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I can't believe it's taken the show more than fifty years to use that title. Teaspoon has ... okay, only four fics using it. That's less than I expected.


'No, dear, those were spoilers.' )

fictionary update #212: small doubts

Jun. 24th, 2017 10:12 pm
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“Do you ever talk about anything but yourself?” asked Mrs Stonor in a pause, pulling up one or two small weeds as she spoke. “You and Jack are just the same. I wonder how Catherine and I can stand it.”
-- from Before Lunch by Angela Thirkell

I have half a dozen things to review and instead I’ve been seeing what audiobooks I could listen to over the holidays. I’m in the mood for audiobooks, and for rereading things. Comforting things, like Harry Potter and Diana Wynne Jones...

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton gets off to an unsteady start, as it tries to fill in what has happened since Rebel of the Sands and introduces totally unnecessary tension between Amani and her boyfriend - yawn - but the story quickly finds its feet as Amani loses her freedom. Traitor to the Throne )

Before Lunch (1939) revolves around the social circle of Mr and Mrs Middleton: Mr Middleton’s colleague, Mr Carson; Mr Middleton’s widowed sister and her adult step-children, who are visiting for the summer; and the Bonds over at Staple Park. It has its comedic moments, along with the dinner parties and romantic entanglements that I now expect from Angela Thirkell, but there’s also a more serious tone that I haven’t detected in her other novels. Before Lunch )

A Season of Daring Greatly is about an 18 year old who is the first girl drafted to play professional baseball. Jill loves pitching but is uncertain about everything else: the media scrutiny, the pressure to be a role model, the antagonism from those who want the sport to remain a boys-only club, and the realities of daily life as a professional ballplayer.

I have no interest in baseball or, for that matter, any professional sport, so in some respects this novel was not a logical choice. Especially as it assumes one knows more about baseball than I actually do! However, I picked it up because I enjoyed Ellen Emerson White’s series about The President’s Daughter. A Season of Daring Greatly )

Well, three reviews is a start. Better than none.
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I loved this book SO FREAKING MUCH.

Basically: a girl who is distantly related to the king skips out of a banquet early because she gets anxious at social functions, and then EVERYONE IS POISONED and she inherits the throne. Immediately, she has to deal with figuring out who to trust, royal privilege, incredibly complicated politics, new places, new friends, and it's just really really good.

Give me all of the introverted girls who will just get the job done because someone has to.

ANYWAY, so: girls who are smart, girls who are good at a variety of things, girls who learn to cooperate, enemies to lovers, actual literal chemistry, soooooooo much politics, examination of class distinctions, EVERYTHING. Highly recommend.

Book #40: Triple Threat, by Gwenda Bond

Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:54 pm
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Technically this book is the end of the Lois Lane trilogy, but I hope so hard that there are more, because Lois is amazing and Gwenda is amazing and...I am getting ahead of myself.

Okay, so the really important thing about this book is that LOIS AND "SmallvilleGuy" FINALLY MEET AND IT IS INCREDIBLE. They are so dorky and cute, and I love them. We also get to meet Martha and Jonathan, and basically there is REALLY GOOD FAMILY in this book, which I love.

There is also REALLY GOOD FRIEND in this book, with Lois relying on her Scoop team. And another inclusion/reveal that's so cool I don't want to scuttle it for you, but is, uh, definitely something a new series of books could cover, that's for sure.

ANYWAY, this book also has a perfect ending. JUST. PERFECT. My heart.

Highly, highly recommended.

Drive-By Post Rec

Jun. 23rd, 2017 10:06 am
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Go look here for a fascinating discussion about men, women, the world, and the chimerical concept of "the rules".

The end is in sight...

Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:59 pm
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I am now in single digits to the end of the worst year of my teaching career with the worst class I have ever had. I am so close I can almost taste it. Five and a half days people. Almost the fingers of one hand. So close!!!

I have written fic this month. I have also discovered the share button on AO3. For this, you all must pay.

All the below written for June Bingo on 1_million_words.

Number's Up (1924 words) by helsinkibaby
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Law & Order: UK
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Matt Devlin/Alesha Phillips
Characters: Alesha Phillips, Matt Devlin, Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Community: 1-million-words, Romance, Het, Mention of rape recovery, Friends to Lovers, Double Entendres

Alesha is having a girls' night out where she refuses to think about work. Until, that is, work finds her.

Slow Dance
Beyond Expectations (774 words) by helsinkibaby
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Supergirl (TV 2015)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hank Henshaw | J'onn J'onzz/M'gann M'orzz
Characters: M'gann M'orzz, Hank Henshaw | J'onn J'onzz
Additional Tags: Romance, Het, Fluff, Community: 1-million-words

The bar is closed but M'gann gets one last customer.

First Love
stays with you forever (2028 words) by helsinkibaby
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fame (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Reggie Higgins/Ian Ware
Characters: Ian Ware, Reggie Higgins, Jesse Velasquez, Dusty Chandler, Jillian Beckett, Maxie Sharp
Additional Tags: Romance, Het, Fluff, Community: 1-million-words, High School Reunion, Reunions, First Love

Ian almost misses his ten year high school reunion. It's a good thing he doesn't.

First Morning Together
the loser gets to win (541 words) by helsinkibaby
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Luke Cage (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Luke Cage/Claire Temple
Characters: Claire Temple, Luke Cage
Additional Tags: Romance, Het, Canon Het Relationship, post season one, Fluff, Community: 1-million-words

Claire wakes up in the worst motel room in Georgia. She's never felt better.

some links

Jun. 22nd, 2017 06:48 pm
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I know everyone is linking to interesting Wonder Woman stuff, but if you haven't seen it, here's a list of heart-warming ways young children have responded to Wonder Woman via Digial Spy.

I meant to post this when reviewing Salazar's revenge, but here's an excellent [livejournal.com profile] idol_reflection essay on (Captain) Jack Sparrow, based on the first three Pirates movies – worth reading the comments for a look at Jack as a trickster: Captain Jack Sparrow - A Legend in His Own Mind by The Stowaway.

And via [dreamwidth.org profile] musesfool The Chrisening of Hollywood from Vanity Fair - an amusing take on the Four Chrises phenomenon here.
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I’ve been sitting on this news for nearly a year, waiting for my first piece to go live so I can tell you all about it.

So there’s this game called Legend of the Five Rings. It was a collectible card game and RPG; I got involved with the RPG, doing some freelance work for the later parts of fourth edition, because it had sucked me in overnight. The setting, Rokugan, is inspired by Japanese history and culture, and it’s got the kind of rich worldbuilding that makes the place come to life for me. So when the parent company sold L5R off to Fantasy Flight Games, I was, shall we say, rather determined to stay involved.

And I am. But not writing for the RPG this time: instead I’m one of their fiction writers. You see, one of the defining characteristics for L5R has always been the ongoing narrative of the game, influenced by the winners of various tournaments, and expressed through official canon stories.

My first story is here!

I think it should be a decent introduction to the setting for those who aren’t familiar with it. (In fact, that’s one of the goals for this first set of stories: give newcomers an overview of Rokugan, clan by clan.) If you like what I wrote, you might find L5R overall interesting, and you can check out the other fictions here (those provide links to the pdfs if you want to see the pretty formatted versions).

Yeah . . . I’m pretty excited. 😀 The setting has been rebooted back to the Clan War, so there’s an opportunity to do all kinds of cool new things, and this story provided a really great chance to showcase that, with the Dragon facing two entirely fresh conflicts that don’t come with easy answers attached. And I’m working on more stuff as we speak, so my involvement will be ongoing. *\o/*

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


We're going to get through this

Jun. 21st, 2017 08:44 am
[personal profile] miladygrey
We are in the "burn everything down and start anew from the ashes" stage of moving, exacerbated by Yeats doing the lion's share of the packing and transporting boxes to the house while I spend the day at work and pack some stuff in the evenings. Also exacerbated by my being (apparently) a complete and utter idiot and packing things wrong, or in boxes already earmarked for other things, or just generally being in the way/in the vicinity while he's trying to do something.

I know we're just stressed and tired, and once we're officially in the house this weekend, things will get better, and unpacking is easier than packing. But I'm sore and tired, and if I am, Yeats is well on the way to shambling-undead.

I will check tomorrow's work calendar, and perhaps ask Aveline if I can take a half-day to go along with my Friday off. I need to pull my weight.

Reading Log: Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan; My Cousin Rachel by Daphne DuMaurier; The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman; A Voice out of Ramah by Lee Killough; Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis; The Dispatcher by John Scalzi; Triggered by Fletcher Wortmann; Judenstaat by Simone Zelitch

WIP Wednesday - More Coasters!

Jun. 21st, 2017 02:44 pm
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Over the past week I've knit some more fruit coasters and now have 9! They are VERY potato-chippy :-) I now have a lemon, a feijoa (although I guess it looks more like an avocado... but I know what it is), a blood-orange, a watermelon, a grape, a lime, an orange, a kiwi and an apple.
Other ideas I'm contemplating: melon (honey and/or cantaloupe), plum, green apple, tomato... oh, and Nina suggested a dragon fruit! Still trying to figure out how to do that one though, as she wants me to add the spikes! :-D

I'm SO CLOSE to being done on my Elphaba! I need to knit another 17 rounds of lace on the left sleeve, and then pick up and knit the neckline. Just in time for summer, of course ;-) But it'll give a lot of extra yardage for stashdash :-D I haven't even broken 2K yet, so I need that!

And since I was in need of some purse knitting, I cast on for a new pair of socks... a very unusual pair though! This is taken from "New Directions in Sock Knitting", and they're not knitting! Each sock is knit out of four strips (plus a heal) that are then knitted together. I've finished the first two strips for the top of the foot and am just hoping it'll be big enough as it looks kinda small... ah well, I'm sure it'll fit somebody even if it doesn't fit me.

Book #39: Fireworks, by Katie Cotugno

Jun. 20th, 2017 05:19 pm
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This is Katie's third book, and every time I read her work I'm reminded how much I love her. She just has such an easy cadence to follow, and her complicated characters are messy and real and compelling, and I love them.

Anyway, FIREWORKS is about a girl who is "the best friend", only she gets thrust into the spotlight...literally. It's 1997 and for every boy band there must be a girl group, and our MC auditions accidentally and gets in, and everything goes off the rails. It's poverty and worrying about the future and friends who don't quite get it and friends who do...and a cute guy, because, you know, we're not made of stone.

I really enjoyed reading it. Katie has another book out this fall (TOP TEN), and I'm super glad because ALL OF KATIE'S WORDS IN MY BRAIN, YES.

or something.

A Point of Order

Jun. 20th, 2017 12:29 pm
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At closing ceremonies of 4th Street this year, Scott Lynch publicly gave me credit for the Writers Workshop.

This was wrong.

I should have said something at the time, and I wish I had. At first I was too surprised to say anything, and then I was too furious to say anything fit for public consumption. All I did for the workshop was sit in the room and make sure people had pens and coffee. Janet Grouchy did all the heavy lifting that made the workshop happen, right up until the on-site point. And she kept doing it even after she knew that she would no longer be a part of the convention. That deserves a hell of a lot of respect, and a lot more acknowledgment than the nothing it got in closing ceremonies.

Any thank yous or kudos for the workshop should be directed to Janet (and to the panelists, who were awesome), not to me.

Two teams and two fall-outs

Jun. 20th, 2017 07:50 am
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Agents of SHIELD 4.21

Read more... )

NCIS: LA 4.1 Endgame

Read more... )

(I intend to catch up on Fearless.)

New Worlds and Dice Tales!

Jun. 19th, 2017 10:53 am
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The most recent New Worlds post is on sumptuary laws, i.e. the ways in which societies try to regulate the outward signifiers of class and rank.

Looking back at my previous blog series of BVC — Dice Tales is now set to be an ebook! You can currently pre-order it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, iTunes, and Kobo; or you can wait for the on-sale date of July 18th and get it from DriveThruRPG or direct from the publisher, Book View Cafe. This is edited and expanded from the original blog series, with more than half a dozen new essays.

And — as a teaser — while it is my first foray into game-related publishing, it may not be my last . . .

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

[personal profile] shallowness
I went to see Gifted yesterday, about which all I need to say is it’s Chris Evans playing a guy trying to bring up his brilliant niece. Logan and Hidden Figures (which makes better use of Octavia Spencer) are better films that overlap thematically, but they do not have Chris Evans playing a guy doing his best to bring up a kid.

I watched a lot of NCIS: LA season 3 episodes during last week.

and I have a lot to say about it )

I think that season 4 is going to be aired at a less intense frequency, which suits me.

Why has no-one written an NCIS: LA/Inception fusion?

Doctor Who 10.10 - "Eaters of Light"

Jun. 18th, 2017 10:05 am
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I watched last week's episode at Continuum, while hiding from people in the committee room, and made a terrible discovery: iView streaming quality is much, much better over 4G on an iPad than over the NBN on a new desktop.


That was pretty much the highlight of Gatiss's episode, so let's move on to the triumphant return of Rona Munro.

You never hear the spoilers. )


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