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October 1st, 2015 09:44 am
1. My only statement on the OTW elections: when I saw who was running, my immediate reaction was "But we can't lose Atiya Hakeem or Matty Bowers to the board! They do too much good!" Later, when I was reminded of who Alex Tischer, Aline CarrĂ£o, and Katarina Harju are (names are confusing) I had the same reaction to them. Take from that what you will.

2. I started listening to the Hamilton soundtrack (Hamilton is the just-opened-on-Broadway hip-hop musical that all of musicals fandom is freaking out over right now) but I got as far as the bit where they start rapping about how if you want to change the world, first you need to get your financials in order, and I just couldn't. Take from that what you will.

3. This week's movie-and-crafts was The Great Escape! It was. A really good movie )

Anyway, say what you will about the geopolitics of it, but if you are the sort of person who would be interested in three hours of nothing but sheer uncut competence porn set during WWII, you should watch this movie. Also you get to look at David McCallum in an RAF uniform a lot, which is a nice bonus.

4. The main reason I haven't been excited about the new Man from Uncle movie is that you can't do MfU without David McCallum as Illya. Which is a weird thing for me to be hung up on, because I haven't even watched any of the original series. But! I have watched a lot of vids of it. And. David McCallum, ok I know I don't usually get shallowly invested in looking at actors. But look at David McCallum. He looks even better in handcuffs than John Sheppard and I don't say that lightly.

5. AAAGUH Yuletide noms are almost ready to close, run in circles, scream and shout, wave your arms and flail about.

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September 24th, 2015 07:35 pm - writig hard
When you see this post, feel encouraged to post something in your journal. Short or long, trivial or profound, it doesn't matter, just something. And if you like, you can pass on the token by copying this notice at the bottom of your post.

...via various people.

One of the posts that's stacked up in my head not-being-written is in response to that article about what is wrong with write every day and the responses to it that I saw on my reading list, and on the one hand I agree with them, and on the other hand now that I've gotten into a habit of 'write something every day' (not 'write 750 words', not 'write for 1 hour', but 'write at least two words for goodness sake even if you erase it immediately afterward') I really get thrown off when I break the habit for a couple days. Like I did last weekend when I went away for four days, and I'm still all blocked about 'oh I can't make tonight be the night I start the habit again, it doesn't feel right'.

On the other hand I've been *thinking* a lot about my wips, even if not writing them. Also: the 'write every day' thing has gotten me writing more on days when I'm not really feeling it, and so for the first time I'm consistently getting drafts of stuff where I can already see what revisions I need even as I'm writing it. Which on the one hand is scary and I don't know what to do, on the other hand feels like a big step forward in writing.

So here, have a list of the stuff in my wips file in scrivener and what I currently think is most wrong with them:

Maybe this will motivate me to get over the bump and move forward on some of them.... )

...ok I don't know if that actually helped but I do feel better now that I've gotten that out.

p.s. if anybody read one of those and went 'oooh, I can fix that' I would be delighted to send you what I have in return for you telling me what you think.

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September 14th, 2015 03:30 pm
This week's sunday night movie and crafting was "Sharpe's Company" (I skipped a couple of weeks due to sister being home and then backpacking.) It turned out by sheer chance to be the one that comes right after Sharpe's Dragon, which I had just re-read and is a favorite of mine. "Sharpe's Company" had a lot fewer dragons for some reason. Did have about the expected quotient of worryingly young and very shirtless Sean Bean though.

It was fun but I didn't find it quite as compelling as the Hornblower one, possibly I think because Sharpe is actually damn good at his job, and loves his job, and knows it, which was terrifically fun to watch, don't get me wrong, this is a great series for competence porn, but the catharsis was less, because you knew that if they just let Sharpe get on with doing his damn job everything would be A-OK. Being infantry based it also had a different sort of ethos around the concept of war than the Navy ones I know more about, which I'm still thinking about.

Promised analysis of backpacking pack is going up on Tumblr because, augh, DW is so much better for so many things, but not having to mess with photo hosting counts for a lot.

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September 7th, 2015 04:33 pm
So I am back from two days (and twenty miles, and about two square inches of skin off my feet) on the Appalachian trail. I have now hiked 2 out of 14 states' worth, that means I'm about 14% done, right?

(More realistically, I've done 3 of the 13 ~20-mile PATC maps. Which cover PA, MD, WV, and VA. Or 9 of the 13 sections in the MD&NoVA guidebook. But still! I've hiked across two states!)

I don't know why I do the AT. I don't particularly enjoy it while I'm doing it and I'm really, really bad at it.

As trails go, the Appalachian Trail is possibly the most boring and with the worst trail conditions - 90% of the time there's nothing to see except basically the same scruffy second-growth woodlands I can see from my house; and since it generally follows ridgelines, the elevation change is unnecessarily ridiculous, water is usually at least a quarter-mile straight down, and when you combine the terrain with general overuse, the condition of the trail surface is generally horrendously eroded so you basically find your way by looking through the forest and going "which bit looks the least pleasant to walk on? Ah yes, that must be the trail." And even on a weekend with basically ideal weather, like we had, it's either too cold at night or too warm in the mornings or both, the weather is unpredictable, and there are annoying insects everywhere.

And while it's not, like, super-crowded, even now - on the busiest section of the trail on the busiest weekend of the year I could still go hours without seeing another human - if what you want is grand solitude, it's unlikely you'll go more than a few hours truly alone or totally away from active human habitation or roads.

Anyway. Yeah. If you want to go hiking I recommend literally any other trail I have ever walked on.

But somehow I keep wanting to go back anyway.

The trail culture is good - because it's such a freakin' miserable trail to walk, pretty much the only people you meet are people who want to Hike The Appalachian Trail (rather than, you know, just want to hike, because in that case you'd pick a trail that was actually nice) and, within ~5 miles of a road, locals out with their dogs, so there's a real sense of shared ownership of the AT as a cultural artifact, and of camaraderie, and a laid-back spirit.

The other thing about the AT is that logistically, it's relatively easy: all the towns and roads it crosses are used to long-distance hikers stumbling in, there are plenty of campsites and shelters and water source and resupply shops, relatively well spaced; there's enough traffic and the trail is well enough marked and maintained that you can get the backcountry feeling without the actual danger of isolation and wilderness; and there's lots of other hikers around who are happy to help and share. Plus it's easy driving distance for something like a quarter of the US population. And there really isn't any cheaper possible vacation. (You can spend a ton of money on trail gear if you want to but for most of the AT, you really don't have to.)

And long-distance backpacking in general is - physically horrendous for someone with my general lack of physical condition, but mentally relaxing, because once you're out on the trail, literally the only decision you can make is "do I keep going now, or do I take a break for food/water/rest, and then keep going later?" Because there are no other options. You can't do anything about anything off the trail until you are off it, and you can't get off the trail except by keeping going, however slowly that might be by the end of the day and however heavily you are leaning on your stick. You have one path and you have to go down it and life's exactly that simple.

That would probably drive a lot of people 'round the bend, but it works for me. (Of course, in our modern world - where we talked to thru-hikers who had been on the trail for months and been on the internet on their smartphones nearly every day - that part of the trail experience is probably whittling away, too. I had mine turned off thanks.)

And I also like... the experience of having done it? The experience of long-distance walking is sort of a foundational human experience - before cars, really, nearly everybody had done multi-day walks (or multiple all-day walks in a row) many, many times in their lives, even if they were walking beside carts or animals. It's still a basic part of life for many people all around the world. Just not people like me who live in a place where a car is basically required because walkability is limited (and walking along the roads stupidly dangerous) even if you try. I know that getting out a couple times a year to hike a trail doesn't really show me anything substantial about what a long-distance-walking life is like, but it shows me more than not doing it would.

Anyway, today I am walking with a cane because my calf muscles are celebrating Labor Day by going on strike whenever I stand up, and also I have gauze pads taped across the backs of both my ankles where every shoe I have ever hiked in (from $200 hiking boots to Crocs) has worn away the skin, and I can still feel my packstraps even when I'm not wearing them, but generally I am satisfied for at least awhile, I think. I told everyone that next hiking trip I do will be somewhere level. Maybe a barrier island. I once walked half of Fenwick Island and back in an afternoon and barely noticed I'd done it. (We crossed 82 hundred-foot contour lines on the map during that 20 mile hike, which is more elevation change than climbing Old Rag. And a lot more horizontal.)

Now I need to lever myself up and unpack properly. Analysis of this year's pack contents and their usefulness coming as soon as I've managed that.

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September 5th, 2015 07:26 am
Ok, I'm off to do another state's worth of the Appalachian trail! If I'm not back by Monday call the park police.

(it's only West Virginia. It's less than twenty miles.)

(believe it or not, this was my original motivation for getting an lj, the possibility somebody would notice if I went hiking and just never came back.)

eta:I am back! and not dead (mostly)

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September 4th, 2015 11:15 am - so that does the inside of the winter soldier's head look like
So here's the follow-up to yesterday's post about memory and amnesia. This one assumes you've read that one, but it's mostly about how I choose to apply that one to MCU Bucky Barnes. (Also it was mostly written a year ago, so in some ways the fandom has moved on from where it was when I started this.)

What do we actually know for a fact about the Winter Soldier's brain? )

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September 3rd, 2015 04:14 pm - Basic Amnesia for Writers
I'm trying to clean out my main USB stick and I found this, which I started writing right after Winter Soldier first came out (you can probably tell.) I kept not posting it because I kept thinking I needed to do a better literature review & add some recommended reading, and then falling into a research hole. But re-reading it from this distance I still think it's pretty good? So here is the general section, for anyone who is still interested in learning about how amnesia works. (I will post the "how does this apply to Bucky specifically" section separately if anyone cares, since it's at least 40% headcanon by volume.)


So, with the continuing popularity of a Certain Pairing in a Certain Fandom, there have been a lot of people writing about induced amnesia. As usual, a lot of people are getting it wrong.

Disclaimer: I'm not an expert in amnesia or even a neurologist, but I've had a lifelong fascination with Weird Stuff Brains Do - compounded by watching two grandmothers fall apart with dementia before I hit middle school - so I've read a lot of pop-sci about it. So here, for your delectation, is a very short and completely un-cited Amnesia for Writers primer.

Let's talk about Memory )

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September 2nd, 2015 06:14 pm - fear of should
1. I hit level 50 and got Beastmaster and have now rejiggered my Habitica/HabitRPG lists to make it harder. Hopefully not harder to get stuff done, but to make the game harder. Part of that was because the kitties are leaving on Friday so all the "keep kitties happy" dailies on the list went away. ;_; Sister is also leaving friday but eh, she is not a kitty.

Anyway it was mostly turning habits into dailies, we'll see if I am crushed under this. Also, "mess around with HabitRPG items" is now a reward I have to pay for with gold. Because there's only so many times to stare at my collection of pixel creatures before it is procrastination for its own sake.

2. One of the new dailies is "comment on a fanwork" which is going to be REALLY HARD, folks, ugh, commenting, so many ways it can go wrong, so perfectly designed to freeze me up. But! various people are talking about an informal commenting bingo challenge, so I am going to do it! Or fail trying! So if I leave a weird awkward comment on your stuff in the next couple weeks, sorry, I am doing my best.

Here is the card I made myself )

here is the custom list I used, formatted for the generator )

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August 27th, 2015 03:56 pm - Fannish Update!
1. So I watched Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ships last night and ok. ok, I understand now. The appeal is entirely different from the books, but watching Hornblower wandering around being Tragically Stern is kind of irresistable, isn't it?

(I got the next drawer down with my random numbers this time, so I guess we're trying Sharpe next.)

2. I realized it had been awhile since I checked the ILL catalog for the trades I'm trying to follow so I did and then I went slightly wild and put seven of them on hold at once:

I reqested Vol. 2 of the GotG run with the lesbian space dragons, Vols. 2 and 4 of Kingyo Used books, Vol. 1 and 2 of the complete Gillen Journey into Mystery, Rocket Racoon, and Thor and Loki: The Tenth Realm

I got Thor and Loki: The Tenth Realm, Rocket Raccoon, 2 copies of Journey into Mystery Vol 1, two copies of Kingyo Used Books Vol. 4, and a collection of Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon tie-ins.

I.. guess that's a passing grade? you go, Maryland Intercounty ILL, you be you.

Anyway I fully expect to go slightly gaga over Kid Loki again soon, but meanwhile I am reading Kingyo Used books, which is still probably my favorite manga of all manga? It's just a bunch of semi-connected shorts that tell the stories of how various people have had their lives changed by reading old manga, and it's delightful, and I'm sad that four trades is all there is in English.

At lunch I read #23, A Man Ahead of His Time, which is about two old friends who run into each other on the street on one's 60th birthday, and then flashed back forty years. When one of them was a student radical, and was always cajoling the other one into going to riots with him, because "I always fight stronger when you're there", until the first one is like, no, I can't do this any more, violence is not my way, and they go their separate ways, but then over the decades as they grow older they keep meeting again and the one is still quiet and thoughtful and the other still wild and politically passionate and they always feel that connection again, and finally as old men he's like, "I figured it out: you fight too, but the way you fight is by getting me riled up to fight" and the other one just smiles but when he leaves he's still carrying the other one's favorite manga that he's had with him all this time, and I'm just like. you did this to me on purpose, Kingyo Used Books. you are hurting me on purpose.

3. The AU where Enjolras and Grantaire are both dark-horse candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, and keep running into each other at ridiculous podunk events that everybody else had too much pride to attend, that I am writing as punishment every time I forget myself and start to be optimistic about US politics, just hit 5500 words.

Currently they are trapped together in a hot-air balloon. With a Republican.

4. So here is a thought process that happened to me awhile back:
  1. If I ever finish this original story I'm going to submit it under my initials.

  2. Not just because of gender bias! OK partly because of that. But also as a tribute to S.E. Hinton who has the same initials and is awesome.

  3. Not that I know anything about S.E. Hinton as a person except that she's supportive of people writing Ponyboy slash as long as they use condoms, because unsafe sex would be ooc

  4. actually I've never even read The Outsiders, but I remember when my sister's grade read it and all the girls were really into it, and even then I was like "Ponyboy? Really?"

  5. Ponyboy?Really?

  6. It's kind of neat how you can tell which books are still being assigned in high schools because there's always a sudden surge of slash for them at the beginning of the semester.

  7. Man, if I'd had access to slash fandom in high school, I would 100% have been writing The Scarlet Letter OT3

  8. Okay I was anyway, but I didn't have anyone to share it with, and if I'd been in slash fandom and known anybody else cared I'd've been writing negotiated bdsm cuckoldry preistkink ot3

  9. No really it's been fifteen years and basically the only thing I remember about that novel is that it would've totally worked, other than their various psychosexual issues they were all fairly reasonable people when Nathaniel-freaking-Hawthorne wasn't trying to force them along rails into a contrived tragedy.

  10. Also, really Hawthorne? Really?

  11. Can teachers these days still get away with teaching that book without talking about kink?

  12. No but! It would totally work! Like this, see:
    I had to google to remember the names but I still know exactly how the porn would go )

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August 25th, 2015 08:20 pm - dead dogs
I missed the Hugo announcements because I spent all day floating around in [personal profile] lindentreeisle's mom's swimming pool, which was definitely a better life choice, let's face it.

I'm still catching up on liveblogs and stuff, but looking at the numbers that were released, something occurs to me: the puppies may not have been 100% wrong. Because if you look at the nominations numbers, it really does look like a small group of people (~70-100) are all nominating from the exact same relatively small group of works, all of which share the trait that they are very thoughtful about stuff like gender, sexuality, race, imperialism. Whereas when you looked at the other (non-puppy) works nominated, there are a lot more of them, but fewer of them hit that nominations threshhold, because the votes are spread among more works, so they are each less likely to get a nomination.

And the taste of that small group of people, while it isn't entirely different from the tastes of the wider fandom, isn't exactly convergent, either. Just look at some of the stuff that did get wins this year. And the effect is that it almost looks like slate nominations.

I mean, obviously it *isn't* : what it is, is that if you've come to the realization that fiction that isn't deeply thoughtful about stuff like gender, sexuality, race, and imperialism is not good fiction, and especially is not great SFF, because anything else is lazy goddamn worldbuilding, then you still have a WHOLE LOT FEWER stories to pick from. And so there's a lot less less spread in the noms.

And obviously the answer isn't to have a competing slate, because that's a solution to a different problem. The answer is for the Puppies and their friends to make sure there are SO MANY books published every year for the diversity-aware bloc to pick from that their nominations are as spread out as the straight-white-men's nominations.

Get on that, Puppies. Please.

(That might actually happen anyway, if all the people who bought first-time votes this year nominate next year, and nominate a lot of less-printsff-mainstream stuff. We'll see.)

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August 20th, 2015 02:13 pm
Heyyyy it's August, that means time to start thinking about Yuletide, right?

I think I'm going to go for a lesbian feminist separatist theme with my noms this year, which means: fandoms where at least 3/4 of the main characters id as female.

So far I've got Imperial Radch, Princeless, and Lumberjanes. Sadly both Steven Universe and Fury Road do not qualify. ): Anybody got any suggestions? I guess I could finally read those "Dykes to Watch Out For" collections that are sitting on my shelf.

Anyway I haven't posted because it hasn't felt like there's much to post. I've been doing stuff, but mostly just a lot of little things, or working on ongoing projects. Theoretically I am going through all the pictures from the Iceland trip last month, but that is going... slow. Theoretically I am also digging out the sewing room after the mess I made of it re: Pennsic. I think I will get that done tonight? And then maybe I will take pictures of all the half-done projects I find and post a Wall of Shame on my Tumblr.

Anyway, for lack of a better way to organize my thoughts, have some commentary on my current Habits in Habit RPG. I use this for stuff I don't need to do on any particular schedule, but also that does not really have an ending point, I just need to keep working on it.

I think that's not exactly how you're supposed to use habits - it seems to be set up for things that happen multiple times a day instead of "once a week if you're lucky" - but eh, it's working for me. (Though I still haven't managed to do all of them in one day yet.)

so much stuff to do )

So that's how I've been, Internet. How have you been?

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August 8th, 2015 02:50 pm
The next thing I need to review for the LT Early Reviewers program is a book on space ethics and my problem is I want my review to basically say, "You silly, we already know the basic ethical principles we need for a functional interstellar society, and they go like this:

In Life's name and for Life's sake, I assert that I will employ the Art which is its gift in Life's service alone, rejecting all other usages. I will guard growth and ease pain. I will fight to preserve what grows and lives well in its own way; and I will change no object or creature unless its growth and life, or that of the system of which it is part, are threatened."

Like there's a whole section about when it is and isn't ethical to introduce change to a previously mostly-isolated system and he never once uses the phrase "troptic stipulation" (or even prime directive, heh.) Also he never once uses the word "entropy" in an ethical sense at any point in the book and like. why bother?

...somehow I feel like that's a review that would be useful to only a few people, though. help.


In a possibly related note, I finished the Silmarillion awhile back and tbh most of it either actively annoyed me or made very little impression, but the one thing that stuck with me was the idea that the world of the Silmarillion is the universe that was created at the end of The Wounded Sky (it all fits!!!! I mean they start the book with an attempt to recreate the gardens of Lorien...)

which logically means that Ungoliant, who came from Outside to bring entropy and darkness, is the avatar of K't'lk.

Who wants to play "find the other Wounded Sky characters in Middle-Earth"?

who wants to write me the fic


Also we need to get enough of a Tale of the Five fandom together that we can finally do the thing, okay.

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August 7th, 2015 11:27 am
1. I have 2 transferrable 50% off Scrivener codes from winning CampNaNo (mostly with Hugo writeups, yay!) First two readers to claim them in comments get one each. They're good till December so if you want to claim one on spec that's fine, just if you decide not to use it pls make an effort to pass it on.

2. Oh, also, lost_library reveals hit while I was away! I transcribed the epilogue to A Pony of My Own, as published in Chrestomanci's home universe. I had to to a lot of world-walking and read a lot of terrible girls' horse books to find this, but I guess it was worth it. (I also had to re-read a bunch of the Chrestomanci novels. I remain desperately conflicted as to whether I like them or not.) Anyway, here:

A Pony of My Own (Epilogue) (1079 words) by melannen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Diana Wynne Jones
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: ponies, Nonfiction

So You Want To Own A Pony

3. RE: craft-and-movie nights from the last entry, here is an (incomplete) list of crafty-things I want to finish now that I am back from Pennsic:

1. file down and paint my new throwing knives
2. Ply the rainbow yarn I spun
3. Spin some more of my roving
4. Separate out the Icelandic fleece for spinning
5. Finish handsewing the undergown/chemise I started
6. Work out a tablet weaving pattern and make a strap for the felted bag I made
7. make a wire-weaving rig and weave some chains for my sca thingys
8. make a bottom-whirl spindle
9. find my flintknapping stuff! knap a thing!
10. make a sprang frame, do some actual sprang
11. Finish the dagging for the tent cover
12. make some skirts out of the plaids I didn't manage to give away

.... which does not even include all the other projects back in the craft room which you might get an inventory of, if I get around to tidying the craft room today.

4. Speaking of! The goal for today is to do ALL 30 of the 'habits' on my habit-rpg list! I have never managed that in one day before but I must have FAITH* that I can. So far it is noon and I have done 3!

*can you tell that some of the terrible horse books turned out to be stealth Christian inspirationals

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August 6th, 2015 02:12 pm - also I am writing v. v. cracky fic so that's good
I am done with my Month of Ridiculous Travel! Back to the real world!

..for versions of "Real world" that mean "so the A/C blew out at work and they keep having to send us home early because the building is uninhabitable". Yay.

Anyway it was all super-fun and I am super-glad to be able to spend a couple weekends actually at home with no travel-prep stress and so on, it'll be great, cats will sit on me a lot. Unfortunately work seems to have completely fallen apart while I was gone but lala I don't care. Meanwhile I am all caught up on DW and email and mostly caught up on Tumblr. (Less because Tumblr has more content than DW, more because Tumblr is so broken that scrolling back that far with the extensions that make it usable literally involves spending over five hours doing nothing but scrolling down and waiting for stuff to load, I am timing it.)

(I didn't actually sit there for five hours, I put a throwing knife on the space bar to hold it down.)

(You know you've just come back from an SCA event when your bag is full of milk casein roving and steel throwing knives.)

Also I came back to only one library book checked out, nothing on hold, and less than thirty things on my to-read list (and less than thirty to-dos on habitrpg)? MADNESS. With Hugo voting and all the fests and classes I was signed up for over, I am now left all on my own to pick my novel(s) for August! I think it will be Rootless, Uprooted, and The Forest of Hands and Teeth because I have no idea if they have anything in common but I keep getting them confused with each other.

Anyway, with having a lot of time last week to do crafting/sewing (and a lot of encouragement!) and my schedule getting a little cleaner, I have decided to implement Sunday Night Movie Night, wherein I pick a random drawer in the DVD cabinet at work and spend at least two hours watching the first thing I find in there that I've been meaning to watch, while doing crafts. If there is nothing in that drawer that I want to have watched, I have to write porn instead.

Hopefully this will become a thing! This week the random number was 6 and that meant it was non-r-rated movies starting with S, and I have Song of the Sea (and The Secret of Roan Inish because it was also right there so why not.)

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July 23rd, 2015 09:25 am - Hugo 7: Hugo a-go-go
My ballot is in, folks! I did it! \o/

..well I'm skipping the Campbell because I just can't face another whole novel in the next two days. But the Campbell is (not a Hugo) so that still counts as making it through, right?

Last two categories are zines. I will admit to skimming the voter packet on these, but I liked them all and am looking forward to reading them later at leisure.

Best Fanzine: 1 nominee

Journey Planet )

Best Semiprozine - 3 nominations

The Hugos' definition of semiprozine seems to be "if they pay people, but not enough for anyone to live off of it" which. Is not a thing that makes me happy. (Not in terms of the Hugos, but in general RE: SF. There are so few prozines - by which I mean, people paying "market rates" for short fiction and editing - that they had to take that category out of the hugos altogether. :/ I say, as I contribute to the problem by only reading free stuff.

Anyway this was a category where I was already at least vaguely aware of all the nominees already, and at least vaguely liked them all already, so they get short version discussion too.

Semiprozine ) we get to see if I'll manage the rest of my 40-item to-do list by Saturday 7 AM.

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July 22nd, 2015 05:32 pm - Hguos six: Are we there yet?
I might even make it through these by Friday! Who knows.

Fancast: Two nominations.

Galactic Suburbia Podcast )

Tea and Jeopardy )

Best Fan Artist
No puppies! Five nominees.
That's a lot, and they're art and I'm bad at talking about art, so these are going to be short-ish.

All the stuff in the voter packet, tbh, was kind of sad. Was there a rule that you could only put in three items, all of them mediocre? I've seen a lot of people commenting on how little this cat has in common with the fanart we see online, but then again, a lot of these artist show to much better advantage if you look them up online, too. But then I realized the category is specifically for art that's been published in fan publications, which would explain why they were struggling to find qualifying pieces. Also, at least one of the artists has much better stuff from 2014 but a lot of it was sold professionally - it could be that most SF artists who are a) professional-quality and b) connected enough to get a Hugo nom transition to "pro" too fast to win this award.

Anyway that leaves me with the dilemma of, do I go by what's in the voter packet, assuming a lot of their other stuff is ineligible, or go by what I think of their art as a whole?

Fan Artists )

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July 21st, 2015 01:55 pm - Hugos |-| : the NSFW edition
..posted from work, of course.

Best Graphic Story

The category where I had already read most of the noms! Yay!
...actually I think it says... something, about the current state of fandom, that *this* was the only category with enough natural consensus to keep the Puppies from winning most of the slots. What is it about current comics/SF fandom that led to this? Suggestions welcome.

This is also the first category where there are multiple nominees and I would be outright delighted if any of them won! I am going to be debbie downer under the cuts again, but srsly, if you are looking for good comics, I would happily recommend any of these.

Anyway, 4 nominations:

Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal )

Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery )

Saga Vol. 3 )

Sex Criminals Vol. 1: One Weird Trick )

I think my current ballot is Sex Criminals, Saga, Rat Queens, Ms. Marvel, but I could be convinced otherwise.

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July 20th, 2015 05:30 pm - Hugos IV: Han of Iceland
Best Editor, Short Form
All puppy, No Award

Best Editor, Long Form
All puppy, No Award

(and thank goodness because there's no way I'd have the context to judge these fairly.)

Best Professional Artist - 1 nominee
Julie Dillon )

Best Fan Writer - 1 nominee
Laura J. Mixon )

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July 19th, 2015 01:13 pm - Hugos III: DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA
OK, best dramatic presentation: let's do this thing.

...they really need to fix this category and if they want a category for TV drama series they need to have one, and go back to letting people nom entire series like they used to, instead of pretending it's "short form" and people are nominating episodes. Anyway.

Best Dramatic Presentation: Short Form

Two nominees:
Doctor Who: "Listen"
nope. sorry, but I noped out of new-DW ages ago and am not going back. give me Doctor/Master that's actually doctor/master and not Moffat's "definitely not gay also I have lady issues" thing and I might go back. maybe. but not for this. nope.

Orphan Black )

Best Dramatic Presentation: Long Form
Two nominees

Captain America: The Winter Soldier )

Edge of Tomorrow, marketed on DVD as Live, Die, Repeat: The Edge of Tomorrow )

Bonus puppy-noms analysis for longform, since I know a lot of people were planning to ignore the puppies on this one, given that the studios don't care about the hugos anyway:

Puppy noms, short discussions )

I would have happily voted for Big Hero Six above any of these.

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July 18th, 2015 10:42 am - More Hugo voting thoughts!
I'm trying to squeeze these in because I leave for Pennsic War in a week and thus have to vote by then, so expect a post a day or so, and me maybe not leaving long comments as much as I'd like. Also I should have disclaimered this on my previous post: these aren't reviews; I'm aiming them at an audience of other people who know the works, so assume there are spoilers, possible triggers, and things that aren't explained well if you don't know the works in question. Also I am being much harsher than I would in a review, because I'm judging them against not just "was it something I'd recommend" but "does it stack up against My Platonic Ideal Hugo Winner" (which is probably something like what you'd get if you averaged the '67-'71 winners but then add in all the ways the genre & society have improved since then.) Which is a patently unfair standard but that's what you're here for, right.

Anyway let's knock out a few more categories:

Best Novella - All puppy, no award

Best Novelette: 1 nominee
The Day The World Turned Upside Down )

Best Short Story
All puppy, no award.

Best Related Work
All puppy, No Award

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
These are all episodes from shows I am either not watching or Emphatically Not Watching, so I don't think it's fair for me to even try to vote this category. (I'm tempted to vote for the Orphan Black one sight unseen because that seems like a great show and it would be an anti-vote for Moffat, but that would probably be a misuse of my vote. Alternatively if someone can point me to an easy free way to watch it online I could watch it while folding laundry tonight and at least have a vague idea even if not really enough context to judge.)

Does anyone know if there's a good way to put certain works under No Award but others under No Vote? Like, I would like to be able to say "Vote for Work A, no opinion on Work B, no award in preference to anything else." I don't think that's doable, though? If you're using No Award, everything that doesn't get a positive vote is counted as under No Award whether you list it or not, right? Which means for this category I'm going to have to decide whether to leave it blank or vote Orphan Black just so I can get in the No Awards for the puppies. (I'm leaning toward blank.)

Fandom, we need to nom some stuff for this category that isn't Episodes Of TV Dramas. There are plenty of glorious animated shorts out there, to start with, plus fanfilms and fanvids: stuff where it would really matter if someone won a Hugo for it. not to mention Homestuck flashes and Steven Universe

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