Flowers Here and There

Feb. 22nd, 2017 07:14 pm
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Short sequel to "It Started With Flowers"

Words: 524, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 2 of Flowers

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Hawkeye, Volume 4: Rio Bravo, written by Matt Fraction, art by Chris Eliopoulos, Francesco Francavilla, and David Aja, color by Jordie Bellaire and Matt Hollingsworth: As always, Aja and Hollingsworth are excellent together on art and color, and when Kate returned from L.A., I was approximately 80% more into the story, but, like, should I have recognized that redhead? Or, really, anyone who wasn't Clint or Lucky? Because I didn't. And it'd been so long since I'd seen Aja's Kate I didn't recognize her at first either.

As for the story, the second half of this is an action movie, and it just didn't work for me. Lots of blood and violence, some animal harm, and a general confusion as to what was going on. This volume does have the issue where Clint's been deafened and that's an important one, with its empty speech bubbles and panels with ASL. But it also has some weird nondenominational winter holiday issue with symbolic cartoon dogs that doesn't fit into this storyline at all. Then there's an issue that's background for Clint's relationship with his brother, which had a great look with Francavilla's art, but felt like someone somewhere was like, oh shit, we have to introduce Barney, quick, do a thing. It felt isolated from the rest of the story.

Basically I think this graphic novel's a collected mess, and though it does bring some resolution to the whole building/tracksuit bro business; it doesn't even approach the Kate and Clint problem. And, surprise, I still have no clue who Jess is or where she came from or—look, I love Fraction's dialogue, and his Clint and Kate, but his storytelling has always left me with more questions than answers, and they're not the good kind of questions. They're like "Where did that money come from?" and "He was married? To her?" This is just more of the same.

New Article on Web Site

Feb. 22nd, 2017 11:41 pm
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I've been wanting to post this for ages, but couldn't because H.G. Wells is one of the authors and was still in European copyright until the end of 2016. Then I forgot in January, for which many apologies:

The English House of the Future from The Strand Magazine December 1903: No author credited for the first section, though various architects are quoted at length, the end section is by H. G. Wells.

A scene from a future London with cars and airships. Title "A return to the severe Greek style at Ludgate Hill"

Movie thoughts

Feb. 22nd, 2017 05:43 pm
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Saw a preview for "Gifted." I hope I can rely on fandom to give me the romance between Chris Evans' character and Octavia Spencer's character which Hollywood will certainly deny me.
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Tarot d'Ambre par F. Nedelec, cont'd

Hopscotch + The Game of Goose

(I have to say, as someone who is fascinated by the history of games, this is so fun!)

And meanwhile, this time we have Surprise Cretans and the Phaistos Disk!

(also I am making progress on Revenant Gun I really am!!! don't send in the WRITING POLICE after me lolz)

Read more... )
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Wednesday Reading Meme

Feb. 22nd, 2017 05:51 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

R. A. MacAvoy, The Book of Kells: I really loved The Grey Horse so I keep reading MacAvoy but I am clearly not going to love anything else as much and should probably give up. This is time-travel fantasy where the protagonists end up in medieval Ireland (medieval Ireland = a fuckton of Vikings in addition to the cattle raids, who knew?) and it should have been my thing except I felt like all the spiritual moments were mishandled, I didn't care about the Vikings, and the main male character was a jerk. Also, weirdly, the author made him Canadian, and you could tell he was Canadian because when he finally got to medieval Dublin he started singing "Barrett's Privateers." No, really.

What I'm Reading Now

Comics Wednesday!

Avengers #4.1, Black Panther #11, Captain America Steve Rogers #12, Infamous Iron Man #5, Mighty Captain Marvel #2, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #16, Scarlet Witch #15, Spider-Woman #16, Thunderbolts #10, Uncanny Avengers #20 )

What I'm Reading Next

No idea! Books!

Mardi Gras Shenanigans

Feb. 22nd, 2017 05:29 pm
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So I know I've been unavailable this week due to vacation-type stuff, but next Tuesday is Mardi Gras, and I can't let it pass unmarked.

My intention is to make a party post this Saturday morning (eastern US time) with Yrael throwing open the bar door to the raucous party of the New Orleans French Quarter, for any bar patrons who would like to attend the festivities. There will be music and dancing, parades with colorful floats, masks to wear, strings of beads thrown down from balconies (for a price), and food and drinks for all. I will be on the road for Saturday and Sunday, so I won't be able to tag in Yrael himself until Monday evening, but the post will stay open for the entire weekend through Wednesday or whenever people get done with their threads. :D


[Bunny #3] Bunny Management

Feb. 22nd, 2017 04:58 pm
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Just a reminder - this is your community, too. Feel free to use it to ask for advice, vent, commiserate, celebrate, etc.

So. We've been here all month. \o/ We have made our shiny lists and looked at our shiny lists and a few of us have possibly even despaired a bit over our shiny lists before remembering they are shiny lists of awesome things we're gonna write/draw/create/etc.

Let's talk about how things end up on those lists this week.

What makes you add a plotbunny/project/idea to your list and keep it there? Do you write mostly for bingos/exchanges/challenges? Do you take requests? What inspires you? Do you maaaaaybe keep a few more ideas than you should or realize they need a little (or a lot) more work to become a proper story?

And since we're at the last post for the month, it's time for list revision. You are free to look over your list and remove anything that you've realized isn't working for you. There is nothing wrong with keeping all your bunnies, of course, but it is also okay to let go.

This is also a weekly check-in! You do not have to check in, of course, but if you would like to comment on the last week, feel free!

If you have a deadline coming up, you can do it! If you need a deadline, feel free to ask!

3 Hockey RPF stories by Withershins

Feb. 22nd, 2017 04:36 pm
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I'm new to Podficcing, but I've recently recorded three of Withershins' awesome Hockey RPF stories

Title: From the Stars to the Bottom of the Sea
Author: Withershins
Reader: Brightnail

Fandom: Hockey RPF

Character: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin

Rating: M

Warnings: warnings for consent issues related to accidental voyeurism and for nightmares.

Summary: Four dreams Geno accidentally shared.

Text: here

Length: 00:15:50

Size: 15.37MB
Streaming: here

Download Mediafire Link: here


Title: Bias
Author: Withershins
Reader: Brightnail

Fandom: Hockey RPF

Character: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin

Rating: PG-13

Warnings: 1) brief description of a character experiencing death but not actually dying and 2) mutant-phobic hate directed at a child

Summary: Part 1 of the Mutant AU Series.

On the government's classified mutant register—and on the NHL's records—Sidney is listed as Sidney Patrick Crosby, Nova Scotia, Canada: Class Two. Death visions, skin contact required.

Text: here

Length 00:39:02

Size: 35.74MB
Streaming: here

Download Mediafire Link: here


Title: Dyad
Author: Withershins
Reader: Brightnail

Fandom: Hockey RPF

Character: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin

Rating: PG-13

Warnings: No warnings

Summary: Part 2 of the Mutant AU Series.

People can say what they like about Geno—that he's too thuggish, too Russian, too mutant for NHL ice—it doesn't matter. He's got Sid's back, and the whole league knows it.

Well, the whole league except for maybe Sid himself.

Text: here

Length 00:57:16

Size: 52.44MB

Streaming: here
Download Mediafire Link
: here

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Feb. 22nd, 2017 03:38 pm
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books (Joyce, Myers) )

dirt + climate change
plant geekery )
I'm worried about how consistently warm it is. We shouldn't be having quite so many days in the 80s this early in the year. Wild bouncing between the 80s and 40s is normal for February, but it should be averaging out to the low 60s, not...this. Freaking climate change. I know this region is forecast to be desert in 100 years, but jfc. Let's not get ahead of schedule here. :(

yarning since last week:
1. My (free) Pussyhat Headband pattern is up and crossposted, and the #PussyhatProject person on Ravelry added it to their official collections there. Yay #resistance! I love feeling like I'm helping, however small the scale.
2. I started to turn my Spock pattern into a pdf, then hit a wall where I needed to fix the pattern, aka make a second Spock. Now my brain is torn bt WAAAAHHH, I HATE PATTERN-TESTING! and OH HEY, IT'S MIRRORVERSE SPOCK! Or it will be, once I pick up the freaking yarn and finish him.
3. More happily! Actual *sales* of my General Leia Organa pattern are happening! Part of me wants to apologize for all the pattern spam, but I'm learning just how little overlap there is between my various social media accounts, so...yeah. Feel free to pick and choose where to follow me? (I mean, y'all know that already, but -- *handwave* )
4. Next task: get an etsy store up and running, but I need more finished, sellable pdfs for that.
5. Still on deck: octopuses, delayed secret project, and a colorful SPRING project based on another person's pattern, so I don't have to take notes as I go and can maybe finish listening to this terrifying Putin book.

Natasha Romanova
black widows
Y'ALL! OMG Y'ALL! Marvel's Titan Heroes line FINALLY HAS A LADY FIGURE! FINALLY!! They added both NATASHA AND HAWKEYE, so all six core Avengers finally have a 12-inch figure! There's ALSO a new regular-sized Black Widow action figure, and both sculpts prize competence over cleavage. There are no pornstar curves, and the back of the box copy is all about Natasha's skills as a top level agent and fighter for justice, and, srsly, she just looks badass AND totally appropriate for little kids! Yayayayayayayay! 💗💗💗

I considered going to a march/sitting protest Saturday for #NoBanNoWall, but between driving/parking downtown, not wanting to go alone, and pain from Friday's vol gig, self-care meant staying home. OTOH, there are about a dozen other events coming up, not all of which require standing or being downtown. Maybe I'll find something I can do safely.

Three notes on US politics

Feb. 22nd, 2017 01:12 pm
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I've tagged this post; on Dreamwidth you can filter -- either for or against a tag.

1. I've looked around for a summary with facts and figures for the calculated plan to profit off deportations of immigrants, versus photo collages of unclear origin or unsourced information (note, I never doubted the truth of, say, US Uncut's claim; all I want is evidence). I know it's more of a tabloid, but I'm thankful to Salon for this piece. It provides a great pivot:

President Trump’s plan to round up the undocumented will be wonderful for private prisons

2. As I discussed yesterday with one of the people I met at a Silicon Valley - type gathering, US Republicans' inactivity now is easily explained. After all the Republicans have, for decades, tried to limit access to anyone not White and Wealthy -- access to education, access to the already-patchy welfare net, and of course access to voting:

Do voter identification laws suppress minority voting? Yes. We did the research. (WP)

3. Many people have weighed in on The Milo Issue (I refuse to learn how to even spell his last name). The folks reading this blog likely all agree on a few things: that it's sad it took claims of pedophilia to finally look harder at this real-life troll; that he exemplifies how in the eyes of conservatives women, trans people, and immigrants are not worth protecting; that Simon & Schuster dropping him now proves the matter was never about Free Speech after all, but *content* that conservatives found appealing...or not so. But I'll bring up an article that adds what I've privately thought: that his substantive comments in this instance were so personal as to not be particularly disturbing, except of course they were in these United States and their discourse:

What we'll tolerate, and what we won't. (

Scanlations: Yasha ch. 55

Feb. 22nd, 2017 01:05 pm
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Title: Yasha
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Genre: Shoujo
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.

Chapter Summary: Sei and the Amamiyas arrive on Ogami, and the hunt for Dr. Smith's diary begins.

Chapter 55
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"What do you want from me?" says Baze. He's not sure what he expects – demands for penance, or money, or protection against the apparently large number of people who want Chirrut dead.

Instead Chirrut drops to a squat and turns his face up to the morning sun.

"A period of service," he says. "Six months, no more."

Katsudon redux

Feb. 22nd, 2017 03:25 pm
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So there's a licensed YoI katsudon bowl up for preorder at Plamoya, and it actually looks sufficiently practical enough for me to buy it. Whoever designed the outside did an excellent job of replicating the bowl to make it look like it could come from a real place. The text on the front reads Hasetsu (on top), onsen (L) and tennen (R) (on the sides, meaning 'natural onsen', read R-to-L), and Yu-topia Katsuki on the bottom. I could happily eat katsudon out of something like this on a regular basis.

I've mentioned elsewhere that based on the relatively small amount of promotional merchandise I saw in Japan shortly before the fall 2016 season, the YoI team really had no idea that the series would become as popular as it did. But if sales are good enough to encourage them to go all in for in-series items like this one, I'm rather pleased to see it.

(Meanwhile, over at [community profile] panfandomsandbox, Yuri P. is not having a relaxing evening, and I almost feel bad for him, in the way where I don't feel bad in the least.)

Narnia fanfic

Feb. 22nd, 2017 12:26 pm
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For the Chocolate Box exchange, which focuses on romantic or friendship pairings, I wrote The Gift for [personal profile] aurilly's request for Emeth/Tirian from The Last Battle. If you don't remember him, Emeth was the honorable young Calormene officer, who made a disproportionate impression in a very brief appearance, at least on those of us who like noble warriors.


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