[sketches &c.]

Feb. 22nd, 2019 11:44 pm[personal profile] yhlee
yhlee: Sandman raven with eyeball (Sandman raven (credit: rilina))
Thanks again to [personal profile] eller for the markers, which have given me the gift of paying more attention to values! XD

Today's Starfinder session was very productive for drawing! I have been playing with the idea of doing a small hexarchate art zine so I figured why not take a stab at some art.



Calendrical rot.

I have to thank (a) The Non-Designer's Design Book (especially the material on alignment) and (b) Jay Edidin for helping me think about ways to incorporate text into art. Jay pointed out to me (when I admired his hand lettering, which is amazing) that since I draw, hand lettering is basically drawing letterforms. Which sounds really obvious put that way but I hadn't thought of it!

This second one I penciled during the game session and finished inking at home:



Captain Kel Cheris: The war never ends.

For lagniappe, here are some sketches of [personal profile] telophase's cat Nefer. Drawing her was an interesting challenge because the only cat I draw regularly is Cloud, who is quite differently proportioned. Cloud has a large-ish wedge-shaped head and a short tail with a kink in the end (probably from an injury, the vet tells us), while Nefer has a small head, a long body, and a longer tail proportionally.



Plus assorted other sketches (man) behind cut: Read more... )
muccamukk: Matheson side eyes hard. Text: Srsly? (B5: Srsly?)
I mean, every fandom has the person who not only has the problematic fave, but decides to justify their faving by PROVING that their fave has done nothing wrong in canon at all ever.

Like there's that Londo Mollari fan over on tumblr who thinks his actions were all flawless, and will yell at anyone who posts negative stuff about Londo, and that's like normal fan weirdness to me (at least on tumblr). It gets a bit more disturbing with the RPF people who try to PROVE their faves aren't, for example, rapist douchebags (instead of just either changing ships or declaring an AU and moving on), but again, this is my expected subset of a little too obsessed fandom behaviour. I throw up a minor "Do not engage" warning note, and move on.

But Babylon 5 fandom, if nothing else, we've got pure verbiage over everyone else.

For example, there's someone on AO3 who has written 320,102 words and counting of apologia for the Psi Corps, more or less to the tune of all canon which says the Corps is in any way problematic is mundane propaganda, and really the Corps is perfect and a great place to grow up, and the mundanes need to stop oppressing the poor teeps. This person, at the very least, has the good sense to keep their 320k of gaslighting that secret police are good and just, and Bester did nothing wrong in their own space, mostly. (The author apparently also picks fights on tumblr, but I've stayed out of the B5 corners of tumblr since the last Marcus/Susan v. Susan/Talia ship war).

So it's not like I'm surprised by today's adventure, but holy shit, someone just posted a 33-comment essay clocking in at 20,668 words (when I tried to count them on open office, the program crashed), about how the Minbari Warrior Caste did nothing wrong, and the Earth-Minbari War 100% wasn't attempted genocide in any way, and even if it was the humans had it coming. Then invoked long canon citations and statistics about the Holocaust to prove it. This was not on my fic, but on some random other person writing Naroon fic who wasn't even being critical of Naroon, just writing him in a canon compliant fashion. To which I only say: What. The. Fuck!?

Babylon 5 fandom needs another hobby besides Babylon 5 fandom.

That explains that.

Feb. 22nd, 2019 03:21 pm[personal profile] oracne
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I figured out why I wasn't getting comments. It's because somehow my email notifications of comments got disabled.

Reading comments and replying now! So now a bunch of you will get inexplicable responses to queries you had long forgotten about.

*inarticulate babbling*

Feb. 22nd, 2019 01:38 am[personal profile] seperis
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[personal profile] aerialiste trapped in plane limbo somewhere circa Dallas-ish, I am alone in the hotel--ALONE ALL ALONE LIKE A PERSON WHO IS ALONE--and finally watched Magicians ep 5 and HOLY SHIT THAT HAPPENED.

AND OMG THAT EXPLAINS LIKE SOME THINGS AND OF COURSE AND OH GOD AND YES PLEASE I WILL DO ANYTHING HAS THIS EVER HAPPENED BEFORE??????

...seriously, this wasn't like--a mass hallucination, right? This happened for realsies in canon and not like...happened?

Yeah, I had a hamburger, bad coffee, and no bottle opener which is super inconvenient and I don't even care because YES.

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Feb. 21st, 2019 11:03 pm[personal profile] dancing_crow
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I have to thank all y'all for the positive reinforcement about exactly how hilarious "level 8 meditation" is, because it is nice to have company here. 

 

muccamukk: Graham holds up a cut out paper string of girls. (Cheerleader: Girls Girls Girls)
Seems like I lose an AO3 subscriber every time I post a fic these days. I apologise for not being all things to all women.

I am, however, very much heartened by the strong response to the Chocolate Box Exchange mods' question of whether they should screen nominations of RPF and orig fic pairings for things "in poor taste" which has so far been fifty some comments going "NO!" (with a few adding that modern day serial killer/victim might be screened, but not anything else). After seeing everyone from most of what's left of tumblr to some corners of fan studies calling for some kind of AO3 censorship, it's pretty nice to see that the exchange community at large thinks that's Not On.

[community profile] hmsloop_hotspur: New Hornblower comm for all media types. Just starting out.

PBS History Detectives: Diana
This book came out in 1939 with this note: "The publishers wish it expressly understood that this is a true story, the first of its kind ever offered to the general reading public."

Experts call this book groundbreaking as one of the first works of gay literature with a happy ending.

History Detectives sets out to find the author. Who is Diana Fredericks? And is this story true?

LitHub: When the Highest Paid Hollywood Director Was a Woman by Sasha Archibald: Unforgetting Lois Weber, Master of the Silent Film Era
While women reviewers heaped praise on the marriage films, men did the opposite. The reviews were so obviously gendered that Weber incorporated the dissonance into a special advertising campaign, setting quotes by male and female critics side by side. It was a way of winking at her audience: I’m making films about relationships. Men don’t like them, but you will.

Hakai Magazine: Tribes Use Western and Indigenous Science to Prepare for Climate Change by Erica Gies
Northwestern tribes and the University of Washington climate group have joined forces to help protect salmon, roots, trees, and other important resources.

Youtube: Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers (Vespro della Beata Vergine) directed by John Eliot Gardiner in the Palace of Versailles


Sunrise this morning. I live in a Roy Henry Vickers painting.

tales of husbandry

Feb. 21st, 2019 02:58 pm[personal profile] dancing_crow
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So Al come downstairs this morning looking looking, as usual, like a chaos muppet, and says "I have to tell you something, but I don't think you're going to like it" and I'm racking my bains trying to decide if we've talked about breaking up or I'm suddenly spending too much time or money on the house reno that is limping along, but no.

"You know I've been meditating, and I'm up to level 8, and when I reach level 10, that is enlightenment, and I think things will change a lot when that happens, and I thought you should know" 

To my enormous credit, I did not laugh at him. Just the idea of levels of meditation cracks me RIGHT the fuck up, because I've never known it to be that linear and directed, like, ever. All the people I've read who talk about meditation in the long term talk about how it is a practice, and you have to return to it regularly, and it is not linear, and breakthroughs don't happen you just get calmer, and I wonder what the fuck kind of meditation koolaid he's been handed, and I so very much do not want to ask about it, or look at it, for the same general reason I didn't want to go with my mother to an EST session - I have so many better ways to waste my time, even if all I am doing is playing word games on my phone.

So he says his brain is very busy doing ....something? He thinks when he becomes enlightened, he will be a better person. I can only talk to him about this for limited amounts of time because I don't really want to just laugh at him? But honestly what I think I see happening is him getting even less flexible in his thinking, and then saying he doesn't have to worry about it because he's enlightened now... I think it is just going to add emotional arrogance to the intellectual arrogance he already carries.

heh. "level 8 meditating" remains fucking hilarious.

New podfic challenge

Feb. 21st, 2019 02:57 pm[personal profile] celli
celli: a Cub Scout badge that says "den mother" (fannish den mother)
Check it out!

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Out of the Auditary
: a fest for podficcing works that don't fit into the "standard" fiction format, such as meta, not!fic, epistolary and chatfic, video game codes entries, fake scientific articles, poetry, and many more!
trobadora: (Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan - dance)
Chocolate Box reveals have happened! And surprise, I wrote Guardian for my assignment. This is set after Zhao Yunlan's trip to the past and deals with one of the things I love most about the drama.

Title: always already meant it
Fandom: 镇魂 | Guardian (TV)
Pairing: Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan
Rating: PG-13
Content tags Time Loops, New Beginnings, Bed-Sharing, Missing Scene, Episode 36
Summary: "Was the timeline always already fixed? Did we ever have a choice?"

Originally posted here at AO3.

always already meant it )

My Chocolate Box Fic!!!

Feb. 21st, 2019 11:58 am[personal profile] fairestcat
fairestcat: The one thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart. (Bujold)
I wrote Vorkosigan fic, and it was fucking terrifying, but I'm really happy about how it turned out.

many things, but never boring (837 words) by FairestCat - No Archive Warnings Apply - Gregor Vorbarra & Ivan Vorpatril, Ivan Vorpatril/Tej Arqua Vorpatril - Epistolary, Family Feels, Post-Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

Summary: "Damnit, Ivan, you do realize it's going to take two bloody years for this mess to blow over! At least! What were you thinking?"
- Gregor Vorbarra, Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

No, seriously, when I offered this fandom I knew I was pushing my comfort zone a bit, but I didn't realize exactly how daunting writing this story would be for me. The Vorkosigan Series is not just a favourite of mine, it's one of the fundamental texts that burrowed into my brain when I was a teenager and helped make me the person I am today.

It was also my first internet fandom, courtesy of the Bujold Mailing List, which I joined in 1999 and where I met innumerable people I still know today, including my wife. And it was either the first or second fandom I ever read fic in, back when pretty much all the Bujold fic in existence was listed on the Dendarii Nexus.

So, you know, no pressure.

This fic was really scary for me, but also a whole lot of fun. I managed to avoid a complete re-read and just jumped around and read a bunch of Gregor bits, particularly large sections of The Vor Game, and a bunch of the Ivan stuff in A Civil Campaign (and large chunks of the rest of the book, because I couldn't help myself), and then I did reread all of Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, paying particular attention to Gregor's scenes.

What stood out to me, almost from the beginning, was the feeling that of all Ivan's relatives, the one who most understands him is Gregor.

Ivan has worked hard all his life to stay the fuck out of politics and have as quiet and anonymous a life as it's possible for someone with his family to have. And that's been intentional, and it's been work, and it's been completely baffling to his mother and to Miles and to Aral and Cordelia too, because the life Ivan wants for himself would have bored any of them to tears.

But Gregor, Gregor gets that. It's one of the threads at the heart of The Vor Game. Gregor is so tempted by that quiet life, by not being at the center of all things. And that's not an option for him, and ultimately I think he's happy to let that fantasy go, but I think it makes him understand Ivan better. And I wanted to bring that aspect of their relationship out.

Also, epistolary stories are just fun. As I've started writing more in the last year, I'm finding that what inspires me for fiction is much less about plot bunnies and more about style and form. I wrote epistolary fic for Trick or Treat, a Five Things story for Yuletide, and now epistolary fic again for Chocolate Box.

Chocolate Box Gifts!!!

Feb. 21st, 2019 11:39 am[personal profile] fairestcat
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I have been remiss in posting about my TWO excellent Chocolate Box gifts, but reveals were this morning and now I know who wrote them!

The Secret Garden

The Promise of Spring (323 words) by snowshus - Not Rated - Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings - Colin Craven/Mary Lennox/Dickon Sowerby - Epistolary, WW1

Summary: You'll find enclosed our garden's first flower of the year.

WWI-era Secret Garden epistolary fic/art! So, basically everything I love most about fic in this fandom.

No, seriously, they made me a letter, complete with crossed out words and interjections and a pressed flower from the garden. And then they included a transcript, which I really appreciated.

Les Miserables

What you want (1083 words) by sonotadream - Explicit - No Archive Warnings Apply - Enjolras/Grantaire - Established Relationship, Canon Era, Kink Exploration, Gags, Spanking

Summary: Grantaire is being insufferable - again - but Enjolras knows exactly what to do.

Canon-era Enjolras/Grantaire porn!!! I always love getting porn written for meeeeeee, and this is delightfully playful and kinky and seriously hot.

This was my first year doing Chocolate Box and I really enjoyed the experience, I'm definitely going to try to do it more in the future.

Chocolate Box Author Reveals

Feb. 21st, 2019 07:14 am[personal profile] muccamukk
muccamukk: Jeff sitting with his collar unbuttoned, relaxed and happy. (B5: Fond Look)
Title: come down and kiss me fairly
Fandom: Kidnapped! by Robert Louis Stevenson (Davie/Alan)
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2,300
Notes: Matched on something else, LOVED the prompts for this and read the book pronto. I regret nothing.
Summary: Five times Alan kissed Davie.

Title: At Your Door Heart in Hand
Fandom: Babylon 5 (Michael/Jeff)
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1,800
Notes: Picked this up as a pinch hit. Been meaning to write Michael/Jeff.
Summary: When Michael arrives on Babylon 5, he has no idea what to expect, least of all from Jeff.
oracne: turtle (Default)
Though I bought Andrea Smith's Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide about a decade ago, it took me long enough to actually read it that there is now a reprint edition. The colonialism, racism, and gender disparities contributing to violence against indigenous women (and men) described in this book are sadly still extremely relevant, and though details today might be different, the systemic problems are still present and still harming people; but people are also still fighting those systemic problems.

Into the Drowning Deep by Seanan McGuire features killer!mermaids and a large cast of scientists and other interesting people, some of whom get their faces eaten, alas, so I had to stay braced for that. However, I loved the worldbuilding of the siren creatures and their physiologies and hunting techniques, the sort of thing that would have likely been left out had this been a disaster movie instead of a book.
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While talking about smart home stuff in comments in another post, I realized that during my adventures in turning my home into its own surveillance state just so I can voice control everything and live like a Star Trek character, there are things I learned that are probably useful to everyone but not exactly easy to discover or like, realize were a thing. As we now live in the age of 'many devices and home wifi', it's possible this is one of the things you didn't know or didn't realize was a thing or even why it may or may not be important.

This one is my favorite. It just doesn't come up enough or easily (or at all) when discussing internet/router problems when you are desperately googling after the internet provider has confirmed many times it's you, not them and you kind of have to believe them at this point.

Problem:

My router/wifi keeps dropping some devices/throws devices off/internet is fine though/restart fixes then all goes to hell again fairly soon/help?

Condition question: Do you have at least eight devices that could connect to your wifi at the same time?

Before you answer: Laptop, TV, kindle, tablet, Roku/FireTV, phone: that's six without thinking too hard. Playstation, X-Box, Switch, Alexa? We're at ten right now and the danger zone begins at seven.

Danger zone? For what? Yeah.

if you already know about this, feel free to correct me if I get anything wrong )

We'll now return to me packing for Escapade provided the dryer is done.
astolat: lady of shalott weaving in black and white (Default)
Here is the teenager story, because the other TFP one decided it was NOT finished after all. :P

ao3 story blurb

The Parent Trap (17924 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Transformers: Prime
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Megatron/Optimus Prime
Characters: Megatron, Optimus Prime, Arcee, Ratchet, Original Cybertronian Character(s)
Additional Tags: Teenagers, Cybertronian Parenting, Sparklings
Series: Part 16 of Transformers works
Summary:

“Oh my God, are you saying that Megatron had Optimus’s baby?” Miko shrieked piercingly.

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