frustration

Friday, November 28th, 2014 07:36 am
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The trouble with trying to write like a different historical era is how few people have sufficient skill at it to manage more than one character voice.

Then basically the only signal you get out of everyone at any point in the story is what fake era they're trying to be.

This, as I've noticed often, is especially a problem with fanfic, because character voice is all we've got of the canon characters and once you take that away keeping the iconography isn't entirely sufficient.



Also particular problems: only understanding one class, mood and level of formality, so everyone sounds like newly acquainted minor nobility, only stiffer.

I'm pretty sure sarcasm, snark and talking back are not inventions of the 21st century, but you couldn't prove it by my recent reading.

land's end. golden gate bridge.

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 11:12 pm
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In fandom news that has nothing to do with the holidays or my current mental state:

I found a fic today while browsing for a good SGA crossover to read, and I found a Natasha-centric MCU/SGA xover that is so amazing and I can't rec it highly enough, even though I haven't read all of it yet.

A Widow's Tale by [archiveofourown.org profile] Mhalachai is one of the best fics I've read lately. In any fandom. It starts off gen, and there are lots of spoilers I would not want to spoil you for, but I will say this: I have a feeling that after this story, I'm going to be startled by other stories when John Sheppard is not actually Black Widow's son.

There are 10 stories posted in the 'verse, and one of them I haven't read yet is a WIP and, going by what's happening so far in the plot, I am going to be SO FRUSTRATED when I read through to the end of what's posted because there is so much plot and feels going on here that I really, really want things to work out for everyone.

Also, this is THE BEST Natasha fic I've ever read. She is written so incredibly. She is so human and (at the same time, imagine that!) very in character. She is everything she should be, and nothing feels like too much or too little. She has a wonderful sense of humor and loves so fiercely. I've not read a lot of Natasha-centric fic in the past. I believe this is because of the way she's frequently written in the MCU fics I have read, when she's a supporting character. So many fics portray her as either over the top femme fatale with weaponized sexuality or emotionless and/or sexless and robotic. Like those are the extremes I usually see her in, if she's considered enough to give even that much to, and sometimes it's mixed as if in order to do the weaponized sexuality she has to be disinterested in sex. It's... understandable, that she might get a response like that, because I suspect a lot of people who are uncomfortable with what Natasha's sexuality might mean.

But anyway, I guess I'm saying that the Natasha as written by [archiveofourown.org profile] Mhalachai is not like that at all. She does use sex as a tool, or at least uses what others think of her depending on how she presents herself - shy, unassuming innocent, "good girl" or sexy woman with perfectly displayed décolletage and heavy eyeliner. She feels no shame for doing it, but neither does she revert to having no sexuality at all when she's not playing a role. She loves sex. In the past, she's used sex in order to infiltrate or gain trust, but she is unashamed of it. Also, it hasn't turned her off sex altogether.

I would like to write more but I am so so tired and now I must sleep. Sorry.

Read the series. SO GOOD. I cried a lot in many places. SO MANY FEELS.

thanksgiving at cliff house with diana.

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 10:42 pm

Galileo s Europa Remastered

Friday, November 28th, 2014 06:24 am

Poem: "A Show of Faith"

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 11:03 pm
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This poem was inspired by the "rejection" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics and is a direct sequel to "A Perspective, Not the Truth" and has some roots in the events at Ferguson, Missouri. I have posted it here as a reflection on how people can, collectively, work on creating a society worth living in.

Read more... )

SO I FINISHED DRAGON AGE INQUISITION

Friday, November 28th, 2014 02:02 pm
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Overall: really liked it! I think I got a but overhyped about it being better than the previous games: it was, but was still the same basic kind of game. Which I like! But part of me hoped for something more unexpected.

No major spoilers, all stuff I would have wanted to know going in )

On the Yuletide front

Friday, November 28th, 2014 03:41 pm
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[personal profile] alasse_irena
My assignment goes delightfully well. I have planned it out, done a tonne of research, and it looks like it will be a lot of fun to write. I wish I could say more, but I am shockingly bad at remembering who I've given access to what, and even if I'm careful, who knows what you may deduce, so my lips remained sealed.

In terms of treats, I have one I've sort of half written - we'll see where that goes -and good intentions of having a look at a few others. There's still plenty of time, right? Usually I'm to busy scrambling to finish off my assignment to write treats, but I am hoping to do better this year.

In other news, a friend gave me a second-hand smartphone, so I am at last in the Modern Era with the rest of you.

nnahhgklj

Friday, November 28th, 2014 02:50 pm
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The verse section of ''When the Levee Breaks'' is one of the most perfectly constructed pieces of music everrreksjba kjdb fdnnnnnnnnnnhhhhhhhhhhhh (screams on the floor)

Books

Friday, November 28th, 2014 03:17 am
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Tonight I read A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan, primarily because there's an AU fanfic set in the 'verse that recommended to read it first and with that title that sounded like a good idea.

That was a fun read. I like the style. It's very matter of fact, natural history rather than fantasy, and gives a sense of both character and period that's quite different than I've read before. I enjoyed it and didn't find anything to complain about in it.

which, as anyone reading me lately knows, is rare.

now I've put the book down for a bit I am a bit unsatisfied with it, because it's fun and satisfying to have a character push through against sexism in a hypothetical historical era, but it's also... easy. Read more... )

I want to read the next one.



But I also want to find the book in my head which has more women in it and some of them clearly not white and... and all the usual.


(also also of course write the book in my head. at some point I'll surely get bored enough that starts to happen, right? if you just think hard enough it appears...)



I'm going to have a whole stack of reading soon, between the Waterstones order and the ones I gave up and ordered from the Book Depository. I found out Amazon actually bought the Book Depository years ago though, so I may as well be buying from Amazon, which is frustrating. Is there anywhere left they haven't ate yet?



It's three in the morning and I should probably sleep again.

More magical girls.

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 08:26 pm
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Eldest is now watching H2O: Just Add Water, which I tried introducing her to a few years ago, to watch together, and she never really got into it much. I think she just needed to be older. (I don't get it though; she loved Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon and H2O is just about the same? Well, PGSM has monsters, and H2O is more character-driven drama, so that's probably why.)

All the characters are just adorable. I'm waiting for her to catch up to where we left off before I watch with her again.

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014 07:23 pm
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Autor's in the kitchen today, wearing an apron and sporting clean hands and feet. He's noshing on Germknödeln--dumplings filled with spicy plum jam and topped with poppy seeds.

Humming contentedly, the boy combines a massive amount of bread flour and tapioca starch with some salt water in a mixing bowl. Autor blends the ingredients together with his hands to form a dough that holds together but isn't sticky. Then he rolls the mixture into a ball and bags up it in a Ziploc.

Grinning, he squeezes all of the air out of the bag before sealing it and placing it on the floor. The boy lays a towel over it. Then he takes off his shoes and stands on the bag in his socks, digging his heels into the dough ball.

Botherable, but he's on unsteady ground.

Americans

Friday, November 28th, 2014 12:12 pm
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A gentle reminder:

Pie is made of MEAT.

For the record (Thanks, TVTropes!)

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 06:18 pm

How is it 1am already

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 11:01 pm
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[personal profile] schneefink
We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here, but because it fits right now: I'm extremely thankful that I'm lucky enough to live in a place and be in a position where I feel safe and can be confident that the authorities will treat me fairly, and my loved ones. Otherwise it would be fucking terrifying. Best wishes to everyone who has to face that.

I finished the rough first draft of my Yuletide fic! I even already got first impressions back, so now it's editing time. Every time I'm happy I have a first draft done I forget how much work editing is.

To celebrate, have some fic recs. 3 Hockey RPF:

i know who i want to take me home by [archiveofourown.org profile] electrumqueen
Sam Gagner/John Tavares & Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews, 23k, PG13
Summary: "Wait," Kaner says. Something strange and terrifying flickers through his voice. "Gags, are you saying it's you for Jonny?"
Why I love it: I just call it the Oilers!Toews fic. Yes, it's exactly as cracky as that sounds, and much more hilarious. Apparently not everyone in fandom knows this one and they really should. (Bonus points to Nealer for best guest appearance.)

only the game fish swims upstream by [archiveofourown.org profile] TheDukeofAvon
Tyler Bozak/Phil Kessel, 10k, PG13
Summary: Twitter suspects they've broken up, Bozie and You Can Play are mortal enemies, and they're probably going to miss the playoffs again, but other than that it's going great.
Why I love it: A great take on accidental outing. Phil is a great PoV character in this, with his known love for the media, his calm, and his idle murderous thoughts about Carlyle. I really liked his and Bozie's relationship, and the rest of the Leafs.

I could be wrong, I could be ready by [archiveofourown.org profile] 12ways
Alex Galchenyuk/Brendan Gallagher, 45k, PG13
Summary: In which the internet finds some photos from the WJC '13 celebrations that change Alex's life forever, and he and Brendan find out quickly exactly how gullible and reactionary people can be. Things escalate. Feelings and shenanigans ensue.
Why I love it: Accidental outing with bonus fake dating, both very well done. I like both main characters, especially Alex and how he learns to deal with stuff, and the supporting cast is great.

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014 06:51 pm
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Friday, November 28th, 2014 10:35 am
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There are few people I actively wish harm on, and Darren Wilson is one of them.

Poetry Month: Natural History by Kathleen Flenniken

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 11:22 pm
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*yawns* I was meant to be out at a kink club tonight, but honestly I'm just as happy staying in and writing fic.

this rock woman with that paper man )

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