Spell | Carol Ann Duffy

2 September 2015 13:01
[personal profile] kaberett posting in [community profile] poetry
Yes, I think a poem is a spell of kinds
that keeps things living in a written line,
whatever's lost or leaving - lock of rhyme -
and so I write and write and write your name.
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[personal profile] tassosss posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: The 100
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Lexa
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: Pencil drawing
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a [deviantart.com profile] rosabelledraws
Artist Website/Gallery: Rosabelledraws at Deviant Art
Why this piece is awesome: This is a portrait of the grounder Commander Lexa which just blew me away when I saw it. The detail is incredible, capturing the layers here of warpaint, dirt, and blood. I love that it's black and white, but still feels like the character is just waiting to walk to life.

Link: Commander Lexa
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[personal profile] fanloremod posting in [community profile] fanlore
The Wiki committee has had a busy month working on the usual outside requests (we admit, we do still have a bit of a backlog!), our internal documentation, and some exciting new projects!

First, thank you to those who came to our July editing chat! Among other things, we discussed old school slash, ambitious pages, and Fanlore's own site graphics. (Did you know that we have no copy of Fanlore's original header from when the site was in beta? Fanlore's Fanlore article has been updated to include some of our historical graphics, but we would love to see more of Fanlore's own history preserved! If you were around during Fanlore's early days please do share your memories of the site, and if you happen to have any old images or screenshots we'd love those too!)

During the editing chat we also discovered a couple of old Fanlore-themed icons created by the wonderful [personal profile] kylara that had never been added to our graphics page. The page has now been updated to include them, and (as with all the graphics on that page) you are very welcome to use them!

In other news, we have received reports that some newly-created pages aren't being properly indexed by Fanlore's search engine. We're looking into this, and in the meantime you may want to use Google to supplement your Fanlore searches (see Fanlore's help page for more info).

What's to come?

Wiki has been busy planning Fanlore's annual Stub September challenge! See the the official announcement for more information, and stay tuned for the first of the weekly themes tomorrow!

To celebrate Stub September and also provide an opportunity for new editors to ask questions, we will be holding an editing party on Saturday, September 12th at 17:00 UTC (what time is that in my timezone?) in the Fanlore chat room.

As of September 1st, 2015, Fanlore has 35,761 articles which have undergone 613,239 edits. We hope to see you on the Recent Changes page!

Stub September is Here Again!

1 September 2015 10:47
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[personal profile] fanloremod posting in [community profile] fanlore

Banner by Caitie of autumn leaves with text saying fanlore stub september.



Fans are welcome to edit Fanlore at any time of the year, but this month the Wiki Committee is organizing a special event. Stub September is a challenge for everyone, newcomers and seasoned Fanlore editors alike, to pick a stub and expand on it. A stub is an article on Fanlore that is under-developed and missing important information.

Right now, there are over 1900 existing pages on Fanlore that are already identified as stubs. You can use the list to find a page where you know something about the topic, and edit the page to add your new information. Simple!

In addition to these stubs, there are two other types of articles that need more information: Pages that need expansion and Examples wanted.

Pages that need expansion are pages that are too long to be considered stubs, but are still missing crucial information; e.g., there may be some empty placeholder sections that need filling in.

Examples wanted are pages that are missing specific examples to define or illustrate the topic. This category is much shorter and needs more specific information. If you know of any examples, please just add them to the page!

To help you decide what to work on, we will spotlight specific types of stubs during each week of the month. Don't worry! You are also welcome to work on any stub (or any other article) at any time. There will be new themes each week of September, so visit Fanlore's Dreamwidth account for more information.

Feel free to post links to the articles you work on and let others know about the project! You can tweet at the Fanlore twitter account to let us know how you're doing.

If you haven't tried writing something for Fanlore before, Stub September is a good time to add more information to existing Fanlore articles without having to start your own page from scratch.

To help newcomers get started, the Wiki Committee will be organizing an editing party on Saturday, September 12th at 17:00 UTC (what time is that in my timezone?) in the Fanlore chat room where you can come and ask questions or just work on entries alongside other people.

If you're unable to attend the editing party but have questions about Fanlore or how to get started, you can contact the Wiki Committee or leave a comment on the Dreamwidth community.

Midriver | Michael Donaghy

1 September 2015 14:55
[personal profile] kaberett posting in [community profile] poetry
- and is a bridge: Now to either then:
child to lolly: spark across the wire:
lover to the target of desire:
Lambeth to Westminster: back again.
Verb's a vector not a monument,
but someone skipped a stone across this river
fixing its trajectory forever
in seven arches after the event
- so stops halfway and, neither there nor there,
but cold and rained on and intransitive,
watches London switch from when to where,
why to silence in the traffic jam,
thinks I can see the borough where I live
but here is temporarily who I am.
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[personal profile] brightknightie posting in [community profile] fandomcalendar

FKFicFest banner with 3 season cast photos

[community profile] fkficfest | [livejournal.com profile] fkficfest | FKFicFest on AO3

We're more than halfway through revealing the 2015 FKFicFest stories! At one story per day, 8 all-new stories have released so far, and we have 5 yet to go! Expect adventure, humor and romance for all your favorite Forever Knight characters, across all your favorite factions and shades. Come read!

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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Orange is the new black
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Alex Vause
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: traditional art - drawing
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Petitehoneybee on DA
Why this piece is awesome: Ending this month of OITNB with a great drawing of the gorgeous Alex. Love the detail in her hair and tattoo, and the texture of the shirt. An excellent likeness as well (I always comment about that as I'm crap at likenesses!)  Enlarge for all the details. 
Link: Alex Vause

Code push done!

29 August 2015 22:00
[staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
We're updating the site momentarily! Once the dust settles, please let us know if anything isn't working as expected. I'll edit the entry here if we confirm any issues.

Update, 22:30: We've been done for about 30 minutes and haven't seen any issues, so please go ahead and let us know if you notice any problems!

Code push!

29 August 2015 13:12
[staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
[staff profile] mark and I are planning to do a code push tonight! We will start working around 7pm Pacific time but since it's my first time, the actual push to the site probably won't happen until closer to 8pm Pacific time.

Here's a partial list of changes that will go live with this push:

  • Rename swaps will accept rename tokens purchased on either account.

  • OpenID community maintainers will be able to edit tags on community entries.

  • Adorable new mood theme called "angelikitten's Big Eyes".

  • Username tag support for lj.rossia.org.

  • Embedded content support for screen.yahoo.com and zippcast.com.

  • Additional space on the user profile page to list your Github username.


And as usual, many tweaks, small bugfixes, and the occasional page source rewrite.

We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!
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[personal profile] sylvaine posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Varric Tethras
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: pencil, watercolour/digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] momoconteng (sketches) | [tumblr.com profile] aimosketchcard (sketch cards) | [tumblr.com profile] irmaahmed (finished work) | artist site (currently being revamped) | artist store
Why this piece is awesome: I really adore Varric's confident pose and smirk, and the colourwork is great.
Link: on tumblr (If that link breaks, I have also reblogged it here.)

The Garden by Caelinay (SFW)

29 August 2015 18:25
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Narnia
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Digory in the Garden with Jadis in the background
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] caelinay

Why this piece is awesome: I started the month with a scene from The Magician's Nephew and I'm ending with another one.

While the Wood Between the Worlds seems to be quite common in fanart, I've seen very few depictions of the Garden. This is the one that's made the deepest impression on me. There is something quite unsettling, almost spooky about it. The golden glow of the tree and the silvery shimmer of the apples and the way Jadis is hovering in the darkness.

Link: The Garden

Vintage, Sophia Blackwell

28 August 2015 19:53
[personal profile] saunteringfiend posting in [community profile] poetry
Saturday's dress was someone else's, boned
so that it might have stood up on its own.
I wished I could have known its previous owner;
not just a London wife who had outgrown
the kind of life that needs a scarlet dress,
but a starlet, rubbing ice cubes on her breasts
to keep them pert. She'd sleep cocooned in corsets,
she'd be the broad who walked into the office
that drink-fogged Monday, something on her mind,
fur-lapped, with trembling lips, or a barefoot bride
skipping town, thumbing trucks down on neon strips.

Praying, I tugged the zip and slipped inside
another woman's skin, as if her sweat
had stiffened the seams like a salt-rimmed glass.
Oh, I was tits and hourglass hips and ass,
a viciously nipped waist, its hold as delicious
as a lover's embrace.

Of course, it kept its shape
later, when I stepped out of it. The rude
shock of nipples and dark cloud of hair
(no underwear) - I walked, like treading water
warily to bed, my skins pale lustre
somehow more flawed, nude as a shucked oyster.
[personal profile] saunteringfiend posting in [community profile] poetry
This is the light of the mind, cold and planetary
The trees of the mind are black. The light is blue.
The grasses unload their griefs on my feet as if I were God
Prickling my ankles and murmuring of their humility
Fumy, spiritous mists inhabit this place.
Separated from my house by a row of headstones.
I simply cannot see where there is to get to.

The moon is no door. It is a face in its own right,
White as a knuckle and terribly upset.
It drags the sea after it like a dark crime; it is quiet
With the O-gape of complete despair. I live here.
Twice on Sunday, the bells startle the sky —
Eight great tongues affirming the Resurrection
At the end, they soberly bong out their names.

The yew tree points up, it has a Gothic shape.
The eyes lift after it and find the moon.
The moon is my mother. She is not sweet like Mary.
Her blue garments unloose small bats and owls.
How I would like to believe in tenderness –
The face of the effigy, gentled by candles,
Bending, on me in particular, its mild eyes.

I have fallen a long way. Clouds are flowering
Blue and mystical over the face of the stars
Inside the church, the saints will all be blue,
Floating on their delicate feet over the cold pews,
Their hands and faces stiff with holiness.
The moon sees nothing of this. She is bald and wild.
And the message of the yew tree is blackness – blackness and silence.
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Narnia
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Lucy & Mr. Tumnus
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] smudgethistle / [tumblr.com profile] smudgethistle

Why this piece is awesome: My first contact with this artist was through their Classic Doctor Who work. (I've recced some of them in the comm, here, here, and here.) Like many of their earlier works this depiction of Lucy and Mr.Tumnus has charmingly whimsical air. I love the delicate colouring and the combination of naivistic linework and blocky, layered colourwork.

Link: What Lucy Found There (DeviantART) or here (Tumblr)
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[personal profile] tassosss posting in [community profile] fanart_recs

Fandom: The 100
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Raven Reyes
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: Painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a [tumblr.com profile] jacquelinemcquade
Artist Website/Gallery: Deviant Art Gallery
Why this piece is awesome: I like this portrait because it's so realistic. You can see the character behind the eyes, captured in a moment.

Link: Raven Reyes, Snarky, Beautiful, Heroic

Sonnet 116, William Shakespeare

25 August 2015 20:27
[personal profile] saunteringfiend posting in [community profile] poetry
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
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[personal profile] sylvaine posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Dragon Age 2
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Hawke/Isabela
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] raviesbar
Why this piece is awesome: I love their expressions and poses, and Isabela's freckles are adorable.
Link: on tumblr (if that link breaks I have also reblogged it here.)
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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 September with these fandoms:

* The 100 ([personal profile] tassosss)
* Justified ([personal profile] mific)
* Once Upon a Time ([personal profile] ceares)
* Steven Universe ([personal profile] sylvaine)

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

Looking even further ahead so far NO 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 week is "Dog Days", but that's totally optional for the recs. However they do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)
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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Orange is the New Black
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Poussey
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Goatsy art tag on tumblr (the tumblr has some extra works)  Goatsy on DA
Why this piece is awesome: Poussey's a great character and this is an excellent portrait of her. I love the warm tones and her sad, thoughtful expression. 
Link: Poussey Washington

Sneezles by A. A. Milne

23 August 2015 17:46
[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] poetry
Christopher Robin
Had wheezles
And sneezles,
They bundled him
Into
His bed.
They gave him what goes
With a cold in the nose,
And some more for a cold
In the head.
They wondered... )

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

22 August 2015 18:50
[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] poetry
'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand... )
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Narnia
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Shasta & Bree, Aravis & Hwin, and Aslan
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: pen & ink
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] s-d-g

Why this piece is awesome: This a wonderfully dramatic and expressive work. You can almost hear the roar of the lion and feel the fear of the panic-stricken horses and riders. The fact that it's not done with the usual lines and shadings, but with words, makes the whole thing even more impressive.

Link: The Horse and His Boy

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20 August 2015 13:12
[personal profile] synecdochic posting in [community profile] poetry
The signup queue is running a bit low, so how about asking your friends if they want to join and host?

Here's something you can post -- customize as desired!

The community [community profile] poetry is looking for weekly poetry hosts! Signing up to host a future week gives you a chance to share some of your favorite poems -- everything from the serious, deep, and profund to the silly, funny, or nonsensical. If you're interested, join the community and sign up on the signup post, which also includes the posting guidelines.
[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] poetry
Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain;
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink
And rise and sink and rise and sink again;
Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath,
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It well may be that in a difficult hour,
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release,
Or nagged by want past resolution's power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It well may be. I do not think I would.

A Great Time by W. H. Davies

19 August 2015 18:45
[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] poetry
Sweet Chance, that led my steps abroad,
Beyond the town, where wild flowers grow -
A rainbow and a cuckoo, Lord,
How rich and great the times are now!
Know, all ye sheep
And cows, that keep
On staring that I stand so long
In grass that's wet from heavy rain -
A rainbow and a cuckoo's song
May never come together again;
May never come
This side the tomb.
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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Orange is the new black
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Lorna Morello
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DesiraeSalazar on DA
Why this piece is awesome: Morello's an interesting character, and this is an interesting portrait as it uses only 4 colours on an apricot background. It really captures Morello's 1950s time-warp looks and is very striking. Enlarge to see it properly. 
Link: Lorna Morello

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