Dear Darkest Night Creator

29 July 2016 15:22
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Dear Creator of the dark-theme fanwork of my dreams, I am sooooo excited about this exchange, I can't even tell you. It's ridiculous. Until I started digging into the tagset, I hadn't realized how much I've been pining for stuff that's darker, angstier, more screwed up. When fics and artwork go live, it'll be like Halloween has come early! \o/

I apologize in advance for how long this letter is. I just got really excited. Also, I ended up needing to say more about some canons than others, but I promise you, I would be equally excited about a gift related to any of them!

MCU – Guardians of the Galaxy )

Hockey RPF )


Sleepy Hollow (TV) )

MCU Rolling Remix Collection

29 July 2016 17:14
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Hey all, I've been scarce around here -- not absent, just elsewhere -- and I am about to head out of town for vacation. But I have broken my fic-writing hiatus by participating a few exchanges, which has been fun!

The AO3 collection is now open for The MCU Rolling Remix which is a cool variation on one of my favorite types of fic. The stories are all remixes (or remixes of remixes) based on a single original fic, sort of like a game of telephone. And right now there aren't (although there will be later) any direct links to tell you which fic came from which starting point. I think this collection will be a lot of fun to dig into!

For right now I can just tell you I have one fic in the collection -- I have comments screened in case anyone wants to guess!

Now off to vacationland I go (lying, I will have WiFi and my laptop with me :D). (There better be WiFi).
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Chapter One of The Final Cut , Giles/Xander/Ethan by [personal profile] aadler.

[community profile] fantas_magoria re-watches "Living Conditions" .

HuffingtonPost talks "Buffy The Vampire Slayer Helped Me Slay My Personal Demons".
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I just found out from Twitter that Jerry Doyle has died at the age of 60.

How many of the main cast has already died before they turned 65? It's like Lorien's twenty years prediction had been about the cast rather than Sheridan...

reactions from the cast and crew:

JMS's statement about his death

Bill Mumy remembers Jerry
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Every so often I just have a day where I HAVE to write something. Today was one of those days. The result is... 2600 words of murdery Gamora/Nebula time loops? That is not what I planned to write for my first non-drabble fic in this fandom, but here are.

stone floor, ceiling of stars (2585 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Gamora/Nebula (Marvel)
Characters: Gamora (Marvel), Nebula (Marvel), Thanos (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Torture, Time Loop, Pseudo-Incest, Hopeful Ending

Her hand was restored, Gamora noted. She looked at Gamora with fathomless eyes. Gamora had known how to read those eyes once, to see the expression in them.

“Nebula,” Thanos said. “Kill her.”

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So, following on from the book list and the assorted things I've filed erratically under the embodiment tag over the years ...

Anyone have interest in a comm to discuss, well, this sort of stuff?

For people who are interested in/curious about/like reading about movement practices (and other miscellaneous somatic practices) which may or may not be "sports"), and in thinkiness about how they affect/are affected by our experiences of being in bodies?

I'd want it to be a place where people can share and compare experiences (and books and films and random thoughts) across disciplines. I want to know how my experiences with climbing relate to other people's experience with ballet, or yoga, or Brazilian ju-jitsu. Or long walks. I want to hear from people who don't do a particular movement practice any more because of reasons. Or why a particular practice conects for a particular person. I want a place to discuss how mental illnesses affect/are affected by our movement practices, or how we juggle movement practices with mobility impairment or chronic pain, and what all of that means for ideas of "fitness", and how/if we do these things in bodies which aren't "ideal" or don't fit conventional standards for "sportiness". I want to talk about gender, obviously. And what it means when we have sports injuries or do activities involving some level of risk, or other things which are not considered "healthy". And whether ballet pointe shoes are or aren't like climbing shoes, and how one learns to fall in all the different activities that involve falling, and all the possible cross-activity forms of geekery, as concrete or theoretical as we can manage.


Anyone else possibly interested?
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[personal profile] thady posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Gen | Hermione Granger; Crookshanks, Scabbers
Content Notes/Warnings: none, SFW
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ:
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] vmtr89

Why this piece is awesome: I love the dynamic of thie piece. Hermione is great here, and I love Crookshanks and Scabber's expressions.

Link: Hermione.

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27 July 2016 17:04
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[personal profile] lotesse
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.
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I recently scored tickets to a recording of the long-running BBC Radio 4 programme "Just a Minute". For those who are unfamiliar with it, four panelists are given, in turn, a random topic by the host and must speak for one minute on it without repetition, hesitation or deviation. The other three panelists try to catch them out, and if they score a correct challenge, they take over the topic and continue speaking. A single round can take quite a lot longer than one minute whilst the panelists and host argue over whether or not the challenges are in fact correct. Or end up chatting about something else entirely.

This was the first recording I'd attended that wasn't at Broadcasting House. It was in the Shaw Theatre, between Euston and Kings Cross stations, and it has greater capacity than Broadcasting House. Unfortunately, it isn't air-conditioned. It was also packed full, because "Just a Minute" is a cultural institution and is still very popular. Nicholas Parsons has been hosting the show for almost fifty years, and the adulation he received at the start and end of the recording made it practically impossible to hear his greetings and farewell.

We had a little unintentional pre-show entertainment. The ticketing system works thus: You turn up an hour before the doors open, present your ticket and are given a sticker with a number on it. When the doors open, the production guests (wearing wristbands) file in first, and then the ticket holders are allowed entry in groups of fifty. It all works in quite a civilised fashion despite the crush in the lobby, because British people love queuing.

However, once we'd (nearly) all sat down, it became evident that there'd been some sort of cock-up involving the seating of the production guests. Four people wearing viridescent wristbands were stood at the front, looking up at the full rows of seats with evident displeasure. One was a blonde woman in a white jacket with a formidable aspect. I should not like to have been the young production assistant attempting to mollify her and receiving the pointy end of said displeasure. Hands were waved about. The small number of solitary seats scattered about the theatre were indicated and obviously rejected. Eventually, some audience members were convinced to shift around slightly to permit the foursome to sit in pairs on opposite sides of the theatre.

This had all taken a good ten minutes, by which point the ostensible start time of the recording had passed. The drama had now attracted the attention of literally every person in the audience. When the formidable woman sat down, the entire theatre broke into a cheer. She stood up a few seconds later to hand her empty drink cup (two will get you seven that it was a large gin and tonic) to a frazzled usher. The audience booed. Unfased, she turned around, smiled beautifully and resumed her seat gracefully. I was impressed, as I suspect most of the rest of the audience would have died of embarrassment right then.

It was not until the very end of the show when Nicholas Parsons was bidding us farewell that we had the measure of what had transpired. "If," he said, with a twinkle in his eye "you happen to run across the fellow who tore the sign reading 'Reserved for Nicholas Parson's wife' off the seats in the front..." He made a small, meaningful gesture with his cane.

The four panelists were Paul Merton, Tony Hawks, Zoë Lyons and Julian Clary. I shall say no more of the two very funny shows that were recorded, but I think I can safely share another pre-recording anecdote. Nicholas Parsons asked each panelist to speak into their microphone for the sake of the sound engineer at the back. Not one to pass up an opportunity for innuendo, Julian Clary put on his most deliberately camp voice and said, "Hello, David, are you receiving me in the rear?" Nicholas Parsons: "Yes, I think so. Poor David. He can't hear anything now."

After departing the Shaw, I arrived at my place of sleep around 22:30. I walked in the door and was greeted by the smell of freshly baked apple & rhubarb crumble and vanilla custard heating on the hob. A whisky glass was placed in my hand and unopened bottles of Lagavulin and Scapa presented upon the kitchen island for my perusal and selection.

Sometimes, I am a very lucky Nanila indeed.
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Tolkien
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Laurelin & Telperion in Valinor
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: pencils & ink?
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] feliche

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a beautiful illustration of Valinor. The artist is clearly influenced by Tolkien's own art but they have a strong style of their own. The linework makes me think of engravings, it has the same combination of delicacy and strength.

Link: The Two Trees of Valinor
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Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: [personal profile] leyna   Leyna55 on LJ 
Artist Website/Gallery: Leyna on DA
Why this piece is awesome: Another great artwork by Leyna - this one is from the SGA Big Bang 2008. I love their focused expressions, the tenderness, and the likenesses are really spot on. Love the ambience of the darkened room, emphasizing the intimacy. Click through a couple of times to see it full-sized - it's definitely worth it.
Link: Midnight Confession
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Most of these have been sitting in my bookmarks for a while, waiting for a recs theme that fit. Well, here's one: these are fics that get my VERY VERY HIGHEST recommendation. These are flat-out some of the best fics I have ever read. Or at least some of the ones I liked the most.

With No Lodestar in Sight by [ profile] lindentree - True Grit, Mattie/LeBeouf, 82k.
Eighty-two thousand glorious words of plotty post-canon adventures and slow-burn romance. I cannot even tell you how much I love this fic. The author captures Mattie's voice and scalpel-like pragmaticism perfectly, and Rooster Cogburn is in it, and also did I mentioned adventures? And plot? This is everything I could have dreamed of in a post-canon shipfic, and it is so, so satisfying.

Counterfeit and Counterpart by [ profile] Frea_O - MCU, Maria+Natasha friendship, 28k.
It's very rare that fic depicts friendship with as much care and nuance and with as many emotional complications as romance gets, but this fic does. This is a prickly friendship, sometimes two steps forward and one step back. And don't let the summary fool you - this is not a series of unrelated vignettes, but a story with a purpose. Maria is cranky and great, and there's a road trip at the end that's just marvelous. This whole fic is marvelous

A Beginner's Guide to Communing with the Dead by [ profile] suspiciousflashlight - SPN, Dean/Castiel, 77k
This is an urban fantasy AU where Dean is a work-worn cop haunted, literally and figuratively, by the murder of one Jo Harvelle, and who accidentally summons an angel to his attic. And then keeps him there. And convinces him to help Dean solve the murder. It's the worldbuilding and the plot I love this fic for - it is possibly one of the most tightly-plotted fics I have ever read, with definitely one of the best climactic scenes I have ever seen in a fic. Or possibly in fiction.
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[personal profile] ceares posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Game of Thrones
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Khal Drogo/Khaleesi Danaerys Stormborn Targaryen
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: ending with my favorite couple and an absolutely gorgeous piece. The loose style enhances the idea of them flowing together and the artist wonderfully captured their expressions of love and happiness. The muted tones, light and shadow and glow create a nostalgic feel, like it could be a memory of happier times.
Link: Khal and Khaleesi
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[personal profile] ceares posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Game of Thrones
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: House Stark: Ned, Robb, Catelyn, Bran, Arya, Sansa, Jon Snow
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital -photomanip
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: turk1672
Why this piece is awesome: Beautifully done with a movie poster feel. I love the subtle color.
Link: House Stark

FIC: barb, shaft, quill

25 July 2016 21:27
snickfic: text: Sign number 23 that you're obsessed with hockey: you think the proper way to spell the plural of leaf" is "leafs" (hockey)
[personal profile] snickfic
Bruins were one of the featured teams in this month's Flash Fic Exchange, and so I wrote this for Las, combining her prompts of wingfic and "the great outdoors." For some reason, the outdoors I was feeling just now was the desert.

barb, shaft, quill (2451 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Patrice Bergeron/Brad Marchand
Characters: Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand
Additional Tags: Boston Bruins, Wingfic, Desert

Everyone knew about Brad’s obsession with the desert – deserts in general, the Sonoran in specific. Nobody knew what the hell to make of it. “You’re from fucking Halifax, man,” Torey had said one time when Brad turned up with some random fact about Gila monsters. “You should be into lobster or clams or some shit.”

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25 July 2016 22:41
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[personal profile] lotesse
keyed right back the fuck up about the "progressive" white dudes who think they own the left, wow.
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 I am trying to find out if the Library of Congress project to archive Fanlore is still viable. When the project was announced last year, contact with the LOC was managed by the Board. With the Board shake-up, I am wondering if the project info was passed along.  Is the project still on the Board agenda?  Do they have time to continue driving the project forward?  If not, would the Wiki Committee have time to keep the project moving?
Since the Library of Congress project may be something that has time-sensitive funding at their end, if the OTW does not followup on the project, the funding could be lost or the project de-prioritized. 

edited to add: I heard back from the Wiki - they think the Board gave permission and a form needed to be submitted by someone. Anyone else know the status of this project? Does the Loc need anything further?  Do we have an ETA or update on when they will start collecting or when it will go live. Is there someone at the LOC we could contact?

and now - fannish content!

25 July 2016 13:27
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[personal profile] lotesse
I fell back into BtVS courtesy of Jenny Trout's watchthrough - I don't know that I'd recommend it though, really, I don't think her analysis is quite smart enough to be worth reading. But she ships Buffy/Giles in a loud, proud, and kinky way that seriously works for me, and I started poking through episodes to find bits she was talking about because her screenshots are all bleeding broken, and then I was in the middle of season 3?

-I like the arc of the whole story best when I'm shipping Buffy/Giles. All other readings are too depressing.

-I am still fucking easy for Angel though, and I don't understand why - after all this time, really? He just does it for me in some idk hindbrainy way. B/A is uncomfortable for me now, though, owing to Ex Issues.

-I don't like s4 on the whole but that is some boss shit it's doing at the end with Frankenstein/parenting issues/Haraway-style cyborgism. Hella fine structural work. Elegant af.

-Joss really does still work for me, in a deep and fundamental way

-although all of a sudden I think Willow is disturbing and creepy as a person, and i'm not at all surprised she skins a dude after a few years tbqh

-wow also Riley's Black Friend is the weakest character in the entire buffyverse, what the hell.
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Things I Have Learnt in My First Week of Playing Pokémon Go:

  • Popping a Lucky Egg, deploying incense and hanging out by a Pokéstop that's got a lure going is an orgy of Pokémon collecting joy.
  • Likewise, saving up evolvable Pokémon until you've popped a Lucky Egg is an XP explosion of levelling-up delight.
  • The game is not well suited to rural environments. We have a single Pokéstop within a 1 mile radius, and we have to leave the house to get to it. I know, I know the point of the game is to go out walking, but it's quite difficult to do when you have small children that you can't leave alone/asleep in the house and they don't understand this sudden continual urge to amble up and down the canal towpath that their parents have developed.
  • If you can't regularly hit up a Pokéstop for a supply, Pokéballs are a precious resource not to be wasted on annoying, relatively low CP Pokémon that keep jumping out of your Pokéballs. I have a hard limit of 3 Pokéballs per Pokémon.
  • OTOH, living next to a canal means you get a lot of water-based Pokémon. I have caught a lot of Magicarp, which are apparently hard to find in other places. This is good because for some reason it takes 400 Magicarp candy to evolve one of the bloody things, whereas most other low- and mid-level Pokémon only need either 12 or 50. I'm up to 125 [ed: transposed the numbers. It was 152. Now 160] Magicarp candies.
  • I don't know what a Magicarp evolves into, but it'd better be pretty fantastic.
  • Wow, it's a battery-killer. I get a max of one hour of play out of a fully charged battery with the screen brightness turned all the way down and no other applications running. My phone's getting a bit tetchy (it's almost two years old), so that doesn't help, but even the bloke's relatively new phone doesn't last much longer.
  • Hatching an egg is a great way to make yourself get a lot of low-key exercise. The GPS tracking is calibrated so you can't fool it by driving (unless you're going under 10 mph), cycling or even running. You must walk, although I have managed to find a single exception...
  • ...Riding a London bus during commuter hours. Because the buses are travelling pretty slowly and they stop frequently, you can enter the minigame to catch Pokémon and not lose them. You also rack up the mileage (kilometerage?) on your incubating eggs, again because you are traveling slowly.
  • The Tube is not good for playing the game. Despite the stops, even if you're above ground you often lose 4G/3G signal and thus attempts to catch Pokémon end in wasted Pokéballs, which is always a bad thing.
  • I have hatched, evolved or collected 50 out of the currently available 147 Pokémon. If there's an update with more soon I may have to start putting (even more limits) on myself on when I'm allowed to play.
  • Three-year-olds are pretty good at throwing Pokéballs.
  • A good 3/4 of the people I've had passing conversations with in the past week happened explicitly because both the other person and myself were visibly playing the game.
  • I'm level 13+ 14 [ed: after today's lunchtime Pokéwalk] and I still haven't joined a team or visited a gym. You can tell which aspects of the game I like best, no?
  • I haven't had this much fun or been this hooked on a game since...well, since Neko Atsume. :P
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Theresa May becoming Prime Minister has been hailed by some as a victory for feminism. Osha Al-Mossallami argues that the representation of women in politics should be about more than an image

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25 July 2016 04:31
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[personal profile] lotesse
Writing is hard for me right now. Critical writing, I mean, not creative - I'm working right now, not playing, I don't have enough words in me to do both. But I'm doing it. It means putting down my wraps of protective fuzziness and breaking out my brain. It feels like jousting, single combat, one-on-one with my brainweasels. I ... think? it is a good thing that this is what I am trying to do for a living. I think. It feels like victory each time I send work in - although then of course the revisions do come back!

Working on C.S. Lewis, this week; heart grant me patience with the dear idiot.
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Fanged Four icon and banner by [personal profile] comlodge.

Ign talks to Joss about the comics and more Marvel movies.

EW shows clip from Once Upon a Time Season Five with JM.
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Tolkien
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Melkor descending into Arda
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] digital-fantasy

Why this piece is awesome: This is a fantastic and truely scary portrayal of Melkor.

Link: melkor
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[personal profile] rydra_wong
Remembering that you have an ice lolly (a.k.a. popsicle, I believe) mould at the back of a cupboard.

Also, it turns out that an unsweetened jasmine tea ice lolly is an unusual and refreshing thing (yes, it's just frozen tea-on-a-stick; given the basic goal of reducing body temperature as much as possible, this totally works for me).

Btw, I reiterate the lido offer for DW peeps in London (for upcoming weekdays, anyway -- getting too crowded at weekends).
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It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post, and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have two volunteer reccers who signed up for August with these fandoms:

* Harry Potter ([personal profile] thady)
* Undertale ([profile] jogn_egbert)

So while we already have some recs to look forward to in August, it would of course be awesome if we had more recs. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.

Looking even further ahead so far NO reccers have volunteered for September, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for August, September or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.

Open Rec Posting

The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of July. If you are looking for something to inspire you, the prompt for this week is "space exploration", but that's totally optional for the recs. However they do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)
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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: John Sheppard, Elizabeth Weir, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: [personal profile] saldemonium
Artist Website/Gallery: saldemonium on DA
Why this piece is awesome: This one's from the SGA Big Bang 2009, and it illustrates [personal profile] general_jinjur's great post-Tabula Rasa story "The Magical Number Seven (Plus or Minus Two)". I love the clever combination of silhouettes with the swirling patterns and the way sal used very fitting song lyrics curling across the image. Really excellent design overall. You need to click through twice to see the detail properly. 
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