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Oct. 19th, 2017 05:35 pm
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I stumbled on this and I thought it would be of interest to some people here: a gay Chinese artist who makes erotic paper cuttings (not exactly porn but very NSFW).

Also, fandom charity [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico has opened for bidding, if anyone is interested; the money goes towards long-term rebuilding of Puerto Rico. I am offering to write one longer fic and two shorter fics, but there are also plenty of other awesome writers and artists participating.

The research thing I have to do is inching along; I sent a second draft to my advisor after adding a couple of pages to the introduction like he asked me to, and a couple of faculty members have agreed to be on my mini-committee, but I have yet to hear back from my advisor. Which is understandable, he's a busy person and he's been out a lot lately and has probably yet to catch back up on his email, so I'll give him a few more days before I ping him.

(...I also still haven't received any email from my research group, so not sure what is going on there.)

It is starting to cool off here. I think I might pull up my pepper plants in the next day or two; I don't think I'm going to get any more fruit off them before the frost hits, and to be honest, these plants have been disappointments anyway. I don't know if it was the variety or if I neglected them a little too much or what; they only gave me a couple fruits each at best, and most of them were tiny. Like, I knew the lady who sold them to me said small, but these are 'can literally fit in your mouth in one easy bite' small and not that tasty. (Except for the one long one, which never changed color to ripen.) Next year I'm just getting bell peppers again. The eggplants have been great, and so have the basil. I'm also not getting another lemon mint next year, it turns out I don't like the way it tastes that much - I might replace it with a chocolate mint, that sounds interesting.

I have not made much progress on reading Genji, but that's because three books I preordered are coming out this month. So far, I have finished one (Turtles All the Way Down), am in the middle of another (Soonish), and am waiting on a third (The Writing in the Stone, an ancient Assyrian horror story). Plus I need to do reading for research again. Should go do some of that now before I head to foreign language club.
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The Fucking Weather: This morning was absolutely miserable! Nothing wakes ya' up quite like windy wet snowflakes directly in yer eyeballs, I tell you. :V I didn't even realize how bad it was snowing until I stepped out of the house... Ugh, I am not looking forward to more of this nonsense. Snow shouldn't be wet; it's just wrong, man. Anyway -

Night driving attempt: Successful!

I did not die, I did not crash into anything, yadda yadda. The last time that I did any driving in the dark, there was snow on the ground, so... all things considered, I did pretty well.

Been a bundle of nerves all day at the very thought of practising, because I haven't been doing it much (honestly, I was so anxious, I kind of felt sick) but I really need to get better at all this, so....

One thing is for sure - holy shit, when it's dark and there's no snow, visibility is garbage. I should have considered that, but I hadn't. Man, it's so much easier to see everything when there's snow on the ground. Not sure if it's a good trade-off for how slippery everything gets, though. ;p

Guess I'll have to practice a little bit more and then try... driving on major roads... in the dark. [/puts face in hands] AUGHHHH.

Music: To reward myself for giving anxiety a kick in the ass, I treated myself to this recently-released EP by Riit. Give her music a listen if you like pretty vocals in Inuktitut backed with throat singing, or if you're a fan of The Jerry Cans - one of the tracks ("Kina") is a Riit + Jerry Cans collaboration, and it's excellent. And ahh there is a translation of that song in the lyric video over on youtube, which is great. I always appreciate it when translations are available somewhere. (It's not like I can throw Inuktitut lyrics into googletranslate, after all...)

Miscellaneous such-and-such

Oct. 16th, 2017 08:52 pm
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☆ RL: Grumble mutter municipal election mumblemumble stood in line for an hour BLARGH. Oh well, at least that's over with. I really should have gone with my instincts and voted in advance, I mean, really - ah, well.

☆ More RL: Augh it's getting so dark so early and it's starting to drive me batty already, this bites. But at least it hasn't snowed again. And the moon was so pretty this morning...

☆ Random music rec: Into the Trees by Zoe Keating. 's another good one for those who like cello music. Favourite track on this is, hmm... Probably "Hello Night", or "The Path", or... it's hard to pick one, honestly. They're all lovely. Anyway, yes, give this one a listen if you love beautiful string instrumentals, and cello in particular.

☆ Signups for [community profile] mini_wrimo are open! It's a bite-sized version of NaNo - the goal is to write something every day; the amount you do is up to you. I don't think I'll be doing this, because I can't manage it every day (though I'm going to try anyway) but I figured that perhaps some of you would be interested in it.

☆ Speaking of NaNo... hooo boy, I'm not sure what I'm even going to do. I kind of want to try to write 20k, but who knows? 5k is probably more realistic. WE WILL SEE. (Come to think of it, I... should check to see if there will be write-ins in my town again. At a time that I can attend, that is. Hmm.)

Tistow: Ahhh so, Elli's started posting it! Finally! Yay! First page* is the only one up for now, but she'll be posting one every two days until the 31st. Fooor those who don't know, Tistow is a comic inspired by Victorian England, with a focus on the working class. Identity will also be a major theme. And there'll be a dollop of magic as well, a bit later on. So, if that sounds interesting, perhaps check on the 31st when the first 8 pages will all be up - or read along as they get posted. <3 (Also, have I mentioned that Elli's art is gorgeous? Because it sure is gorgeous. Hooo boy. If you like pretty webcomics, well, here's one.)

FIC: A Sunset Romance

Oct. 15th, 2017 12:20 pm
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Took me much longer than I expected to whip this fic into a final shape, but it feels good to post it now. So have a story wherein even my fake dating reads like gen-fic, and I can't stop myself from finishing with an A. E. Housman quote because I am predictable like that.

Title: A Sunset Romance
Fandom: The Dark Is Rising Sequence
Rating: G
Relationship: Merriman Lyon & Miss Greythorne (or perhaps Merriman Lyon/Miss Greythorne)
Summary: At the end of the summer season in Trewissick, the Professor has returned to stay at the Grey House. This time, however, he has brought a lady with him...and from the look of things, their relationship goes beyond anything that might be interpreted as mere friendship.
Notes: An expanded version of a trope prompt ficlet, courtesy of the ever-delightful [personal profile] rymenhild, who requested fake dating, Merriman Lyon. Once I stopped giggling at the prompt, I started to see how it might actually work! So continuing my original response, here is a few thousand words of Merriman and Miss Greythorne fake dating, set in the autumn between the events of Over Sea, Under Stone and The Dark Is Rising. (Also on AO3.)

A Sunset Romance )
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Browsing through Bandcamp for new music has caused me to stumble over so much awesome stuff, so I'm going to take a moment to share some of it with you.

These bands are all Canadian (and man, I really appreciate how easy it is to search by country/region on this site). Many different genres going on here, and it's all great; this list probably has a little something for everyone. I've made sure to select albums that have all of the tracks available as previews, rather than just select tracks, so you can listen to the whole thing without purchase. Okay, here we go.

Kamancello by Kamancello. This is a cello + kamanche duo out of Toronto. I'm not all that familiar with kamanche music, but I sure do love cello, so no surprise that it'd appeal to me. This album was just released yesterday, and it's a wonderful fusion of Persian and European stylings. The end results has a certain auditory texture that I really, really like. Give it a listen if you love string instrumentals. <3

Legends Never Die by The Dreadnoughts. If you like folk music with a punk flare, or if you like punk music with fiddles in it, give this band from Vancouver a listen. "Antarctica" in particular is the song that got me hooked. Their work is a lot of fun; tons of energy. They have another album coming out in November, Foreign Skies; this one is themed around WWI, and the preview track that's up at this time ("Black and White") is great, so I'm looking forward to the rest.

As Above and So Below by Sea Witch. Doom metal is not typically my subgenre of choice, but this duo out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is excellent. Highly evocative of storms, ghost ships, and the merciless north Atlantic; give it a listen if you want to try something dark. I wouldn't recommend trying individual tracks - these albums are the kind best taken in full from beginning to end.

Beyond the Sun by Woodhawk. This group is a hard rock band from Calgary, and there's something about their music that just feels so extremely Canadian - I can't put my finger on exactly what it is, but it has a certain quality that reminds me so much of all the Canadian hard rock bands I listened to while growing up. A very nostalgic sound, for me, even though the album is brand new, released in April of this year. The title track, "Beyond the Sun", is excellent, but I think my favourite is probably "Magnetic North".

Ulvesang, the self-titled album by Ulvesang. Their music could be described as atmospheric neoclassical-influenced pagan folk, I guess you could say. Their work reminds me a bit of Musk Ox, not necessarily in direct sound (Ulvesang doesn't incorporate cello, for one thing) but more in the general atmosphere/feeling. So, if you like Musk Ox, you might want to give this duo a try.

Mister and Mystic is the self-titled album by band Mister and Mystic, a folksy progressive alt-pop duo out of Calgary, Alberta. Beautiful vocals, easy on the ears. Their sound reminds me a bit of Over the Rhine (can't quite put my finger on it, possibly it's the vocals), which is another band that makes great music. So if you like Over the Rhine's music, you might enjoy Mister and Mystic. "Walk Me Home" is a favourite track, though I also like "Bitter" a lot.

Lost Kids by Stick and Poke. They're a witchy bluegrass duo from Vancouver, BC. I find that bluegrass is one of those genres that people tend to either really love or really hate, but even if you don't usually listen to it, maybe give these gals a try anyway - I really love their lyrics, and find that their tunes keep rolling around in my head for hours after listening. "Distance", "Teeth on a String", and "Lost at Sea" are all great songs, and "Corpse Grinding Woman" is hilarious, and - actually there's only one song on this album that I'm not jazzed about ('Youth Crew'). 11 loves out of 12 is pretty good, y'know?

Lifeblood by Phineo and Loeb. These guys are a duo from Halifax, working in a blend of electronic, hip hop, dance, and other genres. Lifeblood is a collaboration with several other artists, and the end result is pretty fun. Probably my favourite track is "Circles" - smooth and energetic at the same time. If you like both rap/hiphop and fiddles, give "Foggy Dew" a listen - the combination on that track is REALLY cool. (Then again, I do like Ashley Macisaac's work. He's the only featured artist on this album that I'm familiar with.) On the more mellow side, "Made of Glass" is a chill, catchy listen.

That's about it for now. I love all of these, so I hope that you guys found something that you enjoy in this list, too. <3

Just grumping, pardon meeee....

Oct. 13th, 2017 09:44 pm
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Ugh. I had so many plans to do so many things this evening, and I didn't do any of them. And now I feel like a time-wasting lump. Hate this feeling.

I... took the dog for a walk, and got the mail, and fucked around on Duolingo a bit. And then wasted time on the internet. And that's about it.

I haven't done any writing all week or anything like that, even though I have so many exchange treats that I want to write. (Upside, my assignment for Trick or Treat is done, so I don't need to worry about that. But.) And I should have gone for a walk tonight, but I didn't. And I should have done some inktober, but I didn't.


Okay. Let's turn this around.

I probably needed a rest day (re: exercise) because my knees get all fucked up if I do it too many days in a row without breaks. Plus, I had work today, which meant a non-zero amount of walking + fresh air (40 minutes total) because walking to the bus is a thing. So, it's not like there was nothing.

Sometimes a break from writing is necessary! It helps refresh the brain! And I'm ahead of my wordcount goal, anyway. Furthermore, I don't NEED to write treats for every person requesting canons that I can write for. It would be nice, and I want to, but no, I am not obligated to write 13 fics at minimum 300 wordcount. That is crazypants. (One 3.9k-word story would be easier than 13 300-word stories, considering it's just one narrative...)

Aaand I did an extra inktober doodle yesterday, which means that I was ahead and could have skipped today anyway. And even if I do skip a couple of days, it isn't that hard to catch up, since I'm just doing ballpoint pen scribbles.

Like, I can understand why I'd be disappointed about not having the energy to do much - but there's no point in fussing over it.

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Oct. 12th, 2017 11:48 pm
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I mentioned before that I love production bibles and gushed about how much fun I had looking through the original Transformers production bible in particular. Well, I have discovered that I love another source of supplemental character information perhaps even more-- on-package toy bios. In fact, let's just say supplemental bios in general and be done with it, because I found an archive of many of the character bios through the years and I am having a blast going through them. But I do think the toy bios stand out especially, if only because the brand has always ultimately been about the toys and so what information makes it onto the packaging is, to me, of special interest. That said, the "Universe" bios, which are essentially expanded versions of the bios published with the comics, really bring it together.

cut because wow this got wordy )


Oct. 11th, 2017 06:37 pm
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☆ [Life] UGH, IT'S SNOWING. It's snowed every day for the last three days or so. This is terrible. Damnit, Marzanna, couldn't you put off murdering your husband for a couple more weeks? (He had it coming, though.)

☆ [YiH] So, the Year in Hereafter giveaway is happening. Details here, basically the same as all my other giveaways: contact me privately, I'll add you to my spreadsheet, winner will be drawn in two weeks (Oct 26). ...I wonder if I should drop this in the Discord or something, that platform has a PM system, doesn't it? (Will have to see about this)

☆ [SSSS] Hey look, my mate Scout drew some new art of Lalli, and it's gorgeous, as usual. (Worth a look even if you don't follow the series, I'd say; it's really pretty.)

☆ [Books] No ~Reading Wednesday~ this week, since I'm still on It, but I should have that done by the end of the week. It's good! I like it! Yay, Stephen King. Yay, horror. <3 Hmm, now, looking through my reading goals, I've met everything except... "Read 10 books that you already own". Oh. WELL. (Nearly done, I just need to finish four, but pfff). WELL. Uh. I... guess I should tackle some of those that I bought on vacation, shouldn't I... (But library books are so SHINY. Well, I can do both.)

☆ [Movies] 'tis the season for horror. Forgot to mention - at the beginning of October, I watched Ravenous, and that was quite a good one. Creepy, fun, pretty gorey, and doesn't take itself too seriously. Very recommended if you like wendigos and "group of people trapped in a remote area; something horrible happens" narratives! ...Avoid it if you're squicked by cannibalism, though.

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Oct. 11th, 2017 01:10 pm
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I completely forgot that LJ has a "like" feature now. The only reason I remembered, in fact, is that someone liked my Leia pillow post and I got a notification for it. And it's driving me to distraction because the notification doesn't even tell me who liked it. I mean, I'm glad that someone did, just. I'd really like to know who?? I was passively in favor of the like feature myself, but I didn't expect it to be anonymous...

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Oct. 10th, 2017 11:49 pm
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Oh, hey, forgot that I meant to repost my Leia pillow since my bingo post for last month went up wonky, time-wise. Anyway, here it is!


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Oct. 10th, 2017 10:39 pm
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Man, I was looking up names for different species of morning glories for a thing and I just have to say that some of them would make great titles.

Hazelwood Blues
La Vie en Rose
Shadow Dance
Imperial Formula
Blue Star

Honorary mention to Venice Series, which would be a fine title for, y'know, a series, but which refers to at least two different varieties of flower and thus leaves me uncertain whether it quite counts. Shoutout to Crimson Rambler, which could be a title but sounds more like a character and is in fact exactly the sort of thing I was looking for to begin with.

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Oct. 8th, 2017 11:26 pm
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Best friends)
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Well, Thanksgiving happened. The less said about that, the better. Upside: the wine was excellent. ...I hope those of you on my Flist who were celebrating it had a tolerable weekend. <3

My Trick or Treat exchange assignment is done. I was kind of floundering for a while there, having trouble coming up with ideas, but today I sat down and pulled something out aaaand I think the recip will like it, so we're good. I'm glad I won't have to worry about it any more.

Fic reveals for Darkest Night happened a few days ago, and all of the SSSS stories written for it were excellent. I suggest taking a look if you're in that fandom and like darkfic - there's a nice variety in darkfic types there. (And please comment if you enjoy them, I'm sure the authors will appreciate it. <3 )

I've written over 4k in the past two days alone... This is highly unusual for me. Upside: yay, productivity! Downside: ...I think I'm stressed and trying to find an outlet. Oops.

It snowed this morning. Melted an hour later, but still, yeesh. Just a liiiiittle premature, don't you think, Winter? Cool your jets a little, thanks.

Dear Yuletide Author Letter

Oct. 8th, 2017 04:43 pm
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Hello, author! Darling, angel cake, holiday spice candle of my heart. I’m so excited to be sharing this, my first Yuletide (participating at least) with you! I really only use this dreamwidth for kinkmemes and misc fandom things, so if you need/want to communicate, you should hit me up on tumblr at largishcat@tumblr.com. Excited to read whatever wonderful thing you craft.

I enjoy a lot of things, so I’m not especially picky. But especially little details, hints of world-building, and when one character has a sudden insight into what another character thinks or feels. Oh, and I love the mistaken-for trope a lot. It doesn’t even matter what people are being mistaken for, I’m here for it.

I also enjoy tension, sexual and otherwise, and have a taste for horror themes. I also like fluff, so really, let the story go where it wants.

Nothing much I need you to avoid. My only steady triggers are mind control (weird, right?) and child abuse. And only if I don’t know they’re coming, so. Mostly, I’m fine. Feel free to write as much or as little weird sex as you want. Just no major character death, please.

Thank you so much! And happy Yuletide.
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