. Say I only offer two out of a possible 8 characters for a fandom, and someone requests Any. Can I still be assigned to write for them? That is how it used to be, and I don't want to deal with that again.

I guess what I'm saying is, I feel a need to be more conservative in fandoms I'm offering this year. A couple of my perennial offers weren't nommed (also, no Max in Batman Beyond *sadhair*! And yet Bruce Wayne is in. How even did that happen? I guess there's always one - like Wolverine last year), so I can't offer them, and I almost never say Any because I know how easy it is to be surprised by a request that unexpectedly hits the DNW button.

I still have a couple more days to think about it, I guess.

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Work was busy from end to end today, and will be tomorrow as well, but just two more days and then Boss1 is leaving on 3 weeks of vacation. And yesterday when I told her I was nervous about her retiring and being replaced, she said I was valuable to the organization and while she couldn't promise anything she was pretty sure they could find a place for me if the new CEO didn't want me. So there's that. I mean, I'm still going to be anxious about it, because hello, have you met me? But it was nice to hear.

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Wednesday reading meme:

What I've just finished
Arctic Rising by Tobias Buckell - a near-future eco-thriller that I wanted to like more than I did. I feel like it spent a lot of time info-dumping in ways that bordered on lecturing sometimes without providing a full cast of fully rounded characters - Anika, the protagonist, was cool, and Roo, the Caribbean spy, was interesting, but I feel like everybody else was flat.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, only a year after everyone else. I liked it, though I don't really have thoughts, per se, beyond how ancillaries are kind of like Cylons? Except worse, because they were people first, not clones engineered and grown in vats. And I guess more like Centurions than skinjobs? Also, I guess there are occasions when I'm supposed to know someone's male, but because of the default 'she' in the narration, I'm just always picturing everyone as women, and I'm okay with that.

What I'm reading now
Ancillary Sword, of course! Though I've just started it so I have nothing to say.

What I'm reading next
Why do I even keep this question on here?

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The Flash
spoilers will take Things You Can't Outrun for $500 Alex )

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For Sale: Action Figures

Oct. 22nd, 2014 06:16 pm
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[personal profile] settiai
The following action figures are still available, if anyone is interested/knows anyone who might be interested. I'm asking $12 each for the main characters, $5 each for the Axon and Cyberman, and $2 for the Toclafane, but I'm definitely willing to haggle.

First Doctor (with cane)
Second Doctor (with recorder)
Fifth Doctor (version with hat)
Sixth Doctor (in multicolor outfit)
Seventh Doctor (with umbrella)
Rose Tyler (in purple shirt with ice extinguisher)
Astrid Peth
The Master (Ainley)
Axon (monster)
Cyberman (classic)
Toclafane (open)
Toshiko Sato

Shipping costs will depend on how many action figures you're interested in.

Nicked from Recessional

Oct. 22nd, 2014 03:40 pm
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Trick or Treat! Time for something sweet to —- read. Since I can’t hand out snickers bars over the internet, I’m giving away fun-size fanfic for the first five lucky ghouls to reply to this post with their fic request. (Unless I get a lot of responses fast, in which case I might up it to ten.) Any series or characters you know I'm generally familiar with. :D

ALL SLOTS FILLED! I'll do my best to write these by Halloween. :)

1. Autumn/harvest/day-of-the-dead traditions in Asgard
2. Werewolf!Peter and werewolf!Diana being wolfy together
3. Natasha anything (but perhaps post-Written in Blood and Bone Natasha & Bucky)
4. Methos anything
5. White Collar, Kate meets June
6. Neal and Mozzie planning a heist on Halloween (or any Neal & Mozzie)
7. Trick-or-treating with SGA or Avengers
8. Theo trick-or-treating at the Burkes' or anything Peter/El
9. Steve & Bucky friendship or White Collar Halloween
10. Anler/Taiv (Torn World)

.... Though I will add the caveat that since I'm traveling/visiting/not at the computer much this month, these might be REALLY short! I'll guarantee a couple of paragraphs but not more than that.

Avengers or White Collar are most likely to get more than a couple of paragraphs, but I'll try my hand at anything I've watched/read, and any character, pairing, or prompt is acceptable. If I truly don't think I can do it, I'll ask you to pick another.

ETA: Since I may not be able to check this post very often, you might want to look at both the LJ and DW side to see if there are still slots! First come, first served.

Wednesday Books in Tokyo

Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:31 pm
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What I'm Reading
Silver Spoon volume 1 by Arakawa-sensei, because I'm going to be hanging out at an agricultural institute in Tochigi in January and three years ago I was defeated by the agricultural kanji and then by graduate school. (I was trying to be A Good Student and draw all the kanji rather than just look them up by the readings, but you know what, life is short and I'll pick them up visually eventually anyway, screw that.) Anyway it's an Arakawa manga about a dude who goes to an agricultural high school because it's a boarding school and that's literally all I know yet, but it could be about watching paint dry and I would love it because Arakawa. She is my all-time favorite. And you know, that's the great thing about manga--it can make me read about so many different things and love them all. But yeah, I bought all 12 volumes at Book-Off (which is rebranding as Yafu Off? Or maybe just the one in Shibuya? I don't know at all) for ¥2500; I'll just sell back the volumes I own in the States once I've read them.

What I've Just Read
I literally just finished Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and it was brilliant. I saw her at a signing this spring and thanked her for writing a book that didn't pathologize fandom and fanfiction without having read it, but I really loved the book itself, and Cath, and Simon Snow, and her relationship to fandom and the people in her life and also to freshman year of college. In some ways, I saw a lot of me and my sister in Cath and Wren; we were nothing like that, except for how we were, and how we could have been. It's a really good book and I'm kicking myself for not buying the necklace when it was available. Highly recommended.

Libba Bray, The Diviners - I really liked it. I just really liked that Evie drank and swore and was scandalous and the narrative didn't punish her for any of that, and I thought Bray did a really good job of bringing history to life. I do have questions about the larger structure of the series and some of the worldbuilding that can't be answered at this point because it's only one book of four, but if and when the next one comes out, I'll be reading avidly.

Michelle Sagara, Cast in Sorrow - I'm now only one book behind on the Elantra Chronicles, and I still really like Kaylin. It feels like she's grown a lot over the last few books, and I'm looking forward to watching that growth continue. I ship her and Severn shamelessly.

Kumota Haruko, Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu vol. 1 - I finally finished the first volume of the rakugo manga! I bought it on a whim because it's popular and because the author was the subject of an exhibit at the Yonezawa Manga Library in June. It's set in the 80s (and yes, when you think about it, the Bubble really was the Showa Genroku) and follows the career of an ex-con who becomes an apprentice rakugo raconteur when he gets out. I expect many doujinshi at Comiket devoted to the rakugo sensei and the sensei's dead rival, who may or may not be haunting the sensei as a ghost? I had a friend who did her Fulbright research on manga, so I know about two knuckles' worth of stuff about it, but even that was enough to know that it's a pretty sexist sphere, and I'm glad that Kumota puts that front and center in the person of the sensei's dead rival's daughter, who he's raised in his household and wants to be a rakugo raconteur but simply can't. I don't really care about the protagonist much yet (except, since the mangaka made her name in BL, and this is shelved in BL/Ladies at Book-Off, wondering whether he or any of the other male characters will suddenly appear in a BL scene), but that's pretty normal for me, and also not a dealbreaker by any means.

What I'm Reading Next
More Silver Spoon and rakugo, I dare say.

What I've Bought
…A lot of manga. Two more volumes of rakugo; all of Silver Spoon; the first of the Roman bath manga, vol. 10 of Ôoku, Billy Bat 1 (again; my copies of all of these are in the States); xxxHoLiC Rei 2. Also One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire, because somehow I never bought it in paper.

Boop boop boop

Oct. 23rd, 2014 02:58 am
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Yes.

Today was hot and it was awesome.

Didn't do a whole lot, really, but I did do a couple of commissions!

2 images )

Have another thing I wanna colour for a competition, too, so hopefully I'll still have the art but tomorrow and can do a whole bunch. Still working on that balance between doing shiny things and not burning out, hahahaha. Do think I'm slowly getting better, but it's still not easy.

Whoops, forgot to put a title in.

Oct. 22nd, 2014 01:22 am
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It's been a while since I've done Wednesday Reading! Most of my reading lately has been fanfic for a lot of reasons, and I don't see that changing much until the end of the year, but I'll still try to sneak in original fic/nonfiction whenever I can.

(I love that "not reading much" for me is still nearly 40 books this year so far and probably millions of words of fanfic.)

(Ooh, I do read with Nibling here and there. I should log some of those books, even if they're shorter.)

Quick reading. )

Some other things:

-I carved pumpkins today! I helped scoop out Nibling's pumpkin, helped him draw a face on, and then carved a face on my pumpkin. (Bro-in-Law did the scooping on the other three pumpkins because I started with the one whose innards wouldn't quit. Plus, he's more experienced than I am.) There was something intensely satisfying about the experience. I'm tempted to get a few pumpkins next year so I can carve for practice (and figure out fannish ones).

-[community profile] bandom_holidays is a thing that's happening! My end-of-the-year dance card is full, but I'm totally excited to read what comes from it.

-Gabe holding Pete's baby makes me emotional for bandom reasons AND for impending second nibling reasons. I have more emotions about that than Ryland and Alex leaving Cobra Starship, but then, Gabe and Victoria are my emotional investment there. Still sucks, though.

I am intrigued about Cobra's new bassist. (The farewell letter says the bassist was in a band who toured with Cobra before.) The popular guess in my Twitter feed seems to be Sisky, more than one person had Jon Walker come to mind (including myself, but it doesn't seem likely), and I really doubt it's my brain's random flash of "Ryan Ross???" (To be fair to my brain, he does hang out with Ryland. But considering how things ended with Pete - and, you know, Ryan's a guitarist - yeah. No.) I would say it would likely be some bassist that I have no knowledge of/investment in except this is bandom. Should be interesting however it plays out!

Daily Happiness

Oct. 21st, 2014 11:06 pm
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[personal profile] torachan
1. Day off tomorrow! I might go in to work for a couple hours, but I haven't decided for sure, and even if I do, it would be midday and I can still sleep in and have a lazy morning. :)

2. We got tasty burritos for dinner.

3. The other day Irene was watching Akira and it made me want to read the manga (I've never read it before, though I saw the movie several times back in the day). The only site I could find raws on uses a file hosting site that allows you to download one file every six hours, so it's been taking what feels like forever to get these, even though there are only six volumes, but I'm downloading the final volume right now, yay.

Treats and dorky ramblings!

Oct. 22nd, 2014 01:00 pm
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So, talked to my mom on Skype after I wrote my last entry. It was really only her for the whole talk. My parents had just kind of got back from spending time down South with my sister and brother and law's family, so everyone was pooped I guess.

While we were talking a Fed-Ex package from my family came! It was perfect timing, and full of really awesome goodies. Some of it was stuff I had bought for myself (Ranma Blu Rays, a few games got on the cheap), but they also sent me some tasty treats! I got some pumpkin spice Kisses, pumpkin spice M&Ms, and best yet...homemade cookies! If you remember, my brother in law manages a Fed Ex store, so he can send stuff quickly and cheaply, so on their Thursday they baked cookies, sent the package Friday, and it arrived their Sunday, my Monday. Pretty rad! I've been picking at the cookies, but fear I'm eating them too fast, so I decided to freeze the majority of what was left. Hopefully that will slow me down a bit. That, or I'll just eat them cold! XD

cut for useless game rambles )
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My pretty dream of getting fic posted before work today was, in retrospect, hilarious. (Instead, I was a good freelancer and put in some work on a script before heading to Casual Job.) And it's sure not getting done tonight, or tomorrow morning (tomorrow morning I'm due at the office around 9 AM, as opposed to today's 2 PM. In fact, I should already be in bed). But hopefully tomorrow evening. Yes.

(I realize this isn't a huge deal in general! *g* But [name redacted because I don't wanna spread other people's plans around]'s plans mean that getting it posted in the next few days would be convenient for them. So that's the goal.)

This morning I attempted to buy Maggie Stiefvater's Blue Lily, Lily Blue in the name of first-week sales and all, even though I haven't read the first two books of the Raven Cycle yet. As I mentioned to someone on Twitter, if this were the final book, I'd hold off until it's out in paperback so it'd match my copies of The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves, but it's the second-last book in the series, and I don't plan to take that long to start actually reading the books.

Alas, the key word in the previous paragraph is "attempted", because Amazon.ca and Chapters/Indigo both claim that the book isn't available until November 1. >.< And when Bakka-Phoenix posted their list of releases for the week, it wasn't listed there. But it's out in the US, and even more confusingly, it's available at the Kobo store...which belongs to Chapters/Indigo. (I didn't bother checking Kindle.) I am very confused, and also grumpier than is justified, given that heaven only knows when I'll actually read the book anyway.

Publishing is WEIRD. But this is not news.

At any rate, I did order vol. 3 of Hawkeye (which reminds me that I still haven't read vol. 2) and Beware the Wild, which is a debut novel about which I've heard good things. It will go on the to-read...bookcase. >.>

(Somehow when I stopped buying nearly as many manga titles--I think I'm now at about seven or eight, including Evangelion, which has only one more volume--I switched to buying many more novels. Which isn't a bad thing, but also wasn't exactly intentional, since I've always been a heavy library user.)

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Oct. 21st, 2014 10:00 pm
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[insert high-pitched noises that can probably be heard all the way in the District here]

Some Books What I Have Read Lately

Oct. 21st, 2014 05:30 pm
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I have read a few books recently! Wow. Who am I.

Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore. This is less a history of Wonder Woman and much more a history of her creator and the nexus of influences that led to her creation. I really enjoyed this book--William Moulton Marston's secret poly family, kinkster influences, his work as a psychologist and inventor of the lie detector test, and heavy early feminist ideologies were fascinating. I appreciate that the author gives a lot of background and context to the women in Marston's life--his 'secret' wife Olive was the niece of Margaret Sanger, and Lepore devotes a lot of time to Sanger's life and influences on the Marston household. I was expecting more content recapping early Wonder Woman storylines, but found myself more fascinated by the women in Marston's life and the contexts of the comic itself. Very interesting portrait of not just a man, but a family and of a moment in history. I like that Lepore's prose was unsentimental about Marston, too. He may have been ahead of his time in terms of feminism but he was also possessed of an enormous ego and had a lot of lingering sexist ideas. That said, the work he did still fascinates us today, and Wonder Woman as an unabashed feminist icon has an even greater place in my current personal pantheon. I recommend this book--I found it fascinating and very engaging.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. This book is getting all kinds of buzz and it ended up on the National Book Award shortlist. My favorite rep, one of our Random House ones, bugged me until I read this because he loves it so much. It's very literary--it takes a science fiction trope and gives it a literary treatment about fame and memory and things. Ultimately I didn't love this book as much as my rep does, perhaps because I've seen this trope a bunch of times before, but I did like it, and the writing was really lovely in a lot of places. Moments from it stick with me vividly. If you like dystopias with a strong dose of humanity, you may like this one.

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley. I picked this up on its release date, wanting very much to love it. I didn't. Some spoilers... )

Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie. I actually read this a few months ago, but it just came out so people are talking about it now. On first reading I didn't have the same flush of excitement for this book as I did for its predecessor, but upon reflection I really like it. It does a better job than Justice of explaining what's going on and delving a bit more into Breq's personal identity. It also has a smaller focus, so it's a bit less sweeping, but I think that is a great choice for this second book--it grounds the story and lays down some much-needed character work in advance of the next installment, which promises to be much more intense.

**I am also halfway through these books, but knowing me I probably will be too flaky to write them up later and I have an opinion right now, so let's just go with it:

I'm about a third of the way into Ada's Algorithm by James Essinger. It's a biography of Ada Lovelace!!!! If I am understanding things right, this already came out in the UK a while back, but has been slightly re-titled and is out this month in the US. The writing is very pedestrian and straightforward, a disappointment especially coming off of the richness of the Wonder Woman book, but the subject is of direct importance to me as I enter the wonderful world of Being A Woman-Type Person In Tech, so I'll keep with it. (Speaking of which, if you haven't heard of The Ada Initiative yet... go check it out).

I did stop and look up Babbage's Difference Engine after reading about him in this book, and it was pretty cool to see in motion even though I am not mathy enough to fully understand polynomial equations. I'll embed the video here so you can watch, too, if you want. Oddly beautiful:



My major complaint with the Ada biography is that the first few chapters prominently describe her father, who, being Lord Byron, was certainly a colorful figure? But it got a bit tl;dr. I'm just at the part where she and her mother meet Babbage, so I expect to start enjoying it a bit more from here out.

I'm also about halfway through Geek Sublime by Vikram Chandra. This is a pop culture nonfiction book by a celebrated novelist who is also an accomplished programmer, seeking to address the connections between art and coding. It's a bit rambly and a bit partial in its perspective, but I don't really mind. As a non-white person Chandra's perspectives on tech are interesting, and the chapters on the history of coding and also the digression into the structure of Sanskrit were fascinating. I'm using this as occasional bedtime reading--thought-provoking and a bit wonderful.

I also just picked up Jacqueline Koyanagi's Ascension, which I'm enjoying more than I expected I would! This is largely down to me and my prejudice against self-publishing. However! It's queer (and, I think, eventually poly?) women of color in space! I'm a few chapters in and so far it's reading like a somewhat genderswapped and racebent version of Firefly, but in a good way. So far I'm enjoying this and intrigued to see where it will go. The writing isn't phenomenal but it's got plenty of heart to it.

Dear Yuletide Writer

Oct. 21st, 2014 11:09 am
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Where has this year gone? I can't believe it's time for Yuletide sign-ups already!

Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you for writing me a story! When it comes to Yuletide, I'm easy to please. All of these fandoms are very dear to me, and I would be thrilled to see a story in any of them. You might notice that a couple of my requests are pretty much identical to ones I've listed (and received amazing gifts for!) in the past. That's only because I'm greedy and can never get enough of some of these characters!

Likes: In general, I prefer character-driven stories that are strongly based in canon. I enjoy world-building and plot, but I also get a kick out of your garden-variety fanfiction tropes. I especially love hurt/comfort, bed sharing, huddling for warmth, pretend!relationships, loyalty, and power dynamics. Sex is awesome, but I usually prefer it to advance the story somehow. I'd rather read a G-rated fic with some kind of plot/conflict/characterization than an explicit fic without. Similarly, I like happy endings, but only when they fit the story -- I'd rather read a melancholy ending than a happy ending that feels tacked on. If you're bored, feel free to check out the list of 101 favorite kinks, tropes, and devices I recently posted, but please don't feel obligated to read it. Really, the requests themselves tell you pretty much everything you need to know!

Dislikes: Setting is a huge part of what attracts me to my various fandoms in the first place, so I'm not a fan of most AUs. Sexualized non-con or non-con between my OTPs is also a huge DNW. I'm a bit squicked by a huge focus on bodily fluids, so please no scat, watersports, snowballing, blood play, red wings, etc. (Weirdly enough, female ejaculation doesn't hit that squick for some reason, so if that's your thing, feel free to include it). Fetishizing or misgendering of canonically transgendered characters is also a DNW. I'm kind of hit or miss when it comes to kid fic and pregnancy -- in general, the fluffier that kind of story is, the less likely I am to enjoy it.

Kuroshitsuji (2014) )

海辺のカフカ - 村上春樹 | Kafka on the Shore - Murakami Haruki )

Girls und Panzer )

The BSC )

Star Trek: Dwellers in the Crucible - Margaret Wander Bonnano )

No. 6 )

Please don't stress out about writing for me! Like I said, I'm pretty easy to please. And please don't think that if I wrote more about a particular fandom, I somehow like or want it more -- all of these are fandoms of my heart, but I was just feeling a little more verbose about some of them. Honestly, just seeing new fic about any of these characters will make my day!

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