The Yuletide Tag Set Is Open

Sep. 26th, 2017 10:11 am
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Lucille Peeks)
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The Yuletide tag set is open, so everyone can see what was nominated this year. I am genuinely surprised that someone else remembers Escape To Witch Mountain (1995). And all incarnations of The Tomorrow People (I’ve only seen the 90’s American version) tv shows made it in, too. There are so many things that I need to rewatch or read again before I can confirm what I would love to offer to write or what I want to request. I probably need to locate the Holmes and Watson 1975 tv pilot with Robby the Robot.

These are all the ones that I have a particular interest in after looking—including the ones I nominated, somewhere among them:

The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter (Mostly going to read this soon)
Carmilla - J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle
Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles - Kim Newman
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
The Real Ghostbusters
The Company of Wolves (1984)
Count Dracula (1977)
Crimson Peak (2015)
The Haunting (1963)
Horror of Dracula (1958)
The Innocents (1961)
Laura (1944)
The Mummy Series
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
Sherlock Holmes (Rathbone films)
The Shadow (1994)
Van Helsing (2004)
Dark Shadows (Big Finish Audio)
Dark Shadows (1966)
Dark Shadows (1991)
Dracula (TV 1968)
Dracula: The Series (This is the 1990 version)
She-Wolf of London (TV)

I need to read Nine Coaches Waiting, by Mary Stewart. Tanz der Vampire - Steinman/Kunze is one that Youtube keeps recommending I watch, due to my interest in Dracula musicals. I spotted My Two Dads, which currently airs in reruns on Sunday nights on Antenna TV. Poltergeist: The Legacy is on daily on Comet TV.

I have She-Wolf of London, and the 1991 version of Dark Shadows on DVD, along with Dracula: The Series when it comes to the tv shows section.

Culture Consumed Monday

Sep. 26th, 2017 01:04 am
vass: Jon Stewart reading a dictionary (books)
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A fortnight after the last 'weekly' update.

Books

Read JY Yang's ~5K word story Auspicium Melioris Aevi, which they wrote about in this blog post. It's about clones and history repeating/not-repeating and the goals of a university education under capitalism and, most of all, about Singapore. Judging from the author's post about their story, clearly it was received best by people who knew Singapore well, which I don't, but I liked it a lot anyway and I think if you liked Cyteen you might well like this too. PS: I do NOT ship Clone Lee Kuan Yew and Clone Vladimir Putin, I DON'T, I REFUSE, you CAN'T MAKE ME. /o\

Read Heather Rose Jones' The Mystic Marriage, the sequel to Daughter of Mysteries. It's even less of a conventional romance genre novel than its predecessor. Where Daughter of Mysteries was in alternating third person between Margerit and Barbara, The Mystic Marriage shuttles between Antuniet and Jeanne's points of view and also Barbara's and Margerit's. Which is awesome if you prefer your romance couples to keep developing after the end of 'their' novel and not just show up briefly for a statically happy cameo in the next book to help the new couple, but a little confusing if you were expecting more of the couple you thought would be the main characters in the new novel. Not that Margerit and Barbara aren't there to help the new couple, but their stories continue too. I like this.

I also like how difficult and prickly Antuniet is, and Barbara's own flaws emerging a bit stronger than they did in the previous book (n.b. she's still awesome.) And I liked the competence porn -- Margerit's academic skills (including collegiality), Barbara's combination of court intrigue, law, and security, Antuniet's alchemy and research, and Jeanne's social engineering. That last in particular -- I don't think it's that common for books to show (rather than tell) that particular skill, not in detail. The actual work part of it, maintaining connections and introducing people and keeping track of who needs what and how that fits in with who else. Showing the role it has in Jeanne's life and how good she is at it gave a lot more force to Jeanne and Antuniet's extrovert/introvert issues, which also unusually, involved the introvert inadvertently not meeting the extrovert's needs. (The other way around gets a lot more attention in articles and books, to the point where it's become kind of a cliche.)

Read Rebecca Fraimow's fantasy novella Suradanna and the Sea, which is... bittersweet doesn't seem like the right word. Poignant, maybe. A very nice combination of sweet, charming, and ouch. With the emphasis on the sweet. Mostly. If you like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra you might like this. I kind of wish I'd read it earlier (my own damn fault -- it came out in December last year) so I could have requested it for Yuletide or Trick or Treat.

Fandom

Read [archiveofourown.org profile] sadlikeknives's Stones Could Fly, which was a Yuletide fic three years ago, for 'Dixon's Girl' from Dessa's A Badly Broken Code, and is the spy/secret agent AU for that song I had no idea I needed, and the codenames are all references to the other songs by Dessa.

Rereading [archiveofourown.org profile] bessemerprocess's The 28th Amendment, a pundit and journalist RPF AU set after the 2008 US federal election which reads very, very differently in 2017. :(

TV and Movies

In honour of the Ghibli festival, went to see Kiki's Delivery Service in the cinema (in Japanese with English subtitles), which was a good way to see it for the first time (yeah, I know, absolute latest as usual.) I loved the art and story, but could have done with a lot fewer panty shots -- zero sounds about right. Also I'd have liked to hear Jiji talk one more time at the end, just to be certain Kiki could hear him again, as that was worrying me. I didn't know the story, so the bit about magic and artist's block was unexpected and hit me really hard.

Games

Played some Pokemon Go early on in the fortnight. Beat a gym through judicious use of revives. So many revives.

Was sufficiently stressed that I reinstalled Stardew Valley on my computer. It's just turned winter in year 1, and my character is incredibly sick of cranberries.

Podcasts

Tried a bunch of fiction podcasts: Juno Steel, Death at a Low Price, Whatever Happened to Jonathan Green. I liked Juno Steel okay, but made the mistake of listening to one of the non-Juno standalone Penumbra Podcast episodes, and it fucked me up pretty badly. This is why I don't listen to a lot of horror. I found Death at a Low Price a bit rambling for my taste and also didn't like the sound effects. I liked Whatever Happened to Jonathan Green quite a lot (but there are only two episodes out and it's on hiatus)

Perfume

Testing more of the BPAL imps from Kab. cut )

Garden

Got a couple of small, unexpected capiscums from the plant that's still trucking on. I haven't really been doing anything with the garden, but there it is anyway.

Other

Painted my fingernails in Pride stripes, so anyone who couldn't already tell just by looking at me what my position on Australian marriage equality is CAN NOW.

Activism

Voted in the Non-Binding Plebiscite On Whether People Like Me Should Have Civil Rights. I voted yes, which only shows that my queerness and transness mean I'm unable to be properly objective on these issues. (That's sarcasm.) Did other activist-ish stuff on this issue (a lot, actually -- it kind of ate all the time I'd been planning to spend going to Fringe) and also went to my local branch meeting of my political party of choice.

Which just goes to show what a deleterious effect 2017 is having on my behaviour, common sense, and happiness. I dont want to go to branch meetings. I want to make vegetable/pasta stews, and eat them while reading lesbian Ruritanian romance and/or playing farming sims with retro graphics. I want to mess about rearranging deck chairs on my computer's window manager settings and not even think of politics or natural disasters or misery. But 2017 does not care what I or anyone else wants.

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Sep. 24th, 2017 10:09 am
tiamatschild: A painting of a woman leaning over a railing to set a candle in a lamp (Everyday Devotion)
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Good morning, good morning, the little birds say!

Feed me, feed me, the little birds say!

Jazz station, jazz station! the little birds say!

I'm having breakfast have breakfast with me! With me! The little birds say!

What can I say, she definitely keeps me on track.
calliopes_pen: (oraclegreen Drummond Dark Shadows)
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Yesterday, the bill arrived for Comcast. We expected this month’s bill to still reflect things from before we cut out watching cable due to whatever reason, but no. It’s better than that. This month, we seem to owe nothing, and we have been credited $65. So…next month the bill should be $5 once that's subtracted, until this returns to the expected $70 in November, I suspect.

Odd, but nice for once.

Meanwhile, as I hunt for a new computer, I realized that just in case of any emergency that requires me to go—either due to being forced to travel out of state again, or not—it might be best to search for laptops. So I’ve been looking at the HP* Pavilion 17 inch sort, since that’s held up well for Dad. He hasn’t had any problems with his, since he got it in 2013.

And since I prefer Windows 7, I purchased an OEM for Windows 7 Professional 64 bit, which should arrive sometime next week. I’ll use it once I have an appropriate laptop actually in my possession. I have also done in depth research of the Intel CPU, which one would allow an installation of 7 over 10, and which ones wouldn’t. I think I’ve figured that one out. I have far too many links gathered for all the steps to everything, so that’s what I’ve been doing this week! I also gathered all relating links to drivers that still support Windows 7 in either the CPU of Intel or AMD.

I also asked questions at Reddit, Seven Forums, Tom’s Hardware Forum, and Bleeping Computers so that I would have everything straight. As a side note, from one of those I gained the alternative of the Acer Aspire desktop, should other ideas not work. So that’s why I’ve been a bit quiet—research!

And on a non computer note, The Collinsport Historical Society has their round-up of everywhere that Dark Shadows can be found this Halloween season. If only I had Decades and TCM, I would be so happy on October 28th.

*We have a local place that works on all things HP, so if anything happens, straight to the manufacturer it can go.

#ITPE Dear Creator Letter

Sep. 22nd, 2017 10:19 am
were_duck: Ellen Ripley from Alien looking pensively to the right in her space helmet (Default)
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Dear Podfic Artist,

This is one of my very favorite exchanges of the year, and I'm so delighted to have a gift from you! Please, aside from my few hard content notes, choose a fic you love and have a great time.

If you're interested in checking them out, here are my AO3 bookmarks which I haphazardly update. I'm also on Twitter [twitter.com profile] were_duck if you want to check me out there.

General Likes: I love fic about women and queers, especially poly relationships, f/f or pairings involving trans people of any orientation, or really kinked out het pairings are good too. I also love and read a lot of m/m so if that's your thing, please go for it! I love poly fic, kink fic (and I will read any kink, really), gen friendship fic and character studies, werewolf AUs, stories set in space, domestic fic, adventure stories, family and relationship stories. I like long fic and short fic. In terms of podfic, I like straightforward readings, I like voices, and I also like when podficcers tackle something interesting, like voicing emojis or playing with an effect or similar.

General Dislikes: I'm not super into fic where jealousy plays a major role in the romantic relationship. It's ok if it's present, I just don't tend to like when it's the main conflict between characters. I also would prefer no on-screen suicide attempts or self-harm (references to these things off-screen are fine).

Hard limits (things I really would prefer not to have present in a story): pregnancy loss or on-screen child death. If there's a canon pregnancy loss or child death that gets referred to in passing, that's ok, but in general this is a thing I can't deal with lately.

Comments about my requested fandoms:

Wonder Woman: Diana femslash please! Or Diana gen! Or if it's Diana/Steve, can we explore how much Steve loves being on his knees? I enjoyed the hell out of this movie and I'm especially here for stories about Diana's youth on Themyscira or else post-movie Diana managing her grief and continually adjusting to the changing world.

Black Sails: My new fandom love! I am here for the canon poly ships, basically, (Max/Anne/Jack and Flint/Thomas/Miranda) and I'm a sucker for the fucked upness of Max/Eleanor. I'm not very into Flint/Silver but I am willing to be convinced if you think the story is good.

Rivers of London: I am a Peter/Thomas fan, but also poly Peter/Bev or gen featuring Peter. I love pretty much all of the supporting cast in this fandom and there's some delightful fic out there.

MCU (movies): I love the Marvel ladies (Natasha! Pepper! Maria! Wanda!), Sam/Steve is my JAM, and I have a soft spot for Bucky/Steve. Team hijinks and feelings all the way down in this fandom.

Dragon Age: Inquisition: Oh my god, basically any combination of Dorian, Bull, and/or Cullen. There is some great f/f fic in this fandom, too! I tend not to find fic centering the inquisitor to be very interesting, personally, but if you know a fic in the fandom you really love about an inquisitor, please go for it.

The Adventure Zone: I have been listening to this podcast nonstop for weeks and I will definitely be caught up by the time #ITPE happens, so don't worry about spoilers. I haven't read any fic yet so I don't know what the fandom is like, but basically humor and hijinks are my jam for these guys, and I've loved pretty much all of the side characters so anything goes.

ST:Reboot: Kirk/Spock, Spock/Uhura, Kirk/Uhura/Spock, Bones/Spock... I will love it all. I'm very into the Vulcan stuff these days, and the stories that resonate between original timeline and new reboot.

ST:TOS: Amanda/Sarek, Kirk/Spock, Kirk/Spock/Bones, the Diane Duane tie-in novels... Fandom of my heart.

ST:DS9: I'm super into Jadzia Dax, Kira Nerys, (is there any Dax/Kira fic???) and my main ship on this show is Bashir/Garak because... yes. I love their banter.

ST:DIS: Anything! I enjoyed the first ep, find the characters intriguing, and want to know more about Michael and Sarek and also femslash between Michael and her captain!

Hannibal: Will/Hannibal all the way. I'm actually okay with the canon level of cannibalism so most of the fic is on the table.

Young Avengers (America & Kate only): This is such a great pairing and I'd be DELIGHTED by any podfic at all starring them!

Star Wars: TFA: REY REY REY REY! Poe/Finn! Poe/Rey/Finn! GENERAL LEIA! Leia/Poe! backstories, future fic, Finn figuring out how to be a person and not a stormtrooper, Rey moving toward her ~destiny~, Leia being worldweary... all of it is good.

September anecdotes

Sep. 26th, 2017 04:20 pm
roga: josh lyman looking over his shoulder with a "chag sameach!" caption (happy holiday)
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I have not actually talked about the State of Me on here, I think, but in general I am, 6 months after leaving my job, still in a state of uncertainty re: what the hell I want to do with my life - what direction to job search in, or alternatively study, or combine, or... something. It's the new year, which means I should take the time to reflect, and I am, but... it's really hard to reach any actual decisions. I read a metaphor recently about tahini, of all things, how the process of making it is neverending - you add water and it's too diluted, you add more tahini and it's too thick, you add more water and it's too diluted, more tahini and it's too thick, and it will never end until you decide: this is the tahini, and it's done. The metaphor was a little more sophisticated than that and doesn't apply to everything, but I wish that with regards to job/studies, at least, I could be decisive about something.

Sidenote: I couldn't remember the precise English words for 'thick vs ??' and googled 'thick vs watery' and every single result on the first page of google referred to thick vs watery semen. I feel like I shouldn't have been surprised by this, but it was still unexpected.

Anyway. Job/life situation aside, a few things I want to remember from the past week:

1. The one-year anniversary of Shimon Peres. cut cut )

2. Adventures in babysitting - a friend from the US stayed with me for three days with her two-month-old son. Despite the fact that lots of my friends have babies now, I don't have near aunt-like status with any of them, so while I've held babies, I haven't actually fed them formula or changed diapers since my sister was born in 1992. I am happy to have successfully done both now, as well as babysat all by myself for five whole hours and sung the baby to sleep multiple time, which was deeply satisfying - both being able to help out my friend, but also just that feeling of being able to soothe a restless child. I've been thinking a bit about having kids; when I was a kid I was sure I'd have kids just because I thought everyone had them, and I never thought about too hard, always knowing that there'd be time; but I'm 32 now and I'm thinking about it because whether I end up having kids or not, I want it to be by choice. I think I'm going to set up a meeting with a fertility doctor to learn about the process/options of egg freezing, which seems like a smart thing to do just in case? I've been setting up a bunch of neglected doctor appointments recently - I literally got my first pap smear ever last week - so perhaps my healthcare momentum will continue.

3. The day before Rosh Hashana, we went up north to my cousins in the kibbutz to watch their production of the musical Halehaka (The Troupe). It was a lovely event - as usual their community events always feel like Stars Hollow to me. They'd built the set in a clearing outside, and all of the participants were kibbutz members or adjacent; my cousin choreographed, her husband adapted the play from the original script, another cousin had a small part, and their kids had all watched rehearsals to the extent they knew most of the play by heart, and enjoyed it every time (the girls, aged 7-11, were thrilled. So it was very fun - except from that small matter of this being a play about (a) a military (b) singing group (c) from the '70s ----> which means so, so many sexist jokes or jokes about sexual harassment, which was just /o\. Disappointing, to say the least, and I was really kind of surprised that my cousin's husband, who is one of the loveliest human beings I know, didn't remove some of those jokes from the script. Because I found myself sitting next to the 7-year-old, who was enjoying the show, but then asked me: "I don't understand why that's funny, why is everyone laughing?" after the exchange between the band's director (and CO) and the lead singer, when he told her lasciviously: "So, how about you come to my quarters tonight and we'll work on your parts?", and the entire audience laughed, and like... ////o\\\. You are right, child, it is not funny at all and yet everyone is laughing at this joke your uncle wrote, and I can't begin to explain why right now. It was just a moment of, oh, society, let's just be better about this, okay? Halehaka is a classic and I love it for what it was, but it's 2017 and we can be better.

(That said, there will never be a fandom where I don't for a moment daydream about what the Halehaka AU for it would look like. It's the perfect teen drama/military/band on tour AU for everything.)

4. I have a bunch of thoughts on Conan O'Brien's Israel special, but overall I can say that it's one of the funniest outsider depictions of Israel I've seen and overall I really enjoyed it, especially Conan's interactions with random folks who are all super super real, and the small details that just feel so, so local. You can watch the clips here, including more clips linked at the bottom of each page. I was going to add another tangent here but on second thought I have deleted it and idk, if anyone wants to talk about the episode let me know I guess. I've also watched the fourth season of Transparent, which is set in Israel and the West Bank, and was certainly interesting and not off the mark for what it was trying to tell, I think. Lots of Israel in media, I guess.

5. The Good Place is back! And wonderful. Star Trek: Discovery was cool as well. And B99's back on tonight so hopefully September will be ending on a good note.

6. All of my Yuletide nominations have been approved! I encourage y'all to listen to The West Wing Weekly so that you may be inspired to write fic, to watch Younger if you're into romantic comedies and romance novels set within the publishing industry, and uh, watch youtube clips of Anthony Mackie being awesome in interviews so that you may perhaps be inspired to write fic about him as well.

I did not post this in time to with everyone a shana tova, but shana tova, y'all. Here's to an excellent תשע"ח or 2017-18, whatever you prefer <3
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nothing gold can stay (2628 words) by Naraht
Chapters: 1/?
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Yuri Plisetsky & Victor Nikiforov, Yuri Plisetsky & Yakov Feltsman, Lilia Baranovskaya/Yakov Feltsman
Characters: Yuri Plisetsky, Victor Nikiforov, Yakov Feltsman, Lilia Baranovskaya
Additional Tags: Rivals, Post-Canon, Growing Up, Coming of Age, growth spurt, Injury, 2018 Winter Olympics, Aging
Summary: Yuri Plisetsky will never step out of Victor's shadow. Not if Victor has anything to do with it.

Or, the epic Nikiforov/Plisetsky rivalry in the run-up to the 2018 Games.



Here it is, the long one. The first chapter of the long one, at least.

A friend tells me that 'rage-filled teenage boy athlete' is not my usual aesthetic – probably an understatement! But it's a refreshing change in writing terms, and it's good to stretch yourself... right?

They All Went Through

Sep. 19th, 2017 06:35 am
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Mina covets the ring)
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The rest of the nominations have been approved for Yuletide.

✔ Count Dracula (1977)
Characters
✔ Renfield (Count Dracula 1977)
✔ Jonathan Harker (Count Dracula 1977)
✔ Dracula (Count Dracula 1977)
✔ Mina Westenra Harker (Count Dracula 1977)

✔ Dracula (TV 1968)
Characters
✔ Jonathan Harker (Dracula TV 1968)
✔ Mina Harker (Dracula TV 1968)
✔ John Seward (Dracula TV 1968)
✔ Lucy Weston (Dracula TV 1968)

One Fandom So Far, Two To Go

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:11 am
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Lucy's throat Dracula's ring)
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My nomination list for Yuletide has partially been reviewed. So as of right now, I can confirm this one. I'll let people know when the others make it through.

✔ Dracula - Bram Stoker
Characters
✔ Golden Krone Innkeeper's Wife (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
✔ Jonathan Harker (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
✔ John Seward (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
✔ Dracula (Dracula - Bram Stoker)