30 Day Meme: Artist + character meme

Saturday, June 24th, 2017 11:12 pm
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[personal profile] perpetual has this very cool 30 Day meme (which shall be known as "The Kairos 30 Day Meme"), which involves coming up with 1 to 30 favorite fannish things in 30 different categories -- X favorite actors, Y favorite books, Z favorite cartoons, etc. etc. Of course, I had to try my hand at it. [personal profile] perpetual is keeping the full list a surprise, so I will, too, and I did have to move things around, because the number of favorite comic books I could come up with, for instance, was much lower, and I ended up substituting some sections entirely, since I'm not a fan of video games at all, for example. I don't think I can post these one a day, but let's see how this goes. Maybe I'll just attach them to regular posts, or unlocked posts, or something...

Day One: Artist

So I wracked my brains a bit to see what category I had truly only a single favorite for, and ultimately the choice is pretty easy: visual artist, and that artist is:

1. Salvador Dali (NSFW?) )


And a different kind of meme, stolen from Tumblr somewhere:

Give me a character and I'll answer (all or specific prompts of) the following:

Holiday headcanon
Cooking headcanon
Sleeping headcanon
Driving headcanon
Bathing/showering headcanon
Hugging headcanon
Kissing headcanon
Sex headcanon
General physical contact headcanon
Physical appearance headcanon
Wardrobe headcanon
Jewelry headcanon
Nickname headcanon
Dancing headcanon
Singing headcanon
Anger headcanon
Soft spot headcanon
Favorite possession headcanon
Favorite photograph headcanon
Relationship with/thoughts on _____ headcanon

Fandoms of note: ASOIAF, AtLA/Korra, Avengers/MCU, Babylon 5, Buffy (through s6), Discworld, Dragaera/Vlad Taltos, Dresden Files, Firefly, Harry Potter, Killjoys, Kushiel's Legacy, Raven Boys, Rivers of London, Temeraire, Vorkosigan Saga, and anything else you know I'm into.
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Today I called Sen. Schumer and Sen. Gillibrand and said the following:
Hi, my name is [[personal profile] watersword] and my zip code is [redacted]; I'm calling to ask you to add a tally mark to your count of constituents who have called and are very angry about the Republican anti-health care bill.

Both times I was answered fairly promptly, the staffer was clearly charmed by my "I know you are on my side, I'm trying to help," and I was informed that Schumer's office has gotten ~500 calls over the past ten days on the issue (I'm not sure if that's all the offices, including Washington, or just the NYC office I called), and the Gillibrand staffer I spoke was on his ~60th call on the subject for the day. This is a horrible slog but I am going to keep showing the fuck up.


Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 09:11 pm
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Hi there teammates! Now that people are getting to know each other in the welcome post, and discussing prompts (don't worry, there is still tons of time for choosing those) I've gone and set up a team chat on chatzy. It's a great place to bounce ideas, ask questions, or just socialize. Come hang out with your teammates!
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Posted by Wil

Oh my god you guys this was so much fun to play and film.

Steam Park is the rare tabletop game with a dice mechanic at its core that I can massively enjoy playing, no matter what the dice do to me.

Get ready for poop jokes!!

Thursday, 22nd June, 2017

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 09:36 pm
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Drabble: Backbreaking Work by badly_knitted [Ianto, Owen | G]

Shadows of the Past (39/41) & (40/41) by milady_dragon [Jack/Ianto, Merlin/Arthur Pendragon, Phil Coulson/Clint Barton, Eleventh Doctor/River Song | TW/DW/Merlin/MCU]

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Writing and fanfic gifts

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 05:14 pm
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I defaulted on the Night On Fic Mountain challenge. Not because the fic wasn’t coming along but because I completely messed up the dates and thought June 21 was the last day to put up the fic, instead of being the day it was revealed. I realised this only a day before the default-cut off, thankfully. I still have a half-finished fic, so I shall try to pull myself together and finish and gift it later. And I don’t think I shall sign up on Rarepair either because I know I always write less during summer.

But I was gifted by delightful little story, and I highly recommend you to read it!

Title: A Meeting of Curious Minds
Fandom: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Rating: All ages
Genre: Gen
Word Count: 1370
Characters: John Childermas, Emma Pole, Arabella Strange
Warnings: None
Summary: 2 July, 1817

Mr Childermass,

I require your assistance in a matter of urgency and grave importance. Please come to no. 9 Harley-street at your earliest convenience. Mr Vinculus need not attend.

Your obedient servant,

Lady Pole

Prompts Master Post

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 03:10 pm
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"Nostalgia is a seductive liar." - George W. Ball
Surprize! This year’s prompts are landmarks and milestones of their own - at least for some of you! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we’ve chosen a wide selection of prompts from the past 10 years. And we’ve added a few new ones - just for funsies!

Below you will find a large selection of prompts to inspire you to create some truly landmark creations. As not everyone is inspired by the same things, there are myriad choices including quotations, images, and audio/visual pieces. These theme-based prompts are gathered from myriad places, but you need not be familiar with the original source material. Instead, just find something that speaks to you. Any prompt is available for any participant from either team. And they need not be used literally: symbols, metaphors, and other images speak as powerfully and eloquently as literal interpretations.

Everyone - whether artist or writer - must select a prompt to serve as the basis of their creation. You have between now and 11:59PM EST (like Toronto) on Monday, June 26th. Choose thoughtfully, but if you don’t make your selection by 11:59PM on Friday, June 10th, we will have to release the hounds, hunt you down like a fox, and force it out of you. And, trust us, it won’t be too pretty. The hound in question may not be a hot guy in Animagus form. Heck, it may not even be a sweet ol’ werewolf like Moony. 
 In short, please don’t make us come after you. Most importantly, it’s first come first serve, so the sooner you choose your prompt, the sooner you can start creating.

In order to inspire a greater variety of art and story, we have implemented a cap of not more than four participants per prompt. Because there are many prompts to choose from, that number should not be a problem from a statistical standpoint, but it does require that each person select their top five prompts. We promise that we will make every attempt in the world to give you your top choice. If your top choice is unavailable, we will assign you your second choice and so on. Statistically, it is highly unlikely that anyone will find that all five of their choices are taken, but should that happen, we will contact you immediately to work out a solution. And, as we mentioned before, this is first come/first serve, so prompts will be eliminated as we go along. An additional post will appear soon listing prompt closures. 

In the end, you will only be creating a story/artwork based on a single prompt. If you are inspired by multiple prompts, more power to you, but keep in mind that only one will become the basis for voting. (The voting question is, “How well did the author/artists use their prompt?”) Your story or artwork need not totally revolve around your prompt, but it should still be present in some way. All that really matters is that you find your muse and tell your story.

As with the sign-up post, all comments are screened. Why? Because we want you to choose what YOU want, and not be influenced by the things that others are picking. Obviously, you are free to discuss your prompt choices (or the prompts themselves) with your teammates, but do not forget that the choice is yours and yours alone. When you’ve decided upon your top five prompt choices, please copy the information in the text box and respond to this post. You should receive a confirmation from the Mods within twenty-four hours, and may begin creating as soon as you wish. If, for some reason, you do not receive a confirmation within 24 hours, please email the Mods at rs_games1@yahoo.com.

Note: If choosing a bonus prompt, please write either "Word", " A/V" or "Pic" then the letter. For example: "Pic X"
Note: If you write what the prompt is (Example: "picture of carrot" or "Justin Beiber quote") it is very helpful.

If you have any questions or concerns, please see a Mod.

Thanks and have fun choosing!

Please Note: This year we have both embedded videos (where you can watch the videos on this page) as well as a handy list of the A/V prompts with links (which take you to the host site - in this case, either Youtube or Vimeo). This link list is for participants who may have a slow internet connection, and/or trouble with the page loading. In this case, it is better to access the A/V prompts list directly as opposed to the link from this Prompts Master Post

Word Prompts

Audio/Visual Prompts

Alternative A/V Links List

Picture Prompts

Closed Prompts: 4, 5, 13, 40, Word E


Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 06:49 pm
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What I’ve done today:

Looked at the pieces of a cross-stitch bag I made 20 years ago, but couldn’t figure out how to sew together. In my effort to finish my sewing UFO’s I have decided to do them by age. After this hiatus I at once spotted a mistake I had done in sewing the shoulder strap together, and when this was unpicked, it is suddenly clear how it should all go together. Duh!

Watered the plants on the balcony and puzzled over a mystery plant in a pot there should only be a rose. I’m very pleased with having a nice balcony, after only seven years. Nils is less pleased.- he is used as having the balcony without humans.

Helped a friend compile a source list over historical corsetry and makeup facts to bust someone who had posted a long faulty article on a FB-group and then claimed it must be true because they found the information on the Net. Le sigh.

Also, worked.

Team Reveals!!

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 10:45 am
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Well, here’s a milestone in your RS Games journey: Team Reveals!!!!!

Below please find your Team assignments. When you have determined what Team you are on, please make your way to your respective Team Communities and get to know your new friends and Teammates. A welcome post is waiting for you!

But first a few words of love, wisdom, and mild warning:

But no matter what Team you are on, you’ll surely have fun, create some great art/fic, pass a few landmarks, and make new friends. You’ll also enjoy some inter-team activities and get a chance to read, view, and comment on some great R/S works.

A quick note about the Team Communities: If the Main Community is the heart of the Games, your Team Community is the soul. It’s a place to make new friends and bond with your teammates, a place to discuss, share, and support one another. There will be games, ice breakers, discussions, and opportunities to share your work. And, in addition to being a fun place to gather, it’s the place where announcements will be made and questions will be asked - so it’s a pretty important place to be. And, this year, since many of you are new to DW, it’s a great place to go for help with DW questions.

The number one rule of the Team Communities is that it is a safe space. Negative comments about gender, gender presentation, sexuality, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, beliefs, nationality, age, political affiliations, health status, fanfic experience, career, education, physical appearance, lifestyle choices, or any other manner/presentation or pretty much anything that might separate people from one another will NOT be tolerated. Please treat your teammates with kindness and compassion, and be respectful of their feelings and opinions. If anything makes you feel uncomfortable, please let a Mod know about the situation. We’re totally here for you!

You should already have received invitations to your Team Communities. If you did not see this in your email inbox, please curse LJ and then, depending on the version of D you are using (the new version or custom/old version), you have two options:

A How-To on Accessing Invitations & Joining Team Communities )



Book Review: Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 01:35 pm
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I was reading this one at the same time as I was reading Sorting The Beef From The Bull, which was like a natural sciences one-two punch; I would read Sorting while commuting, and Remarkable Creatures in bed at night. 

Remarkable Creatures is the fictionalized story of two real-life people, Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot, who were fossil hunters in Lyme Regis in England back when we were just starting to like, figure dinosaurs out. It follows their relationship, and their struggles to be seen as legitimate contributors to the scientific record, for several years.

I didn’t actually know the account was based in real life until after I’d finished reading, which did ameliorate some of my disappointment with the book, because it’s hard to make a climactic narrative out of peoples’ real lives – reality just doesn’t flow as smoothly as fiction. But I won’t lie: I am still pretty disappointed that Elizabeth and Mary didn’t end up together. I thought that was totally where we were heading.

Mind you, the story of their friendship is compelling, and Chevalier did find a way to create rising action within the story, even though as she put it in the afterword, Mary Anning basically did the same thing every day for years, in terms of hunting fossils. 

As an account of fossil hunting, of the religious wrestling that people had to do with the concept of extinction, and of the way women were treated in the era, it’s a really great book. And it’s also a fast read, which I’ve come to expect from Chevalier. And honestly, this is the first book of hers I’ve read where the female leads don’t get married, though this is in part because the real-life Mary and Elizabeth didn’t either. 

But it still feels like Chevalier’s books are always about women settling. It’s the same problem – I know that’s what women have had to do, and I’m sure she does it intentionally at least in part to remind us of that fact. I just want more for these heroines. 

But if you’re interested in paleontology, Do Recommend, it’s a good book. Less frustrating than The Last Runaway, certainly, and the characters feel more compelling, more three-dimensional, than some of those in Girl With A Pearl Earring. 

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Tuesday, 20th June, 2017

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 01:10 am
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Off-LJ News:
Torchwood: The Culling Coming From Titan Comics (via Comicbook.com)

Communities & Challenges:
tw100 announces Challenge 453: Last

Again? by badly_knitted [Ianto, Owen, other characters | G]
Out of time by m_findlow [Jack, Ianto | PG]
All nighter by m_findlow [Jack, Ianto, Gwen, Rhys | PG]
Rushed by badly_knitted [Ianto, Jack | G]
Inspired Idea by badly_knitted [Ianto, Janet, Jack | PG]

Works in Progress:
Shadows of the Past Chapter Thirty-Seven and Chapter Thirty-Eight by milady_dragon [Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones, Merlin/Arthur Pendragon, Phil Coulson/Clint Barton, Eleventh Doctor/River Song | PG-13]

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Fave Cross-Stitch Magazine

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 11:48 am
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 Hi, fellow stitchers,

I have a huge weakness for cross-stitch magazines! I discovered them about ten years ago in Barnes and Noble. Many of them there are published in the U.K., and I am in the U.S., so the price can be rather high. I have still purchased several over the years. Recently I found them on Magzter for my iPad for about a fourth of the newsstand price, and I just bought the August 2017 issue of Cross Stitch Crazy. CSC is definitely my favorite, since Quick and Easy Cross Stitch was discontinued years ago. Plus, the overseas magazines in the newsstand often come sporadically, and past their season. I love my e-copy of the magazine, and I can print out the patterns from my iPad as I use them.

Does anyone else buy the cross stitch magazines, either on the newsstand or online? I was just curious about your experiences with them, and your favorite magazine, if you have one!

I have written a ghost story

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 06:40 pm
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Title: Super Terram
Rating: All ages
Genre: Ghost story
Word Count: 884 words
Summary: Don’t disturb the dead.
AN: I have been re-reading M. R. James recently, and this story is a homage to him. It’s also the first work of original fiction I have written in years. I feel oddly nervous about posting this, so I’d be more than happy to hear what you think of it!

Read more... )

Additional notes )

anyone a wget or curl expert?

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 10:23 am
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There seems to be no easy way for me to get the transcripts for the Writing Excuses podcast in a tidy file or files. I have tried fiddling with wget and curl and have not succeeded, which is frustrating, because it feels like something that should be possible. (Don't get me wrong, I'm incredibly grateful they provide the transcripts, as I am a person who cannot deal with audio-only input, so this is my only option for getting the information in the podcast.)
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I've moved temporarily to a four day week - basically for as long as my workload and budget can sustain it.  I've been wanting to do this for some time - I'm so tired all the time, and with wanting to visit my little niece on weekends when we can, there just isn't enough downtime at the end of the week for me to catch up.  This weekend was the first proper long weekend of its kind, and while it wasn't exactly restful, it was what I wanted it to be.

On Saturday, we had been planning to visit my niece, but the whole family is sick and I'm singing in a concert next weekend, so it did not seem like a good time to get a throat infection, so we wound up going to see Wonder Woman instead, which was fun.  I actually don't have very many thoughts about the film at all, I'm afraid.  Most of my reading and media is pretty woman-centred, and I don't see a lot of films or read comics or follow superhero stuff, so I didn't have the whole feeling of it being groundbreaking that other people have talked about.  But I did enjoy it, especially the whole training montage and that first fight sequence on the island.  The bit where Diana walks across No Man's Land was also rather special.  So yes, a fun movie, and I liked it, and I'm glad it makes people happy, but that's about it.

We got home from seeing the film, and I basically sat down and started to write my next Paris story, which had been haunting my brain all week, but which I hadn't actually had any time to work on.  It's called Still Waking, and is for Ternes station, and it's a Sleeping Beauty story.  Since 'terne' means dull in French, and is also a word for an alloy coating of lead and tin that was historically used to cover steel and keep it from tarnishing, I gave Sleeping Beauty a sister who was her opposite - plain to the point that people would forget her features even when she was standing in front of them, strong and stubborn where Sleeping Beauty is charming and yielding, and of course awake while Sleeping Beauty is sleeping.  Which is a good thing, because someone has to keep an eye on all of those princes.  Some of them are not pleasant people at all. 

I'm quite pleased with this one, and I think it's rather sweet, despite some dark moments.  I was not expecting it to have the ending it did, so that was fun.  It does have a lot of adult themes, but then, so does the original story.

(And it's kind of amusing to me, because I can see where the story was influenced by my visit to Darwin and by watching Wonder Woman, and by reading and disliking a bunch of Hugo nominated stories, but I don't think anyone else can...)

The other writing project this weekend was a lot less fun.  A friend of mine is about to go through a very difficult court case, and asked me to write a character reference.  I'm not going to go into any details here, except to say that it is deeply uncomfortable to write such a reference, even when you are saying positive things, particularly when it is for someone who has quite a different value system from your own.  In many ways, you passing judgment on someone's character in a way that you would never do normally in the context of the friendship, and you have to step back from the friendship a bit to do so, which is disconcerting.  I think she's OK with what I wrote.  The one thing I do know for sure – since I was largely bearing witness to my friend's integrity and respect for the truth – is that she would never want me to compromise my own honesty in writing about her!  And she does know that I am on her side, which is important.

Still weird, though. 

On Sunday I had choir practice in the afternoon for the concert that we are doing next Saturday, and then went from there to an Iftar dinner organised by the Australian Greens and hosted by the local Muslim community.  The goal of the event was  to make an opportunity for non-Muslims to talk to Muslims, and generally to promote a sense of community, and I think it was definitely a good starting point.  Though I did feel a bit weird at all the people who came and thanked us for being there – because really, all we did was show up, eat lots of lovely food and try to make conversation.  As shows of solidarity go, this was a pretty easy one, really.  And it worries me a little that this is considered a significant enough effort to be worth thanking people for.

But anyway, it was really lovely, and there was a good turnout, and of course the food was amazing (and ridiculously plentiful)!  They asked us to get there a bit before sunset, and we sat at our long tables with our bottles of water and jugs of lemon drink and plates of dates in front of us, and they brought a split pea soup around, and then we sat there and waited for sunset, feeling thirsty but of course not drinking yet.  A local imam did the call to prayer, and we ate, and then there were evening prayers, and then we ate even more, and then there were speeches by several local politicians and several leaders of the local Muslim community.  I noticed that we had some excellent diversity - half the speakers were women, and most of the women were women of colour.  And there was an opportunity to ask questions, and also just to talk to the people around us. 

So that was a very pleasant way to spend an evening, and I'm very glad I got to do so (especially as I then woke up the next day to the news about the attack on worshippers near the mosque in Finley Park in London).  My Muslim friend at work who let me know about this event has promised to let me know about any similar events that are on, and I think that's something I want to really work at being involved in.

And yesterday was my first, lovely, day at home!  I had very grandiose plans, which were not achieved, largely because Mayhem decided at around 7am that she really wanted to sleep on my face, which was not restful.  But I got a couple of loads of washing done, and went for a long walk, and had a massage, and did two hours of singing practice and spent two hours starting to clean out my pantry and reorganising my spice rack, and planned the weeks menus, and made dinner, and started planning my Europe trip... and actually when I list it all like that, I did get a fair bit done yesterday, didn't I?  Just not any of the writing/research that I had hoped to start on, so apparently, the rest doesn't count.  Hmm...

Also a random recommendation.  We've recently discovered Sammy J's Playground Politics, which is a cross between Play School (an Australian children's TV classic) and political satire, and it is hilarious and horrifying and brilliant.  We've basically watched all the episodes (most of which go for five minutes) over the last few days.  I think my favourite is Musical Pollies, which serves as an excellent introduction to Australian politics, if you recognise any of the names...

He has a new show now, called Sammy J's Democratic Party, which is a full-length show, but which always includes some of the Playground Politics stuff.  Which in my view is the best bit by far...

I'll get back to the Hugo reading soon, I promise.  I took a break from it last week, because I had cramps and felt terrible, and because I kept on running into short stories which had really horrible things happening in them and I just didn't want any more of that in my head.  But one must be brave in the service of democracy, so hopefully I'll finish the Campbells sometime this week...


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