ot: Huge Heyer Sale

Aug. 18th, 2017 02:29 pm
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Posted by filkferengi

There's a huge sale on Georgette Heyer novels over on bn.com and amazon. Lots & lots of screens of e-books for 2.99 each.


SSHG Giftfest

Aug. 18th, 2017 05:52 pm
kerravonsen: Snape, Hermione: "Believe" (Snape-Hermione)
[personal profile] kerravonsen
It has come around again.

2017 banner 1

I'm torn about whether I will sign up or not.

I made two works for the [livejournal.com profile] sshg_promptfest, and put them up on my Etsy store, thinking that at least somebody in the fest would give them a good home... and not a whisper. I think it was even more deeply discouraging because there were folks who commented on my fest entries (before the reveal) that they wanted them... but obviously didn't want them enough to buy them when I pointed out (after the reveal) that they could...

This is deeply frustrating, because I find it really fulfilling to make wearable art, but since I've run out of friends to give my SS/HG works to (they have said that they now have too much to wear...) then the only other way to give them a good home is to sell them; to sell them at a price that actually reflects what they are worth. But if nobody will buy them, then what is the point of making them, if they won't be worn by anybody?


Hence, I am torn.
[personal profile] shallowness
Dream Outfits. NCIS: Los Angeles. PG. Nell Jones/Eric Beale
Summary: Dreams mean nothing.
358 words. Set during early season 4, which is about as far as I’ve got, so please don’t spoil me.

Dream Outfits: shallowness )
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Posted by pendrecarc

Assignments are due in two days, at 10 PM EDT on Saturday, August 19th! What time is that for me?

How do I post my assignment?

There are a few ways to do this, but the easiest is to go to your dashboard on AO3 and click Assignments in the menu at the left. Find your assignment for this exchange and click the Fulfill button. The Post New Work form will open for you. In the Associations section, you should see "Hamiathes' Gift Exchange 2017 (your recipient's name)" in the Open Assignments box.

Can I keep editing my story or artwork after I post it?

Yes, you'll still be able to edit it. Just make sure you have a complete story or artwork that meets the requirements posted by August 19th. If you don't, it will be considered a default.

All fanworks posted to the challenge will be hidden until August 26th, so you'll have an extra week to fine-tune your assignment.

How long do I have to post treats?

The collection will remain open for treats until gifts are revealed on August 26th.

What happens on August 19th?

At the deadline, I will check all the assignments to be sure they're complete and (for fic) meet the minimum length requirements. If anyone who has fulfilled their assignment does not have a gift at that time, I will put out a request for pinch hitters.

If you have not posted a complete work meeting the requirements by the deadline and have not received an extension, you will be an automatic default.

If you have questions or concerns, you can email my gmail at hamiathesmod or (if it's a general process question, not specific to your assignment) reply to these posts.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you're concerned about the deadline. If you need to default, you can do this on the My Assignments page on AO3, or you can email me.

Pitch Epiphany

Aug. 17th, 2017 12:24 pm
lizvogel: What is this work of which you speak? (Cat on briefcase.) (Work)
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In my efforts to get back in the query trenches, I'm looking at an agent who has a long and unnecessarily-detailed (yet oddly appealing) submission form. One of the several things she wants, in addition to query and synopsis, is a one-line pitch.

Now, I've never had a good short pitch for Highway of Mirrors. The plot is highly dependent on a lot of character and backstory stuff, and it doesn't reduce down to a sound-bite in a coherent and appealing way. It would be much easier if I was pitching ...And The Kitchen Sink, which I've been known to describe as "a rollicking space-opera adventure filled with everything from ninjas to grues to a cyborg platypus." I'm fond of that pitch; it gives you a good idea right up front of what kind of book you're looking at, and if you want more details, you can always ask.

And then it hit me: That pitch for Kitchen Sink says nothing whatsoever about the plot. You can infer a little about the sort of plot from "space-opera adventure", but who does what where to whom? That's for the follow-up discussion, which is what a short pitch is supposed to encourage. And that's okay, because Kitchen Sink is not a plot-driven book. If you enjoy it, you'll enjoy it for the characters and the settings and the jokes about plural nouns. The plot holds up reasonably well, but it's primarily there as a framework to hang all the other stuff on.

And the same goes for Highway of Mirrors. Okay, not the grammar jokes. But it is not a plot-driven book either; what it's really about is the characters, their interactions, and the MC's ethical dilemma. But popular wisdom declares that you have to talk about the PLOT!!!, so every attempt I've made at a short pitch for HoM has been an attempt to summarize the plot in one sentence -- and not only does that tend to come across as confusing and/or stupid, it does nothing to tell you what makes the book worth reading.

So what do I think the point of HoM is? How about: "A spy on the run from her own agency has to compromise her ethics, her marriage, and even her daughter -- to protect her daughter." That could use a little fine-tuning, but it's much closer to why I care about this story in the first place than anything else I've tried. And if you're the right reader for this book, it might just be why you care about it, too.
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So a while back I looked at my short stories and realized, huh — they kind of fall into these nice little groupings. Not enough in any one grouping to fill a whole print collection, but very nicely sized to make a set of tidy little ebooks.

The first of those is now available for pre-order! The title is Maps to Nowhere, in homage to Diana Wynne Jones’ novel Fire and Hemlock and the “NOWHERE” vases that are a recurring motif in it. (The same novel that inspired me to become a writer, and in a roundabout fashion sparked another story of mine.) It contains ten short stories, all set in secondary worlds. To whet your appetite, here’s the table of contents:

Maps to Nowhere

cover art for MAPS TO NOWHERE by Marie Brennan

Maps to Nowhere will be out on September 5th!

Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there.

[personal profile] sartorias
Everything they have worked toward is . . . here.

Mei Changsu's reason for existence is just about to be completed, but what about Lin Shu? The man wearing Lin Shu's body is not a nineteen year old battle wizard impervious to cold and pain anymore. The mask is less a defense than a wall.
Read more... )

ot: Ursula Vernon in Iceland

Aug. 17th, 2017 02:35 pm
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Posted by filkferengi

Ursula Vernon, who just won the Best Novelette Hugo, stopped in Iceland en route to WorldCon. She was with her husband Kevin, his cousin, Amy, & their friend Tina. They storified the trip, here:


There're lots of gorgeous photos & great snark.

Back to Smallville season 5

Aug. 17th, 2017 09:19 am
shallowness: Five panels featuring pictures of different female characters based on my interests at the time. (Default)
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I last posted about Smallville in May. I’ve found it’s best to leave a good long while between watching each episode, but I have finished disc 2.

Season 5, episodes 5 'Thirst' to 8 'Solitude'. spoilers )

NIF: eps 47-9, Xia Jiang's Attack

Aug. 16th, 2017 09:30 am
sartorias: Mei Changs (MC)
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This is the second climax, as tense and emotionally powerful as the Hunting Lodge battle--and there is a third to come.

One of the many things I love about this series is that now, so near the end, it could easily have descending into all grim all the time, but first there was Nie’s surprise reappearance, and then Lin Chen strolls in, and proceeds to tease absolutely everybody with his insouciant wisecracking and unruffled competence.

The result is, the serious scenes still hit with resonating impact, carrying all the emotional velocity of the storyline so far, but we get these delightful moments of relief and delight that keep emotional reaction swinging from bright to dark and back again.

Read more... )
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Posted by annikah

Hello! Long-time lurker here. :)

I just read a fascinating article on the BBC about a whistled language used by farmers in a Greek mountain village. Of course, I immediately thought of Eddis. Surely the shepherds and farmers in remote villages in Eddis would use something similar...?

At any rate, I thought it was cool enough to share!

BBC Travel: Greece's disappearing whistled language
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Posted by pendrecarc

This is your weekly notification that assignments are due on Saturday, August 19th, at 10 PM EDT.


  • As always, let me know right away if you need to default or if you have any questions or concerns. My gmail for the exchange is hamiathesmod.

  • If you want to offer or request beta services, check out the Beta Post!

Be blessed in your endeavors!

The Smooth Stylus

Aug. 10th, 2017 06:11 pm
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Posted by dannybailey

I used Plot Generator to write myself a Costis/Kamet fanfic. It went better that I could have possibly hoped.

For example, I think it managed to sum up Kamet's character really well:

"Kamet gulped. He glanced at his own reflection. He was an Even-tempered, Suspicious, tea drinker with small hair and tall lips. His friends saw him as a smiling, squidgy scribe. Once, he had even saved a colossal kitten that was stuck in a drain."

Intrigued? Check out the full story.

WIP Wednesday - Week 33

Aug. 16th, 2017 10:23 am
kiwiria: (Hobby: Knitting)
[personal profile] kiwiria
A finished item, at long last!

I finished Nina's cardigan :-) It is currently blocking and then I just need to sew in the buttons, so done in plenty of time for both Stashdash (finishes Sunday) and for when I see her next (next Thursday - eeeeeee!!!!)

I think it should fit her alright. It's a bit tight on me, but she's slimmer than I am so that should work out fine. Besides, that we pre-blocking, and I've yet to knit anything that didn't grow during blocking ;-)

The pattern is Vanadiym by Lisa Mutch with the cat from the Professor McGonagall blanket by Kristen Fanning. The yarn is CottonBaby from Gepard Garn. I'm not usually a fan of cotton as I find it too tightly spun to be all that soft, but this was definitely the exception that proved the rule. Lovely soft and pleasant to work with - didn't hurt my hands at all! I'll definitely want to knit something for myself in this yarn at some point!

Watching and writing

Aug. 16th, 2017 08:26 am
shallowness: Kensi and Deeks at a door, he's holding a badge (Kensi and Deeks partners NCIS LA)
[personal profile] shallowness
NCIS: LA 4.9 The Gold Standard

Read more... )

I've also posted a couple of ficlets: ce matin, ce soir, hier soir The Musketeers (BBC), Teen, Aramis/Anne. Written for the prompt ‘The Musketeers (BBC), Aramis + any woman, Consent’; and An unexpected fit Fairy Tales (Cinderella), Universal. King, Queen, Cinderella, Prince. Cinderella/Prince. Written for the prompt ‘Fairy Tales, Cinderella/Prince, King & Queen POV - "This is the girl who fits the slipper!"’

I forgot to mention that both were prompts from [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic. They were both drafted in the week when the prompts appeared and subsequently edited. Form is important in both, the non-linear structure of the The Musketeers fic and the alternating POV in the Cinderella ficlet. The latter is set in a conglomeration of various versions of the fairy tale as opposed to one. I am thinking about posting the WIP meme, but I don't want to jinx the writing that is currently going on.
[personal profile] sartorias
At this point, it is impossible to stop watching no matter how many times I view this story.

Prince Yu is so much like a cracked diamond, brilliant but flawed. But he goes out as he came in, on his own terms, however morally suspect they might be.

Then there is Prince Jing determined to discover the truth. He does discover the truth. But.

Amid all the emotional strife, there is an awesome surprise . . .
Read more... )


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