festathons

Jun. 22nd, 2017 02:42 pm
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[personal profile] isis
First off, signups for the 2017 Multifandom Drabble Exchange are closing tomorrow. This is a small low-pressure exchange, and it was a lot of fun last year when it was on Imzy.

Second, Night on Fic Mountain is live! My gift is Witcher fanart, a scene of Ciri getting the better of Geralt in a wrestling bout as Yennefer sips wine and looks on, amused:

Tap Out (0 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Wiedźmin | The Witcher (Video Game)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon & Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia
Characters: Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon, Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia, Yennefer z Vengerbergu | Yennefer of Vengerberg
Additional Tags: he was definitely asking for it, Fanart, tag yourself i'm the one with the wine
Summary: All educators anticipate that glorious moment when the student surpasses the teacher.

The artist obviously paid attention to my general list of art likes, incorporating interesting perspective and background scenery detail, and it's just a fabulous piece overall, really, just beautiful, and you don't need to know the fandom to appreciate it as art, so go admire it!

Actually, there's a lot of nice art in this collection. I particularly like Clouds and Skie (Dragonlance, which I'm not familar with but there is a DRAGON!) and A Slothful Interlude (Master and Commander, which is a fandom I love, and there is a SLOTH!) but if you sort the collection works page by length and start at the shortest, you'll find all of them.

And there's some great fic, too. Some recs from my reading so far:

The Road To Anywhere But Here (3323 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Road to El Dorado (2000)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Chel/Miguel/Tulio
Characters: Chel (Road to El Dorado), Miguel (Road to El Dorado), Tulio (Road to El Dorado), Altivo (Road to El Dorado)
Additional Tags: Post-Canon
Summary: These shoes weren't made for walking.

Ahahaha this is hilarious. The character voices are perfection and the plot is simultaneously plausible (in-universe) and completely goofy.

War-Chants (1088 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Hannibal Barca, Scipio Africanus
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Eurovision Song Contest, Crack
Summary: [edited]Two frenemies talk trash over chat about the most important event of the premodern world: EUROVISION!!!

This is crack of the most delicious sort! I giggled mightily throughout, particularly at the historical references twisted into dudebro chat.

Why Darwin Discovered Evolution (1114 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Aubrey & Stephen Maturin
Characters: Jack Aubrey, Stephen Maturin
Additional Tags: London, Evolution, Moths, Night On Fic Mountain 2017, Night on Fic Mountain 2017 Treat
Summary: [edited] 1815: Napoleon surrenders, and is exiled to St Helena. The British Navy, after seventeen years of war, retires ships, crews and captains. John Barrow, Second Secretary to the Admiralty, begins a programme of exploration which will last until 1845 and will include, in 1835, Charles Darwin's five year voyage of discovery in the Beagle. // In England, Jack Aubrey languishes on the Captains’ List, and Stephen Maturin chases moths.

This is lovely. The language is so perfectly canonical, as are poor Stephen's warring impulses, between that of his calling as a naturalist and the calling of his truest friend.

City of Futures (4558 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Divine Cities Series - Robert Jackson Bennett
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Turyin Mulaghesh, Tatyana Komayd
Additional Tags: Post-City of Miracles, the effect of legacies, poorly-expressed grief, bad life choices
Summary: [edited] The most curious miracle of all was that of briefly-miraculous events centered around Ashara Komayd, former Prime Minister to Saypur. // Though, of course, there was a lot more to it than that.

I beta-read this, so I'm biased, but I love Mulaghesh, and she's at her delightfully cranky, profane, investigative best here.

new comics comm!

Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:29 am
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[community profile] comicsroundtable is a new comics discussion comm! I haven't poked around much yet, but if you're at all interested in talking comics (emphasis on new ones at the moment, though I'm hoping they'll expand), check it out!

Chill

Jun. 22nd, 2017 12:01 am
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[personal profile] elanya
So much time on my hands that I almost forgot an entry!

I had a super chill evening. I submitted the wiki entry after talking over more stuff with a co-contributor, and having a related LARP geekout about my favourite underworld deity. I got to cheer-read other people's fic. Life is good!

Tomorrow is going to be kind of hectic at work, because there is a lot of stuff going on, but also kind of not, because almost none of it is actually 'stuff I need to do'.

And then knitting! But maybe dinner with a friend I haven't seen in ages first? We shall see :)
sineala: (Avengers: Sign it)
[personal profile] sineala
This was not on my fic WIP list, but it kind of just happened. You know. Like these things do. After this it's back to regularly-scheduled programming, I swear.

The Right Thing (1987 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Anniversary, Hydra Steve Rogers, Not A Fix-It, Civil War (Marvel), Secret Empire (Marvel), Avengers Vol. 7 (2016)
Summary: Today is a very important anniversary for Steve and Tony, and the fact that Tony's currently comatose isn't going to stop Steve from celebrating it.

You know how sometimes you get to thinking about how people used to call Tony a scumbag fascist dictator because of Civil War? You know how then you start thinking about what would happen if Actual Scumbag Fascist Dictator Steve Rogers, the leader of Hydra, showed up at Tony's bedside to tell him how much of an inspiration Tony has been to him? Wouldn't that be great? Hey, where are you going? Come back!

wednesday reads 'n things

Jun. 21st, 2017 03:25 pm
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[personal profile] isis
What I've recently finished reading:

Text: The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley, which I read in e-ARC from NetGalley. Natasha Pulley's second book has a lot in common with her first, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street: luminous, evocative writing that never obscures the narrative; a slow, gentle unfolding of story; two men with a significant age difference, from different cultures, carefully building a relationship; fantastical elements subtly woven into the fabric of the world. And Keita Mori makes an appearance in this book, which is awesome, though otherwise these books entirely stand alone.Cut for length, no real spoilers. )

Audio: Freakling by Lana Krumwiede, which I got via the Sync summer series of audiobooks for teens. The story of a community of telekinetics whose telekinesis is so entrenched that they literally cannot feed or dress themselves without the use of their "psi" - and to whom people without this power are both figuratively and literally powerless. This is really not YA but middle-grade, and I found myself wishing it had been aimed at a more sophisticated audience if only for the possibility of deeper exploration of its important themes. That said, it's still a solid dystopian novel along the lines of The Giver, in which a character discovers the flawed foundations of his societal structures.Cut for length, no real spoilers. )

What I'm reading now:

Text: Assassin's Fate by Robin Hobb, the conclusion of the extremely long Realms of the Elderlings series. So far I'm enjoying it, though I've apparently forgotten a lot of what took place previously, oops. I'm particularly liking how the pronouns Fitz uses in his internal narrative for the Fool (who is currently presenting as female) change even within a paragraph, as he changes his focus from what others are seeing to what he personally feels and knows.

Audio: Beast by Donna Jo Napoli, another Sync audiobook. This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, from the male POV, set in medieval-ish Islamic Persia. (It's not clear exactly when - the blurb says 'ancient times' - but of course Islam didn't exist in what I consider to be ancient times, so I'm calling it medieval.) I'm not very far into it yet; it's okay, but I'm a little nervous about the treatment of women so far.

What I'm reading next:

I am going to have to pick something off my vast ebook collection, because we're going backpacking this weekend, and I'm NOT carrying that huge brick. Also, argh, my hold on Thick as Thieves came up, but I think I'll defer it for a while.

What I've recently finished watching:

Last night we saw the thrilling conclusion of S2 of The Man in the High Castle. Rock solid, I have to say. I'm really pleased that the alternate-worlds aspect is a strong part of the plot, because that's a trope I adore. Apparently there will be an S3, and I'm looking forward to it.

What I'm watching next:

Winter is coming! (Hey, it's the summer solstice, so by definition, it is!) Looking forward to it. I'd also like to watch S2 of The Expanse. And I need to see Wonder Woman before it vanishes!

Just a Tuesday

Jun. 20th, 2017 11:28 pm
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[personal profile] elanya
I had the billing this afternoon - I had to leave super early to get there on time because buses (and I also I wanted to get lunch first), and then my class was out an an awkward time - 3:30, and it is a 40 min-ish trip back to work... And then I leave at 4:50 anyway. So I just went downtown and ran a few errands, then went home and had a nap (or at least a lie down).

It was super nice all day, and pissed rain as I was starting to take the dogs out, of course. It didn't thunder, though, so they were okay with it.

I have a different training tomorrow, though it is basically in the same place, so I will probably just do the same thing.

I did some wrangling this evening,so that I wouldn't just get sucked into the hole that is tumblr, and then watched the last episode of American Gods and worked on some knitting. I still don't have the mental energy, or inspiration, for writing. It isn't that I don't have ideas, I just don't have any that are really grabbing me right now. Maybe it is bees? Probably at least some of it is bees.

Ahh well - the Raksura exchange reveals tomorrow and I am excited to read things! I'm a little disappointed that I didn't manage any treats, but I think I just need a break.

About foxes, lies and names

Jun. 20th, 2017 10:23 pm
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As any English-French dictionnary will tell you, the French word for "fox" is "renard".

It's not that this is wrong -- certainly, if you speak about "un renard" to a French person, they will know you're speaking of a fox -- but it's that it's not entirely true, either. It also omits my favourite part of the tale.

The word for "fox" in French is in fact "goupil".

Back in the Middle Ages (12th-13th century), there began to be written, collected and/or redistributed a set of folk tales involving animals. These animals are anthropomorphised and have names: the cat Tibert, Chanteclerc the rooster, Tiécelin the raven, Ysengrin the wolf, Hermeline the vixen and, most famous of all and the one who gave his name to the collection of these tales, Renart the fox.

Le Roman de Renart is a really fun collection of tales about Renart, trickster extraordinaire.

Renart goes by many variations on his name: Reynhard, Renard, Raynard, Regnard, Reinhart... He tricks the wolf out of hams. He becomes godfather to a bird's children. He's funny, he's charming, he's a rogue -- he's Robin Hood!

But by far the greatest trick Renart ever pulled was convincing the French that there are no foxes but him -- or perhaps, that he is all the foxes and all the foxes are he.

Ys: Ark of Napisthim - thoughts etc

Jun. 21st, 2017 06:47 am
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I finished Ys VI: Ark of Napisthim, a word that I continue to struggle to spell despite spending several hours reading it.

Ys: Ark of AUGH DASH-JUMPS ARE THE WORST )

Well, next up is The Strangest Journey, Ys Seven, and sitting down and playing the Caligula Effect because I have been trying to move it on for a month now.

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Jun. 20th, 2017 05:32 am
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I had a lovely trip to Minneapolis to visit Ann Larimer who does not live in Minneapolis but we are the type of people the Mall of America was built for so there we went as if moths to a flame. We walked a lot, got sore feet, and ate gelato.

They got rid of the big bronze Spongebob statue! I guess you never can go home.

Busy busy!

Jun. 20th, 2017 12:04 am
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[personal profile] elanya
Billing training tomorrow, finally!

Maybe getting an answer about my farm from the last LARP game is imminent! I think I am nearly done with the wiki article!

Wednesday I am going pokehunting (probably) and Thursday I have knitting!I don't remember if I have anything going on on this weekend, at least. How did I get so busy? Man. Oh I guess I might have Diablotin if we can figure out when a good alternate time would be!

I feel like I had another thing, bu I can't remember what now :p Ahh well, I should be home early tomorrow, anyway, because of the training.

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Jun. 19th, 2017 11:48 pm
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1. [community profile] nightonficmountain should open on schedule as all assignments are in. Of course there is the possibility that someone'll delete their work and/or entire ao3 account between now and Wednesday /still bitter


2. The latest Doctor Who episode made me cry. I'm a sucker for certain tropes. Also, I love me some Romans (especially Romans getting to face their bullshit) and that was an A++ use of Tacitus' "They make a desert and call it peace" speech. Also also, crows. YAY CROWS!


3. I bought some comics, because the bear is dead.*

* No actual bear harmed in the making of this post.

Whoops.

Jun. 19th, 2017 03:44 am
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Going through [personal profile] gwyn's beta comments on my Cap RBB, I have found the best typo that I have ever personally committed:

He upholstered his gun.

I'm almost tempted to keep it.

Catte Drugs --> Catte Nap

Jun. 18th, 2017 10:13 pm
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Took an allegra and a rectine. No hives or faceleaking but I am dumb and sleepy af.

But I got many kitty toes trimmed and had some nice cuddles.

I had 13 today and it was a really good session, I think! I'm so lucky to have so many good engaging games, and such awesome people to RP with in all of them. Also got some knitting done.

Yesterday I brought in the yarn in the cherry bark bath.... and there was nothing, no change at all. I'm super disappointed. It just smells gross now :/ I'm not sure if I should rescour it and go through the whole mordanting process again, or what. Maybe I can try again with some queen anne's lace/wild carrot tops, which are supposed to be green. Maybe bark dyes just don't work with solar dyeing. I dunno, but I am disappointed, boo :(

I need to pick a writing project. I finished all my exchange fics and have freedom to do what I want if I only could decide what that is ;p

Cap-IM RBB recs

Jun. 18th, 2017 08:59 pm
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[personal profile] sineala
So the Cap-IM RBB is finally done posting, and I wanted to highlight a couple of the stories I really enjoyed. Because now I have read and commented on ALL OF THEM. (I still need to finish the Holiday Exchange fics, alas. Yes, I know it's June.) The RBB masterlist is here, and I know if you're in the fandom you likely will be reading a lot of them anyway but I wanted to pick out some I really liked that I think those of you who are only more casual readers of Steve/Tony will be able to appreciate as well, since I know not all of you are in this fandom. (So this is not me meaning to slight anyone by leaving you off! I loved all your fic and art! I hope I have told you so!)


  • [personal profile] magicasen's To Liars and Saving the World (Ults, 45,720 words). I betaed this so I am obviously TOTALLY UNBIASED, but it is awesome and my new favorite story of hers. It's long enough, with enough backstory given, that I think you can enjoy it without knowing Ultimates canon. And the reason you want to read this is that it is a fake marriage/marriage of convenience story. Yessss. (I mean, she does a great job with a very specific plot that is a clever mix of Ults and 616, which you will also love if you know 616... but you don't need to know that to enjoy the fake marriage goodness.)

  • [archiveofourown.org profile] citsiurtlanu's Let Us Not Forget This (Noir, 36,039 words). A lot of Noir stories are World War II adventure stories, in the tradition of Noir canon, and this is one of them... but it is also an AU. An AU inspired by a particular source that I really cannot reveal because that would be a spoiler. But it is amazing. Once you read this, you will need to read it again immediately.

  • [personal profile] muccamukk's Captain Rogers and the Iron Man of La Rochelle (616 AU, 15,614 words). A delightful historical AU that is 50% The Scarlet Pimpernel, 50% The Three Musketeers, and 100% riveting naval adventure. Yes, I know that's 200%. This is definitely 200% worth of story. There is piracy and secret identities! What more could you possibly ask for from a historical AU?

  • [personal profile] marinarusalka's That Bonnie Road (ambiguous canon, 13,761 words). Gen, urban fantasy AU where Earth has been running out of magic. You'll never guess who Tony the technomancer meets when a gate to Faerie opens. The worldbuilding here is lovely.

  • [archiveofourown.org profile] a_sparrows_fall's Every Little Thing He Does Is (Rhodes Industries/Harry Potter, 40,735 words). This was the story I started making this post to rec. You don't need to know the original Marvel canon; it literally only exists in one panel (Rhodey runs the company, Tony is one of his employees). It apparently uses Fantastic Beasts canon but I've never seen Fantastic Beasts and I did okay. This is a Harry Potter fusion where Steve, still a man out of time, is an Auror attempting to adjust to the modern world and pretending, for job-related purposes, to be a Muggle -- which is where he meets and falls in love with Tony. He has to then try to figure out how to date Tony without giving anything away. And, of course, Tony's got some secrets. Probably not exactly the secrets you think they are. They weren't the ones I thought he had, anyway. Come for the amazing worldbuilding and the meet-cute, stay for the wizards complaining about how unicorn frappuccinos aren't even made with real unicorn.


There. Go! Read!

Nayuta no Kiseki - thoughts etc

Jun. 18th, 2017 09:12 pm
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I finished Nayuta no Kiseki earlier this week and it was genuinely sweet! Unfortunately it has never been localised so I had to play a translated version. The translation was adequate, but it did leave me wondering what XSeed could have done with it. That said, it's a solid adventure and a fun way to spend 20 hours!

Take a shot every time someone talks about the stars, and you can't count the characters' names as one because you will die. )

Next up in my gaming list is Ys: Ark of Napishtim, The Longest Journey ... and I really do need to sit down and focus my attention on The Caligula Effect.

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Jun. 17th, 2017 09:28 pm
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I grew up on compilations of Disney shorts from the 30s/40s/50s, and tonight I've been revisiting them. (Thank you, YouTube.) I've realized again tonight just how much I loved the assembly-line-style work scenes that showed up in a lot of those shorts. The ants putting away food in The Grasshopper and the Ants or The Night Before Christmas or Funny Little Bunnies or bits of The Cookie Carnival. There's something that I have always found so viscerally satisfying about those scenes. (Watch with care; I tried not to link any of the really overtly racist ones, but some of them I haven't watched in a really long time.)

Next up: finding out if Gallavants (not Disney) is as weird as I remember. Weirder, probably. The 80s, man.

Author bios are the wooooorst

Jun. 17th, 2017 08:46 pm
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How does this read? its 119 words, which is fine - they asked for 100-150.

Heather is a doctor with several degrees in pirates, all of which are going to waste. She works at an archaeological repository in Ontario, Canada. This may sound cool but is actually regulated at a consistent temperature because it is better for the collections. She is a gamer (the pen-and-paper kind, but often over the internet because it is 2017), a writer, and a knitter. She has previously published fiction in the anthology "High Seas Cthulhu," in addition to a number of academic journal articles about piracy.

As a queer woman, Heather is very excited to see the Cthulhu Mythos continue to evolve by embracing a broader diversity and distancing itself from the racism and misogyny of Lovecraft's original work.

Miscellania

Jun. 17th, 2017 11:08 pm
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I got to see all the fandom folks today! It was awesome! The RPG went well.


I don't think I'm going to run [community profile] history_exchange this year. I didn't think about it until recently, I couldn't even remember how I'd spelled it (historyex? historyexchange?) and nobody seems to have missed it. I can't really run it now because I don't have enough visibility to set dates on it anymore. Maybe next year.

[community profile] nightonficmountain might open on time this year! This has never happened before; Is the curse finally broken? (Probably just jinxed it, oops.)

[community profile] starwarsrollingremix will most likely run again next year, but I might need to recruit someone for the starter story this time around.


Not much going on fannishly with me right now. I'm not even really writing fic? I am writing things, but I can't really point at any of them and say "That's my main fic project". Mostly focusing on the novel and NoFM (sometimes I am tempted to do a ~lessons modding fan exchanges has taught me~ post, hahaha).

I'm kind of doing fanart. Having 'preset' appearances cuts down a lot of overhead when the point of a daily sketch is to practice anatomy/shading/etc.

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