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([personal profile] vatine Oct. 2nd, 2014 04:38 pm)
Book list )

13 memed books, one book-meming missed (#113, will be in eventually...)
A linear extrapolation to year's end says 149-150 books.
First order of business, I have a HUGE backlog of cosplay photos I've been meaning to post and haven't, dating back to over a year ago. Mostly I haven't done so because there are so many I can't decide which to focus on first. So... wanna give me a hand here by telling me what you'd like to see?

Poll #16002 Cosplay priority
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Access List, participants: 2

Which costume(s) would you most like to see me post pics/stories about next?

Spring and summer versions of the original wood nymph
0 (0.0%)

FFIX - Vivi, with bonus Amano Freya (this one won me my first craftsmanship award)
2 (100.0%)

FFXII - Viera sisters, with bunnies (and bonus original fairy photographed the same day)
0 (0.0%)

International Cosplay Day hijinks with Cowboy Bebop's Ed joining Ocarina of Time's Link to be kids together
0 (0.0%)

Sailor Moon Crystal - in-progress Sailor Mars/miko!Rei Hino, finished Umino XD
0 (0.0%)

Star Trek TOS - mirrorverse science officer
0 (0.0%)

Suikoden 3 - Queen in the Grasslands
0 (0.0%)

Zero Escape series - not only have I not posted the pics of Phi, I haven't even posted the pro shots of Junpei and June from Katsu 2013 :P
0 (0.0%)

And after that?

Spring and summer versions of the original wood nymph
0 (0.0%)

FFIX - Vivi, with bonus Amano Freya (this one won me my first craftsmanship award)
0 (0.0%)

FFXII - Viera sisters, with bunnies (and bonus original fairy photographed the same day)
2 (100.0%)

International Cosplay Day hijinks with Cowboy Bebop's Ed joining Ocarina of Time's Link to be kids together
0 (0.0%)

Sailor Moon Crystal - in-progress Sailor Mars/miko!Rei Hino, finished Umino XD
0 (0.0%)

Star Trek TOS - mirrorverse science officer
0 (0.0%)

Suikoden 3 - Queen in the Grasslands
0 (0.0%)

Zero Escape series - not only have I not posted the pics of Phi, I haven't even posted the pro shots of Junpei and June from Katsu 2013 :P
0 (0.0%)

In the meantime... I had a little extra money a few weeks ago due to the oddity of bi-monthly pay dates and weekly time sheets, so I caved and bought Final Fantasy Theatrhythm: Curtain Call. Because I have been good and not bought a video game all year to this point, and I remembered the first one eating me to the point where even when I was feeling like utter crap, it was able to distract me and help me through it. My health HAS been improving, but no reason to think I would enjoy the sequel less just because I didn't need distraction as much.

And ohhhh boy. The game is KILLING me with its evil, evil choices of which characters to unlock. I have to choose between Kain and Celes? Laguna and Jecht? Balthier and Auron? Etc. etc. etc. And I am soooo addicted to the Quest Medleys and online battling, you have no idea. Both of which factor into an AWESOME discovery I made the other day, and how I managed to turn it into a disaster, and how I managed to fix it.

If you have not played with Theatrhythm's quest medleys, this will probably make no sense to you. )

tl;dr: Inherited Quests are more useful and complex than I had thought, and if anyone wants some easy Golden Shards or Black Shards, you should add me as a friend so I can give you some maps through which you can get them without much hassle. :D
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([personal profile] bookish_dragon Oct. 2nd, 2014 02:22 pm)
Read more... )
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([personal profile] sraun Oct. 2nd, 2014 06:20 am)
Happy Birthday [ profile] elizabethth & [ profile] haikujaguar
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([personal profile] andrewducker Oct. 2nd, 2014 12:00 pm)
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([personal profile] dglenn Oct. 2nd, 2014 05:24 am)

"In modern America we believe racism to be the property of the uniquely villainous and morally deformed, the ideology of trolls, gorgons and orcs. We believe this even when we are actually being racist. In 1957, neighbors in Levittown, Pa., uniting under the flag of segregation, wrote: 'As moral, religious and law-abiding citizens, we feel that we are unprejudiced and undiscriminating in our wish to keep our community a closed community.'


"The idea that racism lives in the heart of particularly evil individuals, as opposed to the heart of a democratic society, is reinforcing to anyone who might, from time to time, find their tongue sprinting ahead of their discretion. We can forgive Whitaker’s assailant. Much harder to forgive is all that makes Whitaker stand out in the first place. New York is a city, like most in America, that bears the scars of redlining, blockbusting and urban renewal. The ghost of those policies haunts us in a wealth gap between blacks and whites that has actually gotten worse over the past 20 years.

"But much worse, it haunts black people with a kind of invisible violence that is given tell only when the victim happens to be an Oscar winner. [...]"

 -- Ta-Nehisi Coates, "The Good, Racist People", NYT, 2013-03-06

Cannot stop writing Avengers fic. Send help.

Actually, don't. It's fun.

Shakedown (1535 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Huddling For Warmth, Fluff, Early in Canon
Summary: The problem is, Captain America won't stop shivering.

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([personal profile] yvi Oct. 2nd, 2014 07:05 am)
Last day of work before the holiday today. Yay for national holidays that fall on Fridays :-)

I realized yesterday that since leaving university I haven't had three weeks off. Always two. There's some stuff to prepare today, of course, but I don't have that much on my plate at the moment, so it should be a quiet day. Still, I can't wait to be back home.

I should probably start to stress out about holiday logistics, but somehow... I am not. There's probably stuff I'll forget, but the main things should be taken care of. And if I forget to pack stuff, well, it's the US. Goods can be bought in exchange for money.

The one thing I am nervous about is immigration / border control, though. That's not going to be much fun from what I hear.
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([personal profile] loup_noir Oct. 1st, 2014 07:08 pm)
What's that I hear? Is it the impending clunk of a concert disaster? Well, not a total disaster, but ticket sales are not going well. I'm too depressed to work up a good cuss. Had we managed to get the original dates, sales would probably be better. Unfortunately, due to a wonderful deal for the artists that meant the only date we could get was this Saturday, we are now in conflict with events that our regular audience loves. We've sold just enough tickets to repay our expenses. In theory, everything else gets split between the radio station and the artists, but I suspect that we'll eat our expenses to pay the artists something.

This is exactly the scenario that made me drag my feet for two years before agreeing to produce concerts. This is also a reminder that one of the rules I had made for myself was that there must be at least a calendar year between gigs. This is, technically, over a year, but 2013 and 2014 are too close together.

We've promoted the hell out of this thing, too. I don't know what else we can do, but I'm going to try to come up with something else tonight.

Two more days of ticket sales. Usually, we sell up to a third of our seats in that amount of time, and I really hope that trend holds true.
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([personal profile] ainsley Oct. 1st, 2014 09:34 pm)
Recently we started watching the new documentary on the Roosevelts, and something reminded me of The Jungle, which it turns out Mom hasn't read. I'm prereading it for her (and rereading it for me), and so much of it feels so contemporary in a way it didn't even a few years ago.

How is it October already?

After months of trying and not quite managing, in September I managed to go to the gym the 3x weekly that supposedly earns me a $20 check from my insurance company. Didn't quite manage to work out all of those days (but I got massages, so still self-care), but progress is progress. I'd kind of like to try out November Project at MJ, so we'll see how the gym thing goes in the next bit.

Hi! What's up?
i can do better by buu. along with "I like the way your clothes smell," these 2 are now my holy ...duo? of gr8 smutty kagehina WIPs. this one is very humorous and has hinata and kageyama competing to see who can get the other one off more effectively.

Hold My Breath and Wait by dirtbag. no smut here, just smooching, but they're gr8 and it's cute. and the author says maybe smut in the future so PPL SHOULD ENCOURAGE THIS.

Take a Step (and I'm On My Way) by Keryee. a pokemon trainer xover. works surprisingly well! another WIP, only really pre-kagehina atm so it could also read as gen.
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([personal profile] sineala Oct. 1st, 2014 05:18 pm)
What I Just Finished Reading

A lot of comics, mostly because #cap-im decided to have an impromptu book club on Monday, if by "book club" you mean "reading and liveblogging to the channel, followed by a lot of capslocked yelling about Steve/Tony ~feels~."

John Scalzi, Agent to the Stars: I think this was Scalzi's first novel; somehow I missed it before. And, you know, he gets better with practice, but it's still pretty good for a first novel. The main character is a Hollywood agent who is contacted by actual space aliens who want him to represent them, because they are basically gelatinous blobs, and they have our TV and movies and they know we wouldn't really be into that so they want him to, you know, make them stars. It's very cute. Also there's a talking dog.

John Scalzi, The Android's Dream: Probably my least favorite Scalzi book. It's action-y political thriller-y SF about human and alien politicking surrounding how the aliens need a particular kind of sheep for a ritual, the only one is actually a human whose junk DNA happens to be sheep, and then everyone's on the run. It just didn't gel for me, and even though I think this is the second time I've read this, I still kept confusing all of the characters with each other, which is not a good sign.

Avengers/Invaders: This one I read because I seem to keep writing fic guest-starring the Invaders and I figured I owed it to myself to, uh, read something they were actually in. Little did I know it was extremely Relevant To My Interests, because my interests include time-travel stories and post-CW stories about Tony's grief over Steve's death. Just after CW, the Invaders -- including Steve -- end up in modern New York. The plot gets kind of weird and overly complicated (seriously, Red Skull or Ultron or D'Spayre! pick one villain! only one!) but the character moments are great. Bucky!Cap attempts to get, uh, Bucky to change the past. Good luck, dude. The Human Torch wants his LMD brethren to be freeeee. Namor, uh, wants himself to fight humanity. And Tony, well... this would be the series where that panel of Tony locking himself in a room on the helicarrier surrounded by footage of newly-alive Steve comes from. He's not handling it well. Especially when he has to fight Steve. Again. HI IT IS ALL MY CIVIL WAR FEELS. (Steve asks him who he killed to get here. Oh my God. I may have made pathetic whimpering noises at my computer.)

Iron Man/Captain America: Even though the cover is Civil War (one of the "Casualties of War" covers) this is a compilation of a bunch of pre-CW issues featuring Steve and Tony. You get the Chameleon, you get Armor Wars, you get Tony being mindcontrolled to attack Steve in two separate issues, you get that drunk!Tony issue where the cover has Steve bridal-carrying him out of a building on fire, you get a Tales of Suspense one-shot that definitely makes this thing earn the slash in its title ("Captain America. Steve. I look at your handsome face...into your clear azure eyes... and, as ever, I feel the same guilty envy."), and you get the 1998 Annual which appears to be every pragmatism vs. idealism argument they have ever had distilled into one issue with everyone randomly wearing leis and also there's MODOK. It is fabulous. You can get this thing for about $10 these days (it's out of print) and you totally should.

Captain America and Iron Man: One Night in Madripoor: I am saddened to report to [personal profile] lysimache that even though this (at least the first issue; there are three, and then the trade throws in an okay Cap & Namor team-up) is indeed called "One Night in Madripoor," it is not a story about anyone having sex in Madripoor. Nope, they fight Batroc and MODOK and there is a weapons expo and lots of awesome banter and Tony builds a suit entirely out of things he finds at a weapons expo in, like, five minutes, because he's Tony Stark. Also he has mecha-bees. It's pretty great. I should buy an actual trade copy. (And then somehow yesterday I happened across a nice long story about this arc that I hadn't read before, And the Tough Guys Tumble (18,522 words) by captainshellhead and vibraniumstark, who clearly had the same thought I did when they saw the title -- okay, one of the same thoughts -- because, dammit, that song has been in my head since yesterday. Anyway, it's a fun action-filled h/c story! With all the smooching that canon lacks!)

What I'm Reading Now

Not much that interested me in this week's comics, though I did stare at Thor #1 and Cap #25 (yeah, yeah, Remender, I know, I know) because I figured I ought to see new Thor and Sam!Cap. I just... man, I wish Remender weren't writing that.

Oh, yeah, I am also reading this Sallust and Cicero anthology about Catiline. Latin! Whee! I can almost sort of read it by myself. Last week I confused the words for "a label (on a bottle of wine)" and "a parrot." I don't even remember which was what anymore. (There was a story on the Latin News about mislabeled wine. Not parrots. Apparently.)

What I'm Reading Next

Comics-wise, I still have to read all of Marvel Adventures: Avengers pretty soon for beta work, which I am looking forward to, and not just because then I can actually technically knock ten books off my reading challenge on Goodreads. I should probably also read the rest of the EMH comics that I skimmed the beginning of to get a feel for how to do a modern-set early-616 story.

Non-comics-wise, I am really looking forward to reading Graydon Saunders' fantasy novel The March North as recced by [personal profile] rachelmanija here; I feel that I'm kind of committed now that the author has commented to help me figure out how to buy a copy (Google Play is really, really non-inuitive and buggy). Plus, it has war sheep. Also I think the sequel to Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice (Ancillary Sword, maybe?) is out next week and I really want that. I at least want to figure out if I still want that fandom for Yuletide.
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([personal profile] jazzfish Oct. 1st, 2014 11:57 am)
Vancouver International Film Festival time again.

Based on an unscientific and statistically insignificant random sample, film is unsurprisingly terrible at women. Also at making movies I like.

Black Fly, Rekorder, The Fool )

Both Black Fly and Rekorder have, as their last scene, a backstory revelation that is supposed to cause one to Finally Understand the characters' torment and See The Film In A New Light. This lazy O.Henry crap is something newbie writers are warned against, and now I understand why.
It will not be one twentieth as awesome as this:

Yes, really. a Tetris movie. Exciting quotes:
“It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie,” Threshold’s CEO Larry Kasanoff tells Speakeasy exclusively. “This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.”

“Brands are the new stars of Hollywood,” he says. “We have a story behind ‘Tetris’ which makes it a much more imaginative thing.”

If the film does well, Kasanoff isn’t looking to limit the “Tetris” world to just a big-screen experience. “We certainly have the canvas for location-based entertainment based on the epicness.”

“What you [will] see in ‘Tetris’ is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance,” Kasanoff says.

(Cheers to [ profile] tisme for the link with those quotes in. Made my day.)
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([personal profile] dglenn Oct. 1st, 2014 05:24 am)

"Ladies and gentlemen: War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children." -- Jimmy Carter (b. 1924-10-01; US President 1977-01-20 to 1981-01-20), Nobel Lecture, 2002-12-10

(Also, happy birthday to my nephew Kyle, if my sister lets him read this)

I feel kind of ridiculous tagging this story with six fandoms, but, you know. Marvel. What can you do, eh?

And the Ashes Will Scatter (4625 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel 616, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers (Comics), New Avengers (Comics), Guardians of the Galaxy (Comics), Guardians of the Galaxy (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peter Quill & Tony Stark, Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Peter Quill, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Cap-Ironman Bingo, Marvel 616/MCU Crossover, Angst, Pre-Slash, Ambiguous Slash, Pining, The Illuminati (Marvel), Infinity Gems, Dimension Travel
Summary: After the mindwipe is discovered and the Time Gem sends the Avengers into the future, Tony returns alone to the present. But it's not his present that he returns to. He finds himself among the Guardians of the Galaxy once again -- but these Guardians have no idea who Tony is. Maybe that's exactly what he needs right now.

So, uh, there's that.

My current fanfiction goal appears to be "make 616 Tony happy." He enjoyed his time in space a lot, I thought, so why not send him back to the Guardians? He'd be happy! Then I thought it would be even more fun to send him to Guardians he'd never met! Whee! I'm not sure he's quite as happy as he could have been, but he's sure happier than he is in canon now.

(I am hoping this is readable without too much 616 knowledge because Tony does explain most of it, but I guess I'll have to see.)