Surprise R

Jan. 18th, 2017 02:52 am
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My buddy R is in town, which surprised me and I think maybe surprised him too; I was expecting him later in the month. Still, I have a very mellow social life so I was able to get out to see him, and we had dinner at a little Mexican place in our old neighborhood. He was telling me about this woman he’s dating.

For context: R is involved in helping California, which has just legalized some forms of marijuana (I don’t know the specifics) set up weed farms. His personal and professional life is heavily involved in many varieties of weed. 

R: Yeah, she’s cool, she’s like a break from all the work I do, because she’s not involved in that field at all.

Me: What does she do?

R: She’s an officer in the Navy. I don’t know what she does specifically.

Me: *choking on a chip* Does she know what you do?

R: What do you mean?

Me: Specifically what you do, does she know? I mean I know it’s legal, but.

R: She knows I’m working in agriculture.

Me: You should have that conversation.

R: Yeah, we…we probably should. 

It’s nice that no matter how far away he lives or how much he matures, it is apparent he will always need me for relationship advice. 

Then we got distracted because R’s friend Greg showed up and wanted to have a serious discussion with us about the fluoride in our drinking water and how it’s impairing cognitive function. 

I do miss R when he’s not around. He brings the circus with him.

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Jan. 17th, 2017 07:10 pm
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Obama commutes Chelsea Manning's sentence, among others. More details here, from CNN.

Commutation is not a pardon; it is an acknowledgement of time served for a crime. It doesn't give Chelsea back an honorable discharge, but it says she has had enough prison time and can go on with her life now -- now being May 17.

It will be good to get her out of an all-male prison.
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I have been much better so far about getting things up on AO3 then I have been about posting them here. Then again, I have no idea what the overlap might be of people reading me here and on AO3.

Title: Insight
Fandom: Star Wars
Rating: G
Length: 100
Content notes: N/A
Author notes: Thanks go to Zana, Morgynleri & Icka for encouragement & sanity-checking.
Originally posted here on fan flashworks for the challenge 'New'.
AO3: Insight
Summary: A new — or very old — way of thinking of the Force
Insight )

Title: Citadel of Sanctuary
Fandom: Doctor Who, Highlander
Rating: G
Length: 516
Content notes: N/A
Author notes: Thanks go to Zana, Morgynleri & Icka for encouragement & sanity-checking.
First posted to fan-flashworks here for Amnesty 20, challenge 'Triangle.'
A little of the tale of the third point is here: Alphabetical Order.
AO3: Citadel of Sanctuary
Summary: High on the green hill was a citadel.
Citadel )

Title: Instinct
Fandom: Doctor Who
Rating: G
Length: 200
Content notes: N/a
Author notes: First draft was a four-words/five minutes flash-fic piece. The four words were: Coherent, Chill, Angularity, and Sour.
Based on the Ninth Doctor Episode 'The End of the World.' Thanks go to Zana, Morgynleri & Icka for encouragement & sanity-checking.
Originally posted on fan flashworks here for the challenge 'End of the World.'
AO3: Instinct
Summary: Rose has good instincts.
Instinct )

Title: Wickerfish
Fandom: Sanctuary
Rating: G
Length: 130
Content notes: N/A
Author notes: Thanks go to Zana, Morgynleri & Icka for encouragement & sanity-checking.
Originally posted on fan flashworks here for the challenge 'Scales.'
AO3: Wickerfish
Summary: The colony was flourishing
Wickerfish )

Strangers in Their Own Land

Jan. 17th, 2017 04:26 pm
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Arlie Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: I got this from the library just before the election, then couldn’t bear to read it for a while, then couldn’t bear to review it for a while.  mad as hell and not going to take it any more )

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Jan. 17th, 2017 03:48 pm
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I just finished watching Die Hard 4 -- and so I have Creedance Clearwater Revival's 'Fortunate Son' running through my head. So I am fantasizing about two things:

-- a vid with various of the Avengers in it, to Fortunate Son

-- the even more out there fantasy of (somehow) John Fogarty and band showing up at the inaugural and singing it and vanishing, possibly by magic.

YouTube -- official music vid.

Lyrics, in case you have never heard this brilliant piece of anger and Americana:
Read more... )

Fests (mostly for my reference)

Jan. 17th, 2017 12:28 pm
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[ profile] boostle-giftathon: due 27 January
[ profile] babylon5_love: due 17 February

[community profile] fandom5k: sign ups February, due April
[community profile] ssrconfidential: sign ups March, due June (ish)
[community profile] remix_me: sign ups June, due August (if it runs again)
[ profile] cap_ironman TRB: July-August (ish)
[community profile] fandom_stocking: December
Holiday exchange, tbd

MCU Rolling Remix: sign ups March, reveals July (ish)
[community profile] femslashex: sign ups August, due October
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Recent fannish endeavors

Jan. 17th, 2017 01:35 pm
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So I managed to write a few things for [community profile] fandom_stocking but I still have a few more bookmarked to do something for or I started and got distracted, never finishing in time. Figured I would share now that the recipients got to enjoy the little fanworks. As always, if you've read my stuff before, you know that titles are never my strong point.

The Lost Bet
- Captain America, Steve/Bucky - Steve wins a bet and Bucky ends up at Ikea.

Holiday Plans - Hawaii 5-0, Steve/Danny - Danny might be freaking out about upcoming holiday plans.

Never Easy - The Losers, Jake/Cougar - Jensen isn't the easiest patient, but Cougar tries to focus on the fact that Jake is still alive.

Danny and the Volvo of Doom (did I mention the title thing?) - Sports Night, Danny/Casey - Danny gets himself hurt. Casey worries. And Dan really just wants to make out with his boyfriend on the couch.


If any of you on my friends list had stockings, feel free to link me to them. I know it's after the fact, but it can't hurt. I've got a large writing goal to make this year!

Also, the Cuddles for Comfort fanfest is going until February 14th, so feel free to leave some prompts if you want. My fandoms are listed in my user info, but usually if I know a fandom, I'd be willing to give it a go.

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Actually, even without the cuddles for comfort, feel free to leave any prompts and I'll do my best to provide at least a drabble in the next week or two.  I really need to get out of my head and write.

photo geekery

Jan. 17th, 2017 12:45 pm
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So, Sunday I was inspired to make the photography light box I've been putting off for literally YEARS because the project looked so intimidating. And to be fair, I used the method where you cut crenelated edges into the foam board, bc apparently people have issues with tape tearing and destroying the fold-away kind. It took freaking forever and was not nearly as easy as taping would have been, but! Then I spent HOURS happily playing with different backdrops and lamps and such and taking about 200 photos just because I could. End result: now I have new and improved photos of basically all the dolls and animals I've ever made. Win!

In related news, I'm trying Instagram again, this time as [ profile] sageshandmade. So far there's only a pic of me in the new scarf and a new pic of Spock, but I'm planning to use it for yarning and possibly other things. Follow if you want. If your username is different there, please tell me who you are so I can follow you back. :)

(For reasons, I have a lot of hesitation about embracing the term "artist", even though "fiber artist" is a term that ought to apply to what I've been learning how to do. Maybe it's only imposter syndrome? Or maybe I'm still too much a newbie at this for it to count. I don't know. But I want it to count.)

Here, Have A Meme

Jan. 17th, 2017 12:20 pm
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Taken from several people:

Which fictional setting would you put me in, and what sort of role would I play there?
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Day 14 - Go forth and commit an act of kindness. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it, tell us about it if you’re comfortable doing so.

I did my random act of kindness anonymously, but it's done.

Day 15 - In your own space, write a love letter to Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist/circle/followers. Share you love and squee as loud as you want to. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so

Dear fandom friends,

You guys always make this place worthwhile. I love that we can all go off, get lost in our real world lives, and come back, picking up where we left off with each other. I love how generous most people are, how people support each other within fandom and stand up for each other. I love having other people out there that love the same things that I do and get how it can eat at your brain and take over. I love how awesome most people in fandom are, despite attempts from some to create drama and wank. Continue to be awesome, fandom. The next four years will be hard for some people and fandom remains a great safe haven for some of us.

To my friends list in particular: Thank you for making even stressful days better. Thank you for being around with random fannish fun and understanding when I disappeared after my mother died and life happened. Thank you for being great people that I admire, get envious of (in good ways) and care about.




And if you're interested,
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Talking Meme: Day Fifteen

Jan. 17th, 2017 10:03 am
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[personal profile] tielan asked: The one story of your heart that you would desperately like to read before you die. Fanfic, profic, real-life story...whatever.

I think it's easy to imagine the real life story I want to read this week, so I'll set that aside.

This is a difficult question for me though, as I tend to run into this kind of story after the fact more in the awesome story I didn't know I wanted but here it is line, than thinking I want something and not being able to find it.

I think, hypothetically, it would be something that has the emotional impact of The Lord of the Rings or Babylon 5, like a sprawling, unapologeticly epic fantasy/space opera, but with more democracy, and the main characters are mostly gay. Bi default, poly is very common, with no tragic gays, except the kind that come from being involved in a space opera. Some of the antagonists are clear, and some of them are differing opinions, and are less clear.

Lots of side characters with their own stories, and the PoV character isn't a military person, but may have been in the past, and is Very Sad, but not because of a dead wife. They have to reconcile depression, inherent violence, and come into their power. They get married early in the plot possibly to more than one person, and the relationship stays together until the end.

There's science and people are excited about it. There is religion and it is not set in opposition to science.

The non-human cultures are valuable, varied internally and interesting. They interact with each other, and not just the humans. The humans special power is not "heart." No one is told they should be more human. There are NO artificial life forms that just want to be human. Sad robots are right out. The heroes don't torture anyone. Ever.

I'd like it to be on TV or a movie series, and to have a really great sound track.
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Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA at work outside the International Space Station on Jan. 13, 2017, in a photo taken by fellow spacewalker Thomas Pesquet of ESA. The two astronauts successfully installed three new adapter plates and hooked up electrical connections for three of the six new lithium-ion batteries on the station.

Fandom Snowflake Challenge: Day 13

Jan. 17th, 2017 10:47 am
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This weekend was crazy and busy. Not necessarily bad, but last night I was feeling frazzled and stressed out, so I couldn't shut down my brain and sleep. So now I'm exhausted and I really should be focusing on work that needs to get done. It's just a day of sorts that began with my somehow changing my Prius from MPH to Kilometers and no answer on it in any of the manuals. Luckily Google is my friend and it was an easy fix (because I really didn't want to take it to the dealership, have them press a button and look at me like I'm an idiot).

I want to finish up the fandom snowflake challenge and then I've got a bunch of things battling my frazzled brain for control at the moment. So let's start there.

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Day 13: In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

There are a lot of moments in fandom that mean a lot to me. I really love how generous people are with their times and talents, especially when shit hits the fan for fellow fandom members or just the world in general. I love that someone on our friends list can say they're having a crappy day and people might write them a drabble or doodle something up to make the crappy day better. Fandom has its moments of wank and drama, but the majority of people involved, at least in my experience, are cool and amazing.

On a personal level, I'd say one of my favorite fannish experiences was going to Winchestercon back in the day. I got to meet a lot of fellow fangirls that I talked to, others that I admired, and it was just a fun experience. I wasn't sure how a quiet girl like myself would deal, but I was so glad that I decided to go and enjoy myself.
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Posted by Henry Jenkins

From the start, there have been competing claims about the origins of Transmedia storytelling. Many read my discussion of The Matrix in Convergence Culture as indicating that transmedia was a new phenomenon emerging from networked culture. Transmedia in that account lay where old and new media collide. Indeed, at the time I wrote Convergence Culture, I was excited about the prospect of a new storytelling paradigm which I was trying to piece together from the glimpses provided by a range of contemporary projects — from Dawson’s Desktop and The Blair Witch Project to the early ARGS to The Matrix. So my understanding of Transmedia in Convergence Culture reflected a sense that something new was happening here. Yet, if you look closely at my discussion of “The Art of World Building”, you will see references throughout two Homeric epic, Joseph Campbell, and the Christian church in the Middle Ages, as points of comparisons to the world building and extra-textual references found in contemporary Transmedia storytelling. I was certainly not arguing for a total break with the past, and I was hinting that people have been using every available media to tell stories fora long, long time.

Derek Johnson in his own book, Media Franchising: Creative Licensing and Collaboration in the Culture Industries and through his contribution to Spreadable Media has consistently made the case that today’s Transmedia is simply a reconfiguration of much older industry practices. Similarly Avie Santos has used the example of the Lone Ranger to make the case for earlier forms of product licensing as prefiguring Transmedia. See his recent book Selling the Silver Bullet: The Lone Ranger and Transmedia Brand Licensing. Other contemporary books such as The Rise of Transtexts explores a range of historical analogies. I will be sharing more insights from that boo’ks editors in a subsequent interview in this blog.

But to date, the most thorough and convincing exploration of the prehistory of transmedia has emerged from the pen of British media scholar Matthew Freeman. Freeman recently released the book Historicizing Transmedia Storytelling: Early 20th century Transmedia Story Worlds which represents the state-of-the-art in terms of exploring historical antecedents. Across this book Friedman develops case studies of the Wizard of Oz, Tarzan, and Superman as significant media franchises of the early 20th century. In each case, fictional characters and worlds were extended across a range of contemporary media platforms. For example, L Frank Baum, the “Royal Historian of Oz”, wrote not only books but also comic strips, stage plays, films, games, and other print ephemera, each of which told us something we didn’t know before about his magical realm. Within the first few years of Superman’s existence, the character was appearing in both comic books and comic strips, animated shorts, live-action serials, and radio dramas. Each of these platforms contributed significantly to the development of Superman as we understand him today and of the superhero genre more generally. Freeman explores why each of these producers were willing to take a chance on a new genre and a previously unexplored audience. There were not necessarily the same strong links on a narrative level across these different versions, but there certainly were examples of additive comprehension as sophisticated as anything found in today’s Transmedia franchises.

Freeman’s book must be regarded as a essential reading for anyone wanting to understand how the modern sense Transmedia emerged and what forms it might’ve taken in earlier eras. Freeman is deft in his ability to move between contemporary theoretical and critical accounts of Transmedia and detailed historical accounts of earlier media practices. I was honored to serve as an outside reader on Freeman’s dissertation and have watched with great interest as he’s translated that document into the current book. I was delighted when he agreed to conduct an interview for the blog in which he explores a range of issues concerning both contemporary and historical forms of Transmedia entertainment. I will be sharing his insights over the next three installations of my blog. Enjoy!

Let’s begin with the question which frames your first chapter — why “historicize” the study of transmedia? What has been lost by keeping the focus of discussions of transmedia on the current moment, on an emerging or evolving set of practices within the entertainment industry?

Most pointedly, I have attempted to show in Historicising Transmedia Storytelling that there is far more to transmedia storytelling than meets the eye. It may well be a practice of industrial convergence that affords media content to spread across the subsidiaries of a conglomerate. It may also be a system of technological convergence that grants audiences the power to themselves spread stories across a web of digitally connected media platforms. But transmedia storytelling is also a form of historical production, distribution and even regulation, and one that had a very important role to play in historical media culture long before such modern convergences existed.

That said, I do agree with those who claim that transmedia storytelling is the future. The concept and practice of transmedia has really come to define the workings of today’s (commercial) media industries, speaking as it does to the ways that the spread of content across platforms comes to encapsulate the networks and convergences at the core of today’s media.

And yet the perceived newness of transmedia storytelling – or rather the perceived importance of newer convergences on the rise of transmedia storytelling – has indeed left a sizable gap in our understanding of this practice and its importance across the face of history. Derek Johnson once remarked that ‘one of the newest dimensions of contemporary transmedia entertainment is our recognition of it as such’, and the practice of telling tales across media has not only fed into the workings of media industries over the past hundred years or so, but transmedia storytelling can actually be used as a lens through which to make better sense of some of the biggest industrial, cultural, social and even political developments characterising the fin-de-siècle, the rise of modern advertising and Hollywood.

For example, I explore modern advertising at the turn of the twentieth century, itself a fast-developing industry and system of cultural and commercial communication. That period’s advertising can provide us with a source of early industrialised transmedia storytelling. At that time, new trends in modern advertising invited authors to apply promotional techniques based on branding, collectivity, colour printing technologies, etc. to their storytelling practices. In essence, everything from the giant billboards on the side of buildings and the artistic arrangements in shop windows to the promotional forms of newspaper comic strips served to attract an audience’s attention with content (characters, images, spectacle, etc.) before steering them elsewhere, often across platforms to other related content in media texts and consumer products in an overtly transmedial fashion. In this instance, only via the process of historicisation can we more fully understand transmedia as itself the industrialised slippage of commercial logos, fictional characters and brands across platforms well over a hundred years ago.

In mostly conceptualising transmedia storytelling as part of digital or industrial convergences, it is fair to say that many scholars have thus far had a tendency to neglect such workings of the past – thus leaving us all with a limited and narrow understanding of what is actually a far longer, far broader and far more complex historical development. In other words, only by looking to the past can we fully see the contingencies of the present, and by searching for historical precedents it can force us to be far more nuanced in describing what is truly specific to our present media moment. To be clear, my work is in no way a ‘corrective’ to any particular scholarly understandings of transmedia storytelling. Simply, it is an expansion of those understandings, adding new information, insights and perspectives that enhance the characteristics of this important phenomenon as it evolved across history.

If we are historicizing transmedia, why should our focus start with the dawn of the 20th century? Set the stage for us in terms of what conditions were emerging then which would push storytelling in a more transmedial direction.

There’s no denying that the notion of stories that span multiple platforms pre-dates the dawn of the twentieth century. Derek Johnson and Roberta Pearson, in particular, point to the mythological narratives of Ancient Greece and to the cross-platform narrative architecture surrounding the figure of Jesus Christ as possible (almost pre-historical) forms of transmedia storytelling. Mark J. P. Wolf also points to things like Homer’s Odyssey as a storyworld that exists transmedially and trans-historically.

And so while identifying ‘the first’ transmedia stories is surely well and truly beyond our abilities as researchers, there were nevertheless some major and fundamental transformations associated with the United States circa 1900 that became intrinsically tied to the rise of transmedia storytelling on an industrial scale. Most broadly, two of these key transformations were industrialisation and consumer.

I should probably explain that statement a little. In many ways, telling stories across media is not really about stories converging as it is about stories building – rather like a series of extensions that are added to a building to form a larger and ever-expanding house. This analogy of a house hints at a central point: The industrial strategies of the past century that became most significant to the industrial history of transmedia storytelling were all practices or developments that afforded a way to build and to spread that which was built. Industrialisation was all about building and spreading. Just as media convergence allows content to flow across multiple media platforms, so did industrialisation, albeit in different ways.

Of particular importance were the technological changes that made the production of new forms of culture possible and the concentration of people in urban areas that created significant audiences for this new culture. At the turn of the twentieth century in the US, indeed, larger cultural factors concerned transformations that saw a predominantly rural-farming economy eventually develop into an emerging urban-manufacturing landscape. It may have only fully characterised particular cities such as Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, but this period unquestionably witnessed the full force of industrialisation and became characterised by related developments to do with new models of mass production, fresh industrialised systems of modern advertising, and evolving developments in methods of mass communication.

What is important to stress is that, come the turn of the twentieth century, new forms of mass production technology, which led to a new and characteristically American form of manufacture, emerged only around the turn of the twentieth century. And this American form of mass production was vital to transmedia storytelling at this time.

Consider the era’s new archetypal model of industrialised mass production – the assembly line. The assembly line’s significance on what is now called transmedia storytelling ties most straightforwardly to the fact that production fast became a reproducible system of adjoining interchangeable parts during this particular time.

If imagined only from a strictly manufacturing perspective, transmedia storytelling is similarly about the reproduction of many media texts as much as it is about the creative expansion of fictional storyworlds and the migration of audiences. If the entire process of transmedia storytelling is ‘like building your Transformer and putting little rocket ships on the side,’ as Heroes’ Tim Kring once put it, then those additional ‘rocket ships’ are essentially interchangeable extension parts. And it is for this reason that the assembly line – this quintessentially American form of mass production – is so crucial to comprehending the industrial context through which transmedia storytelling emerged as an industrialised practice.

After all, in the same way that transmedia storytelling is the integration of multiple forms, or a process where elements of a larger product work like components of a unified experience, so too was the model of early-twentieth-century mass production: The assembly line was a process whereby one component was produced according to its relationship with others, which in turn was designed to be joined with another component, and with each of these adjoining components eventually all coming together to form one larger product. Conceptually, the assembly line and transmedia storytelling both work on the basis that separate product-pieces are each added one by one to form a larger product, like individual bricks building a proverbial house. In short, mass production afforded the sheer reproducibility of fiction as multipliable products for the industrial age.

From there, we then reached a phase in US history where consumer culture emerged, and this too was crucial. Economically, transmedia storytelling operates on the basis that audiences will gain both a richer and fuller understanding of a given story if they consume more of its media texts. Any attempt to historicise transmedia storytelling must therefore account for consumer culture as a broad contextual backdrop; the consumerist ideology ingrained into many current definitions of transmedia storytelling suggests that its history is closely related to the rise of consumer culture.

Specifically, the rise of consumer culture around the early twentieth century was important to the industrial history of transmedia storytelling for two reasons. First, the new models of mass production described above would lead to increased mass distribution, spreading the array of new products across media and audiences whilst further intensifying the importance of standardised differentiation on the production of products. Second, this mass distribution gave rise to the business of a number of interconnected licensing practices associated with corporate authorship’s managerial function, and in turn transmedia storytelling became corporatised. Put simply: If industrialisation afforded ways to build media on an industrial scale, then consumer culture afforded the means to spread and market that media across platforms.


Dr Matthew Freeman is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at Bath Spa University, and Director of its Media Convergence Research Centre. He is the author of Historicising Transmedia Storytelling: Early Twentieth-Century Transmedia Story Worlds (Routledge, 2016), the author of Industrial Approaches to Media: A Methodological Gateway to Industry Studies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), and the co-author of Transmedia Archaeology: Storytelling in the Borderlines of Science Fiction, Comics and Pulp Magazines (Palgrave Pivot, 2014). His research examines cultures of production across the borders of media and history, and he has also published in journals including The International Journal of Cultural Studies, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, and International Journal of Communication.


Music Meme

Jan. 17th, 2017 08:11 am
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Tagged by [personal profile] garrideb

Rules: You can tell a lot about a person by the music they listen to. Put your music on shuffle and list the first ten songs, then tag 10 people. 

1. P!nk - Eventually
2. Hilary Hahn - Bach’s Sonata #3 in C - 4. Allegro Assai
3. Gnarls Barkley - Smiley Faces
4. Daughter - Tomorrow
5. E.S. Posthumus - Nara
6. Howard Shore and Ben del Maestro - Minas Tirith
7. Bing Crosby - All of My Life
8. The New Pornographers - Challengers
9. k.d. lang & Siss Boom Bang - Hungry Bird
10. La Roux - Bulletproof

Tagging: whoever wants to do it.

And this, folks, is why I don’t push shuffle all very much.

he said things he hadn't said before

Jan. 17th, 2017 10:15 am
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So I posted a story last evening:

No Exit (@ AO3)
Star Wars; Darth Vader/Ahsoka Tano; adult; 2,525 words
Ahsoka promised not to leave him again and Vader was going to hold her to it.

Contains nonconsensual and highly dubiously consensual sex, inappropriate uses of the Force, and nonconsensual breathplay (i.e., Force choking).

None of it is particularly graphic but it is creepy and fucked up. At least I hope it is. That's what I was aiming for. I also hope the warnings are sufficient. I took out "Stockholm syndrome" on consideration, because despite her...willingness to believe she could reach him, Ahsoka never comes around to Vader's POV, and she always has her own agenda. (I also feel like this is an example of Vader's inability to own his own actions. She promised not to leave and she's keeping that promise, but if he kills her, she's gone, so then the promise is broken and he'll blame her for that despite it being his own fault. *hands* Maybe she makes a daring escape after the story ends. That's what I'd like to believe. *g* But the story had to end on his realization, I think. He couldn't let it go on indefinitely. But I couldn't write him actually killing her.)


In other news, I used some of my Christmas money to order some cardigans and long sleeved T-shirts, so that I can be appropriate but not overheated at work. So many older ladies' style choices have become clear to me now! All hail the twin set, which allows for layering while looking professional. I also bought a couple of cute sparkly bracelets and earrings.


So this morning I tried out the Q for my daily commute and it was great. I mean, I still don't know which end of the platform serves me best for a quick change to the 1 at Times Square, and I lost about five minutes in Times Square because I wasn't at the best place to get to the 1, but it still only took about 35 minutes total travel time, which is amazing, and could be useful for mornings when I'm running late, or the weather is really bad. Of course, that was with everything running smoothly. I even got a seat on both trains, which I didn't expect. So it's nice to know that it's an option.

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Continued from yesterday's post, today we'll look at the steps left to finish the reproduction of a stylish 1920s felt hat from our vintage stock at PlayMakers Repertory Company. A reader over on this blog's Facebook page made the excellent point that you could do this project with one of those floppy felt hats you see popping up these days at stores like Target for $10 or $15, which is a great suggestion for those without access to millinery suppliers, or time to mail-order them. Affordable, too, and it is frankly probably what the original artist did when making the one i've copied!

Recall from yesterday that we'd gotten the brim arc stitched into the crown and then disguised the stitching of that seam by tacking the narrow band over top of it. Here you see the next step, trimming the width of the brim down. Hat bodies are often irregular on the edge, so this not only brings the brim arc down to the desired width but also cleans that edge neatly. Mine is cut down to 4" here.

Above is a detail shot illustrating how to take a tuck in each side of the brim arc. I've pinned mine in place with quilt pins and at this stage, i adjusted those pleats in the mirror a few times til i got a good shape that I liked. Then i tacked each side down securely.

Top right: Pin the fan flange to the crown, into the gap between the pleated brim bits at the center back of the hat. You can see here some of my stitches tacking down that one edge of the hat. This is another case where trim is going to cover your stitches so security and sturdiness is key, rather than fine invisible handwork.

Top right: Cut a single strip into each side of that fan flange. You'll tack this over your stitches at the two ends of the brim arc, where the pleats are secured.

Bottom left: That strip pinned into place. In this case, i did take care to make my stitches securing it neat and invisib,le.

Bottom right: Cut the rest of the fan flange into a fringe as shown. My pieces are a fat 1/4" wide.

For the next step, you'll flip each strip over at the tip and tack it to the crown in a splayed fan arc. The tack should go a little bit toward center back, where this quilt pin is located, so that each strip can spring back a bit to create dimension, as you see with the strips close to the brimg there on the right.

On the original, this flange was not symmetrically arranged. I decided to do that same but you could choose to evenly split them left to right. You'll see what i mean in the next image.

Four views of the finished hat! See how there are only seven strips flipping to the left in that top right image? There are eleven flipping to the right on mine. That fan's shape is a matter of preference.

Hope you've enjoyed this tutorial, and if you make one, please share photos!

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Warning for frank talk about depression so I am putting it behind a cut

Dark_Days )

New Worldbuilding Exchange

Jan. 17th, 2017 01:47 pm
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Posted by worldbuild_mod

Hello, everyone.

I have a new exchange for worldbuilding-focused fanworks, very much inspired by the Yuletide tradition of some participants requesting zero characters. (Though matching for this will work somewhat differently.)

Nominations are already open: the tag set is here.


Nominations close: Tues 24th Jan, 07:59 UTC
Sign ups close: Weds 1st Feb, 07:59 UTC
Assignments sent by: Sat 4th Feb, 07:59 UTC
Assignments due: Sat 1st Apr, 06:59 UTC
Works revealed: Sat 8th Apr, 06:59 UTC
Authors revealed: Sat 15th Apr, 06:59 UTC

(All these times are the UTC equivalent of just before midnight Pacific time on the previous calendar day.)

Further information

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Word from Queen Elizabeth

Jan. 17th, 2017 04:43 am
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that is, Senator Elizabeth Warren -

Her office apparently is telling people that if you oppose ACA repeal, there are 5 GOP Senators who have expressed the most doubt. Especially if you live in their states (and possibly even if you don't?), it's most helpful to call these people:

Senator Bob Corker – (202) 224-3344
Senator Lisa Murkowski – (202) 224-6665
Senator Rob Portman – (202) 224-3353
Senator Susan Collins – (202) 224-2523
Senator Bill Cassidy – (202) 224-5824


Daily Happiness

Jan. 17th, 2017 01:45 am
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1. At some point yesterday, Jasper had an accident on the bed again and we didn't notice until we went to bed and smelled it. So this time we moved his carrier and food into the computer room and are just keeping the bedroom closed at all times until he has a chance to forget that behavior. He doesn't mind us closing the door (though he does sometimes try to get in there when we open it), but Chloe does not like us being in there without her and will scratch and bang on the door to make her displeasure known. >_<

However, it hasn't been as bad as I was fearing. She made noise when she wanted to be fed in the morning, and once again after that when she felt we'd been in there too long after I went back to bed after feeding her, but she didn't do it during the night, and she doesn't seem to care when we're not in there, so that means she's not doing it during the day.

In addition to washing all the blankets again today (ugh, I hate to think of how much water we've wasted on washing blankets in the past few days!), we plan to take the comforter to get professionally cleaned, so hopefully between those things, that will end the accidents.

2. We went to Target today to get another litter box because the ones we got this week were just whatever they had at the supermarket, which are quite small. It's fine for Jasper, but the girls definitely seem cramped, and the sides are low so it's easier to scatter litter. (And Jasper only seems to want to use the large one! For all everyone was saying get him his own box, he only wants to use the one they use, lol. But the girls have been using the small one we put by the back door in addition to the big one.) But then Target was out of the large ones, too! However, I did get another scoop, so I don't have to keep going back to the computer room to get the scoop when I need to scoop the other box.

And even better, I got new jeans! I have been wearing an emergency pair that was just the only thing I could find when my previous ones tore and they really fit badly. It's easier to find jeans now that I'm in regular sizes and not "big and tall", but I was looking for a 40 or 42, which can still be difficult to find (and to find good fitting ones). Well, today on a whim I decided to try on a pair of 38s and they fit so well! Best fitting jeans I've worn maybe since I was in high school or college. And they had a second pair, so I grabbed those as well. They're super comfy and the material is not too heavy and they're close fitting but not so "skinny" that I can't fit stuff in my pockets (which is why I had to stop buying the kind I liked at Old Navy several years ago, because they changed the pockets) and they don't fall down all the time and I actually look pretty good in them! I also found two nice Star Wars t-shirts.

3. We went out to lunch with my aunt Amy who is visiting from Minnesota. She's only eleven years older than me, so she's been more like an older sister to me and she's the only one of my immediate family who's not an ultra conservative Christian so I really wish I could see her more often, but she moved to Oregon when I was in junior high and then moved from there to Minnesota a few years ago. It was really good seeing her and we had a nice lunch.

4. I posted manga (three chapters!) and finished translating chapters of two other things, which will hopefully be posted in the near future as well.

5. This warm bundle of kitten slept on me a lot today.

(I really need to make a Jasper icon! And also some new Chloe and Molly icons because the ones I have are of them at about Jasper's age!)

New from Dialecticdreamer

Jan. 17th, 2017 03:21 am
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted more stories in Polychrome Heroics.

"Changing World" is a far-future ficlet about Aidan and his family.  Consider this a potential  future rather than a guarantee.

"Catastrophe!" is about a diving incident in the Maldives. 

Fic | Rogue One | Two Days on Yavin 4

Jan. 17th, 2017 04:59 pm
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JFC I love writing their banter.


Fandom: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Pairing/Characters: Chirrut/Baze
Genre: Missing scene, humor, low-key angst, fluff, canon compliant
Rating: Teen
Words: 9000+
Crossposting: AO3
Summary: Between the Eadu mission and the Battle of Scarif, Chirrut and Baze spend two days at the Rebel Base on Yavin 4.

Two Days on Yavin 4 )
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This poem is spillover from the January 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kelkyag and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "ingenuity" square in my 10-4-16 card for the Games and Sports Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

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New Verses

Jan. 17th, 2017 01:27 am
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] lone_cat, there are new verses!

"A Hope and a Promise" has 5 new verses.  Arlene's daughter Eugenie wonders about Aidan and Saraphina.

"So Much Worse in Its Consequences" has 5 new verses.  Hefty discusses the importance of mistakes while Cho-Cho Glow emotionally implodes.


Jan. 16th, 2017 11:06 pm
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Fast Five! Continues to be a delight, I had no idea it was going to be a heist movie! I love a nice heist movie, and this was a pretty nice heist movie.

But seriously, this may be my new favorite movie just for one scene early on. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is a federal agent looking for our dudes in Brazil, and he tells the local lady cop he has hired as an interpreter/local source that he wants her to stay there while his team moves in. She ignores that order to chase after Toretto (Vin Diesel), they all get shot at by gangsters, and Toretto gets away in the confusion. And, this is the part I didn't know was amazing, Johnson's character is NOT condescending, he does NOT chew her out for ignoring orders, he professionally asks her if she's okay after being shot at and believes her. There's plenty of over-the-top alpha-male stuff in the movie, but his relationship with her is totally professional and not creepy at all! So refreshing! (Especially considering there's still plenty of objectification throughout the rest of the movie/series, it was really great to see one female character who was her job and never her body.)

Now I want to make all of them kiss. Brian/Dom obviously, Dom/Han of course, and now Dom/Hobbs. (And we can't leave out Brian/Roman, that's obvious!)

Clouds on the Catalinas

Jan. 16th, 2017 11:36 pm
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Today was cool and 'partly cloudy', yesterday was on and off rainy all day (which was very nice from my point of view, and the desert will certainly appreciate it), and the sky was interestingly occupied with some pretty dramatic clouds. I took a couple of pictures -- this one is clouds covering the tops of the Catalina Mountains.

Clouds on the Catalina Mountains

Author Update

Jan. 16th, 2017 09:51 pm
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I am back in action.  \o/  I've been working on backlogged email and poetry prompts.

I am also hopelessly behind on projects, and have realized that we scheduled Doug-and-Mom birthday festivities on the Tuesday where I'd normally put a bonus fishbowl.  *facepalm*  So I'm taking Doug's suggestion and just skipping it, as we are happily still flush from the overwhelming success of the Holiday Half-Price Sale.  I don't know if this will let me catch up very much, but it will definitely prevent an opportunity to fall even farther behind.  I should be able to do the February fishbowl as intended, and just move the bonus fishbowl to the middle of that month.

Fortunately, the ice storm missed us; nothing but a few shiny patches here, quickly washed away by warmer rain.  Thank you to everyone who sent prayers and worried about us.  Alas, our Chicago relatives are plated under half an inch of dire glaze.  O_O  So our plans have gotten knocked around by that.  I hope we'll still manage to connect tomorrow. 

My apologies for the delays and derailments.  Have some cookies.  :D  I got that done today too, making up for me being sick on Doug's birthday.  I still owe him a shepherd's pie.

Thank you for your patience and support.  You folks are wonderful.
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We saw the new White Cheesecake M&Ms and had to try them. That inspired this cookie recipe. If you want to make these, do it now, because the main ingredient will only be available for a month or so.

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Scanlations: Himegoto ch. 89-91

Jan. 16th, 2017 06:55 pm
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It's been a little slow going this month, but I think I'm finally starting to get back into the swing of things, so here's three new chapters of Himegoto to start off the final volume.

Title: Himegoto
Original Title: ヒメゴト~十九歳の制服~ (Himegoto~Juukyuu Sai no Seifuku~)
Author: Minenami Ryou
Publisher: Big Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 8 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: This is the story of three college freshmen with secrets: Yuki, aka Yoshiki, a boyish girl who gets off on wearing her old high school uniform skirt; Mikako, who acts innocent around her classmates, but at night pretends to be a 15-year-old and has sex for money; and finally there's Kaito, who's obsessed with Mikako to the point of dressing up like her.

Chapter Summary: Kaito has one last chance to choose.

Chapter 89: Smile
Chapter 90: Pain
Chapter 91: Reflection

Last night's The Librarians

Jan. 16th, 2017 08:23 pm
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I've been watching this show since it began. I started because of Christian Kane, was pleasantly surprised to see John Larroquette, and stayed around for the wacky high jinks.

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Albums of my youth

Jan. 17th, 2017 02:13 pm
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(meme via [personal profile] rilina) I tried to remember 10 albums from my early/mid-teens and came up with:

Level 42 - World Machine
Chicago - Chicago 17
Spandau Ballet - Parade
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
Wham! - Make It Big
Madonna - Like a Virgin
Solid Gold Hits Vol 28 (though I don't remember all the tracks listed here)
Suzanne Vega - Suzanne Vega
Michelle Shocked - Texas Campfire Songs
Melissa Etheridge - Brave & Crazy
Ardijah - Ardijah
Peking Man - Peking Man

(The last two included because they were local acts. I'm sure I also listened to Crowded House, but I couldn't say what album.)

Flow-on from this, I'm trying to remember who I listened to in my 20s. Among others:

- Ani DiFranco (from whom I took my username)
- Indigo Girls
- Melissa Etheridge (are we detecting a theme?)
- Rickie Lee Jones
- Sheryl Crow
- Lisa Loeb
- Annie Lennox
- undoubtedly more Crowded House
- Spin Doctors
- Cat Stevens
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No Exit
Star Wars; Darth Vader/Ahsoka Tano; adult; 2,525 words
Ahsoka promised not to leave him again and Vader was going to hold her to it.

Contains nonconsensual and highly dubiously consensual sex, inappropriate uses of the Force, and nonconsensual breathplay (i.e., Force choking). Written for the West Wing title project. Thanks to [ profile] silveronthetree for handholding.

Or read it at the AO3.

No Exit )



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