word help?

Sep. 2nd, 2014 09:22 pm
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What's the least offensive label for panhandlers? Sometimes I want to talk about an interesting interaction I had with someone panhandling, but I don't know if there's an unloaded / self-claimed / non-classist / non-asshole term. Person who panhandles? People-first language is not helping me, here. "Beggar" is downright awful.
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Title: Cold Realizations
Author: Settiai
Rated: R
Word Count: ~750 words
Characters: Female Shepard [Cora]
Notes: Also posted on the AO3.
Summary: Shepard couldn't sleep the night that they got back from Noveria.

Fic )


Sep. 2nd, 2014 09:07 pm
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I did another blind. They are a genuine pain in the ass in the present window frames, so one a day isn't a bad pace. Better do a box before I go to bed, or at this rate we'll be unpacking until next spring.

Promote your fandoms!

Sep. 3rd, 2014 12:31 am
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Posted by crantz

Copied/paraphrased from this post from 2012:

Here's a post where you can advertise your fandoms to the rest of yuletide. Tell us about your fandom(s) and link to sources you think will help a new fan interested in checking it out or an old fan looking for canon refreshing. And if you're looking for new (or old but forgotten) fandoms to get into for Yuletide? Check out this post!

Completely optional format that you don't have to use:
<b>Fandom:</b> (name of fandom)
<b>Category:</b> (the category it will be in)
<b>Comments:</b> (any comments you have about why people should get into the fandom)
1. (links to any sources you think will help a potential writer get into the fandom, such as wikipedia pages, legal sources for download/viewing, primers, etc.)

Edit from Crantz: I'm not a mod, so if you have problems or questions send them to yuletide_admin or by emailing yuletide@yuletidetreasure.org. I'll update important links to this if they come up.

Vividcon 2014 Notes

Sep. 2nd, 2014 11:42 pm
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Posted by anoel

My Vividcon 2014 notes for the panels this year are here and here and my notes for Vid Review and Challenge vids are here.
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Title(s): Galaxies (art) / A Voice in the Dark (fic)
Link to artwork: Artwork here!
Link to fic: Fic here!
Artist: heavybomb
Author: White Aster
Continuity: G1/IDW
Rating: G (art) / NC-17 (fic)
Characters/pairings: Cosmos/Blaster
Content advice/warnings: Sticky and tactile/wireplay sex. Relationship building, phone(comm)-sex, mutual masturbation, dirty talk, voyeurism/exhibitionism, sizekink, happy ending AU.
Summary: A long-range shuttle, a communications mech, and a very long-distance relationship.
Author Notes:

  • This is based on what I could remember and google of the G1/IDW canonverse, but no doubt some things that are slightly off. The end is centered around a peaceful AU that isn't related to anything in canon (in-joke notwithstanding). Or, I suppose you could assume it's a-bit-future ongoing comicverse. Whatever floats your boat!
  • This goes along with the idea of Cosmos as actually-big-and-shuttle-sized, rather like he is in the ongoing IDW comics, rather than cute little minibot Cosmos from the cartoon. Because we liked it that way.
  • Many thanks to Heavybomb, Moogle, and Blue for beta-ing! :D


I knew him for vorns before I ever met him in person. I knew him by voice and comm frequency, by his ident across my HUD and the smooth cadence of his words. He knew my name, which is important when you are so often unmoored from everyone and everything. To him, I wasn't just TransCyberComm Transport Specialist 98645367, and when my assignments sometimes had me on-duty for a vorn or more a time, that meant a lot.

Before the war, there was a particular sub-sub-genre of romance fiction that centered on shuttles and comm mechs. The appeal was very specific, very niche, and it was mostly read (and written, usually under pseudonym) by deep-space shuttles themselves. Most other frametypes didn't understand the appeal, but every long-range space-faring mech understands what you mean if you call someone a "voice in the dark". There's nothing more intimate than being the only voice we hear.

What I'm getting at is that I fell for him before I even knew what he looked like, and that wasn't particularly surprising. I know I wasn't alone in that, over the years. He was The Voice, after all, as Cybertron became increasingly dark.

But before he was The Voice, he was just TransCyberComm Communications Specialist 11457.
Read more... )

Vividcon 2014 Notes

Sep. 2nd, 2014 04:42 pm
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My Vividcon 2014 notes for the panels this year are here and here and my notes for Vid Review and Challenge vids are here.
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I'm sure there were less productive things I could have done with my weekend than write this story, but I'm having trouble, right now, thinking of any.

Er - this story has major spoilers for season 4 of Deep Space Nine. I don't know, it's a thing. The episodes they watch are "Body Parts", "Broken Link", "Looking for par'Mach...", and "The Begotten", in case anyone, ah, cares.

Fic:: Looking For par'Mach In All The Wrong Places
by Raven
7000w, The Big Bang Theory, Penny/Leonard/Sheldon. Penny has started taking relationship advice from Star Trek. Things can only get better from here.

and you're gonna be like, Bashir gets replaced by his counterpart from an evil alternate universe, Quark starts a Zumba class, and the Dominion attacks with hummus... )

Happy Birthday!

Sep. 2nd, 2014 07:05 pm
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] juliet316 and [livejournal.com profile] kiki_miserychic!

[Stories] Magician's Feast

Sep. 2nd, 2014 05:49 pm
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For [personal profile] cohomology. Prompt: recursive pepper. (Okay, so maybe it's a bit of a stretch...)

(Spork of fooding, not spork of sporkiness!)

Once, in a far land, there lived a magician whose great passion was not her studies but her food. In her youth she had applied herself passionately to her studies, but her particular school of magic emphasized asceticism and long hours of meditation. However, once she left her teachers and founded her own tower (she was enough of a traditionalist to prefer a tower, and humane enough to call it out of the earth's bones in a remote location where it wouldn't trigger seismic disturbances or ghost-plagues), her discipline began to slip. Away from her teachers and her solemn fellow students, it was not long before she began dreaming up feasts of custard and roast goose, couscous and eggplant, quail eggs and minty lemonades.

Traders soon learned of the new tower from far-wanderers and dream-seekers. The first ones brought the usual goods favored by magicians: whirring jeweled orreries, dried plum petals gathered from cloud-veiled peaks during the new moon, crystals brimming over with their own iridescence. Although the magician was too kind to say so outright, none of these tools of her trade interested her much. She bought some of this and that so that the traders would see some profit for their journey, and bid them come back next time with exotic foods.

The traders went away well-provisioned and laden with the kinds of small gifts that only a magician could provide, such as charms of trebuchet-warding (very useful in certain siege-ridden parts of the world), bat-binding, and may-your-sewing-needles-never-break. And then the magician settled back into her existence of meditations broken by the occasional galloping thunderstorm, and the even more occasional fantasy of chicken stuffed with rice, jujubes, and chestnuts, or tea-of-quinces.

The magician was not entirely idle during this time. Her mechanical servants gathered rarities such as firefowl eggs (the yolks had an unfortunate tendency to overcook) and mistfruit and the milk of dragons. At first these foods pleased her, but after a while her palate grew jaded and even these palled.

A year passed and the traders returned. This time there were three-fruit marmalades and rose liqueurs; a herd of plump, comically nearsighted goats ready for the slaughter; kumquat pickles in jars painted jewel-bright. The magician took in the goats but did not have the heart to roast them.

The traders had yet one more surprise for the magician: a jar of chopped dried pepper, piquantly red and to be handled only with gloves. (The magician had plenty of those.)

"A pepper?" the magician said, a little dubiously. It wasn't that she disliked spicy food--she liked it very much indeed--but she wasn't sure how far a single pepper would go.

"Its taste is very subtle," said the oldest and wisest of the traders. "But chop it fine and sprinkle a little of it over each meal you wish to make special, and someday it will reward you." More than that they would not say.

Years upon years passed. The magician experimented with the pepper, and found its taste so subtle that she could not detect it at all. Nevertheless, each year when the traders stopped by, she made use of it in preparing the welcome dinner so that they would not think her unappreciative.

At last illness came upon the magician, and she knew that death would overtake her before the traders came again. Moved by whimsy, she made herself a simple meal and seasoned it with the mysterious pepper. But this time, when she ate, all the memories of those previous dinners came back to her: not just the savor of roast boar or rare slices of beef alternating with candied ginger, but the traders' convivial stories of seas where squid danced paeans to the kelp-gods, and the way they had laughed at the antics of her mechanical servants, and the pleasure of company after long months alone. And so it was at the end of her life that the magician finally understood the true value of what the traders had brought to her in their yearly visits.


Sep. 2nd, 2014 04:11 pm
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I just read Bridge To Terabithia and now I'm bawling. As you do.

Vividcon 2014 Con Report

Sep. 2nd, 2014 02:32 pm
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At long last, here is my Vividcon 2014 Con Report :)

Con Report under the cut )

Overall it was an absolutely amazing Vividcon and I had a wonderful time getting to see so many friends again as well as meet new ones. There's never enough time to get to talk to everyone for as long as I'd like but I like to think of all my Vividcon's put together as a way to get a chance to do that and I definitely was able to have some great conversation with various people. I was really inspired by some of the vids and the panels were full of interesting discussion that has made me even more determined to keep learning and growing to become a better vidder. When I got home, I started clipping for my Club Vivid vid next year and I'm already looking forward to making Escapade vids and festivids. The con is always super well run which as we've seen this year, is not a given and I love the balance between trying new things and sticking with so many great traditions that I deeply love. I missed a lot of people this year who couldn't make it but I'm so thankful for all the people who could come and made it such an amazing experience for me. I'm so happy to be a part of such an amazing vidding community and can't wait for next Vividcon!

give a book a home!

Sep. 2nd, 2014 04:41 pm
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Anyone want my extra contributor's copy of The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry, ed. Sean Wallace? It includes my story "Effigy Nights," as well as stories by N.K. Jemisin, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Aliette de Bodard, Saladin Ahmed, and more.

Leave a comment (or email me at yoon at yoonhalee dot com) if interested. I will decide by (pseudo)random generator at some point. Shipping's on me anywhere reasonable in the world (so, bottom of the Mariana Trench, not so much).

(Unrelated note: [personal profile] cohomology, I swear I'm working on your flashfic right now.)

Poem: "Titanium Transformation"

Sep. 2nd, 2014 03:38 pm
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This is the first freebie for today's fishbowl, prompted by [personal profile] pinkrangerv. It also fills "the cost of magic" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It contains spoilers for Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue.

Read more... )

I should have put an alpaca instead

Sep. 2nd, 2014 03:41 pm
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Bad Bang is live.

No points for finding me! Come fight me about historical accuracy in the comments! But I think I ought to actually wait to link until the reveal. I am kind of afraid to look at the the rest of the fic/art now. But my fic got a truly glorious bad photomanip, so yay.
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Posted by thebloggess

I’ve had a shitty week so I spent the last hour looking at these awesome House of Thrones posters and thinking about how much simpler things were back in the good old imaginary days when all you had to worry about were blizzard zombies, or assassinations, or being roasted alive by dragons.


Truly, those were simpler times.

But then I had to remind myself that there are so many good days ahead, if you know where to look and if you remember all the wonderful people in your tribe, or community, or house.

Thank you for being part of this house, weird and baffling as it may be.



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Sep. 2nd, 2014 05:55 pm
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In reassembling my workspace after the window installation, i've given up on the "no cats on my desk" rule and bowed to the inevitable.
Read more... )

Poetry Fishbowl Open!

Sep. 2nd, 2014 12:41 pm
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Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "healing & growth."  I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.

Click to read the linkback poem "The Face of a Hero" (Polychrome Heroics, 17 verses available).

What Is a Poetry Fishbowl?

Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.

In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "healing & growth."  I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.

Cyberfunded Creativity

I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard. The following options are currently available:

1) Sponsor the Fishbowl -- Here is a PayPal button for donations. There is no specific requirement, but $1 is the minimum recommended size for PayPal transactions since they take a cut from every one. You can also donate via check or money order sent by postal mail. If you make a donation and tell me about it, I promise to use one of your prompts. Anonymous donations are perfectly welcome, just won't get that perk. General donations will be tallied, and at the end of the fishbowl I’ll post a list of eligible poems based on the total funding; then the audience can vote on which they want to see posted.

2) Swim, Fishie, Swim! -- A feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated.  There are multiple perks, the top one being a half-price poetry sale on one series when donations reach $300.

3) Buy It Now! -- Gakked from various e-auction sites, this feature allows you to sponsor a specific poem. If you don't want to wait for some editor to buy and publish my poem so you can read it, well, now you don't have to. Sponsoring a poem means that I will immediately post it on my blog for everyone to see, with the name of the sponsor (or another dedicate) if you wish; plus you get a nonexclusive publication right, so you can post it on your own blog or elsewhere as long as you keep the credits intact. You'll need to tell me the title of the poem you want to sponsor. I'm basing the prices on length, and they're comparable to what I typically make selling poetry to magazines (semi-pro rates according to Duotrope's Digest).

0-10 lines: $5
11-25 lines: $10
26-40 lines: $15
41-60 lines: $20
Poems over 60 lines, or with very intricate structure, fall into custom pricing.

4) Commission a scrapbook page. I can render a chosen poem in hardcopy format, on colorful paper, using archival materials for background and any embellishments. This will be suitable for framing or for adding to a scrapbook. Commission details are here.  See latest photos of sample scrapbooked poems: "Sample Scrapbooked Poems 1-24-11"

5) Spread the word. Echo or link to this post on your LiveJournal, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl and #promptcall.  Encourage people to come here and participate in the fishbowl.  If you have room for it, including your own prompt will give your readers an idea of what the prompts should look like; ideally, update later to include the thumbnail of the poem I write, and a link to the poem if it gets published.  If there is at least one new prompter or donor, I will post an extra freebie poem.

Linkback perk: I have a spare series poem available, and each linkback will reveal a verse of the poem.  One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Dreamwidth, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. rather than all on LiveJournal.  Comment with a link to where you posted.  "The Face of a Hero" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics and has 17 verses available. 

Additional Notes

1) I customarily post replies to prompt posts telling people which of their prompts I'm using, with a brief description of the resulting poem(s). If you want to know what's available, watch for those "thumbnails."

2) You don't have to pay me to see a poem based on a prompt that you gave me. I try to send copies of poems to people, mostly using the LJ message function.  (Anonymous prompters will miss this perk unless you give me your eddress.)  These are for-your-eyes-only, though, not for sharing.

3) Sponsors of the Poetry Fishbowl in general, or of specific poems, will gain access to an extra post in appreciation of their generosity.  While you're on the Donors list, you can view all of the custom-locked posts in that category.  Click the "donors" tag to read the archive of those.  I've also posted a list of other donor perks there.  I customarily leave donor names on the list for two months, so you'll get to see the perk-post from this month and next.

4) After the Poetry Fishbowl concludes, I will post a list of unsold poems and their prices, to make it easier for folks to see what they might want to sponsor.

5) If donations total $100 by Friday evening then you get a free $15 poem; $150 gets you a free $20 poem; and $200 gets you a free epic, posted after the Poetry Fishbowl.  These will usually be series poems if I have them; otherwise I may offer non-series poems or series poems in a different size.  If donations reach $250, you get one step toward a bonus fishbowl; three of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be three months in a row.  Everyone will get to vote on which series, and give prompts during the extra fishbowl, although it may be a half-day rather than a whole day.  If donations reach $300, you get a half-price sale for one week in one series.  Everyone will get to vote on which series to feature in the sale, out of those with extra poems available.

Feed the Fish!
Now's your chance to participate in the creative process by posting ideas for me to write about. Today's theme is "healing & growth."  I'll be soliciting ideas for herbalists, healers, counselors, clients, teachers, students, farmers, fields, offices, helping people, actions leading to personal growth, stages of recovery, growth phases, hitting rock bottom, plot twists, safety equipment, self-help materials, herbs, and poetic forms in particular. But anything is welcome, really. If you manage to recommend a form that I don't recognize, I will probably pounce on it and ask you for its rules. I do have Lewis Turco's The New Book of Forms which covers most common and many obscure forms.

I'll post at least one of the fishbowl poems here so you-all can enjoy it. (Remember, you get an extra freebie poem if someone new posts a prompt or makes a donation, and additional perks at $100-$300 in donations.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "The Face of a Hero.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

Various Media

Sep. 2nd, 2014 10:33 am
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Watched Cap 2 with my brother and SiL, and still really liked it. Is there good Steve/Natasha/Sam fic out there?

Also watched Doctor Who "Into The Dalek," which I mostly liked, despite the plot being a bit of a rehash. Spoilers )

Recently read Scotland: From Prehistory to the Present by Fiona Watson, which was enjoyable, but a little too much of a survey for what I wanted. I know there's a lot of history to jam into 250 pages, especially including pre-history, and the author did her best to outline general trends and sketch in important moments, but only the first really worked. The important characters and moments ended up rather a sea of names, unfortunately. However, I do feel as though I have a somewhat firmer footing in regards to general periods of Scottish history, which was the goal going in.

Library Books:
*Seven for A Secret by Lyndsay Faye
Castles of Scotland: A Voyage Through the Centuries by C. J. Tabraham
The Devil You Know by Mike Carey
A Queer and Pleasant Danger: A Memoir by Kate Bornstein
Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses by Sarah Gristwood

*cannot be renewed.

Patriarchy why you gotta be a thing.

Sep. 2nd, 2014 01:21 pm
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The other day, I was standing on line to get into the Neue Galerie, reading Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice (verdict: interesting but took way too long to get started), when a nice older gentleman accosted me to ask "What are you reading?"


Quoth this reporter, as frostily as possible: "Why do you ask?"

"You look like an intelligent person!" Unspoken: and you are not paying attention to me, you should be paying attention to me.

Staaaaare. And then I told him the title and author and thank god my stepdad came up and the dude had to cede his claim to my attention because there was another middle-aged white guy with dibs. (And my stepdad tried to make a joke out of me biting that guy's head off until I had exactly zero sense of humor about it — "he was just trying to be friendly!" "no, he was trying to assert his right to interrupt me at his discretion." Sigh.)

I would've been a lot nicer if it had been a straightforward request for information: directions, or even "I heard that book is really good, what do you think of it?" Or even if he had included the words "excuse me" or "I'm sorry to interrupt, but may I ask" or something of the sort. BUT NO.

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and I haven't missed it, either.

Geoff just sent me a link to a drawing KLM is doing for a luxe trip to Amsterdam; we always enter things like that when we see them, though we've never (yet) won. (It's at destinationamsterdam.ca, but you have to be a Canadian resident.)

The entry form requires you to choose a courtesy title, and the options are:
• Mr.
• Mrs.
• Miss

I mean, seriously, what the fuck.

(I still entered, but I'm cranky about it.)

...Huh, it belatedly occurs to me that it's probably an artifact of translation from French, which is the primary language of the contest, and in which the difference between "mademoiselle" and "madame" these days has more to do with age/maturity than with marital status. Nonetheless, I deeply resent not being offered the option in English. En français je suis 'Madame,' but in English I am not 'Mrs.'

OTW Fannews: Every Kind of Fan

Sep. 2nd, 2014 04:22 pm
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Posted by Janita Burgess


OTW Fannews Every Kind of Fan

  • NPR reported on a K-Pop con in Los Angeles. "[T]alking demographics, Killoren says that most of the 40,000 KCON-goers are girls. Now, you might expect that most of the fans are Korean. 'Most every single person will think that. In fact, most Koreans think that. And they come and they realize we have - less than 10 percent of our audience is Korean.' And Killoren says, that's kind of the point. KCON is a way to give American K-pop fans a taste of something they usually only see on YouTube and to get them caught up in that Hallyu wave." (Transcript available).
  • Portugal News Online reported on an international Cliff Richard con. "Sandra Nicholson, from Newcastle, flew in purposely from the UK for the fundraising event, as did 57-year-old life-long fan Margrit, from Austria. Most of the fans were already well-acquainted, having bumped into each other several times before at a number of the many concerts and events that have been held over the past half a century, since Cliff Richard rocked onto the scene in the late 1950s. Dutch fan Petra de Nie, who runs the Sir Cliff Video Clips website, was also on the cruise, as was Karen Campbell, who possibly had the longest trip of all fans, having travelled with her husband from Brisbane, Australia."
  • Essential Pittsburgh hosted a discussion on "Why Pittsburgh is Geek City, USA" to explain "the start of the Comic Con cultural movement." Comics museum director Joe Wos explained that geek culture was also critical for the growth of cities. "Geek is driving the economy...so I think it's really important for a city to have the attractions, the resources, the sort of things that geeks look for when they move to a city." A caller noted that "Pittsburgh has now had three generations of science fiction clubs all started by women" and Wos added "There was just this huge movement of women who wanted to take comics to the next level." (No transcript available).
  • The Los Angeles Times discussed Outlander's appeal. "The series arrives at a time when Hollywood is acutely aware of the value of female audiences, thanks to 'The Hunger Games,' 'Twilight' and the upcoming 'Fifty Shades of Grey' — projects with passionate, built-in fan bases that have forced the industry to rethink its attitude toward so-called 'chick lit.' And even though while television is thought to be a more female-friendly medium than film, prestige drama remains a realm dominated by male antiheroes. Starz, which last year broadcast 'The White Queen,' another sexy period piece featuring a strong heroine and adapted from a popular historical novel, is specifically trying to reach out to this 'underserved audience' of female subscribers."

What fandoms have you seen that reach around the globe? Write about them in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

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One of these days letters are gonna fallFrom the sky telling us all to go freeBut until that day I’ll find a wayTo let everybody know that you’re coming backYou’re coming back for me


Made for delovelie for my follower giveaway.

Lyrics taken from ‘Letters from the Sky’ by Civil Twilight.

Posted in full at: http://eemilyvr1.tumblr.com/post/96459897395

An Astronaut's View from Space

Sep. 2nd, 2014 12:00 pm
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NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman tweeted this photo from the International Space Station on Tuesday morning, Sept. 2, 2014. "My favorite views from #space – just past #sunrise over the ocean," the Expedition 40 astronaut tweeted.
The Expedition 40 crew has been busy aboard the Space Station, recently performing health checks and humanoid robot upgrades. In the meantime, a trio of orbital residents is packing up gear as they prepare to return home in less than two weeks. Commander Steve Swanson powered down and stowed Robonaut 2 after wrapping up its mobility upgrades this week. He installed new legs on the humanoid robot including external and internal gear as well as cables. This sets the stage for more upgrades in the fall before Robonaut takes its first steps as an assistant crew member. Robonaut was designed to enhance crew productivity and safety while also aiding people on Earth with physical disabilities.
Image Credit: NASA/Reid Wiseman (@astro_reid)
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Posted by Lisa Wade, PhD

Much has been said — and much more should follow — about the militarization of the police in American cities.  The images coming out of Ferguson, MO these past weeks testify to the distribution of military-grade hardware, gear, guns, and vehicles to your everyday police officer.

Here I’d like to focus on just one small part of this distribution of military-grade equipment: the uniform.  It’s not, by a long shot, the most straightforwardly dangerous, but it is a powerful symbol.  It’s a “dead giveaway,” writes a political scientist at Gin & Tacos, that there is something amiss with the “mindset of law enforcement.”  He’s referring to the swapping of blue or tan in favor of camouflage, like in this photo by Whitney Curtis for The New York Times:


From Gin & Tacos:

Of what conceivable practical use could green or desert camouflage be in a suburban environment? Gonna help you blend in with the Taco Bell or the liquor store? Even if they did wear something that helped conceal them, that would be counterproductive to the entire purpose of policing in a situation like that; law enforcement wants to be visible to act as a deterrent to violent or property crimes in a public disturbance.

He concludes that “[t]here is only one reason those cops would wear camo” and, if I can put words in his mouth, it’s to be frightening and intimidating.  And, perhaps, to enjoy being so.

This is clear when we think about the role that camo plays in everyday fashion. For women, it’s a fun appropriation of masculinity.  For men, it’s a way to signal “I’m tough” by reference to hunting or soldiering. What irony, after all, that black men in Ferguson were also photographed wearing camo during the unrest that followed Brown’s death.


On their bodies, of course, the camouflage is much more benign.  In contrast, alongside kevlar, automatic rifles, and riot shields on cops, it’s terrifying. It sends a clear message to the people of Ferguson: you are now enemy combatants.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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the dice were loaded from the start

Sep. 2nd, 2014 09:58 am
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August 2014 writing roundup:

break loose of loss and longing (@ AO3)
Captain America; Steve/Bucky; pg; 3,510 words
"What do you think of the speculation that you and Steve Rogers were lovers?"

"What? Who thinks that? I don't think about that. Why would I think about that?"

Be my ticket back home (@ AO3)
Winter Soldier (Comics); Bucky/Natasha; AU; pg; 2,375 words
The one where Bucky makes better decisions in the wake of Natasha's memory loss.


Meme via [personal profile] sage: What are my recurring themes:

1. REUNIONATING/RECONCILIATION. I love first times, I do, but I also really really love first times that are actually second times, where the characters are older and warier and more broken but also able to take advantage of the unexpected/miraculous second chance.

So many of my favorite pairings have a lot of history together, and have undergone long - and occasionally acrimonious - separations often due to tragic circumstances - Remus/Sirius, Dick/Jason, Steve/Bucky, Bucky/Natasha, (Sam/Dean, even though I didn't really ship it the same way; even Danny/Rusty in a much less angsty way) - and there's often a period in which they have to forgive themselves (and each other) for what happened, AND ALSO, in the other sense of the word, they have to reconcile who they are NOW with who they were THEN and how their relationship has/hasn't changed (if there's anything there that can/should be salvaged/can they start over or even if they were never romantically involved before, could they be now? is this finally the right time/do they still feel the same? etc.), and if their memories have been messed with - Jason clawed his way out of his own grave and took a dip in a Lazarus pit, Sirius can barely remember happy things and he's not real functional after 12 years in Azkaban, and of course, there's Bucky and his decades of brainwashing and memory wiping and being treated like a thing - so how can they put themselves together and have a relationship (should they even try?). I feel like this is the basis for a good 80% of the fic I've written.

2. EQUALIZING POWER DIFFERENTIALS. This is one of my favorite tropes for het fic, especially when I'm writing about an older man/younger woman - Logan/Rogue, Mal/River, Nick/Cassie - these are very often about the young women finding their power and leveling the playing field with the men, who always think they are too old/broken/etc. and don't want to take advantage etc. (I think this is also why I really love pairings like Tony/Pepper and Josh/Donna and Donna/Harvey - because those are also about assistants becoming indispensable, and eventually - in fic if not on the show, in the case of Donna/Harvey - becoming an equal and no longer being a direct report/subordinate. Say what you want about the post-Sorkin era of WW, but Donna would never have gotten that wonderful arc where she moves out of her role as Josh's assistant and ends up the First Lady's Chief of Staff under Sorkin, and that's the only way she and Josh could be together.)

This isn't a theme per se, but I also like role reversals in the power differential - Remus was the poor werewolf and Sirius was the handsome and wealthy heir to the ancient and noble Black family and then 13 years later, Remus is a mostly respectable Hogwarts professor and Sirius is a wanted fugitive; Steve was skinny/sickly and Bucky was his protector, and then Steve is Captain America and Bucky is his sidekick/righthand man.

3. PLAYING THE HAND YOU'RE DEALT. I feel like this was theme of most of my Firefly fic - sure, life is kind of crappy, but it's still better than the alternative, right? And some of my Dark Angel fic is about this, too, I think (though I think Max and Alec both have to do a lot of reconciling the things they've done with who they want to be now), and a lot of the SPN fic I wrote was about Sam and Dean muddling through.


At least, I feel like these are the things I return to over and over. What do you think?

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Posted by Racialicious Team

Summer closed with a bang.

Six bangs, to be specific.

The shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson sparked an international uproar. Ferguson, Missouri became the latest chapter in America’s ongoing racial saga, with protests still occurring.

During the break, we followed conversations on Twitter and Tumblr, but we want to hear from you.

How are you feeling?
What does justice look like in Ferguson?
And what happens next, from a racial justice standpoint?

The post Open Thread: Where Do We Go From Here? appeared first on Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture.

New fic!

Sep. 2nd, 2014 08:59 am
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I come bearing new fic!

SPOILERS for The Winter Long, the new Toby Daye book by [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire which just dropped today. (The book is fantastic. Go and read. And then come back and read this.)

For [personal profile] geekturnedvamp. With thanks to [personal profile] kouredios for beta.

They sought the remedy (1303 words) by Kass
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: October Daye Series - Seanan McGuire
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Toby Daye/Tybalt
Characters: Tybalt (Toby Daye), Toby Daye, The Luidaeg (Toby Daye)
Additional Tags: Post-Book, The Winter Long

Putting the summary behind a cut-tag because it's spoilery )

Coming soon to my website. Enjoy!

Fic corner pinch hits

Sep. 2nd, 2014 12:10 pm
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Posted by hhertzof

As you may know, I also run fic_corner, a kidsbook fic exchange. Fics were due yesterday and I have three outstanding pinch hits, including two that I'm getting no response for from other channels. I'd prefer to get a pm, or to have you email me at fic.corner@gmail.com but I've set the comments to screened just in case. The AO3 collection is Fic Corner 2014 and all prompts are currently visible if anyone would like to write treats. The treats collection (for fics under 1000 words) is Fic Corner Treats 2014. Both collections will open Saturday, 6th September.

Pinch Hit 10
Request 1 by Moontyger
Dreamdark series - Laini Taylor
Rating: Any Rating
Any Character

I'm really fascinated by this world, the way it has all the trappings of a kind of twee Victorian fantasy, but it's not really like that. I'd love to read more about this world. Maybe a retelling from the PoV of one of the creatures, perhaps one of the crows? Or a prequel would be interesting; it's clear Magpie lived in Never Nigh for awhile, but we don't know many details. What was that like? How did she end up with the crows? Maybe a tale of early adventures? Or the first time Poppy spoke to a plant and heard it speak back. Maybe you could explore more of the changes Magpie has made to the Weave. Or you could go for future fic: what does this new golden age for fairies look like?

Request 2 by Moontyger
Snow Eyes series - Stephanie A. Smith
Rating: Any Rating
Any Character

The books tell us these stories are just part of a cycle of tales about Amarra (and a separate one about Amant). I always expected there to be more, too, more tales of Amarra and what made her so special to the Lake Country, but these two books were all there ever were. So my most basic request would be more. What else does Amarra do in her travels? What is her life as a Servitor like? How do the Servitors change?

And Osei: what is her life like after she finally chooses? I can't imagine all that time on Death's shore didn't have an effect. Or Beya: when I first read these books, I thought she was terrible. Now, well, she's not very sympathetic, yet her fears and even her actions and motives are so relatable. She's not even close to perfect, but I don't think she's a bad person and I'd love to read something from her point of view. What is her life like after Amarra leaves? How is it once she returns? Is their relationship ever mended?

Something about the Lake Mother herself and how she relates to her Servitors could be fascinating, too. It's clear things have changed and much has been lost. But how can that be, when she still speaks to them? What does she think about these later Servitors?

Request 3 by Moontyger
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun | A Certain Scientific Railgun
Rating: Any Rating
Shokuhou Misaki, Misaka Mikoto

The Daihaseisai storyline has made me incredibly curious about Shokuhou. What is it like to be a middle school student who can mentally control nearly everyone around her, including adults? How long has she been able to do this? Did she start out just being able to do little things? What was it like when she learned what she could do? Are there other people with Mental Out or was she the first? What is her family like? Does she even have one? For that matter, she hinted that she might be older than middle school age and she does look noticeably younger in the flashback scenes, so that's something worth exploring, too.

Or you could write about Mikoto. Why is it that she seems to be the only one still on touch with her family? You could address some oddities, too; for example, she tells the little kid with electric powers, who can barely make a spark, that "we all start out like that". And we're told she did start as a level 1 and worked her way up. But when we see her in the flashback to when she gave away her DNA sequence, she's awfully little. So when did she come to Academy City? Did they know she would be a level 5 right away? Or when did she develop to that level?

At the end of the Daihaseisai arc, Mikoto thinks that she dislikes Misaki, but they could work together in the future. A story about that could be interesting, too.

Overall, I am fascinated by the world of Academy City, so if you want to do a world-building fic, I'm up for that as well.

Request 4 by Moontyger
Ultra Maniac
Rating: Any Rating
Sakura Nina

While I'm not super invested in the whole Holy Stones plot they added for the anime, I love Ultra Maniac as a whole. Mostly, I just want more. Some ideas you could explore: what was Nina's time at school like, either before she became an exchange student or after she returned to go to boarding school? For that matter, what is her home life like? The series creator said that contrary to the portrayal of the Magic Kingdom in the anime, she'd envisioned it as basically the modern world with magic. There are lots of possibilities to explore with that concept and I'd love to see anything you came up with.

I'd also be interested in a story set after Nina returns to Japan to finish high school there. How does that go, now that she's no longer a bad witch?

Of course I love her friendship with Ayu in particular. (Honestly, I ship them, if you want to go there, but you don't have to.) Since we know they exchanged letters, an epistolary fic of their letters while Nina was away could be interesting as well.

Pinch Hit 11 - Claimed, feel free to treat. :)
Request 1 by grrlpup
Anastasia Krupnik Series - Lois Lowry
Rating: General Audiences, Teen And Up Audiences
Any Character
Letter: http://grrlpup.dreamwidth.org/25227.html

Request 2 by grrlpup
The Bagthorpe Saga - Helen Cresswell
Rating: General Audiences
Jack Bagthorpe, Tess Bagthorpe
Letter: http://grrlpup.dreamwidth.org/25227.html

Request 3 by grrlpup
Flora Segunda Series - Ysabeau S. Wilce
Rating: General Audiences, Teen And Up Audiences
Any Character
Letter: http://grrlpup.dreamwidth.org/25227.html

Request 4 by grrlpup
Alice series - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Rating: General Audiences, Teen And Up Audiences
Any Character
Letter: http://grrlpup.dreamwidth.org/25227.html

Pinch Hit 12- Claimed, feel free to treat. :)
Request 1 by hilandmum
Enchanted Forest Chronicles - Patricia Wrede
Rating: General Audiences
Cimorene (Enchanted Forest), Kazul (Enchanted Forest)

Anything about their further adventures will do, with or without other characters.

Request 2 by hilandmum
The Underland Chronicles - Suzanne Collins
Rating: General Audiences
Luxa (Underland Chronicles), Boots (Underland Chronicles), Gregor (Underland Chronicles)

What do you think happened next?

Request 3 by hilandmum
Divergent Series - Veronica Roth
Rating: General Audiences
Four (Divergent), Tris Prior

What happened between books two and three?

Morning edition

Sep. 2nd, 2014 08:02 am
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[personal profile] kass
Last night Yao and I watched 3 episodes of S5 of Breaking Bad -- we've just finished "Rabid Dog," ep 12 of 16. I had trouble falling asleep afterwards; my mind wouldn't stop racing and neither would my heart, and ultimately I took a benadryl to help me get there. (I suspect some of this had to do with staying up later than usual -- after the second ep I felt my body sliding toward sleep but I stayed up for a third one, and it felt as though I'd missed my window. But some of it was probably just the adrenaline of the show.)

It's a phenomenal show. As soon as we finish it I want to go hunting for good essays about spoilers, sweetie )

Now it is Tuesday morning, the morning after a three-day weekend so I'm feeling already behind the ball somewhat, but that will pass. For now I have an iced coffee, and a baguette with cheddar cheese, and I walked my 25 minutes on the treadmill this morning, so life is good.


Sep. 2nd, 2014 04:12 am
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 Plague doctor costume, along with a savvy explanation of why it made some sense.
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Fandom - The Musketeers (BBC 2014)
Vid Title - The Inseparables
Song - Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Performed by - Lorde
Characters - Athos, Porthos, Aramis and d'Artagnan
Genre/Rating - gen, no pairings, rating PG-13
Spoilers/Warnings - all of season one - some flashes and explosions.

Summary - A young man travels to Paris seeking revenge, what he finds is not what he expected.

Download and Streams from YouTube and Vimeo available at my journal or AO3

Thank you, hope you enjoy.


Manhattan 1.6

Sep. 2nd, 2014 09:54 am
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[personal profile] selenak
In which your faithful reviewer is driven to google the WWII German nuclear weapon project, because some of the content of this episode made her say "hang on, that can't be right", but her memory of the dates of said project was vague.

Read more... )

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Sep. 1st, 2014 11:29 pm
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It was a very Cat Lady weekend. I showed my landlord and some of my roommates episodes of My Cat From Hell to let them know how not to pet and handle Emily. My landlord then latched on to cat furniture as his new way to procrastinate from plumbing the dishwasher. Which I have mixed feelings about--I like neat cat stuff, but I would like a working dishwasher.

Anyway, now he wants to make a cat castle using a concrete pour tube.

This weekend I also fitted the cat with soft nail caps, which she regarded as THE GREATEST BETRAYAL EVER PERPETRATED ON CATKIND, OH THE FELINITY. After that she was almost mild about and the new feeder maze, where she has to flick her kibble through different levels before it lands in the slow-feeding trough at the bottom. It addresses a few concerns I've had, since she gobbles her food like she'll never eat again and then shows signs of upset stomach half an hour later. This one leaves her with enough Fuck It that she walks away between mouthfuls, and I know for a fact that she left some food in the trough tonight when we went downstairs when usually her bowl is empty within ten minutes of food being poured.

Though tonight she's gone upstairs for once, after ages of always following me from room to room. I figure this is progress--she used to sleep on the shelf near my window, but last night she was up late making noise so I shut her out of my room, which she did not complain about; and tonight she came downstairs with me, then left her shelf after about half an hour and went back up. I may be codependent and go find her.

Tonight I also ended up dispensing cat advice on Tumblr, after ranting about my roommates' cat-insensitive ways.

Something made me think about and miss Bert this weekend, but I forget what.

Daily Happiness

Sep. 1st, 2014 11:00 pm
torachan: a chibi drawing of sawko, kazehaya, and maru from kimi ni todoke (sawako/kazehaya)
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1. Did a couple things I've been meaning to do and keep forgetting/putting off: order new jeans and set up and eye doctor appointment.

2. I'm still feeling completely overwhelmed at work with all the crap that needs to be done since the remodelling, but the storage area is definitely getting cleaned out little by little. And the big deliveries that usually come tomorrow won't come until Wednesday because of today being a holiday, so maybe I can catch up a little more tomorrow.

3. Speaking of today being a holiday, I did work today, so that means at some point I can take a day off in exchange for pay. Just have to find a time when I'm not super busy... (Ha!)

What Goes Around Comes Around

Sep. 2nd, 2014 04:23 am
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It's amusing to me seeing new Who fans being shocked, shocked, that the twelfth Doctor is so grumpy and can be so mean. They don't know what to make of this new direction, not realizing it's actually the original direction (and by that meaning not the ninth Doctor but the first).

I'm quite happy to have a break after so many years of boyish, "charming" whimsy. The way things were going previously, I was one of the people half-seriously worried that Twelfth would be an infant.

One Glitch

Sep. 1st, 2014 09:21 pm
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Forwarded message:
There should be one Glitch – one place that all glitchen come to in order to remember the place of the giants and to keep in touch with one another. Right now there are several sites of several types where this happens in different ways. The glitchen are dispersed. They miss what is going on in other places. Many sites do not have enough traffic to be lively and up-to-date. The glitchen drift away.

There should be one Glitch – but what form should it take? I think Slack is the answer. Details, explanation, and invite info inside. )
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[personal profile] kiki_miserychic asked: Is there a genre or style you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole?

Hmmm. There's definitely stuff I can't see myself vidding, but the cause would be content rather than genre/style -- for example, I am a total wimp about gore, and quite content to be so. I doubt I'll ever vid really cracky comedy, but it's not because I wouldn't, it's because I've never had that kind of vid idea. (But hey, I thought I'd never make an effects-heavy vid, either, and then I did, so what do I know.)

Though, okay, thinking about effects, there is a particular style of very effects-heavy vid that I will probably never make -- it's an aesthetic I see primarily though not exclusively in YouTube vids: heavily saturated color (sometimes combined with black and white or radically desaturated clips), blown-out contrast, lots of glow, lots of dissolves, lots of overlays and especially overlaid textures. I have seen some vids using this visual style that I like very much, so "wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole" isn't really the right description, but it's not a style I can imagine adopting for myself, partly because it feels like a language that I don't know how to speak (my well-established "How did you know to do that?" problem), but also because so much of my approach to vidding is grounded in getting out of the way and letting the clips and the music do the work. That used to be the only thing I knew how to do, but as I've expanded my skill set it's become more of a deliberate choice -- certainly not the only way of doing things, not even the only way that *I* do things, but the choice that feels right for the kinds of vids I usually make. I do have some ideas on tap that might have me diving back into AfterEffects, but I don't think I'd be using quite those types of effects or combining them in the ways I sometimes see them combined.

Full list of questions is here.

still going strong!

Sep. 1st, 2014 08:42 pm
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Today's entry in the domesticity meme is Sam/Steve, who steals the covers. :D

Still taking prompts on the main post! I have a 5-day streak and I'm starting to feel a lot less rusty when it comes to writing. Also, I'm a big, big fan of shorter fic, and this is giving me an excuse to write it. :)

I still need to get my AO3 account updated with all these ficlets, but we'll save that for another time...

Too Much TV

Sep. 1st, 2014 10:59 pm
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I'm blatently stealing and modify where necessary [livejournal.com profile] sam_gamgee's list. I DVR everything, so the actual time it gets watched varies alot.

Some shows still have question marks - Gotham Constantine & Flash - any thoughts on those?

Sun-Tues the DVR gets a workout. Sunday has some cable shows that are repeated, so good there. Tuesdays on the other hand have some irreconcilable issues at 9 pm. Of course I'm watching SHIELD - most improved show of last season going from last to first. In fact, SHIELD ultimately won my one and only "watch it live" slot in the schedule.

The pilot for the new NCIS show was WEAK, but I'll probably want to watch it anyway -NCIS:LA got some redeeming qualities after a while. And I'm one of the few people left on my reading list that's still watching Supernatural. I was never fannish about the show, but it was mostly nice to watch when I wasn't ranting about it being problematic. Now Mom looks forward to watching the boys too, so I don't want to stop watching it. The problem is that they're network shows and non-repeating cable shows. Decisions will have to be made.

schedule )

Moving along

Sep. 1st, 2014 11:03 pm
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Between finishing 26 early and the three days weekend, I was able to get a full 4pp done on 27. I also wrote out the rough for the second scene of the chapter, which should be another 3-6pp, and it's ready to go as soon as the writing battery pings back into green. Some familiar facing being brought back into the fic, after being offscreen since the early chapters. It's like, oh yeah, these guys exist! I should use them.

Also, summer made a surprise reappearance! Clearly the weather is trying to encourage me to focus on writing by making the outside work inhospitably hot and humid.


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