July round up

Aug. 3rd, 2015 22:01
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Let's see. I set myself a goal of 10k this month and got a respectable 13,285 written. 8k of that was on the crossover, 1.5k on the original novel, 3k on the Bellamy companion story to Walkabout, and 800 words on the Abby/Kane thing that I'm now writing for [tumblr.com profile] the100rarepairs. Overall I'm happy with things since I've gotten my writing groove back.

I read Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie, and loved it. Still need to write a proper review, but basically I love the worldbuilding, I love that Breq tries to do everything right, I love the way the universe treats AI, and I'm just having fun with it.
I technically finished Leviathan Wakes by James Corey on August 1, but I'm going to add it here anyway. I really enjoyed it. [personal profile] ignipes recced it to me here, and it's another solid sci-fi story that really sold me on the worldbuilding. It's set in a future where we've colonized the solar system but don't have interstellar capability and I just want to roll around in it. Plus a very solid story that kept me up reading far later than I should have been up on a number of nights. I need to write a proper review of it too at some point.


I rewatched Sense8 because.
I finished season 1 and I'm halfway through season 2 of Black Sails, though I haven't done episode reactions to season 2 yet.
Friends I watch tv with and I finished season 2 of Orphan Black finally and it was OMG amazing. That show is so good.

Other Fannish Stuff
Still doing a weekly roundup of fannish stuff at [community profile] the100
Recced a Farscape/Haven crossover
Recced The 100 fics here and here
Does obsessing over Pluto count as fannishness? Because I did a lot of that too.

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Aug. 3rd, 2015 19:49
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Is there anyone going to VVC who still needs a copy of last year's DVD sets? I have two extras for whatever price the con charges. Or anyone who needs a copy and knows someone going to VVC?
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...okay so maybe that wasn't the greatest idea I have ever had. But I committed and then it was TOO LATE.

Astolat Vids

Voila, a series of 31 of my vids in roughly chronological order, with some margin of error because I can't remember what year it is right now half the time much less what year I premiered a vid in. It's also missing a tiny handful of old vids because I haven't put them on youtube yet.

*falls over*

It's really wild to see even just in my own work how rapidly vidding aesthetics and video quality has changed. Ugh, I still remember trying to make vids in the bad old days with the whatsit Dazzle thingy that imported from a VCR: you had to plug in the VCR and actually play the video tape on an attached little TV to see where it was, and hope you got a usable clip and it was just nightmarish. It's amazing there are as many clips as there even are in some of those early vids :P but they feel SO SLOW now. I keep mentally going and... CUT! Cut now? How about now?

I knew it was a conspiracy

Aug. 3rd, 2015 13:38
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In every office I've ever worked, I've made sure to keep on hand at least one thick cardigan sweater, one small blanket, and - in extreme cases - fingerless cotton gloves (fingerless so I can type easily).

Chilly at Work? A Decades-Old Formula May Be to Blame
It happens every summer: Offices turn on the air-conditioning, and women freeze into Popsicles.

Finally, scientists (two men, for the record) are urging an end to the Great Arctic Office Conspiracy. Their study, published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, says that most office buildings set temperatures based on a decades-old formula that uses the metabolic rates of men. The study concludes that buildings should “reduce gender-discriminating bias in thermal comfort” because setting temperatures at slightly warmer levels can help combat global warming.

The study says most building thermostats follow a “thermal comfort model that was developed in the 1960s,” which considers factors like air temperature, air speed, vapor pressure and clothing insulation, using a version of Fanger’s thermal comfort equation.

But Dr. Kingma and his colleague, Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, write that one variable in the formula, resting metabolic rate (how fast we generate heat), is based on a 40-year-old man weighing about 154 pounds.

Maybe that man once represented most people in offices. But women now constitute half of the work force and usually have slower metabolic rates than men, mostly because they are smaller and have more body fat, which has lower metabolic rates than muscle. Indeed, the study says, the current model “may overestimate resting heat production of women by up to 35 percent.”

The authors also note that the model is not always calibrated accurately for women wearing skirts or sandals.

Der Sommer in der Stadt

Aug. 3rd, 2015 17:42
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Its so nice that the summer weather is back again in town…

Es ist so schön das das Sommer Wetter wieder in die Stadt zurückgekommen ist…

5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord

If you would like to purchase this daily painting, please send your bid by email. Startprice 150 Euro. End of sale August 4th, 2015 at 6.00 pm (local time Berlin Germany). Terms of Sale and Right of Withdrawal.

Wenn Sie dieses Tagesbild erwerben möchten, senden Sie bitte Ihr Gebot per email . Mindestpreis 150 Euro. Ende des Verkaufs gegen Höchstgebot am 4. August 2015 um 18 Uhr. Beachten Sie bitte die Informationen zu den Verkaufsbedingungen sowie die Widerrufsbelehrung.

© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.
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I am having an intense work week (well - work half-week, as I'll be away Thurs and Fri) and yet I am feeling incredibly grateful right now to have the job that I have and to do the work that I do.

Also incredibly grateful that tomorrow my work will enable me to spend the day with someone I love. (And sure, we'll be doing some work while we're together, and also I will be driving a few hours on either end, but the point is: someone I love.)

And incredibly grateful that on Thursday I get to fly to Chicago and spend a weekend with more people I love.

There's a lot that isn't ideal in the world, and even in my own small world, but right now I am feeling incredibly blessed.
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I wrote ~1000 words of the VMars/MCU crossover last night. I hope all y'all are happy. Hmph. I'm thinking about doing a dual POV, which I haven't done in a long time. I think about it sometimes and then back away, as usual preferring a tight third person when it comes down to actually writing. I guess we'll see what happens.

In other news, I had a bit of a Harry Potter spiral this weekend. I watched The Half-Blood Prince for the first time, and you know (or maybe you don't, it was a long time ago), I loved HBP as a book. Are there things I disliked about it? Of course. And the movie basically fixes those problems for me in a neat way. I mean, it doesn't include my favorite lines ("You don't have to call me 'sir,' Professor." "That flighty temptress, adventure." And the great, "I'm not worried, Harry. I am with you" from Dumbledore at the end) and it cuts out Fleur being awesome about Bill in the face of disapproving Weasleys, but it also cuts out the awful hospital scene where everyone pressures Remus into a relationship with Tonks (and also her drippy spurned woman thing is absent). They're a couple! And it works a million times better than it does in the book because Harry doesn't really care, so it doesn't take up valuable real estate in the movie. Plus, Lily gets a lot of mentioning, which is great, because I feel like there was never enough Lily in the books. I also feel like this movie was also a lot funnier than previous movies had been (Aragog's funeral scene!), like they got the humor of the books better.

And then I rewatched Deathly Hallows Parts 1+2. Twice. I hadn't watched them together at all, or even since I saw them in the theater (and I don't recall being particularly impressed by either of them - except for the deathly hallows/shadow puppets interlude), and they really make for a satisfying viewing experience when put together. I mean, my complaints still remain - all MWPP's generation are cast too old (I get why they wanted Rickman as Snape, but it really skews everything else and not in a good way), everything in these three movies is so dark and drab (I mean visually; I think the only color is Umbridge's pink sweaters - even the wedding isn't very colorful) that it's hard to see what's happening sometimes, and also Steve Kloves, why do you hate Ron Weasley so much? - but overall, very satisfying. Part 1 definitely has an air of Empire Strikes Back about it, which works, especially if you're able to watch Part 2 immediately, and if you stop before the epilogue. I trioship so hard!

It probably also helps to be long out of the fandom, and with only mostly fond memories of the books, which I haven't reread in quite a number of years. It also made me dig up an old abandoned wip - the AU where Sirius is Batman, which I actually posted for wip amnesty like 10 years ago (and that's the version I have - god knows where the original file (along with any notes I had on it) is) - and think about finishing it. It could happen! Especially since I am now much more familiar with writing Batman stories, and that was one wip I always deeply regretted abandoning. I guess we'll see if that urge lasts long enough to get the thing done.

My bosses are both out, so I'm having a quiet day today. Maybe more writing will get done! Who knows?


Jill Carver

Aug. 3rd, 2015 15:08
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Posted by Charley Parker

Jill CArver, landsape painting
Jill Carver is originally from the U.K., where she was a curatorial research assistant at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Since moving to the U.S. and transitioning into painting full time, she devotes herself to richly colored landscapes abstracted (in the best sense of that word, meaning to distill the essence) from the streams, fields and deserts of the American West. She now divides her time between Texas and Colorado.

Carver’s approach appears loose and open (belying what I assume is careful choice and application of color), that gives her work a feeling of dynamism. Areas of value pull your eye through her compositions, carved out (if you’ll excuse the expression) by geometric chunks of paint that define her forms and giver her spaces texture as well as volume.

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Fandom: Orange is the New Black
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Piper and Alex
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: MoishPain on DA
Why this piece is awesome: So, I'm doing OITNB this month as I've been watching the show, so we're celebrating all the ladies. And, okay, this is completely ridiculous but it's kind of gorgeous as well, in an OTT romantic way. An AU version of Piper as kind of a pirate, and Alex...well, we'll have to take the artist's word she's a mermaid as we can't see her tail, but the lack of clothes and the starfish in her hair may be a clue. Nice riff on her role as temptress, anyway. Great likenesses and I love the delicacy of the background, which looks like an ancient Chinese scroll. Responds well to enlargement.
Link: The Pirate and Mermaid
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Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Dorian Pavus, Iron Bull
Content Notes/Warnings: moving gif
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: art tag on tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: I really enjoy the clean lineart on this piece. And Dorian's and Bull's expressions are hilarious!
Link: on tumblr (If that link breaks, I have also reblogged it here.)

(Mods, could you tag this with fandom: dragon age and fandom: dragon age inquisition?)

Vividcon prep!

Aug. 3rd, 2015 09:57
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  • Wig, push-up bra (what even are these monstrosities seriously), pink dress acquired

  • Premieres vid uploaded, AO3 draft created

  • Old badge holder dug up

  • Camaro rented (WHAT, I'm embracing my fandom)

I have also gotten ambitious and am going to upload a whole slew of my back catalogue vids to AO3 today, so apologies in advance if you get a bunch of subscription notifications!


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Edelfelt's Sketchbooks

Aug. 3rd, 2015 09:12
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Posted by James Gurney

The Finnish National Art Gallery has released online the sketchbooks of Albert Edelfelt (1854-1905).

Since the 104 sketchbooks are in chronological order, you can trace the journey of his mind and see the people he met and the moments he lived.

The books begin in his youth and reflect his early exposure to academic drawing at the Drawing School of the Finnish Art Society. He also studied with Adolf von Becker and later with Jean-Léon Gérôme at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris (1874-1878).

There are babies newly born and relatives on their death bed, both common subjects of 19th century artists.

Edelfelt had a special gift for painting children. His sketchbooks reflect unselfconscious moments of children's lives, such as musical evenings, and kids at play. 

Albert Edelfelt, Boys Playing on the Shore, courtesy Google Art Project
Here's one of his finished paintings of children, for which he is justly revered not only in Finland, but around the world.

Don't miss his copies of Sargent in #19, dissections in #22, studies at the Prado in #27, and testing out a watercolor set in #100 (above).
Thanks to the Finnish National Gallery for making these works accessible to the public, and thanks to Finnish illustrator Ossi Hiekkala (check out his work) for letting me know about it.
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1. The 100

The fandom community for The 100, [community profile] the100, has taken off thanks to its curator! There are the usual fanfic and creator links, but also weekly roundups, episode discussions, and meta posts; they're taken off DW, LJ, and tumblr.

Consider this your scheduled reminder that yeah, there's a ground(er)breaking sci-fi show on the air.

Because as I told Marina this morning -- I'm thinking of both Dark Matter and Killjoys as "those two sci-fi shows that, taken together, make one good show."

It's not that either of them is terrible; I actually enjoy them both and think many of you would too! But although you should also check them out it's worth noting that they lack the HOLY SHIT THE WRITERS ARE GOING THERE!11!! element; most moments that would matter fade or flash out so the viewer is left with a punchline rather than an exploration.

Then again, tons of actual space travel and leather. And adults. (Well.)

2. Dark Matter

I've discussed the show with [personal profile] trascendenza based on her review up to 1x06 here in her blog. DM has a fantastic concept that does ask one of the best questions out there: Who are we? And the idea of what, exactly, creates our identity keeps coming up. But I'm not holding my breath for a stringent development of plot and characters along those lines.

I am holding my breath for Melissa McNeil's Two continuing to be both the key and the lock to the central mystery, for Roger Cross's Six to survive and continue building better relationships, for Alex Mallari Jr's Four to be given the screentime he deserves for character building...and dear God, for the fucking fridging of women to stop. M&M, don't make me regret watching this amnesiac band of space bandits. Also, I feel there should be android/human femslash on this show. Make it happen?

Ultimately, I think with Dark Matter, the devil is in the execution.

3. Killjoys

Killjoys is more fun-oriented, or so it made us think: bounty hunter teammates chasing around a dimly-lit corner of the galaxy called "The Quad."

As I think every reader of this blog has realized I am extremely into keen-eyed ex-assassins in leather with hidden knives in her boots, and the same is true for the sweet, stubborn boys who love and/or work with those ladies.

(Actually, come to think of it, that last sentence is true for *both* shows. Go figure. The main reason, bar none, I do recommend both Dark Matter and Killjoys is that they have leading women of color who are the fucking best at what they do, and when challenged come out on top. But I also counsel that they're in the Badass Female Character quadrant, beautifully groomed and long-haired and sexual, if mostly dommy <3 and not always flirtatious.)

The game concept for Killjoys makes me scratch my head a little, but in many ways its worldbuilding details are genuinely intriguing; I'm not against a MOTW space bounty hunter show, as long as they don't spend yet more time on D'avin. I don't care for D'avin. I care for Dutch and Johnny.

Final note: I wanted to say that I love the Found Families strain running through all of these shows, but I guess DM and KJ are a little more incestuous than I was used to. (Clarke and Finn on The 100 don't count, because Finn doesn't count. :)
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Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
• Daniel Radcliffe has signed up to play the lead role, a young FBI undercover agent, in the upcoming FBI thriller Imperium.
• Emma Watson on cover of September issue of Vogue.
• Tom Felton attends Clayton Kershaw's Annual PingPong4Purpose Charity Event.
• Natalia Tena ("Tonks") has joined the cast of the animation short Once Upon An Iceberg.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
• Jack Thorne talks about working on the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
• Eddie Redmayne: four new posters released for The Danish Girl.

Prompt Challenges:
[livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365 posted Prompt 99: "Make me forget", Macchiato and Raven (due up until August 9).
[livejournal.com profile] dmhgchallenge posted the new prompt for August: unicorns (due by August 14).
[livejournal.com profile] poetic_hp the new prompt for August: in honour of Celestina Warbeck's birthday the prompt is SONG (due by August 31).
[livejournal.com profile] hd_fluff posted the new monthly prompt: Quidditch (due by August 31).
[livejournal.com profile] hd_pots_n_porn posted the August summer prompt: tomatoes (in any form) (due by August 31).

Poll: [livejournal.com profile] sceasleycest posted a poll gauging interest in a holiday fest.
[livejournal.com profile] hp_crossgenfest starts Posting tomorrow!
[livejournal.com profile] hp_adoptaprompt posted the Prompting Post for Round 3 of the HP Adopt-a-Prompt Fest.
[livejournal.com profile] hp_nextgen_fest posted the Prompting Post for this year's Next Gen Fest.
[livejournal.com profile] interhouse_fest announced the Harry Potter Interhouse Fest 2015 (fest starts November 2).
[livejournal.com profile] smutty_santa announced that Sign-ups for this year's [livejournal.com profile] smutty_claus will open September 1.
[livejournal.com profile] hp_goldenage posted the new (and permanent) Sign-up Post for Bathilda Bagshot's Bingo.
[livejournal.com profile] hd_fan_fair posted a call for beta volunteers for the Harry/Draco Pottermore Fair.

Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365 posted the Masterlist for Prompt 98.
[livejournal.com profile] hd_collab posted the Reveal of the first H/D Collaborations Fest.
[livejournal.com profile] snowgall posted the Masterlist of the H/D season Stocking Suffers for [livejournal.com profile] hd_seasons 2010.

Editor's Choice Rec:
Like a Strawberry in the Mouth by [chantefable]chantefable (Draco Malfoy/Albus Severus Potter; PG-13, 935 words)
Summary: A cautionary, entertaining, and mildly licentious story of a trespassing in Wiltshire as told by Albus Severus Potter, Charms Master.

Schedule of Upcoming Events from August 2 through 8 at [livejournal.com profile] potterfests.
• The SS/HP Prophet from July 26 to August 1.
Media References to Fanfiction for the week ending August 1.
• Organisation of Transformative Works: August Events Calendar (cons and calls for papers)

[livejournal.com profile] wellingtongoose wrote Hogwarts: the Castle and Hogwarts: an Evolution.

General Fandom News:
[livejournal.com profile] leviosa2016 posted a recipe for Godric's Grog, the Gryffindor house drink in honour of Harry's birthday.
• OTW Fannews: Fandom Tourism.

[livejournal.com profile] hp_podfic_fest posted the August Challenge: Speak Loudly! This new challenge format is intended to elicit small pieces (less than 10 minutes or 1000 words) to try different aspects of podficcing.

[community profile] daily_snitch is still looking for your recs (fic, art, podfic, meta ...) for the Special Edition: Dean Thomas.

Community Spotlight:
[livejournal.com profile] sceasleycestan open fic community dedicated the Scorpius Malfoy/Weasley threesomes and slash – Sceasleycest is most properly Scorpius Malfoy in a threesome with two Weasleys. Sceasleyslash is welcome, as well. Check out the community profile for all allowed pairings/moresomes.

Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.

Fucking YouTube

Aug. 2nd, 2015 16:38
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I'm trying to set my vids up so I can post them after they premiere at VVC, and I just had my Premieres vid, to Titanium for Peggy Carter, "blocked in all countries" and I can't test it out in public spaces to see if it's really completely blocked because I have to keep it private. I spent hours working on credits and a custom thumbnail for it and this vid was a major, major hassle to make what with my computer dying and getting the files, and now I can't even use it. I have been meaning to try to get a Critical Commons vids site, but there's no real control over the thumbnails and that's a hell of a lot of time wasted. And people really aren't going to even see it there, because all the traffic for fanvids is on YT these days. I hate them, but I feel like I'm just stuck there if I want anything to be seen.

The thing is, there are other vids to that song on YouTube, so this is just…arg. I learned a long time ago that filing a dispute does nothing, because whatever box you check, they say "that doesn't give you the right to use copyrighted work." Usually when I get a warning, I just do the "acknowledge third party content," but there's no option to do that here, it's just totally blocked.

I'm not actually sure what to even do here. This is so discouraging and frustrating. I don't have the spoons to deal with this, I really don't. (Add to this the fact that some people have been kind of snotty about Wasp Nest, and I just…why do I do this?)

Sonntag am See

Aug. 2nd, 2015 18:33
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Sunday at the Kummerower See in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania…

Sonntag am Kummerower See in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern….

5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord

Sold / Verkauft

© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.
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Fannish osmosis told me the following things about this show ahead of watching: a) Non-exploitative women in prison character and ensemble drama, and b) this is one of those shows where everyone - for an euphemistic value of "everyone", i.e. of course there are people who hold other opinions, nothing is ever unilateral in fandom - seems to hate or dislike the lead. Whether the second is true, I don't know, but the former definitely is. It pulls off a really large cast and multiple stories going with it, and does the key trick of of complex characterisation - when people appear as stereotypes at first, later reveals show them as far more interesting and complicated without retconning the events that led to the first stereotype impressen. (Well, that goes for almost all of the characters. There's one bad guard and one particular inmate who at least in the first season are exactly what they appear at first unsympathetic glance.)

As for Piper as the original pov character, I can see where she'd draw fannish ire (she's white, rich, privileged and pretty selfish), but the story is aware of her flaws (which btw don't make her worse than anyone else, either), and doesn't make anyone else suffer for her education. (She partly learns through their stories, which isn't the same thing.) Basically, she works in the first season narrative as a guide for the audience to meet everyone else in the ensemble. Sometimes the show uses Piper to reflect audience expectations and changes back on them, as when spoilery things happen )

The only actor who was instantly familiar to me was Kate Mulgrew, who plays Red the chef, but I was impressed by everyone. Especially by the actress playing Miss Claudette, Michelle Hurst, who does a lot just with facial expression and her eyes. Spoilery comment to follow. ) Not surprisingly, the very messed up mother-daughter relationship of Aleida and Daya (I hope the spelling is right) captured me. My favourite friendship was perhaps between Sophia the transwoman and the incarcareted nun, which was delightfully surprising and relaxed and good for them. Speaking of Sophia, I also appreciated the show didn't shy away from the struggle of or conversely demonize her wife from her pre-op life who fell in love with a man and has her own emotional struggle going on despite being basically supportive, not to mention that now Sophia is in prison she has to raise their son Michael alone. (In some other fictional stories involving trans characters I've watched, family members are either vicious and not understanding or completely and seemingly effortlessly supportive.)

Speaking of tropes associated with prison stories, in the first season the backstories as revealed so far avoid letting all the characters be innocent and/or in prison for a sympathetic crime. (This includes Piper who did do the action she's in prison for, and while early on seeing herself manipulated into it later comes to realise she's avoided taking responsibility for anything all her life.) Though the backstories are all illuminating, with the exception of the only inmate who remained on the cliché side for me. Spoilers don't doubt such people exist, but in a fiction where everyone else is more complicated... ) Everyone else, though, is great, and the show is a good example of how you can explain without excusing. Take Alex, who is a drug dealer. Spoilery things the show does with Alex. )

There's a lot of humor in the show, but it also makes its tragedies cut deeply. I've come to care about all these people, and will definitely continue watching.
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I posted a story yesterday!

Parenting: A Guide By Bruce Wayne
DCU; Bruce, Alfred, Damian, Cass, Jason; g; 1,600 words
Three times Bruce was a Batdad to his Batkids.

Bruce is so frequently faily as a dad, but I like to think he occasionally gets it right. I have a lot of thoughts about how he mostly did great with Dick, because Dick was already kind of a kindred spirit (and also had 10-12 years with loving parents and extended family), and Bruce wasn't as jaded when Dick came into his life. And then he tried so hard for Jason but in so many ways that didn't really help either of them, and then Jason's death kind of killed the dad-ness in him. But he tried with Cass (I mean, in his own inimitable weird Bat ways; like, who takes a kid they've adopted to the grave of another kid they adopted?). Tim had already developed coping mechanisms for distant parents by the time Bruce adopted him, so I feel like Tim's needs are definitely more on the vigilante side than the son side (and also, Tim is very like Bruce, so they get along tolerably well even when they're unhappy with each other; also also, Tim had Dick in full-on big brother mode, the way he mostly wasn't for Jason), and then Damian, well. Damian needs all that dad-ness Jason's death killed. Luckily, Dick was able to step in and shoulder a lot of the load, and now Bruce is learning again how to be a father. (And Alfred, of course, is the constant - none of them get anywhere without Alfred, including Bruce. Especially Bruce.) Steph, of course, isn't actually one of Bruce's kids (and doesn't she know it), and she has her own daddy issues up the wazoo, but she also still has a mom with whom she's mended fences and so she (like Tim) needs Bruce's approval for the vigilante stuff more than the personal (and she also has Babs and Cass in her corner when she comes back).

I just have a lot of BATFEELINGS okay?


Last night as I was getting ready for bed, I was hit with the most awesome epic crossover idea:

What if: Veronica Mars, Agent of SHIELD.

What if the reason she comes back to Neptune is not law school/Piz/whatever in the movie, but that SHIELD is exposed as HYDRA? And Veronica is furious and betrayed! For once she thought she was serving something that, while not an unalloyed good, was more good than bad, but no, once again, she discovers that the powerful are always looking for ways to grind the powerless down under their heels.

So she goes back to Neptune and puts all those SHIELD-trained fighting skills and Neptune-honed investigative skills towards being a PI, but also on the side with sifting through the leaked SHIELD files and tracking down HYDRA.

And what if the rumor of a tiny blonde ball of righteous fury reaches the Winter Soldier, who is absolutely confused and bewildered when he meets Veronica because 1. not his tiny blond ball of fury (whom he now remembers is a large blond ball of righteous fury), and 2. what the fuck, how is this sleepy beach town a HYDRA cell?

And then three, just for shits and giggles, what if 3. Keith Mars comes home and discovers that American icon Bucky Barnes is 1a. the Winter Soldier, and 2a. sitting in his kitchen plotting glorious revenge with his daughter?

What then, I ask you? WHAT THEN?

as posted to tumblr.

And then [tumblr.com profile] kosmicala mentioned how Veronica and Steve would be suspicious of each other at first, and I said:

Yes! Because Steve would be suspicious - how do you know she's not HYDRA? Also, her methods are questionable! (says the man who partners with the Black Widow; Natasha, btw, loves Veronica once the initial wariness is worn off; maybe they never worked together at SHIELD, but Veronica is, of course, an admirer of Natasha’s.)

And Veronica would be like, nobody who appears this good could possibly be this good! So she'd constantly be trying to find the dirt on him, to find the secret selfish agenda he’s hiding beneath all that square-jawed righteousness. And Bucky would tell her, Steve’s not perfect, he’s got his temper and his immediate turn to violence when things bug him and he makes things about himself and the chip on his shoulder a lot, but his intentions really are as good as they seem.

And so they'd slowly come to a rapprochement and then a friendship, and then yes, Bucky would be like, Why? Why was I cursed with two of them? And Sam and Wallace would laugh and Natasha would always be there back them up.

Ugh, someone who is not me totally needs to write a million words of this so I can read and reread it forever.


Mod Post: Questions

Aug. 2nd, 2015 12:13
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First part:

Should we have a new round of [community profile] sgareversebang this year with the dates? :

Artist sign-ups: August 6th- August 26th
Author sign-ups: August 6th- September 28th
Art for claiming due: October 4th
Claiming: October 11th
Drop-out deadline for authors: January 6th.

Posting period: Roughly January 19th to February 14th, depending on the number of sign-ups.

or should we wait until next year and keep the same dates as in previous rounds?:

Artist sign-ups: Jan 6th-Jan 26th
Author sign-ups: Jan 6th-Feb 28th
Art for claiming due: March 4th
Claiming: March 11th, time TBD
Drop-out deadline for authors: May 6th. (If authors drop out after this date, they risk being banned from the next round)
Posting period: Roughly May 19th to June 13th, depending on the number of sign-ups.

Second part

In an effort to get more participation

Do you want to include all of the Stargate verses or do you want to allow crossovers with SG-1/SGU only?

If you'd rather the questions are in poll form on liverjournal Here

Sorry, I haven't quite figured out creating polls here.

OTW Fannews: Fandom Tourism

Aug. 2nd, 2015 09:51
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“Polygon contrasted the approaches of Marvel and Warner Bros when fans promoted their new projects. "When trailers leaked from Comic Con, because studios show things to huge halls of people who are all carrying recording equipment and still think they can control the footage, the response from Warner Bros. was, to put it mildly, messed up."

Writer Ben Kuchera concluded, "The reaction to the Suicide Squad footage was mostly positive; this was a great thing for Warner Bros. until they had to stomp in and make sure we knew they didn't approve of the way we were excited about their product and everyone needs to cut it out at once or they'll turn this movie right around and drive home."

What articles on fandom could you write? After SDCC everyone wants to try doing it: http://bit.ly/1JFByMu
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Taking part in fandom is fun or we wouldn’t do it. But being an active member of a fandom – whether through making art, writing fic, sharing thoughts – is also an investment of time and energy. And it has value to us and others.

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