Busy Weekend

Sep. 25th, 2017 07:47 am[personal profile] marthawells
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This weekend we ended up going to my husband's 40th high school reunion. It was a lot of driving and sitting in traffic to get there and get back (perpetual high way construction taking four lane highways down to one lane, trying to exit onto another highway just as a large sports event was ending, etc) but we had a good time. (Also we went to a party out in the country where our GPS tried to direct us into an open field.) But everybody ended up having fun. At one point we went into Denton with friends and went to Recycled Books which is a bookstore so huge I think it hurt my brain. We also got to see my family including my two year old grand-nephew, and that was a lot of fun.

I posted a story to the Raksura Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2458567 and that was about all the work I did this weekend besides answering email.
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My first smutfic was moderately successful. These are the stats from the first 24 hours after posting:



I had trouble with the rapey dominance bits of the formula, so I decided that it was okay to write rough but happy sex between boyfriends instead. I tried to go for a more hardcore BDSM set-up in the story I'm working on now, but I apparently suck at this and instead wrote about the one guy seducing the other guy into admitting his feelings.

For my next story god help me I am just going to write sweet loving consensual fluff about lesbians.

Anyway, these are some phrases I stole from Nidoranduran that I intend to use in this week's story:

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Writing these prawns is so weird, bros. It's so weird.

first frolics of fall

Sep. 25th, 2017 07:49 am[personal profile] marycatelli
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A road side cliff, covered with vines, is all yellow even before September.

On a warm day, I walk along the shadowy side of the street. Except with the setting sun at just that angle, the sunlight reflects off the opposite windows in a steady pattern and burns down on me.

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A Net of Dawn and Bones

Sep. 25th, 2017 07:23 am[personal profile] marycatelli
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A Net of Dawn and Bones by C. Chancy

A contemporary fantasy that opens in Hell. . . .

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- I posted the thirteenth chapter of The Legend of the Princess, woot woot.

- I posted it along with the previous two chapters on Tumblr. These three posts got a total of five notes, and I lost three followers. Meanwhile, no kudos were given on AO3. I may have cried, like, a lot.

- I posted my first pure smutfic. I'm not gonna link to that here, though. It got a modest number of kudos, and the hit count is high enough to keep me in business.

- I finished the ninth and tenth stories for my Ghost Stories zine, and then I wrote three more to round things out at a nice even thirteen. I've made the decision to "publish" the zine under my real name, so the next thing I need to worry about is the cover.

- I commissioned Grace Allison to draw me an illustration of Princess Peach, and it has filled me with hope and courage, not to mention appreciation for the incredible quality of the work she does.

- I drew a four-panel comic about how Ganondorf's name is very difficult to pronounce in Japanese. I always try something new in each piece I post, and for this one I took a huge step forward and made the line art transparent so that I could color it with a stylus instead of the paintbucket tool. This was a lot of work; I'm talking hours and hours and hours. I'm not the best artist, but I think the comic turned out okay for my first serious attempt to use Photoshop.

- This comic got twelve notes and lost me five followers. I cried my stupid eyes out.

- I then bought myself some Copic markers and ice cream, because I am having a tough time and I deserve nice things okay.

scrabble challenge

Sep. 24th, 2017 12:47 am[personal profile] marycatelli
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[personal profile] lindahoyland has a new challenge here, revolving about legit scrabble words.

My efforts:

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meganbmoore: (Default)
Sunday:

Ghosted*
Madam Secretary

Monday:

The Gifted*
Star Wars Rebels

Tuesday:

Brooklyn 99
The Mayor*

Wednesday:

Dynasty*

Thursday:

The Good Place



I’m not sure when Elementary or The Librarians will air, but I assume both will still be on Sunday. There are only 3 kdramas that have been announced for the last quarter with set air dates that I'll almost definitely be checking out (Andante, The Package and Black) and only a few that I might if feedback sounds like something I'd be interested in, and there's no point in planning to watch cdramas in advance since we never know if they'll get English subtitles before they're underway anymore, so maybe I'll make some serious progress with my backlog by the end of the year.


Empire, Jane the Virgin, Supergirl and How to Get Away With Murder are shows I’m a half season or more behind on but do intend to catch up with someday. Riverdale is a maybe-I need to watch the first season first.

* = new show

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The general theme for this month has been stages of life, and we close that out with rites of passage. Next week, because the Patreon passed one of its funding goals a while ago, will be a fifth (bonus) essay, on the more theory-side aspects of worldbuilding!

Comment over there.

Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there.

Cool Stuff Friday

Sep. 22nd, 2017 11:41 am[personal profile] jimhines
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Friday has been having trouble keeping up on the blogging lately…

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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I'm reading Hillary Clinton's new book What Happened, and so far it makes sense and confirms a lot of what I've read from other sources, but there's one paragraph almost exactly in the middle of the book (location 3336 in the Kindle edition) that made me go What the literal fuck:

Technologists like Elon Musk, Sam Altman, and Bill Gates, and physicists like Stephen Hawking have warned that artificial intelligence could one day pose an existential security threat. Musk has called it "the greatest risk we face as a civilization." Think about it: Have you ever seen a movie where the machines start thinking for themselves that ends well? Every time I went out to Silicon Valley during the campaign, I came home more alarmed about this. My staff lived in fear that I'd start talking about the "rise of the robots" in some Iowa town hall. Maybe I should have.
 
Okay, um... I'm glad someone is taking this "existential security threat" seriously. I think Mark O'Connell's To Be a Machine paints a much more realistic picture of where we stand with advances in artificial intelligence, but you can't blame grandma for trying, bless her heart.

For the record, I respect Hillary Clinton immensely, and it's been my impression that the negative reviews of What Happened are extremely mean-spirited and don't reflect the actual content of the book. Still, I got a good chuckle out of this one random paragraph. If I were the sort of person who wrote political fic, I would totally write a story about how Clinton's email server achieves sentience and takes down the current administration. Although honestly, what with the president doing things like making up African countries in a speech to the United Nations, I'm not entirely sure this isn't already happening.

To Autumn

Sep. 22nd, 2017 08:03 am[personal profile] marycatelli
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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
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vignette challenge

Sep. 21st, 2017 11:21 pm[personal profile] marycatelli
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This week's prompt is:
hum

Anyone can join, with a 50-word vignette in the comments. Your vignette does not have to include the prompt term.

My efforts:

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Sidetracks - September 21, 2017

Sep. 21st, 2017 06:45 pm[personal profile] helloladies posting in [community profile] ladybusiness
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Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag. For more links and commentary you can follow us on Twitter, Tumblr. You can also support us on Patreon.


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Sep. 21st, 2017 06:09 pm[personal profile] meganbmoore
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 I watched the first season of The Good Place a few weeks back when Netflix added it and the season 2 premiere last night.  It's excellent, but it really is a show best watched knowing nothing but the general premise.  I actually did go in spoiled, due to tumblr fandom's need to gif one actor's perfect comedic timing in the season 1 finale, and it was interesting to see all the clues as I watched it, but I also wish I'd gone in unspoiled.

I'm not usually a fan of sitcoms (including this, I just barely need two hands to count the US sitcoms I've watched as an adult) and this one is rightly loved both by sitcom fans and people who don't usually watch sitcoms.  Season 1 is on Netflix and season 2 is on Hulu, and I think NBC's website has all episodes.
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Absolutely fantastic. Do not click on cut unless you've already seen it. The whole series is streaming on nbc.com.

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roses and hedgerows

Sep. 21st, 2017 12:05 am[personal profile] marycatelli
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So our hero asks one of the students with him about the magical significance of a hedge.

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This Week in Nazi-Punching

Sep. 20th, 2017 04:15 pm[personal profile] jimhines
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A video of a Nazi in Seattle getting punched and knocked out has been making the rounds. Responses range from satisfaction and celebration to the predictable cries of “So much for the tolerant left” and the related “Violence makes us as bad as them and plays right into their hands.”

A few things to consider…

1. According to one witness, the punch happened after the Nazi called a man an “ape” and threw a banana at him. With the disclaimer that I’m not a lawyer, that sounds like assault to me. I’m guessing Assault in the Fourth Degree. In other words, the punching was a response to an assault by the Nazi.

The witness who talks about the banana-throwing also says he was high on THC. I haven’t seen anyone disputing his account, but I haven’t seen corroboration, either.

2.Remember when George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin, and people like Geraldo Rivera said it was because Martin was wearing a hoodie, and that made Martin a potentially dangerous “suspicious character”? Utter bullshit, I know. But if our legal system let Zimmerman plead self-defense, saying he was afraid because Martin was wearing a hoodie, doesn’t that same argument apply against someone wearing a fucking swastika?

We’re talking about a symbol that announces, “I support genocide of those who aren’t white, aren’t straight, aren’t able-bodied…”

3. Buzzfeed presents this as anti-fascists tracking a Neo-Nazi to beat him up. While antifa Twitter appears to have been talking about this guy, there’s no evidence that the punch was thrown by someone who’s part of that movement. And even if he was, the guy didn’t throw a punch until after the Nazi committed assault (see point #1).

Those Tweets quoted on Buzzfeed also suggest the Nazi was armed, which could add to the self-defense argument in point #2.

Is Nazi-punching right? Is it legal? As any role-player will tell you, there’s a difference between whether something is lawful and whether it’s good.

The “victim” has every right to press charges. But for some reason, he didn’t want to talk to police about the incident.

Was punching this guy a good thing? I mean, there’s a difference between comic books and real life. The Nazi was standing in front of some sort of tile wall. He could have struck his head on the corner after being punched, or when he fell to the ground. In other words, there’s a chance–albeit probably a slim one–that this could have killed him.

My country and culture glorify violence. I’d much rather avoid violence when possible. I think most rational people would. But there are times it’s necessary to fight, to choose to defend yourself and others. I think it’s important to understand the potential consequences of that choice.

Multiple accounts agree this man was harassing people on the bus, and later on the street. He was a self-proclaimed Nazi. Police say they received calls that he was instigating fights, and it sounds like he escalated from verbal harassment to physical assault … at which point another man put him down, halting any further escalation.

I don’t know exactly what I would have done in that situation, but I see nothing to make me condemn or second-guess this man’s choice in the face of a dangerous Nazi.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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I've been watching MBC's latest sageuk, The King in Love, which is also the latest in the recent trend of youth fusion romance sageuks, though that little subgenre seems to have run its course.  (Hopefully the fact that Rebel: Thief Who Stole The People is the only sageuk this year that's really considered a success will influence future sageuks, though they seem to be over and done with for the year, unless we count Live Up to Your Name, which is very good, but also a time travel drama set more in the present than in the past.)  For the most part, it's been enjoyable, though I'm a couple weeks behind because it looked like it was headed toward one of several endings that I would have considered dealbreakers for the whole show.  (I haven't watched it yet, but I do know it does have my preferred ending, so I should catch up with it this week.)  The one area where it completely fails, unfortunately, is in one of its central conceits:  presenting a love triangle in which a woman loves  two men, and it's unclear which she loves more.  Discussing possible endings with a friend reminded me of the love triangle in one of JTBC's few sageuk outtings, Maids, which also had a triangle in which a woman is in love with two men, but does it much better.



spoilers for both series )

Catching up on New Worlds

Sep. 19th, 2017 03:37 pm[personal profile] swan_tower
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My Patreon is trucking along, but I haven’t been good about linking to it here. So have a list of recent posts!

This week’s post (sneak preview!) will be on rites of passage, followed by a bonus post on the theory of worldbuilding, since that’s one of the funding goals we’ve reached. Remember, this is all funded by my lovely, lovely patrons — and if you join their ranks, you get weekly photos, plus (at higher levels) opportunities to request post topics or get feedback on your own worldbuilding!

Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there.

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