Reading Post, 10/30/14

30 October 2014 20:19
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Reading Wednesday on a Thursday!

First of all, Yuletide assignments are out and mine is awesome. I also have plans to write a lot of treats this year, but we'll see how that goes.

Briefly, in books:

• What are you currently reading?

Continuing The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. Not a lot to add.

Started The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. I picked this up a while back when the ebook was on sale and hadn't gotten to it, but the author is doing an event in town next week and I figured I'd at least read a chapter or two. I might just end up tearing through, though -- it's long but so far is going very fast.

Also listening to The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley, which means I'm almost caught up with the Flavia de Luce series. This one goes back a bit to the very tragic roots of the first book -- which had gotten a little lost for me in subsequent installments -- and it's a bit heartbreaking to see Flavia, so smart in some ways, be so naive in others. (Yes, Flavia, you're very good at chemistry. No, Flavia, you can't resurrect the dead. Though saying this, I want a crossover where Flavia hangs with Courtney Crumrin and Coraline. They really would take over the world.)

• What did you recently finish reading?

Speaking from Among the Bones -- the previous Flavia book

The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham -- I don't think this is Cunningham's strongest, plot or structure wise, but I love the prose and the depths and distinctiveness of characterization accomplished in a relatively small space. This has more the feeling of an oversized short story than a novel. Possibly a "for Cunningham fans only" and if your literary-fiction-to-avoid list includes "all the characters live in Brooklyn and write songs or work in clothing boutiques," "a major character has "epiphanies occur in Central Park," this checks a lot of boxes.

Hild by Nicola Griffith -- I started this in the spring and finally remembered to finish. I really love the depth of detail, in a historical world that's both exhaustively researched and wonderfully imagined; I love that I can't really tell where one ends and the other begins. I never could quite get a handle on what kind of book this was -- was it about politics, about sexuality, about coming of age? -- and I ended up liking that too. The way I read it, Hild starts out pretending to be a seer/visionary and in the process of faking so well, she teaches herself to be one. I'm interested to see where Griffith goes with the story of the adult St. Hilda that I understand is coming in the sequel.

Also, not actually reading but worth noting that I saw Gone Girl and thought it was just about perfect. I was somewhat ambivalent about the book, but I think I actually "got it" more seeing it onscreen.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I finally got Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist out from the library, and I'm keen to get to that one. I also have The Rosie Project for my book club but am not nearly as enthused there. Maybe it will surprise me.

Award! + Quickie Qrossover

30 October 2014 23:25
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[personal profile] beer_good_foamy
So apparently I won something at [ profile] wicked_awards. Specifically, Building Character won for Best Gen. Aw, shucks.

Thanks a lot to everyone involved, and congratulations to all the winners! Some great stuff there, go read now if you haven't already.

Also, just because I can, I have this idea of writing down a few bizarre or obscure crossovers that I could never make myself develop into anything longer. Here's one that people should at least be able to spot:

The Friendly Dark

Susie dreams of tigers, and wakes groaning. Now he's got her doing it. Hobbes is NOT REAL.

She keeps dreaming of tigers. She's heard about this. If you keep dreaming of someone, it means you're in love with them. And she so does not want to marry Calvin.

One day Calvin throws a snowball at her. She catches it in mid-air and sends it back to him hard enough to send him flying. She could swear the stuffed tiger sitting where he stood winks at her.

That night, she dreams of a tiger, and follows it into the desert landscape.

Let's talk about TV!

30 October 2014 13:30
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[personal profile] next_to_normal
I was just lamenting to [personal profile] per_aspera_ad_astra how I never talk about TV anymore, and all I post are linkspams, and lately I find myself having things to say, so let's talk superhero TV shows!

First, The Flash, which got Felicitified this week. Read more... )

I was going to get into my Agents of SHIELD feels, too - in that it's gotten to be a much better show, but in a way that proves they should've just done what they're doing now from the beginning - but this is already rather long and capslocky, so maybe we'll save that for tomorrow, along with all the Marvel previews and leaked videos from this week's announcement.
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I get to work on Sor Juana this week yay! I saw her name in the files list, but was sure the assignment would have already gone out to someone. God she's the best. So excite.

Can any of y'all recommend resources for a Japanese ESL student dealing with college-level intro to composition coursework? My daddy goes soaring with a Japanese girl who's doing the aviation program at the local community college, and I guess she broke down on him last Sunday out at the airfield, overstressed and undersupported, so we're trying to help her out. I had her bring her materials to a meeting yesterday and sat with her for a bit; it looks to me like the main problem she's having is that she's having to deal so slowly and carefully with the language-comprehension stuff that she's not able to keep her thoughts clear, or cut through bullshit. There's also an awful lot of bullshit - I took the course she's in, long time passing, and it's comp-through-analysis-of-American-stereotypes, pretty much, and she neither knows nor really needs to know those stereotypes - but she does have to get through this class and the one after it in the comp sequence. I suggested audiobooks when possible, told her to stop writing in GoogleDocs and get herself a darn word processor with a spellchecker, but I was wondering if those of you who are trained for ESL education, or who have specific experiences with a Japanese/American situation, would know of anything more directly relevant to her needs.

Saga #24: Ahhhhhhhhh

29 October 2014 06:48
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[personal profile] snickfic
Okay, I only got to read about a third of Saga #24 before it quit loading, and I have to go to work, so I don't have time to mess with it right now, but AHHHHHHHH. This is EVERYTHING I WANT IN THE WORLD. Well, for certain values of 'everything.' I want a lot of things in this book. And it'll probably all end tragically by the end of the issue. But meanwhile, AHHHHHHHH.

*seal claps*

UPDATE: I have now read the entire issue (fyi: this is really, really not a SFW issue, thank goodness there was no one else hanging out in the adjunct cubicles...), and it is EVEN MORE EVERYTHING I WANTED. YOU GUYS. YOU GUYS.

spoilers galore )

Pens 8, Devils 3

28 October 2014 20:01
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[personal profile] snickfic
Not a typo. So, this was fun.

* Devils scored nine seconds into the game. We recovered.

* Seven Pens scored goals, including members of all four lines. (Downie scored his first as a Pen! Also: Adams!!) Twelve Pens got at least one point.

* Our power play was 3/7, and that's including the last one, which was played by the PP unit otherwise known as "the fourth line and bottom D pairing." (Announcers said Zach Sill was all grins when he came off the ice. Those were surely his first NHL PP minutes ever.) Sample sizes, regress to the mean, yada yada, but in the meantime our PP is sixteen percentage points ahead of the next PP in the league.

* And hey, our PK has killed of 18 in a row now, tying us for 12th! Not bad for a team that was worst in the league 4-5 games ago.

* All the goalies were bad. Flower was marginally less bad (0.842) than Schneider (pulled after second period, 0.783) and Clemmensen (0.700 - maybe should have left Schneider in, eh?). The difference was that our offense was having a heck of a lot more fun than theirs was.

* If we hadn't already passed the point of adding insult to injury, that final goal by Crosby on the breakaway surely did.

Kings on Thursday. I'd say they'll probably give us a harder time, but they've been losing to some pretty mediocre teams, so we shall see.

More major Marvel news

28 October 2014 21:51
next_to_normal: Steve Rogers from CA: TWS (Steve close-up profile)
[personal profile] next_to_normal
OMG just finished Arrow season 1 and I sort of feel like I've been cheating on Marvel this week but it's really, really good so I had to get that in before we get into all the Marvel stuff. Also, one thing I neglected to mention in my last post - OLIVER'S GREEN FACE PAINT. I find it endearingly ridiculous that, while suiting up for superheroing, this boy apparently stops to APPLY HIS EYE MAKEUP (because that is doing SUCH a good job of concealing his identity, what a humungous dork). On the other hand, I want whatever makeup remover he uses, because DAMN he can get that stuff wiped off quickly when reverting back to civilian Oliver.

ANYWAY. In case you missed it, earlier today Marvel announced what we all will be doing for the next five years, and the big news is that it includes Black Panther and Captain Marvel solo movies! \o/ Now we just have to wait until frickin' 2018 for the first female-led Marvel film. There's also the expected subtitles for Captain America 3 and Thor 3 (Civil War and Ragnarok, respectively), and confirmation that Avengers 3 and 4 will be a two-parter dealing with Thanos, subtitled Infinity War. Here's a live-blog of the announcement, at which RDJ and Chris Evans appeared and did an adorable little fighty thing, introduced Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, then played Rock, Paper, Scissors to decide whose side he'd be on in the Civil War.

Other Marvel stuff:

* No confirmation of the rumor that Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as Doctor Strange.

* An embargo on Age of Ultron interviews was apparently lifted this week as well, because there are interviews with the Chrises Evans and Hemsworth and with RDJ and Mark Ruffalo from the set. Also, here's a detailed breakdown of basically every frame of the trailer.

* Lots of info on the upcoming Agent Carter series from NYCC. I'm guessing it'll be yanked by the time I get this post up, but for now, here's the first TV spot for the series. I'll update when there's an official one released on YouTube.


* NPH is getting a variety show on NBC.

* TVD's Malese Jow is joining the cast of The Flash. Also, Wentworth Miller talks about playing Captain Cold on the show.

* John Rogers talks about creating the team for The Librarians. (As the creator of Leverage, he knows from teams.)

* The first extended look (with actual singing!) at Into the Woods, plus some of the costume inspirations that came from the cast.

* Here's a trailer for Kyle Chandler's new Netflix series, Bloodline.

Marvel explodes the Internet

28 October 2014 12:30
snickfic: Karen Gillan as Nebula (mcu)
[personal profile] snickfic
Says here that we're getting:
* a Captain Marvel movie (FINALLY)
* a Black Panther movie (FINALLY)
* two Avengers 3 movies (cha-ching)
* Captain America 3: Civil War ( could be good. No, it could be, if it follows the comics continuity the way PotC: On Stranger Tides followed the Tim Powers novel. Which is say, by stealing the title and ditching EVERYTHING ELSE)

And, uh, some other stuff. I dunno. *flails feebly*

Humuhumu turns two.

28 October 2014 17:32
nanila: (kusanagi: amused)
[personal profile] nanila

[YouTube video, 26 seconds, of Humuhumu playing with her electronic keyboard]

I want to write a big long birthday post for Humuhumu but it's on hold until this work week is over. In the meantime, have a short video of her treating her parents to a serenade with the microphone using her new electronic keyboard. Her rendition of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" is...special. The last second of this video sends me into paroxysms of laughter every time.
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[personal profile] ruuger
Hey! Remember that Buffy rewatch I started in 2008? Well, I might just finish it in the near future. Go me!

One of the reasons it was again on hiatus for two years (I watched S5 in 2012...) was because Buffy is my woobie, and I was dreading that this season would just make me hate all the other characters. Turns out that my fear was not entirely unfounded...

in summary: as predicted, I liked this season much less than I used to )

oops I accidentally shipped

28 October 2014 07:55
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[personal profile] likeadeuce
I started lackadaisically watching this season of Agents of SHIELD and then 2x05 spoilers in case you're not caught up ) ... I'm going to keep watching for them and it's going to end in tears RIIIIIIIGHT?

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

28 October 2014 03:40
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[personal profile] petzipellepingo
The Queen and the Soldier , pre-series by [personal profile] beer_good_foamy.

Dutch Courage , Revenge Ode , Literary Criticism as a Martial Art , Fire and Light , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] gillo.

Real Evil , Him and All , Both , Prelude , Spike/Buffy by [profile] thisficklemob.

Stanzas , Spike/Buffy by [profile] brutti_ma_buoni.

Not Fair , Sweet and Chunky , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] comlodge.

Every Night , Heal Thyself , Gift Wrapped , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] drizzlydaze.

That Colgate Smile , The Great Balloon Caper , The Other , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] spuffy_luvr.

Here Alone Together , Ways of Wallow , Living in the Lack of Luxury , Spike/Buffy by [profile] foxstarreh.

Perfect Stranger , Spike/Xander by [personal profile] forsaken2003.

Blindfold 19 by [personal profile] velvetwhip.

Nerdist includes Halloween and Life of the Party in their "Halloween Themed TV Episodes That are Scary Good". "The gang gets costumes from Ethan Rayne, and the crafty jerk curses the costumes so that the wearers become the costumes they’re wearing. Willow becomes an actual ghost, Xander becomes a solider, and Buffy becomes a weak 18th century noblewoman. There are the usual vampires, fights, and hijinks"..."Everything implodes when Lorne turns into a Hulk-like demon brought to life from his own subconscious. Monsters, parties, and chaos. It’s everything that should happen at a Wolfram and Hart party".

The NewStatesman talks fan fiction. Thanks to [personal profile] herself_nyc for the link.
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[personal profile] rebcake
Hey everybody! I am poking my head out of my burrow with some fandom news! No Rest for the Wicked Awards has announced the winners of Round 11 and several of my f-listies are on the list! Congratulations, all you talented people! I got this little beauty:


It's very cool and warm and fuzzy, but the main thing is to keep on ficcing, amirite? There is no better proof of this than an excellent new story, posted just today by one of the winners, [personal profile] beer_good_foamy . Go, read The Queen, The Soldier as soon as you possibly can. No need to thank me.

Also, sb_fag_ends is inspiring an outpouring of seasonal Poe-themed Spuffy, and if you are inclined to enjoy such things you won't be disappointed. Because there are so many stories going up, comments are few, so if you find something you like, let the author know! I've put up a few things, and have a few more in the pipeline, although this week is really far too busy in real life for me to do as much as I'd like. All are on the lighter side, but that is apparently how I'm rolling nowadays. Here they are:

The Other Half (prompt: The Masque of the Red Death)
Sing It Out (prompt: Spiritual Song)
Spare Me (prompt: The Spectacles)

Have a great Halloween Week, my darlings! I'll be thinking of you!
snickfic: On With the Exposition (mood writing)
[personal profile] snickfic
I whipped this out for a meme prompt of "Write a three-sentence fic for the first fandom you were fannish about," which in my case would be seaQuest DSV. However, I definitely wouldn't have written something like this then; when I was 11, my ships were Bridger/Westphalen and Lucas/me. :D My fascination with the S1 Krieg/Hitchcock ship came later.

Size Matters - seaQuest DSV, Hitchcock/Krieg (kind of)
It's not her first sub, not by a long shot, but with its moon pool, its decks upon decks of bunks and labs and diplomatic chambers, its tubes of seawater set aside specifically for the damned dolphin to swim through, the seaQuest is by far the largest sub Katie Hitchcock has ever been stationed on.

"Ah, Commander," Ben - Lieutenant Krieg - calls genially from behind her.

Which isn't to say the seaQuest is large enough.

So I started watching Arrow

27 October 2014 13:48
next_to_normal: Kate w/ bow and arrow (Kate Bishop)
[personal profile] next_to_normal
Got about 2/3 of the way through Arrow season 1 this weekend. Approximately 75% of my reasoning for diving in was "I am really liking The Flash," which is a spin-off and this week's episode is a ~Felicity crossover OMG~ so I kinda wanted to catch up? (idk everyone seemed to love Felicity, so I was like imma just go with it, and okay 15 eps in I get it. I love Felicity, too.)

Sidebar: if you're not watching The Flash, you should be, because Barry Allen is the most adorable superhero ever. I'm serious, the cuteness factor is off the charts. And not cute as in attractive, although he is that, but cute as in, like, puppies. Watching this show is like rolling around in a pile of puppies.

Arrow is... not that, lol. But still good! Y'all know I'm way more of a Marvel girl, so I have literally zero exposure to DC comics, but it's one of those shows where I felt like I knew a lot going in, just by fandom osmosis:

1. Oliver Queen: rich playboy turned vigilante. The guy you get when you don't have the rights to Batman. Fights crime using a bow and arrow because nothing says "taking down the privileged elite and reviving the inner city" like medieval weaponry? Hey, it makes more sense than dressing up like a bat ahem.

2. Oliver was basically stranded on the island from Lost for five years, during which he picked up his superheroing skills and his thirst for justice. (ngl, at one point, Flashback Oliver is like, "What, there are wolves on this island, too? OF COURSE THERE ARE," and I was just like, "LOL oh man wait till he finds out about the polar bears and the time travel.")

3. Felicity Smoak: Everyone in fandom loves Felicity, and ships Oliver/Felicity even though she is not the love interest the show wants you to ship.

4. Laurel is the Arrow version of Iris, basically. Or, I suppose Iris is the Flash version of Laurel, since Laurel came first? Whatever, Laurel is out of the loop on Oliver's secret identity, and therefore never gets to do anything fun.

5. Stephen Amell's abs are crazy awesome, and he is shirtless like 90% of the time.

Read more... )

Fic: The Queen, The Soldier

27 October 2014 11:44
beer_good_foamy: (Buffy)
[personal profile] beer_good_foamy
Title: The Queen, The Soldier
Author: Beer Good ([personal profile] beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, beginning long, long pre-series
Characters/Pairings: Gen, OC-centred, but the gang shows up at the end
Rating: PG13
Word count: ~2400
Summary: Slayers always died young. Except for one, who did quite the opposite. This is her story. It begins like this: "Once upon a time, a long long time ago, there was a town. And in the town was a girl, who didn't want to die."
Written for [ profile] spook_me and the prompt "Giant".

In a gorge in the wilderness outside of town lived a giant. )

Not this Sunday.

26 October 2014 19:58
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[personal profile] sister_luck
Spent most of the day deskbound.

A while ago on a grey October Sunday we did manage to leave the house - just in time to catch the last demonstration of a working water-mill.

Pictures )

Official site of the Schrofmühle.

This and that

26 October 2014 14:47
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[personal profile] juliet
How is it nearly November?

For the first time in a couple of years I'm probably going to do Nanowrimo again. I spent a couple of weeks getting way ahead on work commitments, as I was expecting to spend October/November/December working on a big project. Big project will hopefully still materialise but hasn't yet, which in turn means that my work time is pretty empty, so I may as well do *something* with it.

I have also been doing a surprising amount of socialising, including a trip to Oxford to meet up with various folk, a couple of dinners with various friends I haven't seen in ages, drinks ditto, a visit to my sister, and yesterday, a very splendid party. Arranging social things is still a lot harder than it was pre-Leon (...obviously...) but in comparison to, say, a year or so ago it is much easier. Which is lovely.

I still miss climbing. I manage to go once or at most twice a month; it's still lots of fun but that's just not anything like the amount I should be doing to get any better. Maybe I should apply my "tiny changes" theory to this, but that warrants its own post.

I am slightly, superstitiously, scared to say this publicly, but Leon, over the last week or so, has been regularly sleeping 5-6 hours at a stretch after going to bed. This is the first time since he was born that he's done anything like that consistently. I don't think I'm entirely feeling the benefit of it yet, possibly because I can't bring myself to believe it / count on it yet. But this may yet mean that "being less exhausted" becomes a marginally more reasonable aim.

(He made up his first story the other day, too, albeit a pretty basic one*; and has suddenly got the hang of piggy-back rides; and grown about 2" overnight. Children are terrifying.)

* "Once upon a time there was a little Leon, with his mama, in the sling. Then they were very tired. So they went all the way home." He was, at the time, on my back in the sling and we were on the way home.

Yuletide letter at last!

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


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 [ 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 [ 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 [ 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)
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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 [ 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 [ 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 [ 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 [ 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 [ 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)
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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 [ 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 [ 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 [ 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 [ 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.


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