Mostly what I need is someone to tell me if everyone is in character and if it hangs together on a meta level.

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Wait what day is it?

  • Feb. 22nd, 2017 at 12:58 AM
Did I make an entry yesterday? I honestly forget.

Yesterday was Family Day - an Ontario statutory holiday meant to give families a long weekend to do... family stuff? I wound up going hiking with my BiL and the kids in one of the parks in town (we have a number of parks in town where you can go on two hour hiking trails). It was really nice out, but the ground was frozen enough that not everything was super muddy, at least not to start. We were ostensibly there with the Wild Child group, that does risky outdoor playtime for kids, but we lost track of them and kind of did our own thing. I was super worried that Nugsy would wind up with ice water in his boots, but despite going through the edges of one of the ponds in a few places where I knew it was deeper than his boot, he managed to mostly not! I am grateful to the elastic cuff of his splash pants, I guess!

After that, we picked up our friend Gats who is visiting for the week! So if I am less present and more distracted than usual, that is why! I need to do a chocolate box post in my writing journal - I received some incredible gifts, and reveals were today - I'm just not sure when I'll get to it. Today we didn't do too much - some errands, introducing him to Voltron, abusing the waffle iron. Tomorrow I'm going to the museum as usual, and will probably do more scanning. For now, I should bed,because I'm already up too late. I forgot it wasn't Monday and I was watching Top Chef with my sister -_-
I decided that since I really like doing Fandom Overviews (or Manifestos, but that implies "everyone should watch" and really, they shouldn't), I should do one for everything I like that I haven't already done one for and it would be fun for me and maybe even useful for other people.

We'll see how that goes, but here's one of my latest in new old TV that I think is still worth watching in the 21st C:


Manhunt (1969/70)

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"What is war?"/ "War is love..."



What is it? A one-off WWII drama serial set in Occupied France, consisting of 26 x 50 minute episodes, starring Peter Barkworth, Alfred Lynch and Cyd Hayman, with Robert Hardy, Philip Madoc and Maggie Fitzgibbon.

Nina a.k.a. Ann-Marie Poitiers is the sole survivor of a meeting between the British and representatives of various French Resistance groups. As secretary, she has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the names of the Resistance Leaders. London orders that their agent Vincent get her back to England - or shoot her. Vincent also has a newly crashed British airman called Jimmy Briggs who needs returning to London, so the three of them set out across France, pursued by Karl Lutzig of the SS, who is eventually joined in his mission by Abwehr Sergeant Gratz, while the trio of agents team up with an Australian singer called Adelaide who doesn't seem to have made up her mind which side she's on.

What has a tendency to start out as an occasionally tiresome action runaround soon develops into more of an intense, talky, gripping and powerful piece on love and war, and the price of resistance.


Do you really think I want to go on living, if this is all there's going to be? )

Fannish Things

  • Feb. 21st, 2017 at 8:25 PM
1. Be the First is running again: [livejournal.com profile] btfchallenge - a ficathon where people write the first fic for a fandom. (Not an exchange or anything!)


2. I have a gift for [community profile] hetswap already! Now I just have to wait for reveals with some impatience. (Well, that and sort out my assignment, of course.) *shakes present till tags fall out*


3. There is still plenty of time to sign up and leave prompts for [livejournal.com profile] dw_guestfest! It has only a 500 word minimum, and is a public service to write more good fic for DW minor characters, because it doesn't happen so much out in the wild. (There are ways to take part if you're not on LJ, too; never fear.) You don't need to sign up to leave prompts. (And don't forget to check out the current list for inspiration.) (I'm sorry to go on about it again, but this post felt wrong without a third thing, and we could certainly take more sign-ups and also prompts.)

Only Forever

  • Feb. 21st, 2017 at 4:19 PM
The doctor has added laryngitis to my bronchitis, which doesn’t surprise me at all as I have practically no voice. She also didn’t like the way my lungs sound, so she upped my asthma medication and I am to stay at home the whole week and rest. I will be very poor in March.

Anyways, here is the fic I wrote for Chocolate Box, though in truth the idea has been in the back of my head ever since I re-watched Labyrinth just after the news of David Bowie’s death.

Title: Only Forever
Fandom: Labyrinth
Rating: All ages
Genre: Tragedy
Word Count: 662
Characters/pairing: Jareth/Sarah
Warnings: Character death
Summary: Sarah wakes up in the witching hour, feeling something has gone terribly wrong.

Read more... )

Feb. 21st, 2017

  • 9:21 AM
I’m going back to bed very soon now. Due to various factors, I only got six hours of sleep last night, and my body is letting me know in no uncertain terms that doing that two nights in a row is utterly unacceptable. I’ve just got a couple of things, including this post, that I want to get done before I crash, so it will be at least another half hour before I lie down.

Scott discovered last night that some of the bolts holding Cordelia’s loft bed together had been working themselves loose. He tightened them, but I worry about the ones that we can’t see without moving the bed. We can only get at the thing from two sides (and one of those requires standing in the closet).

We played Flash Point with Cordelia last night, at her request. I think she enjoyed it more than she expected to. We just barely won— We had one black cube left to place when we rescued our seventh person. We got lucky because the fire kept landing in one half of the house while the people to be rescued always landed in the other part.

There was no school yesterday, so it was me and Cordelia at home together all day. I got her to watch two episodes of Princess Tutu with me, but I’m not sure she was really interested. I suppose I’ll find out when I suggest watching it again.

My left Achille’s tendon is giving me more trouble, even just in terms of walking around the house and doing the things I have to do.

I think I’m not going to sign up for [community profile] fandom5k. Looking at the specific requests so far, there aren’t many that I could actually write well, and half of those are in fandoms I wasn’t going to offer because of the canon being too big. Two of the remaining ones are for the same person. There were also several requests in fandoms I had intended to offer that were things I’d have a hard time writing.

Chocolate Box Reveal

  • Feb. 21st, 2017 at 5:29 PM
Title: Collateral
Fandom: Star Wars
Characters: Padmé Amidala & her handmaidens, Jobal Naberrie, implied Anidala and F/F relationships
Rating/Warnings: G, none
Word Count: 2915
Summary: “This is my decoy, my protection, my loyal bodyguard.” ("We are brave, your highness.")


Collateral )

Animated movies/shows

  • Feb. 21st, 2017 at 9:38 AM
Back on a Moana kick recently. So I made this set and then I made another centering around the use of hongi in the film and belatedly remembered to check the tag first and oh. Somebody else had made it already (with almost the same choices of GIF size and frames- it was bizarre!) and their set already had more than 25000 notes. XDDD The digital release is tomorrow (it's already the 21st here, but I'm assuming most of you reading this are not on this side of the world, haha), and I'm very much looking forward to getting the mini movie with it! :DDD

Here, have some icons in the meantime! GIF ones are sized for DW, but the last two are JPEGs that will work for LJ too.

Pua the pig drooping Maui winking and pointing Moana and Te Ka do a hongi Baby Moana meets the ocean Moana smiling hopefully Moana and Te Fiti do a hongi Moana throwing a spear
Baby Moana reaching up for the ocean Baby Moana tracing Te Fiti's heart Moana shouting at the ocean Baby Moana getting splashed Te ka hongi Te Fiti giving the stinkeye


Your Name (君の名は)

A gorgeous movie that hooks you with its lighthearted and hilarious beginning and gradually ends up heartrending and suspenseful. The bickering between the main characters for "acting OOC" during their inadvertent bodyswapping is just delightful. XDDD My favorite bit is when he's yelling at her for spending his money on cafe food and she's like, "well it's YOUR body I'm feeding and I'm doing your PT job to earn it, so." And then the confusion and loss when that nuisance other half suddenly disappears. The plot is like The Lakehouse, but layered with references, parallels and symbolism, and the attention to detail is astonishing. I loved seeing the red string everywhere. I loved how it really felt like Tokyo, down to the warning stickers on the train doors. I got so nostalgic watching it- I used to live in Tokyo and even hearing that abrupt slamming sound of a train rushing past another made me love it all the more. It does the flip side of country life just as accurately, with the sound of fusama shutting to the accent (Gifu is near where I live, and my kids actually have an accent like Mitsuha's, to their Tokyo relatives' constant amusement.).

Despite all the buzz, I think anybody saying this is the best animated film of the year is kidding themselves? Moana, Zootopia and Kubo and the Two Strings convey much more powerful, universal messages, especially when you consider that the target audience is a lot younger. Yes, it definitely could have gotten an Oscar nod, but I don't think it deserved to win over any of those. Still, it was a wonderful film, and I made some icons to celebrate it too! (Really, I just wanted the words バカ and あほ on my journal. LOL):

Mitsuha and Taki and the fateful string Mitsuha writing aho on her face Taki writing baka on his face Taki and Mitsuha protesting Mitsuha and Taki meet at last

Race to the Edge is back too, but have only watched the first ep so far. It's not as compelling as the HTTYD movies so it's easy to give them to the kids one at a time. (Plus I've already been spoiled via tumblr, so I can just watch those GIFs with glee.) :D

Reveals will be happening for chocolate box soon! Can't wait to see what else my gift maker has written! I think somebody has recced my fic somewhere because I just got a bunch of comments on it in this morning, which just makes me so happy. :D I wrote something that wasn't a popular pairing/character and it's towards the back of the archive because I guess I submitted earlier than most folks, so the hits have been pretty low. I'm glad people who read it liked what I did, at any rate! :D

Feb. 20th, 2017

  • 12:51 PM
We spent yesterday evening with Scott’s family to celebrate his birthday and our nephew’s birthday. I rather wish I hadn’t gone because I wasn’t feeling great and because, as it turned out, there wasn’t much at all I could eat. I was avoiding vegetables of all types, so the cabbage and apple salad wasn’t a good idea nor was the lettuce salad. The potato salad had chunks of egg in it, so I didn’t dare touch it (eggs are a migraine trigger). There were breadsticks. I could have those. My SIL made ribs for most people and some chicken skewers for those of us who can’t eat barbecue sauce. Sadly, she put a pre-packaged 'Italian' herb blend on the chicken, one of those that doesn’t actually say what’s in it. I can’t have oregano or basil without getting sick, so… I ate about three bites of the chicken before I realized it was a problem, and that was enough to be a problem later that evening.

I had been iffy on going at all, but our nephew is turning 18, so this may be the last gathering of this sort for a while, depending on where he goes to college. I’ve been having gas and intestinal difficulties for about three days now. It’s been making it hard to sleep.

We had some errands downtown yesterday and had an awful time finding parking. All the structures were near capacity which isn’t normal for a Sunday afternoon. We checked online later to see if there was some big event, but apparently it was just that the weather was beautiful.

The drawing for the lottery to get into Community High is Wednesday. I very much want Cordelia to get in, but I’m too tired to get wound up about it right now.

I need to do a lot of laundry today, and I should get going on it. I’m just having problems getting myself to move. I only got about six hours of sleep last night, and it wasn’t hugely restful sleep. I think I’ll see about getting the first load in and then lying down for a while.

This is not an update

  • Feb. 20th, 2017 at 1:13 AM
Game (Thirteen)
Too many snacks
Online boardgames (Cards Against Diablotin, Dominion)
MasterChef Junior

Feb. 19th, 2017

  • 10:56 AM
The local school district issues one large book that lists the classes at all the high schools rather than separate books for each school. My guess is that this is because students can take classes at other schools if they can figure out how to get there and back in the time they have. The instructions as to what is necessary to graduate aren’t nearly as clear as I’d like and don’t deal with the fact that the school Cordelia will likely attend, Skyline, does trimesters while all of the other schools do semesters. That’s got to change credit requirements for graduation and make taking classes at other schools really challenging.

We ended up leaving for the used book store about 3:00 and getting there about 3:40. We stayed about an hour which wasn’t nearly long enough for me to get through all of the sections I wanted to look at even though there really wasn’t all that much in any of those sections. I looked at children’s books, paperback mysteries, and general fiction paperbacks. Before I got through that last section, Cordelia was urging me to hurry up so that we could go home.

I had a ten page list of authors and titles I wanted to look for. I found four books from it. I wasn’t helped by the fact that I was mostly looking for fiction and the store skews very, very heavily to non-fiction. One of the other two stores specializes in paperback fiction, but it’s in the process of closing down, doing a clearance sale, so Scott thought going there might not be worthwhile. I think Cordelia might find that more interesting since it might actually have more than fifty books aimed at teens.

I poked around on BookMooch a bit last night. I haven’t sent anything out there in about eight years, but I had about ninety points left. Books from folks in the US cost one point. I went through my ten page list and found about fifteen things. I’m trying to decide whether or not I want to offer some of the books I want to get rid of that aren’t worth selling there. Mailing things is a serious PITA, though, and things I really want don’t tend to come up. But it would mean that, if the books went out, they’d go to someone who actually wanted them.

I couldn’t get Ingress to open at all during the time we were out of the house. Scott got in, but I never managed to. I could still get at everything else associated with that Gmail address, so I’m pretty sure it was an Ingress problem. The app kept telling me that that address couldn’t be used and that I should use a different address, but it would then kick me out without giving me the option to do anything at all.

Naturally, as soon as we got home, it opened just fine.
But not today. I’m still very far from well and my energy levels are, well, pretty low. I have no voice, a cough constantly and my chest hurt. It’s still “only” bronchitis, my doctor checked for pneumonia on Wednesday. I’ll need to get back to her tomorrow because I can’t work if I have no voice. I’m SO ready to be rid of this now! My husband is worried for me, which is uncomfortable because he is not the type who worries. I’m more fed up. I missed my belly dance lesson this week and will likely miss the one on Tuesday too. AND I missed the Divine Comedy-concert I had been looking forward to in months! But I had a temperature and such a nast cought that day. The friend I was going with could sell my ticket to someone else so I didn’t lose my money, but I feel bitter over the concert. Another reason to get well- I have tickets for Elvis Costello next Wednesday.

I spend my time reading and watching TV-shows. I’m a bit bored with that now. And napping. Lots of naps punctuated with coughing. I’m bored with that too. I would like to write more, but my body prefer the sofa over the computer chair.

I re-watched Deadwood, which will remain one of my favorite shows. I just wish it had been given another season. Season 3 doesn’t even end with a big finale, things are just halted and there are so many loose ends left hanging. So it was a nice surprise finding a pretty much perfect Deadwood-fic in The Chocolate Box. Not written for me, but if felöt like a gift anyway:

Black Darjeeling, Mature Alma/Al In which a partnership is formed and consummated. (May God help anyone who ever happens to get in its way.) The author has not only an eye for the character, the voices are perfect too! I could never mimic the very characteristic way Al speaks. The fic nicely sets off their very different characters and makes it work perfectly!

I got a nice little Mummy-fic as gift, but it’s extremely dark, so only read it if you are in the mood for it. Not at all explicit, but there are warnings for non-con and murder:

Bleeding For You (Falling Forever), Mature Evy/Imhotep She was his. Perhaps she had always been his, for thousands and thousands of years, destined to be his sacrifice.

blaaaaaaar

  • Feb. 19th, 2017 at 10:13 AM
Fifty-two hours last week.

Going to be fifty-two hours again this week.

At least it's not dropping two feet of snow on me while I'm dodging Bobcats this time, but still x_x

Once upon a time there was a fic exchange

  • Feb. 19th, 2017 at 6:44 AM


Cendrillon ou La petite Pantoufle de Verre | Cinderella - Charles Perrault

Characters:


  • Cinderella

  • The Prince



What I like about this story: Obviously the metaphor for personal virtue/innate goodness with the unbreakable shoe. I mean, not as a misery story but the fact that she's just such a diamond.

Generalized prompt: I'd love to see alternate tellings of this story, if you want! If there's a version of Cinderella you've wanted to tell for years, here's me asking! Alternate setting AUs totally welcome!

Other prompts:


  • What is life like as a queen after years of abuse?

  • What was it like looking for husbands for her sisters after everything?

  • How did the prince feel when he found out the truth?

  • Does the prince have a name

  • What sort of routines did Cinderella have?

  • "which made her commonly be called Cinder-breech; but the youngest, who was not so rude and uncivil as the eldest, called her Cinderilla" At the end of the tale, she brings up and hugs both her sisters - but I want to know her feelings on this one.

  • What sort of person gets fairy protection?

  • What was it like for the prince to love someone he knew nothing about?

  • Did the prince properly court her once they were together? How did they get to know eachother?

  • How did the prince know he'd found someone so special?



Willie O'Winsbury (English and Scottish Popular Ballads - F.J. Child)

Characters:


  • Any



What I like about this story: I first grew to like this story from my amusement over how very into Willie the king was. But don't think this means I'm asking for a 'slash or get out' story.

Prompts:


  • Okay clearly the father demanding to see his daughter naked to see if she's pregnant or not is definitely creepy. And then going 'I'll murder him' followed by 'I'll kill him' followed by 'I'd totally fuck him' is even weirder. I'd love to see Janet's thoughts on this whole matter.

  • I noticed that Willie deliberately was like 'I'll have nothing to do with you' at the end - exploration on that?

  • If you can do a funny take on the king's weird crush, that'd be grand.

  • What was Janet's plan? Was she going to run off with Willie?

  • What was Willie's plan?

  • Why was the king in jail in Spain? How did he get out?

  • Do Janet and Willie retun the king's calls?



Bärenhäuter | Bearskin (Fairy Tale)

Characters:


  • Any



What I like about this story: Obviously it ends on a very grim note, but what interests me is the fact that they both won, in a way. Even if the soldier and the wife were much less happy for it. I like the cleverness.

Prompts:

Generalized prompt: What I'd like to see is other ways this story could have worked out or possibly the adventures of Trash Bear Soldier.

Other prompts:


  • Solutions to damnation

  • Actual romance between the soldier and his future wife

  • The saving of the wife's father

  • Saving the sisters

  • Life as a bearman

  • Why would you make a literal deal with Satan?

  • Explaining that no, he's not Donkeyskin

  • What if he'd been Gerbilskin? It'd be like a little toupee.

  • People who were kind despite everything




Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Fairy Tale)

Characters:


  • Any



What I like about this story: Long story short, as a small blonde child I spent a lot of time in houses I wasn't supposed to as a kid and I've identified strongly with Goldilocks ever since. Even though I never stole anything or broke a chair, I DID once turn on someone's treadmill and probably inspired years of ghost stories. ALSO I do not want Goldilocks to die, please.

Prompts:


  • What did Goldilocks get up to next?

  • Had Goldilocks also broken into other famous fairy tales?

  • What sort of life leads a bunch of bears to living in a little cottage. Is there actually a bear society? Did they eat the previous owners? What is the bear economy.

  • Goldilocks and Baby Bear meet out in a coffee shop years later and discuss things (I DID just suggest a coffee shop au)

  • How do you human-proof a house?

  • What's bear porridge like anyway, is there lots of honey and berries? (I'm making mysef hungry)

  • In the original fairy-tale it's actually an old woman who possibly goes to jail for vagrancy - what sort of life is Goldilocks leading? Can this tie back into another encounter with the bears?