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20 August 2017 08:36 pm
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Five minutes into The Defenders and I'm bored. I have zero patience for fight scenes anymore.

Honestly I'm only here for Jessica Jones. (I DNF the JJ series because it hardcore triggered me, but I fell in love with her and I'm hoping I can enjoy her in this one without a panic attack.)

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20 August 2017 07:35 pm
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The spouse reconnected with his former therapist via Facebook instant messaging this weekend. They got to talking about current events.

"I counseled a member of a neo-Nazi group once," the therapist said.

"Did you learn anything useful about the movement?"

"This particular fellow was a victim of childhood sexual abuse. I think that was the root of his rage," the therapist said.

It makes me wonder how things would be different if American mental health care were in better shape.

Defenders Reaction Post

20 August 2017 06:47 pm
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"Your ability to get through [life], even as things get harder, is worth a hundred times more than your ability to slap a smile on your face and pretend that everything is just fine."

Thank you, Matt Murdock. I really needed to hear that this week. In other news, I streamed the entire Defenders series yesterday and wrote a short fic about Foggy dealing with the aftermath (spoilers, naturally).

On the whole, I liked it. It's not flawless, but it didn't have as much dead space as some of the individual series, and they improved some areas that were lacking in Daredevil season two and Iron Fist.

More detailed thoughts, with spoilers )

Equinox Fall 2017 Check-in

20 August 2017 02:53 pm
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Hi All!

It's time for mandatory check-ins for all Equinox vidders! If everything is still good on your end, you can leave a "still in!" sort of comment here or email us at equinoxvids@gmail.com. If you know at this point that you will not be able to complete your assignment, please let us know. All vidders must check in by August 31st at the latest; we'll try to contact you if you don't, but if we're unable to reach you, you'll be assumed to be in default.

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Also, posting is open! If you need help posting, there's a visual guide in the Rules & Guidelines, or you can contact us for assistance.

Thanks!

Fandom Kitten

20 August 2017 02:13 pm
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This morning, Kaylee discovered that Nenya's wastepaper bag is REALLY fun to play in.





Which means my cat is in the trash bin with the rest of us.
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I ended up marathoning all 8 episodes of Defenders last night. I enjoyed it. It doesn't have the same thematic cohesiveness that Jessica Jones does and the fights aren't as good as they were in the first season of Daredevil, but it's a fun ride if you enjoy the characters, and it helps that everyone else finds Danny Rand as annoying as the audience does. *hands*

spoilers )

So it was a good way to spend 7-ish hours, and it didn't leave me in a state of existential dread the way JJ did.

the other day, in anticipation of this show, I was making a list of ladies with robot arms, and I couldn't come up with many - Misty Knight, Nina Sharp, Lirael, Furiosa... who else is there?

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[ SECRET POST #3882 ]

20 August 2017 02:55 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #3882 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

01.


More! )


Notes:

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Initial Pinch Hits

20 August 2017 07:03 pm
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We have 11 initial pinch hits. Please take a moment to check them out.

Pinch hits are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Comment to this post with your AO3 username and the pinch hit you wish to claim. (Comments are screened.)

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #1 - Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis, Lilo & Stitch (2002), The Wicked + The Divine )

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #2 - Hidden Legacy Series - Ilona Andrews, Innkeeper Chronicles - Ilona Andrews, The Penumbra Podcast )

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #3 - The Fugitives - Rosemary Sutcliff, Frontier Wolf - Rosemary Sutcliff, The Truce of the Games - Rosemary Sutcliff, The Shining Company - Rosemary Sutcliff, Sword Song - Rosemary Sutcliff, Warrior Scarlet - Rosemary Sutcliff, The Rider of the White Horse - Rosemary Sutcliff, Knight's Fee - Rosemary Sutcliff, Dawn Wind - Rosemary Sutcliff, Assassins (1995) )

Pinch Hit #4 - Worldweavers - Alma Alexander, Born of Hope (2009), Gold Diggers (1995), X-Men (Original Timeline Movies), Alphas (TV), C-16: FBI, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, Women's Murder Club (TV) )

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #5 - A Redtail's Dream (Webcomic), Stand Still Stay Silent, Always Human (Webcomic) )

Pinch Hit #6 - Dangan Ronpa - All Media Types, 終末のイゼッタ | Shuumatsu no Izetta | Izetta: The Last Witch (Anime), Skullgirls, We Know the Devil (Visual Novel) )

Pinch Hit #7 - IDOLiSH7 (Video Game), TSUKIPRO (CD series), Akatsuki no Yona | Yona of the Dawn, この音とまれ! | Kono Oto Tomare!, スタミュ: 高校星歌劇 | Starmyu | High School Star Musical, 機動戦士ガンダム 鉄血のオルフェンズ | Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, 響け! ユーフォニアム | Hibike! Euphonium (Anime), プリティーリズム | Pretty Rhythm, 全职高手 | The King's Avatar (Cartoon), Blood Bank (Webcomic) )

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #8 - The Long Masquerade - Madeleine Brent, Merlin's Keep - Madeleine Brent, The First Year - Lucilla Andrews, Mrs. Pollifax - Dorothy Gilman, Clairvoyant Countess Series - Dorothy Gilman, Uncertain Voyage - Dorothy Gilman, Girl in Buckskin - Dorothy Gilman )

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #9 - Copycat (1995), Death Proof (2007), Blood Drive (TV), Fear the Walking Dead (TV) )

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #10 - Obernewtyn Chronicles - Isobelle Carmody, Hythrun Chronicles - Jennifer Fallon, Old Kingdom - Garth Nix, The Last Witch Hunter (2015) )

Pinch Hit #11 - Amnesia (Game & Anime), The Heroic Trio (1993), Furchester Hotel, Sengoku Basara, Inklings RPF, Choice of Robots, Imperial Steamworks Series - James Ng, Minus. (Web Comics), Autumn's Journey (Visual Novel), ダンジョン飯 | Dungeon Meshi | Delicious in Dungeon )

Not the response I was expecting...

20 August 2017 02:46 pm
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I texted a friend to say that we were planning to go to the Natural History Museum tomorrow to do their presentation on the eclipse, and you know what she said?

"What is the eclipse?"

...

2 outstanding pinch hits

20 August 2017 01:26 pm
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Please claim via pm or email to fic.corner@gmail.com and include the ph number, recipient's AO3 user name and your AO3 user name. Please do not claim in the comments to preserve anonymity.

These pinch hits will now be due on 23 August at 11pm EDT. What time is that for me?

ETA: Pinch hit 4 has been claimed, Pinch hit 5 is still available

Pinch Hit #4: Claimed )

Pinch Hit #5: Captain Underpants Series - Dav Pilkey, Wayside School - Louis Sachar, The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster )
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:: I understand other people have social Saturdays, bing-watch The Defenders*, or combine the two; go, y'all! Me, I write a brief article for work. When I say "brief" I mean it's supposed to be two pages. I didn't write it briefly -- more like five hours for the baseline -- nor is it brief at the moment (though there's always changing the font back to Times New Roman. Which is, let me put it like that, better than Courier New).

* I ask whether to watch The Defenders on Twitter; two threads (the more Yay) here and (the more Nay) here.

:: Well, at least I can claim I had a social Friday -- my naturalized friend in Cole Valley took me in after the Worst Day Ever, got us and his two other flatmates a close-to-perfect gluten-free dinner, and I found out first-hand that Archer really is only funny to some people. I didn't want to aggravate my friend, who is extremely loving to me, always (without, I stress, wanting to sleep with me -- he has a relatively quick succession of girlfriends at all times). But Men Behaving Badly is basically my bullet-proof squick.

Too bad that...well, let's not get into that here.

:: The good thing that I consumed lately was the latest installment of Seanan McGuire's InCryptid series -- "Magic for Nothing". Finally, finally I really connected with a character of hers; Antimony Price is the first of the Price siblings I genuinely like. At first I was wondering whether the voice actress put me off (audiobook listener because of the lack of sit-down free time). But no; the same voice actress voices Magic For Nothing, and I wanted to hug Annie all the time. Or maybe shoulder-bump. She's not a physically affectionate character. Perhaps not incidentally, this was also the first book of the six where I spoilered )

:: What I have just started AND almost finished is one of those cheap offers on Audible**, namely a book called Louisiana Longshot by Jana DeLeon. I enjoy it a lot -- much more than I expected. It's grouped as "cozy mystery", which I personally take to read, "Did you like Miss Marple and her village? Try this!" There is very little cozy about characters or plot, which is really for the better. As you know, I like dragons and spaceships and ladies who kick ass...not all at the same time, necessarily. But this book made me grin, a lot. For one, it's funny. Second, in the Atomic Blonde age, I cannot but picture Charlize Theron in the main role of a basically-benched CIA field agent ending up in a Louisiana bayou. It's an enormously Bechdel-passing book, and while I can already tell the solution to one of the B plots (and you will too), I haven't solved the A Plot yet; I think the straight-up murder has to be misdirection. Weakness: Where the fuck are all the Black people? This is LA; we're talking 33% of the population. I can see small towns self-selecting, especially Sinful, LA, but not to that degree.

** I do give too much money to Jeff Bezos.
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[I can't believe I'm saying "Canon in the 'It is not easy to explain, she said'" Overwatch AU, but, well, this is the fourth story in this set, so, I guess it's an actual second AU now. AO3 link.]

[It is helpful to know that Widowmaker (in canon, and here) has a tattoo on her arm which incorporates the French word for "nightmare."]


It is not easy to imagine, thought the Widowmaker, propped up a little on pillows but between her two lovers, Lena, Tracer, sprawled along her right side, hands and arms jumbled about everywhere, like always, and Emily, Kestrel, on her left, arranged so neatly, even in sleep, even halfway through the night, even after turning over a few times, always tucked back in like the little hawk, her namesake in battle. Not even when it is real and in front of me.

She took one of her long, slow, deep breaths, and felt her heart beating, even more slowly than usual, so calm, so quiet, so at rest.

Were Gérard and Amélie like this? she wondered. It seemed impossible. Not just because that was only two, and this was three, and therefore obviously so much better, and not just because they were human, baseline human, with childhoods, and growing up, and stumbling about blindly until they figured how to make a life - though that last part, she finally understood, at least, a little - but because this, this perfection, it, too, seemed so impossible, so to conceive of it happening twice? Ludicrous. Foolish girl, she smiled to herself, it could not have been so... this.

It had taken some time to come up with a bed that the three of them could share. Widowmaker's low body temperature meant she needed similarly lower temperatures for real comfort, particularly in sleep, and both her lovers were so very warm. It'd been Angela's idea, a mattress made of medical thermal control columns, temperature regulated, sensing who lay where, and adjusting, automatically.

The doctor had got a paper out of it - modified to discuss burn victims and others with particularly sensitive skin - and had done fairly well from the patent rights. But Widowmaker didn't care about that. Widowmaker cared that she could sleep with her lovers whenever she wanted to, and whenever they wanted her to, and it would just work.

She breathed in the scent of her brown-haired love, the teleporter, nuzzling down a little into that silly, tossed hair. Unimaginably wonderful. She shifted just a little, carefully, and did the same of her red-haired love, the flying officer, and the scent was so very different and yet so much the same. So wonderful.

And softly, so softly, her breath caught, and water pooled in her eyes, and she sniffed, not wanting to, but she still did, and she tried to stop herself, to stop the tears, but that just made her laugh, just a little, and trying to stop that, too, made more of all it it happen.

Emily awoke, blinking, but lay still except to look up towards the sniffling. "Sweet? What... are you crying?"

"No," whispered Widowmaker. "Yes."

"Oh, love, what's wrong?"

"Nothing. Go back to sleep." She laughed a little more, shaking again, and from Lena came a little "mmf?" and she blinked those big brown eyes that Widowmaker could see so clearly even in the low light.

"You too. Go back to sleep."

"Wuzzit?" said Lena, awake enough now to attempt words, but still, at least half asleep.

"But what's wrong?"

"Nothing," sniffed Widowmaker. "Nothing. Nothing." She leaned over and kissed the half-asleep Lena on top of her head. "Everything is wonderful," and then did the same for Emily.

"Why're you crying?" asked Lena.

"I am... so happy," said the blue assassin, half-sobbing, smiling, confused, but not caring. "I..."

She stopped, and her eyes opened wide.

"I found it," she whispered.

"What?" asked Emily, reaching up to run her fingers through Widowmaker's hair.

"Yeah, love - what?" asked Lena, reaching up to do the same from the other side. Her hand met Emily's, and she smiled, as their fingers intertwined.

"Perfection." She brought her two lovers tightly against her, laughing, crying, all at the same time, the emotions, they are too much she thought, gasping, but that is also perfect. "This perfection."

Lena blinked. "You mean... like before? At the beginning, when you were made? But... here, now? ... with us?"

Widowmaker nodded, not being able to put it into better words. "Everything is so beautiful."

"Oh my god."

Emily chuckled. "You're beautiful too, you know that, right?"

"Love, no, she means it. Losing this is why she left Talon."

"Yes," whispered the spider.

Oh. Emily hadn't been there when the assassin had told the story, but she remembered it, and how it affected Lena. "And now you've got it back?" she asked.

"Yes," nodded the Widowmaker. "It is... different. But better." She sniffled. "Everything is so beautiful."

"Is any part of this bad?" asked Emily, a little worried, a little unsure, a little amazed. The assassin's body always carried tension, tension she could feel in her muscles, feel almost in her skin. And she did not feel it. It was... gone.

"No," breathed the Widowmaker. "Oh no, oh, oh no. It is wonderful. I am so happy."

"You sure?" asked Lena.

"Yes."

"Completely sure?" asked Emily.

"Yes."

"Good," said Lena, as the three snuggled back in together, and the three of them slowly drifted back to sleep.

What would my makers think of me now? wondered the spider, as she slid back towards her dreams, laughing, to herself, just a little. And then when she did sleep, she slept smiling, finding her dreams new, and happy, and not unlike her life now, found, new, and happy.

She would need to change her tattoo. No more nightmares. None. At least, not, for now.

lifely update

20 August 2017 12:35 pm
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Right. So I've been having the same log in problems to DW that others seem to be experiencing. Firefox logins were not working, and I followed advice I saw on someone's DW about shutting down, restarting, and not using a bookmark to get to my page. The the log in worked. Safari was working but I use FB on Safari so I try not to cross the browser streams. I submitted a support ticket, and for anyone who didn't now you can do that without being logged in by email: support@dreamwidth.org

*
Hey there's an eclipse tomorrow!

I haven't heard anything about that at work or anything /sarcasm.

But I am excited for it, though I'm in the 80 percent zone, so not a total for me. For the 2024 eclipse, I'll make the effort to get somewhere to see totality.

*
Life experiments I am currently conducting:
1. Can I really go without washing my hair? I'm almost at the end of week 6, and it's been more of a trial than I was expecting. Backstory: I don't like showers. Don't ask. I don't know why. It's always been a thing. I tend to shower twice a week, often after exercising, and so my pattern for a long time has been to wash my hair twice a week. But then I got it in my head to try to transition away from shampoo, and the first step is to not wash your hair for 4-6 weeks to let your scalp's grease production stop being in overdrive. And I definitely turned a corner last weekend, when for the first time when I rinsed my hair it did not feel nearly as greasy as it had for the first five weeks. (To clarify: I still shower, I just am abstaining from hairwashing and only rinse with water.) It's still a little greasy but nowhere near where it was, and now that I've gotten this far I'm going to try the baking soda and vinegar this week to see how that goes.

*
I continue to read lots of Dragon Age fanfic. As you can probably tell by my lack of recs, none of the ones from the last two weeks or so have been good enough to rec. The one I finished yesterday which was an insane amount words, I should have stopped reading 100,000 words before the end. But I finished it. Because I just want to read DA fic and I'm in the dregs of my pairing so.. Yeah.

*
I'm really liking season 7 of Game of Thrones. I'm rewatching the first season since I have access to HBO for the moment, the good parts version, by which I mean Jon, Dany, Arya, Cersei, Jaime, Bran, and judicious skipping through Ned and Catlyn.

*
There are so many shows I want to catch up on... but not enough to stop reading DA fic.

*
Writing is still a chore and feels like I'm not getting anywhere.

*
I'm judiciously blocking out the real world news for certain blocks of time each day.

Live Event This Weekend!

20 August 2017 11:50 am
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Posted by Muddy Colors


This month's Live Event will be 'Photography for Illustrators'.

Few things can help improve an illustrator's end product as easily as a great piece of reference. Find out how to get that perfect shot that's going to help push your realism to the next level. In this 2 hour demo, we will discuss and demonstrate a variety of photography topics that specifically pertain to illustrators, including:

  • Hiring & Paying Models
  • Lighting Techniques
  • Action Poses
  • Blending Reference
  • Photographing Original Art

Please join us Saturday, August 26th from 3-5 PM for this highly informative demonstration and lecture.

As usual, all $5 Patrons get access to the live event, and $10 Patrons receive a digital download of the demo afterwards.

Sign up, or get more info at: https://www.patreon.com/muddycolors


Assignments sent!

20 August 2017 05:32 pm
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If there are any problems with your assignment, please contact us at fgemods@gmail.com (especially if you believe that you have been assigned to someone whose requests do not match your offers at all, as this may indicate a need to rerun matching entirely - we very much hope this won't happen, though). However, since assignments are going out a little early, please wait until Wednesday, August 23 to contact us if the issue is a placeholder/locked letter.

If you have finished your own letter, but haven't shared it yet, you can still do so at the letters post.

Remember, assignments are due no later than Sunday, October 22 at 11:55PM UTC. (Countdown | What time is that for me?)

  • Art requirements: You must submit complete art—sketches are not permitted. Art must be a minimum of lineart with basic colors/tones as well as background OR two lineart drawings. Lineart may not stand alone as a gift without colors/tones/background. Art may be traditional or digital, but cannot be drawn on lined paper. Manips and other graphics are not permitted.

  • Fic requirements: You must submit complete fic. Fic must be a minimum of 2,000 words and must stand on its own.


If you believe you will be unable to complete your assignment by the due date, the default deadline is Sunday, October 8 at 11:55PM UTC.

We will post instructions on uploading your assignment as the deadline approaches!

We also have an initial batch of pinch hits coming, so be sure to check those out.

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