(US) Political linkspam (10 links)

May. 23rd, 2017 01:11 pm
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I haven't sorted these, but here's a smattering of what I think are the best of the US-politics links I've read via Twitter/RTed from [twitter.com profile] ysabet_m. 10 links )
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Writing is dumb and I don't recommend it.

In other news, I woke up at 5:15 this morning to pee and didn't fall back asleep until after 6:50 am, partly because I have a bug bite on my ankle (first of the season *sigh*) and even with cortisone lotion and allergy meds, it didn't stop itching. That is just wrong. My alarm goes off at 7:20 (it allows me to hit snooze three times and still be in by 9). I was not happy.

So instead of anything interesting, here's a meme [personal profile] snacky tagged me to do over on tumblr and as always tumblr is useless for finding things later, so I'm posting it here in case I ever want to see it again:

Cite the final line of five of your fics – your favorites, or the most recent ones.

I'm doing recent, because it's easier than choosing favorites:

1. "Forget about Vader for a few minutes, Luke," she says after another great victory that's come with its own desperate costs. "Let me tell you about our mother, instead." (Mother Is the Name for God, Star Wars, Leia & Padme)

2. It's as good a way as any to start a day. (Stuck in the Middle with You, Star Wars, Ahsoka, Anakin, Obi-Wan, platonic bed-sharing)

3. The Force chimes with a clarity and closeness Anakin hasn't felt in a long time when he sits down beside Obi-Wan, takes a deep breath, and opens his mouth to finally tell him the truth. (and gravity, scientists say, is weak, Star Wars, Anakin & Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan/Satine)

4. Ben went, and he and the galaxy both exhaled in relief. (Everything That Rises Must Converge, Star Wars, Skywalker Family Reunion Time)

5. Rey grinned, warmed by their confidence, and prepared the Falcon for takeoff. (if you find yourself lost, dig, Star Wars, Rey & Leia)

I think I'm better at last lines than I am at first lines, but sometimes I like to wrap things up too neatly, so they land with a thud instead of whatever smart and satisfying sound they should land with. I dunno, what do you think?

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Jurassical

May. 22nd, 2017 09:44 pm
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So I pick the hottest day of the spring to begin my sculpture project, which means it's difficult to work by afternoon, but the bits I did finish stiffened up nicely. I'll try to assemble a bit more in the morning, when it's cool, but here's today's progress. Pretty good, for a start, I think.

In the past, I've rolled out the clay slabs wet, then had to wait for them to firm up before I could begin. This time, I took a page from my pottery experiences. I cut two bags of clay into quarters lengthwise last night, spread them out like teepee poles and left them uncovered until morning. Wedged them up this morning, rolled my slabs and was pretty much ready to start. I'll have to remember that trick.

I pre-textured the slabs with my new roller tools, then formed a torso and set it on end to stiffen up. Once it did, I laid it on its side and attached the first tail segment.
flat dino skinthe initial torso of the crittertorso gets first part of tail
I made the head from a smaller bit of slab, added a lower jaw, some texture and detailing, and finished with colored porcelain eyes, tongue and teeth. Wicked!

Legs were made in sections: first the thighs, then the drumsticks, then the legs and feet. I left these to dry until evening before I assembled them.

Even then, I left them off of the body until tomorrow, though I did line up the right leg against the torso to see how it looked.

Tomorrow's gonna be pretty wild...

Hugo reading 2017 - Novellas Part 3

May. 23rd, 2017 02:13 pm
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Finishing up the novellas with two which thankfully had nothing Lovecraftian about them. What is with the Lovecraft stuff this year?

A Taste of Honey
, by Kai Ashante Wilson is a love story centering around Aqib, a Royal Cousin in the Kingdom of Olorum and
Lucrio, a soldier and part of the Daluçan embassy. They meet and fall in love and this is a bit of a problem, because the men of Olorum are absolutely not supposed to have relationships with other men.

I liked this book a lot. It is, however, almost impossible to usefully talk about without spoilers, especially since I know that many people have very strong (and justified) feelings about reading yet another tragic gay romance, so I am going to tell you whether it has a happy ending or not under the cut.

Read more... ).

At this stage, my ballot will be Bujold first, Ashanti Wilson and McGuire next, though not necessarily in that order.  These three stories were all enjoyable, did not bore me at any point, and I would read them again. Johnson comes 4th, because while I enjoyed the beginning and ending and loved the main character, it did get tedious in the middle (possibly because it was trying to follow the Lovecraftian original). Miéville comes fifth, because it might have been a good story but I found it opaque and unpleasant, and Lavalle is in last place, because it was unpleasant and wasn't even opaque enough to give me distance from the unpleasantness! Also, I think it really did require a knowledge of Lovecraft to enjoy it.  I don't know what would have made me enjoy the Miéville, but at least it stood alone.

I think I'll tackle some of the non-fiction next, as I have a story to write, so I need to starve myself of new fiction for a few days.  I might even give myself a few days off from the ballot entirely – after all, I've done five categories already, and may not even be doing the film/TV episode ones, so I'm doing quite well for time.
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--I updated [tumblr.com profile] jinksyandthebrain for the first time in a couple of months. Have some pics [dreamwidth.org profile] seolh took in March. (I especially love the three of Jinksy!bear sprawled on his back on the sofa. The belly is not a trap.)


--I promise not to get in the habit of signal boosting lots of [dreamwidth.org profile] aftertheendtimes posts over here, but [dreamwidth.org profile] cantarina is trying to gauge interest in a fanworks exchange covering all of [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire's worlds.


--[dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose, Ginny, Kas, and I went to Happy Veal for lunch, and we're forced to conclude that while the food ranges from "tasty" to "AMAZING" (hello, green onion pancakes), the service is just always either mediocre or awful, so we're always going to have to calculate if we're up for dealing with that. TL;DR, the food arrived SLOWLY. No, more slowly than that ) And yet I can't swear off the place. The green onion pancakes are so good I could cry.


--Garden: [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose dug out the rough shape of the flowerbed, and it looks like getting that ready will be trickier than we'd hoped. OTOH, transplanting our six tiny Lemon Boy tomato seedlings into their interim pots was quick and simple. And in between those things, when Kas and Ginny dropped me and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose off, they came in to borrow a spade and see the breathtaking new openness of our small back yard. Ginny got a look at Neighbor L's dandelion ripper, and then [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose brought our shiny new one out...and Ginny proceeded to spend something like half an hour, in her Fluevogs and cute dress, merrily massacring dandelions for the sheer delight of using the thing.

It's remarkably satisfying. [/understatement]
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plaidadder:

Chapter 2, The Smell Test

I realized there are 27 chapters in this story, and I definitely do not want to spend 27 weeks reposting it. So there will be more than one chapter a week. For instance, have this one.

And also here are:

Chapter 3, Ups and Downs

Chapter 4, Buzz

That’s probably all for today. Probably.

OK, so one more.

Chapter 5, Mary Had A Little Lamb

Arabella wins Norton Award

May. 22nd, 2017 04:56 pm
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I am pleased and amazed to report that Arabella of Mars, my first novel, has won the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, presented by SFWA as part of the annual Nebula Awards. (Complete list of Nebula winners and nominees.) Previous winners of this award include J. K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Cat Valente, and Nalo Hopkinson. The award was presented by last year's winner Fran Wilde. 

To say that I'm overwhelmed would be an understatement. I barely emerged from my room yesterday and I'm still stunned. Congratulations have been pouring in via every available channel; I have not been able to reply to most of them but please know that I am very appreciative. 

Here's the text of my acceptance speech:
I’d like to thank everyone who read, nominated, and voted for Arabella for this award, whose name honors one of our finest writers, and acknowledge all the other, very worthy, nominees. Special thanks to Moshe Feder, who acquired it; Christopher Morgan, who edited it; Patrick Nielsen Hayden, who provided invaluable support; Paul Lucas, my agent; copyeditor extraordinaire Deanna Hoak; Mary Robinette Kowal, my invaluable guide to all things Regency and navigating the dangerous shoals of publication; Janna Silverstein, my greatest adviser and cheerleader, and most of all my late wife Kate Yule, who never stopped believing in me. Pittsburgh was her home town and she would have been so proud and happy to share this moment. I wish she could be here. I still love you, snookie.

After I sat down Seanan McGuire let me cry on her shoulder for about five minutes. 

Arabella of Mars is currently available in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook; the mass market paperback will be released on May 30. Sequel Arabella and the Battle of Venus will be released on July 18. 

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In this fast-playing, low-prep March 2015 Kickstarter triumph, desperate heroes battle strange magic, unhinged cultists, and roaming mobs of undead while humanity's last great empire slides toward oblivion. If you love Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, the Ravenloft and Midnight settings, Joe Abercrombie's The First Law novels, or heavy metal music, get this bargain-priced collection of DRM-free .PDF ebooks and confront the Void That Hungers.
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Chapter 2, The Smell Test

I realized there are 27 chapters in this story, and I definitely do not want to spend 27 weeks reposting it. So there will be more than one chapter a week. For instance, have this one.

And also here are:

Chapter 3, Ups and Downs

Chapter 4, Buzz

That’s probably all for today. Probably.

the light in my eyes is strange

May. 22nd, 2017 12:21 pm
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I dreamt that I attended a wedding and Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, and Ewan McGregor were also guests, and the entire bridal party (...wedding party? can it be a bridal party if it's two dudes getting married?) was dressed as French sailors (i.e., navy and white striped shirts, high-waisted navy trousers, and berets!). Then LION from Steven Universe showed up. I still don't know who was getting married, though.

Then I woke up and emailed myself a completely unrelated story idea that is feasible but gosh autocorrect makes trying to read those written at 2 AM while half-blind emails difficult. Luckily, since the idea is basically "these characters bang for ~reasons" there wasn't much figuring out to do. *snerk*

This morning, I had one of those eye migraine things, which made me late for work since I didn't feature taking the stairs down into the subway with the vision in my right eye going all fractal, so I waited until it passed. I don't get them very often but they are freaky when I do. And for the first time, today's has left me with a headache. Or maybe it's the weather. Sigh. Monday being Monday, I guess.

***

American Gods: Git Gone
spoilers )

Brooklyn Nine Nine: Your Honor & The Slaughterhouse
spoilers are beloved by mothers )

At some point I'll catch up on other tv shows, but it didn't happen this weekend. Sigh.

In other tv news, [personal profile] skygiants is watching The Clone Wars, and has a fun recap of the first ten episodes here. If I'm stuck having feelings that aren't annoyance and dislike about Anakin Skywalker, I'm going to drag as many people down with me as I can. I am just saying. #i hate that i have ~feelings about darth vader now

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The final trailer for Wonder Woman is out. I'm so excited.



My emotions! As I noted on Twitter, I've been wanting a Wonder Woman movie for pretty much my whole life; I grew up reading my Mom's Wonder Woman comics (from the '40s, starting with issue #2) and watching the Lynda Carter TV show.

Movie opens Friday, June 2nd (though I know there are some Thursday night showings), I've got tickets for a 10:30 a.m. showing that Friday. Eeeeee!

Some clips from the movie are now online and the embargo has been lifted on social media so critics and others who've seen previews can talk a bit about it and most things I've seen have been positive which is a relief (prior to this there'd been a stupid rumor that got propagated far & wide from "an insider" that the movie was Seriously Not Good). I've liked the clips too.

(My only true complaint based on the trailers, commercials, and clips has to do with the dialogue: it certainly isn't true to the WWI period but this isn't unusual anymore I guess. See also that first Captain America movie and the Agent Carter TV show and many many movies and shows not even just the superhero ones. I'd also rather have had a WWII era Wonder Woman for that matter but I'm open to this setting.)

I've glanced at some interviews from the press tour and as usual these interviews pain me. Bless Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins and Chris Pine for seeming to take it all in stride and give mostly great answers to a lot of very stupid and repetitive questions. Doesn't stop me from wanting to smack the next person to ask Pine why he would take a supporting non-superpowered role in Wonder Woman because SERIOUSLY? Maybe because he's an actor and it's a job, maybe because Steve Trevor is a great character, maybe because it looked like it'd be a good movie and he'd get to work with people he liked? Also the ignorance re Steve Trevor bugs me but I guess I can't expect film critics to rush off and educate them on All Things Wonder Woman and yet . . . sigh. Steve Trevor may not be a superhero, but he is a hero and smart and skilled and interesting. (Did Natalie Portman get these kinds of questions when doing press for Thor? I can't recall.)

While I'm super excited to see Diana on the big screen I'm also really really excited to see Steve Trevor and Etta Candy in a movie. (And if I had to pick an actor working today to play Steve Trevor? Chris Pine would've been my top pick. It's perfect casting IMHO and I think it was when that casting occurred that I became completely on board with this movie.) Also looking forward to seeing Paradise Island and Hippolyta (Diana's Mom) and others too of course, but Diana and Steve and Etta are the ones I'm most excited about.

Looking for Plotty Fanfiction Recs

May. 22nd, 2017 09:13 am
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I am looking for recs of long, plotty fanfiction stories. Gen preferred but not necessary. I do not want A/B/O or D/S universes.

AU is more than okay, crossovers are okay, kidfic is okay. Curtain fic is okay. I like found family stories a lot.

It doesn't matter if you think I've already read it, I might want to read it again.

Preferable fandoms: MCU, Marvel comicsverse, Harry Potter, Stargate: Atlantis, Check, Please!

I also read SW: The Force Awakens, Sherlock, Supernatural, Stargate, all flavors of Star Trek, Inception, and Merlin (mostly AUs).

Feel free to rec anything else you think I might like, regardless of fandom.

Thanks!
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Chapter 2, The Smell Test

I realized there are 27 chapters in this story, and I definitely do not want to spend 27 weeks reposting it. So there will be more than one chapter a week. For instance, have this one.

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Continuing the theme of "what's a plan?" in terms of gardening, we're not venturing out to Eastern Passage next weekend after all--turns out Étoile Estates isn't able to have the scheduled second week of veggie plant sales (the owner has to work), although apparently we can order and have things delivered. Not sure we'll do that; there's only tomato variety I was specifically already interested in on their list, and I mostly wanted to go for the experience of looking around. But we'll see.

Today's plan to dig out a small flowerbed was set aside when the board emailed to take us up on our offer (us and Neighbor G, who'd been planning to take our unwanted shrub) to just dig the plant up ourselves. The landscaper they'd consulted didn't think it was worth it to try to transplant the shrub, which worked out, because G had realized that it wasn't actually a good fit for him after all.

So G and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose spent a while digging the poor unwanted thing up, which went pretty fast once we thought to truss it up like a Christmas tree (getting its branches out of the way) and our neighbor remembered he has a pickaxe to go with our pair of spades. ([dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I spent a chunk of yesterday shopping for garden supplies and equipment.) The combination of a pickaxe and not attempting to save the plant made it go very fast indeed, although then there was another hour or so of digging roots and rocks out of the hole, plus ripping dandelions out of the vicinity--thanks to Neighbor L, from our other side, who'd come outside and, when she heard me sadly mention our lack of a dandelion ripper, ducked in to lend me hers. (And now we have one too--I had to get some work done, so [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose made another shopping run to get one of those, some grass seed, and some spray-on sunscreen. I keep forgetting the latter is a thing; I hate most sunscreen, but G said he actually uses the spray-on stuff, and let me use some to protect my outer-arm tattoo. And lo, I didn't hate it.)

In our shrub's death, I finally learned its name, because its tag was still attached at the base. It was a Tor Spirea/Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor'. I do feel bad for its fate, but I really did try to at least not mind it for seven years. (Or eight. Whichever.) And honestly? As soon as it was gone, while there was still just a big gaping hole where it'd been, I already felt so much better about the space.

Or, as [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose said, "Suddenly it feels like being outside."

In honor of the occasion, I'm using Dreamwidth's image hosting for the very first time. Have a pic of the trussed spirea and one of [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose dealing with its roots: I embedded thumbnails, but I'm still cutting the pics in case you don't feel like actually seeing the poor spirea's fate. There's also a bit of explanation of how much of what's visible in the second picture is space we're allowed to work with )

Anyway, hopefully tomorrow we'll get the little flowerbed dug out so we can plant...next weekend? Or the week after? And I'd like to get the Lemon Boy tomato seedlings settled into their compostable interim pots.

But I also have a half-volume of manga due tomorrow, which until Saturday night I'd somehow thought was due Wednesday. >.> So the amount of garden work we accomplish will depend a bit on that, too.
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Fannish/Geeky Things

Blade of the Immortal trailer. [~2 min., subtitled]

"Supernatural Is Crossing Over With Scooby Doo Next Season".

"Lin-Manuel Miranda Joins the Cast of DUCKTALES Reboot".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] erinptah, an FFA thread on what kind of fic summaries do or don't entice people.

"65 ‘Wonder Woman’ Images Highlight Amazonians, Allies, and Antagonists".

"Hugh Jackman didn’t know wolverines were real animals".

"On Captain America and the Spirit of Story". [Kiya Nicoll]


Writing/SFF

Over at [dreamwidth.org profile] ladybusiness, Ira and Anna have teamed up "to present you with two ways to skim the highlights of [The Vorkosigan Saga] in 5 books each". "This post is intended for two audiences: (1) People who have never encountered a Vorkosigan book in their life, or maybe have read one or two but don't really know the full series, so we can suggest a subset of the series that is readable by the Hugo voting deadline; and (2) Fans of the series so they can come argue with us about our picks. BOTH ARE SO WELCOME." (I'm in the former camp, so I've only skimmed the post and haven't gone into the comments.)

"What Will Sink Our Generation Ships? The Death of Wonder". [Kameron Hurley at Boing Boing]

"A Hot Steaming Sack Of Business Advice For Writers". [Chuck Wendig]


Miscellaneous

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] telophase, "New WannaCry Ransomware and How to Protect Yourself". ([dreamwidth.org profile] telophase's summary is "In short: if you're on Windows, make sure you're updated to the latest OS version. If you're on an unsupported version (XP, 2008), there's a patch you can load. Make sure your antivirus is updated.")

Signal boost: via [dreamwidth.org profile] 2017revival, I see that [dreamwidth.org profile] transandnonbinary is a newly-created community.

"The Ingenious Way TV Logos Were Made Before Computers".

"Ancestry.com takes DNA ownership rights from customers and their relatives".

ETA: [dreamwidth.org profile] juniperphoenix linked me to Ancestry.com's response: "Setting the Record Straight: Ancestry and Your DNA".

"An AI invented a bunch of new paint colors that are hilariously wrong".

"The Skeletal Structure of Japanese Horror Fiction: Digging into the Guts of Japanese Folklore". [2014]

"Japanese Finally Comes To Duolingo".

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