Two (Or Three) Things And A Meme

May. 25th, 2017 02:09 pm
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook uncertain uncomfortable Dracu)
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For those that might have used it, Imzy is shutting down. I never made a single post or comment, but I had registered at some point. I just never went back after that.

Rosario Dawson is reportedly in talks to play Cecilia Reyes in the New Mutants film; also, that film will apparently go full on horror. I'm not sure what to think about that.

Edit: Correction, it's three things of note. It turns out the Icelandic version of Dracula--Powers of Darkness--is really Swedish.

From the article: "First he assumed that Makt myrkranna would be a straight translation of the Swedish publication, but then he found out that the Swedish text is more complete and contains scenes neither described in Dracula nor in Makt myrkranna. And the madman Renfield is still in the story, among others."

So there's that! And on World Dracula Day, no less.

And here’s a meme that I thought it might be fun to try.

meme: If you were to remix one of my stories, 1.) what would it be and 2.) what would you do. TELL ME.

For all of my stories, it’s sort of spread out across Ao3 and the ‘fanfic I’ve written tag’.

monanotlisa: (deep end)
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On the one hand, I was overprepared (had brought my painkillers just in case). On the other, I was underprepared. TMI for some, or 'Wednesday' in Germany )

A trio of fic memes

May. 24th, 2017 07:21 pm
el_staplador: Kif says, 'I'm creating!' (creating)
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First:

List the first five (or so) lines of your last 20 stories (or however many you have altogether. WIPs count). See if there are any patterns.

Read more... )


Well, where there's a style to pastiche, I do my damnedest to pastiche it. And I seem to be very keen on jumping into the middle of the action, where the stakes of that action are not very high, and then backtracking a little to show where we are and what's going on, and then plunging into the real meat of the story.


Second:

Share the final line of five of your fics — your favorites, or the most recent ones.

And the son of Mercédès Herrera thought of all the years that his mother had waited, and suffered, and hoped, and he thought that perhaps it was true, after all.
Only The Good Which We Can Do (The Count of Monte Cristo)

He reached out to take Yuuri's hand, and a sudden shock of sunlight broke through the clouds and turned the sea to gold, too bright to look at.
What Love Is (Yuri!!! on Ice)

And they never found her, you know, alive or dead, and I have often thought that even Faithful Janetta could not keep Maria constant for long, at that.
The Blood of the Hentzaus (Zenda novels)

He rested his elbows on his knees and watched until all traces had vanished, then got to his feet and turned, reluctantly, for home.
Rosemary (Romeo and Juliet)

And off she goes to her lecture, a woman with all the future to enjoy.
Evening Classes (Doctor Who)

So I have a thing for beginning my final sentences with conjunctions, apparently.


Third:

If you were to remix one of my stories, 1.) what would it be and 2.) what would you do.

Life Update

May. 24th, 2017 12:54 pm
lea_hazel: Arthritis: It does the body bad (Health: Arthritis)
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I feel like yesterday was somehow several days rolled into one, and in general this week so far feels like there has been a lot of it. So I am doing very little of today. I will go out grocery shopping at some point because I don't even have cornflakes and milk. I have some emails and messages I intend to respond to. I am working hard on tamping down the anxious instinct to mentally recite all the things I "should" be doing Arya Stark style. I am reading a review of Daughter of Mystery, which I've been meaning to read since the dawn of time, give or take (actually September or thereabouts).

I wrote yesterday and I wrote on Sunday, and I have a plan for how to go on, so on the whole I's say that I'm capital-O Okay.

Which is all I can really ask for.

The Last Line Meme

May. 23rd, 2017 12:29 pm
calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith candles corridors)
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Because I think we all need some mindless stuff at the moment, have a meme that I took from [personal profile] musesfool.

Cite the final line of five of your fics – your favorites, or the most recent ones.

1. There was still happiness yet to come...for both the living, as well as for the undead. Wrap The Cloak Of Night Around His Shoulders. Dracula (1968), following the wedding between Seward and Mina.

2. With this bittersweet chapter concluded, they would see to the rest of their lives. Let The Shadows Become Your Shroud. Crimson Peak (2015). That’s basically Alan and Edith limping off to see to their wounds, mourn Thomas, and just live, in the aftermath of a massive exorcism of a ghost from reality itself.

3. There was solace in the shadows, for both young and old vampires alike. Give Your Soul To The Night. Fright Night (1985). Jerry is revelling in winning as quietly as he can, while settling down for a nap, surrounded by turned teenagers, in his coffin in the basement.

4. Only the dead remained. Blood Begets A Curse Anew. Legend (1985). It probably is as grim as it sounds, as Darkness basically teleported a changed Lili (help me; I keep writing Lucy) out of the dining hall, after teleporting the goblins away to somewhere presumably unpleasant. Oh, and should anyone be curious about this story, do beware of a bit of animal sacrifice at the beginning, and references to torture in the middle.

5. And we gladly feast on those that would subdue us. Because We’re Addamses. Wednesday Addams is thinking, and thereby reiterating a statement made in the first Addams Family film.
calliopes_pen: (fab_jupiter Never Forget Tara)
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This is not in order of importance, but in order of how recently I heard of it.

1. Sir Roger Moore has passed away at the age of 89, following a “short but brave battle with cancer.” He will be best known for his role as James Bond, over the course of seven films. Sherlock Holmes fans may also remember that he was Holmes in the film Sherlock Holmes In New York (1976).

2. My condolences must also go out to Zack Snyder, his wife, and the rest of his family in the wake of a family tragedy. Snyder will be stepping down as the director of Justice League as he mourns the loss of his daughter, and requested that Joss Whedon direct additional material for him.

3. And lastly, but certainly not least: as the numbers confirmed to be both dead and injured continue to rise, my thoughts are with the families affected by the suicide bombing at Manchester yesterday. It just didn’t feel right to post condolences and not mention this one as well. Here’s James Corden’s message to Manchester.

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May. 23rd, 2017 10:30 am
lea_hazel: Don't make me look up from my book (Basic: Reading)
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I'm making steady progress in Upside Down again. I set it down for a while, partly because of depression, partly from being very busy and stressed over other things. And partly because I read Alyssa Wong's story and it was absolutely-- beyond description.
monanotlisa: Chime giving Moon the side-eye for breaking protocol again. (chime & moon - raksura)
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Today was a lazy day...which for vacation-time seems appropriate. Occasionally. I SUPPOSE.

After sleeping in post-South Shore sojourn, we ate breakfast with fresh pineapple, ran errands in Hanalei, and finally! got our hands on some poi. Poi! )

Then, dear reader, we tried the Kalalau Trail. Emphasis on trying, alas. The idea was to go just for two miles, from Ke'e Beach to Hanakapi'ai Beach along the Na Pali Coast on Kaua'i, and of course back. Kalalau Trail Cautionary Tale )

Right now, we are roasting breadfruit in the oven. If you've seen my Instagram per the last post (and you really don't have to), then you will have seen our Allerton/McBryde Garden shots; it's a National Tropical Botanical Garden and well worth seeing. Bob & breadfruit )

And thus, Sally and I are having stir-fry tonight, with her adding her chicken-leftover, me frying some eggs, and both us roasting breadfruit in the oven, per the original National Tropical Botanical Gardens recipe.
monanotlisa: (dex - sga)
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I'm the Germanic type who Likes To Do Things During Vacations! and spurring my wife on to activities all across this lush little island. So I could talk about our Kaua'i honeymoon all day. But let's pick just five things I learned.

1. There are snake eels and monk seals at Poi'pu Beach Park.

This, and 4 more; cut for y'all who think other folks' vacations are boring ;) )
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So, last night I dreamed that I was in a Hogwarts-esque boarding school (without habitually evil houses, as far as I could tell), complete with magic. And there was a school-wide hide-and-seek contest, complete with apparition. I was in bed, frantically planning my strategy for the contest when I realized I really didn't give a crap about it. So I walked out of my room, found someone from another team, and said, "Congrats, you caught me. I'm going back to bed now." The person kept urgently questioning me about my side's strategy. I responded, "I don't know. I don't care. I'm done now. It doesn't matter."

I'm not sure if the dream has any notable meaning in my waking life. Is there some sort of seemingly-important thing happening that is actually irrelevant? Something I can walk away from and, metaphorically at least, choose to go back to bed?

Seeing podficcers!

May. 20th, 2017 01:37 pm
sabinetzin: To be safe, I am not needing the shoes or the babies. (ngd - umya)
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So a while ago I mentioned writing a story for a Critical Role theatripod, and upon the suggestion of [archiveofourown.org profile] blackglass, I am looking for a few good readers to do it for [community profile] pod_together!

I'm thinking it's best to keep readers to eight people or under, enough to cover a rather large cast of characters without being too hard to wrangle. I have no idea how long it'll be (but probably at least 5k), and it'll primarily focus on Vox Machina ensemble. So if there's some member of the team you're desperate to be, please mention it below. Hell, if there's an NPC you're desperate for, mention that too, because this is gonna be a kitchen sink kind of a thing.

Some notes on what I like to write, which are not different from my usual if you're familiar with my writing: Read more... )

So if you read all that, take a moment to review the [community profile] pod_together rules and timeline, and if it sounds good to you, leave a comment! Also mention what platform you'd like to collaborate on, and whether you can help with editing (I can do it if no one else wants to, but I'm not super great at it). Once we put together a cast, I'll solicit more ideas and see what people want before I get started writing.

Podfic! \o/

ETA: What a good response! I'm going to get everyone who's replied so far on a gdoc, but feel free to comment if that doesn't include you, and if we end up with a gap to fill, I may call upon you.

The First Five Lines Meme

May. 19th, 2017 12:28 pm
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Edith hat smile)
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List the first five (or so) lines of your last 20 stories (or however many you have altogether. WIPs count). See if there are any patterns.

Beneath the cut, have the openings for five posted stories and two WIP’s. )

Voltage Lovestruck: Speakeasy Tonight

May. 19th, 2017 04:28 pm
lea_hazel: Angry General Elodie (Genre: Games)
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I tried out the prologue for the new Voltage game. It’s technically a period piece, which is mildly interesting, and it’s prohibition-era, which under different circumstances would probably intrigue me more. Except that there’s already The Blind Griffin, and while it’s very short and has no female love interests, I enjoyed it tremendously the three or so times I played it through. Plus, the heroine of TBG is just fantastic.

Anyway, the new game. Only the first few routes have made their appearance, but the prologue handily introduces all the many, many (many!) love interests. A little clumsily, but at least it’s super clear on what’s going on. There are about seven or eight male love interests, and one woman.

This is the story of a brash and outgoing girl of indeterminate age (if I had to guess I’d say no older than twenty) whose overprotective mother was worried about her hard-partying ways. So she sent her to live with her stern uncle. In Chicago. Which is clearly the best place in which to protect a young girl from the seedier aspects of life, such a good place that they even named a musical after it.

The MC is full of vim, and is meant to be quite clever and qualified. She doesn’t super sell it, though. It takes her the entire prologue to figure out what was immediately obvious to me as a reader, which is that her temperance campaigner uncle is secretly running a speakeasy under his shop. But anyway, she’s a lively and strong-willed girl, and that has its appeal. Runs a little close to “feisty” for my tastes but it’s hard to tell from such a short sample.

Verdict: I don’t know if I’ll get into it. Then again, it’s definitely better than L&L and I read almost a dozen episodes of that before I gave up. The background art is beautiful. The sprites are nice also, a style much more favorable I think than L&L’s had. It also remains to be seen whether there’s an overarching story to the different routes. Bottom line is, Astoria is still the best. If you can’t get more of that, fanfic is the only way to go.

Crossposted to Tumblr.

Dear Diary...

May. 18th, 2017 11:33 pm
monanotlisa: Raven Reyes, part of half-profile, smirking a triumphant little smirk (raven triumphant - the 100)
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...today I managed to snorkel and cut myself on coral reefs -- again, but just a little, like last time -- to go across eight (!) one-lane bridges across rivers and streams and lush little brooks, and taste a fresh lucuma grown right here in Hawai'i for the first time (if a cooked egg yolk and a maple tree had a baby, it'd taste like lucuma).

Since several folks mentioned photos but I haven't had the time to upload, here's the usual braggy #nofilter shots in my Instagram.

Kauai Time

May. 17th, 2017 09:54 pm
monanotlisa: (spring sky)
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"I’ll skip the cheerful Hawai’ian greeting, but cheerful and a greeting this is either way: anonsally and I are currently in a plane to Kaua’i for our honeymoon — if you see this posted, it means we’ve made it to our accommodation on the North Shore, and that its wifi worked! We plan to snorkel and hike, and I personally plan to feed her regularly so she can keep up*. ;) I’m also looking forward to lush vegetation, seafood, and enveloping warmth: I come from a very humid place, admittedly temperate…but even so I prefer subtropical or tropical climate to any type of cold 8 out of 10 times (the 2 remaining times involving wintersports or snowpocalyptic cityscapes).

* SGA fans, think Rodney McKay, only for real.

Both of us being the anxious type that likes to prepare a little. On a scale from “50-year-old German accountant” to “Stoner bro from SoCal” we fall somewhere in the middle, me a little closer to aforementioned accountant. Therefore, while we have some specific trips planned — to the combined Botanical Gardens on the South Shore; to one of the secluded best snorkeling beaches per boat — we invite activity and food/restaurant recommendations, particularly for the North Shore where we are staying: in Princeville. Are we in walking distance of the beach? You bet. Is this girl going to swim every day? That’s right. Do I hope to avoid another scar from a coral reef on Hawai’i? Absolutely.

If you won’t see me commenting on your political post, it’s because I will be squeezing my eyes shut for those entries when I read my friendslist for these ten days. I understand it’s the height of privilege, but it’s also time: I’ve already had TRIGGERS for my Jewish friends, which includes my wife, and probably for internationally worried folks too )"

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Notes

May. 15th, 2017 12:44 pm
monanotlisa: Dr. Jemma Simmons, in a hazmat suit, looking determined. (jemma simmons - aos)
[personal profile] monanotlisa
AoS 4x21 'The Return':

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. remains the best superhero show not on Netflix at this point in time. It's not perfect, but it retains its strong plot, compelling characterization, and excellent performances. AoS 4x21 'The Return' )

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