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Fandom: Yoroiden Samurai Troopers (aka Ronin Warriors)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Touma, Seiji, Xiu, Shin, and Ryo (Rowen, Sage, Kento, Cye, and Ryo in the dub)
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] soularis

Why this piece is awesome: I love their little faces and the bold outlines and bright colours. It's such a cute and happymaking work.

Link: Ronin Chibi Pile

Conversation I just had

30 August 2014 14:03
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[personal profile] next_to_normal
[phone rings; it's my mother]
Me: Hi.
Mom: Oh, hi. I didn't even hear the phone ring.
Me: That's because you called me.
Mom: I did?
Me: Yep.
Mom: I thought you texted me.
Me: I did.
Mom: I was trying to get back to that screen. I didn't mean to call you. WHOOPS.

Anyway, snagging a meme from [ profile] fluffyfrolicker and [ profile] rosaxx50 because I have been SERIOUSLY REMISS in my icon-making lately. Haha, remember how I used to participate in all these comms and challenges and then I just posted my FIRST ICON POST in like 4 months yesterday? Yeah, we should fix that.

So! Pick a number + fandom/character/ship, whichever suits your fancy ♥ and I will make icons. If you want to give me specific caps, that''s okay, too.

1. Faceless
2. Looking Down
3. Bruised & Battered
4. Up Close & Personal
5. Scenerygasm
6. Full Body Shots
7. Colors Abound
8. Silhouette
9. My Emotions
10. The Space
11. Light
12. Tickles My Pickle (whatever. who knows what might happen)
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Fandom: Teen Wolf
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Allison Argent/Lydia Martin
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] anobviousaside

Why this piece is awesome: There's something so messy and so elegant about this, all at once. I love this kind of sketchy-but-still-finished look. The composition's great, too, and their faces are very expressive. In general, I'm really into the whole "queen/princess and knight" trope you see in a lot of Allison/Lydia fanart ... this might be my favorite of the bunch.


Just hop-hop-hoppin' along

29 August 2014 23:29
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[personal profile] fenchurch
I ended up down in Redmond Ridge again today for my walk... it's just such a convenient spot, on the way to and from so many places, plus it has some really great trails. I got a bit of a surprise though, when a fairly large frog hopped across the trail in front of me!when a fairly large frog hopped across the trail in front of me! )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.

Icon Batch #95

29 August 2014 21:28
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[personal profile] next_to_normal
OMG it's been aaaaaages since I've posted icons.

[1-57] Snowpiercer
[58-66] Avengers: Age of Ultron promo poster
[67-101] Avengers: Age of Ultron cast at SDCC
[102-106] Chris Evans
[107-109] Young Avengers
[110-117] Hawkeye


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29 August 2014 18:15
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[personal profile] quinara
So, because YouTube has everything, I've been watching the opening run of Eastenders from 1985:

It's actually bloody epic. Heaven knows if it is, but it seems a hell of a lot more accurate about East End life than Eastenders has been for a long time. Everyone's all cold and the houses are all run down and if people aren't worrying about social change they're worrying about where their next bit of cash is going to come from. And you can just feel the creaking joints of the underclass where even if they don't like each other, they're all in it together (and living on top of each other) and no one likes the police because there's no one who isn't touched by something that isn't just a little bit shady. And Nick Cotton's bloody trousers!

Just finished episode 4 and my Eastenders knowledge is a bit patchy, so I can't quite remember the fallout of Den and Angie... But at the moment they're the most amazing thing ever.

It's all a bit stagey in the way of vintage Beeb, but I would just lap up the contemporary equivalent of this. Plus I think the ratio of minority characters to white characters is the same as it is now, which considering thirty years has passed says something about something. (Definitely can't help but feel "What's pease pudding anyway?" "Some kind of English dhal." is far more interesting dialogue than that time six months ago or whenever that Shabnam was ranting on eternally about how Masood couldn't get with a white woman.)

Anyway, like a lot of stuff from the 80s, it just feels like it's been made by people who have something really important to say and who won't rest until you listen. I love that stuff. Watch it!! /Reminisce!!

ION my stupid wanker internet keeps dropping for no other reason than TalkTalk are bastards.

Fell down a rabbit hole:

29 August 2014 19:05
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[personal profile] sister_luck
A link to the BBC Yearbook from 1930 has put all my other online activities on hold.

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Posted by Ania Ostrowska

Obvious Child, the first ever abortion rom-com opens in UK cinemas today.

Quite surprising, isn't it?

The film's director, Gillian Robespierre, based it on her 2009 short of the same title she had made being disenchanted with... other rom-coms. Robespierre said in 2010:

"After seeing so many films featuring unplanned pregnancies that end in childbirth (Juno, Knocked Up, Waitress, Bella, to name a few), we had become disenchanted with the representation of young women's experience with becoming pregnant in the media today. jenny_coffee.jpgWhile we have enjoyed these films, we have also been greatly unnerved by the ways in which filmmakers (and our culture more generally) have represented the issue of abortion, making it a silent enemy, a choice not to be made. We'd been waiting to see a film in which a woman makes the other choice- and there's still a happy ending."

Reviewing Obvious Child for The F-Word, Sophie Mayer writes:

"In 2014, a film in which a reasonable person with reasonable friends and family has a reasonable abortion (I love that she shaves her legs the night before the procedure, as if it were a date) should seem like an obvious story, a hackneyed sitcom episode we've seen before. We haven't, and that's what makes Obvious Child important, starting conversations about not only what it covers (Donna's financial struggles and her emotive quandaries about who to inform and how), but how much farther it could go."

Read Sophie's entire review and comment.

The film opens in cinemas nationwide today.

The picture is still from the film, with Jenny Slate as Donna, looking unhappy and drinking coffee. Taken from Obvious Child UK Facebook page.

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Fandom: Teen Wolf
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Season Two main cast
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] guzusuru, [ profile] guzusuru

Why this piece is awesome: It still cracks me up every time. This was one of the first pieces of Teen Wolf fanart I saw, when I got into the show back during Season Two! The loose, cartoony style fits perfectly with the goofy, frenetic subject matter, and it reflects my sense of the weird unbalance in the cast of the time: a pile of kids and, sticking out like a sore thumb, this hulking adult werewolf who was all mixed up in their drama (or more accurately, they were all mixed up in his). Things felt more like wacky hijinks than everyone's-(really)-gonna-die, back then (ah, nostalgia). The title's perfect, and so is Stiles's face.



29 August 2014 10:14
deird1: chibis of Kitty and Lydia from P&P, with text "fangirls at large" (Kitty Lydia fangirls)
[personal profile] deird1
Another 12 hours, and I will be in my favourite country in the world.

It has been my favourite country ever since I first learned how to read, and I've never ever been there, and this evening I will be!

(The UK being the country in question.)

We're starting in Edinburgh, then driving down past the Lakes, right down to the south coast, and thence to London. After which we'll go to WriterconUK, and hang out with many LJers.

YAY!!! *waves pompoms*

A pond in the forest

28 August 2014 21:56
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[personal profile] fenchurch
Today for my walk, I stopped off at a trail in Redmond Ridge that I'd never taken before (I'll admit it, there was a Geocache I wanted to find). It was a really pretty walk in the woods, with some marshy areas along the way (thankfully, the trail was well maintained and had boardwalks in the wettest areas). And then I came around a corner and spotted the pond. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.

Thursday linkspam

28 August 2014 23:12
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[personal profile] next_to_normal
* It doesn't seem like a good sign that the Jennifer Lawrence movie Serena has been waiting so long for a release (like, who sits on a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence right now? For real), but it sounds pretty good and now apparently is opening in the UK in two months.

* If anybody still cares about Sherlock, Steven Moffat says series 4 will be "devastating."

* I find it hard to believe there is a huge demand for a Full House revival, but it may be happening anyway.

* Not sure people really want another Vacation movie, either, but I am extremely curious to see Chris Hemsworth do a totally comedic role.

* Here's the trailer for Jon Stewart's film, Rosewater, as well as Jon talking about the project and The Daily Show.

* The next season of Lost Girl will be the last.

* Apparently there are no jokes allowed in Warner Bros.' DC/Justice League movies. Because clearly that was a total bust for Guardians of the Galaxy, right?

* Even Jessica Chastain wants to know where the Black Widow movie is, lol.

* Director Anthony Russo talks about Captain America 3 without actually saying anything, in typical Marvel fashion. (And in typical fanboy fashion, this has restarted the rampant speculation that they're going to kill off Steve Rogers in the third film.)

* I... don't even know where to start here. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan were at a con and someone actually asked them about Chris Evans' well-documented (at least on Tumblr) boob-grabbing habit. Which was weird and awkward and, like, joke about it online all you want, but don't TELL THE ACTORS ABOUT IT.

HOWEVER. I can't decide which is better, the fact that Mackie has NO IDEA what she's talking about ("Who is Tumblr, and why does she think Chris Evans grabbed her boob...?"), or the fact that Sebastian IMMEDIATELY GETS IT and starts nodding before she even finishes the question. LOL that poor boy has clearly been groped too many times. But the best part, of course, is Sebastian's FANTASTIC demonstration (complete with slow-mo replay).

Here's the full panel. The boob-grabbing question comes up around 20 minutes in, but these two are an excellent comedy duo and the whole thing is entertaining.

27 Aug - Blood Donor

28 August 2014 19:07
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[personal profile] fenchurch
After quite a lot hemming and hawing, we decided to do the responsible mature adult thing and skip Dragon*Con this year. We could have afforded it, but by not going, we'll have more money to spend enjoying our trip to Texas in a few months that's supposed to be our real vacation this year. That said, I am never, ever, EVER going to skip Dragon*Con again. I'm already missing it and it hasn't even started yet!

One of the big things I always look forward to every year at D*C is donating blood... I actually plan things out so I can donate there and at Origins Game Fair, although D*C is even better because they give you a cool t-shirt! Since we weren't going, I made an appointment and hit one of the local blood drives instead. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
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[personal profile] fenchurch
Snapped this photo Tuesday morning after the sun had started to burn off a bit of the fog in the valley.

Even when we have fog here, it's beautiful. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.

25 Aug - Cats eating peaceably

28 August 2014 17:50
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[personal profile] fenchurch
Even after all these years, I still can't get over having cats who can eat their food right next to each other. Our old cats, Cymry and Polly, eventually had to be fed on different floors of the house because they'd fight if they were anywhere near each other at meal times. peaceably.

We've got quite the high tech setup these days. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
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Fandom: Teen Wolf
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Kira Yukimura
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: [personal profile] ataratah
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] ataratah

Why this piece is awesome: So pretty! [personal profile] ataratah's style is so flowy and graceful, always, and I love the way the coloring works out here (very watercolor-esque). The premise is also super cute; I love the various characters' notes and chatter. (Admittedly, I'm a little biased there, but she took the idea and ran with it!) Once again, the whole series is worth a look!

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Fandom: Pacific Rim
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Kaiju and ship
Content Notes/Warnings: doomed ship, no explicit devastation
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: on DA  on tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: I warned you we'd be returning to the giant lizardy things at some point in this fandom, so here we are, almost at month's end and starting some Kaiju pics. Not exactly giant lizards as Kaiju are more alien than that, but monsters, anyway. I love the dramatic composition in this one, the weird and somehow threatening colour scheme, and the detailing of the sea in particular. Click to enlarge, for the full effect.
Link: My Kaiju

take me to the river

27 August 2014 17:49
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[personal profile] lotesse
re-thinking an exercise from my education:

when I was in the seventh grade, my multi-age grade 6-8 class went on an extended field trip; divided into two groups, the Haves and the Have-Nots, we spent a weekend mimicking c19th farm life. I was one of the Haves, and we were bored; the Have-Nots had to do hard work, but they had a lot more fun. Reflecting on the trip, I'm not actually sure what the lesson on socioeconomic class division was supposed to be. I remember concluding, with my friends, that it meant that it wasn't such a bad thing to be poor - and as our families were relatively poor, it wasn't a bad thing to have reinforced that money can't buy happiness. But looking back I'm struck by the way we were set up to overlook systemic oppression. Of course most kids are going to have more fun doing vigorous playful outdoor work than sitting quietly in an empty room. Cyclical poverty isn't like that. You don't get to go home, and it's not fun working for low/no wages when you're an adult with skills that deserve to be fairly valued. They taught us the wrong damn lesson, and likely lessened some of my classmates' tendency to empathize with the righteous anger of the exploited; we were Have-Nots too, for a weekend, and it was nothing to get upset about. 100% certainly it reinforced the blindness of all of the kids who were Haves, myself included, to the real benefits we gained through our various race/class/gender privileges; we were all of us white.

Humuhumu update

27 August 2014 19:38
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[personal profile] nanila
I've been jotting down various new quirks as they happen in a paper diary, but as Humuhumu seems to have undergone a big cognitive leap recently, it seems like a good time to make a longer update on her development.


She has lots of ways of referring to things that probably aren't obvious to anyone who isn't her parents. For instance:

  • "Door", accompanied by pointing to a specific kitchen cupboard. She knows that her special treat-foods are kept inside, such as "Pouch" (for an Ella's Kitchen fruit smoothie pouch) and "Cake" (can be either a rice cake or an Ella's Kitchen Nibbly Finger - a sort of chewy grain bar thing).

  • "Bey", which refers to the nursery rhyme "Wind the Bobbin Up". Usually she says this when she sees one of us holding our smartphones, and it means she wishes us to engage its most important function: playing YouTube videos. Today, however, she used it in a particularly devious fashion. I had just made a big bowl of popcorn, which we were sharing as a snack on the sofa. The bowl was sitting between us. She took a kernel, popped it in her mouth and then turned her big brown eyes on me. "Bey," she said. "Pull, pull, clap clap," she prompted, doing the arm motions.

    I started to sing. She smiled happily. Pulling the bowl onto her lap, she turned to face the arm of the sofa, giggling and stuffing popcorn into her mouth as fast as she could.

  • "Key", aka any cotton muslin square. Means "blanket", the corners of which get clutched tightly in her fist while she sucks her thumb. Probably explains why Iggle Piggle is her favourite In the Night Garden character, since he always has his "key" with him.

  • "CUGGLE!" Almost invariably shouted at the top of her voice as she hurls herself bodily at you. OK, this one probably is obvious even if you're not her parents, but she screams it so enthusiastically it's not always comprehensible.


These began fairly recently, and have been coming on in leaps and bounds. My favourites include:

  • "Bless you Mama (or Dada)", when we sneeze. She says it so promptly and clearly. My heart melts every time.
  • "I like/don't like [insert thing here]". Said things usually fall into one of four categories: foods, apps, YouTube videos or CBeebies shows. She uses "don't like" when she has grown tired of something temporarily.
  • "Night night Mama/Dada/Nani". Yes, she says good night to herself.


She loves her alphabet-based books, particularly A is for Aloha, which was one of mine when I was a child. It has a mixture of Hawai'ian and English words along with some beautiful black-and-white photographs of Hawai'i. She requests this one by saying, "'Loha". She also loves her Brian Wildsmith-illustrated ABCs (also ancient). Her identification of letters goes like this, depending on which book she's looking at. The ones with dashes are the ones where she can't say the word yet, e.g. canoe and elephant.

  • A is for: "'loha" or "Apple"
  • B is for: "Beebee" (baby) and "Boll" (ball) or "Fly" (butterfly)
  • C is for: --- (canoe) or "Meow" (cat)
  • D is for: "Dada" or "Fff fff" (dog - I think this is her attempt at "Woof woof")
  • E is for: "Nom nom nom" (eat) or --- (elephant)
  • F is for: "Suki" (friend) or *puffs out cheeks, makes popping noise* (fish)
  • G is for: --- (gecko) or "Goat"
  • H is for: "Hair" and "Flower" (hibiscus) or "Neigh" (horse)
  • I is for: "Ipu" or --- (iguana)
  • J is for: *jump* (jump) or --- (jaguar)
  • K is for: *kisses the page* (kiss) or *attempt at whistle* (kettle)
  • L is for: --- (lei) or "RAAAARRR" (lion)
  • M is for: "Mama" and "Muumuu" or "Eee ee ee" (mouse)
  • N is for: "Net" or "Nest"
  • O is for: --- (octopus) or "Twit TWOO" (owl)
  • P is for: --- (pineapple) or "Peacock"

After this it all goes a bit hazy, apart from "Turtle", "Unicorn" (!!!) and "Yucky".

She's also attempting to "read" more independently. I'll read her a story and then she'll take the book and flip through the pages, chattering to herself as if she's reading it, although I don't think she can yet.


This last week has been an exceptional one in the amount of television we've been watching, since we've both been ill and on our own some of the time too. Hence, we've discovered that we like some new CBeebies shows. We knew we liked In the Night Garden already, as we get an episode of that on the tablet most nights before bed. But now we've added Pingu (penguin and his baby brother), some funny little animated French thing about insects with good music called Miniscule, DipDap (slapstick adventures of a line-drawn character) and Timmy Time (claymation sheep, younger sibling of Shaun, I think?).

We're lukewarm toward Chuggington (animated show about train engines) and Sarah and Duck (narrated by Roger Allam, which softens me toward it but not Humuhumu).

She also likes two I can't stand: Kate and Mim-mim, about a little girl and her purple stuffed bunny toy that comes to life, and Waybuloo, which I'm at a loss to describe. The former is too saccharine even for me (and I have a pretty high tolerance for cutesy) and the latter is strange and pointless and the animated characters are very uncanny valley.


One again, this week has included an exceptional amount of tablet usage, and Toca Boca has managed to make me part with money for apps, something I'd resisted for years. Humuhumu's learning curve on the tablet is positively terrifying. She doesn't know how to unlock it yet ("Uh oh, locked," she says, holding it out to me), but she knows how to scroll to the screen containing her apps, to pick the ones she wants and to use 70-100% of their functionality.

She also has a technique for ensuring that she remembers how to do things within her apps. For instance, in "Pet Doctor", she will select an animal, hold out the tablet for me to show her how to cure its ailment if she can't immediately figure it out, watch me do it, and then keep going back to the same animal four or five times until she has its treatment down pat. She went from being able to "treat" one animal on her own on Tuesday to being able "treat" nine of them unassisted today. I find it fascinating, watching her absorb information and improve her fine motor control in such a methodical way.

Politics and personal autonomy

27 August 2014 20:02
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Posted by Mag the Blag

women politics and power.jpg

All the main parties want to boost their numbers of women and they want more of us to stand for political positions. But they rarely venture into the messy territory of personal issues to find explanations for why women are so under-represented in their parties.

It's not easy to find someone in party politics who's open about personal issues but luckily I come across Ruth, (not her real name) who's willing to talk to me. Ruth is a middle aged professional woman, confident in her role of party political activist. Nevertheless I get the sense that she feels a bit uncomfortable.

I started by asking if political choices can be compromised through relationships with men. The answer was definitive: absolutely. She told me that in her younger days, before she joined a political party, she was a journalist and married to photo-journalist. "He was good looking and people would look at me, a fat woman with this drop dead gorgeous guy, and it felt like they thought I didn't deserve to be with him. I always felt less than." I can sense a hint of vulnerability behind Ruth's words, as if part of her had returned to an earlier version of herself where she did not value herself.

Ruth told me she found herself unable to question the page 3 culture that was prevalent in the publishing world that they were both part of. "I assumed you could only complain if you were young, beautiful and thin." This combination of a sexist culture and lack of self-esteem meant that Ruth was left without a voice.

Ruth told me that in her twenties she went on a strict diet and for a short time lost massive amounts of weight. She says that being thin enabled her entry into the computing world. "There's a stereotype that the computing world is full of geeks but there was definitely a look that you had to have. Suddenly my salary leapt over my husband's. His colleagues ribbed him about it and I felt that somehow it was my fault and that I was in the wrong because of his mates."

This is a classic co-dependent dynamic. One definition of co-dependence is: "You cut, I bleed." Ruth worried that her husband might feel diminished because of her greater earning power so she spent her emotional energy protecting him, to the detriment of her own views and needs. The irony was that her husband couldn't care less about earning less than Ruth - in fact he was proud of her. But this made no difference. "I was so busy trying to get it right that I didn't have time to think about my own views." Luckily for Ruth she didn't go so far as to leave her high-earning job.

At about this time of her life Ruth joined a political party. She went on anti-racist marches and campaigned against poverty. But Ruth tells me that it never would have occurred to her to bring up body size or the sexist culture that dominated the media view of women.

It was only when she went to a workshop on self-expression that Ruth understood that she was a separate person from her partner. "For the first time I realised that I had right to my own views and my own life." This marked the beginning of her journey away from her partner and his views and they eventually agreed to divorce. Ruth went to more workshops, attended self-help groups and found a mentor. "I had to put the time in to find myself as a person" she tells me. Ruth is now politically active and has stood as a candidate. She is proud of her ability to stand for election and demand that her voice be heard. "It's still a very male party, and it's tough out there. I know that when I put my head over the parapet someone's going to take a pot shot at me, but these days I can take it."

One woman's story does not an explanation make. However, these are all commonly reported problems that reduce women's potential to be part of political life: co-dependence prevents women from focusing on their own issues, lack of self-esteem is an internal censor that inhibits self-expression and body image issues act as a barrier to standing for political positions.

Unfortunately we're not at the point where the mainstream political parties are willing to take on these personal issues and how they're the affected by the sexist culture we live in. At the level of party politics, the personal is still deeply apolitical. Feminists have their work cut out.

The image is by Aslan Media and is used under a creative commons licence. It shows a red background with a white political crest and white writing reading "MEN POWER AND POLITICS". Black graffiti writing adds "WO" so it reads "WOMEN POWER AND POLITICS".

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Fandom: Teen Wolf
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Vernon Boyd, Erica Reyes and Cora Hale
Content Notes/Warnings: gore (zombies)
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] kissingcullens

Why this piece is awesome: kissingcullens has a really neat, illustrative style; their portrayals of characters' faces are a little cartoony (sometimes borderline caricature-esque) and so expressive. I particularly enjoy their Horror Illustration series (check 'em all out!) for their fun play with classic genre tropes, and this one is nicely on-point. It's very well-balanced compositionally, and the mostly-flat sepia color scheme is really effective. Also, it's always nice to see the spotlight on these underused (and awesome) characters! I love Erica's snarl of determination. <3


(no subject)

27 August 2014 14:23
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[personal profile] jamalov29
C'est une chose à chérir, une brave petite maison posée sur l'herbe sous une voûte d'étoiles. Ici à V.... il suffit de s'asseoir en fin d'après-midi sur le promontoire naturel vers l'ouest pour éprouver la complicité existante des éléments qui diffusent une forme de quiétude.
J'ai remarqué que, lorsque la nature transmet sa force inaltérable, il faut un temps pour s'adapter, pour accepter ces vibrations particulières. Et c'est ainsi que pendant un jour ou deux quand on vient d'arriver, on peut être désorienté, vaguement anxieux. Puis cette sérénité, cette paix sauvage se mettent à couler dans mes veines et mes perceptions du monde s'en trouvent modifiées.

Would you miss Mrs?

26 August 2014 21:27
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Posted by Abigael Watson

my name is.jpgThere's a lot in a name. You can often gauge where someone has come from or see the parents' personalities or family members echoed in the chosen names. It is also a defining factor of someone's identity. It may not sum this identity up but it is the label that they will carry throughout their life. This can be neutral, beneficial or even negative.

A title, however - those few letters preceding one's name - is a label with connotations that become a solely female issue.

For men, there is only one option, which entirely void of meaning apart from denoting their gender. It does not carry a pointer as to their marital status. It is just a title.

When I was younger I remember that an activity that involved writing your name with the surname of whichever boy you fancied. More often than not, other people would helpfully do this for me. That all-important question of whether "Mrs Whomever" would sound good was seriously considered. At that stage in my life there was no question about the title I would assume once I, of course, inevitably got married. It seemed the natural scheme of things.

When I delved into feminist issues more once I reached my teenage years, I had an epiphany.

"I can call myself whatever I like!"

It seems rather odd and outdated that most women assume a different title upon marriage. These few letters are steeped in patriarchal tradition, something that continues to shadow all areas of our lives to this day.

It is up to the individual to decide what they would like to call themselves. Taking away someone's liberty over these matters is not something that I would ever advocate. Still, the continued tradition seems illogical to me.

When someone hears of you or meets you, do you wish their first realisation of your person to be whether you're married? Is that what you wish to be defined by? In an ideal world people would wait until they met you to decide what you're like. However, as we all know and have experienced, this is far from being an ideal world. Therefore, unless your title denotes something particular such as you being a doctor or a professor or something like that, do you really want these few letters before your name to state your marital status?

I shall not delve here into the issue of whether one changes one's surname upon marriage or not, for this has even more complexities attached to it, such as how to define a family unit and what children should be called. Nevertheless, the issue of changing your name once married and the chosen title are issues that are intertwined and they both need to be considered carefully.

I implore women to consider what they would like their name to say about themselves. I do not have an issue with women who, having thought it through, decide that changing their title to Mrs is something that they would like. It is the assumption that a married woman will be a Mrs that I have issue with and women everywhere need to have that realisation that they can be called whatever they please.

The fact is that this is all down to tradition, an incredibly difficult thing to unravel and change, as the vast majority of people will be perfectly happy to carry on as things are if it does not cause that much damage to them. These seemingly tiny parts of tradition stand for something much greater, something that is being used to govern how we live, what we do and how we act. It is what this tradition stands for that matters. If the tradition that we so aimlessly follow stands for a damaging patriarchal past and present, is this something we should continue with?

Your name and title is a big thing; it's a label, no matter how it's worn. It is therefore something that requires serious thought and consideration.

The photo is by Quinn Dombrowski and is used under a creative commons licence. It shows a sticker that reads "HELLO my name is" in white typing on a red background, above a white space where presumably somebody could write their name, although the space is blank. It is stuck at an angle on some grey metal.

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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Yoroiden Samurai Troopers (aka Ronin Warriors)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Gen Masho Rajura (Dais, Dark Warlord of Illusion in the dub)
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: watercolours
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] wintersknight

Why this piece is awesome: This is a great portrait of Rajura. I love his slightly crazy expression and how the grey-green background sets off the brilliant colour of his armour. The subtle webbing is another great detail.

Link: Gen Masho


26 August 2014 19:49
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Because it looked like fun, and since I'm writing some stuff again I'm thinking a lot about writing.

Pick no more than three letters/questions and I will answer those questions.

List of questions )


26 August 2014 18:42
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I owe you picspam! )

More prompts to come: Wistful. I might have something for that. Exposé. I think I need help with this one.
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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Pacific Rim
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Raleigh Becket
Content Notes/Warnings: Naked torso, otherwise SFW
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: art tag on tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: Reversebang illustrations for an Aussie surfing AU. I love the minimalist, near-monochrome palette and Raleigh's physique, stance and likeness are captured perfectly.
Link: Playing Hooky
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Blindfold 10 , Willow/Angel by [personal profile] velvetwhip.

[rest]Less (the folsom prison blues remix),NC-17 Faith/Tara/First Slayer by [personal profile] snowpuppies.

Saying Goodbye , Giles/Jenny/Xander and More Than Just a Dirty Old Man , Giles/Buffy by [personal profile] katleept.

Buffyverse icons by [personal profile] red_satin_doll.

Buzzfeed collected "23 "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" Jokes That Are Just To Die For".
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Sorry I'm a bit late...

It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post, and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have three volunteer reccers who signed up for September with these fandoms:

* Doctor Who ([personal profile] turlough)
* Marvel Movieverse ([personal profile] dirty_diana)
* Sailor Moon ([personal profile] reflectedeve)

So we already have a few recs too look forward to in September, but 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 only ONE reccer has volunteered for October, 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 September, October 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 August. If you are looking for something to inspire you, the prompt for this (not quite a) week is "School", 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.)

Dibs by cashands (SFW)

25 August 2014 20:22
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[personal profile] omens posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Supernatural
Characters/Pairing/Subject: Dean Winchester, Benny Lafitte, Castiel
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital fancomic
Artist on DW/LJ: unknown
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] cashands
Why this piece is awesome: delightfully silly & excellently framed. Really well done with amazingly expressive faces.

Link: Fancomic (tumblr)

creativity thoughts

25 August 2014 20:07
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[personal profile] likeadeuce
1. Over the weekend, I cleared off a space on my kitchen table, and set up my laptop and desk chair. Suddenly I had a SPACE FOR WRITING. (for logistical reasons, the kitchen table is the best place for this) -- and it was sort of embarrassing how much this increased my interest in writing. Imagine that, I make literal space in my life for something, and I feel more comfortable doing it. I know this observation is as old as Virginia Woolf, but the truth is, I live by myself, because of the real estate market in this area I'm able to own my own space and do whatever I want with it -- so, basically, nobody is keep me from a having a room of my own except me.

2. In a similar vein, I realized with a clarity that I've never had before that I've caught myself in this negative feedback loop where I refuse to give myself time to work on writing -- because, see, I don't deserve to prioritize my creative energies over anything else (like, literally, any other commitment that comes up is by definition more important, because I'm not a serious writer.) And how can I tell that I'm not a serious writer? Because serious writers devote time to it. Which I don't.

2a. I am SO GOOD at self-defeating feedback loops.

3. Over the past year, particularly, I've put energy into thinking as an editor and a critic, and into reading and thinking about what's good or bad about other people's work. (Does this make sense? Slush reading, participating in Hugo voting, talking to and listening to editors, reading about what's good and bad in literature. And while these are all good things, I'm having trouble not only transitioning into creative mode but trusting myself. Currently I'm working on writing for the Shakespeare histories exchange (I know it was due tonight, I did ask for get an extension!) And I find myself worrying about whether I'm doing something wrong, and whether I'm fucking up, and it's getting in the way of telling the story.

4. I feel like I had another thing to say. But I should probably just go write.

5. But maybe I'll give my brain a break and watch some of the Emmys first.

6. Oh, right, Yuletide schedules are up. Nominating is at the end of September! I know I made a list of fandoms earlier but I'm not sure what they all were? I know Hemlock Grove, Max Gladstone's Craft series, and Portlandia* were on there. I'm sure there's something else.

*For the storyline where Fred and Carrie are both dating the same girl.

7. I should sign up for [community profile] femslashex though I'm not busting out with ideas about what to ask for. I forgot to nominate fandoms and I don't think Twilight is on there so I think my perennial Bella/Alice request will need to take a year off.

8. If anybody wants to tell me encouraging things, or remind me of what I wanted to request for Yuletide and/or Femslash, be my guest.

9. You are all great and I adore you.


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