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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Narnia
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The Wood Between the Worlds
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] electricalbee / Emily Blaske

Why this piece is awesome: I love the dreamy, mystical atmosphere of this work. It fits so well with how Lewis describes the place in the book. I also love the misty light and the way reflecting it makes the pools glow. It's one of the most evocative depictions I've seen of the Wood.

Link: Wood Between Worlds
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[community profile] cockpitfaceplant


On AO3: Here!

Description: Cockpit Faceplant is a gift exchange for fanfic/fanart in mecha fandoms across all media. Visit the community for a FAQ, question post, etc.

Dates:

August 1-7: Advertising, questions, etc.
August 8-15: Nominations
August 16-17: Tag Cleanup
August 18-30: Signups
August 31: Housekeeping
September 1: Assignments Go Out
September 21: Default Cut-Off Date
October 15: Assignments Due
October 21: Reveals
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The Wiki Committee
Firstly, we would like to apologize for missing the June newsletter; we hope that this longer-than-average one will help to make up for it!

Though we currently have a full committee of 10 staffers, several of us have been unavailable or on break, including one of the committee's co-chairs, Tiyire, who's on official hiatus until the end of August. This means that our usual cases and outside requests have been taking a little longer than usual. If you're awaiting a reply from the Wiki Committee, we apologize for the delay and promise we're working on it!

June Bloom
Our first ever June Bloom challenge was a blast—we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! We counted over 300 new pages created during the month, and they all look fantastic. Thank you again to everyone who participated!

Want to relive the excitement? Here were our weekly June Bloom challenge posts:


We would love to hear your thoughts on our challenges and challenge formats, especially as we prepare for our next month-long challenge, Stub September! Do the challenges inspire you to contribute to Fanlore? What do you like, and what could be done better? Let us know in the comments below, via our contact form, or at our August editing chat (see below)!

Fanlore downtime
We had some brief scheduled downtime in early July, but you may have noticed some additional, unexpected downtime on both Fanlore and AO3 this Wednesday. Though the issue should be resolved for now, the OTW's Systems team is still investigating the details. You can follow [twitter.com profile] AO3_Status on Twitter for more information.

What's to come?
In August, the Wiki committee has a lot to work on behind the scenes, including our next month-long challenge, Stub September. This challenge will focus on (as the name implies) expanding Fanlore articles that are currently stubs.

We were thrilled to see that Fanlore passed two different milestones in the last couple months, reaching 600,000 total edits in June and 35,000 articles in July! All thanks to wonderful, amazing editors like you.

To celebrate, we would like to invite you to a Fanlore editing party on Saturday, August 8th at 7:00PM UTC (What time is that where I am?) in the Fanlore chatroom on Campfire. We hope to see you there!


As of July 31, 2015, Fanlore has 35,296 articles which have undergone 607,710 edits. We hope to see you on the Recent Changes page!
[personal profile] lnhammer posting in [community profile] poetry
A poem on the beginning of spring by the Nijô Empress (KKS I.4)

    Spring has indeed come,
though snow is still around us.
    So will it be now
that the bush warbler's teardrops,
long frozen, finally melt?

yuki no uchi ni
haru wa kinikeri
uguisu no
kôreru namida
ima ya tokuramu



Fujiwara no Takaiko (842-910) was niece and adopted daughter of Fujiwara no Yoshifusa, the regent of Emperor Seiwa (ruled 858-876). She married Seiwa in 866, and their son succeeded him as Emperor Yôzei in 876. As an emperor’s mother, she was called the Nijô Empress from the palace where she resided, and was a power behind the throne until Yôzei was deposed in 884 for mental instability. She was stripped of the title Empress in 896 because of a scandalous affair. The uguisu or Japanese bush warbler (Cettia diphone) is one of the first songbirds of spring, often heard before other signs of thaw.
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[personal profile] sylvaine posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Deidara
Content Notes/Warnings: smoking, blood, injury, insects, drugs
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] evartandadam | [deviantart.com profile] invisibleninja12 | イーヴァ on pixiv
Why this piece is awesome: This piece reimagines Deidara in the modern world - as a graffiti artist, which I think works really well with his canonical destructive artistic tendencies. I rather like this artist's clean, sharp lines, and in this particular picture I absolutely adore her design of Deidara, the bright colours saturating the whole picture, and the really elaborate detailing of the background graffiti, the shirt, and the tattoos.
Link: on tumblr | on deviantart | on pixiv
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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Mad Max: Fury Road
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Furiosa
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: SaraForlenza at DA
Why this piece is awesome: A gorgeous image of Furiosa looking fierce, but also vulnerable, showing the creepy brand on the nape of her neck. I love the delicacy of the detail in her hair, and the way the light catches and glows from her. 
Link: Furiosa
[personal profile] lnhammer posting in [community profile] poetry
Shirome - Written while seeing off Minamoto no Sane at Yamazaki when he was traveling to Tsukushi to bathe in the hot springs (KKS VIII.387)

    If only our lives
somehow corresponded to
    our hearts' desires,
would separation still be
something so agonizing?

inochi dani
kokoro ni kanau
mono naraba
nani ka wakare no
kanashikaramashi



Shirome (also called Shiro in Tales of Yamato) was a ukareme or female entertainer active in the reign of Emperor Uda (r. 887-897), but no other personal details are recorded. Minamoto no Sane had a career as middling courtier between 880 and his death in 900. Tsukushi was a province corresponding to modern Fukuoka Prefecture but could also refer to the island of Kyushu as a whole, and Yamazaki on the Yodo/Uji River (it's a waterway that frequently changes name), downstream from the capital of Kyoto at the border of modern Kyoto and Osaka prefectures, was the embarkation point for travelers to the western provinces. An ukareme (later called an asobi) could be commoner or of aristocratic birth, but either way she had more freedom of behavior than a court lady, which explains how she could travel so far with Sane. As for the poem itself, it's ambiguous whose life is being discussed, choices being hers, his, or both—hers is the traditional reading, reasonably enough given the poetic trope of the Lonely Lady, but the arduousness of the journey to Kyushu suggests the hot-springs are intended as a cure for serious health issues, making his also a topic of concern.

Bubble Buddies by tai (SFW)

30 July 2015 09:20
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[personal profile] omens posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Steven Universe
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Steven & Connie
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: Traditional
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] taikova
Why this piece is awesome: light-on-dark is so fun. This is a great quiet moment under the sea.

Link: Bubble Buddies! Jam Buds! (tumblr)

Bonus by same artist: Steven & Connie dancing
[personal profile] lnhammer posting in [community profile] poetry
Mikuni no Machi - Topic unknown (KKS III.152)

    Hey, wait a moment—
I want to send a message,
    O mountain cuckoo:
say, "I've wearied of living
within this world of ours."

yayoya mate
yamahototogisu
kotozutemu
ware yo no naka ni
sumi-wabinu to yo



Mikuni no Machi ("three-province road") was a daughter of Ki no Natora and a concubine of Emperor Ninmyô (reigned 833-850), and is probably identifiable as a use-name of Ki no Kaneko, who was also Natora's daughter and Ninmyô's concubine. Her birth date is unknown, but under the Machi name she was dismissed as concubine in 845, and Kaneko's son Prince Tsuneyasu must have been an adult when he took Buddhist orders upon Ninmyô's death in 850; Kaneko is recorded as dying in 869. The Lesser Cuckoos native to Japan were believed to travel between this and the after world, but it's also possible (especially given the colloquial opening) that she's sending a message to a hermit in the mountains.
[personal profile] lnhammer posting in [community profile] poetry
Written by his mother when Ono no Chifuru left to become Vice-Governor of Michinoku (KKS VIII.368)

    You barrier gates,
at least don't stop this heart of
    a doting parent
that accompanies her child
as protection from dangers.

tarachine no
oya no mamori to
aisouru
kokoro bakari wa
seki na todome so



Chifuru and his mother are otherwise unknown. Michinoku was the northernmost province of the main island of Honshu, comprising modern Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, and Aomori prefectures—a frontier post to a region only recently conquered by the southern capital, with control still uncertain. Officials and aristocrats needed travel permits to pass the barrier gates or check-points between administrative regions.

---L.
[personal profile] rydra_wong posting in [community profile] poetry
To live on charm, one must be courteous.
To live on others’ love, one must be lovable.
Some get away with murder being beautiful.

Girls love a sick child or a healthy animal.
A man who’s both itches them like an incubus,
But I, for one, have had a bellyful

of giving reassurances and obvious
advice with scrambled eggs and cereal;
then bad debts, broken dates, and lecherous

onanistic dreams of estival
nights when some high-strung, well-hung, penurious
boy, not knowing what he’d get, could be more generous.
[personal profile] lnhammer posting in [community profile] poetry
A week of poetry by women of Heian-era Japan, including court ladies, a courtesan, and an empress. All poems are from the Kokinshu anthology (compiled around 905), and all the poets, at least those we can date, were active in the late 9th century.


Ise - Written on plum trees blooming beside the water (KKS I.43)

    Shall I, every spring,
see the flowing river
    as blooming flowers
and once again soak my sleeve
in waters I cannot pick?

harugoto ni
nagaruru kawa o
hana to mite
orarenu mizu ni
sode ya nurenamu



Ise was the daughter of Fujiwara no Tsugukage, a governor of Ise Province (modern Mie Prefecture), from which she gets her use-name. Her personal name is unknown and dates are uncertain, but she became a lady-in-waiting to Atsuko, the empress of Emperor Uda, around 890 when she was in her teens, and was still in the service of Atsuko's daughter Kinshi in 930—having had, in the interim, affairs with Atsuko's brother, Uda himself, and Kinshi's husband. She was the leading woman poet of her generation, being especially noted for her love poems. According to the headnote in Ise's collected poems, the water in question is a stream in Emperor Uda's palace.
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[personal profile] sylvaine posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Zetsu
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art, I think?
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] nataly-lanier
Why this piece is awesome: Zetsu portraits are super rare, and this one is a beautiful one, all in soft pastel greens. I particularly like the sharp definition of his single eye and eyebrow in contrast to the soft contours of the rest of the piece, and I find it an interesting design choice to only paint White Zetsu, rather than his whole black + white half.
Link: on tumblr (If that link breaks, I have also reblogged it here.)
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[personal profile] ceares posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Sense8
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Sun Bai
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA website
Why this piece is awesome:One more of Sun, even though chooosing feels like picking a favorite child. This is an amazing piece - the style is cartoony, a not quite chibi feel but the tone is something completely different. A scene in the prison yard that captures Sun's anger and sadness and control. The unusual angles give this a vibrant, jarring effect when combined with the bright colors.
Link: Jean Claude Korean Lady Spirit
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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Mad Max: Fury Road
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Max
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Tysall on DA
Why this piece is awesome: This is the base painting for a poster, and I like it for itself, even though it's structured this way so that text can be added. I like the bulk of the car in the foreground, and Max up top (great likeness) with his pursuers seen in the very top background, largely through Max's windows. It's dramatic and effective. I also like how the artist's conveyed the chaos of the chase with paint splashes and semi-random lines, giving the impression of things flying - dust, and maybe bullets. (Pays to enlarge it - I sometimes have to reload the page to get it to do that).
Link: Mad Max: Fury Road
And here's 
a link to the actual poster with the text

Reason by Hoppspindel (NSFW)

26 July 2015 10:40
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[personal profile] sylvaine posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Hidan/Kakuzu
Content Notes/Warnings: male nudity, explicit sexual situations, alcohol, violence, blood, gore, death, dark/horror elements
Medium: Pencil, ink, copic pens
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] hoppspindel | [tumblr.com profile] hoppspindel | [tumblr.com profile] immortal-assholes (just KakuHida fanart)
Why this piece is awesome: I honestly have a hard time articulating reasons for reccing this piece, as it is one of my favourite doujinshis ever and I have overwhelming feels about it. Nevertheless, I shall attempt to formulate some sense-making rec! This is a comic about the slowly developing relationship of Kakuzu and Hidan from their canon platonic partnership into a sexual and romantic relationship. It starts after their canonic "death" and thus could technically fit seamlessly into canon. The first chapter, in black & white, is 72 pages, while the second chapter, in colour, is 64 pages. So really lots to sink your teeth in!

On the less artsy side of things, I really appreciate that the author/artist got their characters write - they bitch and moan at each other and fight a lot, but they also do actually clearly value and appreciate each other. And unlike a lot of authors of this pairing, they don't woobify the characters or really emphasize the (barely canonical) height and power difference. Plus, it's finished! A finished comic! IDK, I think that's super cool.

On the more artsy side, I really admire the way the artist consistently managed to keep the panels interesting and have lots of different expressions for the characters while still managing to make them look like themselves. Plus, character and background actually look like they're part of the same world rather than separate layers of picture pasted onto each other. While the characters very occasionally look a little wonky, the art is solid from the start and only improves over the course of the comic, which is something I always love seeing. The first chapter, in black-and-white pencil shading, is already super cool - the artist manages to convey a lot of depth and variation in colour just through that. The second chapter, in colour, is occasionally absolutely visually stunning (the autumn panels!), and always high quality.

If you can handle the warnings above, and if you know the characters or don't mind reading up on them or being a little lost at first (I don't think canon knowledge is strictly necessary to read and understand the comic, since it takes place pretty much entirely removed from canon events and the two main characters occasionally seem very much in their own little world of two), I highly recommend checking out this comic.
Link: [tumblr.com profile] reasonch1 (Chapter 1) & [tumblr.com profile] reasonch2 (Chapter 2). Both tumblr blogs have a link in the first or second post where you can read the comic chronologically, but I wanted to link to the tumblrs themselves as the first few posts also contain summaries and ratings and such.
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Moomin
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Mumintrollet & Snusmumriken (Moomin & Snufkin)
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: coloured pencils and ink?
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] nokeek

Why this piece is awesome: I love pretty much everything this artist does. I first found them through Doctor Who but it's in the fairytale and fantasy inspired works they really shine. Their skillful use of coloured pencils gives a wonderfully luminous quality to the rich, jewel-like colours of their works, greatly helped by the coloured and textured paper they often use.

This particular work is probably my favourite of theirs. The warmth and cozyness between Mumintrollet & Snusmumriken at their camp fire, the blue depths of the forest, and the twinkling of the stars among the branches, it all adds up to a deeply lyrical work. Full of magic.

Link: Moomin and Snufkin
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[personal profile] sylvaine posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Uzumaki Naruto, Kyuubi/Kurama
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: watercolour monotypia
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] umaken
Why this piece is awesome: I am full of awe at the way the artist has made this technique work for them. There are a number of pieces in their gallery that utilize it (I'm not even sure how to describe it. Dragging paper over the paint while wet?), but I think this one is the best of the lot.
Link: Daddy's gift on deviantart
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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Mad Max: Fury Road
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Nux 
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: maXKennedy on DA
Why this piece is awesome: The ambivalent figure of Nux the War Boy (even his feet are undecided). I love how he's limned in light, the colours and the hints of fire in the dark, the rusting machinery, the lines of golden light as per traditional artistic renderings of such scenes. Also, the use of differently focussed layers for depth, giving the impression of flying sparks. The details are great, enlarged.
Link: Mad Max Fury Road - Nux
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[personal profile] ratcreature posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post, and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have four volunteer reccers who signed up for August with these fandoms:

* The 100 ([personal profile] tassosss)
* Dragon Age ([personal profile] sylvaine)
* Narnia ([personal profile] turlough)
* Orange is the New Black ([personal profile] mific)

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 only ONE reccer has 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 "Sense of Wonder", 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] ceares posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Sense8
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Will, Lito, Wolfgang, Nomi, Kala, Riley, Capheus and Sun.
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA
Why this piece is awesome: Another group drawing, but this one adds a bit of personality to the poses and a great texture. It's drawn in a more traditional cartoon style and it'd be easy to see these characters in an animated version of the show.
Link: Sense8 Fan Art

Volunteers still needed!

21 July 2015 21:48
[personal profile] synecdochic posting in [community profile] poetry
So, the signup queue ran out of signups a little while ago and I haven't had time to post about it!

Are people still interested in doing weekly hosts, or shall we just switch over to "post when you feel like it"?
[personal profile] kaberett posting in [community profile] poetry
Il a mis le café
Dans la tasse
Il a mis le lait
Dans la tasse de café
Il a mis le sucre
Dans le café au lait
Avec la petite cuiller
Il a tourné
Il a bu le café au lait
Et il a reposé la tasse
Sans me parler
Il a allumé
Une cigarette
Il a fait des ronds
Avec la fumée
Il a mis les cendres
Dans le cendrier
Sans me parler
Sans me regarder
Il s'est levé
Il a mis
Son chapeau sur sa tête
Il a mis
Son manteau de pluie
Parce qu'il pleuvait
Et il est parti
Sous la pluie
Sans une parole
Sans me regarder
Et moi j'ai pris
Ma tête dans ma main
Et j'ai pleuré.
He poured the coffee
Into the cup
He poured the milk
Into the cup of coffee
He put sugar
Into the cafe au lait
With a teaspoon
He stirred it
He drank the cafe au lait
And he put down the cup
Without speaking to me
He lit
A cigarette
He blew rings
With the smoke
He tapped the ashes
Into the ashtray
Without speaking to me
Without looking at me
He stood up
He placed
His hat upon his head
He picked up
His raincoat
Because it was raining
And he left
Into the rain
Without an umbrella
Without looking at me
And me, I took
My head in my hands
And I wept.
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Moomin
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Lilla My (Little My)
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] oceansoul7777

Why this piece is awesome: A great portrait of Lilla My. Bright and colourful and shows off her quirky personality perfectly.

Link: Pikku Myy
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[personal profile] omens posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Steven Universe
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Steven & Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl (sort of)
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: Digital
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] rice-lily / [tumblr.com profile] melodielapot
Why this piece is awesome: I love how Steven's fusions soften with his influence. Great style.

Link: Steven fusions (DA)

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