OTW Joins Fanworks Are Fair Use

Jul. 2nd, 2015 11:16
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The OTW joins HPA in #FanworksAreFairUse – let your fellow fans know that fair use is a lawful use of copyright http://bit.ly/1KvkmKv

fifty pages of clarity

Jul. 1st, 2015 17:30
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Heather Rose Jones, Daughter of Mystery (2014): Barbara is a young armin, bodyguard-duelist of an ailing baron in the Ruritanian kingdom of Alpennia; he owns her, benevolently, and has promised to free her upon his death. Margerit is the baron's young relative and grows into some saint-related magic. Together---eventually---they plot to attend lectures at the University of Rotenek. Since it's the early nineteenth century, this takes a bit of care.

But. Fifty pages. I nearly detached at page 29, pushed on because Daughter is much better than other books I've put down, paused at p. 136 when I thought I'd become engaged, and forgot to finish before the library due date. (I did finish skimwise.) It's not you, book; it's me! I'm nearly always fine with knowing where a story goes and reading anyway to learn the how part. Here I have come to be on the wrong side of the recognition-driven reassurance/predictability division, the former a cheerful encouragement, the latter dismayingly blah. I think I knew too much about book and writer going in, though at least (unlike the other writers for whom this unwanted knack has kicked in lately) HRJ isn't of my pop-cultural generation.

I hear that The Mystic Marriage is a stronger outing. If an early-C19 Ruritanian fantasy of manners is your jam, totally read these. I blame my stress levels.

(And there could be more commas---notable lack of vocative comma---but though I can't not see it, that in itself never makes me stop reading a story.)

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Jul. 1st, 2015 20:30
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1) Okay, where's Aradia? Is it Aradia Time yet? I feel like it should be nearly Aradia Time.

2) Also, potentially Aranea Time.

3) Going back to Sad Striders: they're going to be really-super fucked up about it if they get Bro Vibes/AR Vibes from Union Jack, aren't they?

3a) Wait, how did Dave get his unspellable Welsh sword back in this timeline? Jade had to re-alchemize it for him before, right?
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They are really good at being American teenagers, a job whose skillset is FEAR, PAIN, AND FUTILITY.

Still here!

Jul. 1st, 2015 10:37
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I haven't posted publicly in ... a very long time, I'm not even sure how long.

So this is a quick post to say a few things. First, I'm still here! Offline life is keeping me very busy (starting grad school, mainly, in addition to continuing to be a parent to the dragon and spouse to Mr Creek - some intentional balancing is required to keep school from just swallowing up all my time and energy). But I'm reading DW most days, and sometimes commenting, and you all are often in my thoughts. Texting and Twitter are better than chat or Tumblr for me right now and for the foreseeable future, so if you have my number feel free to text me whatever/whenever (comment if you don't have my number and want to make arrangements to that effect) or @ me on Twitter ([twitter.com profile] wintercreek).

Fannishly, I just fell into [tumblr.com profile] omgcheckplease and read ALL of it. (This is familiar from the last time I was in grad school, at which point I abruptly found myself in SGA fandom. :D?) And because Check, Please! is hockey with adorable college students, I think it's turning into a gateway to hockey fandom proper. So, uh, primer and links, please? I need a big new fandom like a hole in the head, but see previous parenthetical re: starting grad school and joining a massive fandom.

Like a lot of the Americans around here, I am simultaneously overjoyed at some of the news and brokenhearted at other parts, and filled with a sense of how very far we have to go. As they say, the world doesn't change unless we make it change. Here I am, trying my best to do my little part, trusting that everyone else is doing the same. Strength and peace to you all as you do your parts, which might simply mean some good self-care today - never forget that taking care of yourself is a radical act. ♥

July Events Calendar

Jul. 1st, 2015 09:41
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Het also gets to bang; San Diego Comic-Con is here again with an OTW Legal appearance; Florida hosts a QUILTBAG convention; and a digital comics call for papers is issued. That and more going on in this month’s Events Calendar!

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Jun. 30th, 2015 23:30
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John Allison doesn't have the "well he wasn't dead when I started writing it" excuse this time, like he did with Michael Jackson. He is literally just writing unkind posthumous RPF about Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs shot some young girls into space to die just now.

This isn't something that bothers me, obviously someone has to do it, it's just I'm not sure I understand his priorities in re giving offense.

(Remember that time he sincerely apologized for drawing Esther with an undercut, and promised that he was not serious about this undercut.)

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Jun. 30th, 2015 19:25
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Dad had a bad day at work or something, so he came over just now and started painting the deck without 1) removing all the deck furniture, 2) clearing off all the acorns and twigs and stuff, 3) bringing enough paint, 4) bringing enough brushes, 5) using up all the paint which he did bring (he got mad at himself and and left), 6) putting away the leftover paint before stomping off, or 7) checking the weather report. There's supposed to be a thunderstorm shortly.

He also left the shed open and knocked over a lamp.

OTW Fannews: Fitting Tributes

Jun. 30th, 2015 11:03
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OTW’s Rebecca Tushnet will be honored with an IP3 award, plus copyright developments in Europe & fandom inspiration http://bit.ly/1LAmXlT

#WAGFAPE Dear Podficcer Letter

Jun. 30th, 2015 10:54
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I am signing up for the Women and Genderqueer First Podfic Exchange again this year! I'm copying some of last year's letter because most of it still holds true for me :)

Dear Lovely Podficcer!

Thank you so much for the time, thought, energy and talent you are putting into this! I am going to be delighted to experience the fruits of your labor! First and foremost, I would like for you to choose something you enjoy. To that end, I am absolutely delighted to get a podfic in any of these fandoms. I'm mentioning a few characters I particularly like in each of them, but please take that as a guideline if you're stumped and not a hard line.

General Likes:
I LOVE genderqueer fic. I love femslash. I love stories that explore gender and sexuality complexly. I love poly stories and kinky stories (If you are into kink, seriously, go for it. Nothing is off the table for me in terms of reading/hearing about kink). I love queer characters who are fully developed, and I like het relationships that are explored beyond the boundaries of what's normal or expected for het relationships. I like gen, especially if it does great worldbuilding and character exploration. I like canon fic and AU fic, so go where your heart takes you.

General Dislikes (not hard limits, but just in general I tend not to love these to be the major drivers for a story): Birth loss, rape, torture, kink-shaming, slut-shaming. It bugs me when stories present extreme jealousy/possessiveness as romantic.

Hard limits: Suicide and onscreen depictions of self-harm.



Mad Max: Fury Road. FURIOSAAAAA!

Steven Universe: I love all of the Gems and Connie to pieces, so go wild. Garnet is my actual fave. Backstory worldbuilding is something I crave in this fandom. I'm fascinated by the Pearl/Rose relationship (and I LIKE Pearl).

Maleficent: I have ALL the Maleficent feelings. Especially poly ones.

Jupiter Ascending: I want allll the Jupiter/Caine kink.

Hannibal: Bedeliaaaaaaa! Also Alana and I actually do like Abigail.

MCU (all films). Particularly fond of Natasha/anyone, Gamora/Nebula, and Pepper.

Ms. Marvel. KAMALA.

Young Avengers. AMERICA CHAVEZ PLEASE. I will gladly soak up ANY Miss America fic, and Amerikate is love.

Janelle Monae. Anything set in the world of her albums, particularly if it's full of robot embodiment and revolution.

Kristen Stewart RPF. Guh. Or any femmeslash based on films she's been in (Clouds of Sils Maria or Snow White and the Huntsman etc).

Teen Wolf. Lydia/Allison, Malia/Kira/Lydia or any permutation thereof, gen fic starring any of the ladies... gosh. Please.

Pacific Rim. MAKO. MAAAAAAKO. Are basically my feelings here. Would love backstory/character exploration fic. I can dig gen or Mako/Raleigh but would particularly love exploration of her relationship with Stacker.

Left Hand of Darkness. This is a book I love unironically and I would love fic set on Gethen (or genderqueer or sedoretu fic set in any of Le Guin's Hainish worlds)

fiber tuesday

Jun. 30th, 2015 08:10
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The headwarmer for darkforge was completed a week ago, but since the photo shows part of his face, I won't post it. (It's on Ravelry.) Reason finds it too heavy. I find it too small. :))

Larch: well. rrrrrrrip, proportions, next project )

We'll see whether "fiber tuesday" posts continue once I've resumed working five days a week.

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Jun. 29th, 2015 21:30
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Did sylladexes stop existing?
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I am extremely fucked up, and got him treats and toys and a few cans of fancier-than-usual food, instead of getting myself intoxicated. Because I feel that intoxication causes... cysts? Grief cysts?????? Similar to cystic acne, hard and encapsulated and uncomfortable to sleep on. Different in that Vitamin A is unlikely to serve as an efficacious treatment.

Another SBURB-session dream

Jun. 29th, 2015 15:22
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[personal profile] limitingwhimsy: In one of my dreams last night, we were meeting at a two-day Homestuck meet-up/convention near my sisters' house in Louisville, which we both knew was going to turn into a SBURB session on the second day. Not everyone knew this, but you had woken up on Prospit and had warned me, and I had warned thegeekgene and a friend of hers, who were also there.

You'd been worried about being around so many noisy people in a strange city (more than about having to fight monsters), and reasons that made sense in the dream, this meant that ahead of time you had sent me three old kameezes you wanted to wear, so that I could replace the seams with new thread and make the pockets larger. This seemed like a necessary kind of protective measure, and I'd done it - but not very well because I'm bad at sewing, and it was important that the thread be very heavy. The seams looked and felt very rough and uneven on the inside, so I was worried you'd be upset, or that they wouldn't "work" somehow. But you seemed to be happy with them, and were wearing a blue one with blue leggings.

(Now that I'm awake, I assume you were a Seer, and had decided to have a non-game-supplied god-tier outfit for Gamzee Reasons. You didn't have a symbol on there, and the tunics were all different colors that didn't match any of the aspects - the others were darker purplish-blue and pale yellow.)

Your obligatory SBURB totem animal was a very intelligent and socialized juvenile brown owl (of no real-world owl species) who was missing a bunch of feathers and flew awkwardly, and wasn't good at hunting. You carried him in a sort of stiff cardboard tube in your pocket, to keep him safe and calm in the crowd. He had a little piece of gold foil on his leg to remind him of where you were, like putting a string around your finger as a reminder. That evening, we were sitting in my sisters' back yard feeding him and trying to coax him to hunt the mice that were there. You knew that you were going to have to take the foil off and let him go on his own after we entered the game, and I was worried - he didn't seem healthy enough or ready.

(Again, now that I'm awake, I can see that he was very sick and thus "doomed," and as such you were going to save him by prototyping him, but it wasn't obvious to me in the dream.)

Things to Come at TWC

Jun. 29th, 2015 18:42
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TWC's 20th issue's is coming in September, let us know how we should celebrate + tell us about Sherlock or femslash!


Jun. 28th, 2015 22:41
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BOSS (jdrama, 2009, 1-11 of 11 eps.) and BOSS 2 (2011, 1-11 of 11 eps.): I watched ep. 1.1 shortly after Reason was born and observed there its similarity to the kdrama H.I.T.; then I stopped because I wanted too much for the show to be good. Now I've started over. Ōsawa Eriko has returned from five years in the U.S. to lead a newly formed Special Crimes detective unit, except that the administration is happy to get good PR from having a female unit head while doing their best to thwart her. Despite some support from an old schoolmate named Nodate, Ōsawa's group members are misfits rejected by other units. We know that they'll succeed anyway and learn to work together, of course; the question is how.

H.I.T.'s lingering unsolved mystery involves a serial killer who eventually targets unit head Cha and one of her colleagues. Here, one serial killer is put away during ep. 1; Ōsawa outsmarts everyone in the episode, and I mean everyone. Not bad for setting the tone. Read more... )


Jun. 29th, 2015 02:30
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Andrew Hussie definitely does not have any goddamn thematic reason for the Welsh-vs-English thing, and for all we know may in fact believe Wales to be some kind of horse.

So you're not allowed to write Homestuck meta involving any form of historical or contemporary Anglo-Welsh conflict whatsoever. This is literally illegal.

Unironic statement:

Jun. 28th, 2015 21:15
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Good job declining to cop out on this one, Hussie. I was worried you didn't have it in you.

My cat Nixon died in 2012.

Jun. 28th, 2015 14:35
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I was cleaning the cat carrier just now and noticed the tag on it, which said "Nixon [Mylastname]." I ripped it off and wadded it up without thinking about it. I am fucked up like some kind of an Edna St. Vincent Millay which is specifically preoccupied with the mortality of badly-behaved cats.

I was looking for something in the medicine cabinet earlier, found some old meds of Papaw's, and left them in place as always, because "he might need them," then felt distantly shitty, then left them alone.

I need to try and be Roxy Lalonde instead of Rose Lalonde for once and work on the Facing And Accepting Death thing. I just need to try and not do it up too Roxy and drink this bottle of fruit wine Mom got me in one evening or something.


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