April update; May goals

Apr. 30th, 2017 11:04 pm
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Days written: 21/30
Words written: 8,706
Words of fic written: 5,175
Stories worked on: Four (one all editing)
Stories posted: One new, one re-post

Charts are pretty pleased, all things considered. )

Specific goals:

1. Write or edit (see below) at least six days a week when not traveling. I blew this one out of the water, writing every single day that I was hope except for one.

2. Finish up the second story for GYWO bingo and draft the third and fourth (it's a smaller card, 4x4). I accomplished the first part of this goal (and I even posted it!) but I didn't even start the other two.

3. Post at least twice a week and write at least one stand-alone post for [community profile] ladybusiness. Once again I got the first half and not the second. But I have two LB posts scheduled for the first two weeks of May, assuming I can read everything I plan to read fast enough, so maybe I'll catch up a little.

4. Clean up and repost my first epic story, A Guardian's Legacy, to AO3, in installments, starting after I return from my trip. Editing finished, posting in progress! After a bit of a flurry at the beginning, I've been posting two chapters a day most days. It should be completely posted in another week or two. Now I want to go through the rest of my archive and see if anything else is missing. (Other than the collaborations with [livejournal.com profile] kunstarniki. I know those are missing. I still haven't decided what to do about that.)

Considering the week off I built in for travel, and that I got busy with work and started a new major video game (Mass Effect: Andromeda), I feel pretty good about this. Now for May.

1. Write at least six days a week when not traveling. I might get a little writing done during Wiscon, but I don't want to count on it, so I'm going to allow myself that time off.

2. Finish posting A Guardian's Legacy, with more editing if necessary.

3. Write two reviews for [community profile] ladybusiness (both books already planned).

4. Complete draft of FFXII fic recently requested by [personal profile] renay -- assuming the bunny doesn't get out of control and turn into something longer than I can write in a month. No details just yet; I may talk about this more later.

For a month with travel, a new game, and Hugo reading coming up, I think that's plenty.
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Random Moments from the old 1980's Secret Wars crossover under the cut

Not the Cuisinart!!!! )
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In 2017, I promised myself: realistic and achievable reading goals. I started small, but of course I spiraled out of control once the end of January rolled around, because I'm weak. These were my final goals (100%, no more goals, I am at Max Reading Goals, and I'm gonna stick to it because I know Ira and Jenny will give me Looks):
  1. Read 110 items.
  2. Read 30 new women writers.
  3. Read 10 nonfiction titles.
  4. Space Opera Challenge: read 15 titles.
  5. Read 10 books I own purchased before January 1, 2017.
  6. Read 5% of my anticipated 2017 titles.
Read more... )

Ch12 - p43

May. 1st, 2017 12:00 am
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Posted by Ashley

NSFW nudity. Good thing it's raining, Quigs; it should cool off that buuuuurn.
The Kickstarter's only 5k away from full-funding! Anyone hoping for a full set of books, we'll never get there if you don't pledge and help it along! You can always change or cancel before the end, Kickstarter pledges aren't binding. Give it a think :)
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From the same Event that brought us Suicide Squads/Banana Splits, here's a crossover story of time travel gone awry...

Read more... )

Code push imminent!

Apr. 30th, 2017 08:48 pm
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We're about to pull the lever on tonight's code push! Many of the changes we are making to the site are under-the-hood improvements, but these are the ones you are more likely to notice:

  • New account setting option for RP accounts, for future feature development.
  • Many more sites upgraded to use HTTPS links instead of relying on our SSL proxy.
  • Moved the Manage Icons page to /manage/icons and modernized the underlying code.
  • Increased the size limit for icon descriptions from 120 to 300 characters.
  • Various requested fixes for the image upload/management pages.
  • Improved processing of emailed entries for changes to entry security.
  • Improved processing of emailed comments for removal of quoted text.
  • Reading page with date filter now has previous / next day links.
  • Banned users hidden by default on the Manage Circle page.
  • Most importer failure messages will now include the name of the journal being imported, for the benefit of users running multiple imports.
  • People who read the RSS/Atom feed of your journal will see correct entry links and embedded content.
  • Whitelist embeds from: coub.com, airtable.com, mixcloud.com
  • New <user> tag sites: medium.com, imzy.com, facebook.com, instagram.com
  • New "other site" fields on user profiles: Imzy, Instagram

Once the code push starts, you may notice that the site is slow to respond, but it should remain available to use unless something goes badly wrong.

I'll update this post when the code push is finished. Stay tuned!

Update: All done! Let us know if anything seems more wrong than usual!

Weekly Check in April 30

Apr. 30th, 2017 09:29 pm
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Yesterday was Minority President's 100th day in office. It was also the day of the People's Climate March who were out despite the 90 degree heat in DC. Congress has reached a deal for the budget through September (the end of the federal fiscal year) (WaPo)

Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

It's been quite quiet in the comm this week, but here are some reminders of ongoing or future actions

Public Participation in EPA's Regulatory Reform - Deadline: 15 May 2017 <- this is definitely worth checking out.
TOMORROW MAY 1: #RiseUp in solidarity with immigrants . Link goes to a toolkit that has content and talking points for social media for posting on May 1. The idea is to flood social media to show support for immigrants.
Contact your Congress people about Trumpcare 2.0, which goes even further to the right to appease the Freedom Caucus.

For inspiration we have a discussion of topics that members of the comm are contacting their congress people about.

Upcoming Protests
June 11: LGBT+ March

Other news to know
For a catch up to the major developments each day, What the Fuck Just Happened Today usually provides good links to the key stories.

The Guardian has a major story on the links between Trump's campaign and Russian hackers.

Write up of what campaign promises Trump's done in his first 100 days at Vox

Currently, the Trumpcare 2.0 plan doesn't have the votes to pass. (NYT)

Canada fought the war on science. Here's how scientists won. (Vox)

So, what have you all been up to in the last week or planning to get involved in next week?

Poll #18300 This week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 8


View Answers

called my one senator
1 (16.7%)

called my other senator
1 (16.7%)

called my representative
1 (16.7%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
1 (16.7%)

sent a postcard/email/fax/letter
5 (83.3%)

atteneded a townhall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
2 (33.3%)

went to an in person activivst group
2 (33.3%)

participated ina phone or online training
0 (0.0%)


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went to a protest
2 (33.3%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
4 (66.7%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
0 (0.0%)

did something else
2 (33.3%)

committed to action in the coming week
1 (16.7%)

feast on your life

Apr. 30th, 2017 09:31 pm
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To close out the month, and the tenth anniversary of my National Poetry Month posts (still astounding to me): Derek Walcott. Walcott died in March (here is a really lovely obituary from the The New Yorker), and, as small a memorial as it may be, I kind of knew from that point on that he was going to be my last poem, this year. This is one of my favorites of his, and one of his best known, and it's also, I think, the right note to end on, here in the uncertain waters of 2017.

The time will come )
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One last extra poem, for those days I missed in the middle of the month. This is another one I would have loved to post while I was on my adventures in the Mediterranean, if only I'd remembered to bring it with me.

Those roads are long since undersea )


Apr. 30th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Maru:[Of course, I am in the box.]


Maru:[I am good at storing.]

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I went into this completely spoiled. Not on purpose, but because it was impossible to not be spoiled by the time I got to it. I liked it, but I feel the animated universe has made it so I feel a bit unsatisfied by the movies. It happens On the off chance someone hasn’t seen it, and has managed to avoid spoilers…

spoilers )

I also watched Moana and Hidden Figures recently.  Hidden Figures was obviously highly dramatized, but most of it worked.  I say "most" because the white characters are obviously there to make white people feel better and like THEY would stand up against racism in the same situation.  There' this one much-discussed scene with Kevin Costner's character where you can practically FEEL all the middleaged white men in the audience sitting up a little bit straighter, certain that they, too, would have taken a dramatic stand against injustice and segregation if they.  Moana was lovely and wonderfully mythic and definitely worthy of the "classic Disney musical" label, though, like Tangled and Frozen, it's a little TOO aware of Disney Princess tropes and cultural standing, and wants to make sure you know it knows.  People talk a lot less about Moana's lack of a love interest than they do Merida's in Brave, but I think it actually worked a lot better in Moana.  Brave reminded us every chance it got that Merida didn't have a love interest and didn't want one.  Moana never brings it up.  It treats Moana having her on adventures without a boyfriend as the norm, not as an exception to the rule that should be applauded.  It simply never comes up at all.

I watched 3 movies in April, which is 1 more movie than I watched in the previous 3 months combined.  I also removed one movie from my backlog-The Phantom of the Theatre (no relation to Phantom of the Opera, as far as I know)-but got bored.  

"Writing in Dialect" Roundtable

Apr. 30th, 2017 05:29 pm
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Around a year ago, I remember reading a great round-table about using dialect in sf writing. One writer's work was turned down because dialect writing is "too hard" for default audiences.

It was linked around, as well.

Can you remember what site that was?

Hero Killer #3

Apr. 30th, 2017 11:38 pm

Week in Review, 4/24 – 4/30

Apr. 30th, 2017 08:51 pm
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Posted by A Day Without Me

starmu s2 4

Yeah, I’m still watching anime and blogging about it.

After slaving away at this since mid-week, WordPress devoured my post. Welp. So, I can’t promise you anything hard-hitting this week and everything is short. Better luck next time. The length isn’t helped by the fact that I’ve been waiting for a certain someone to catch up on Kado so we can watch it together…

Anonymous Noise, ep. 3

I’m a little annoyed with Anonymous Noise. I had figured episode three was going to be the last one I watched, but then the episode was easily the best the show’s had. What the hell? I was going to drop you! Dammit! You can’t even consistently be crap! And, this connects with the other reason for my irritation, which is that this thing does get being a teenager dead-on about 20% of the time. So, it is capable of doing the whole teen drama thing in a manner that resembles real life, it just doesn’t; the remaining 80% is kids wondering why someone can’t hear them sing without them ever making recourse to social media. Millennials, my ass.

P.S. Just for being the first person to recognize that Nino is deranged, Miou is easily the best character of the bunch.

Bahamut: Virgin Soul, ep. 2-4

I’m a little bit skeptical about Nina’s taste in men, but I do adore this girl. I also worry that she’s going to eventually die from being too horny. Girl, I really hope you get through puberty soon.

I’m supposed to ship Elvis and Byakuya’s lovechild with the Rag Demon, right?

Starmu S2, ep. 4

GOTHIC KABUKIIIIIII I am sad that we didn’t get to witness any of the gothic kabuki in action, especially as it isn’t at all clear to me what the hell about it qualifies as “gothic”.

More generally, Tengenji is maybe the biggest turnaround for me in terms of how I feel about the characters in this show. I’ve gone from whole-heartedly hating every time he said “your boors” to finding it charming when he uses the phrase. Maybe anime has ruined me.

Depeche Mode’s Spirit

Anime ja nai. Yeah, I know. But I finally got my hands on this damn thing. I’ll admit I wasn’t anticipating how political the first half of the album or so is – it isn’t as if they’ve never touched politics, but it has been a pretty long time. I think the closest you can get in anything recent of theirs is perhaps John the Revelator? And, oh crap, that was twelve years ago?!!?! Good lord, that’s disturbing… anyway, ahem, political stuff from Depeche Mode – not unprecedented, but at this point in their career it is a little bit of a curveball.

Nothing’s really grabbing me, and I’ve listened to it three times through now. It’s not bad – although I am a bit disappointed they didn’t splash out more for some blues stuff after they dabbled in it on Delta Machine. Poison Heart is it for anyone hoping for more blues from these guys, but its no Slow (which, to be fair, was a hell of a song). That I loved their previous three albums makes me hesitant to be too crabby about this one missing the mark, buuuut I’d kind of hoped the associated tour would be the time I’d finally manage to go to one of their concerts… here’s hoping they’ve got some juice left in the tank for another go-round.

My Brother’s Husband, Vol. 1

Apr. 30th, 2017 06:58 pm
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Posted by Katherine Dacey

The world has changed considerably since Heather Has Two Mommies was published to controversy and acclaim in 1989. Here in the US, we’ve seen the legalization of gay marriage, first on the state and then on the federal level. We’ve also witnessed a slow but meaningful change in the way that our judicial system conceptualizes parental rights, as evidenced by a recent decision overturning Alison D. v. Virginia M., a 1991 lawsuit in which the court held that non-biological, non-adoptive parents have no legal standing in custody disputes. Writing in 2016, the New York Court of Appeals declared that “the definition of ‘parent’ established by this Court 25 years ago in Alison D. has become unworkable when applied to increasingly varied familial relationships,” recognizing the degree to which gay and lesbian partnerships had been marginalized by the original ruling.

Our recent presidential election offered a powerful reminder, however, that the initial firestorm over Heather Has Two Mommies was never fully extinguished; no matter how much the law had evolved to reflect shifting cultural attitudes, some Americans still clung tenaciously to the idea that the only legitimate families were headed by a father and a mother. In this moment of uncertainty and pushback, Gengoroh Tagame’s My Brother’s Husband is a welcome arrival in American bookstores, offering younger readers a warm, nuanced portrayal of gay life that challenges the idea that the only families that “count” are based on blood relations.

Tagame’s story focuses on Yaichi and Kana, a single father and his curious, outspoken daughter. Their cosy household is upended by the arrival of Mike Flanagan, a tall, be-muscled Canadian who was married to Yaichi’s identical twin brother Ryoji. In an effort to better understand his late husband, Mike has traveled to Japan to meet Ryoji’s family. Yaichi is initially reluctant to host Mike, but seven-year-old Kana warmly embraces Mike, insisting that he stay with them as an honored family member and bragging to her friends about her “Canadian uncle.”

In the early chapters of the story, Mike represents a direct challenge to Yaichi’s unexamined beliefs about homosexuality. Yaichi is surprised to discover that Mike is a gregarious, thoughtful guest whose deep love of Japanese cuisine, geography and custom grew out of his deep love for Ryoji. Though Yaichi behaves boorishly at first, treating Mike as a nuisance, he gradually realizes that Mike knew Ryoji better than he did, and may be Yaichi’s only chance to understand who Ryoji became in the decade he lived abroad.

As Yaichi and Kana invite Mike to join them in their everyday routines, the trio begins acting more and more like a family, a point underscored by the arrival of Yaichi’s ex-wife Katsuki, who marvels at their closeness. The warmth and humor that informs Kana’s interactions with all three adults demonstrates to younger readers that it’s possible to have an unconventional family structure predicated on love, rather than biology. Older readers will see the respectful dynamic between Yaichi and Katsuki as a testament to how important self-awareness, flexibility, and mutual respect are in forming lasting family units; though Yaichi and Katsuki divorced after Kana’s birth, their affection for one another is evident in their conspiratorial conversations about Kana and Mike — he’s eclipsed both Mommy and Daddy for sheer coolness in Kana’s eyes — and in their candid assessment of whether Kana is lonely without a full-time female role model.

Gengoroh Tagame’s crisp, naturalistic artwork conveys both the small-town setting and characters’ feelings with great specificity. In particular, Tagame does a fine job of emphasizing Mike’s size and appearance, using the scale of Yaichi’s house — the rooms, the tatami mats, the bathtub — to convey just how conspicuous Mike really is in the small village where Yaichi and Kana live. Tagame proves equally adept at using the characters’ body language and facial expressions as a window into their feelings. In one of the story’s most poignant scenes, for example, a drunken Mike mistakes Yaichi for Ryoji, dissolving into tears as he collapses into Yaichi’s arms; it’s the only moment in which the strong, confident Mike seems vulnerable, his posture and face convulsed in grief over losing the husband he cherished. Yaichi’s grimaces, smiles, and gasps likewise reveal his vulnerability, documenting his ambivalent feelings about Mike in particular and homosexuality in general; the dialectical process by which Yaichi comes to embrace Mike as part of his family registers as much on Yaichi’s face as it does in his words and his actions.

Though some of the conflicts are resolved a little too tidily, My Husband’s Brother earns points for its well-rounded characters and frank acknowledgment of Yaichi’s initial discomfort with Mike. That we believe in Yaichi’s transformation from skeptic to ally, and embrace Mike as a complex individual and not a cardboard saint, is proof of Tagame’s ability to tell a nuanced all-ages story that will resonate with readers on both sides of the Pacific. Highly recommended.

A word to parents, teachers, and librarians: My Brother’s Husband is appropriate for readers in middle and high school. Though the subject of Mike’s relationship with Ryoji is discussed at length, the story focuses on Mike’s romantic feelings for Ryoji; the sexual dimension of their relationship is not depicted. The manga earns a PG rating for showing adults taking baths and suffering from hangovers.

Review copy provided by the publisher. My Brother’s Husband will be released on May 2, 2017.


George Perez recovering in hospital

Apr. 30th, 2017 07:36 pm
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Anyone who has had any dealings with George Perez, either as a professional or as a fan, will tell you that there is NO ONE else like him.

His output over the last forty years or so is extraordinary, his style unmistakable (and gorgeous), and he's one of the sweetest guys you could ever hope to meet. A big bear of a man with a smile that lights up the room and a laugh that you won't forget (and so deeply devored to his wife that reading his Facebook posts is positively blush-making sometimes).

He adores interacting with fans, and cosplayers (He's a regular feature in Con's group photoshoots, usually surrounded by characters he either created, or designed costumes for.

So it came as something of a shock to discover yesterday that he had been taken to hospital with chest pains. (It His family has not stated what the exact medical issues were, and it is none of our business, so I'd ask you to respect their privacy in that matter)

Now the news since then seems to be very good, but I know I speak for the Mod Team and everyone on scans_daily, when I send him our warmest good wishes, prayers, and all the health giving vibes we can, because heavens knows we owe that man so much.

If you'd care to show some support by posting your favourite examples of his work, that would be awesome too!

Not that a reminder of his work is required, but I'm not going to let that stop me. )

[ SECRET POST #3770 ]

Apr. 30th, 2017 03:25 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #3770 ⌋

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