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Fandom: Classic Doctor Who
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The First, Second, Third, and Fifth Doctors & the Ainley!Master
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital cartoon
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] caycowa

Why this piece is awesome: This is so much fun. It's totally what happened after the Brig decked the Master in The Five Doctors! I love their expressions, particularly the Fifth Doctor's completely befuddled one.

Link: The Five Doctors and the One Master
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Wow reading post-TS-by-BS Sentinel fic is a really different experience once you've started and abandoned a dissertation and an academic career. Damn.

Reading Wednesday, 9/17/14

17 September 2014 21:38
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I really need to make a proper update but until then...

• What are you currently reading?

Vanity Fair is still happening, I swear. Just, I've had more headspace for audiobooks and comics lately, so it's coming slowly.

I'm listening to Conversion by Katherine Howe, which is a YA book with parallel stories about a 'mysterious illness' at a modern day girls' school, juxtaposed against the narrative of the Salem Witch trials. This is the second book I've read by Howe with a similar premise (the first was the adult-marked Physick Book of Deliverance Dane) and I keep enjoying the author's ideas more than her storytelling. I feel like her work needs a good editor and isn't getting it. As I told a friend, I wouldn't anti recommend this, if the topic sounds interesting to you, but I would go in with expectation calibrated appropriately. I'm going to finish it but will likely end up wishing it was better executed.

• What did you recently finish reading?

I read Tomboy by Liz Prince, a graphic memoir about the author's experiences growing up and struggling with gendered expectations of behavior and presentation. The book really captures the discomfort of adolescence -- in ways that are likely to feel familiar whether you struggled with her particular issues or not. I'm not sure how to feel about the author's framing of her gender identity -- the resolution is basically 'and then I discovered punk/ zine culture and accepted myself and everything was okay! which feels pretty abrupt and incomplete - but looking at this as an individual's story, I thought it was very effective.

Continuing my post-2-comic-cons in 2 weeks reading, Strange Fruit Vol. 1: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History by Joel Christian Gill is a visually inventive book that straddles the line between comics and illustrated children's book. The style of the writing definitely feels like it' 'for kids' (I think it's supposed to feel like the picture books about 'great men' like Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin that a lot of us were probably exposed to as kids) but since these are all interesting, little-known stories, and since the art is so impressive, it was interesting to read as an adult to. I have some criticisms -- I'm not sure the 'Strange Fruit' reference to lynching in the title is a great choice because it implies something darker than the generally 'inspiring' stories that are included here; and I wish that women had appeared in some capacity other than wives to the male heroes -- but it's a cool project and I hope there will be a volume 2.

I also finished both I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (which is much more of a darkly comic picaresque story than I had been led to believe; most of what I'd heard about the book focused on the abuse Angelou suffered and her period of elective muteness afterwards, which is definitely a memorable part of the book, but it's not the unmitigated chronicle of suffering that I had expected -- which I think says something not good about our expectations of 'victim' narratives, which assumes that someone who writes about being a victim can't also be smart and funny and adventurous); and Remarkable Creatures (which is the most unimaginatively dopey story anybody could manage to tell about the nineteenth century women who helped invent paleontology; look for a good nonfiction book instead).

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I am very excited to have Louise Penny's The Long Way Home from the library and I haven't decided if I'll have the patience to finish Conversion first or jump straight to Inspector Gamache and Clara Morrow and company.

Machines | Michael Donaghy

17 September 2014 12:02
[personal profile] kaberett posting in [community profile] poetry
Dearest, note how these two are alike:
This harpsicord pavane by Purcell
And the racer’s twelve-speed bike.

The machinery of grace is always simple.
This chrome trapezoid, one wheel connected
To another of concentric gears,
Which Ptolemy dreamt of and Schwinn perfected,
Is gone. The cyclist, not the cycle, steers.
And in the playing, Purcell’s chords are played away.

So this talk, or touch if I were there,
Should work its effortless gadgetry of love,
Like Dante’s heaven, and melt into the air.

If it doesn’t, of course, I’ve fallen. So much is chance,
So much agility, desire, and feverish care,
As bicyclists and harpsicordists prove

Who only by moving can balance,
Only by balancing move.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

17 September 2014 03:36
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Chapter One , Chapter Two , Chapter Three , Chapter Four , Chapter Five , Chapter Six and Chapter Seven of The Soul Lies Down , NC-17 Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] the_moonmoth.

Chapter Nineteen of Shattered Remains by [profile] xspike4evax.

Meta on Lies My Parents Told Me by [personal profile] gillo.

Thinky thoughts on Angel/Angelus by [personal profile] shipperx.

AtSverse Cordelia icons by [personal profile] sweet_lyri.

[personal profile] rahirah talks about JM's Spike tale .

ThisPopCultureBlog talks "Angel, Edward and Abuse Metaphors". Thanks to [profile] sueworld2003 for the link. "even with his soul Angel would be a rather pathetic and useless figure without his love for Buffy, consumed as he was by guilt before being made aware of her presence. It should also be noted that Angel’s condition is not due to his own volition but due to a curse; he did not intend or wish to better himself, but was reduced to a guilt-ridden and conflicted mess who tried and failed to fit into vampiric society after the curse.

Angel is, despite of all this, apparently constructed as a sort of noble monster".

BtVS Lego ! Thanks to [personal profile] gillo for the link.

belief in magic | dean young

17 September 2014 09:00
[personal profile] carthaginians posting in [community profile] poetry
How could I not?
Have seen a man walk up to a piano
and both survive.
Have turned the exterminator away.
Seen lipstick on a wine glass not shatter the wine.
Seen rainbows in puddles.
Been recognized by stray dogs.
I believe reality is approximately 65% if.
All rivers are full of sky.
Waterfalls are in the mind.
We all come from slime.
Even alpacas.
I believe we’re surrounded by crystals.
Not just Alexander Vvedensky.
Maybe dysentery, maybe a guard’s bullet did him in.
I believe there are many kingdoms left.
The Declaration of Independence was written with a feather.
A single gem has throbbed in my chest my whole life
even though
even though this is my second heart.
Because the first failed,
such was its opportunity.
Was cut out in pieces and incinerated.
I asked.
And so was denied the chance to regard my own heart
in a jar.
Strange tangled imp.
Wee sleekit in red brambles.
You know what it feels like to hold
a burning piece of paper, maybe even
trying to read it as the flames get close
to your fingers until all you’re holding
is a curl of ash by its white ear tip
yet the words still hover in the air?
That’s how I feel now.
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so I'm kind of freaked about it, but I want to try and go down to Ferguson, MO for the mass mobilization in early October. I've felt so upset and so powerless this last month and a half, and I really want something to DO, some way to be heard. But I've also never done anything like this, and I've been feeling really mentally unwell for a good while now, and I'll admit the idea of going in to the scenes we've seen there scares me to bits. But the powerlessness def. isn't helping with the feeling mentally unwell, and I feel like, if folk don't keep the noise up on this one, justice en't coming. I'm reaching out to rl people, both here and at various academic institutions, to see if anyone wants to ride with me; my undergrad is only about three hrs drive from Ferguson, so something might come of that.

Do y'all have any advice, or experiences that you think would be good for me to hear about? How do I take action and still care for myself?
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Posted by D. T. Dragon

I belly dance. Dancing is in my blood, from the Latin and ballroom sequence dancing of my parents to the disco dancing my sister and I did as a child. Yet, everybody who knows me was surprised when I said I was going to a belly dance class that had just started up in my small town. Mostly when I leave the house I wear baggy clothes that are practical and comfortable rather than sparkly underwear.

Belly dance.jpg

It was something I could do that didn't discriminate based on age, disability or gender. The class is about being included and to have fun whatever your attainment. In my case, I'd do a three minute routine at a non-disabled person's pace and then lie down for 20 minutes to get my breath back and rest my muscles for the next routine.

Some things are the same: there are more women than men in dance classes. Stereotypically, young boys don't belly dance and at the other end of the age spectrum, most men haven't survived as long as women. For workshops, the male teachers get paid more than their female counterparts for the same work.

Some things are blessedly different: in tribal style belly dancing, it's the responsibility of the leader to make the rest of the group look good and everybody gets to be the leader. You actually have to know the people you work alongside and when abilities take a hit with illness, you are very much included - everybody rallies around to show that you matter as a person. Anybody feel like they matter at work and are not a replaceable cog? Anyone?

It's great that we are exposed to different cultural beliefs as to what movements are and we get to pick what we like and make it our own. In Western belief, belly dancing is about entertainment. In Romany Turkish, it's about showing an indomitable spirit in the courts of your oppressors. In the latter, movements are masculine and feminine, not male and female. If you want to have an angular performance, movements will be more masculine. If you want a flowing performance, movements will be more feminine. They are attributes that we all possess and can express rather than being restricted by the gender binary.

Some things I really wish were different: The women in my local class stare at my hairy armpits and hairy legs and lack of makeup and nail varnish. Then some of them they say they wish they had my confidence to have their natural state in public. I say that we can do whatever we like with our bodies and shouldn't fear an external judgement or perceived obligation.

I was asked to be part of an evening show with a paying audience of 150 people. My Western teacher asked me to shave my armpits as, and I quote, "It's more feminine." After the shock of two years of dancing with them for unpaid or small audiences with my body how I choose it to be, I told her that we have different ideas as to what feminine is. I like my pubic hair as it indicates to me that I am adult. I went on to say if people find my body with pre-pubescent attributes appealing, they might want to go home and think about that and we might want to attract money from a healthier attitude audience. I declined to do the dance.

At another evening show, I growled at the person who said I needed stage make up to combat the stage lighting but their will was stronger than my resistance to their brushstrokes. Most of it stained my costume. For weeks afterwards, I had spots as my body pushed out the cosmetic toxins. It's as if cosmetics make spots on purpose so you use more cosmetics to hide the spots - a product that creates demand for more of itself is an excellent business strategy. The person who put the make up on me didn't have to live with the negative consequences of their actions.

I have been asked to do the show this year. After 12 months, who I am and how I dance is being recognised as more important than what I wear and look like, even for the 'big' events. Some things are changing.

Image is of a belly dancer and has been taken mid-movement, so the dancer's face is hazy and there's a swirl of light around her. It was uploaded by Flickr user Krisztina Konczos and has been shared under the Creative Commons Licence.

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Posted by Ania Ostrowska


There are 37,000 Love Hotels in Japan visited by 2.8 million people every day. With unprecedented access to one of them, the Angelo in Osaka, directors Phil Cox and Hikaru Toda follow everyday people from the intimacy of the hotel's rooms to their outside realities. An ancient Japanese tradition, the Love Hotels exist so people can escape the conservative strictures of their daily lives, to explore their fantasies and desires or just find some privacy.

On Wednesday 17th September DocHouse is hosting the UK premiere of Love Hotel, the critically acclaimed documentary born from this project. The screening takes place at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts, London) and will be followed by a Q&A with directors Phil Cox and Hikaru Toda.

The screening is sold out but you can read the review of Love Hotel by our contributor CN Lester, who says:

"The overwhelming impression I was left with was of joy and the wonder in small intimacies...Love Hotel explores, without fuss, without analysis, a place where people can talk honestly about who they are and what they need, face their desires head on and share them."

Click here to read CN's review and comment.

UPDATE TUESDAY 16 SEPTEMBER: Love Hotel will be screened at ICA London 20-28 September. You can get your tickets on ICA website now.

(no subject)

15 September 2014 08:57
[personal profile] erda posting in [community profile] poetry
Theme week begins now. Please post poems relating to the theme of music this week. Please tag them with the words theme:music.

Suppressed again?

15 September 2014 12:00
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Posted by Guest Blogger

A guest post from SWOU (Sex Worker Open University) about the failure of the upcoming 'Feminism in London' conference to include any sex workers on its sex work panel.

Microphone- for page.jpgUpcoming autumn event Feminism in London is planning to hold a panel discussion about sex work -- without having any current sex workers on the panel. Ironically, this sex worker-free sex work panel was originally called "Suppressed Voices". This kind of exclusion is a common experience for sex workers: name but three examples.

For Feminism in London to include current sex workers on a panel about sex work should be non-negotiable, both in terms of the necessity of hearing the insights that only current sex workers can bring and in terms of simple justice, the logic being tha the people who are most affected by any given issue should play a significant role in conversations about it. Listening to the voices of those most affected is basic feminist praxis. A sex work panel without any current sex workers violates that obvious precept.

We're glad to see that women of colour are represented on the panel and that this is reflected throughout Feminism in London, but disappointed to note that that the organisers appear to have used this to deflect criticism that the sex work panel does not include any current sex workers. A panel on intersecting oppressions within sex work, one that focuses on race and class, should centre sex workers of colour, sex workers living in poverty and sex workers whose identities span both those oppressions and more. Not be populated entirely by non-sex workers.

An argument sometimes used against sex workers' requests to have current sex workers included in discussions about sex work is the misunderstanding that we want or need every person who sells sex to 'out' themselves, in order to participate. We're aware that not every sex worker will feel comfortable being 'out' as a sex worker (literally every sex worker within SWOU is 'out' in some contexts but not others and we are all constantly navigating which spaces we feel safe in). We don't advocate excluding those people from the discussion. People shouldn't have to out themselves to participate. However, it is surprising to us that the so-called 'solution' to this lack of accessibility for sex workers is to pre-emptively exclude all current sex workers from the panel. Sex workers who are in the room are more likely to feel safer, to feel that the diverse perspectives of people currently selling sex are valued and therefore more able to speak up, if there are current sex workers on the panel.

If Feminism in London can't find sex workers who want to be on the panel, it might be worth the conference organisers reflecting on how it is they have made the space feel so unsafe that sex workers aren't comfortable attending openly. But if a space is so unsafe that no out current sex worker feels able to attend, that shouldn't be a green light to the organisers to run their sex work panel without sex worker input. If sex workers feel too unsafe to attend the conference, the conference shouldn't be discussing their issues.

We're conscious that we're likely to be accused of wanting the panel to be cancelled, of wanting to "silence the voices" of activists who 'disagree' with us. As sex workers, we don't have institutional power: even if we wanted to, we couldn't "silence the voice" of the co-ordinator of the European Women's Lobby. But to be clear: we want this panel to happen. We just think that a panel on sex work should have (non-tokenistic) input from sex workers as a basic criteria for going ahead. We're surprised that this is controversial.

We have asked for allies to help us to amplify sex worker voices. We're contacting activists and organisations participating in Feminism in London and asking them to raise concerns about the exclusion of sex workers from the sex work panel. For participants who strongly feel the injustice of this, we've suggested that they could offer to pull out of the conference until this situation is resolved (the principle of women asking pro-feminist men to decline to sit on all-male panels is well established). For people who were considering purchasing tickets, we would be appreciative if you would let the organisers know that you're waiting to see the addition of sex workers onto the sex work panel prior to finalising your purchase.

The underlying 'justification' for deliberately excluding current sex workers on a panel about sex work can only be that those who put the panel together think that people (especially women) who currently sell sex are somehow not equal to people who don't. It implies they think sex workers are dirtier, less trustworthy or less worth hearing from. We can't see any other motivation, once it's down to brass tacks. Viewing sex workers as less insightful or less trustworthy than other women cannot be an acceptable feminist position.

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Black and white close-up of a microphone, with the head at the front, by Daehyun Park and shared under a creative commons license.

just begun to write this chapter

15 September 2014 00:48
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from f-fa: here is a link to an 09 podcast interview with Andy Blake, aka thanfiction, aka Victoria Bitter, from back when no one knew he was the same person as VB. His interview segment starts at about 1:33, and beyond the hillarible accent, the most striking thing is his insistence on presenting himself as the newbiest of newbs - looking up "fan fiction" on the net with his bandmates for a lark, never written a thing before, no experience with fiction - when zie had been in media fandom for more than a decade at that point, actively producing fic in Star Trek: Voyager and Due South and Hornblower and Sharpe and LotR.

it's super weird to hear Andy as a voice; I'm used to hir being this disembodied and now largely ghostly presence, the author of works that zie can no longer claim because zie's killed off the associated personas that originally posted them.

Dear Trick or Treat Exchange Person

14 September 2014 21:05
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[personal profile] snickfic
YAY, I am super excited about this exchange, partly because it seems so low-key. I hope you are also excited! I tried to include both fluffy/sexy prompts and horror prompts for each character I requested. However, they’re just ideas, so if you have something else you’d like to write or draw related to my requested characters, feel free!

I have fewer horror prompts than sexy prompts, but please don’t take that to mean that I’d be disappointed by horror; I would be delighted by horror fic or art, but had a harder time coming up with prompts for it. Below I’ve included some general types of horror I like, though, so maybe that will help inspire you.

I also don’t have much in the way of prompts explicitly for art, but again, that’s because I’m just not as good at thinking visually. Sorry about that, artists. Feel free to take my characters wherever inspiration leads you!

general likes/dislikes )

Fandoms: Hockey RPF, Guardians of the Galaxy, BtVS, Supernatural, Saga, X-Men comics )

Chat session 14 September

15 September 2014 03:06
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[personal profile] espresso_addict posting in [community profile] fanlore
A chat session was held on 14 September at 19:00 UTC. Eight editors were able to make it, including several Committee members. Topics from the wide-ranging discussion included proposals for a New Articles Month, Weekly Featured Article section and an on-wiki central discussion forum, as well as discussion of Stub September, Committee communications, help pages, and more...

New proposals )

Other topics )

Note this is not an official committee report, so apologies if I've misunderstood or misrepresented anything. Discussion in comments is very welcome!

Stub September - Relationships

14 September 2014 15:54
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[personal profile] fanloremod posting in [community profile] fanlore
Thank you again to everyone who has participated in Stub September so far, and to everyone who attended our editing party!

The theme this week is relationships!

This encompasses pairings, threesomes and moresomes, and gen relationships. Some examples of relationship pages that are currently stubs include:

and many more! Feel free to browse the stubs, pages that need expansion, and examples wanted categories for other pages that need work.

Resources for editing relationship pages )

Searching for stubs )

Check back next week for a new theme! If you have any questions, feel free to comment on this post or to email the Fanlore Gardeners. We also would love to hear about your contributions to the challenge so far in the comments below. Happy editing!
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Nephew being a lion atop the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe bench, the back of which is adorned with a magnificent painting of Aslan.

Yesterday, we took the train down to London for the day to meet the bloke's brother, his partner and our nephew. The bloke's brother has worked in Bloomsbury for over a decade and when he heard that I wanted to follow the book bench trail, he volunteered to take us on the best path. We gratefully accepted.

Lots of photos. )

This weekend was the last hurrah of the Books about Town, so sadly we had to leave the last trail (the City trail) unexplored. We also missed out on Around the World in 80 Days and The Day of the Triffids. But I'm pleased we tried.

RE: The Doctor Who episode "Listen"

14 September 2014 21:00
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[personal profile] ruuger
Okay, so maybe I'm just dense, but spoilers )

Dodo Chaplet by DeathByBacon (SFW)

14 September 2014 18:55
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Classic Doctor Who
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Dodo Chaplet
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] deathbybacon

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a cute portrait of Dodo. I've always loved that outfit, it's so wonderfully 60s fab.

Link: Dodo Chaplet

My generation.

14 September 2014 14:43
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Prompt slightly modified.
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I hate dreaming about my ex; I always wake with this terrible burning urge to get back in contact with him, but I won't I won't I won't. He's the problem not the solution. He's the problem not the solution.

I know why I had the dream, though. I was driving home from my sister's at 2:30 last night, and maybe it was because we'd been watching Avatar: The Last Airbender and I was feeling open and forgiving, but passing through the intersection where he and I both went to elementary school, where the highway that curves around the bay connects to the road that leads to both of our parents' homes, I was struck with this massive quantity of remembered tenderness. Enough, I guess, to carry over into my dreams and make me imagine strange and joyful reunions that will never happen.

He was such a big part of my life. I don't know what to do with my memories.

At WCUK; wrote fic

13 September 2014 16:14
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[personal profile] quinara
So, something came up and I was inspired to write a fic. It may or may not be humorous! Giles POV, sort-of Spuffy, 1300 odd words, PG-13 for suggestiveness. It's the sequel/companion to Deliciously Self-Centred, which you may remember was about Jaffa Cakes, right at the end of S7...

Credit to [ profile] hobbituk for the title...!

Dark and Fruity... And all mine!

The end of days was due, but Giles was a man on a mission. It had been three months since his last Jaffa Cake, and the time had come. When the groceries had first been brought back, he’d resisted in the name of decorum, but now he had the chance to make good on the promise to himself that he would have one last moment of pleasure before the apocalypse.

... )



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