Dear FemslashEx Writer or Artist...

Aug. 16th, 2017 10:04 pm
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Full letter with prompts to come ASAP. The letter below is incomplete.

Dear FemslashEx Writer or Artist,

Thank you so much for writing for me! This is my first time doing FemslashEx, so I'm really excited.

(I only requested art for one fandom; however, if anyone is moved to do an art treat for me in any of them, I would absolutely love that.)

Loves, DNWs, and notes/prompts for my fandoms (Aliens, Carrie, Original Work, Star Trek: Classic Timeline, and X/1999 below cut). Read more... )

Fanvidding: A Navel-Gazing Post

Aug. 17th, 2017 12:29 am
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So at one point I said I was going to talk about vids? My vids? I've made two FYI - or maybe five depending on how you count them.

I made my first (four) vid(s) in 2009. I only made a second vid this year. There’s an eight year and some months gap in between those two data points. That's not because I haven't had ideas. My spotify "VIDDING" playlist is currently over two and a half hours long. I have another spotify playlist where I quarantined most of my Star Trek ideas. It's called "USS SHAME SPIRAL." I have an iTunes playlist for some songs that aren't available on spotify. Probably ~30% of these ideas are more or less immediately viable, where "immediately viable" means I'm still full steam ahead with the idea, I already have the skills and tech to make it, I've watched/read all my source, all I need to do is acquire everything in the right format, clip, and vid. I'm just clinically bad at being self-motivated.

So, I'm going to talk about what motivated me those two times I did actually vid and maybe it will unlock the secrets of brain.

Enter the Wu-Tang )

Desperado )

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Aug. 17th, 2017 12:48 am
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hi does someone want to explain why in #dreamwidth
(12:42:01 AM) AlexSeanchai left the room (quit: K-Lined).
because if I did something wrong someone needs to fucking inform me, and if something else is wrong (I notice rodgort got the same treatment one second sooner) then let me flag it up for y'all who #dreamwidth IRC

ETA: I'm back in
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Animal Brides in SFF Short Fiction post with links to several short stories by [personal profile] forestofglory.

All these stories are well-written and thought-provoking. I particularly liked the one by Ursula Vernon, which reminded me about her story Pocosin which I loved, and led me to find her whole book online Summer in Orcas. Highly recommended all around!

Just noticed there is a live Kickstarter for Summer in Orcas in case you love the online book and want one of your very own. I now have a paperback coming to me sometime, yay!

I also recently backed Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction / Uncanny Magazine and the bonus for backing this is I get emailed a bunch of great essays by people with disabilities about what SF means to them.

Reading Wednesday

Aug. 16th, 2017 11:33 pm
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Hello to everyone that I met at [community profile] tv_talk.

What are you currently reading?

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Well, I can add this to my mental list of classics that are more famous for their concepts then the actual writing. I like it well enough when the uneven tone doesn't make me want to pull my hair out? However, this is a dystopia that I could do without given current events. Good thing it's only 300 pages.

The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire by Susan P. Mattern

Interesting, for a biography of an antiquity era privileged white man. (Actually, I take the white part back. There were plenty of non-white people in high ranking positions in the Roman world. We just know that Galen was born in Greece.) Galen had an ego the size of the solar system. Also contains descriptions of the sanitary conditions in Rome that are as disturbing as they are fascinating.

What did you just finish reading?

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

This book further proves my point that the series hit its peak with A Storm of Swords. I mean, it was good, but could have been so much better if GRRM had used an editor. And what is it with his obsession with missing fingers? More to come if I ever make that giant post about ASOIAF.

What do you think you'll read next?

Definitely Anansi Boys. I also plan to continue Kushiel's Legacy. I regret giving away my copy of Kushiel's Dart, as I could use it for worldbuilding reference.

I've been itching to read a good urban fantasy novel...or epic fantasy...or sci-fi that isn't depressing. My kindle is full of such material. I've decided that I will quit buying books after my birthday in October, until I've read at least half of the content on my Kindle. Things have gotten ridiculous.

There's a job interview tomorrow morning that I'm trying and failing not to be pessimistic about.

I miss Persephone. Should probably stop saying that.

Last one, last step

Aug. 16th, 2017 10:26 pm
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Highlights of my day include:
  • leaving my lover in Atlanta while I am back in New Orleans for the summer.
  • having two of my knives stolen from my knife roll while it was checked baggage. (I fucking know, right?!)
  • saving myself some serious cash by switching from one insurance agency to another for my renters insurance.
  • figuring out how to get my fall grad school experience together after a really weird summer of...well, that deserves to be unpacked. But not now.

    But I'm home. My house isn't a disaster. My housemate is in good spirits and is not the Bro. I didn't spontaneously move to Atlanta. Everything will be okay. My Christmas tree might even recover from being unwatered for far too long.

    It's not all disaster and pain. Just some head-scratching weirdness.
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    Posted by Jeffrey Paul

    This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from August 16th (agendaSlack archive).

    Feedback on 4.9 goals

    • @johnbillion: as part of ongoing Security focus, planning on several user account security related changes, for example bringing some of the Multisite confirmation emails when you change your email address into single site
    • @flixos90: Multisite team is working on REST API endpoints for the multisite objects, like sites and networks, plus improvements to the users endpoint that make it compatible with multisite
    • @westonruter: just published 0.2.0 of the codemirror-wp plugin which adds an a11y option to the user profile screen to opt-out of syntax highlighting in the same way that a user can opt-out of the visual editor
    • @westonruter: feedback and help welcomed via the CodeMirror repo
    • @westonruter: Customizer drafting and scheduling (essentially porting the features from the Customize Snapshots plugin) is currently working through designs with @joshuawold, once that’s set this will move to implementation

    Component roadmaps

    • @desrosj: Multisite team using weekly meetings to re-organize the Network & Sites component’s roadmap to align with Core’s current focuses and the component’s short and long term goals
    • @desrosj: We propose using make.wordpress.org/core/roadmap/ as a location for components to house their roadmaps (multisite living at `make.wordpress.org/core/roadmap/multisite`) as roadmap posts on the Make/Core blog slowly get pushed away as new posts are published
    • @desrosj: The roadmap outline (brief descriptions of each item, a timeline, some tickets to focus on immediately) would live on these roadmap pages, and link out to make blog posts with specific details about each item.
    • Agreement to proceed with this with Multisite and assess how its working before pushing other components to do the same

    General announcements

    • @koenhuybrechts: looking for update on #17268
    • @mte90: looking for update on #12955
      • @drewapicture: concern with potential performance hit due to the sheer number of times it’s called on a given page load; will leave a comment on the ticket
    • @mte90: looking for an update on #13657
      • No one around related to the Database component, will continue to look for updates via the ticket
    • @mte90: looking for an update on #40542 as well as my other patches

    #4-9, #components, #core-customize, #core-multisite, #core-restapi, #dev-chat, #roadmaps, #security, #summary

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    What I Just Finished Reading

    Clariel – Garth Nix
    This is my second favorite Old Kingdom book after Sabriel. The worldbuilding and scene setting, especially in the early chapters, are phenomenal. Having said that, once the main character arrives in the capital city the book flits from one location, supporting cast, and setting to another, never really settling down into a single narrative. It's very slightly disappointing, like watching the pilots of multiple intriguing television series for which no future episodes were filmed. The narrative also falls into the “people traveling up and down the Ratterlin” trap that Nix has revisited in pretty much all of his YA novels since The Ragwitch. Overall, I enjoyed this one, but like the rest of the Old Kingdom offerings aside from Sabriel, I don't think I'll ever reread it.

    A Conspiracy of Kings – Megan Whalen Turner
    A wonderfully written book. I'm especially fond of the first third of the narrative, in which Sophos basically undergoes a Zen practice period. Like everything Turner writes, it's inventive, tightly plotted, and does not take the easy narrative way out. So good.

    Thick as Thieves – Megan Whalen Turner
    Page 2: Man, the Mede are an empire of snakes. I don't know how I feel about a book with them as main characters.
    Page 15: What a brilliantly realistic psychological portrayal of a man in Kamet's position.
    Page 16: MEGAN WHALEN TURNER, I SEE YOU AND I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO.

    But here's the thing: having correctly identified the big reveal 266 pages before the characters are clued in in no way diminished the ride. And jesus, what a good ride it was. This is my favorite next to The Thief, hands down. Just. The characterisation. The plotting. The worldbuilding. The pleasure of watching these characters figure things out (and the terror of watching them run headlong into danger because they don't know). So good. So good. This is one of those novels that makes it hard to even consider reading something else once you've turned the last page. So good.


    What I Am Currently Reading

    The Castle of Llyr – Lloyd Alexander
    These books were just so much bigger when I read them as a child, but coming back to them now I still maintain that sense of expansiveness and discovery and wonder.

    The Waste Land – T.S. Eliot
    I love this poem.

    The Bedlam Stacks – Natasha Pulley
    Page 19: This thing with the statue is wonderfully creepy.
    Page 25: Really creepy.
    Page 36: Okay, I need to stop reading this at night.
    Page 75: Holy. Shit.
    Page 85: NATASHA PULLEY, I SEE YOU AND I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO. The statue. Merrick's mother. Raphael's attitude. But I have a feeling that having figured this out will in no way diminish the ride. Consider me hooked.

    The King of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner
    I seem to be reading the books in reverse chronological order now, just so I can enjoy them all again knowing even more about how things will unfold in the futue. And just, yeah. Costis.


    What I'm Reading Next
    Probably the rest of the Prydain Chronicles. The one-two punch of awesome that is Turner and Alexander is giving me a yen to revisit Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence.

    これで以上です。

    What I'm reading Wednesday, 8/16/17

    Aug. 16th, 2017 08:38 pm
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    [personal profile] dira
    Books: Currently in the middle of Abroad by Liz Jacobs, Who Is One Of Us, and about to start reading... one of the two books I still have checked out from the library about the Chicago River and what its deal is.

    Books finished: I just finished rereading Persuasion and IT CONTINUES TO BE THE BEST OF THE TWO JANE AUSTEN NOVELS I HAVE EVER ACTUALLY READ.

    To the surprise of no one, I did in fact mentally work out the AU where Bitty is Anne, and then [personal profile] staranise lured me into joining her contemplation of the AU where JACK is Anne and in conclusion I am definitely not writing any Persuasion AUs ever.

    ...Because I am totally onto "what if Jack hadn't gotten an NCAA waiver to play at Samwell after playing in the QMJHL" AUs now.

    Ahem. Where was I. READING THINGS, RIGHT.

    Fic: Still 15 WIPs bookmarked! [archiveofourown.org profile] maculategiraffe's Fallout 4 series updated today and IT IS GREAT AND MIGHT EAT YOUR LIFE!! I've managed to get my Marked for Later list on AO3 down to... 99! Although my "To reread" bookmark tag is up to 39.

    Fic finished:

    (A sampling of stuff I’ve bookmarked recently--you can see all my bookmarks at http://archiveofourown.org/users/dsudis/bookmarks)

    the black lake by alcibiades (Bucky/Steve, T, 9k) Ohhh boy I hadn't had my heart shredded by a recovering!Bucky story in a while, so this was. OH BUCKY HONEY. PLEASE KEEP GETTING BETTER.

    In So Many Words by alocalband (Nursey/Dex, M, 17k) In which Nurse writes stories that... all... seem... to be... the same... story. And they're all about him and Dex even when they're NOT ABOUT HIM AND DEX. <3

    Short Circuit by Chiyume (Bucky/Steve, E, 20k) Bucky's arm gets damaged and starts giving him an... unusual... variety of sensory feedback every time it's touched. Which would be a lot easier for him to explain to Steve if he and Steve weren't both firmly convinced that the other isn't interested in him like that. (I would love about a million more stories about Bucky's arm getting cross-wired like this, but this one was definitely A GREAT START. :D)

    You Make Me Look Legitimate. by Lanna Michaels (Bitty/Jack, G, 3k) LANNA WROTE FIC FOR MEEEEE ABOUT BITTY GOING TO THE 2018 OLYMPICS AND IT IS ADORABLE AND GREAT!!! <3 <3 <3

    I did not get even 7 hours of sleep.

    Aug. 16th, 2017 10:03 pm
    archangelbeth: Bleary-eyed young woman peers up, pillow obscuring the lower half of her face. Text reads: SO not a morning person. (So Not A Morning Person)
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    Kid didn't do well either, with a nuclear nightmare. *growling* Their dad got up and stayed with them for that, though, which was good, as I got to bed sometime around 4:30 in the morning.

    Then, before noon, we got TWO gods-blighted illegal telemarketer scam robocalls, and then I was awake. *growls more*

    But today was long drive day, and kid and otherparent went while I stayed home.

    Look what I managed to get up! https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/742848
    ...tomorrow, hopefully, I will have enough brain to fix all the errors that got through. >_>

    Havva Quote
    arcangel | Spouse: Percy, stop trying to plug your nose into the USB-c port.

    Havva Quote
    O••••• says, “Getting severely sleepy here.”
    K_______ says, “Yeah”
    w~~~~~~~ says, “Take a close look around for sneaky hypnotists?”
    O••••• says, “It could be the fact that I fell asleep late and had to get up at 6 am :)”
    w~~~~~~~ says, “Bah, that would be too much of the sensible explanation.”
    K_______ says, “Around here, it's because the clouds are coming in and it's getting dark”
    O••••• says, “There is someone outside the office playing the accordion. It feels a bit absurd to discuss deeply technical issues with background music.”


    INwatch+Bookwatch )

    Dragons under fold )

    Sleepwalker @_@

    Aug. 16th, 2017 10:01 pm
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    [personal profile] elanya
    Today work was still busy but I had a harder time concentrating, pleh.

    Tonight, my BiL passed out on the floor downstairs after bringing the kids home from camp. Apparently he told the kids his stomach hurt, but I think this is all a result of making Poor Sleep Decisions. He'd gone upstairs to lie down in bed by the time I got home, though I think he went there pretty directly and didn't actually have dinner or anything. Longpig and I took over the kids' bedtime routine, but he "woke up" part way through me giving them a bath, and when I say woke up I mean not at all. He came in to the bathroom holding one of their stuffed animals, and stepped directly in the bath, still fully clothed. I told him to go take off his wet pants and go back to bed, and he seemingly complied? It was kind of like when you are playing a game with someone and they do exactly what you tell them and no more no less, so I had to be very precise or else I think he would have just laid down on the bathroom floor when I first told him to just go back to sleep :p

    Later he came out again when I was trying to find the new bottle of mouthwash for the kids. He had brought out a box of goodnights, probably because he thought they would be needed? (They weren't, afaik), and I just asked him, not realizing he was still/again sleepwalking. At first he passed me a different bottle of mouthwash, and I thought he was being glib, but at one point he actually spoke and then I realized that no, definitely still sleepwalking. He did find the mouthwash though! It was under the sink. And then he went back to bed where he has so far stayed put. So weird. I wonder if he will remember any of this tomorrow.... I'm betting no.

    He does have a history of this though, and especially when sleep deprived. Longpig's response when I told her this later was "Okay, now imagine him doing that only he is carrying your baby." eep! But I know that happened, too. He got up to check a crying kid but was not actually awake at all, and she had to get him to hand over the baby (I forget which one). That wold have been concerning. This at least was mostly just bizarre and bemusing.

    I have also been making poor sleep choices, so I am going to head to bed after I throw together my larp gear.

    The Panel Not Taken

    Aug. 16th, 2017 08:51 pm
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    Originally published at Novel Gazing Redux. You can comment here or there.

    One of my friends was recently talking in Slack about his role as a moderator at a Worldcon panel, and one of the things people agreed was a moderator’s role was keeping the panelists on topic.

    And I wanted to put a word in for the times when that doesn’t happen.

    The times when you have all sorts of keen ideas–either as a moderator or a panelist–about what this panel will be, and you get up on the panel, and it’s interesting, and it’s active, and it’s going places, people are engaged, discussion flows freely…and the places it’s going are not where you thought. Sometimes really not where you thought. And you have to use good judgment, because when you have a panelist who has already been bloviating for five minutes about book five of their own fabulous off-topic series and takes a breath to start in on book six, it’s time to jump right on in and get that panel back on track.

    But when you’re having a really good discussion among lots of people, and it just doesn’t happen to be the good discussion you thought you were going to be having? Square your shoulders, take a deep breath, and wave goodbye to the panel not taken.

    It might have been a beautiful panel. A lovely panel, an insightful panel. It might have been such an important panel that you can propose it again under a different name. (Or y’know, the same name. Sometimes audience members notice that there is more–or something in the first place–to be said.) But it is not the panel you are having right now. And taking a panel that is full of inspiration and ideas and energy and turning it into a panel that has been stopped in its tracks and wrenched around is not a success condition. It’s just not.

    I was on a panel at Readercon where Maria Dahvana Headley was the moderator, and she asked the panelists a question, a good question, an insightful question, a question that might have taken us interesting places. And Max Gladstone said, “I’ve been reading about hyperobjects.” I think I blurted out something encouraging like, “Good!” so this is also on me. (I have been known to encourage Max. Maria has been known to encourage Max. Random passersby…well. You get the idea.) And then Max kept talking about hyperobjects, and it was interesting, and everyone in the room was interested, and…I caught Maria’s eye…and we could both see her question disappearing over the horizon. We traded little smiles as we saw it go. Goodbye, little question, goodbye! Because then we went from Max’s hyperobjects to whatever else that made the other panelists think of and then whatever questions the audience had and then the audience still had questions but the panel was over…and it was fun and everybody was talking after with thinky thoughts…and saying, “Stop, Max, stop! do not talk about this interesting thing! Talk about the other interesting thing!” would have made everybody feel stifled and weird and the total number of interesting things talked about would almost certainly have been fewer.

    Sometimes there is still time to say, “Wow, cool, that was really interesting, but I wanted to get back to this idea Maria had twenty minutes ago/the panel description/that question Beth asked that I don’t think we fully answered/whatever.” But often there really, really isn’t, and that’s okay.

    And this is true in less formal conversation, too. Extremely often I come home from my monthly lunch with one friend, I think, we didn’t even get to this bit, I forgot to tell him that–or I’ll be driving him back to his office and trying to quick hit the highlights of major life areas the leisurely lunch conversation missed. The Minnesota Long Goodbye is legendary in these parts, possibly because of this, possibly because it just takes us a long time to put on winter gear and you might as well catch up on how auntie is doing in the meantime, but possibly because there are always going to be The Conversations Not Taken, and oh crud now that you’re leaving it occurs to me what they were.

    I think we all know about not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good, and that’s relevant here, but there’s also not letting the good be the enemy of the other quite good. And you can tell yourself you’re not aiming at the perfect panel, you’re just aiming at the on-topic one, and that’s all very well, but writers and fans and sometimes editors and agents and artists being what they are…goodbye, panel that might have been, farewell, you were interesting, on to the panel that is and how it can be its best self.

    Artist Training Grounds VII, Day 18

    Aug. 16th, 2017 09:45 pm
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    day_before_the_deadline_by_mao_ookaneko
    Source: https://mao-ookaneko.deviantart.com/art/EQD-ATG-18-Day-before-the-Deadline-699186710 [23]

    I think the Day Eighteen prompt pretty much describes what most of the participants are going through this month: "Draw a pony running late / Draw a pony racing the clock". Beat the clock and run on over to this submission form, you will share the podium with over a hundred entries over here.

    Mind that deadline. It's midnight Mountain Standard Time, which is 3 AM Eastern Daylight Savings Time and 8 AM UTC. There's usually an extension on top of that, somewhere around three hours.

    Dear Femslash Creator,

    Aug. 16th, 2017 09:45 pm
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    Just to note: my requests include Critical Role, Doctor Who, Dragon Age, Hunger Games, Mass Effect, and Crossovers.

    First of all, relax! I'm far from being picky, and I can pretty much guarantee that I'll love whatever you decide to draw or write for me. These are nothing but guidelines, for you to take to heart or ignore to your heart's content. Also, hey! You're drawing and/or writing me femslash! What's not to love? ♥

    That said, I thought that I'd elaborate a bit on my requests in case, like me, you're the type of person who likes to have something to work with. Feel free to use and/or ignore as much of this as you want. I've tried to include a mix of vague prompts as well as more detailed ones, to hopefully make things as helpful as possible whether you're drawing art or writing fic.

    More details under the cut. )

    Requests under the cut. )

    Wednesday Reading

    Aug. 16th, 2017 09:16 pm
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    Quick, quick, quick, 'cause I'm so far behind on commitments that it's really unfunny.

    I brought along a virtual stack of stuff (mostly in my Kindle) on our vacation last week. I didn't get to a lot of it, but:

    The Harbors of the Sun is the conclusion to Martha Wells' Books of the Raksura, and I'm really sad to leave her dragon/bee shapeshifters behind. I have to agree with [personal profile] muccamukk that the Pearl-Malachite show alone was worth the price of admission, and that "Everyone got something to do [and] we met all kinds of old friends again." I'm not sure that I believed in the Evil McGuffin, and I'll need to re-read the story to truly understand what happened to it, but I appreciated the effect that the incident had on Jade and therefore on Moon. And Wells didn't kill off Stone, which is something that I had somehow convinced myself would happen. *sighs with relief*

    Monstress vol. 2 (Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda) continues the story of Maika Halfwolf, a very Liu antiheroine (I first encountered Liu through her Hunter Kiss series). A lot of the action takes place aboard a ship, and I enjoyed that a lot. The captain is a total badass. My heart is constantly in my throat with regard to Maika's Morality Pet, the adorable little foxgirl Kippa, but Liu does sometimes let the innocent survive her harrowing tales, so maybe Kippa is *not* marked for a dire end. I'm not sure what I think of the Power Maika is hosting, though.

    I'm now reading Yoon Ha Lee's Raven Strategem. I'm enjoying the new characters and Lee's sly humor, but I miss Cheris right now.

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