Clarifications

Apr. 17th, 2019 10:55 pm
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The tag set is almost done. I just have a few more nominations that require some clarification/verification:

Was Dinah Lance in Batgirl (Comics)?

Were Liam Riley or Lucy Becker in Highlander: The Series or just the spinoff Highlander: The Raven?

Is Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke a standalone novel or part of a series that includes The Ladies of Grace Adieu?

Was Kon-El | Conner Kent in Red Robin (Comics)?

Who was Roman Era Male Beverley Brook for Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch?

Was Ratchet in Transformers: Shattered Glass?

Death end re;Quest - thoughts etc.

Apr. 18th, 2019 06:45 am
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I finished Death end re;Quest on 16 March, or a week after I bought it, which is saying something about a game that I hadn't even intended to buy at first instance until I heard good things about it. Oops. Worth it. I maybe could have waited for it to come out on PC but you know, I'll buy the inevitable remake there when it goes on sale as I already bought it for full price once.

So much death, so little time. )

I've got posts to do for Cinderella Phenomenon and Devil Survivor: Overclocked, and I have a lot of public holidays over the next two weeks (and then four weeks of leave!!). So, for accountability for the next six weeks, I plan to complete the following: Chaos;child, Kingdom Hearts 2.5, The World Ends With You, Xenosaga II, and (if I get really excitable) Atelier Totori. Let's see how I go in crushing this backlog!

Tag set update

Apr. 16th, 2019 05:55 pm
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I closed the tag set this morning and now that I'm home, I'm working through approving the rest of the fandoms and relationship tags the next couple of days.

If anyone sees any relationship tags that shouldn't be in a particular fandom (example: crossover pairings or a character that doesn't exist in said fandom) or any other mistakes in the tag set, please let me know so I can correct it.

Sign ups will begin April 19th to April 30th.

Gene Wolfe, 1931-2019

Apr. 16th, 2019 09:57 am
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What struck me on the beach–and it struck me indeed, so that I staggered as at a blow–was that if the Eternal Principle had rested in that curved thorn I had carried about my neck across so many leagues, and if it now rested in the new thorn (perhaps the same thorn) I had only now put there, then it might rest in everything, in every thorn in every bush, in every drop of water in the sea. The thorn was a sacred Claw because all thorns were sacred Claws; the sand in my boots was sacred sand because it came from a beach of sacred sand. The cenobites treasured up the relics of the sannyasins because the sannyasins had approached the Pancreator. But everything had approached and even touched the Pancreator, because everything had dropped from his hand. Everything was a relic. All the world was a relic. I drew off my boots, that had traveled with me so far, and threw them into the waves that I might not walk shod on holy ground.

- Gene Wolfe, The Claw of the Conciliator

Last day for nominations

Apr. 15th, 2019 07:59 pm
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Today is the last day before nominations close. The tag set is here and this is the link explaining how to nominate.

I'm running behind tonight, so I'll leave the tag set open until it's 11:59pm in Pacific Timezone, if not closing it in the morning if I don't get back in time.

Initial Pinch Hits - 2 Left

Apr. 15th, 2019 08:42 pm
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Thank you, again, to our wonderful pinch hitters! We're down to only two initial pinch hits available.

These are all due on 1 June, along with the rest of the assignments. Please comment with your AO3 name and the number of the pinch hit you want. All comments are screened.

Pinch Hit #15: CLAIMED

A Song for Two Voices - book 9

Apr. 15th, 2019 04:14 pm
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 This section is very rough draft, but I am nonetheless pretty happy because it contains: 

*STEF!!!!!!!!!! AND!!!!! VANYEL!!!!!!
*Although I am terrible at writing romance so I have no idea if it works at all
*This section is actually pretty upbeat (relatively speaking) and light on Bad Things Happen To Vanyel
*As well as containing some legit Good Things, like the aforementioned Stef 
*Stef needed to be Elsewhere for a bit, so he also has adventures! And meets some kyree! 
*Vanyel and Leareth have time to kill, and make some progress in their conversations 
*I guess there is one bad thing that happens to Vanyel, but Stef is there so it's all okay!
*Jisa does something that another character refers to as "the most Vanyel thing imaginable" 
*Some Jisa and Treven
*Really awkward drunken interactions at parties
*Vanyel makes the extremely dubious decision to go shout at a god again, and no one is surprised
*Melody doing relationship counselling, because frigg do they need it.

There were some rewrites on book 7 and 8 but they don't have a huge effect on the book 9 plot. 

MOBI copy
EPUB copy

Winterdance, by Gary Paulsen

Apr. 15th, 2019 02:40 pm
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Gary Paulsen, best-known for Hatchet, was also once possibly the worst-prepared person ever to enter the Iditarod. I don’t know if/how much this book is exaggerated, but I would not have believed he survived if he hadn’t written it himself.

His wife throws him out of bed after a close encounter with a skunk and he goes and sleeps with the dogs, he falls off multiple cliffs and gets dragged on his face and slammed into trees, builds a makeshift sled the likes of which has to be read for yourself, and acquires the aptly named Devil, a sled dog who bites him hard enough to draw blood every. Single. Time. Paulsen goes near him. I suspect someone unloaded Devil on the rube.

Paulsen’s memoir is often hilarious, very gripping, a beautiful account of pushing oneself to the absolute limit and simultaneously loving it while suffering an incredible amount, an ode to the natural beauty of Alaska, and a love letter to dogs and a completely serious account of how he felt that he more-or-less became one himself.

Warning: two dogs die during the story, neither of them his but both deaths are pretty brutal. Also, the ending takes an unexpected swerve into what in context is utterly tragic (no dog death), so much so that I immediately looked him up to see if it was really as final an ending as it seemed. (It wasn't, quite.) Read more... )

Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod

Bi-weekly Roundup Post

Apr. 15th, 2019 08:20 pm
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New posting time and new routine, maybe.

What is everyone watching/reading/playing/etc. right now? New season started recently - anything caught your eye? Wanting to talk about the series that just ended? Revisiting a favorite or just catching up on your backlog? Looking for recommendations? This is the post!

And P.S.

Apr. 14th, 2019 11:21 pm
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Putting an account under a review is apparently just a random technical glitch, which they’ve gotten complaints about but haven’t fixed. :headdesk:


Gotta Love TurboTax

Apr. 14th, 2019 11:04 pm
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It hides the place to enter an SA form for an HSA, which costs a several hundred dollars fee until you find it.


It hides the real home page until you’ve filed this years taxes, making it impossible to reach my 2017 taxes, which I completed but didn’t hit the file button due to lack of funds to pay for it.


It puts my account under review for violation of terms of service because the only reason it would not show the real home page is me keeping multiple accounts. Because that makes sense.


I’ve never had more than one account with them, and if I hadn’t put in so much work on last year’s taxes, the tears would not be worth trying to get access to that work. But I did. Literally the only thing left to do was hit file.


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Max, an eight-year-old boy, moves with his family to a new home in Yorkshire. There he discovers twelve old wooden soldiers who come to life when he unpacks them. They all have distinct personalities, plus a history and myths.

Max soon realizes that they are the twelve toy soldiers that the Bronte children played with and wrote about, and whom the soldiers call the Genii: their protectors and Gods. Max and, eventually, his sister Jane become the soldiers' new Genii. But due to the Bronte collection, the soldiers are sought after by collectors and historians...

My favorite thing, an old-school British children's fantasy, with all my favorite virtues of the genre: a strong sense of place, precise prose, vivid images, an unsentimental view of childhood, and small-scale and very magical-feeling magic.

This one captures the childhood feeling of a very small world with very small people in it; you indignantly protest to adults that you're not "playing" with your dolls or animals, because to you "play" means games and silliness, when what you're doing with them is inhabiting and playing out serious dramas in a very real world on a miniature scale. In The Twelve and the Genii, Max comes to realize for the first time that stories don't just exist, they are created: the Brontes created their stories, the soldiers created their own, and Max can create his. Moreover, making stories actually alters reality, whether by literally bringing things to life, making myths that didn't exist before, or making a new life or fame for a writer.

This feels like a classic, halfway between The Borrowers and The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and I’m not sure why it isn’t one. The Claw, I suppose. (I can't find the link, but it's the idea that why one thing takes off when other, similar ones don't is essentially like the claw in the arcade game that comes down and grabs one toy from a giant pile of similar toys.)

The Twelve and the Genii

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Title: what you leave behind ( and what you take with you )
Fandom:
Hunter x Hunter
Genre: Gen (Kite-centric)
Rating: Teen/PG-13
Word count: approx. 2.25k
Warnings: character death/talk of death
Summary: What they don’t understand is that every roll is a bad roll in the end. 
( reflections on a life of borrowed time, of searching for meaning, of trying to find salvation in all the wrong, and sometimes some of the right, places )

( READ @ AO3 )

Time-Flight, part 2

Apr. 14th, 2019 05:48 pm
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Watched part two of this while doing some nail art, I enjoyed it more than part one.

dr who and the flight of time )

Will it get better or worse? A mystery!

Palazzo Montanaro

Apr. 14th, 2019 04:45 pm
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About three weeks ago, I went on another guided tour to Palazzo Montanaro, a historical building usually not open to the public. (I actually went on two other tours run by LdA - the cultural association I joined when I went on mat leave - before that, but I never posted about them because the two places I visited, while nice, never seemed exciting enough to warrant a whole post. I don't know, it's hard for me to judge whether my picspams are boring or not and since they take forever to type up, it's quite easy to justget lazy. A Baroque church and a not particularly amazing late Renaissance palazzo, while new to me, don't seem special enough to waste a good hour writing an entry about.)

Palazzo Montanaro, instead, I loved so much I want to be able to re-live the visit, so here I am, typing a long entry on my smartphone while we're at my MiL's. montanaro-1 montanaro-2

Palazzo Montanaro is smack-dab in the city centre, up a mattonata (a typical Genoese steep brick-paved pedestrian street) at the end of Strada Nuova ('New Street'), the main thoroughfare built during the Renaissance. Its claim to fame lies in the fact the main apartment inside was once the family home of Paul Valèry's maternal aunt's family. While Valèry was visiting his family, he had an epiphany-like moment, known as la nuit de Gênes, which apparently had a huge impact on his literary output.

Now, I'm not a great expert of French literature, so when I saw LdA was running a visit of the palazzo, the main attraction to me was that we would be given access to a private flat. I'm a nosy bugger and I love visiting places that are normally not open to the public.

Click to read more )

Time-Flight

Apr. 14th, 2019 10:34 am
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I don't have a Five icon because he's Not My Doctor but I watch a lot of his episodes currently because I can barely remember them and I have them all on DVD so I might as well get my money's worth. (I have all of Dr Who on DVD, but some of it got shelved immediately and while I *think* I've seen every extant story there's some I haven't seen in decades and a couple of Pertwees - well, mainly Pertwees - where I never got to the end.)

Time-Flight: A Flight in Time )

Might watch another episode later if I do nail art. Not sure yet.

Clarifications Part 2

Apr. 14th, 2019 01:16 am
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I'm still working through fandoms/character/relationship nominations. If I've approved your fandom and haven't gotten to those characters/relationships, feel free to link some evidence if you want (the panel may or may not show those tags at that particular moment though).

Asking for clarification on these fandoms if I'm missing anything:
A Circlet of Oak Leaves - Rosemary Sutcliff - 1 without any filters on AO3, 0 without any filters on FFN
Assassins (1995) - 3 without any filters on AO3, 0 without any filters on FFN
Ford Edge "Le Fantôme" Commercial - 1 without any filters on AO3, 0 without any filters on FFN
Frontier Wolf - Rosemary Sutcliff - 82 without any filters on AO3, 0 without any filters on FFN
Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell - 123 without any filters on AO3, 981 without any filters on FFN
Outcast - Rosemary Sutcliff - 12 without any filters on AO3, 0 without any filters on FFN
Poirot - Agatha Christie - 133 with filters on AO3, 87 without any filters on FFN (Hercule Poirot series)
Superstore (TV) - 190 with filters on AO3, 37 without any filters on FFN
The Nanny - 147 without any filters on AO3, 949 with filters on FFN
Flight Crew (2016) - 12 without any filters on AO3, 0 without any filters on FFN

If anyone sees any relationship tags that shouldn't be in a particular fandom (example: crossover pairings or a character that doesn't exist in said fandom), please let me know.

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