More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Oct. 31st, 2014 04:25 am
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Halloween Treat , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] cindergal.

To a Strange New Land , O Tempora! O Mores ! , Detective Work , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] gillo.

Blood Payment , How to Have Fun on a Hellmouth , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] spuffy_luvr.

Not a Road Trip , Paradise , Monsters , Double Dead , Maturity , Spike/Buffy by [profile] foxstarreh.

Music of a Dream , Lost in a Crowd , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] comlodge.

Chapter Twenty Five of Shattered Remains by [profile] xspike4evax.

[community profile] buffyversetop5's Classic Recs Weekend is open for business.

[personal profile] dragonyphoenix lists her favorite Top 5 slashy stories , [profile] rbfvid lists Top 5 horror stories , [personal profile] dragonyphoenix lists Top 5 funny stories

[profile] rbfvid lists Top 5 Halloween videos .

Buffyverse wallpapers by [personal profile] teragramm.

Spike/Buffy banner by [personal profile] comlodge.

Dawn icons by [profile] kwritten.

Dorkly includes Season Eight in their "The 5 Most Ridiculous Sex Scenes in Superhero Comic Book History". "Technically Buffy isn't a superhero in the traditional comic book sense, but she does gain superpowers in the official comic continuation of the TV series. That means she could lift trains, read minds and bust out cutesy Joss Whedon dialogue at superspeed. More importantly, her new abilities included can flying naked while having sex with Angel and crashing into cliffs like a filler episode of Dragon Ball Z".

The Sunnydale Press reports an incident in Prague.

Okay clearly...

Oct. 30th, 2014 06:10 pm
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I need to post more while I'm at work, or I'll never post. I mean seriously, yeesh. Yeesh I say, with an emphatic exclamation!

I mean seriously. I went to Hawaii since I last posted. I swam with wild dolphins. Wild Dolphins. With babies. Baby dolphins swam adjacent to me. There were beaches. Sand. Some of it various colors. I actually read three books. Not fanfic, but you know, books. Sat on a beach and read.

Crazy talk I know.

cut for medical stuff )

Other than that, I have been writing like a madwoman. Mad Woman.


Not stopping the madness )

Ah, and I got my yuletide assignment. How odd that on first glance the thing I signed up for is, okay, sure, yeah, I could write something and it's the other stuff I'm going, "hmm... you intrigue me."

Shrugs. Tis the busy season of writing for me. No wonder I'm all wrote out come January.

Award! + Quickie Qrossover

Oct. 30th, 2014 11:25 pm
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So apparently I won something at [livejournal.com profile] wicked_awards. Specifically, Building Character won for Best Gen. Aw, shucks.

Thanks a lot to everyone involved, and congratulations to all the winners! Some great stuff there, go read now if you haven't already.

Also, just because I can, I have this idea of writing down a few bizarre or obscure crossovers that I could never make myself develop into anything longer. Here's one that people should at least be able to spot:

The Friendly Dark

Susie dreams of tigers, and wakes groaning. Now he's got her doing it. Hobbes is NOT REAL.

She keeps dreaming of tigers. She's heard about this. If you keep dreaming of someone, it means you're in love with them. And she so does not want to marry Calvin.

One day Calvin throws a snowball at her. She catches it in mid-air and sends it back to him hard enough to send him flying. She could swear the stuffed tiger sitting where he stood winks at her.

That night, she dreams of a tiger, and follows it into the desert landscape.

Reading Thursday

Oct. 30th, 2014 02:53 pm
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What I just got done reading: I have an assignment in my writing class to read ten short stories in publications and/or the genre I want to write in. I will probably post story reviews after I turn in the assignment, but publications/online venues I've been looking at include Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Apex Magazine, Clarkesworld Magazine, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, 365tomorrows, Daily Science Fiction, Encounters Magazine, Escape Pod, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, International Speculative Fiction, Jupiter, Lightspeed, Luna Station Quarterly, Nature, Pantheon Magazine, Perihelion Science Fiction, Quantum Muse, and Robot and Raygun.


What I'm reading now: Fluency, by Jennifer Foehner Wells. Still. I am crawling through this book, mostly via five-minutes-a-night-right-before-sleep. At this point, I am reading it because I bought it and so I'm going to finish it (GoshDurnIt). Apparently, it is part of a series, but I'm getting the impression from where the story seems headed at 85% finished that I won't read the other books.


What I'll likely be reading next: Who knows? I'm developing a list. Some of the sci-fi has aliens, but as best as I can tell, the aliens are the end result of human exploration, rather than "they suddenly appeared, hovering over Earth menacingly," or "In the future, Earth is part of a galactic Federation...," both premises which, at the moment, make me hit the back button.

Exploration science fiction:

Titan, by Stephen Baxter
Proxima, by Stephen Baxter
Endeavour, by Ralph Kern, J Scott-Marryat
Blue Remembered Earth, by Alastair Reynolds
Crater, by Homer Hickam
2312, Kim Stanley Robinson

Edge of Infinity (anthology), by various authors
Paradox: Stories Inspired by the Fermi Paradox, by various authors


Other sci-fi:

Influx, by Daniel Suarez



Science:

Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission, by Marc Kaufman


Other:

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, by Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel, by Joshua Ferris
Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel, by Kimberly McCreight
Deception Point, by Dan Brown
Digital Fortress, by Dan Brown

What's my counter mission?

Oct. 30th, 2014 08:04 pm
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...as Sydney Bristow used to ask during the one and a half first seasons of Alias. The Yuletide assignment were sent, and I'm pleased with mine; mind you, something that happened to me last year with a completely different fandom and a completely different recipient also happened this year, which cracks me up (it's nothing bad). But I already have ideas for the fandom and request in question, so I'm pretty sure I can do something decent with it.

Meanwhile, I'm eyeing at least one treat, unless rl collapses on me.

Isn't October over yet?

Oct. 30th, 2014 11:51 am
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You know it isn't a good month when I only manage one post in it. The short story is that there has been travel and illness (yes, together), more travel, and a busy time workwise.

But -- BUT! [community profile] buffyversetop5 has just opened for its Classic Recs session in which recs to fics, vids, graphics, anything and everything fandom has produced in all the Whedon fandoms prior to 2014 are eligible for posting!

So stop in over the weekend and share some of your favorite treats!

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I've started the bio of Pamela Hansford Johnson and on the whole it is pretty good and has a nice readable style.

But really early on it did a thing that my dearios will recognise as one of those things that We Pedantik Hedjogs do not like at all, which is make an unsustainable statement intended to prove that their subject was a Very Speshul Snoflayk.

No, really, it is not a supportable hypothesis to say that if you read the bios of other srs women writers of the period their childhood is an account of upbringing in privileged surroundings and education by governesses rather than at local girls' grammar, how very different from childhood and adolescence in what was effectively, even before father's death since he was working in Nigeria, a single-parent family in the South London suburbs (Clapham).

To which I say, TOSH.

I will concede that Nancy Mitford, Vita Sackville-West, and E M Delafield would probably all count as upper class (though the situation of the latter is complicated by French father and Catholicism).

Virginia Woolf and Naomi Mitchison probably count as upper-middle/gentry, but the privilege there would probably be 'o hai we are the intellectual aristocracy' (but see Virginia on the educational opportunities meted out to 'the daughters of educated men' and Naomi's complaints about the governess she shared).

Antonia White - father was a school-teacher. Sent to posh convent school and we can see from Frost in May that there were serious class issues going on.

Stella Gibbons. Father was a doctor, but was a GP in a slum area and pretty much the model for the entire Starkadder family. Succession of governesses, whom her father habitually seduced, and then North London Collegiate School for Girls.

GB Stern. Father a wealthy businessman until the business the family was in went crash. Notting Hill High School, though also 'finished' in Germany and Switzerland.

Rebecca West. Father a journalist, who deserted the family when she was eight. Richmond High school, Surrey (1900–01), George Watson's Ladies' College, Edinburgh, supported by bursaries. Sense of downward social mobility compared to rest of family.

Pamela Frankau. Father left her mother. Boarder at Burgess Hill School for Girls.

Winifred Holtby. Prosperous farmer's daughter. Queen Margaret's School, Scarborough.

Elizabeth Taylor. Father insurance inspector in Reading. Abbey School in Reading.

Vera Brittain. Father a paper manufacturer. Grange School Buxton, then boarder at St Monica's, Kingswood.

I could go on.

And I will not even, no, wait, yes, I will, mention 'education in disease-ridden hellhole run by sadistic evangelicals, sisters died'.

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Oct. 30th, 2014 07:54 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] boxofdelights!
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Aka the siblings tale in the X-Men Movieverse I wanted to write for ages, for [profile] yetanothermask.


Longer than the road that stretches out ahead (5417 words) by Selena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Raven | Mystique & Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr & Raven | Mystique
Characters: Raven | Mystique, Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr, Sharon Xavier
Summary:

Raven and Charles: the ties that bind when you grow up together and still remember the past in two different ways.

A tasting platter of linkspam

Oct. 29th, 2014 08:16 pm
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Why do old musicians always think the kids have lost their way? (Not just ageing rockers, surely):

[W]hen people want to sniff at the inherent banality of modern media they almost inevitably fixate on cultural phenomena with predominantly female fan-base.
....
Your failure to pay attention... does not cause the rest of the world to wink out of existence.

(The latter might well make up into a nice sampler motto.)

Come back, Cabinets of Curiosities - feel that this is perhaps response to artsily over-curated exhibitions: A two-headed lamb and ancient dildos: the UK's strangest new museum.

Walk on the mild side: why Wild and Tracks turn the wilderness into a walk in the park:

These sightseeing, navel-gazing projects have a few traits in common. They leave the impression, in some cases, that the writers were thinking less about spiritual enlightenment than a hefty publishing deal.
We have, indeed, mused along these lines ourself.
The point is that when the protagonists of these films lace up their hiking boots (ill-fitting or otherwise), they’re not doing so for the good of mankind, or even the good of one other person. Their only goal is to cheer themselves up, and they’re fortunate enough to have the resources and the time to do it. What’s worse is that they see their majestic surroundings as a medicine that exists solely to treat their psychological ailments. They’re looking at mountains and forests, but they’re thinking of themselves.

Today's flashback to the 70s, when this was called Zero Population Growth: How to save the planet? Stop having children.

Ronald Hutton (fangirls madly) on Halloween.

The hidden world of rare plant theft: In January, an endangered plant was taken from Kew Gardens – only a few years after scientists saved it from extinction. Sam Knight investigates what happens when plant obsession turns criminal. Though I do rather think of Stephen Potter's recommended gambit for botanical gardens:

'Pyrenean Iris. Oh, yes, yes, yes, but terrible. Terrible if one has ever been overcome by the miracle of this thing bravely clasping the crevice of the perpendicular cliff-face at Luchesse - terrible to see it here, tamed and humbled by man.' I like and recommend this gambit.

Vampires, I swear...

Oct. 29th, 2014 08:06 pm
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The AV Club has posted their list of ten vampire centric tv series episodes; as they put it, they might not be the 10 best episodes, but they’re the 10 episodes that’ll help you understand what the show’s all about—without having to watch the whole thing.

Naturally, I found myself arguing with some of the choices for series I'm familiar with. Not in a "never! not this one!" way, on the contrary, these are good choices; in a "hm, I'm not sure this fits the criteria" way.

For example: Being Human (original UK version, naturally), season 2, episode 7, Damage: On the one hand, I can totally see their argument. Which is spoilery. )

My own choice would be episode 3.05 The Longest Day. And no, it's not just because my darling Nina has a central role in it. It examines what it means in this universe to be a vampire not just via Mitchell but via spoilery people )


Their choice for Angel is: Are you now or have you ever been? Again, I agree with their arguments : it stands on its own (i.e. is accessible for newbies), tells a self contained story while at the same time showing an important step in the main vampire character's development, and the paranoia demon as 50s metaphor works; indeed, as the poster says, the demon is hardly necessary.

Which is perhaps why it wouldn't be my choice. Angel being a vampire is not touched upon in the episode, either. That he's immortal, yes, but it would work just as well with, say, a Highlander type of immortal - and the episodes should say something about what this particular series makes of vampires, how it uses them. Spoilery objections and alternate choices follow nonetheless. )

No argument at all with Closer than Sisters for Penny Dreadful. Because Eva Green acting the hell out of everyone and Vanessa having messed up relationships with Mina and Malcolm so is what this show is about. :) What do you mean, there is no vampire activity at all in this episode?

Internalized self-pub-o-phobia

Oct. 29th, 2014 11:01 am
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I have noticed an unsettling trend with myself lately. I have been doing a lot of eBook searches, looking for reading material. What I've noticed is, if I get the impression from the price/book description that a book is self-published, I have a tendency to think, "The writing is probably crap," and pass it by.

And I myself have a self-published novel.

I think we're past the point where one can assume that books that have not been accepted by a publisher are a sign of a weak writer. And yet, that lingering assumption remains in my head.

You'd think, for $2.99, or 0.99, I could take a chance on a book. I'd want a reader to do the same for me.

O hai there was reading

Oct. 29th, 2014 03:07 pm
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What I read

Found, and I don't know or at least can't remember how it got there, among the short fiction on the e-reader, Mary Rickert, The Mothers of Voorhisville (2014), a short strange novel which is not the sort of thing I would normally, I think, find myself reading, but I did finish it. And was a bit, hmm, compare and contrast with the 'grafts' episodes in Mitchison's Memoirs of a Spacewoman...

Gwyneth Jones, The Grasshopper's Child (2014). Self-published pendant to the 'Bold as Love' sequence, and it is just so good. I found it hard to put down.

Finished E M Delafield's Gay Life (1933) set among the guests in a Riviera hotel and a few assorted people they interact with, and nearly everybody is horrible - even the ones who are shown as pathetic rather than money-grubbing, financially dodgy, chancers, sexual opportunists, etc and being generally trashy, are people one would not really like to spend time with. This is so not the world of The Provincial Lady: it's really bleak and embittered (rather than the quiet despair of e.g. The Way Things Are) and has pretty much none of the comedic flashes that lighten most of her other works. EMD so =/= TPL, rly.

Marilynne Robinson, Lila (2014). Oh, very good, but makes me want to reread Gilead.

Also knocked off quite a bit of Sekkrit Projekt reading.

What I'm reading

Picked up Reassessing John Buchan: Beyond The Thirty Nine Steps ed. Kate Macdonald (2009) - as I may have mentioned, this was in a massive reductions sale by Pickering and Chatto. I've only dipped into a few essays so far and am slightly meh, in particular the one (by Macdonald) on women in Buchan is all over tables and charts of archetypes and narrative theory, also OMG she does not find Mary AWESOME???!!! how can this be? (completely misses the not only is hit on by the villain without penalty, actually plays up to him in The Service of Her Country and is alive and adored by Hannay at the end. This sort of thing was so rare for the period I do think it worthy of comment, srsly.)

Up next

Have the new Jane Smiley on order, also book (? book of the exhibition) on Florine Stettheimer.

Bit of this, bit of that

Oct. 29th, 2014 03:14 pm
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So I was curious as to who people in the 40s thought was writing Hitchcock movies - contemporaries, not biographers with hindsight or people within the industry. Turns out that the Syracuse Herald in 1941 had an article about "filmdom's only feminine writing team-", which is patronizing as hell about women working together, but still valuable testimony as to general knowledge:

"There must be something about writing that does not bring out the best in the girls. There is only one feminine writing team in Hollywood!

Male writing teams are as common as raisins in fruit cake. Those pairing a man and a woman are rare. Usually, the girls who write movies write alone...and like it better.

Many, many women writers have put on double harness, but if they got through one picture they were lucky. Women writers just don't get along together.

"That isn't true of Joan and me," Alma Reville denied.

Alma (Mrs. Alfred Hitchcock) and Joan Harrison (formerly "Hitch's" secretary) have collaborated on most of the thrillers Hitchcock has directed in the last three years.

Alma has been writing screenplays for about 12 years. Before that she was a cutter. She laughed and covered her face with her hands when she confessed she started as a script clerk in 1916 with the London film company.

Joan became Hitchcock's secretary six years ago and has been a writer for three.

In concocting their latest picture, "Before the Fact," Alma said that Joan first boiled the novel to its "plot bones" in a one-page synopsis, then made a rough treatment or story line. Next, both women batted ideas back and forth with Hitchcock, and in about two months completed the screenplay.

This was turned over to a dialog writer. Alma and Joan doctored and tightened the script for the final version.

"Arguments?" said Alma. "Of course! But no bad feeling. I'd just as soon work with a woman as a man, just so she's good."




***

I had alredy seen the teaser trailer for Avengers II, but here it comes with an actual (and hilarious) scene attached, featuring the whole gang:




In other Marvel news, good to know about Carol Danvers and T'Challa getting their own movies, am still not clear who needs Ant-Man, and am blackly amused by the Cumberbatch for Strange? rumours.

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Oct. 29th, 2014 08:00 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] rachelmanija!

Books, books & more books..

Oct. 29th, 2014 12:17 am
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I am moving in a month or so, and in preparation for the move I decided to start culling my book collection. Just spent the last hour sorting, and I now have 3 boxes filled with books to donate. I sorted through 3 shelves of one bookcase. Those shelves are still filled with books. This is going to take awhile. Good thing I have time. I better not procrastinate as is my habit. :p

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