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I decided I might as well take a stab at finishing my other "Secrets" sidefic while I was in a writing mood. This one, "The Dragon Debacle," is about Apple and Daphne Rumluck getting into trouble at the Romanian dragon reserve the summer before they start Hogwarts -- Charlie Weasley guest-stars. I stalled out on that one both because I got distracted by other stories and fandoms, and because I'd written myself into a corner with the cryptic things the cousins said about the incident in Ginny's hearing.

Fortunately I seem to have edited out the weirdest of those statements last year when I was tidying up "Secrets" for AO3. So now I have a new explanation for the mention of "aftereffects" and a rough outline of the remaining story events. It will probably take a few thousand more words to get there, though. The fic is currently at 2,600 words, of which I wrote 250 tonight. If I can't finish it by next weekend, I will officially declare defeat and post it as a fragment, but hopefully that will be enough to time to conquer the blasted thing. *crosses fingers*


25 Oct 2014 05:02 pm
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All the comics mockery coming from people who appear to be in comics fandoms solely for the live action movies is starting to get annoying. Without comics and the people who create and buy comics and have done for decades there would be none of the live action superheroes everyone is so in love with now. So, y'know, if comics people are kinda depressed about the fact that the characters they love have been deconstructed and rebuilt in ways they don't recognize and often don't care for, please don't make fun of them, or of those original characters who may seem silly, but have been many years in the making on paper.

They are loved, still.

Also, hey. Long time. There will be some kind of fic soon. I hope.

potluck preparations

25 Oct 2014 05:50 pm
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Juuuuust about done baking my potato hotdish thingy for tonight's church potluck dinner.

I bought a new, proper 8x8 baking dish, but it turns out that adding chopped green bell pepper to the mix (along with the ham I already added in my first experiment) means I had enough to completely fill that plus one of my older 6x6 Corningware dishes. So I will have a bunch to share AND a batch all for myself. :-)

They should be ready to take out of the oven in about five minutes, after which I will transfer the small batch into a refrigerator container, wrap the large batch in towels and stuff, and head off to church.


ETA: Arrived home 7:40pm. Dinner went well -- all of my hotdish was eaten, yay! -- and I think I understand the hospitality team structure better now. I will sign up for a couple slots in December. :-D

Angels and demons

25 Oct 2014 11:17 am
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Not so sure about Constantine. Not big on TV shows too closely based around the Judeo-Christian mythos. Hence my giving up on Sleepy Hollow. They're just a little too close for comfort. And anyway, spoilers )

ETA: The 100, otoh, has managed to reinvent itself, and so gets a reprieve.

And Christmas

25 Oct 2014 11:37 am
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My family is going to be out of town on Christmas so I am, for only the second time in my life, going to have to figure out what to do with myself for the holiday without them. The previous time I had plans that came to naught when I became ill and thus spent Christmas alone with a cold in a chilly basement room. I trust there will be no repeat of that disaster, at least.

My very good friend L— thinks that she will do a Christmas eve dinner and I can contribute some dishes and help her cook so I think that determines what I shall do on the eve. I should inquire of her if she likes chestnuts. If so I could lay in a supply. But there shall certainly be plum pudding this year as I like it and so I should get ready to make one very soon.

The day itself will still be open. My family never did much of anything on Christmas day except for church and I am not one for that. Perhaps I should organize some sort of jolly Wassail party where we drink homebrewed Christmas ale or mulled hard cider.

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25 Oct 2014 10:31 am
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I made a banana bread cake with pumpkin spice chips yesterday. It's tasty but hard to get out of the pan. I probably shouldn't have used the whole bag of chips-- The cake has poor structural integrity and tends to fall apart along fault lines dictated by the chips.

I spent a lot of time yesterday rereading Rheotaxis. I haven't finished yet, so more rereading is on my schedule. I think I would like it better if someone else had written it. I keep seeing weak points, details I didn't keep consistent, that sort of thing. I did download the story from AO3, so I'm reading it on my e-reader which is more convenient than reading it on my laptop. I think I'm getting a better feel for what I've been doing with Nagi, and that can only help chapter 24 when I go back to it.

Cordelia has an all day field trip on Monday. We're supposed to pack her a 'low impact' lunch. I have no idea how to go about doing that, so she'll probably just get a sandwich and a juice box in a paper bag. They're going to be going to three or four different places in the course of the day, studying hydrology. Their current project is trying to come up with solutions to the global water crisis. I like this project both because it has a real world application and because there's no single right answer. It's pretty unlikely that any group of kids will solve the whole thing. I think it will be good for Cordelia to get into something that she can't do perfectly.

Cordelia didn't get to do a retest on order of operations. I'm not sure why they didn't when she thought they would. She also got a zero on a social studies assignment because she didn't get her notes handed in by the deadline. She blames the fact that the teacher was absent a lot, saying that she couldn't turn in her book to a sub. I think she should have turned it in anyway. That zero knocks her grade way down. She's currently got A+'s in English and science and B's in math and social studies. I'd be happy enough with the B's if she were doing B work across the board. B's are pretty good, after all. But she's doing A work except for that order of operations test and not turning in her notes.

Scott has started buying a new brand of margarine. We usually buy Earth Balance's soy free margarine, and I'm used to that. The new stuff (I forget the brand) taste bad to me. I don't use it very often, maybe twice a week, but right now, I don't want to use it at all. I'm not sure whether or not to complain. Scott eats a lot of margarine, and he thinks this new stuff is healthier. Ick.

Dear Yuletide

25 Oct 2014 02:30 pm
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Heyo Fellow Yuletider!

This year I am travelling throughout much of the Yuletide period, so this letter is a little more lopsided than a normal one of mine. This isn't because I prefer one fandom over another, but I tend to recycle a lot of my prompts (as they are still things I'd like to read!), and some things were easier to find than others.

The key things to avoid are - no underage sex; and no character bashing.

Otherwise, I hope you enjoy the writing process and would rather you have fun when writing rather than feel like you need to struggle to fit all my prompts or likes - I love these fandoms a lot, so I'm pretty confident I'll love your results. <3

But for those who prefer having something to reference:
I have a big list of likes and dislikes here: http://qem-chibati.dreamwidth.org/10861.html

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even though the story-style is pretty different, the setting-style definitely reminds me of stuff like Bubblegum Crisis etc., the kind of retro-futuristic where you’ve got big robots running around and vr helmets for sale but nobody’s ever heard of texting. is this what people mean by ‘cyberpunk’? i like it.

and the buildings! i haven’t watched B:TAS in a long time, and i wasn’t paying attention to this kind of stuff when i did, so i can’t comment on similarities/differences there. but the other superhero shows i’ve seen (from dc or marvel) really don’t have this focus on the surroundings. it feels like a city (buildings reaching up like mountains all around, glowing signs in the dark, grime everywhere — that’s what reads as city to me, and i know that’s a specifically noir thing they’re doing but it matches up with about half my big-city experiences) and more than that, it feels specifically like a takeoff of every old imagining of cyberpunk Tokyo. there’s a lot of big buildings with chinese characters on them for a city that’s supposed to be on the US east coast (and i caught at least one sign in korean too). wonder if they contracted the animation to an east asian studio?

i don’t know what’s going on with this show relative to the rest of the dcu (do other superheroes exist? is this gotham even in the united states? was that cass’ batgirl suit in the cave?) but i’m curious.

for reasons i have previously examined at length, i am not a big fan of batman. i think i could be a fan of terry’s batman, though. (this is an egregious understatement; i have spent a ridiculous amount of time saying “TERRY <3” at my screen these past few days. i like him as batman; i just haven’t decided why.)

i do love straightforward characters like terry. his life plan so far is that he’s gonna wear a super-suit and hit stuff. i mean. what’s not to like?

expanding on that. one of the reasons i’m so dissatisfied with bruce!batman is that his whole schtick is based off of his childhood trauma, and it doesn’t really go any farther than that; his parents got killed in a mugging gone wrong, so to make himself feel better he’s gonna spend his life and his money on beating up muggers — as opposed to, like, spending money and influence to improve living conditions so people won’t feel the need to go out and mug. i like retired!bruce a little better, because he’s dedicated himself to being terry’s mentor/hero support staff. i like terry a lot, because his main motivation for being a superhero is that he just likes doing it.

this show is really in a completely different vein from the superhero stuff i’ve been into lately. i think i’d like to go more in this direction, please.

Batman Beyond is part of that cluster of shows that came out in 1998-99, with Serial Experiments Lain, Cybersix, and Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040. i really don’t know enough about the history to comment on this stuff as a whole, but it was definitely something interesting.

(x-posted to tumblr) (tumblr post re: the chinese on buildings)

ETA: [tumblr.com profile] aintgotnoladytronblues says "terry mcginnis batman is peter parker spider-man but wearing a bat-suit is why he is batman but a batman people who hate batman would like" which is the best possible description.

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24 Oct 2014 07:54 pm
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I just want to ask everyone's thoughts on having separate names/journals/blogs for original fiction, and on linking/not linking those to one's fannish names or blogs.

(by which i mean, i have made a separate account for my original fiction, and i'm not quite sure if or how i should use it.)

Here comes tr(o)ub(e)l(e)....

24 Oct 2014 11:17 am
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(1) Had my first PT session for my neck/shoulders this AM. I was at the therapist for about an hour and a half between early arrival, paperwork, interview with the therapist, and actual therapy. Therapist did heat therapy and a massage, which was great, but also pressure point testing to find tender spots ("Ouch, there's one!") and of course taught me some "exercises to do at home" which while good for the shoulders/neck, did not make my back happy.

(2) New Grimm season starts tonight! There is something not to be grim about.

(3) I wrote another short story, 2,974 words. Class busy-ness makes me insane, but... story!

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24 Oct 2014 08:32 am
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I sent Cordelia (and Scott) to soccer practice even though she didn't want to go. She didn't strongly want not to go, and she didn't want to use the time to study for the test and quiz she has today. I don't think she had a bad time at practice. It was kind of cold for it (and I am glad we won't be going to the soccer game on Saturday!).

Cordelia is saying again that she wants to give me her cold in order to get rid of it. I think she knows it doesn't work that way; she just wishes it did. She also says she wants me to get it so that I know how she feels. Apparently, I haven't been sympathetic enough.

I know what the problem is with the next chapter of Rheotaxis, but I have no idea how to fix it. The problem is that nothing I have planned for the chapter advances the plot or develops the characters. It's necessary world building, but it doesn't serve the rest of the story the way that I want it to. I've only got one main character in the chapter, and the story requires that he change, not necessarily in this chapter but eventually. I'm not sure how to make this chapter help toward that end. Maybe I can't and should just focus on interesting world building. This is the payoff for things I've been talking about for chapters, a look at an alien culture (well, cultures, really, if I pull it off).

I'm just not as interested in world building as I am in the characters. This chapter is feeling like a chore, something I have to get through in order to get back to what interests me. I think that skipping it will weaken the story, but skipping it is very tempting. Nagi in the capital city doesn't interest me as much as what Yohji and Omi and Ran (and Crawford and Schuldig) are up to back at the base. But Nagi is a pivot on which the story turns. Developing him further is a good idea, and putting him out of his element ought to do that. It just isn't in what I've written so far.
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Summary: A week after Dumbledore is removed as Headmaster, Minerva McGonagall, Pomona Sprout, and Rolanda Hooch go drinking and debate ways to solve the crisis Hogwarts is laboring under. (1,800 words)

Note: This is a sidestory for Secrets, my retelling of CoS from Ginny's perspective. I'm not sure when I started writing it -- probably early 2003 -- but I stalled out after the first 200 or so words and posted that snippet in 2004 as what I expected to be a permanently unfinished fragment. The thing is, the universe lives to make me eat my words. When I opened the file to tidy it up and post it to AO3 as part of a collection of other HP fragments, I suddenly needed to finish it. So I did, ten years late. *wry*

I suspect, based on the title, that I originally meant to have the teachers focus on the peculiarities of Ginny's behavior, but McGonagall has no reason to think Ginny's in particular trouble compared to the rest of the school, so I ended with a more general story.

[ETA: The revised and extended final version is now up on AO3!]

A Problem Like Ginevra )


Ha, I win.

Oh, right, some notes! Note are useful things. McGonagall was apparently born circa 1925, which means that in 1943, she could have been a sixth-year, a seventh-year, or one year out of school. I'm assuming she was a seventh-year. Madam Hooch doesn't have a canonical first name, but is apparently called Rolanda in a video game and fandom seems to have accepted this. (I still think Xiomara would be cooler, but I will reserve my pointless last stands for other trivia.) Similarly, Moaning Myrtle doesn't have a canonical last name. The one I gave her wasn't chosen completely at random -- it's kinda-sorta a word play on weeping willows -- but it's still pretty arbitrary.

oh my god, WHAT

23 Oct 2014 10:19 pm
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This morning my mom sent me an email with what seems to be the abstract of a presentation given at a recent-ish theological conference held at Drew University -- or maybe the theme statement of the conference as a whole? It's hard for me to be sure since the text is one of the best examples of academic jargon run amok that I have ever seen. To wit:

Some of the most recent, most significant, most discussed works in queer theory have interrogated how we conceive our relation to the future and the past. From Lee Edelman’s polemicized caution that certain forms of commitment to certain kinds of futurity serve to eradicate queerness, to José Esteban Muñoz’s insistence that queerness can be secured only by fixing our eyes on the glimmering horizon of the future, to Heather Love’s worries about our relation to the traumas and injuries of the past, to Carolyn Dinshaw’s insistence on the very queer ways the past and present long to connect, this body of work seeks to replace reliance on logics of repetition, linearity, periodicity, and teleology with images of temporal drags and co-presences, anachronisms and proximities, contaminations and touches across time. Just as the foundational works of queer theory revealed that conceptions of gender, sexuality and race are not natural or inevitable, but social and conventional—and, hence, ethical and political—this body of work underscores that even seemingly commonsensical categories like past, present and future are intimately bound up with desire and power.

and then it keeps going for two more paragraphs! )


I have no words. O_o

this was not in the plan...

23 Oct 2014 09:45 pm
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I was going to do a sort of chaptered pseudo-fic for my unfinished HP fragments, except that requires opening the files in question and when I did so, I suddenly really wanted to finish writing "A Problem Like Ginevra." Which is a McGonagall-POV "Secrets" sidefic I started in... I dunno, early 2003, probably? And I got about 200 words into it, lost interest, posted the fragment in 2004, and proceeded to forget about it entirely.

So far this evening, I have added over 600 words to the file, and have nearly maneuvered McGonagall, Sprout, and Hooch around to having the conversation that was the original point of the whole endeavor.

Send help?

The interplanetary Bechdel Test

23 Oct 2014 02:55 pm
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"Can't an astronaut wreak a little havoc without there being an alien involved?"

Still reading Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells, which got 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon with 1,115 raters. Honestly, I am not sure how it got that rating. The story was pretty good up to the point where spoilery for Wells, AC Clarke, J.S.A. Corey )

But honestly, I am searching for something that just doesn't get written very often: space exploration in which humans are venturing out and the plot is classic "man-vs-nature" (I'd even settle for classic "man-vs-man" human political stuff re: outerspace), rather than OMG!Aliens.

Not that I have anything against stories with aliens, but there is a perception out there in sci-fi land that Aliens is why people want to read about space. Which isn't always the case. Sometimes, stories about space are the story of us. Human beings.

I have the Edge of Infinity anthology in my queue. It's supposed to be about colonizing our solar system. I am also searching for similar short stories in SFF periodicals. I am hoping they're not all "our solar system, plus (butofcourse) aliens."


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"When you make the finding yourself— even if you're the last person on Earth to see the light— you'll never forget it." —Carl Sagan

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