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Oct. 18th, 2017 03:08 pm
tielan: (24 - Renee2)
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Curious question: do they teach 'show don't tell' anymore?

I seem to be reading a disproportionate number of stories lately where I've been told everything that's going on, using a character's headspace and thoughts, rather than being shown it in a character's interaction with other people and the universe around her. And it kind of makes me want to rewrite the story to be better...

--

I have eaten an awful lot in the last week, thanks to Sydney's Night Noodle Markets, which is full of amazing Asian-esque food.

Granted, I went with a couple of friends on Monday, and am going again with a couple more friends on Thursday, and I went and bought some last night (taking it home in a takeaway container)

a list of foods )

I went for a walk, but the wind proved problematic for my skirts, so I ended up taking the elevator to the floor six below the one I work on (also owned by the client) and walking up. It was a good walk; I must do that more often...for the seven days that I have left working here.

Dear Author: Marvel Is Marvel

Oct. 18th, 2017 08:46 am
tielan: (AVG - agents)
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Dear author,

PLEASE NOTE: MY SIGN-UP ON AO3 LOOKS ENTIRELY DIFFERENT TO THIS LETTER, BECAUSE THE TAGSET DOESN'T SEEM TO OFFER THE THINGS THAT I WANT; IF THIS STATE OF TAGSET AFFAIRS CONTINUES, I WILL NOT BE PARTICIPATING.

IF THINGS ARE FIXED, THEN I'LL ADJUST THE SIGN-UP ACCORDINGLY.


Welcome to my Dear Author letter for [community profile] marvelismarvel, wherein I try to give you a snapshot of the kind of stuff I like, and which you are welcome to take as gospel (although I don’t recommend it), consider as guidelines (rather than rules), or simply read as an exercise in curiosity (entirely acceptable).

Do Not Wants:
  • non-con, dubcon
  • fridged women
  • in sex: wet, messy, dirty, bodily fluids, guro
  • pairings I haven’t asked for (even in the background)
  • men dominating the narrative
  • unhappy/depressing endings


Likes:
  • female-driven narratives
  • non stereotypically-feminine female characters
  • action, dialogue, conversation, crisis/conflict, resolution
  • show, don’t tell
  • friendships/romances that are respectful of difference


letter in progress )

All these ideas are, ultimately, optional. If they speak to you, then well and good. If they don’t speak to you, then go with the fandom, character, and relationships that we matched on, and it’ll be fine!

Thanks.
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siria: (avengers - run steve run)
[personal profile] siria
The [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico auction is now live, and you can find the thread for the fic I'm offering over here:

I am offering:
Quantity: 1 fic of at least 5,000 words
Minimum bid: $30

What fandoms I create for: MCU (especially stories centering on Peggy, Steve, Natasha, or Sam); Wonder Woman (movie); Star Wars
Would love to do: I'm fine with gen, het, slash, and femmeslash, anywhere from gen to explicit. I like writing romcom, character studies, and/or stories that incorporate history in some way.
Will not do: Rape/non-con/dub-con, incest, a/b/o, hard kink; Steve/Tony or Steve/Bucky

Additional Info: My work schedule is pretty punishing right now, so it might take me a little while to finish the fic. However, I've never defaulted on a charity auction fic in the past.
How I can be contacted: Message me on DW, or email me: anassa [at] gmail [dot] com.


The auction will continue until 6pm EST, Monday October 23rd.

Dark Matter 3x10

Oct. 17th, 2017 07:14 am
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
[personal profile] sholio
I was reasonably okay with the show being cancelled until we started to get into the last few episodes of season three. And now it's killing me. AAAAAUUUUGHHH.

Spoilers are making unwise life choices like usual )

Dark Matter 3x08 and 3x09

Oct. 15th, 2017 08:41 pm
sholio: Text: "Age shall not weary her, nor custom stale her infinite squee" (Infinite Squee)
[personal profile] sholio
I need to catch up on comments (I did forget what a timesink comment-answering on DW can be), but we watched 3x08 and 3x09 tonight! Only 4 more episodes, noooo ...

Spoilers are doing unwise things with experimental technology )

Direct Benefit

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:12 am
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
[personal profile] tielan
Now, I don't know how the people reading this feel about direct cash transfers to those in need, but in the wake of Harvey, Give Directly will be running a small operation in Texas.

Blog Post at Give Directly

I realise that we're more comfortable generally with donating to relief organisations, but, frankly, sometimes it's more direct to hand over the money and let people work out what their priorities are instead of making them jump to the requirements of relief organisations.

(For those of you who object to religious charity - a.k.a. giving that asks for someone to fit religious requirements or to listen to a talk in exchange for food; direct giving also bypasses such hoops.

For those of you who object to 'enabling the poor to by beer and prostitutes', this post is not for you, carry on.)

Is it still a handout? Yes. But it's one that's intended to give people the chance to work out what they need, rather than presuming comfortable, middle-upper class know what they and their families need, or elongating the chain of 'is this something that we think they really need?' Does it rely on good supply chains that then provide the things which people need? Yes. But America has those supply chains and enough people to make it reasonably worthwhile to maintain them.

Could be interesting. Also in the execution of it, how many non-white families get the direct cash transfer as compared to white ones.

Well, that's a bummer,,,

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:22 am
tielan: (SGA - what?)
[personal profile] tielan
Client I'm working at had a bad financial year - no rain out in the fields, budgets slashed. Come November, there won't be space in the budget at this client for me. Several people are being put on part time, but they're employees of the contracting company so they get priority.

the good, the bad, and the ugly )

In other news, my chooks (Aussie slang for "chickens" for all you sad cases living beyond our borders) are arriving in the next week! (After hearing nothing from the company for far, far too long.) Hopefully just in time to keep the fruit flies down...
sholio: Text: "Age shall not weary her, nor custom stale her infinite squee" (Infinite Squee)
[personal profile] sholio
So the comments to the previous pimping/recruiting post are getting steadily more spoilery, and even as a spoilerphobe myself, I'm basically THE WORST at not talking about spoilers with people I'm trying to recruit into a thing (I told [personal profile] rachelmanija something about the show in email last night that I really wish I'd kept my mouth shut about), so let's do a post for ALL THE SPOILERS.

... well. Some of the spoilers. The thing is, I haven't seen past 3x07 yet - the Six-focused one. I've slowed way down on my watching speed because the last few episodes of season three are ALL WE'LL EVER HAVE *cries* and I want to make it last. So I would really like to remain unspoiled as possible. Under the cut are the things I particularly want to be unspoiled about (cut because the questions themselves are spoilers for season three):

Spoilers start here )

So yeah, bring out your spoilers. :D

(no subject)

Oct. 15th, 2017 10:51 pm
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Last day of holidays (vacation). I feel like I've either done nothing or packed a lot into the last week. Sometimes I feel like I've done both nothing at all and packed a lot into the last week.

Crossovering is live, my stories are in there, neither are particularly good, nor particularly popular.

For the rest of the year, the exchange plan is:
Trick or Treat
Marvel Is Marvel
Holly Poly
Yuletide

If someone else runs a Captain Hill exchange, I'll participate, but I doubt it. Pacific Rim might get a resurgence, but either way I don't plan to join in. Other than that, I still have sedoretu to finish, as well as all the others.

I can probably get three Trope Bingo entries done in the next two weeks before the end of October. Probably. But it's gonna be a bit difficult to hold off posting stuff until the 12 Days of Ficmas...

And in conclusion

Oct. 14th, 2017 10:14 pm
sholio: man chasing flamingo (Flamingo)
[personal profile] sholio
Other stuff I'm up to lately:

- Still writing paranormal romance
- Webcomic
- Failing spectacularly at Inktober (go me)
- Posted my [community profile] trickortreatex fic today! \o/ (Reveals aren't until the end of the month, so I'm early.)
- Almost there on several bingo lines

I would love some icons for Dark Matter or Stranger Things. Does anyone know where I might find some?

What I'm into: Dark Matter

Oct. 14th, 2017 09:27 pm
sholio: Text: "Age shall not weary her, nor custom stale her infinite squee" (Infinite Squee)
[personal profile] sholio
No spoilers past mid season three, please! I'm not caught up yet!

So here's the other thing that's eaten my heart/brain/soul over the last week or two: Dark Matter

dark_matter_cast

What is it? It's a 3-season Syfy spaceship show, by some of the same people who did Stargate. All of it is streaming on Netflix.

What's it about? Six people -- seven counting the ship's android -- wake up on a spaceship without their memories. Evidence suggests one of them is a traitor. Further evidence suggests they're part of a galactic conflict they can't even remember. They have to figure out who they are and who they can trust before their pasts catch up with them. Basically this turns into found-family on a spaceship, as it does. (Also, to make it less confusing if I end up making more posts about this show, most of the main characters have numbers for names, because they don't know their real names for awhile and adopt numbers as shorthand.)

Why is it awesome/why might I want to try it? FOUND FAMILY ON A SPACESHIP. I've really missed having a spaceship show in my life, and this one hits my team-love buttons like few things have since Stargate.

It’s got femslash, slash, and het potential. It’s got a ton of interesting character relationships, including kid-mentor ones and sometimes-enemies learning to trust each other (”Stop saving my life. … Now you’re just doing it on purpose”) and a relationship that’s a lot like Janeway/Seven of Nine in which one is a woman of color. It’s got canon h/c and teaminess and all the sci-fi tropes (e.g. the characters meet their evil alternate universe doubles, trapped on a prison world, taken over by mind-control goo, on a spaceship fulla zombies, time loops, etc). It has redemption arcs and snark and themes about the meaning of life/what it means to have a soul and characters running around doing action stuff in long coats and leather jackets while rock music plays in the background. It's got several Stargate actors in recurring roles, including David Hewlett playing a character who is basically Rodney McKay as a seedy fixer, and Evil Elizabeth Weir.

It has a female Asian captain, a cast that (depending on the cast makeup from season to season) is frequently at least half female and less than half white, and multiple recurring female villains for your foe-yay needs. Plus a number of different characters being incredibly hot in black leather, and actually some pretty cool sci-fi worldbuilding, such as travel-via-cloning in which instantaneous intergalactic travel is accomplished by animating a disposable clone of yourself in a different location, and a galactic milieu with a higher-than-I'm-used-to level of background multiculturalism; they really do a pretty good job of making this feel like a plausible hundreds-of-years-in-the-future Earth-colonized galaxy, at least I think so.

It also contains an episode that has managed to make the coveted "[personal profile] sholio's All-Time Favorite H/C Episodes" list. :D (Er, this list does not exist in reality. But now I think it's a list I should make. And post.)

What might turn me off? There are some questionable writing/casting choices (my least favorite of these is that one of the main characters is basically Space Samurai from Space Samurai Planet, and he doesn't really have a whole lot of characterization other than that). In general, since it's by the same people who did SGA and Stargate Universe, it unsurprisingly shares some writing weaknesses with earlier Stargate shows. I'm watching it with my husband and I get the impression that the handwavy science and occasionally WTF plot resolutions are driving him crazy on a regular basis. I personally could not care less because I am there for FOUND FAMILY IN SPACE, but ymmv.

Also, it got unexpectedly cancelled after season three. I suspect (though I don't know for sure, since I'm not there yet) that it's going to end on a forever-unresolved cliffhanger.

Anything else? Based on what I remember from the last time I posted about Dark Matter when I watched the first season, there are people following me who dislike Three. Which is fine, but keep that to yourself around here, please, because Three is AWESOME and no one can tell me different. :D (Although it's tough to pick a real favorite; as of season three, I think the entire cast is my favorite. It's one of those shows.)

ETA: If you haven't watched the show, beware of spoilers up to early season three in the comments!

What I'm into: Stranger Things

Oct. 14th, 2017 08:51 pm
sholio: Jack-o-lanterns (Halloween-jack-o-lanterns)
[personal profile] sholio
I've gotten into a couple of new shows in the last month or so, and since I'm making another stab at getting back on DW for awhile, I thought maybe I'd open up by telling you what I'm into these days and why they're awesome so you can try them too, if you want. :D

First of all: Stranger Things



What is it? It's an 8-episode miniseries on Netflix, a period horror/suspense show set in 1983. The first season aired last year as a self-contained miniseries - there's a sequel hook at the very end, but otherwise it wraps up all its storylines in a satisfying way - and it got renewed, so there will be a new 8-episode season dropping on Oct. 27. TWO WEEKS!!!

What's it about? It's obviously inspired by Stephen King, ET, and kid/teen movies of the 1980s in general. The basic concept is Plucky Kids Fight Monsters. There are three different sets of characters - the little kids, the teenagers, and the adults, each of whom have their own storyline as they separately investigate different aspects of creepy goings-on in small-town Indiana in 1983, picking up different pieces of the puzzle that finally come together at the end.

Why is it awesome/why might I want to try it? If you're in a mood for 80s nostalgia, the period feeling is basically perfect, from the clothes and hairstyles to the music and even the camera angles. It's such a good period show that I kept trying to calculate how old the actors were in the modern day and then going "Wait, no, this show was filmed last year!"

But even if you couldn't care less about period nostalgia, it's a very solidly written show with fantastic child actors, well-constructed storylines full of twists, A+ use of All The Tropes (from eerie psychic kids to mysterious top-secret government facilities to creepy supernatural things happening with ordinary household appliances). I loved the characters, and there's a very shippable OT3.

Plus Winona Ryder's in it.

What might turn me off? Well, demographically speaking, it's very true to the source material, which is to say - mostly white cast, all het romances, etc. (The OT3 isn't canon, alas.) There's also the fact that it's horror, although it's not extreme horror. The level of gore/creepiness is similar to Supernatural, so if you can handle that, you can probably handle this.

Anything else? NEW SEASON! OCTOBER 27! THEY'RE GOING TO KILL ALL MY BABIES AND BREAK UP MY SHIPS AND I WILL DIE!! Okay, hopefully not.

There's also a really cute and addictive phone game with adorable retro graphics (similar to a 1980s run-and-jump-on-things arcade game, e.g. Legend of Zelda or old-school Mario).

BPAL scents: a few reviews

Oct. 12th, 2017 08:46 am
tielan: (Angel)
[personal profile] tielan
The Sun's Treasure: incenses, myrrhs, ambers to start with - it's pretty good in the wet phase, although it's fading fast. Developed into a lovely warm ambery-musk scent, but not very strong. Barely a residual scent 2 hours later.

The Carousel: too thin, turns out kind of herbal and sickly green on my skin. Also fading fast. Barely there in twenty minutes, residual in 2 hours. - SWAP

Nasty Woman: black fig and patchouli, filthy bourbon vanilla, honeyed amber oud, and loukhoum.
Immediately amber, then swiftly a strong tobacco scent. That might be the patchouli? Doesn't last very long, residual scent in 2 hours.

Bast: A desert wind alight with myrrh and golden amber, cardamom and honey, bourbon vanilla and cacao.
Amber and myrrh to start with, the honey hits strong on this one, even in drydown. However it's gone in a couple of hours, only residual scent.

2195 / Star Trek: Discovery, 1.04

Oct. 9th, 2017 02:04 pm
siria: (avengers - run steve run)
[personal profile] siria
I was away at another conference this weekend, and so much travelling and networking and generally being On in a short space of time is telling on me. Oh for time I don't have to just let myself exist without doing stuff. (Over on academic Twitter, there are some very well-meaning senior academics decrying a Tweet in which someone talks about how "real" academics never stop working, even on the weekend. Work-life balance, the critics say! Which I agree with in principle, but then said senior academics continue to be implicit in the maintenance of a system which means that I need to work 60-70 hour weeks in order just to keep my job, let alone ever have hope of career advancement.)

At least the one bright spot of this weekend was getting to see [personal profile] trinityofone in person for the first time in almost a decade. We got to eat some delicious brunch food, walked through three boroughs, and crossed Brooklyn Bridge while having some intense feelings about Steve Rogers, Peggy Carter, et al. Yay friends!

I've signed up for the [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico charity auction, to benefit those affected by the hurricane (and the vicious, unrelenting, sociopathic incompetence of the current administration). I'm offering one fic of at least 5,000 words; you can find out more info about my offer over here. Sign-ups are still open; bidding goes live on October 17.

Star Trek: Discovery, 1.04, The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not For The Lamb’s Cry )

Yuletide Letter

Oct. 8th, 2017 08:14 pm
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[personal profile] horchata
Placeholder for now!

vacation

Oct. 8th, 2017 12:16 pm
tielan: (AVG - agents)
[personal profile] tielan
A week on vacation means a great deal happening but not very much posting.

I ate my way through Melbourne (omg delicious), saw Much Ado in the popup Globe Theater (amazeballs), and came down to stay with friends for the last four days, culminating in a bonfire last night with sausages, marshmallows, toast, and FIIIIIIRRREEE (loads of fun for my pyro self), and this morning watching the Bathurst 1000 and getting the details explained to me (kind of interesting, but not likely to become a habit). Tomorrow, I fly back to Sydney in the evening, and thence have the rest of the week off.

I posted two exchange fics (collections are still hidden), added a chapter to the sedoretu fic, and posted two Maria & Pepper AUs.

chapter: end of the line
title: downright complicated
summary: When a sedoretu consists of Captain America, the former Deputy Director of SHIELD, the Black Widow, and the Winter Soldier, things are bound to get downright complicated...
rating: PG-13
notes: So this is kind of the nadir of the story - the point where everything is dark and it doesn't look good. There's a lot of unfucking to go on from this point, but they'll get there. It's kind of a relief; I've been writing this for a year and have had this in my head for longer, so I'm glad to have gotten this far - at least now it's just gently disentangling the characters and their expectations from each other...with a few hitches along the way.

title: A Tale Of Two Sisters
summary: Pepper doesn’t want adventure or a reward or heroism. She just wants to survive and live the best life she can.
rating: PG-13
notes: Originally developed and written for the [tumblr.com profile] mcuaufest, but it had an epic feel to it, and I wasn't comfortable gifting it. There might be more - Pepper and Maria might head out on a quest to end the Stark Curse, but for the moment, I think this is as much as I'm going to manage.

title: Hold Tight
summary: Pepper reaches out to grab Maria as they reach the gurney. Now that she’s had time to calm down, to focus on something other than herself, she can feel the other woman’s emotional fragility beneath the professional shell. She wishes there was something she could do, but words desert her and this moment with all the other personnel around them isn’t private.
rating: PG-13
notes: The next story in the MCU Jaeger AU: Fire And Ice series - Maria and Pepper comforting each other in different ways, under different circumstances. It's not really a happy ending, but it's a necessary step to where we're going.

I've been doing a bit of writing; not as much as I hoped, because things have been pretty busy even out here staying with my friend. And tomorrow, I head home and have some nice quiet days.
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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] sga_noticeboard
Title: Roundup of Inktober week 1 works (on drawesome)  or on my AO3 as a chapterized work
Artist: [personal profile] mific 
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Notes: Week 1 of my Inktober challenge works. I've chosen to do Stargate Atlantis characters (and eventually a few from SG1, as in canon), with their daemons, as in Daemonology by [personal profile] trinityofone. They're also posted individually to my DW  journal. 

Done so far:
 
John Sheppard and Nioke
Rodney McKay and Tykallita
Teyla Emmagan and Keho
Ronon Dex and Imara
Elizabeth Weir and Klovac
Radek Zelenka and Geesa
Carson Beckett and Soelle


a sample - John and Nioke

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