ArmadilloCon

Jul. 27th, 2017 10:05 am
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Coming up on August 4-6 is ArmadilloCon in Austin: http://armadillocon.org/d39/#/

Major guests are: Guest of Honor: Nisi Shawl, Toastmaster: Don Webb, Fan Guest: A.T. Campbell, III Artist Guest: Mark A. Nelson, Editor Guest: Trevor Quachri, Special Guest: Tamora Pierce


My schedule is:


Friday: teaching at writers workshop


Saturday

Sa1100102 Reading
Sat 11:00 AM-11:30 AM Room 102
Martha Wells
(I'll probably read something from The Murderbot Diaries: Artificial Condition)


Sa1200DR Signing
Sat Noon-1:00 PM Dealers' Room
J. Comer, J. Wells, M. Wells
(I'll have Raksura stickers with art by Pentapoda to give away.)


Sa1400BE Pantsing vs. Outlining
Sat 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Ballroom E
C. Clevenger*, B. Crider, N. Southard, J. Reasoner, J. Wells, M. Wells


Sa1500BE Novellas (non tele)
Sat 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Ballroom E
J. Reasoner, A. Simmons*, W. Spencer, H. Waldrop, C. Ward, M. Wells
Is the Novella just a stunted novel,a spring-board for an awful fix-up novel, or the perfect length for written SF?


Sa1700SPB Fan Guest Interview
Sat 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Southpark B
A.T. Campbell, M. Wells*, T. Wilson*



Sunday:

Su1100SPB Preview of World Fantasy 2017
Sun 11:00 AM-Noon Southpark B
R. Babcock, J. Miles, M. Wells*
Co-chairs and Toastmaster of the upcoming World Fantasy Convention in San Antonio tell us what's coming

Space: Above and Beyond [VID]

Jul. 27th, 2017 11:03 am
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Title: Mean World
Fandom: Space Above and Beyond
Music: Where the Devil Won't Go by Elle King
Summary: it's a mean world that I've known
Notes: Women in SPACE!!! ♥

H E R E @ [community profile] swannee

まるです。

Jul. 26th, 2017 11:00 pm
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まるさん、掃除機をかけたいんですけど。
Hey Maru, I want to vacuum there.

まる:「どうぞお構いなく。」
Maru:[Please don’t bother.]

いつものことながら、どいてはくれませんよね。
Ok. I know that you do not intend to avoid it.

まる:「今忙しいので。」
Maru:[I am busy now.]


まるに近づくとハウスダストを検知するランプが点灯。
When the vacuum cleaner approaches Maru, the lamp to inform house dust turns on.

 

World Fantasy Award Nominees

Jul. 26th, 2017 03:11 pm
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http://www.tor.com/2017/07/26/the-2017-world-fantasy-award-nominees-have-been-announced/

Congrats to all the nominees!

Novel

Borderline, Mishell Baker (Saga)
Roadsouls, Betsy James (Aqueduct)
The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Sudden Appearance of Hope, Claire North (Redhook; Orbit UK)
Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff (Harper)

Long Fiction

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson (Tor.com Publishing)
The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle (Tor.com Publishing)
Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
“Bloodybones,” Paul F. Olson (Whispered Echoes)
A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com Publishing)

Short Fiction

“Das Steingeschöpf,” G.V. Anderson (Strange Horizons 12/12/16)
“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies,” Brooke Bolander (Uncanny 11-12/16)
“Seasons of Glass and Iron,” Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)
“Little Widow,” Maria Dahvana Headley (Nightmare 9/16)
“The Fall Shall Further the Flight in Me,” Rachael K. Jones (Clockwork Phoenix 5)

Anthology

Clockwork Phoenix 5, Mike Allen, ed. (Mythic Delirium)
Dreaming in the Dark, Jack Dann, ed. (PS Australia)
Children of Lovecraft, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Dark Horse)
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016, Karen Joy Fowler & John Joseph Adams, eds. (Mariner)
The Starlit Wood, Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe, eds. (Saga)

Collection

Sharp Ends, Joe Abercrombie (Orbit US; Gollancz)
On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, Tina Connolly (Fairwood)
A Natural History of Hell, Jeffrey Ford (Small Beer)
Vacui Magia, L.S. Johnson (Traversing Z Press)
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, Ken Liu (Saga; Head of Zeus)

Artist

Greg Bridges
Julie Dillon
Paul Lewin
Jeffrey Alan Love
Victo Ngai

Special Award, Professional

L. Timmel Duchamp, for Aqueduct Press
C.C. Finlay, for editing F&SF
Michael Levy & Farah Mendelsohn, for Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press)
Kelly Link, for contributions to the genre
Joe Monti, for contributions to the genre

Special Award, Non-Professional

Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Neile Graham, for fostering excellence in the genre through her role as Workshop Director, Clarion West
Malcom R. Phifer & Michael C. Phifer, for their publication The Fantasy Illustration Library, Volume Two: Gods and Goddesses (Michael Publishing)
Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, for Uncanny
Brian White, for Fireside Fiction Company


The awards will be announced at the World Fantasy Convention, which this year is November 2-5 in San Antonio, TX. http://wfc2017.org/wfc2017/

Headliner guests are Tananarive Due, Karen Joy Fowler, Gregory Manchess, David Mitchell, Gordon Van Gelder TOASTMASTER: Martha Wells

Icon stickers

Jul. 26th, 2017 10:38 am
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Wow, it's almost August!

This is your yearly Icon sticker request page. Make those requests! What are you feeling fannish about this year? What is your visual fan identity?

Please post here if possible. Anyone who only uses twitter can @ me there.

Catching Up

Jul. 26th, 2017 08:06 am
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I went on vacation last week, first actual vacation in a long time. Me, my husband, and two friends went to Galveston Island, which is about a three hour drive away and stayed on the east beach: https://marthawells.tumblr.com/post/163287314212/yesterday-we-got-back-from-three-days-in

We swam everyday, and stood on a sandbar over a hundred yards out in the water and looked at rainstorms out in the gulf. The water was warm in the afternoon, like a giant saltwater spa. We ate a lot of seafood and had margaritas and went out in the harbor in a little boat. It was awesome.

Then yesterday I had jury duty for traffic court, got picked, and everyone there got to tell a mean, angry, scary old white guy clearly used to controlling everything around him that yes, he did have to pay his fine just like everyone else. I don't even know how someone could be this confident in his belief that he can get away with anything, but watching him change his story and lie, and have the woman DA point out the body cam and dash cam video showing he was lying, and Judge Navarro being completely fair yet also bored and unimpressed, and effortlessly cutting off the guy's attempt to rant and swear on the stand. The Judge also made the DA skip over what was probably 20 minutes of video that didn't show anything except that the guy was a terrible person, but believe me, the jury already knew that.

I'm going to try to catch up on book rec posts, and I need to do another Raksura story for my Patreon this month. (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2458567)

New Year's Resolutions as of July 25

Jul. 26th, 2017 09:04 am
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Posted by morbane

In the last four weeks, there have been three works added to the New Year's Resolution collection. Enjoy!

Prelude (1218 words) by primeideal
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Pandemic Legacy: Season One
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Undisclosed Character(s)
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, E-mail, Scientific Method
Summary: What happened the winter before.

A Connoisseur of Beauty (1450 words) by Alasse_Irena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: A Ladies' Guide to Collecting Mermaid Love Songs - Aimee Picchi
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Miss Holst/Miss Mori
Characters: Miss Holst (Collecting Mermaid Love Songs), Miss Mori (Collecting Mermaid Love Songs)
Additional Tags: Pre-Slash
Summary: Miss Holst is interested in the classification of mermaid songs. Miss Mori is interested in the study of beauty.

Aliennaire (23312 words) by aliennaire
Chapters: 4/8
Fandom: Aliens (1986), Alien (1979), Alien Series
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dwayne Hicks/Ellen Ripley, Original Male Character/Original Female Character
Characters: Ellen Ripley, Dwayne Hicks, Irene Hudson, Mark Corrigan, Jonathan Thunders, Kathlyn Delaware, Rebecca "Newt" Jorden, Bishop (Aliens), Cheleska "Lee" Rushinska
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Science Fiction, Action/Adventure, Some theories on Alienverse, Gateway Station, Mysteries and explanations, New Blood, Angst with a Happy Ending, Teamwork, Alien 3 never happened, Space Jockeys, Canon divergence - past/present/future Alien series, Xenomorphs, Weyland-Yutani, Conspiracy, Violence against the underage, Sulaco, Body Horror
Summary:

What would the home-bound Sulaco crew's story be if they unhindered made it to the Earth-orbiting station? What will the once steadfast corporate warrant officer chose in the end, struck with the evil chance of battling her corporeal enemies and deep-seated fears again? Who was the elephantine creature frozen and forgotten in the Derelict ship long time ago?


This story takes place after Jim Cameron's 'Aliens' (1986) on the franchise's timeline and counts in the majority of Alienverse mythological attributes presented by the first two films.


There are some things you'd better not do, and other ones for you to stay unaware of.




Until assignments are sent out (approximately) for Yuletide 2017, the New Year's Resolution collection (2017 edition) is open for writers to submit fics based on prompts from previous Yuletides.

Writers are especially encouraged to write stories for prompts that were not filled during the main Yuletide run.

2016 prompts on AO3
Google spreadsheet of all prompts (thank you to Min)
Database of 2016's Dear Author letters (thank you to lsellersfic)
2016 prompts as a text file
Prompts from 2016's non-signed-up pinch hitters on LJ and on DW
Some Day My Fic Will Come mini-challenge - This challenge is for prompts that are posted year after year after year - see more info at the link!


Fics written for the purpose of re-qualifying for Yuletide must be posted before signing up to Yuletide 2017 (ie, before October 9 and ideally before October 1). They must also be over 1,000 words and written to a previous Yuletide prompt. The fandom in which they are written must still be small enough to qualify for Yuletide (in brief: there are fewer than 1,000 fics each (that are over 1,000 words, in English, and complete) when adding the total fics on AO3 and ff.net).

いろいろなはな。(動画)

Jul. 25th, 2017 10:22 pm
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今回ははな動画。
友情出演:まる
まる毛ボールは、はなが一番大好きで良く遊ぶのですが、
遊び疲れて食べ始めたら即回収。でもなかなか手ごわい。

It is Hana’s various videos this time.
Cameo appearance: Maru
The Maru’s fur ball is the toy which Hana loves most.
However, she is going to eat it when she plays, and she was tired.
I must take it away from her quickly then.

 

まるです。

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:00 pm
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猫ブラシと一緒に買ったおもちゃ。
I bought this new toy with the cat brush.


まるさん、行きますよー!
Hey Maru, look well!


はい、ぽーん!
Let’s play!


シーン…。
Heeeey…


まる&はな:「しーん。」
Maru&Hana:[No, thank you.]

猫用のおもちゃは失敗する確率が非常に高い。

Room available in group block

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:01 am
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I am not going to Vividcon this year--but I have a reservation in the group block for Thursday through Saturday (Sunday departure). It's a room with a king bed.

If anyone can make use of it I'm happy to transfer it to you. My only concern is that my credit card not get charged. Feel free to signal boost. If I don't get a nibble by Friday, then I will just cancel the reservation.

Thanks!

まるです。

Jul. 23rd, 2017 11:00 pm
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ホームセンターで見つけた猫型ブラシ。
I found this new brush in the neighboring shop.

まる:「ふんふん、何ですかこれは?」
猫型ブラシ:「はじめまして、新入りでっす♪」
Maru:[What is this?]
Cat brush:[I am a new brush. Nice to meet you! ]

ブラッシングという言葉にやって来たものの、
いつものブラシではなかったので立ち去ろうとするまる。

まる:「そんやつは認めませんよ。」
猫型ブラシ:「がーん!」
Maru:[If it isn’t an usual brush, I don’t like that.]
Cat brush:[Omg…]

ブラッシングー、と声をかけるとどこにいても駆けつけてくるまる。まるにとってブラッシングの時間はそれほど大切なもの。ブラシへのこだわりも強く、気に入らないブラシだとすぐにどこかに行ってしまいます。

 

まあ、ちょっとお試しくださいよ。
Please try it!

まる:「こ、これは!!」
Maru:[Wow!!]


まる:「はい合格~。」
Maru:[I love the new brush!]

 


猫型ブラシ:「はじめまして、新入りでっす♪」
Cat brush:[I am a new brush. Nice to meet you!]

 


はな:「おしゃべりしてないでさっさと終わらせてちょーだい。」
Hana:[You don’t chatter, must end work quickly.]

はなはどんなブラシでも、必要最低限、さっさとが鉄則。


ちなみに、まるをブラッシングするともっさりヘアーの猫に。
This is Maru’s fur hair.


はなは毛にハリがあるので、ツンツンヘアー。
Hana’s fur hair.

毛質によって髪型が変わります。
By quality of fur of the cat, the hairstyle of the cat brush changes.

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The Power

song/artist: “The Power” by Snap! remix "The Power of Bhangra" by Motivo.
length/size/format: 2:29/111MB/mp4

summary: I’ve got the power.
content notes: violence, nudity & explicit sexual content

Celebrating the Sense8 ensemble! Feel the love!

Remix Revival 2017!

Jul. 23rd, 2017 02:48 am
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Link: Remix Revival on AO3; follow us on Dreamwidth or Tumblr for reminders and updates.

Description: Remix Revival is a new panfandom remix exchange, welcoming both authors and artists! If you're unfamiliar with remix exchanges, the idea is that you take someone else's fic or art and write/draw it the way you would have. To qualify for Remix Revival, you must have three 500 word fics, five 100 word fics, or three completed drawings in each fandom you request. The minimum wordcount for assignments is 1k, while art must be a complete piece. There will be a Madness round that allows sketches and shorter fics running from September 10-25.

Dates:
Signups begin: July 15 (ongoing now!)
Signups end: July 30 11:59 PM ET
Assignments out by: August 5
Assignments due: September 10, 11:59 PM ET
Collection goes live: September 17
Remixers revealed: September 24



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Stage of Fools is a fic exchange for the plays of William Shakespeare (with the exception of the Histories). Sign-ups are now open!




Stage of Fools on LJ | Stage of Fools on Dreamwidth

Sign-up post on LJ | Sign-up post on Dreamwidth


Schedule:

Sign-ups: July 22 through August 18, 2017
Assignments go out: around August 20, 2017
Assignments due: October 20, 2017
Madness/prompt claiming time: October 20 through 31 - as soon as all assignments are in, all unwritten prompts will be revealed for everyone to write fic of any length. You don't have to sign up as a Stage of Fools participant to participate in Madness.
Go-live: November 1, 2017
Author reveal: November 5, 2017

Summer tv indulgence

Jul. 22nd, 2017 11:52 am
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Is anyone else watching Blood Drive on Syfy? This is so not my usual type of show - I've never been a fan of grindhouse/exploitation stuff or anything like that - but I tuned in for Colin Cunningham and ended up really impressed by the quality of what they're doing. It starts out very silly and over the top and gratuitous but quickly starts to have interesting things to say about corporate greed, social mores, and looooots of meta about production companies and the entertainment industry. Plus, it's seriously funny.

It also looks good, especially considering the low tv budget they were working with. Excellent makeup, costuming, cinematography, practical effects, etc. So far they've done send-ups of everything from death race style films to zombies to cannibals to Mad Max wasteland type themes.

Most of the fannish squee is on Twitter, and I only have one other friend watching it afaik. Anyone else? Hannibal crowd, you might like this, though it's about as opposite in tone as you can get. Possibly more graphic, though, so if you don't like that then stay far away. I'm actually surprised by what they get away with, considering this isn't HBO or Showtime. Evidently you can say "fuck" on Syfy now, who knew.

Kidlet story

Jul. 20th, 2017 09:23 pm
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New Draco-centric story from the kidlet over at AO3! I betaed. I even offered some comments that were not smiley faces.

I know exactly why I walk and talk like a machine (24327 words) by terminally_underwhelmed
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Minor or Background Relationship(s), Pre-Harry/Draco - Relationship
Characaters: Draco Malfoy, Lucius Malfoy, Narcissa Black Malfoy, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Blaise Zabini, Luna Lovegood, Arthur Weasley, Astoria Greengrass, more like ace-storia amirite, various OCs, Minor Characters
Additional Tags: Epilogue What Epilogue, War Aftermath, Emotional Growth, Bureaucracy, Pre-Slash, Friendship, headcanon dump
Series: Part 1 of Solitaire/Mercenary
Summary:

They're together when the Dark Lord falls.

Draco is barely aware of his own senses, half-blind and exhausted from months upon months of corrosive fear, and whatever shred of reality is still allotted to him is in his father’s urgent grip on his shoulder and his mother’s hands around his and the way he leans on both of them.

まるです。

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:00 pm
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今度は箱の上に乗っているはな。
Hana gets on the box this time.


はな:「まーたなんか来た…。」
Hana:[He came over again…]


まる:「すべての箱は――」
はな:「あーはいはい!」
Maru:[Hey! All boxes――]
Hana:[Ok ok!]


まる:「まったくもう、油断も隙もありませんよ。」
Maru:[I cannot be careless.]

はなが立ち去った後もまだ不満げなまる。
Maru seems to be still dissatisfied.

まる:「めっ!」
Maru:[Mine!]


まる:「見張ってなくちゃ。」
Maru:[I must watch it here.]

No good very bad day

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:19 pm
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Today's my least favorite day once again. The date I lost Miss Olive two years ago, and I'm not over it--I think about her every day, and miss her, especially now. I could really use her soft, soft fur and sweet purrs and funny little voice when she talked to me all the time. And it's the day we lost Sandy, which I'm never gonna be over, either. With Vividcon ending next year it feels even more like losing Sandy all over again.

Basically July 19 is just a terrible horrible no good very bad day.

I'm trying to get things done in anticipation of the surgery and whatnot, but it's really hard. Not only is there a lot to do, the bills are starting to come in, and I'm getting really depressed about it. I haven't had enough work so far this year, but even though I suddenly have a bunch of stuff coming in, it's not going to be paid for a while yet. Even with the ACA still hanging on, this country is majorly fucked up about health care costs, and it's pretty easy to go bankrupt even with insurance.

Last night we went to see the documentary Score, about composing music for films, at this teeeny local theatre that was the first art house in Seattle way back in the '60s. I hadn't known it was still in business--it's run by vounteers now, and the lobby is now a restaurant so the actual theatre is about one-tenth the size it used to be. The movie was great--if you have a chance to watch it, you should: there were some really good reminiscences by directors and other composers about some of the legends, and interviews with all kinds of fascinating film composers, plus a glimpse into the process of recording film scores.

My only complaints were one I shared with feochadn, which was that a guy went on and on about King Kong (the first real movie score) being cheesy and stupid, and that the music was the only thing that helped audiences get over the cheesy and stupid, which is utterly, patently false and doesn't understand the audience dynamic at the time the original King Kong was released. And my second gripe was that as they talked about modern scores and unique or avant garde approaches, they interviewed and spent quite a bit of time following the guy who did the utterly forgettable Age of Ultron score instead of spending any time with Henry Jackman, who did the Winter Soldier score, which most people I know still talk about with a certain amount of awe. Especially because I think it would have dovetailed nicely with talking about the "game-changing" soundtrack for the Social Network by Trent Reznor (I'm not one of the people who think it was game-changing, but whatever), and they did talk to Henry Jackman, but only for a microscopically short time. Plus, they didn't list Winter Soldier in his credits, and that was…weird to me. And it's not my own blind prejudice for anything related to Winter Soldier--I've read so many people talking about the amazing things he did with that score, especially regarding the Soldier himself, and it just seems like a huge missed opportunity in the modern section…and instead we got fucking Ultron. I'd defy anyone to remember anything unique or special about the music in that movie. But I still definitely recommend seeing Score if you can, and stay for the credits and James Cameron's dicussion of James Horner's score for Titanic. (It's in a couple cities right now, and rolling around other parts of the country for the next few months--you can find out where on the web site linked above.)

I wish I knew how you find a therapist. I am very lonely and depressed, and there's no one to talk to here, but I just don't know how you go about finding someone you mesh with, and who's competent, and one you can afford (the importance of either can be switched). I mean, I've met some truly shitty people in RL who I find out later are therapists and it's like O.o so the idea of going into this cold doesn't thrill me.

two vids

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:52 pm
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Go
song/artist: "Go" by Indigo Girls
source: Stargate SG-1

can find streaming here

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The Power
song/artist: “The Power” by Snap! remix I don't actually know.
source: Sense8


can find streaming here

まるです。

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:00 pm
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箱に入りたいまると、どきたくないはな。
Maru wants to get into the box, but Hana does not want to go out of there.

まる:「いいな、いいな。」
はな:「あたしが先に使ってたもーん。」
Maru:[I am enviable.]
Hana:[I used this earlier.]

無言のプレッシャーを与えてもどいてくれないので、強引に頭を突っ込む。
She didn’t go out of there, so he poked in his head forcibly.

まる:「あー、この辺ちょっと臭いますよ。蒸れ過ぎじゃないですか? そろそろ出たほうがいいですよ。」
Maru:[It is stinking here. This seems too steamed. You should go out of here right now.]


はな:「うっさい!」ガブッ!
Hana:[No!]


まる:「もうこうなったら単刀直入に言います。その箱を明け渡すのです。今すぐ。直ちに。」
Maru:[I say frankly. Get out! Right now. Promptly.]


まる:「なぜならば、すべての箱はまるのもの、すなわちその箱もまるのも、とずっと前から決まっているのです。遺伝子レベルで。」
Maru:[Because all boxes are mine. Therefore, the box is mine, too.]


はな:「あーもう、ほんとうるさい。わけわかんない。」
Hana:[Too noisy! I cannot understand at all.]


まる:「あ、空いた。」
Maru:[This box became vacant.]


まる:「ラッキー♪」
Maru:[Lucky♪]

The episodes that never were

Jul. 18th, 2017 08:12 pm
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[personal profile] lunabee34 says: "Tell me about the episode (or book chapter) that never appeared in one of your fandoms but should have."

Star Trek TNG: "The Price" is such a god-awful episode that when it leaves those two Ferengi in their shuttlecraft stranded in the Delta Quadrant and doesn't bother to tell us what became of them, that's not even the worst of its crimes. (The worst of its crimes is probably what Crusher and Troi wear to do aerobics.) Anyhow, yes, the Ferengi were acting like jerks, but they didn't deserve to die the kind of death that you'd die stranded in a shuttlecraft 30,000 light-years from home. I think either they should reappear as part of the Borg collective, or the Voyager crew should find them.

Due South: More Ray&Ray. Doesn't everyone want more Ray&Ray? Make RayK go to meet a new informant and discover that it's the Bookman.

The Princess Bride 2: the story of how Buttercup wound up being the Dread Pirate Roberts.
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- There's a group of people who detest it on principle. Asked to define it, they create a definition that basically sorts everything into two categories: Things I Hate, Which Therefore Belong To the Genre I Hate, and Things I Like, Which Obviously Do Not Belong To the Genre I Hate. (Ask a classic rock fan who hates country about Crosby, Stills, & Nash. Or a classic sci-fi fan who hates fantasy about Pern.)

- Traditionally, about a third of it was worthless due to sentimentality.

- More recently, another third of it is worthless because capitalism endlessly churns it out in identical shiny plastic pieces.

- When it's bad, there's nothing worse.

- When it's good, it captures the human spirit so well that it brings tears to your eyes.
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まるです。

Jul. 17th, 2017 11:00 pm
[syndicated profile] maru_feed

Posted by mugumogu

 

魔がさしてその辺にあったTシャツを着せてみたら、
思いのほか似合ってしまった。
I gave in to temptation to dress Maru in the T-shirt.

まる:「何でも似合っちゃってごめんなさい。」
Maru:[Of course I match anything!]


サイズもぴったり。
The size is good.


哀愁漂う猫背。
There is pathos in the stoop.

はなさんも似合ってますよ!
Hey Hana, you look good with it, too!

はな:「嬉しくなーい。」
Hana:[I am not glad.]

 

 

dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
[personal profile] dorinda
Another of the commentfics from More Joy Day 2017, this one for [personal profile] mollyamory. ♥ Backstory: there's a videogame series called "Dragon Age". And in Dragon Age II, you play a human character named Hawke (you can choose a male or female iteration). Hawke ends up super-besties with the dwarf character Varric Tethras, who is a storyteller by avocation, and in his spare time writes books--hard-boiled detective stories, romance-adventure, etc.

In the next game, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Varric and Hawke are separated. But in some circumstances, male!Hawke shows up again for a particular portion of the game, and it's still obvious that Varric loves him soooOOooo muuuuch.

And yet, neither of the games allows Hawke to romance Varric, the way Hawke was able to choose from so many other characters! Unfair, unjust. And given Varric's devotion and heart-eyes-admiration for Hawke, plus Varric's subtle ongoing sense of loneliness, mollyamory thought that should be remedied.

MOVED AND SECONDED:

The Epic Tale of Jeon the Giant (1603 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dragon Age II, Dragon Age (Video Games), Dragon Age - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hawke/Varric Tethras, Male Hawke/Varric Tethras
Characters: Varric Tethras, Garrett Hawke
Additional Tags: Requited Unrequited Love, Writing, we already know varric writes rpf
Summary:

Why couldn't the stupid character stay where he was put? No, all that work to get him face-to-face with the bad guy and into a final battle, and afterward there he went, waltzing away into the wilds to...~~do good~~ or ~~fight the good fight~~ or ~~be brave~~.

Screw Jeon, anyway. That big dumb brawny nug-licking Fereldan. That hero.

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Title: S.O.B.
Fandom: Supernatural
Music: S.O.B by Nathaniel Rateliffe and the Night Sweats
Summary: A celebration of Dean's four favorite words. And one of his favorite leisure activities...
Warnings: None
Notes: This has been a long time coming. Like, two years. And I finally decided to buckle down a couple months ago and do it! So, I did! And now it's here! This premiered this past weekend at the Supernatural Chicago Con and now it has been released into the world! Enjoy!!

Watch it here!

Book Recs, Signings, and Stuff

Jul. 17th, 2017 07:54 am
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[personal profile] marthawells
Signings and Stuff


* Here are some photos of me and Rachel Caine at our signing at Murder by the Book: https://marthawells.tumblr.com/post/163060728297/my-friend-tooks-some-photos-of-me-and-rachel-caine We had a good crowd, even though it was pouring rain and there were tornado warnings.

* Here's a post from me on Writers Read: https://whatarewritersreading.blogspot.com/2017/07/martha-wells.html about what I'm reading now (actually what I was reading when I wrote the post)

* And I'm not in this article but I know all these people: https://www.austinchronicle.com/arts/2017-07-14/writing-science-fiction-fantasy-and-horror-in-austin/



***

Books


(If you've been following my book rec and new book listing posts for a while, you may have noticed this already, but while most book lists emphasize books by popular straight white men, this one emphasizes everybody else. I include books by straight white men, but in about the same percentage that other book lists include everybody else. I also try to highlight books that are less well known.)

(I only link to one retail outlet in the book's listing, but most books are available at multiple outlets, like Kobo, iBooks, international Amazons, Barnes & Noble, etc. The short stories are usually on free online magazines.)


* Short Story: Children of Thorns, Children of Water by Aliette de Bodard


* Stranglehold by Rene Sears
Morgan Tenpenny has retreated from her painful, magical past, choosing to live quietly as a guardian of one of the gates between worlds. But her sister Gwen is married to a lord of the High Court of Faerie-and when Gwen asks her to protect her nieces, it's time for Morgan to emerge from her seclusion. The gates to Faerie have inexplicably closed, and no one knows why...


* Revision by Andrea Phillips
Mira is a trust fund baby playing at making it on her own as a Brooklyn barista. When Benji, her tech startup boyfriend, dumps her out of the blue, she decides a little revenge vandalism is in order. Mira updates his entry on Verity, Benji’s Wikipedia-style news aggregator, to say the two have become engaged. Hours later, he shows up at her place with an engagement ring. Chalk it up to coincidence, right? Soon after, Benji’s long-vanished co-founder Chandra shows up asking for Mira’s help. She claims Verity can nudge unlikely events into really happening — even change someone’s mind. And Chandra insists that Verity — and Mira’s newly minted fiance — can’t be trusted.


* Short Story: Waiting on a Bright Moon by JY Yang


* Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy (Laksa Anthology Series: Speculative Fiction Book 3) edited by Lucas K. Law and Derwin Mak


* All Things Violent by Nikki Dolson
Soon the ambitious Simon introduces her to Frank Joyce, a man who would teach her how to become a stone-cold professional killer. Laura learns her deadly trade and earns her money. Twenty-six years old and she thinks she’s found her happily ever after. Sadly it all falls apart when Simon leaves her for another. Now some other woman, blonde and polished, all shiny and new, is living Laura’s happy life.


* Telling the Map by Christopher Rowe
There are ten stories here including one readers have waited ten long years for: in new novel-la The Border State Rowe revisits the world of his much-lauded story The Voluntary State.

Equinox Vids | 2017

Jul. 16th, 2017 09:43 pm
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[personal profile] kuwdora posting in [community profile] vidding
Firework (Star Trek: Voyager, The Doctor)
for [profile] littleheaven70

Northern Cross (Stargate SG-1, Jack/Daniel)
for [personal profile] trelkez

Me, Me, Me (Star Wars Rebels, Chopper)
for [personal profile] colls

Pundits & Poets (Star Trek: Deep Space 9, ensemble)
for [personal profile] starlady

Seen on 17-mile drive today

Jul. 16th, 2017 06:59 pm
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[personal profile] marinarusalka
A turkey vulture sunning its wings near the beach:

まるです。

Jul. 16th, 2017 11:00 pm
[syndicated profile] maru_feed

Posted by mugumogu

 

何度もチャレンジしてようやく人間用のハンモックに乗れたまる。
Maru challenged much, and he could get on the hammock for man finally.

まる:「諦めない心が大事なのです。」
Maru:[Mind not to give up is important.]


まる:「蒸れずに快適~♪」
Maru:[It isn’t steamed, so this is comfortable.]

少しくらい失敗しても諦めないのはチビの頃から変わらず。
Even if Maru fails, he doesn’t give up.

VividCon Baking Team: feed the con!

Jul. 16th, 2017 04:38 pm
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[personal profile] heresluck posting in [community profile] vividcon
People of VividCon! Once again, the con is crowdsourcing the con suite baked goods, and we need your help.

Those of you who have attended VividCon in the past will recall that our con suite abounds not only with soda, candy, and other store-bought items but with delicious homemade baked goods. We try to provide a wide range of treats to meet as many dietary needs as possible, including vegan, dairy free, gluten free, nut free, and diabetic-friendly options.

For the first decade-plus of the con's history, we had dedicated bakers who supplied all the homemade baked goods. In more recent years, we've relied on a Many Hands Make Light Work approach: several people bake something at home and bring it with them, and together we feed the con!

The con can help defray ingredient costs and toss in one extra copy of the con DVD for each baking team member. The best compensation, of course, will be overhearing people talk about how delicious your contribution is.

If you think you could make a couple of loaves of your favorite vegan banana bread or a double batch of rice krispie treats, chocolate chip bar cookies, or that intriguing gluten-free peanut butter cookie recipe you've been meaning to try, please comment on this entry (comments are screened) or email me directly at heresluck at gmail dot com. We'll use a shared Google spreadsheet to coordinate who's bringing what and check that we're accommodating as many dietary restrictions as we can.

Thanks in advance for considering whether you can fit a container of cookies into your luggage! ♥

Support a great vidder!

Jul. 16th, 2017 12:02 pm
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[personal profile] laurashapiro
Hi Dreamwidth! It's been ages.

I am about 85% activism these days, but I've got vidding on the brain again: Vividcon in three weeks OMG!

I wanted to tell you about a friend of mine whom you might know: [personal profile] kuwdora. She is a fantastic vidder who is trying to become a professional editor, battling significant obstacles to do so. She has an amazing opportunity to get coaching from the editor of Burn Notice and Empire, but she can't quite make the math add up on her own. So please consider donating to her GoFundMe. Your donation will help a talented woman succeed in a male-dominated industry, giving her the skills and connections she needs to survive in Hollywood. Please give if you can.

Help using FFmpeg: ffmprovisr

Jul. 16th, 2017 12:09 pm
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Ashley Blewer, an archivist specializing in moving images and a software developer, created a website, "ffmprovisr", to make it easier for you to use the program ffmpeg.
FFmpeg is a powerful tool for manipulating audiovisual files. Unfortunately, it also has a steep learning curve, especially for users unfamiliar with a command line interface. This app helps users through the command generation process so that more people can reap the benefits of FFmpeg.

Each button displays helpful information about how to perform a wide variety of tasks using FFmpeg. To use this site, click on the task you would like to perform. A new window will open up with a sample command and a description of how that command works. You can copy this command and understand how the command works with a breakdown of each of the flags.

FFmpeg is a free, open source tool that works on the command line and lets you do stuff like:
  • Change codecs (transcode)
  • Change formats
  • Filter stuff
  • Create GIFs and thumbnails
  • Normalize/equalize audio
  • Read/extract captions
  • Make test patterns
  • Fix audio that's fallen out of sync
  • Join or split files
  • Play an image sequence


I have used FFmpeg recipes in the past and it's great how much it can do, especially in combination with youtube-dl which makes it easy to download video from a ton of sites -- YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo, and many others. I hope other vidders find ffmprovisr helpful in their work!

VID: "I'll Fight" (Black Sails)

Jul. 16th, 2017 12:13 pm
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[personal profile] yunitsa posting in [community profile] vidding
Title: I'll Fight
Fandom: Black Sails
Music: Wilco
Pairing: James Flint/Thomas Hamilton/Miranda Hamilton
Summary: A love song for three voices.

Warnings for: spoilers through the ending, character death, some brief and joyless sex, blood, executions, sadness.

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I'd Lie For You - A Frankenvid

Jul. 15th, 2017 10:13 pm
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At VidUKon 2017, attendees were put into groups and were provided with a range of source material and sections of a song. This is the vid we created. Affectionately known as the Frankenvid, it was screened as the finale of VUK2017.


VividCon 2017 schedule is live!

Jul. 14th, 2017 10:26 pm
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 For your general delight and anticipation, we give you the VividCon 2017 Schedule!

For descriptions, please check out the Programming section of our website, specifically:
 
and
 
VividCon 2017 Panels and Fandom Programming
 


Please don't wear out the pixels by staring at them too much!

We'll see you at the con in a few weeks, friends!

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