|March 14th, 2015 09:26 pm - jupiter ascending|
So I went to see Jupiter Ascending to celebrate Pi Day.
WHY DIDN'T THE INTERNET WARN ME THAT WAS A HARD SF
MOVIE.( very vague spoilers under cut )
There are a bunch of ways I just expect a movie to betray me eventually and watching it is sort of like just counting down until the inevitable betrayal and this movie kept NOT DOING THAT. The internet had warned me about most of them so I was prepared to maybe not be betrayed in the standard ways? BUT NOBODY WARNED ME ABOUT THE SCIENCE. NOBODY WARNED ME THAT THIS WAS A REALLY SMART MOVIE BY PEOPLE WHO REALLY LOVE THE "SCIENCE" IN SF AND TRUST THE AUDIENCE TO ALSO BE SMART. WHY DID YOU NOT WARN ME.
that was a really good choice to celebrate pi day.
Current Mood:: ecstatic
|January 30th, 2014 07:08 pm - Invisible ficathon!|
I've spent the last couple of days, in my spare time, playing around in the invisible_ficathon
tagset and learning about how to be a tagmod in an AO3 ficathon. (It is an amazing tagset
so far, and you still have time to nominate, if you're lucky! ^_^
I finally put my own nominations in last night, and now I get to convince all of you to sign up to write them! As a lot of the fandoms in this fest will be, most of mine are pretty light on canon, so you should be able to sign up even if you didn't know them already
Here are the four of mine that have the easiest canon - all you need to write them should already be in this post!
- Howard Goldberg, Frontiersman is a book that appears in a couple of Daniel Pinkwater novels. It's the story of the first Orthodox Jewish Indian Scout in the US. The longest description of its contents is in Yobgorgle, as excerpted below: ( It was a pretty interesting book. )I know there are people reading this who have just been waiting to do justice to the story of the first Orthodox Jewish Indian Scout. Perhaps you are one of them?
- Wonder Wombat: This is another one that appears in several Daniel Pinkwater novels, as an old comic that people collect. (It is *not* related to the DC animated character or the video game character.) We know almost nothing about their contents - only that by the late 1970s, they were very sought after, and it was very difficult to collect a complete run of Wonder Wombat. Surely you all would like to volunteer to flesh out the story of Wonder Wombat! Come on. WOMBATS. OLD COMICS. What is not love?
- The Stonebender Family Stories by Jubal Harshaw: Jubal was a writer who was a character in some of Robert A. Heinlein's novels, and toward the end of The Number of the Beast, we get to hear a few paragraphs of one of his stories, written collaboratively by himself and an AI. Here is what we get: ( Uncle Tobias we kept in a bucket )
That's it, that's all there is to know about the Stonebender family. Aren't you burned up with curiosity about why Uncle Tobias needed that bucket, or what exactly unsympathetic magic involves, or how Cousin Julius came to fit into the family, or who exactly the narrator is, or any number of other things? Yes, so am I. We should all offer to write this!
- The Jack Colquitt Adventures by Raul Bloodworth The Jack Colquitt Adventures were written under a pseudonym by the Cigarette Smoking Man from the X-Files. They are only mentioned in one episode, 4x07 "Musing of a Cigarette Smoking Man", which is often taken to be not-entirely-canon by the fandom. We know very little about them, except that they are adventure stories about aliens and assassinations, and that the published version was heavily altered from original manuscripts. Here are some excerpts:
"Jack Colquitt sat alone in his apartment at Christmas. He believed in sacrifice. Yet, some nights, he longed for a second chance..."
"I can kill you whenever I please... but not today"It's implied that the events of the episode, as narrated by Frohike, are loosely based on the Jack Colquitt story that was published. There's a transcript of the episode up at inside the x (hurrah for oldfandom and their episode transcripts!) and it's pretty easy to find the episode online to watch. You really don't need to know anything else about XF to write about Jack Colquitt - frankly, the less you know, the better, I suspect, although if you are as fond as I of CSM, you could also do glorious things with the possibilities.
Hurrah! I see no reason why those can not get many sign-ups. ^_^ Next up: the ones that require a bit more canon knowledge.
|March 29th, 2011 01:37 pm - This is what the inside of my head is like all the time.|
List of fic I am not currently writing, no, absolutely not:
"Four times it wasn't Harry, and one time it was":
1. Wherein Herewiss s'Hearn and Sunspark go through a Door looking for other men who have the Fire, and meet Harry Dresden and Bob the Air Elemental instead, and there is a lot of playing around with Soulfire/Flame and annoying of Wardens and Wardresses (and possibly setting buildings on fire. Or sex.)
2. Wherein Howell Jenkins is trying to visit Wales but winds up somewhere under Edinburgh instead, and gets help from a certain Warden in staying under the Council's radar.
3. Wherein Har of Osterland, searching for a rumor of a shadow of Suth, instead meets a strange wizard of winter's ice in the Northern Wastes and plays a riddle-game with him.
4. Wherein the enchanter Sir Harold Shea is visiting Queen Mab and Queen Titania as an emissary of Queen Gloriana, and provides a much-needed dose of scientific rationality and clinical psychiatry to everyone involved.
5. Wherein Harry Callahan is never letting Dairine do a transit spell for him ever again, Ways are walked, and parenting advice is exchanged.
"Five More Days In Paradise"
1. In which Kincaid and Murphy visit Hawaii on a working holiday, and bring Ivy along this time. Lots of things blow up, Detective Kelly remembers their last visit all too well, and Ivy makes a new friend and gets to swim with the dolphins.
2. In which Joe Dawson and Adam Pierson came to Hawaii for a quiet retirement, which seems slightly at odds with the mysterious headless bodies and localized lightning storms that 5-0 keeps hearing reported on their private beach.
3. In which Danny Williams refuses to believe there is a full-rigged pirate ship just offshore, even after Captain Jack Sparrow shanghais him onboard. (Well, for definitions of "shanghai" that involve Steve, flirting and a lot of rum.)
4. In which Danny is uncertain why it is 5-0 who are explaining why they're in Hawaii to a couple of Canadian cops, but the phrase "killers of his father" gets bandied around a lot.
5. In which Superboy meets Steve McGarrett. And territorial displays happen.
...on the plus side, I seem to be mostly out of my all-RPF phase for now.
|December 28th, 2010 02:25 pm|
I am back from my annual Winter Holiday away-from-internets-ness! I have not even started catching up on the DW posts I have missed, or the hundreds and hundreds of Yuletide recs, but I *did* get to my stories.
And as seems to be a trend, I have an embarrassment of riches again this year: three stories!
My assigned story is The End of the Enlightenment
, based on A Night in the Lonesome October
, and Awesome Author took up the challenge of writing about a Game other than the one in the book, and it is amazing! Alas, I am not knowledgeable enough about the place & time that author chose to recognize the characters immediately, but that is okay
, because not really knowing just makes it creepier, plus! That means there is research to be done! Which is always a good thing!
I also got The Story of Elihu Yale
, which fleshes out John Hodgman's account of the founding of Yale University, featuring Elihu Yale and his wise prostitute, and it is adorable!
And finally, there is Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
, which is Myssmo/Law and Srafen/Hedgyt and comes in chapters
, OMG. Author took up the challenge of writing queer lamnviin! And in a way that fills me with joy!
...also, while all the above stories are amazing on their own, two of the authors left notes to the effect that they plan to write more, which a) means more story for me someday YAY! and b) makes me feel slightly better about the fact that I did the same thing to my yuletide recipient. :/ Dear recipient: You seemed to like the story, and I hope you could not tell that I only wrote 1/4 of what I intended (and instead just assumed I'm not a very good writer) but I *do* still intend to write you the other 3/4. Hopefully by the time the archive opens again. Maybe?
Meanwhile, apropos of you-really-don't-want-to-know, here is a song I have written:( I want a Necronomicon for Solstice (only a Necronomicon will do.) )
|November 20th, 2010 01:12 am - Yuletide letter appendices|
...shut up, appendices are totally not going overboard.( A Mobile Phone from 1912 )( Years of all Halloween full moons from the start of the Gregorian calendar to the 22nd century. )
...and now I feel like this post belongs as a missing chapter of Areas of My Expertise
. A theme, I has one.
And since Bucketeers and Hodgman are feeling left out, here is an mp3 that will do for both: Jonathan Coulton sings Furry Old Lobster
|November 19th, 2010 10:44 pm - Yuletide Letter|
Hi yuletide writer person! And whoever else is nosing around!
I am not a scary person to write for. Seriously. Write me a story in one of the fandoms I asked for, and write it with love, or at least sympathy, for the characters and the fandom and the art of story, and I will be over the moon
I know a lot of people mention things they don't want, in their letters, but the only things I consistently don't want are things nobody does on purpose anyway, so I don't see much point in mentioning them. But if you are worried that you might write something I don't want accidentally - in my opinion, yuletide is about having fun, and about stretching yourself by writing in new fandoms: I don't expect my present to be a 10,000 word epic that involves all my kinks, fixes everything wrong with the fandom, ends injustice in the world, cures HIV and brings world peace. I mean, I would not be upset if you did
manage that, but in general, if you feel uncomfortable writing something in one of my prompts, or worried that you're screwing it up? Don't worry about it. Write me something that makes you happy and it will make me happy too.
Also, you can cheat: earlier this year, I posted a list of 101 of my bulletproof narrative kinks
. If you include at least one of those in your story, use proper dialogue punctuation, and double-space between paragraphs, then seriously, you can do no wrong.
Some general notes: I love crossovers, and I don't care if I know all the fandoms. If you get struck with a crossover idea, please, write it! (If you don't that is also okay.) And if you get stuck on the matched fandom, please look at the other fandoms I requested, you never know, you might fall in love - and I won't mind if you don't know all the details of canon. My DW is almost entirely unlocked, and feel free to rummage around among the tags and old posts if you feel like stalking me more.
Also, if for some reason you need to know more, stellar_dust
is my sister, she groks yuletide, and I am hereby volunteering her as a go-between, explainer of things, and general dogsbody for you. :D
On the other hand, if you don't feel like stalking me more - if this letter is already too long for you (it is, objectively, already too long!) - feel free to ignore it. Everything you actually need to know is in the official request. And if you're somebody I already know - as I suspect you might be, for several of these fandoms - good luck, and cheers. :D
Under the cuts I am reposting my requests, adding short intros and resources on the fandoms I requested, and then going into more detail on ideas for stories (which is one thing I am never short of.) I am going to natter on at length, because OMG, a chance to natter on about my small fandoms and maybe even have an audience!( Compendium of World Knowledge - John Hodgman )( Miss Madelyn Mack Detective - Hugh Cosgro Weir )(
Their Majesties' Bucketeers - L. Neil Smith )(
A Night in the Lonesome October - Roger Zelazny )
Current Music:: JoCo - Furry Old Lobster
Current Mood:: accomplished
|November 12th, 2010 05:58 pm - love, awesome, and sparkles|
1. I refuse to write, or post, or even start, a dear yuletide letter when nominations aren't even open yet. Sorry! (Well, I did do the relevant astronomical calculations, but that doesn't count.)
I have gone through and figured out what I'm offering, though. Since the time is significantly shorter this year, I decided I'm only offering fandoms that make me go "Ooh, yes! I want an excuse to reread/rewatch that in a hurry!" (as opposed to the usual criterion, which is "Ooh, I wish that had more fic, I bet I could acquire canon by the deadline." As a result, I'm only offering somewhere around 115 fandoms this time (depending on how the final list handles duplicates.)
2. A couple of days ago I got my sign-ups and induction stuff to be an AO3 tag wrangler. Which, yay? But I thought they weren't signing anyone up until after yuletide? And in fact wrangling is closed until after yuletide? So other than read through the docs, I am not sure what I am supposed to be doing
about my new tag wrangler status. Other than continuing to lurk the chatroom, obvs. (Oh, AO3, your communication skills at the moment are so inspiring.)
3. I don't know how helpful this will be, but the long-running rift between two segments of fandom (with other segments chiming in from the sidelines) which has suddenly broken off the scabs and started bleeding again, hurts. I see it in a split down fandom communities; down my own circle of friends; and down my own self. So, I want to do this, if only for myself; and I would love to see other people do it, too; I don't know if it will help heal the rift, but it might help some of us across it.
I am a fan, I am a geek. I have always been. You may, reading this journal or my comments, get the impression that I am a slash fan and/or a media fan - and I will admit, my primary allegiance is to that community. But that's not all
I am. That is the last, and in some ways the least, of my fannish IDs. What else am I? Well, in roughly chronological order:( I am a fan of genre fiction. )( I am a math, science, and tech geek. )( I am a science fiction fan. )( I am a comics fan. )( I am an anime/manga fan. )( I am a media fan and a slash fan. )
...wow, I totally didn't intend that to be the effect, but I am kind of filled with love and awesome and sparkles now after writing that. Love and awesome and sparkles to all fans everywhere, regardless of what kind of fans you are!
|November 3rd, 2010 08:14 pm - Vanyel and FictionAlley|
I just had a dream that there exists an episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series in which certain department heads on the U.S.S. Enterprise (headed by Captain Kirk) had taken to buying antique hardcovers of classic novels and leaving them lying around the Engineering break rooms in an attempt to wean Scotty off his technical manuals by giving him books that are beautiful hardware in their own right, with the result that Scotty and Cupcake and several other Engineering redshirts have started an enthusiastic book club that is reading the Valdemar novels.And
this animated episode I was watching even included a fairly long segment of what was actually happening in the novel they were discussing, in which Vanyel was drawn to quite closely resemble Spock in a glittery lavender version of Vulcan robes, and spent most of his time crying. In the rain. (As basically all I know about Valdemar is that Vanyel is gay and tragic, there are soulbonded horses, and the covers of my copies are pink and purple and sparkle, I'm kind of impressed with my brain for coming up with that. And traumatized.)
I'm not sure if I want to write that story more or less than I now want the Hot Fuzz story where Danny lends Nick the Valdemar books.
Anyway, I've been kind of vaguely following the FictionAlley vs. Pepsi controversy, and while it would probably be smarter of me not to, I feel compelled to add my $.02 American. (Look, me reading up on the intersection of neoliberal capitalism and self-enforced gift economies totally counts as research for my NaNo, okay? And sadly, that's actually true, and I only just now realized that part of what the economics in my novel is commenting on is fandom.)( This whole meta section here is just so I don't feel like I made a post just to talk about Scotty and Vanyel, because my subconscious thinks you guys expect more than that of me. If Scotty and Vanyel is a sufficient post for you, please do skip this section. )
|October 31st, 2010 06:22 pm - Sola scriptura, sola fide, sola gratia|
Ah. Of course I wore my voice out the day before Reformation Sunday, when we sing all the good old traditional hymns.
Anyway, to make me less depressed after listening to Pastor's Reformation Day sermon, which was all about the deeply disappointing way the ELCA is (slowly, politely, quietly) attempting to schism itself over the issue of same-sex partnerships (which our Churchwide Assembly decided they approved of last year), here is an embed of the video our Presiding Bishop posted as part of the It Gets Better project, which beatrice_otter
linked to a few days ago:( Video + transcript )
And, wow, I'd never really thought about the fact that Lutheran pastors have a specifically recognizable style, but it is so very painfully obvious what denomination he's from even without the intro. Which is to say: it's not by any means a perfect statement, but I am *so proud* of my Bishop for deciding to join the project, especially given the way his Church is spasming over it right now, and the cultural Lutheran more that you avoid divisiveness at all cost.
...oh, is there another holiday on 31 October? Sorry, you know how tunnel-vision us Christians can get about other folks' holidays. :P
I have very specific tastes when it comes to horror, I have come to realize.
The horror I find nicely shivery brings in a few particular factors: the unseen monster and the unknown fate; the incomprehensible but malignant outsider sentience; and the shift of ordinary things and places into sudden objects of fear.
The first horror-y fiction I ever read that I actually both found scary and liked was the classic fantasy novel The Face In The Frost
, by John Bellairs. It's a short novel which combines parody/humor, classic quest fantasy with evil wizards, and that sort of deep horror of the mundane and unknowable. It stars two wizards named Prospero (but not the one you're thinking of) and Roger Bacon (also not the one you're thinking of) as they try to stop Melichus (a old schoomate of Prospero's) from evoking a formless, all-encompassing alien evil out of a mysterious book.
The book was clearly inspired by the Voynich manuscript
, a deeply creepy Medieval book full of drawings of cyborg women, strangely biological-looking circle diagrams, and alien plants, which is written in a mysterious script that has never been decrypted. Melichus' book from The Face in the Frost
is very similar, but it is finally read - by Melichus - after he discovers that, when you study the book obsessively, sleeplessly, compulsively, staring only at the pages of the book until all the rest of the world seems unreal - suddenly it wavers into something readable. Something alive, strange, something that wobbles between not quite real and too real to exist, but readable
I've always wanted to mock up some pages of the book, properly bespelled, and since I finally found my stylus, I drew them for All Hallows. Here it is, a two-page spread from Melichus's evil book:
And yes, if you figure out how to read it properly, it really does decrypt by itself, one slow letter at a time, alive and wavering but readable, like the evil book in the story: there is proper magic in it.
The plaintext I used was a nonsense poem from later in the book. The marginals are directly inspired by the Voynich manuscript - luckily the artist of the Voynich wasn't a particularly good draftsman either.
If you figure it out or try try and fail, let me know? I've never really tested this method on anyone else, so I'd love to know how well it works. Anybody posting a full decryption within the next few days gets their comment screened, but discussion of methods is strongly encouraged. :D
ETA: If you want to know how this encryption works, siegeofangels
worked out the cheating decryption method
, and I give the rest of it away in comments to her entry.
|October 29th, 2010 08:59 pm - RALLY |
Here is the list of things I need to do before leaving for the Rally in DC tomorrow:( list )
Sorry about that, but I was working at church for most of the day today, so I know I will be up until all hours getting ready for tomorrow, and at that point I need to make a very detailed list of things while my brain is still working, so I thought I'd share the joy with you.
Also while I am doing all that, I will be listening to the rest of the A Wizard on Mars
audiobook I got from the library when it became clear they were never going to order a paper version. I'm about halfway through, and all I've got so far is ( Do I still need a spoiler cut for AWoM? )
|October 23rd, 2010 10:17 pm - This all does make sense, if you're me.|
Oh help. I was just trying to copy-paste "katy manning naked dalek" into google search, but I hadn't actually copied the text, so what actually pasted was "neo-classical endogenous growth theory".
.... the sad bit is that it that I got the endogenous growth theory off a kink meme, not the Dalek porn. And that I got so distracted reading about endogenous growth theory that I still haven't looked up the Katy Manning pictures yet.
(Okay, now I have. You know, they say the Internet is for porn, but the Lego version now has a higher Google ranking than the original photoshoot...)
Right now I am re-organizing my library (again, yes, but they really needed it, they've been in a state ever since the last time I moved). This time it's by publisher and date of publication! What, I can find things at least as well that way by this point, and it sorts much more naturally by size that way, which is necessary in order to fit 2,700 books into one 10x15 room and still be able to pull out any one I want at five minutes' notice. And if I can't pull out any one I want at five minutes' notice, there is no excuse for me having them all. (My rule of dusting is "if it has stayed in one place long enough to accumulate dust, you should either get rid of it or put it into deep storage." Books don't get dusty.)
Anyway, I am starting to realize that there may come a day when my library is *finished.* I mean, not totally finished - people will keep writing amazing books, and I will keep buying them as soon as I find a used copy for less than $2, and there are some rare books that I will probably never find for less than $2 - but the backfilling? The catching up of two centuries of popular publishing that already happened? There may actually be an end in sight
. The thing is I keep going to used book sales and discovering that everything they have that I'm interested in, I already own
Today I went to the library thinking I might actually check out some books on topics related to a certain NaNo I'm not writing
which may or may not also be related to endogenous growth theory
, and coming home with nothing, because the only books on the shelves that I had any interest in reading were ones I already had at home
. The end's not there yet - LibraryThing means always knowing exactly how many books you've bought this month
, and I'm not exactly at a stop yet; there's a ways to go before I can walk into a used bookstore with a 50%-off-everything sale and come out empty-handed. But most of those large batches this year were me going through piles of uncatalogued stuff that was already more-or-less in the family. (Well. Okay, and reading copies given to me by friend-who-works-in-the-industry.) Whereas even three years ago, many of them were "went to big library sale, came out with 80 books."
I had never really thought of a book collecting as something that had a *limit* (even if it's one of those tricky limits that trails off but never quite reaches zero.)
...on the upside, though, when I go to a sale and don't find anything interesting among the books, that leaves me more time to look through the LPs...
's metafandomed post on crossover fandoms
drew me like a moth to a flame, like it would, and somebody in her comments linked to The Finale of the Ultimate Mega Meta Crossover
on fanfiction.net, which is, in fact, a(n) Ultimate Mega Meta Crossover.
I approve of mega meta crossovers just in *general* (as you might have noticed), and this one is amazing - it pulls in reality-crossing characters from 45 different story-worlds, puts them in a framework borrowed from a couple of Singularity-era SF novels (which normally annoy me, but with everyone from Merlin to Miles Vorkosigan refusing to take their premises seriously, it was far more palatable) in such a way that there is both plot and logic, and then lets them run.
It is so awesome it got me to sign it to my delicious account for the first time in months (okay, for the first time since I found the Sharpe/Temeraire
crossover this summer, I have types, okay?)
(Also I recognized only 34 out of the 45 fandoms in that without cheating, I clearly need to read more SF.)
Also, the Ultimate Meta Mega Crossover gives Harold Shea the love and spotlight he deserves, which makes me even happier. If, by any chance, you don't know who Harold Shea is, he is the main character in the Compleat Enchanter
series by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt, which began in 1940 in the SF pulp magazines. As far as I am aware, it is the first (published, English-language fiction) in which a (geeky, fannish) character discovered a way to travel to universes that were fictional in his home universe, and thus is the patron saint of fourth-wall-breaking crossovers.
(He is even brillianter than that, in that the second universe he went to was Spencer's Faerie Queene. If you don't know Faerie Queene, it's basically fanfic of the novel Orlando Furioso
, which was fanfic of the novel Orlando Innamorato
, which was a crossover fanfic of the Roland cycle and the Arthurian romances, which were themselves, of course, fanfic of (probably Breton) derivative texts which are long lost. And Compleat Enchanter is itself a multi-author fanfic verse at this point. And it is fully self-aware of all the layers of meta it has going on. In 1940 in Unknown
There needs to be more Harold Shea (and Amber, and Pantheistic Multiperson Solipsism, and etc--) fic out there, and there needs to be more massively multifandom multiverse fics, too. Especially ones that bring in fandoms like Young Wizards or Lazarus Long that let all the different fictional universes already be in formal contact with each other.
I was going to say "now I want to change my yuletide requests to put in some of my favorite canonical crossover universes", except of course I'm already requesting "A Night In the Lonesome October" which is already an epic multi-fandom canon crossover. :D I told you I had a type. And one of my prompts for it is totally going to be "Write about another future or past Game pulling in multiple crossover characters from some other place and time. Here's a list of Halloween full moons in the last three centuries. 1955 Japan, Jack and Snuff picking their way among the kaiju? 1944, with Indiana Jones and Jack Harkness and the BPRD and Spike and Dru and ....? 1925, Adele Blanc-Sec vs. Madelyn Mack vs. Mary Russell? 2020, the first Game in 65 years, with grown-up Luna and Neville and Nita and Kit and the Allbright twins and a Slayer or two acting on rumors they barely believe? Pick your characters! Pick your year! Go!"
...actually I kind of want to run a whole Night in the Lonesome October fic fest where everybody picks a Game year, and writes that crossover, but I suspect I could not get the participation. (Or, you know, you could run an amazing RPG, where the mod picks a year and a location, everybody else picks a character, and nobody knows who is Opening and who is Closing. You could even do that one in person or by mail, one day at a time - I bet you could adapt Amber Diceless to it, too. But that is way beyond my skill.)
Also I am very tempted to drop Hodgmanverse from my yuletide requests and replace it with Snarkout Boys, just to complete the set of Holmes pastiches. No! I shall be strong!
|June 2nd, 2010 01:16 pm - Kink bingo! (Just like everybody else!)|
I signed up for kink_bingo
this year! I love how accessible they're making it: low pressure, the minimum is one 500-word story in a year, and they've emphasized that you don't have to be able to write explicit sex or sexual characters in order to play, so I'm fairly sure I can do it. My card:( My Card )
So everybody's going on and on about their kink_bingo cards, and how lucky they are, and I looked at mine and went "huh."
I don't think *any* of the kinks I was really excited about ended up on it, and the two stories-in-progess I'd been planning to use at cheats - each of which have so many kinks they could conceivably blackout a card on their own, with no overlap - are barely represented on the card at all.
I guess that serves me right! Anyway it'll be fun, even if I only end up managing one meta post or something.
I would like to note that as I was going through the kink_wiki yesterday, exploring my options, the questions I was coming up with were things like "Would a story about someone whose erogenous zones are primarily tactile negotiating a scene with someone whose erogenous zones are primarily aural (involving sonics that person A can't produce) work for the 'silence' square?" and "does crossdressing have to involve gender, or can it involve someone whose species doesn't wear clothing dressing up as a human?" and "is 'accidental soulbond with a mechanical life-form due to shoddy safety measures during repair work' suitable for the 'electricity' square?" and "Can I do 'wrist/ankle restraints' on somebody whose limbs don't exactly fit those categories?"
... which just goes to show what pairings I have been getting bunnies for lately. Actually, having gone down the entire kink list, there are only four kinks which require somebody to have a humanoid or vaguely humanoid body (five, if you count 'shaving', which requires a mammalian one at least) and I got three of them...
I also went out to work last night without actually remembering what was on my card, and I ended up plotting out in my head an amazing
story - for a kink that's not on my card. But now I really, really want to write "How Bran Tse-Mallory and Truzenzuzex Invented Strip Personality Chess, And What Happened Afterward." (Does kink_bingo give out prizes for "most stories written for the wrong card"?)
...I may at least have to write a Bran/Tru 'ship manifesto, since Mymy/Vyssu/Mav has been such a hit. :D ...and I'm so tempted to try for a bingo with all non-human or cross-species pairings.
Anyway I was going to try to make this short, but this *is* me, and it's an excuse to talk about kink and about ideas for stories I'll probably never write, so here's ( some brainstorming for every square )
|March 19th, 2010 07:31 pm - Mymy/Mav/Vyssu, OT3 4eva, srsly.|
How about another post about the female characters of Sherlock Holmes fandom? (It's weird how *much* I have fixated on Mary Morstan in this fandom - I'll read the Holmes/Watson if it comes strongly recommended, but I only really get enthusiastic about any given fanwork if it has Mary (or Irene, or Mrs. Hudson but that never happens, so mostly Mary) in it, with the result that I've not been submerged nearly as much as I thought I would be. It's strange to be in a fandom where I'm actually exhibiting *taste* to the extent it limits my reading.)
There is not nearly enough of this sort of story coming through del.icio.us. So I have descended to going to the library
and checking out these things made of sheets of paper glued together on one edge - apparently, you can get Holmes fanfic in that format, too. And apparently, if you want novels about the women, you're more likely to find them there...
First, though, a few more fic recs:Scenes from an Unusual Domestic Arrangement
, by lalaietha
, OT4: If you're reading Holmes fic, you already know to read everything recessional
writes, but if you only read one, read this one: it is the OT4 that must exist.Imagine Me and You (and You and You)
, by flash_indie
, OT4: More Mary-heavy OT4 that is awesome! And it's novella-length! This has Mary joining the boys as a full partner in the detectiving, and a really interesting working-out of the poly dynamic over time. Mary is occasionally a bit too modern for my taste, but the story carries you along anyway.Not A Rational Organ
, by bluepercy
, bookverse, gen-ish with Holmes/Mary and implied OT3: This was written well before the movie and seems to have got very little attention post-movie, which is a shame, because I love it lots, and I believe it happened. Watson is taken captive as a result of one of Watson's cases, and Mary insists on coming with Holmes on the rescue, and they both love Watson enough to let him go, and during the adventure Holmes gets confused, stops seeing Mary as an enemy, and starts having unfamiliarly heterosexual thoughts about her. The only complaint I have about this story is it isn't the beginning of a twelve-book series.Checkmate
, by random_nexus
, gen-ish OT3: another story from the pre-movie fandom. This is a short bit that is simply a conversation between Holmes and Mary Watson, in which she out-maneuvers, out-manipulates, and out-deduces him, and he likes it, and she knows he does. If that isn't enough to get you to read, well, we clearly have fundamental differences in our ways of thinking.
And now for the published fic: since this was written and printed for money, I am more comfortable being openly critical of it even when I liked it overall. So these reviews are at, um, somewhat greater length. (but, then, the stories are also of somewhat greater length.)Good Morning, Irene, aka The Adventuress by Carole Nelson Douglas( Note: this is very much not movieverse Irene. I like this one better. )
Verdict: Will not be reading out of order, but will be keeping my eye out for the first book in the series.Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits' Curse, by Martin Davies( Okay, when I heard that this series *existed* - the series in which Holmes is fairly incompetent and Mrs. Hudson is secretly feeding him all the clues - I knew I wanted try it out, even if it was crack-addled and/or just plain bad. )
(Mrs. Hudson! More people need to write about Mrs. Hudson, yo! If Martin Davies can do it, so can you!)
Verdict: Fun but not life-changing; would read more if I stumbled upon it. Also, very glad it exists.Their Majesties' Bucketeers, by L. Neil Smith( This is an AU where Holmes and Watson are Lamviin - small, trilaterally symmetrical crustaceans who live on a desert planet that is in their species' equivalent of our Victorian period. Also, they do *everything* in threes, not just symmetry - including sex and gender. )
Verdict: Will SO be requesting for Yuletide. :D (Also, *so* glad it exists. And Mymy/Mav/Vyssu is still my canon OT3 for all Holmes fandom everywhere. I had forgotten how deeply I loved this book in high school - my copy is falling apart, and I still have stretches memorized, ten years since my last re-read.)
...and while I was returning some of these to the library, I checked out the first Mary Russell book. And one of the Moriarty books (the series where it's Moriarty who secretly solves the crimes and gives Holmes the credit - no, I'm not sure how that works either) so there may be another set of these, after I read those. Also, I checked out Lord John and the Private Matter
, Monstrous Regiment
, and Pride/Prejudice
, for all your Queer Age of Sail needs. I have reviews of those half-written that I'll probably post to age_of_sail
when they're done.
Current Music:: john oliver
|March 11th, 2010 10:26 pm - Some scraps of things.|
Here are some posts I have made to DW communities in the past week:asexuality
: Queering the Census: We ALL Count
, in which I gripe about the Queer the Census campaign
, which is about greater visibility for LGBT people but erases everyone who isn't heterosexual but doesn't fit it one of the L-G-B-T boxes.common_nature
, In which elke_tanzer
and I have started a community that is all about nature, and you all should join it! And post stuff there! And leave comments!create_my_comm
: Little Details
, in which we are all agreed that DW needs a community that is like l_d only awesomer, and none of us want to be the one to start it! (So you should!)starry_sea
: Anybody still here?
, in which I apologize abjectly for abandoning my own community, and talk about how to get it active again.tarot
: An Amazing Tarot Blog
, in which I rave at length about Pre-Gebelin Tarot History
, which discusses tarot from a strictly historical and rational perspective, a perspective which is deeply awesome and far, far too hard to find.treknovelfest
: Illustration for "Three T'kay Stories"
, in which I have done a lot of research in the Starfleet Archives and found photographs & descriptions of the original ancient Vulcan artifacts that were used to illustrate ljc
's treknovelfest entry based on my prompt, From The Terran Coyote to The Klingon K'Ortar: Tricksters of the Alpha and Beta Quadrants
...there, that can be my followfriday. :D (What posts have you made to DW communities in the past week?)
Most of those were posts I have been procrastinating on making for months! Having them done is like breathing clear air again. (Also, omg, I might actually have to change my to-do list now - I'm afraid the dry-erase marker might have set in on some of them.) There's several more I've had on hold, though - maybe now that I'm on a roll I can scratch even more of them off.
In the spirit of getting things done, how about that WIPs meme that was going around awhile ago? One paragraph from everything in my "In progress" folder, was it?( This includes fics, meta posts, vids, fanmixes, and various stranger things, in all states of completion, fyi. )
...it says something about me that my reaction to all of that laid out is "That's less than thirty things! Not at bad as I thought!" If you ask for more information about any of them in comments, I will probably give it to you. (At length! ^_^ )
Also while I am doing random meme-y things, poall:
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If I were to lose all perspective and sign up for scifibigbang, I should write:
Current Mood:: bouncy
|March 9th, 2010 08:45 pm - Where did I put my roller skates?|
Alternating between reading Bujold fic and Winter Olympics RPS has me wanting a story about elite-level Zero-Gravity Athletics competition. The Extra-Atmospheric Olympic Committees require that ZG athletes spend at least thirty percent of their time in more than .5g, which is of course the source of much shenanigans, angst and H/C.
Also, I think one of the main characters of the story started their career as an Abolympic competitor (that's a sort of "special" competition limited to people who use no or only minor biomodifications, chemical enhancements or technological augmentation; the real competitors think of it as kind of the cute little sibling, but it has a rabid following of its own, 'rabid' often being the operative term). As a result of a major practice injury last season, said character was disqualified from the Abolympics, and made the unusual choice of moving to standard competition rather than retiring, and is having a lot of trouble fitting in. Being kind of an asshole isn't helping. The other main character is one of the only elite-level XA athletes to have grown up on an actual planet and gets a lot of crap about it (incluing constant suspicion that XA judges are biased against planetaries), but refuses to be anything but sparkly and peppy and is the favorite of nearly all the planetary fans who follow XA sport. Character also actually enjoys having to spend time in grav (despite having the same ostopenia and asthenia adaptation difficulties that are common to ZG athletes), and whenever there's a competition near a settled planet is constantly trying to get fellow athletes to go snowboarding and ice-skating.
...that would actually slot right in to my existing space opera universe. And the established FTL physics I have there would add the extra layer that anyone competing in intersystem leagues would have chosen to accept the temporal isolation that comes with regular relativistic accelaration... The Galactic Olympics are held every four years standardized time, but most of the athletes on the competition circuit would've only aged about two-three years in that time - and another regulation is that they are *required* to have at least 18 months subjective time between Olympic entries.
>_< I am going to spend the next few days writing this story in my head, I can tell. LIKE I NEEDED ANOTHER STORY TO WRITE. Somebody else offer to pick up the bunny, please, so I don't have to??
|January 1st, 2010 02:57 am|
The internets has refused to cough up a proper cocktail recipe for scumble, and so I wish to inform them that 80-proof apple jack mixed 50-50 with ginger beer is yummy, and it's also lethal, because my body seems to think it's apple soda and I drink entire gulps before I realize that it's actually rather distinctly alcoholic.
(The stash of drinks has no vodka, but my sister and Rachel Maddow together have made me interested in cocktails. So sister had sonic screwdrivers with tequila instead of vodka & I had moscow mules with applejack instead & called them scumble.)
(Actually we had vodka, but it's double-caffeinated espresso vodka. Our hostess has been drinking it straight for several hours and is now both lit and wired. How festive, just like her non-demoninational holiday shrub
We watched A Colbert Christmas and then have spent the past several hours watching DVDs of all the Otakon vid shows for the entire decade of the nineties (because the parties I go to are just that cool), including the very first vid I ever saw (which was Ryoga Hibiki doing I Would Walk 500 miles in 1995. btw.) I am thinking about how much those old-school AMVs, especially in the humor vids that had a particular way of using literal matching of lyrics & images while completely (deliberately) mismatching tone & mood, shaped my vid aesthetic. Or I would be if it wasn't three o'clock in the morning and I hadn't drunk quite so much scumble.
Also I appear to have crocheted a mauve Dalek.
Everybody who is here tonight drew a party spink
. Three guesses which was mine and the first two don't count! Hint: it is the Doctor Who one.
Now I am waiting impatiently for yuletide reveals. Perhaps I will drink some sherry and then attempt to write fic!
My resolution for the year: I am going to start actually finishing creative projects instead of just talking about how awesome they would be if I actually finished them. (To aid me in doing that, I am going to do more talking about them, too.)
Also I am going to get a job. And make some money.
Current Music:: a cold cold christmas
|October 6th, 2008 11:55 pm - Specially meme-scented entry!|
So I have been trying not to get to emotionally involved with the politics (though I still want to do that "Sarah Palin or TGP
: Who Is More Qualified?" point-by-point comparison), but I have been following fivethirtyeight.com pretty closely. And OMG, if Obama takes the South
? That will be not only win, it'll be the most important thing to happen in American politics in my *lifetime*.
Anyway.1. Comment on this post.
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Think of 5 fictional characters and post their names and your comments on these characters in your blog.stellar_dust
gave me "D".
...I had a list of twenty-five characters to pick from, and that was before I checked my notes. So, um, have the short list as meme x 3.
And hey, while I'm at it, why not give me two numbers between 1 and 15 and I'll write you a comment-fic where those two characters meet. :D (Random or calculated, I don't even care.)( Five Large Fandoms )( Five Small Fandoms )( Five Nonexistent Fandoms )
...Yeah, I should probably stop there. Even if it means I have to leave out David Starr, and Mike Doonesbury, and Dick and Dorothea (the D's), and Diana Fowley, and Dick Grayson**, and Dickon Sowerby**, and Daystar, and Death**, and Doli the Dwarf, and ....
(** marks characters I have either written in fic or tried to write.)
|July 16th, 2008 03:48 pm|
You do know what CAPTCHA programs are for, right? They give Humanity an *economic imperative* to develop ever more sophisticated Turing-test-passing AI systems.
The first true artificial intelligences on Earth will be spambots.
Current Mood:: amused
|June 16th, 2008 12:21 am|
So rather than going home, packing some, working up a real con report and doing the follow-up stuff I promised, I went to stellar_dust
's apartment and she mixed us both Sonic Screwdrivers and we watched DW 4x10 and Torchwood (Meat) while I taught myself how to tie cherry stems in knots with my tongue. (It seems like a useful skill.)
DW was generally good, and we spent about ten minutes afterward being annoying-sisters to each other in one of the traditional ways, but it was *creepy* this time (seriously, I bet all the mothers in Great Britain are cursing RTD by now) but OMG, Rusty, ( spoiler )Meat
was awesome, my first actual Torchwood ep after lurking the fandom for two years, and Rhys rocks, and I agree with sister (and Jack!!) that Rhys and Jack have mad, mad UST and need to do something about it STAT, preferably with Gwen in the middle and Ianto and Owen off having sex somewhere else, because OMG.
I remember the reaction when the episode first aired - the old-school macros, the anti-gwen panic - but am I the *only* Torchwood fan who's read enough bad Highlander fic to immediately realize why immortal Jack was so determined to give that story a happy ending? God, talk about nightmares, and I hope it never comes out that it actually *did* happen to him (or, bad thought but knowing Jack, he *volunteered* for it.)
So anyway sister also downloaded a bunch of John Barrowman singing showtunes which I need to steal off her hard drive and then bed. But first, for my own memory, list of fics I was told I needed to write while at the con:( Read more... )
|February 6th, 2008 05:10 pm - So, any volunteers to beta-read this?|
I don't think you JF people have ever experienced this, but when I go too long without writing any fiction at all, I'll find myself lying in bed one night, completely unable to go to sleep until the story that's tearing itself through my head has been written down. And it's always sheer crack.
It happened last night.
So now I find myself in possesion of SGA sort-of-slash, in the person of 2,000 words of John/Rodney as *Gethenians*.
I blame limyaael
for this, for inspiring me to finally pull down and read The Birthday of the World
. We're probably lucky that I decided to write this one instead of the one where they're all on Seggri.
(I do find it .. not so much surprising, really, that the first time I can recall ever writing a fic that was actually, honest-to-god, one of the huge slash OTPs, I manage to make it AU, crack, crossover, genderfuck, incest, ponn farr, huddling for warmth, (kind of)The Alterrans Made Them Do It, and if I write the next part, also telepathic bonding and (m)preg. And kite-flying. And all of that except the kite-flying is, of course, canonical for Left Hand of Darkness
... on reflection, maybe the reason I fell for LHoD so hard *wasn't* entirely the subversive exploration of gender roles. But hey, if Le Guin can write femmslash orgy fic for it, I can write John/Rodney.)