I watched some more Defiance.

Apr. 30th, 2017 06:05 am
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I'm not feeling it. Which is annoying, because it has many good ingredients and interesting threads. But it's just not giving me feels or making me have favourites yet.

And it has many cool female characters with interesting plot even. Some of them even talk to each other. So I'd like to like it better.

Mostly it's inspiring in me a feeling of wanting to turn it around and maybe shake it to see why I'm not into it. Like, this should be working. Maybe it's me.

I get this sinking feeling that what I think I want from stories isn't in fact what I want. Because the shows that grab me and take up residence are not often the ones that fit the recipe I've figured.

Although queer f&sf is a very good start.

Shall see.


Apr. 30th, 2017 03:02 pm
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Drew against Mb, 1-1. I scored our goal first half, then they came back in the 2nd half. That, and the sun was crazy hot, and it baked our brains and boiled our muscles. By the last five minutes, we were completely flat.

I got at least two, maybe three more shots on goal, but none of them got in. I do need to remember to share the shots around - pass in the circle, dear! It confuses the goalie!

A bit of an issue with the coach: he doesn't tend to listen very well to what people say they can play. Apparently several people said that they'd like to play left side, or right side...and he had them playing on the other. I told the other wing (who was used to playing left wing) that if she wants to swap sides with me, just let me know. I can do either side, I'm just not much good in the centre.

But we had some good play going; we just need to practise our short passes into the gaps, and how not to pass the ball to the opposing team. Always good things to learn and practise!
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4.A song that reminds you of someone you'd rather forget about

5.A song that needs to be played LOUD: Ice T - Big Gun

Can you imagine what effect this movie had on me in 1995? Xena and Voyager, with their awesome fighting women, were only just at the beginning. Tank Girl was like a bucket of ice water in the face, so different to Wonder Woman and Supergirl and those clean, all-American traditions, but shouting out to the same little girls' heart.

If you love the song as I do, you may prefer to watch this Nikita fanvid by [livejournal.com profile] readthesubtext.

music meme topics )

1 more day

Apr. 29th, 2017 09:17 pm
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Beta Wanted for Slam Dunk Yaoi Fic

Apr. 30th, 2017 07:09 am
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1. Pen Name: HanaHeart
2. Fandom: Slam Dunk Anime
3. Rating of the story: NC-17
4. Spoilers/Time Line: Nothing too much except maybe some small references to some events in the anime but nothing major.
5. Pairing: Sendoh/Rukawa and maybe some other minor ones
6. Beta Type: Well, Grammer, spelling, used of words, Characterization, continuity and consistency of the plot and characters, also I'm in desperate need of help in writing sex parts...thought they won't be much.
7. warnings: well, there is mention of rape, dubious consent, and heavy angst.
8. Harshness: 75% would be okay, I guess?
9. Other: This is AU. Sets when Sendoh and Rukawa are working adults.

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Apr. 29th, 2017 10:53 pm
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Tonight, I ate dinner in the only restaurant in town, which is also one of the two bars in town.  On one of the televisions a hockey game was playing.

Now, what I know about all sports except baseball mostly amounts to "cheer when everyone else does."  Since the nearest ice rink to where I grew up was an hour and a half away, and it rarely got below freezing so no ponds to skate on, until Hockey RPF started becoming one of the big fandoms I knew even less about hockey than about any other major sport.

But tonight, I looked up at the screen, recognized the teams (Penguins vs. Caps), saw Geno go into the penalty box (I think?  It might have been just back to the bench?), and thought, "Wonder how Sid feels?"
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This concert was a complete surprise, announced while I was already in London for the month. Shoreditch was the neighborhood next to mine, so even though it cut into the weekend that we ended up traveling to York, I went to this concert, one of a handful Lea has had thus far to promote her new album, Places.

The line to get inside extended around the corner of a large city block, and there was some palpable excitement.

I had a balcony seat, and a decent view. The music being played overhead prior to Lea was all Bon Iver [I think]. I lost my shit a little bit when I recognized The Wolves, which is a song that's on my [Glee] fic playlist, although I had previously only been familiar with the Ellie Goulding cover and didn't even know it was a Bon Iver song, lol. BUT. SO MANY FIC FEELINGS UGGGHHHH.

When the lights dimmed imperceptibly, everyone screamed. We cheered and clapped for a long time, and eventually Lea kept trying to talk but couldn't because the clapping persisted. She was clearly overcome, thanked everyone sincerely for having come. Someone in the front yelled, "You deserve this!"

The band joining Lea on stage included a drummer, a cellist, a pianist, and some string instrument(s) I couldn't see, probably including a violin. This led to some different intros and interpretations, just because some of the orchestral/electronic effects couldn't be recreated on a live tour. For example, I remember really liking the percussive intro to Cannonball, the first song.

"Love Is Alive" was the first song to give me goosebumps. Like, her voice is just phenomenal, but there was a point of realizing, I AM IN THE SAME ROOM AS LEA. SHIT.
Her story introducing how she got this song [from a writer] was pretty hilarious, but I think completely loses its effect if not told verbally.

I eyerolled when she said she wished Darren [Criss] was there just before beginning Battlefield - he sang the duet with her on the album. Everyone else cheered, though, so I struggled to keep my reaction non-verbal so as not to ruin the moment for the people sitting to either side of me LOL.

Often on the slower songs, Lea would give a manual cue to the pianist/orchestra members to speed things up, making a "go" motion circling her index finger, which cheered me because slow songs tend to bore me live too, :D

When introducing "Sentimental Memories," she said something like, "One of the great things about being a singer is that you get to express these feelings...AND TALK SHIT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO FUCKED YOU OVER." lmao.

"Heavy Love" gave me some 'these strange steps' feelings, mostly due to the Dear lover / put another pill upon my tongue lyric.

Full setlist )

A tweet from Lea's twitter feed, showing her on the stage.

Since the concert, the whole Places album has been released. I'd like to listen to it more, and spend time comparing it to Louder, but I feel like her voice sounds healthier here, like you can tell she's had a lot of rest. I think her voice is still damaged from Glee, but it makes me happy how nice it sounded.
I want to punch the reporter who asked her whether "Hey You" was about Cory. The direct references in the lyrics make it completely obvious that IT IS, why ask her?

"Anything's Possible" gives me a lot of fic feelings. I'm adding it to my fic-writing inspiration playlist.

Check-In -- Day 29

Apr. 29th, 2017 11:20 pm
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And Saturday! Welcome! What have you been doing?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

Today is the day for posting snippets and the like, if you have any you wish to share.

Equinox Spring 2017 reveals

Apr. 29th, 2017 08:19 pm
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As you can now see from the Equinox collection on AO3, I made the Star Trek Beyond vid We Are Who We Are for [personal profile] shinyjenni.

My vidders, both for Deep Space Nine, were [personal profile] kuwdora, with Pundits and Poets, and [personal profile] such_heights, with I Lived. ♥

On a personal note, I am at 2/3 for guesses, and I feel vindicated.

Fandom meme

Apr. 29th, 2017 10:20 pm
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Give me a fandom (or more than one to give me options) and I'll tell you:

1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed

(If I can figure out what the blazes 10 means.)
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Hey! Looks like I can fess up to my Equinox vids now! I made two:

Fox on the Run - Doctor Who (2005), Doctor/River, for [personal profile] purplefringe 

Under My Skin - Multi-fandom, alien horror in space, for [personal profile] genusshrike 

And I can now properly thank [personal profile] violace for Infinity, the fucking amazing No Man's Sky vid I received (will update link when signed version goes up). She ROCKS.

Sunday Secrets

Apr. 29th, 2017 10:58 pm

Saturday Home Repair Progress

Apr. 29th, 2017 09:55 pm
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Today our handyfriend replaced the light fixture in the foyer and in the closet.  \o/  

The six new mirror tiles are up in the bathroom.  Regrettably they are a fraction of an inch smaller than the old ones and thus don't line up at all.  :/  We have decided to buy six more tiles of the same brand, and plan on replacing the old tiles in October, when we can also redo the frame and do something about the background wall.

We also obtained a cheap, sturdy, serviceable towel bar. 

Thin Ice

Apr. 30th, 2017 01:43 am
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Look, I was going to do a long and pretentious post about this episode, and the deeper politics of it, and the subtleties of Pearl Mackie's performance... but like an idiot I squeed on Twitter first, and first Sarah Dollard and then Pearl Mackie replied to me, so I've been all "AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH" all evening, so I'm just going to do a spoilerific list under the cut )

Now, some idiots people have been moaning on twitter and elsewhere about how their beloved show has been taken over by SJWs, who have to bring icky lefty SJW politics into everything, and it's disgusting, and Old Doctor Who never had politics in it, and they'll never watch it again... To them I say the following:

What sodding show have YOU been watching the last 54 years????

Because, honestly, the second ever story in Doctor Who history is him trying to introduce democracy to cavemen instead of a dictatorship. The third one is him trying to encourage pacifists to rise up and overthrow their oppressors - literally asking an entire race to become warriors for social justice. In the Green Death he and Jo and a bunch of hippies save the world from an evil nasty polluting multinational corporation with Quorn. In the Horns of Nimon he and Romana overthrow a corrupt regime that practises human sacrifice. In Vengeance on Varos he gives an entire shellshocked society freedom of choice for the first time ever. In Happiness Patrol he and Ace bring down an authoritarian government. The entire sodding Cartmel Era is about the poison of racism, as is every single dalek story ever written. As my friend Keir put it he's the original social justice warrior. If it's taken you till today to get that, how stupid and/or racist must you be?

Anyway, I thought Thin Ice was bloody fabulous, I love when Doctor Who stays true to it's SJW roots, and I can't wait for next week :)
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Food adventures! I basically had to restock my pantry today, which meant I had to do some meal-planning for once, which meant I now have a window open with a billion tabs of healthy one-skillet recipes. The one I chose tonight was Light Coconut Shrimp and Pineapple Quinoa. "Why Esther," you might be saying, "you don't eat shrimp!" That is true; I think most people assume religion, but honestly I used to love shrimp as a kid, except once I OD'd and got a nasty bout of food poisoning that kept me from attending my cousin's bar mitzvah, for which we'd all flown to Israel. Yes, I got sick from shrimp in Jerusalem two months after the Gulf War ended. Life is like a box of chocolates, &c.

So anyway, I did not use shrimp. Instead, I used some sort of vegan chicken bits that were mostly made of fungus (mushrooms, whatever, but fungus is more fun to say). As it turns out, they were delicious. I'm maybe starting to like cooking with vegan chicken way more than actual chicken -- the texture and the taste are amazingly similar, and I don't have to worry about chicken juice, A+! Verdict: This recipe is very tasty and quite filling. I think there may be ways to pack more taste into it -- maybe adding the coconut milk a little later in the process, or something else to bring out one flavor in particular. (Or maybe my ingredients just weren't where they needed to be?) Either way, I would definitely make this again and tinker with it.

Meanwhile, I just finished the first episode of The Handmaid's Tale and I don't think I've ever felt tenser watching an hour of filmed media in my life. It's gorgeous and absolutely terrifying and upsetting and I have literally no idea why anyone would take pains to say it's a "universal" story rather than a feminist one. (I also definitely spotted the Margaret Atwood cameo, though it's subtle.) I will definitely continue watching, but maybe with, like, a handle of budget bourbon, you know?

Meanwhile plus one, I just heard a spoiler about GotG2 that full-on confirms I have no interest in that shit, thanks. I never cared much for this property, tbh, and I'm not looking forward to more of the MCU in space that's not Thor (space ruins comics basically every time, as far as I'm concerned, which is a shame because space is cool and great). I'm... really just ready for Ragnarok and Black Panther and whenever Bucky Barnes gets some goddamn storytelling justice done by him.

Oh no, I wanted to end happy! While I was in Chicago, I bought a fountain pen I actually intend to really use, a banana-yellow Lamy that's really lovely to use. I also bought this hardbound notebook with a great '40s-esque print on the outside. I was planning to use it for Big Band Witches stuff, but I keep trying to find the heart of that story and I'm not getting there. The throughline of The Handmaid's Tale, the engine that drives everything and lets you explore, is simple: The state controls human reproductive capabilities. I think The Magicians also lets things unfold from a simple premise (misfit learns he's a magician and goes to school for it) and uses character combinations to excellent effect. Part of me wonders if I'm clinging to a story I promised myself I'd write once (along with characters who remain ciphers), rather than simply letting something new happen, especially since so many people have said such kind things about the earlier drafts and ideas. I want to sit down with this pen and this notebook and try to loosen up about all of it, but we'll see. Oh no, also not a perky ending!

Which, I mean, is fine. But hey, I get to see [twitter.com profile] pipifelix tomorrow before my all-day shift at Shop, and that is always an occasion for \o/.

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