michelel72: (SGA-Zelenka-Intent)
For no particular reason, I offer you an update on the shows I'm currently watching.

Elementary )

Doctor Who )

Others: Once upon a Time is entertaining enough to keep me coming back. I'm not super-fannish about Criminal Minds anymore, but I really like Alex Blake. (This is how you bring in a new female profiler!) Castle seems to have managed the change from UST to canon-ship admirably and is still fun to watch. Orphan Black hasn't yet even reached the stuff that was in the pre-show trailers, but the first two episodes have definitely held my interest. Revolution, on the other hand ... I can't work up the interest to pick that up again yet, because I have to be in the right mood to enjoy laughing at something that's trying to be serious. And Princess Tutu was all kinds of fantastic.
michelel72: Winry (Cat-Winry-Nesting)
Sophie went home yesterday.

I don't know how much of this I've ever mentioned around here, if any of it, so a quick summary: In about November 2011, [personal profile] violetcheetah and I started volunteering at a private, no-kill cat shelter. (Late in the summer, we were brought onto the Board of Directors as well.) We have too many cats, but folks do come in seeking cats, and on good weekends we send one or two cats to a new home.

It's hard, sometimes, because it's easy to get attached. I've only adopted one cat from the shelter (so far; I will be strong!), but I've had several favorites leave, and I miss them quite a lot. It's the right move, and they're almost certainly happier in a home with a family, and I'm happy for them ... but.

Cut for length and a medical digression ... )
michelel72: (SGA-RodneySam-Reading)
I've been trying to do more non-internet reading lately, as well as checking out more shows now and then. Two recent works have been outside my comfort zone in different ways.

(I've tried to avoid spoilers for the works discussed here.)

'Redemption in Indigo' by Karen Lord ... )

Meanwhile, for probably over a year now I've been reading the "reviews" and many of the comments at the Mark Does Stuff sites. (Without those sites, I might never have discovered the Newsflesh series or Tamora Pierce's books, just for two book examples. I can't read at his posting pace — see my comments about WIPs above — so if a book he's currently processing interests me, I read ahead and then follow his slower pace for the discussions. I don't have the same problem with visual media, fortunately, though re-watching Buffy and Angel as he discovered them for the first time was highly entertaining.)

He recently covered the short anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica )

I don't read or watch much outside my comfort zone of standard English-language narratives. Whedon's trope deconstructions (and similar) are about as adventurous as I tend to get, and I've felt ... disappointed lately by the books and TV series that don't give me the resolution I'm expecting. I've always felt a little bad that my narrative consumption tends to be so culturally "sheltered", but I rarely have the time or energy or knowledge to get into works from other cultures or traditions.

In some cases, there are "other-culture" narratives that are tailored to cater to the inexperienced; I think Redemption in Indigo is one such. But for those that aren't, I think I need the "book club" approach to walk me through it. It's odd; I don't tend to go seeking out communities, for the most part.

But I'm glad when I come across these experiences anyway. The works deserve appreciation on their own merits, and working to appreciate them is good brain exercise.
michelel72: (CM-Garcia-Downcast)
So I was vaguely thinking of getting back into the habit of posting, y'know, ever, and I was thinking that as part of that I should ask if anyone else is watching Last Resort. The premise held no interest for me at all until I noticed Andre Braugher was attached, but he's almost always a reason for me to check out a show, so I did.

And I was thrilled. Plots and scenarios were realistic! I don't know all that much about actual life in the military nor on a submarine, but each detail seemed at least plausible! Character motivations were reasonable! People who were supposed to be intelligent actually acted intelligently! There's only been one story that started with *shock scene!* *period of time earlier ...* (which is the runaway winner for "most overused storytelling device of the year" for every year this millenium), and for that story, that structure actually made in-narrative sense! Interesting character combinations in varying scenes, tension and plotting that wasn't artificial, nifty contrasting scenes ... good stuff. And because I can't say it enough, intelligence.

I should have known ABC couldn't allow that to exist. Cancelled. The 13 originally ordered episodes will apparently air, though the schedule is apparently not yet fully set, and ABC won't even release the rights for another station to pick the show up, because they don't even know if they have anything else workable for the (dreadful) timeslot in the pipeline.

Dammit, why can't we have nice things?!
michelel72: (SGA-Teyla-Glee)
To my surprise, I ended up pinch-writing two stories for the SGA Genficathon. I wrote them well after the art deadline, so I had no expectations of art, but while the stories were still Anonymous, [livejournal.com profile] tridget chose one of them to create gift art for!

I'm all bouncy because this is only the second associated work for any of my fics, as far as I know. (The first was [personal profile] sophia_sol's lovely podfic of my Like Thermodynamics.) Yayyyy!

Be advised that the story itself involves a serious injury to one character, and the art does not shy away from depicting that. Bearing that in mind ... check it out!

Cover art for Clipped by [livejournal.com profile] tridget: At LJ; at AO3
michelel72: (SGA-Rodney-Math)
Title: The rusty wire gives way
Author: [livejournal.com profile] michelel72
Genre/Rating: Gen; FRT for themes (apocalypse/dark)
Wordcount: 2700
Timeline/Spoilers: Post-series, set soon after the final episode
Warnings: None
Disclaimer/Policies: This is a work of fanfiction inspired by the television series "Stargate: Atlantis" and "Stargate: SG-1". All feedback of any length, including constructive criticism, always welcome. Transformative/derivative/related works always welcome if credit is given. If my warnings for triggers/squick are inadequate, please let me know.
Crossposting: Original copy at AO3; mirror at Livejournal; mirror at DW
Notes/Credits: The "Angst" category at the SGA Genficathon category collapsed (five signups, no fics), and I had written one pinch-hit; the next week, I decided to try for a second one and this was the result. The theme was inspired by several recent influences, foremost among them chapter 9 of Rachel Maddow's "Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power". The title is adapted from Pink Floyd's "Two Suns in the Sunset".

Summary: How do you move on when your own history proves you don't need to?


The rusty wire gives way )
michelel72: (SGA-Rodney-Pensive)
Title: Clipped
Author: [livejournal.com profile] michelel72
Genre/Rating: Gen; FRT for themes
Wordcount: 3600
Timeline/Spoilers: Full AU; spoilers through 1x03 "Hide and Seek", and one line of dialogue from 1x01 "Rising"
Warnings: Violence/torture/mutilation (not graphic)
Disclaimer/Policies: This is a work of fanfiction inspired by the television series "Stargate: Atlantis" and "Stargate: SG-1". All feedback of any length, including constructive criticism, always welcome. Transformative/derivative/related works always welcome if credit is given. If my warnings for triggers/squick are inadequate, please let me know.
Crossposting: Original copy at AO3; mirror at Livejournal; mirror at DW
Notes/Credits: The "Angst" category at the SGA Genficathon category collapsed (five signups, no fics), so I took one of my WIPs and wrapped it up as a pinch-hit within two days. My apologies for the roughness.

Cover art by [livejournal.com profile] tridget! At LJ; at AO3 (Added 18 July 2012)

Summary: When a Scholar is attacked and mutilated, a Healer takes extraordinary measures to save him. A Guardian is then tasked to protect them both.


Clipped )
michelel72: (SGA-RodneySam-Reading)
Cross-promoting: [livejournal.com profile] sga_genficathon signups are underway and close in a week. All categories are welcome, but we could use some more folks writing for "Team", and we could really use some more folks to join the, well, none we currently have signed up for "Humor".

(I personally find humor one of the hardest kinds of writing to get right — and possibly the hardest — so I wouldn't say I'm surprised, exactly.)

I know a lot of people have drifted away from SGA; I know real life is in the way for a lot of others who might otherwise sign up. But if you're wavering, please consider this a friendly nudge; and if you know anyone who might be interested, please consider givin them a nudge!

FML

4 February 2012 10:01 pm
michelel72: (SGA-Rodney-LaserEyes)
I would dearly like for people to stop driving into my new car, kthx.

(In a parking lot, again. At a business off Route 123, again. On a bright afternoon, again. Striking the front half of the driver's side, again. Fortunately, no one injured, again. More damage, but to one panel — pretty much the entire door — rather than crossing two.)

Nnnnnnnngh. The body shop hokey-pokey is not my idea of a good time.
michelel72: Winry (Cat-Winry-Nesting)
(Well, in my case, an extra week of vacation annually.)

A look back at my work history. ) There are frustrations, but that's the nature of work, and the balance is overwhelmingly in my favor. I know I'm profoundly lucky to have a good, stable job, and I'm delighted to have it.

Here's to ... not-quite-thirty more years of the same.
michelel72: (General-Words-SoAdjective)
So, tell me true, flist: Has alright (for all right or okay) actually crossed the critical-mass boundary from misspelling to acceptable neologism? I've suddenly been seeing it everywhere. I always correct it when I beta, but should I just give up and (grudgingly) let it pass? (Or, more likely, take my usual route of inserting a long-winded and pedantic usage note in brackets and leaving the choice up to the writer?)

I try to be accepting of falsely derived terms and variant forms if they serve a distinct purpose. I just don't see any use to introducing alright for all right, though; are there really that many contexts in which readers might confuse the okay interpretation with the each member correct interpretation? Or am I just being too prescriptivist on this one?

I'd usually see what the interwebs think, but the clearest write-ups I can find, although they agree alright is not (yet) standard, are over two years old. That's practically a generation in internet years.
michelel72: (SGA-Rodney-StayInBed)
Title: Darkness Is the Only Sound
Author: [livejournal.com profile] michelel72
Genre/Rating: Gen; FRT for themes
Wordcount: 27,000
Timeline/Spoilers: Follows canon through 3x14 "Tao of Rodney" but turns decidedly AU before 3x17 "Sunday". Tiny character-background spoilers from 4x15 "Outcast".
Warnings: References to genocide; brief descriptions of OC tortures and deaths (including children); body horror; captivity and minor torture; ableist language and slurs in POV; mental programming without permission
Disclaimer/Policies: This is a work of fanfiction inspired by the television series "Stargate: Atlantis" and "Stargate: SG-1". All feedback of any length, including constructive criticism, always welcome. If my warnings for triggers/squick are inadequate, please let me know.
Crossposting: Chaptered at AO3; Index-and-comments page at Livejournal
Notes/Credits: Title from "Gypsy" by the Moody Blues. [livejournal.com profile] valleya provided very helpful early-version feedback; no formal beta for the final version.

Summary: The expedition finds surprising signs of a long-missing race, but a greater surprise lies in store.


Darkness Is the Only Sound )
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michelel72: Winry (Cat-Winry-Nesting)
Little Cindy descends the stairs, rubbing her eyes. It's Christmas morning! And there, underneath the tree ...

"A puppy!" or "A kitten!" An adorable little pet, complete with a bow around the neck. Cindy is delighted for an entire hour.

Two weeks later, no one's happy. The puppy chews, the kitten scratches. Neither reacts well to being squeezed too hard; sometimes one will nip. No one wants to bother spending time on the play the kitten needs or taking the dog on required walks. Little baby Jimmy is possibly allergic, and Dad kind of hates that damn animal, and Mom is annoyed that what she hoped would be a lap pet really isn't. The adults resent how much money the damn thing costs, and that's even considering that they would never spend a dime on medical care because it's "just an animal".

Six months later the pet is abandoned in a box in a swamp in the country, one day away from being a coyote's breakfast. Or wandering the streets, pregnant. Or run over by a car. Or taken to the vet to be "put to sleep" because it's just too expensive and inconvenient, so might as well kill it for those sins, but only by proxy and with euphemisms.

Don't do this. Don't be that person. I like to think anyone who would read my journal already knows better, but a reminder is worthwhile. Companion animals shouldn't be given as gifts, and they should never be a surprise. Dogs and cats in particular have personalities — some are terrified of adult men, some are lap pets, some bounce off the walls, some need to be the only pet, some have siblings they shouldn't be separated from, some get bored in five seconds and need both companionship and active play, some are great with kids and some terrible, on and on and on.

If you want a pet, approach adoption as the project it is. Meet the prospects, with the whole family. Know what you're looking for. Find out what you're in for. See if there's any chance the animal you're considering can spend a few days in your home as a trial. Recognize that you're adding a developed (or developing) personality to your family, as a lifelong commitment.

And be prepared to spend money. Consumerist reminds us:
According to the ASPCA, a cat costs $1,035 over the first year of ownership and $670 thereafter, while a large dog generates $1,843 in bills the first year and another $875 each subsequent year. The association also warns against the idea of surprising someone with a pet, as these often end up in shelters because the recipients either weren't prepared for pet ownership or are not pleased with your choice of pet.

If any of that sounds too daunting, or if you're at all unsure, buy a video game or a book or a movie instead.

I volunteer at a cat shelter. Trust me, there are more than enough discarded pets to have the place overflowing. (That includes the three beautiful, playful, friendly, precious kittens who were dumped at that aforementioned swamp. I hate people sometimes. Luckily they were discovered before they died — yes, we do have coyotes and foxes, as well as large and vicious racoons many times the size of these kittens.) Some of those cases are unavoidable, such as cases in which the owner died or the family lost their housing and just couldn't find other accomodations that allowed pets. Some are questionable. And some are inexcusable. Don't contribute to this. Please.

(And don't even get me started on Easter chicks and bunnies.)
michelel72: (SGA-RodneySam-Reading)
It's done it's done it's doooooooooone. 26,500 words over three months, most of them difficult.

Anyway. I'm looking for early-reader feedback on an SGA story. It's about 26.5k words; it's ultimately Rodney-centric (obviously — I mean, we've met, right?) and departs from canon somewhere between 3x14 and 3x17. (Or you could say it departs from canon thousands of years ago, but our characters still go through canon until this point.) I'm not looking for someone to do just spelling/punctuation/grammar review (SPaG). I had trouble with this story, and I suspect it's missing something, so I'm looking for one or two folks who can tell me if the story works at all; and if it works, what (if anything) is missing or needs better development.

Warnings and summary are under the cut. ) I feel like the warnings as listed are more alarming than the fic itself is, but I so can't judge at this point.

Anyway. Anyone interested?

Time

22 November 2011 03:25 pm
michelel72: (Cat-Winry-Eek)
I don't have enough time in the day. I know I'm not unique in that, at all, but it's still frustrating. I adore my job, but it is ludicrously intense, and I have very little time or energy left for reading and writing.

So I've just volunteered away something like eight hours a week. What was I thinking?

But ... Nine Lives of Norton seems to be well-run and well-organized (certainly better than my city's cat efforts), and they need volunteers for cleaning and feeding and socialization. And I have to do something to counter the criminally negligent and abusive wastes of oxygen out there.

So. Yay volunteerism. (And miserable, painful, lonely death to anyone who would mistreat a companion animal.)
michelel72: (SGA-RodneySam-Reading)
Is anybody watching the new US television shows "American Horror Story" (FX), "Once upon a Time" (ABC), or "Grimm" (NBC)? (I don't know if they're available internationally yet.)

Vague spoilers for all three within: AHS through 1x04, OUAT through 1x02, G only to the degree the Wikipedia article is spoilery. )

"Anyway, I'm sorry, but that just happens to be how I feel about it. What do you think?"
michelel72: (DW-Skeptical)
Dear writers of modern, western-world police procedurals:

No, it doesn't sound like the victim is pleading for mercy. It doesn't sound like the victim is talking about their assailant's lack of (or possession of) mercy. It sincerely doesn't.

It sounds like the victim is talking about or to someone named Mercy, or talking about or to someone named Marcy, or talking about Mercy General, or spotting a Mercedes Benz, or hell, deliriously singing "Mercy Street" ... but when you have your detective musing that "It sounds like he's begging for mercy," for example, we in the audience simply roll our eyes, because we all know that's completely wrong and we know we'll be wasting entirely too much time on that foolishness.

Quit it.

And "Castle" and "Criminal Minds", since you've both tried to pull that nonsense recently, you are both On Notice. Try to pull it again ... and I will have no mercy.

Okay, okay, that just means I'll make a snarky post about it. Still.
michelel72: (CM-Garcia-Downcast)
Not even 11 days, and my new car's been hit.

In a parking lot, other driver identified (though if she hadn't been lurking around looking sketchy enough for me to get suspicious, I bet she totally would have let me drive away without a word), nobody hurt (except her feelings when the cop went to talk to her, because she has upcoming surgery; her apparent drug haze was undented), minor damage in the grand scheme of things (but deep scraping to two separate panels and I hope her insurance soaks her for it).

Just ... damn it.

THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS.
michelel72: (SGA-RodneySam-Reading)
The books have a new home! The original post is below for, I don't know, posterity or something, but this is all set now. Thanks, folks!

Original post )
michelel72: (DW-GeekPride)
So I have a new toy, as of this past Thursday.

A picture of my new toy. )

It's fun. It does have drawbacks relative to the Prius (primarily storage, OMG, I've never seen a wimpier glovebox, and the rear storage is both small and hard to access); but since I've been thinking about changing vehicles for a while, it's probably best to do so before the snow and ice start for the year ... and seeing a claim that I'm getting 250+ mpg is nice.

I'm not yet really charging from my solar panels**; the charge cord is short enough that I have to park under the "bird bench" (electrical and cable service lines), so I charge at night and then move the car to the other side of the driveway before the birds arrive for the day. (I'm looking into the service to install a high-speed charger in a better location.) I can get all the way to work and halfway back again on one charge in this weather, which is sweet, and it'll be sweeter if work does in fact approve on-site charging. We'll see.

Hee hee hee.

**(The electrical supply is largely fungible. I try to keep my usage to the daytime when I can, so that it's more directly tied to my solar panels rather than to the coal/nuclear network; I pay extra per net used kWh to add renewables to the mix; blah, blah. I would rather have a large solar array and battery system to go completely off-grid, but "clean" battery technology isn't really there yet. On the whole, I'm probably doing better environmentally than if I were using a straight-gas engine.)

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