Yuletide letter at last!

25 October 2014 17:32
likeadeuce: (carrie brownstein)
[personal profile] likeadeuce
I'm pretty sure I've finalized my signup. My letter is here.

Layers.

25 October 2014 21:05
sister_luck: (Default)
[personal profile] sister_luck
Indulge me - I need a break from marking and that's the perfect excuse to go through my pictures and post some of my latest.

My town is at or near the top of all sorts of negative lists - most of them signs of deprivation - like the number of people on benefits, teenage pregnancies and so on.

But - and I wish I had proof of it - it is probably also one of the towns with a more than average number of public playgrounds. They are reasonably well-maintained and clean, although most of them have equipment that is very old.

Monkey bars,jungle gyms etc. )

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

25 October 2014 03:52
petzipellepingo: (more links by eyesthatslay)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
The Other Half , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] rebcake.

A Final Time for Everything , Not Like an Egyptian , Belles , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] gillo.

Rising Seas , Three Hundred Sixty Five , Spike/Buffy by [profile] thisficklemob.

Pre-Loading , Pen Portrait , Mapwork , Words in the Heart , Spike/Buffy by [profile] brutti_ma_buoni.

Cryptic Thinking , Things Buried , Grave Thoughts , The Weary and the Wicked , Housed , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] drizzlydaze.

Days That are to Come , Quietly , Spike/Buffy by [profile] foxstarreh.

Memories and Effulgent , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] comlodge.

Heat Pack , Dispensation , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] spuffy_luvr.

Pokerface , BtVS/Hunger Games crossover by [profile] kwritten.

EW re-watches Harsh Light of Day .

Tenplay talks to SMG. Interview links: The Project on 24 October (skip to 30:00), Sunrise (23 October), Kyle & Jackie O Show (23 October) & Rescu (22 October).
beer_good_foamy: (Questionable Content)
[personal profile] beer_good_foamy
Here's another fic I started a while back, and was inspired to finish by [livejournal.com profile] red_satin_doll's recent post on the HIMYM finale. Yes, I'm still bitter. But in the spirit of lemons into lemonade, if life gives you a crap series finale, write fic that takes it to its logical (if admittedly unsubtle and tasteless) conclusion.

Title: Where's The Poop?
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: How I Met Your Mother, shortly post-series (original broadcast ending)
Characters: Ted, the Kids
Rating: PG13
Warnings: Toilet humour
Word count: ~500
Summary: Shortly after the series finale, Ted has to check into the hospital. And then Ted has to explain why he had to check into the hospital. Turns out it started way back in 2005...

Sometimes, you fall in love with someone or something and then you keep seeing it the way it was, no matter how much it's actually changed over the years. )

Rejoice and make merry

23 October 2014 22:00
quinara: Owl from Meg and Mog driving: 'Who let the owl drive?' (Meg and Mog Owl drive)
[personal profile] quinara
So, just in case you don't watch our comm and therefore have not had your flist invaded by teeming hordes of zombie graves (sorry?) the annual [livejournal.com profile] sb_fag_ends Halloween Challenge is on! Come, take part, be Spuffy! It's literally hang-on-to-your-hats Spuffy creativity in the name of prompts and points. Of course, there's a leaderboard and cut-throat competition; but who knows if that drabble you fling off this time might light the spark of your next magnum opus...????

And even if you don't want to/can't play right now - just come and enjoy the surf of random Spuffy glimpses throughout the (Poe-tinged) multiverse!!

Of course, apart from this plug, I also have to apologise, because despite appearances of my endless posting, which will suggest that I am around, I am in fact tied up this weekend (as bloody ever) and like last year will have to be pretty crap in my participation and use online time to keep up with modly duties and support and making sure things are all right on a structural level. But I love you all and you all love each other, yes yes??? Do go and comment!

In general, the rules are on a sticky HERE HERE HERE!!!!

ETA: On a note to bore you all, though I should record it somewhere, my tinnitus has hit new lows since this afternoon that I am currently caught in the sound of someone running the hoover one room away. Amazing depth of field my brain has come up with (this distant whirring is of course overlaid by the usual high pitched shite, but that I can generally ignore). It is quite incensing. I hope I sleep it off.

well, that was a game

23 October 2014 07:32
snickfic: photo, Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save (pens)
[personal profile] snickfic
5-3 Flyers.

On the plus side:
* Our fourth line scored! Twice! There'd been some concern about our new, supposedly improved depth not scoring, but hopefully that concern's been put to rest. Also, first Pens goals for both Spaling and Goc.

* No Pens injuries (despite Sutter getting a puck to the cheekbone - betcha that'll bruise impressively).

* Our PK was at 100% again.

That's it. Those are all the positives. :PPP

As Anne Shirley says, today is a new game with no mistakes in it. Yet.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

23 October 2014 03:49
petzipellepingo: (more links by eyesthatslay)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
Ashes in the Dust , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] gillo.

Reliable As and Monster , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] spuffy_luvr.

Lie , Spike/Buffy by [profile] foxstarreh.

Barbeque in October, Spike/Xander by [personal profile] forsaken2003.

[profile] kikimay comments on the latest issue of Season Ten .

More news from the Sunnydale Press.

YouTube promo for AB's new web series.

Wednesday linkspam

22 October 2014 23:40
next_to_normal: Tony, kinda beat up, in the Iron Man suit (Tony Stark)
[personal profile] next_to_normal
* Avengers: Age of Ultron official trailer! I am... kinda underwhelmed, actually? I mean, it's all epic and angsty and apocalyptic, and I'm sure it'll be great, but what I have always loved best about the MCU films is the humor and fun.

* Speaking of superhero stories that lay off the angst, The Flash has been picked up for a full season. It's lighthearted without being lightweight, and I am really enjoying it so far.

* Oh god, someone made a chart of all the superhero movies coming out in the next six years. It's... a lot.

* LOL RDJ now owns the gigantic "A" from Stark Tower in The Avengers.

* Adrianne Palicki talks about her appearance on Agents of SHIELD, plus photos of her in her new Mockingbird costume.

* Allison Janney looks back at some of the highlights of her career.

* Tatiana Maslany on Broadway OMG.

* These Game of Thrones photos mean little to me, since I haven't read the books, but apparently it means big changes?

* Lots of new photos from the Into the Woods movie, plus an interview with Anna Kendrick.

* The Bridge will not be getting a third season.

* A memory expert weighs in on the conflicting POVs of The Affair's unreliable narrators.

* The New Yorker profiles Billy Joel, whom I still love after all these years. He was a favorite of my parents, and I grew up on his music, and it was some of the first popular music I learned to play on the piano.

FIC: worn for sleeping

22 October 2014 19:32
snickfic: Jess (Jess)
[personal profile] snickfic
Title: worn for sleeping
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing/Characters: Jess, Sam
Words/Rating: 1300 words / PG rating
Spoilers: through 5.21
Summary: It takes three tubes of paint – three shades carelessly selected, though when she finishes Jess sees each one is progressively more red – to write Sam’s name on the wall.

A/N: And here is my [livejournal.com profile] spn_summergen fic, written for TammyRenH! One of her prompts involved Jess, and I knew immediately it was the one I had to write, but the most important conceit to this fic didn't occur to me until later.

I worried a little that it might be too shippy for Summergen, but no one complained, so I guess I was sufficiently low key about the ship. And the meta aspect wasn't planned at all and snuck in completely on its own.

I maaay write some author commentary on it. First I have to go answer the lovely comments, though. :D

at Summergen | at AO3.

MCU recs post

21 October 2014 14:17
snickfic: Karen Gillan as Nebula (mcu)
[personal profile] snickfic
Match Point by [personal profile] salmon_pink
Pepper/Sif, one-shot. First they spar, then they have sex very attractively. And there's humor, too!

The Ties That Bind by [archiveofourown.org profile] Odsbodskins
Steve/Bucky + Natasha, a/b/o, 26k. One of my favorite a/b/o fics to appear in quite some time, with tons of interesting worldbuilding (including text excerpts! One from Mary Roach, even!) dealing with lots of aspects of a/b/o life that don't seem to turn up very often. Also has omega!Steve, which immediately endeared the fic to me. Also has Steve and Natasha off missioning together, which made me ridiculously happy. I love Natasha in this. I love everything in this.

Fair warning, this was written pre-Winter Soldier, so it's definitely an AU in the jossed sense. Has a lot of events inspired by comics stuff, but mixed and matched, so no comics knowledge necessary.

Re-Habituation by [archiveofourown.org profile] downjune
Bucky/Natasha, a/b/o, 3k. This isn't shippy in the strict sense; it's about Natasha exploring a part of herself that was previously only controlled and exploited, and doing that exploration with someone she trusts. I especially like the identity stuff this fic explores, and I tend to be a sucker for sex-between-friends scenarios like this one. Just neat.

Experiment in red by [archiveofourown.org profile] sevenofspade
Bucky+Wanda gen, 4k. The Winter Soldier makes friends with one of HYDRA's experiments. I LOVE unexpected moments of grace and friends found in unexpected places, and this has that in spades. It also deals a lot with the terrible things, including brainwashing, that happen to both Wanda and Bucky, so be forewarned. (I have the uncomfortable feeling that this fic is far kinder and more complex in its characterization of Wanda than canon is going to be. >:( )

measure of affection by [archiveofourown.org profile] bullroars
GotG team gen, 1.5k. drax the destroyer does not need a hug. Neat happy-feeling gen where the team takes care of its own, however fumblingly. Very sweet.

All This Red Tape by [archiveofourown.org profile] TigerDragon
girl!Peter/Gamora, 3.5k In which the girls are still working out how they work together, in both the feelings department and the pants department. There's some low-key xeno here for those that like it, and just a lot of very appealing fumbling stops and starts as Gamora and Piper Quill try to figure each other out.
snickfic: [Hawkeye] Kate looking over the top of her sunglasses (Kate)
[personal profile] snickfic
I have thirty-seven "to rec" links on Pinboard. I mean to slowly work my way through them in themed bunches. This is the comics bunch.

calm me down, get it out by [archiveofourown.org profile] defcontwo
Black Widow comics, Natasha/Yelena, 4.5k. This is hands down my favorite "pretending to be together" fic I have ever read. Because in this, they're pretending to be together for a spy mission, and instead of celibate pining we have angry UST and then angry very-much-RST. As in canon, Yelena is all tied up in Natasha, and as in canon, Natasha alternately laughs at and indulges that obsession. This is great stuff.

Hit by [archiveofourown.org profile] basset_voyager
Kate Bishop gen, 1k. I don't know what the canonical story is behind why Kate takes up archery (or if there even is one), but I really like this version: she practices as a form of taking control, fighting back against sleeze balls, taking ownership of the space she occupies. Does not depend on any particular YA or Hawkeye canon.

happy hour by [archiveofourown.org profile] jouissant
Saga, The Will + The Stalk gen, 1k. Mission completed, The Will and The Stalk take a breather, and The Will contemplates his occupation. Neat, low-key little character piece.

Red Pen by [archiveofourown.org profile] Hsifeng
Saga, Hazel + Izabel gen, 2.5k. THIS IS SO GOOD. This is the school report of one Hazel, having interviewed her friend Izabel for the purpose. Documents fic! Worldbuilding more cohesive and coherent than I think Vaughan and Staples have created (or aspire to create, for that matter). Just really neat at taking details of the Saga universe and weaving them into a proposed whole (although this was written after #8, so some of it, particularly stuff about the robots, has since been jossed). Very nifty.
ruuger: Chibi-like cartoon Venom saying "I wanna eat your brains" (Brains)
[personal profile] ruuger
I'm watching some random episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D on TV, and less than ten minutes in there have already been three people who have British accents. Is there an actual reason for this, or is the show just again set in the mythical British California?

(and yeah, no, I was hoping that I would magically start liking this show if I just gave it another chance, but I still think that it's boring)

But ANYWAY! The actual point of this post was that before I was watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, I was watching The Walking Dead:

spoilers )
next_to_normal: Captain America w/ shield, obscured by smoke (Default)
[personal profile] next_to_normal
So, we all remember the guy who was allergic to making plans, right? We should, it was only a week ago, don't tell me your short-term memory is that bad. Well, this is STILL GOING ON because it turns out this is a dude who does not know when to let it go.

Read more... )

and who did you say is calling?

20 October 2014 21:31
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[personal profile] lotesse
Dearest darlingest yuleingest goat (my dear santa),

thank you for writing a story for me! I have no doubts whatsoever that I will love the pants off of whatever you write :)

I'mma talk about canons first and then get to general reading preferences.

Frankenstein )

The Fall )

Vorkosigan Saga )

Smoke Signals )

general info about what I like to read )

Weekend roundup

20 October 2014 12:14
nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
[personal profile] nanila
After returning from Germany reasonably early on Friday, it wasn’t too difficult to muster the energy to journey to Oxfordshire for a visit to the Ai Weiwei sculpture exhibition at (Unesco World Heritage Site) Blenheim Palace.

Blenheim isn’t a National Trust or English Heritage property, so we don’t have memberships that cover it. It’s also an eye-watering £22.50 per adult for a day admission. However, once you’ve paid it, you can convert this to an annual membership and come back any time you like for the subsequent year. Since Humuhumu had a lot of energy to run off by the time we got there (it’s over an hour’s drive from home) and we didn’t get to spend any time indoors, we’re determined to go again in a couple of weeks to at least attempt to see the sculptures that are housed inside the Palace.

It was a blowy, blustery day and Humuhumu loved dashing around the majestic grounds, helping us to hunt down the sculptures. The symmetrical shiny blue-purple stones were the hands-down favourites.


[Image of Humuhumu running through one of Ai Weiwei's sculptures at Blenheim Palace.]

More words and pictures )

Hours of fresh air and exercise tired everyone out, so I’m afraid poor Bloke had to drive home with only the dulcet tones of Radio 4 playing “Under Milk Wood” by Dylan Thomas* to drown out the snorkeling of his passengers.

* NB: I do not recommend listening to this whilst dozing unless you enjoy having very strange dreams.

The next day everyone had a lie-in, even Humuhumu, who slept until almost 8 AM. (Note to Daughter: More Sundays like this please.) Once we were up, we went to the garden centre to get wallflowers and pansies to plant in our front pots, as the geraniums were beginning to flag in the cooler weather. We are once again keeping up appearances in our village, to the relief of the neighbours, I'm sure.

In the afternoon, we headed to the Avoncroft Museum nearby for Trebuchet and Cannon Reenactment Day. We texted some other parents on the off-chance that they were at loose ends for Sunday activities, and to our immense surprise, everyone turned up. Humuhumu was delighted at the company. The four-year-old girl pretty much adopted Humuhumu, and cried when her Daddy tried to take her away before she could give her a goodbye cuddle and kiss.

The other children didn’t much care for the noisy cannon demonstrations, but Humuhumu’s response to every firing was a passionate demand for “MORE BANG!” and “Nani do it!” Oh dear.

Also filed under Oh Dear: Humuhumu has got quite a strong Brummie accent at the moment. Here is an attempt to record her pronunciation of a few words/phrases. I need to get some video of this for posterity before she loses it, which she very probably will when she’s older. She doesn’t hear any Brummie at home or from our friends and relations.

Bye Bye = “Buh Boy”
Like a diamond in the sky = “Loik a doymund in da skoy”
Bus = “Booss”
Daddy = “Dah-doy”


[Humuhumu and Dada at the trebuchet & cannon-firing display at the Avoncroft Museum. She’s in the middle of a request for “MORE BANG” here.]

Food Storage Chili

19 October 2014 14:11
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[personal profile] fenchurch
We're having Food Storage Chili for dinner later this evening and in looking through my old tags and memories, I realized I'd never actually posted the recipe here! [personal profile] rackham came up with it years and years ago when we were fairly newly married... and it gets its name from the fact that it can be made entirely with items we have in our food storage (aka shelf stable ingredients, generally in cans), but can also be done with fresh versions of the ingredients. It's a definitely favorite, though, and super easy with the side benefit of using ingredients we almost always have on hand (perfect for days when you just don't want to leave the house).

The recipe, under the cut. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.

Ficlet: The Brian Situation

19 October 2014 22:23
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[personal profile] beer_good_foamy
So here's a fic I found loitering half-finished on my hard drive. Reading [livejournal.com profile] mcjulie's post on Hell's Bells some time ago, I realised there's a minor character in Buffy who gets a few intriguing lines, who openly flirts with one of the scoobies, and has, to the best of my knowledge, never had any fic written about him: that demon guy with the horns that Dawn talks to at Anya and Xander's wedding. Hell, even the script just mentions him as Demon Teen. So I started wondering, and... well, here's what came out.

ETA: There's now a spin-off fic for this one, by [livejournal.com profile] dragonyphoenix: Extraneous Tomes

Title: The Brian Situation
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, post-season 6
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~950
Summary: Dawn has a date. Buffy has mom hair.

HORNS? Your date is a demon? )

Dear Yuletide writer

19 October 2014 15:53
likeadeuce: (carrie brownstein)
[personal profile] likeadeuce
Dear Yuletide Writer --

Thanks so much for signing up & offering one or more of my requested fandoms. I love Yuletide and I'll be thrilled with whatever you come up with. I know Yuletide can be stressful but don't feel any extra stress on my account. There's no real theme in my requests this year, so I'll just throw out some general ideas.

My requests are a mix of shippy and gen, and I tend not to draw clear lines between those categories. As far as I'm concerned, a gen character study can include exploration of a character's sexuality, while a fic that centers around a pairing doesn't have to focus on sex or relationship issues. I like friendships, multi-shipping, banter, scenes involving the characters that I've requested having a *significant moment* with other characters, whatever that consists of; negotiations of consent; characters who can talk their way into anything, characters who never know what to say or always say the wrong thing, characters who keep secrets and other characters who try to figure them out, characters who give away secrets by accident, characters who aren't as good at keeping secrets as they think they are; soldiers, spies, imposters; scenes of characters getting dressed or undressed, symbolically significant articles of clothing, symbolically significant changes of name, unexpected gestures of friendship or acceptance. I like stories where something happens -- whether it's an involved plot, or two characters falling in love, or a moment of insight -- any of those can be equally interesting to me.

Fandom specifics:

Notorious, The Magicians, Portlandia, The Craft Sequence, Terminator movies, The Fosters )

I hope this is helpful! Please take any of the above as suggestions, and always feel free to follow your muse and write the story that feels right to you. I promise to love it.

-Deuce

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

19 October 2014 03:28
petzipellepingo: (more links by eyesthatslay)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
Under a Harvest Moon , Spike/Xander by [personal profile] theladymerlin.

Time is a Thief , BtVS/Teen Titan crossover by [profile] lightning_skies.

Don't forget! The Classic Recs Weekend over at [community profile] buffyversetop5 is coming soon. Get those lists ready.

Note to fiction authors, check this post out . [personal profile] ladydragon76 has information on fiction thieves.

Linkspam

18 October 2014 21:44
next_to_normal: Peeta against a blue background; text: I'm more than just a piece in their games (Peeta)
[personal profile] next_to_normal
* Laura Benanti talks more about her role on Nashville.

* There's going to be a Twin Peaks book that comes out in advance of the new season on Showtime.

* Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Oscars! \o/

* Jeremy Renner talks more about Kill the Messenger.

* Archie Panjabi is leaving The Good Wife, which means they won't have to keep awkwardly avoiding ever having Alicia and Kalinda in the same room.

* If you've been hoping for a la carte TV or streaming-only services, you may be happy to hear that HBO is planning an online-only subscription, and CBS just launched theirs.

* Warner Bros. announced their DC comics film schedule through 2020 - including a Wonder Woman stand-alone in 2017, which, unless Marvel steps up, will be the first female-led superhero film in either shared universe. They may also be introducing a female sidekick if Jena Malone is really playing Robin in Batman V. Superman.

* Wow, Alan Cumming's story about his parentage is crazy.

* I am all for making The Last Unicorn into a Broadway musical, but lol Josh Duhamel is involved?

* New Mockingjay trailer in which Katniss returns to District 12.

* A Veronica Mars blast from the past via [livejournal.com profile] frelling_tralk: Teddy Dunn (who quit acting and is a lawyer now!) talks about Duncan Kane and why he left the show.

watching you burn, oh

18 October 2014 19:11
lotesse: (faerie)
[personal profile] lotesse
via [personal profile] thady, this fantastic essay on early Britney Spears: “So if 'manufactured' is unfair, what is the right metaphor for Britney’s relationship to the pop machine? Scanning the pop culture of the late 90s gives us a better possibility: mecha, the Japanese anime genre where beautiful, tragic youth fuse themselves to sublime, state of the art machines. Britney is not the machine’s puppet; she’s its pilot.”
snickfic: (Buffy no good)
[personal profile] snickfic
This website is nabbing and reposting LJ fic. I'm told the admin will take down stuff down if the author complains, but is otherwise standing firm on his perceived right to repost anything he likes without permission. [livejournal.com profile] ladydragon76 has more information.

[livejournal.com profile] kwritten, there's TVD fic on the first page that was written for you, but it doesn't say who it's by. Taken care of.

fandom pondering

18 October 2014 13:07
snickfic: (Buffy Willow)
[personal profile] snickfic
I wonder what makes the difference between fic I want and write, and fic I want but don't know how (or precisely what) to write.

Like, I came into a/b/o wanting lots of fic with ladies, and lo, I have written MUCH A/B/O WITH LADIES. Similarly, although I haven't written any Guardians of the Galaxy fic, but I do have very specific ideas of what I want, and I may well end up writing it at some point.

OTOH, I really want fic for Marc-Andre Fleury, and I have no idea what I want. I don't have any hardcore ship feelings, and I don't really want kink, I just want... more Flower? IDK. Similarly, I desperately want tons of fic with Betsy and Fantomex related to Uncanny X-Force, but I don't know what. See also: Kevin Tran.

What about you guys? Have you noticed any patterns between things you want and can or can't write?

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

18 October 2014 03:33
petzipellepingo: (more links by eyesthatslay)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
An Accidental Leap in Flux (Issue 2), Spike/Willow graphic novel by [personal profile] pickamix.

Chapter Ten of More Toil and Trouble by [personal profile] slaymesoftly.

EW re-watches Living Conditions .

The TeleVixen talks "Symbolism and Metaphor in Buffy the Vampire Slayer".

Dear Yuletide writer

17 October 2014 23:46
ruuger: My hand with the nails painted red and black resting on the keyboard of my laptop (Default)
[personal profile] ruuger
I've been going back and forth whether or not to sign up for Yuletide this year considering what RL has been like recently, but then I thought that if I get laid off, I'll at least have time to write ;)

I'm crap at writing letters, so this is mostly copy-paste from various challenges from previous years.

General likes and dislikes


  • I'm a canon-girl above all else, so wild AUs of the pirate and coffeeshop kind are not really my thing. That said, zombie apocalypses are always welcome.

  • Any rating goes. I prefer plot/character over porn, but if the story calls for sex, go for it.

  • Hurt/comfort is my not-so-secret vice. As is Girl-Saves-Boy.

  • I'm not a huge fan of my favourite characters dying (and by favourite, I here mean the requested characters). I know, I know, it's rather hypocritical of me since I'm known for my tendency to kill of characters in my fic, but unless I'm in the mood for it, reading deathfic is a bit of a downer for me. Non-nominated characters are a fair game, though.

  • Darkfic is more than OK (seeing that my canons aren't exactly happy happy joy joy), but I'd prefer no rape/non-con or explicit descriptions of physical torture (not because it squicks me or anything, but because I'll likely just skip over it).

  • Crossovers are also OK, as long as I'm familiar with both fandoms and the two canons are at least somewhat similar (so no mixing magic fandoms and realistic fandoms, etc). Since two of my fandoms share an actor, I must add, though, that crossovers where two characters played by the same actor meet do not work for me at all.

For more info on Things I Like in general, see this post for a list of my favourite narrative kinks.

And now for the fandoms...

Land of the Dead, Strange Days, Smith )

I may still add a fandom or few if I can come up with good prompts ;)

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

17 October 2014 03:39
petzipellepingo: (more links by eyesthatslay)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
Scrambled Brains , Spike/Xander by [personal profile] forsaken2003.

Try , Willow/Kennedy by [personal profile] snowpuppies.

Pillows , NC-17 Buffy/Willow by [personal profile] consumedly.

Vulture gives us an oral history of the Trio.

Hypable celebrates tv music soundtracks. "10. Angel: “Hero” (Robert J. Kral): “Hero” was used in season 1, to accompany the first major character death. The moment itself was very emotional and moving, and the music will forever be one of Angel‘s most iconic pieces... 5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Close Your Eyes” (Christophe Beck): But Buffy wouldn’t have been the same without composer Christophe Beck, who created some truly epic pieces. The Buffy/Angel love theme is probably the most celebrated and memorable".
lotesse: (curioser)
[personal profile] lotesse
two questions about the Vorkosigan Saga:

1. how does swearing someone work in terms of the armsmans' score/Vorloupulous' law? When Miles swears Arde and Baz in - when Mark swears Elena - do those count as additions to the number of Vorkosigan Armsmen? Because neither boy acts as though a slot needs to be open before a swearing can happen, on penalty of high treason. Is there a textual explanation, or is it a crack in the narrative?

2. Why, when Bujold so obviously understands why aspects of Miles' courtship of Ekaterin are really borderline in terms of acceptable behavior, does she choose to have the story go down that way? There are all of these words about how Ekaterin needs some time, some confidence, some space - Bujold clearly does get it, at some level. Does she just not care? Why was it necessary for her to write the story about Miles pushing Ekaterin's consent and disrespecting her boundaries and still getting her to marry him in the end?

It would have been really cool if it had gone the other way, actually been a healthy and functional romance all the time, instead of just some of the time.
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• What are you currently reading?

Continuing The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. This has definitely grown on me as I've gotten used to the voice. It's definitely got a frontier-picaresque feel to it, but with the inevitability of knowing how John Brown's story is eventually going to end up. I'm not quite sure what the book accomplishes by having a boy-dressed-as-a-girl as narrator, instead of an actual girl (??? and I use that terminology because Onion seems to constantly conceive himself as a 'he' so there's not really any gender identity play going on here except 'potentially comical situations' I guess, and if you're likely to be annoyed by 'boy pretending to be a girl as inherently comedic' then maybe skip this book; for me it hasn't crossed into 'transphobic,' it just seems to be viewed by the narrative more of a wacky/absurd detail than as an exploration of gender identity. I'd be interested in different interpretations if anybody's read it).

Started Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley, another of the Flavia de Luce books. This series got pretty same-y fast, but it's been a fun/predictable comfort read for the most part.

• What did you recently finish reading?

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley. With this book, I understand both the enthusiasm (Hurley is really good at promoting her work online, and is a well-regarded blogger about feminism & social issues in genre fiction) and the backlash (none of the former changes the fact that this is pretty much grimdark fantasy that weights heavily toward world-building rather than relatable characters, and throws A LOT of world-building at the reader and expects the reader to keep up.) I can understand people bouncing off this book strongly -- especially if they don't like grimdark or prefer strong entry-point characters to go with their worldbuilding. For me, the balance worked well; I personally got into the viewpoint characters, even the loathsome ones, though I was most engaged on more of an intellectual level, with how Hurley addresses a lot of the representation issues and other world-building issues in epic fantasy, particularly in the utter rejection of any kind of gender essentialism. This was a good book for me to read at this point in my relationship with the fantasy genre, anyway; it definitely won't be for everybody. That said, I did dock a star on my goodreads reviews because the climaxes didn't feel nearly climax-y enough for me. This is a pretty standard trilogy problem (I assume this is going to be a trilogy? not actually sure if the series has a set length but this is clearly a BOOK ONE) but it didn't seem to end on quite the right beats. I'm definitely interested in reading more, though, and seeing what subsequent books have in store.

I also read volumes 3 & 4 of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man (the first Miles Morales series) and sigh, that was depressingly early for an interesting standalone series to get pulled into a dumb event where DC gets blown up and Captain America is president. Volume 4 sort of got back on track, and I think there's only one more before a reboot (which has already happened because comics publishing schedules are nonsense if you try to read in trade. Miles is still great, I hope they figure out what to do with him to keep him around.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I've got Megan Abbott's The Fever looking at me, also a bunch of comics and Elizabeth Bear's Steles of the Sky, the last book in HER epic fantasy trilogy, which I bought in hardback and (reading the Hurley book reminded me) I never got to. Or maybe I'll reread the first Magicians book. Or finish Hild
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Well hey, we haven't had a horrendous online dating story in a while! Mostly because I let my match.com account expire and started planning my future as a crazy cat lady. But now [personal profile] per_aspera_ad_astra is all, like, sickeningly happy with some guy she met on there, making her the second of my college friends to have success on that site, so back I go. This is my first attempt.

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I've spent the last few days at a meeting in the new Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Goettingen, Germany. The building itself is pretty impressive, particularly the entrance hall, and the Philae lander model merited a selfie.

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One additional awesome thing about the new Institute: There's a full-time creche (daycare) inside the building. Not just on the University campus. In the building. And the Institute's on-site library includes a children's section. Apparently there are a lot of female scientists who, when the Institute moved from its old site in Lindau, suddenly decided it was time to start a family. Interesting, no? <dry>

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