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SPIKE: Don't I get a cookie?

BUFFY: No.

SPIKE: Well, I gotta have something. I still have Buffy taste in my mouth.

BUFFY: You're a pig, Spike.

SPIKE: Yeah, well I'm not the one who wanted "Wind Beneath My Wings" for the first dance.

(He says it loud enough for Giles, Anya, and Xander to hear. They all turn to stare at Buffy from the living room. She looks at all of them)

BUFFY: (defensively) That was the spell.

(She's clearly lying. Willow scowls at Spike and shoves a cookie in his mouth.)

~~Something Blue~~



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    (Shorter than usual because I was away all weekend; I have a cold; and a soccer board meeting in an hour. I’ll catch up next weekend.)

    In ‘Dublin Fringe reviews: Fan Fiction Comedy and Finem Respice’ for Irish Times, Sara Keating misinformed readers Harry Potter is a particularly fertile source of fan fiction: there are more than 748,000 spin-off tales on fanfiction.com, the central compilation site.

    From Daniel Megarry in Gay Times: Gay boyband fan fiction explored in new series Truth Slash Fiction.

    For The New Yorker, Evan Osnos observed that [a Trump] victory is no longer the stuff of dark comedy or fan fiction. And, for The Guardian, Lindy West wrote we have to start acknowledging that even if we scrubbed Trump from this universe altogether (buy my fan fiction!), Clinton would still be an excellent one.

    In a Cursed Child review for The Hoya (Georgetown), Paolo B. Santamaria wrote That this work now exists as fact in the beloved world of Hogwarts is not only disappointing, but also feels like an attempt to cash in on fan-fiction. And, for the Yeshiva University Commentator, Benjamin Koslowe opined Any consumer of fiction appreciates the convention of canonicity. The “official” works of a storyline. A “fictional universe.” The “real stuff” as opposed to “fan fiction.” While it is difficult to determine an objective standard for canonicity, the most basic element is usually assumed to be a consistent author (or producer/director for a movie).

    For The New York Times, E. A. Hanks wrote The “[Fear the Walking] Dead” universe (or really, any genre universe) is littered with female characters who get nothing but the audience’s ire. Memes are dedicated to how these women are the worst. Fan fiction in which these characters are killed off with relieved glee flourishes.

    Finally, from Ben East in The National: By common consensus, Jack Falahee has the world at his feet. One of the young stars of the stylish OSN First HD drama How to Get Away With Murder – yet another drama from the Shonda Rhimes television hit factory that includes Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and The Catch – the 27 year-old American has struck such a chord with his ­depiction of ruthless but alluring law ­student Connor Walsh, there is even fan fiction delving deeper into his story.

    First miss

    Sep. 26th, 2016 06:27 pm
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    Sunday, yesterday, I didn't do any journaling. I didn't forget; my coaching reminder went off as normal and I knew what I was going to write about. But I didn't write about it while I was traveling home because I was tired. When I got home, I worked on doing stuff from my to do list. And I felt like I had written and posted to my journal, even though it turned out I actually didn't.

    I felt bad about it, because I'd gone more than two weeks hitting every day, even when I was the most sick. But I guess I'll live and just try to pay more attention going forward.

    BTW, I was going to tell you guys to go see Magnificent Seven. It was, in many ways, the movie Suicide Squad should have been. And in other ways, it was like a dustier, less elegant, more violent Ocean's 11. And it was like the best sort of exploitation movie, where all of the characters are the most awesome version of the stereotype they are. It's a drunk Irishman, a mysterious Asian guy, a smooth talking Mexican, and a taciturn Indian, but in a way where they were cool and I enjoyed it instead of being mad about it; sort of like Tarantino, but less visible effort.

    Also, something I greatly enjoyed about the ending MASSIVE SPOILERS )
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    I think the ideal regular social event would be a combination knitting circle and Dungeons and Dragons (actually I've read some random stuff on the topic and think it should actually be Pathfinder, but I have no direct experience of either).

    My sister agrees, but Dallas to southwest Finland is just too much distance to manage that. I mean, there's videochat tabletop gaming, but the 8-hour time difference would be murder.

    We both don't actually know how to play D&D and have never played even though our dad was a DM when he was in high school and college. Honestly, I feel betrayed that he never taught us in person.

    My sister and I agreed that the best way to set up something like this would be to find a local knitting group and then canvas it for people who could be converted to the idea, but that depends on someone else in the group knowing how to play and being happy to teach you. If the person who wanted to organize it knows how to play, it would kind of remove the difficulty.

    My sister is way ahead of me here because she has actually attended local knitting circles multiple times in her life - I don't think she has one now, but she used to go to one in Louisiana. I've been talking about wanting to go to one, but been too socially anxious, since before she was inspired by my example to teach herself to knit. 😕 Of course, language and culture issues add to my social anxiety and even if they didn't raise the initial bar to Just Doing It to insurmountability, socializing in Finnish as I would then have to do would be both mentally and emotionally tiring, much more so than just doing social things that make me anxious in general. Of course, conversing regularly in Finnish would be mentally tiring because my Finnish isn't fluent, so logically the practice would be good for me, but that doesn't make it less daunting.

    let's get together and feel all right

    Sep. 26th, 2016 10:40 am
    musesfool: darth vader saying "He said what about his sister? Gross." (he said what about his sister?)
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    Personally, I will not be watching the debate tonight. I don't need to feel any more anxious and nauseated about this election than I already do. I'll watch the Mets and feel uncomfortable about not wanting them to lose despite feeling like the Marlins should win after Jose Fernandez's tragic death. I just can't get over how young he was, and how much he'd already been through, and how much of his life was still ahead of him. I mean, Arnold Palmer was 87! At a certain point, it's sad, but you're like, he lived a great life, it's time to go.

    also, L. has her first chemo treatment today, and I feel so helpless. *hands*

    2016 can go suck an egg.

    *

    Star Wars Rebels
    spoilers )

    Speaking of Star Wars, I posted a story yesterday:

    Just a Little Bit of History Repeating (@ AO3)
    Star Wars; Darth Vader & Princess Leia; AU; g; 3,735 words
    "I'm in charge of security, Your Highness," Vader said, haughty and automatic, and had to shove away a sudden onslaught of memories. It was this building, he thought, and the presence of a small brunette senator with a smart mouth. That was all.

    As I said in the note when I posted, there's a ton of these Luke & Vader get stranded and have to work together and bond etc. stories, and I love them, but I'm always like, but what about Leia??? And the truth is, you can't really have that kind of story within the OT timeline with Leia, because torture and Alderaan etc. So I set this before that, when she's still new in the Senate, and giving Vader a strong sense of deja vu all over again.

    As the author *snerk* I can say that it was indeed the Emperor pulling the strings behind the scenes, for his own amusement, and in order to poke Vader in his sore spots and see what would happen; he didn't know about Leia's parentage, but he did pick up on the resemblance to Padme. What he didn't see was how he just orchestrated his own destruction, several years ahead of schedule.

    (I guess this is where I confess that my super secret shameful Star Wars...secret is wanting some super dirty bad and wrong time travel Anakin/Leia that I will never ever write [because logistics of time travel make my head hurt] where they don't know! Anakin's like, she's cute and feisty and he figures he needs some experience before he meets Padme again! And Leia's like, I have no time for boys but he's cute and I'm never going to see him again [in my head he comes forward in time and Leia's at some kind of retreat for up-and-coming legislators? and they're both about 16, and they don't even use their real names! it's all very green worldy] so why not get it out of the way? But you as the reader are completely horrified at every turn! *facepalm*

    Gosh, I can't believe I'm not deleting this, but eh, maybe I have finally given up on shame. Let the shunning begin.)


    ANYWAY. I had this idea on Saturday and dinked around with writing it, but then I couldn't sleep so I was up early on Sunday morning and 3000 words later, there was a story. Originally they were going to be somewhere else, but I thought, no, it has to be Tatooine, for symmetry, but also because out in the Jundland Wastes, Obi-Wan is waking up in a cold sweat and has no idea why. If I do write a sequel, it will probably start with that. *snerk*

    Speaking of whom, I have this other wip and Obi-Wan, who was previously Sir Not Appearing in This Story, has suddenly shown up and I'm like, 1. you are not supposed to be here and 2. I still have no real grasp on how to write you! at least it's not in his POV. I was going to delete and retrench, but then banter started happening and I am powerless to resist. Sigh. I guess we'll see if he sticks around.

    Writing is hard!

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    Voices

    Sep. 26th, 2016 12:17 pm
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    “What are you doing out here?” I’d heard the door. I didn’t have to open my eyes to know it was her. I was laying on my back on the front walk, letting the cold from the stones seep through my flannel shirt and my skin and my subcutaneous fat, and settle in the space in my chest.

    Moping, I didn’t answer. Sinking into the earth, and failing even at that. “Thinking.”

    “It’s cold.”

    “It is?” It was an honest question; I hadn’t really felt it. Autumn was coming on slow, but it was coming.

    I felt tiny hands on face. “Wake up, Daddy. Bye, Daddy.”

    “Bye?” I opened my eyes and my daughter was right there, bent over my face and giggling.

    “She wanted to go to the park,” my spouse explained. “I thought maybe you could get some writing done.”

    I sat up like a glacier retreating. “Thanks.”

    “Do you have something to work on?”

    “I’m open to suggestion,” I sighed more than answered, and she gave me a peck on the cheek.

    “You’ll think of something,” she insisted, confident. “Remember the conversation we had earlier?” Then she and the baby were gone, and the house rang with her silence.

    I turned the earlier conversation over in my head and wondered what I had to add. Sure enough, my thoughts sorted themselves like salt through a shaker and I hurriedly began to type.

    The post Voices appeared first on Jack of Many Trades.

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    New job, new wardrobe

    Sep. 25th, 2016 06:51 pm
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    I went for an interview on Friday and am now the happy owner of a brand new job (once I've resigned and worked my notice at the current one - which could be anything up to 2 months).

    My current job is working in a college with young people and I mostly wear shirts, trousers and sweaters.  I don't like to be too formal, as it tends to freak out the kids and I visit some fairly rough and ready places.  On Wednesday I was trekking across a farm yard.

    My new job is at the local council and although I don't think most of the staff dress particularly formally, I thought that it would be nice to get some slightly more "grown up" work clothes.  I had a new navy suit in the summer and I have a grey one that I've only worn for a handful of occasions in the last couple of years.  So yesterday I bought some more trousers to go with the latest suit and ordered new jacket and trousers in black.

    Today I have been organising the clothes in my wardrobes to make them all more accessible.  I've been doing bouts of 20 minutes or so of organising plus processing laundry in between episodes of Agents of SHIELD.  I've now got all my new work clothes in one place and shifted a couple of sweater hangers into the other wardrobe.  This frees up the shoe rack, so I've put all my shoes away.  I've hung up all the shirts that normally hang off the back of the doors. 

    Still to do - fold All the t-shirts, sort out the heap of sweaters, cook dinner.

    Bring on Agent Coulson!
    musesfool: Princess Leia (so what level up)
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    Just a Little Bit of History Repeating
    Star Wars; Darth Vader & Princess Leia; AU; g; 3,735 words
    "I'm in charge of security, Your Highness," Vader said, haughty and automatic, and had to shove away a sudden onslaught of memories. It was this building, he thought, and the presence of a small brunette senator with a smart mouth. That was all.

    Title & cut text from the Propellerheads. You know all those stories where Luke and Vader get stranded and have to work together and family revelations happen? This is like that except with Leia.

    Or read it at AO3.

    They say the next big thing is here, / That the revolution's near, / But to me it seems quite clear / That's it's all just a little bit of history repeating. )

    ~*~

    Feedback is adored.

    ~*~

    Adventures in Jewish leadership

    Sep. 25th, 2016 04:18 pm
    liv: In English: My fandom is text obsessed / In Hebrew: These are the words (words)
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    Over the course of this weekend:
    • A young Russian Orthodox man told me I was a beautiful mother and he wished that I could be blessed with many children if I didn't have them already. At this point, all he knew about me was that I am female, and I had just led an impromptu ten minute discussion on the opening saying from Ch 2 of Pirke Avot, the section of the Mishnah on ancestral ethics.
    • An elderly Catholic man asked me to show him all the key parts of the synagogue's architecture and furnishings so that he could see what was similar to his church. I was a little reluctant since the reason we were in synagogue was for a memorial service and it didn't seem quite the moment for touristing, but he didn't actually ask in the middle of prayers and the regulars said it was ok to give him the tour.
    • A secular woman decided that since I know how to say all the "special words in Hebrew" I should also make the decision about whether it's ok to cut corners in making tea for large numbers.
    • A middle-aged Jewish widow gave me a huge bouquet of roses to thank me for leading the prayers for her late husband's stone-setting.
    So, um, I definitely feel appreciated, even if some expressions of appreciation are more welcome than others...
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    SPIKE: We ... we kissed, you and me. All Gone With The Wind, with the rising music, and the rising ... music, and what was that, Buffy?
    BUFFY: A spell?
    SPIKE: Oh, don't get all prim and proper with me.
    ~~Tabula Rasa~~

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    Creating Traditions

    Sep. 25th, 2016 11:58 am
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    We hadn’t actually made plans for Mabon.

    In and of itself, fall equinox isn’t a big holiday for either of us. However, the fiber show that falls on this weekend is one we’ve attended every year since we first moved up here. It was the very first one we attended together, in fact.

    To the toddler, we extolled the virtues of looking at sheep, at rabbits, at llamas. She enjoyed the livestock at an earlier event this summer, and was looking forward to it. The rabbits ended up being a hard sell, but she loved the sheep and the llamas.

    Coming out of the livestock barn, I spotted a gentleman working on something in one of the booths. I pointed him out to my wife, and when we got there they wanted to look in. The booth was full of handmade brooms, and as we walked by he completed one.

    My spouse already has a ritual broom, and I asked if they needed a new one.

    They didn’t, but we both noticed that the baby was quite taken with the brooms. My spouse noticed that there were a number of half-size brooms likned up, so they asked the baby which she liked.

    The baby tried two or three before settling on the next one almost from the moment it was in her hands. She eagerly swept at the surface of the grass as I paid, and then carried the broom herself for quite a while, sweeping or twirling it in her hands.

    I think the best traditions and holidays tend to arise organically. This was already a tradition, and adding a first broom only adds to it. The baby has a ritual tool she can grow into. And this holiday will be a little more special going forward.

    The post Creating Traditions appeared first on Jack of Many Trades.

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    It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post, and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have ONE volunteer reccer who signed up for October with this fandom:

    * Tolkien ([personal profile] turlough)

    So while we already have some recs to look forward to in October, it would of course be awesome if we had more recs. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.

    Looking even further ahead so far NO reccers have volunteered for November, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for October, November or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.

    Open Rec Posting

    The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of September. If you are looking for something to inspire you, the prompt for this week is "space opera", but that's totally optional for the recs. However they do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

    (Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)
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    Fandom: American Gods
    Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Shadow, Wednesday, Chernobog, Mr Nancy, Horus, Bast, various other characters
    Content Notes/Warnings: none
    Medium: digital art
    Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
    Artist Website/Gallery: snowapples on DA
    Why this piece is awesome: This a brilliant illustration of the book done for an art school final project. It's probably the closest version of Shadow to my head-canon, and I love the style and the coloring and shading. Really breathtaking work. 
    Link: American Gods project and The same folder with slightly different works on DA

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